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Corchia eyes summer move; Santos to open contract talks with Neymar

Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia is eyeing a summer move to a big club.

Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia is eyeing a summer move to a ‘prestigious’ club, preferably in England or Germany, amid reports that Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur are tracking the France Under-21 international, Sky Sports understands.

Since joining Sochaux from Le Mans in June 2011, Corchia has been a key figure in the first-team at the Stade Auguste Bonal, making 50-plus appearances for the Montbéliard-based club.

Corchia, 22, is attracting interest from Lyon and Juventus, but German giants Bayern Munich are believed to be leading the race for the 22-year-old’s signature.

North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs are also said to be keen on the Frenchman.

Corchia, formerly of the Paris Saint-Germain youth system, is in the know regarding interest in him abroad, while hinting that he will be looking for pastures new when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

“I am happy when I am being mentioned with prestigious Clubs home and abroad,” said the 22-year-old full-back.

“I am working hard to reach the top level and play in a bigger club than Sochaux, it is everyone’s ambition to move to a big club.

“I am a big fan of the two leagues England and Germany, they are the best two leagues at the moment.

“At the end of the season, I will sit down with the club and see the next step.”

Corchia has made 26 competitive appearances for Les Lionceaux this season, tallying one goal and two assists.

Santos to open contract talks with Neymar

Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has rubbished reports claiming FC Barcelona have agreed a deal with Neymar, while confirming the club have opened contract talks with the 21-year-old ace, Sky Sports reports.

Neymar is undoubtedly the hottest commodity in world football at the moment, having been linked with the biggest clubs in Europe in recent months.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all been linked with the Brazilian superstar, but fresh reports are suggesting — not for the first time — that Neymar has agreed to join Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona.

These reports have surfaced just weeks after compatriot Dani Alves urged Neymar to join him at the Camp Nou.

Coincidence? Probably not.

However, Santos have always stood firm regarding the rumours surrounding Neymar, insisting he will stay at the club until — at least — the 2014 World Cup.

In fact, the club are now set to open contract talks with Neymar.

“The club’s managing committee has already decided, we intend to extend his [Neymar’s] contract beyond 2014, we are working to make that happen,” Rodrigues told UOL.

“We have already opened talks with Neymar’s father, who denies there is any kind of agreement [with Barcelona] and we believe him. He said Neymar will be where he is happy.

“The news from Daniel Alves isn’t anything new, Neymar is being sold every day, there is always news that he has been sold.

“They even say that Santos has received some money. It’s very common, but there is no negotiation between Santos and any other club.”

The Brazilian sensation has bagged 41 goals and 14 assists, both career-highs, for club and country in 2012-13.

Wed 27 February, 2013
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