Juventus F.C. general director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the club have agreed to loan Mauricio Isla to newly-promoted English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.
The Chile international, who impressed at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, will join on a season-long loan, with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Isla fell behind Stephan Lichtsteiner in the pecking order at the Juventus Stadium last term, making 27 appearances in all competitions, albeit just 17 starts.
“Tomorrow Isla will have his medical in England, as a deal has been reached with QPR,” said Marotta.
“We have already reached an agreement with the English club and the player has given his availability, it will be a loan with right of a permanent deal.”
Additionally, Marotta revealed his plans to bring in a centre-back and a striker before the close of the current transfer window.
“Now we are looking for a striker and a centre-back,” added Juve’s supremo.
“Nastasic? We’ll see if it will be him or someone else.”
Should Juve move for the highly-rated Nastasic or opt for another defender?
If the price is right, the 21-year-old Serbian would be the perfect addition to the squad but Manchester City may ask for a fee in excess of €21 million, having paid €15.2 million to lure the player to the Etihad Stadium.
Wenger praises Campbell and Sanogo
Arsenal F.C. manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Joel Campell and Yaya Sanogo after the two strikers combined to net five goals in the club’s 5-1 demolition of S.L. Benfica in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.
Sanogo, a France Under-21 international, bagged four after failing to net in 14 competitive appearances last term, while Campbell added one as Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud watched from the bench.
Sanchez, who signed for Arsenal in a £30 million deal earlier this summer, is expected to feature on the right wing during the upcoming campaign, with Giroud set to lead the line.
That said, it appears Campbell and Sanogo are keen to make an impression on Wenger ahead of the 2014/15 season, and they have apparently succeeded.
“Football always surprises you, not only you but me as well,” said Wenger.
“They [Campbell and Sanogo] need to play of course, but they need to play here. Sanogo came last year on a free and we worked very hard for six months with him and from January onwards he was slowly getting better, now that we have worked very hard with him, we want him to stay here.
“Sanogo was injured for basically two years before he came to us. If you look at his goalscoring record before he got injured, it is quite frightening. For a while when he came back last season, he could not score.
“You could see when he scored the first goal today, suddenly they can rain in. He has a big future here, of course, he is 21.
Wenger added: “Campbell has done very well. I like the way he plays. He is good on the ball, creative and collectively as well he has a good balance between individual skill and collective attitude – that’s not easy to find and there is no reason to let him go.”