Barcelona step up chase for Cuadrado
Barcelona are readying summer bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, reports La Nazione.
The Catalans are set to cash in on Dani Alves and with Martin Montoya yet to sign a new deal at Camp Nou, they are desperate to sign a high-quality right-back.
And La Nazione reports that the Catalans have set their sights on Fiorentina star Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
The 25-year-old has largely impressed since joining Viola in a co-ownership deal from Udinese, catching the eye of Europe’s top clubs.
Fiorentina have already opened talks with a view to buying out the remaining half of the player’s contract, but warding off interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain is likely to prove a difficult task.
Juan Cuadrado has been in fine form this season, having managed 5 goals and 4 assists in 22 Serie A outings, while netting 3 times in 7 Europa League fixtures.
Siqueira set for Benfica stay
Portuguese newspaper Record understands that Brazilian defender Guilherme Siqueira will be staying at Benfica beyond the current season.
The highly rated full-back joined the Eagles on a season-long loan from Granada after his proposed move to Real Madrid fell through.
And despite the interest from top European clubs, Record claims Siqueira has decided to commit his long-term future to Benfica.
He is perfectly happy with the progress the club have been making this season and is prepared to remain at Estadio da Luz provided the Eagles can reach an agreement with Granada.
Siqueira, 27, quickly established himself as a first team regular in Jorge Jesus’ side, making a total of 19 competitive appearances for the Eagles.
Before signing for Granada in the summer of 2011, the defender had featured for Inter Milan, Lazio, Udinese and Ancona.
Monaco eyeing French starlets
Monaco are in talks to sign no less than three youngsters currently on the books of Valenciennes, according to L’Equipe.
The Ligue 1 strugglers desperately need to raise some cash to improve the difficult financial situation, and they are reportedly prepared to sell three of their young stars.
L’Equipe has reported that the likes of Lyes Houri, Yanis Hamzaoui and Angelo Fulgini could all be leaving in the summer.
The three footballers are followed by Valencia, Roma and AC Milan respectively, but league rivals Monaco reportedly lead the chase at the moment.
In order to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, the Principality club need to cut back spending in the coming years and they might have to turn their attention towards signing young and talented players.
Monaco kept their title hopes alive with a 3-2 triumph over Lyon, with Claudio Ranieri’s side currently 20/1 for the league trophy.