De Bruyne hints at Werder stay
Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne has further endeared himself to Werder fans by saying that he wants to remain at the club even after his loan deal from Chelsea ends.
De Bruyne was farmed out on loan to Bremen in the summer in order to gain some first team experience, and he has been in excellent form this season.
The 21-year-old scored 4 goals and set up another 5 in 17 Bundesliga appearances, thus attracting interest from top European clubs.
However, the player is perfectly happy in Bremen and wouldn’t mind staying at the club after next summer.
“Yes, it is possible that I will stay in Bremen,” the midfielder was quoted as saying in Bild. “In the summer, I will talk to Chelsea, we’ll see what happens next.
“The Bundesliga and the Premier League are both of the highest level. I lacked nothing (here).”
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be prepared to negotiate a sale, but with the attacking options they already have at Stamford Bridge, the Blues might be ready to sell him if the price is right.
Milan step up interest in Strootman, Astori
Il Corriere dello Sport has revealed that Milan are preparing a new assault on Kevin Strootman and Davide Astori.
The Rossoneri were planning to sell Pato and Robinho before starting the work on January targets, and are now ready to step up their interest even if the latter opted to remain at San Siro.
Signing a central midfielder and a centre-back is a priority at the moment, with Adriano Galliani and Max Allegri set to meet later today to discuss the transfer targets.
There are no new developments on this front, given that PSV star Kevin Strootman tops the wish list as far as replacement for Nigel de Jong is concerned.
Genoa midfielder Juraj Kucka and long-term target Radja Nainggolan are alternative options at the moment.
Cagliari’s Davide Astori could arrive at San Siro in January to add some steel to the back line, while Real Madrid castaway Ricardo Carvalho is a low-cost option.
Milan may have to opt for cheaper alternatives considering they failed to cash in on Robinho, although there is still a chance the Brazilian will return to Santos before the transfer window closes.
Sevilla keen on Michael Pereira
Sevilla are weighing up a move for Mallorca midfielder Michael Pereira, according to L’Equipe.
With Piotr Trochowski still sidelined through injury and the team sitting in the bottom half of the La Liga standings, Los Colchoneros are keen to reinforce the engine room in January.
French newspaper L’Equipe understands Sevilla have set their sights on Mallorca attacking midfielder Michael Pereira.
Pereira, 25, has been performing at a very high level at Iberostar Estadi over the last couple of years, but has been unable to help the Islanders avoid the relegation tussle this term.
With top Spanish clubs showing interest in his services, the Frenchman might just decide to leave the sinking ship and embark on a new challenge.
Sevilla appear to be leading the race for the highly rated midfielder, although they have yet to make an official bid for the player’s services.