Dortmund chase fresh German talent
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Sebastian Rode and Mainz defender Jan Kirchhoff, according to Bild.
With BVB stars Mario Goetze, Mats Hummels and Marco Reus already considered key members of the national team, boss Jurgen Klopp has started the search for fresh German talent.
Bild suggests that the Bundesliga champions are weighing up moves for Sebastian Rode and Jan Kirchhoff.
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder is 22 and has two years left on his contract, but the problem is that Bayern Munich are also keen.
Centre-back Kirchoff, on the other hand, has entered the final year of his contract at Mainz, which means he can be acquired at a cut-back price.
The 22-year-old is seen as a perfect replacement for Felipe Santana, who is expected to leave the club next summer.
Inter step up interest in Croatian hotshot
Il Corriere dello Sport understands that Inter Milan are stepping up their efforts to sign Dinamo Zagreb full-back Sime Vrsaljko.
The Neroazzurri are eager to sign a new right-sided defender in January and it appears the Croatian defender is at the top of their hit list.
Serie A giants have been following the 20-year-old for a while now and they have already made their interest concrete.
Inter attempted to reach an agreement with the player’s representatives shortly after the summer transfer window closed so as to beat other interested clubs to Vrsaljko’s signature.
The player’s slow start to the season did nothing to improve his chances of earning a lucrative move to Italy, but the Neroazzurri are not giving up on the defender.
Dinamo Zagreb values the youngster at €8 million, although Inter are hoping to lower the asking price.
Sime Vrsaljko is a very versatile player and already has four first team seasons behind him, which makes him very appealing to Italian giants.
Porto winning race for Mauro Caballero
Portuguese newspaper A Bola reveals that FC Porto are on the verge of signing Paraguayan forward Mauro Caballero.
Despite being followed by clubs like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter, the talented striker has agreed to join the Portuguese giants.
However, his current club Libertad claim that they have yet to reach an agreement with Porto over the transfer fee.
“The player’s father traveled to Portugal and apparently reached an agreement with Porto chiefs, but we also have a say in this transfer,” Libertad vice president Carlos Guggiari explained to A Bola.
Mauro Caballero has a €1.5 million release clause inserted in his contract, which is exactly the amount Porto will have to match in order to close the deal.
“We have such an agreement with the player’s father and want it to be respected,” Guggiari added.
In spite of the aforementioned disagreements, it is only a matter of time before the highly rated forward makes a switch to Dragao Stadium.
The 18-year-old has scored 4 goals in 24 league games for the Paraguayan club, but it is important to note he only started three of those matches.