Saturday, May 27, 2017

Campana set to join Palace; Honda eyes Milan switch

Sevilla FC have confirmed midfielder Jose Campana is closing in on a move to Crystal Palace for a reported fee of €2million.

Sevilla FC have confirmed midfielder Jose Campana is closing in on a move to newly-promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace F.C. for a reported fee of €2million, Sky Sports understands.

Campana, 20, was one of many players to impress for Spain at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The 20-year-old, who made just five league appearances for Sevilla last term, rejected a new deal from the Spanish club prior to agreeing to move to Selhurst Park this summer.

Campana is expected to agree terms with Crystal Palace today, with the deal set to be finalised tomorrow following the successful completion of a medical.

“We made him an offer but he did not accept. He wanted out,” Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido told the club’s official website, www.sevillafc.es.

“We have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace for about €2million plus add-ons and a sell-on fee.

“He will travel to England to sign today and have a medical tomorrow.”

Del Nido wanted Campana to stay at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán this summer, but the offer from Palace was apparently too good to refuse for all parties.

“When you offer a player a new deal but he doesn’t accept and there is an offer from English football, maybe that’s the best deal for everyone. So yes, we’ve accepted,” added Del Nido.

“Campana was going to be a star for Sevilla but sadly it has not worked out. We had done everything we could to make him stay.

“We want him to do well at Palace as he is one of our youth products but it’s true he wasn’t going to get much football here.”

The arrival of Campana for just €2million makes the Spain youth international of the biggest transfer coups of the summer, boosting the Eagles’ hopes of staving off relegation in their first season back in the English Premier League.

Honda eyes Milan switch

Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda has revealed he wants to leave CSKA Moscow for AC Milan this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Honda, who has just six months remaining on his current contract at the Arena Khimki, is reportedly attracting interest from Everton, but Milan appear to be in pole position to land the 27-year-old on a cut-price deal.

The versatile 27-year-old would be able to play in a number of positions, including centre-midfield and right-forward, in the new 4-3-2-1 system of the Rossoneri.

“I’ve had three-and-a-half happy years at CSKA Moscow but now I’d like to play in a big team,” Honda told championat.com.

“The club knows about Milan’s interest and of my will to go.

“Will there be the transfer? Better ask my brother who is taking charge of my affairs. Let me say I’d be proud to go to Milan.”

Honda netted seven goals in 23 league appearances for the Russian Premier League champions last season.

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