Juve and Inter battle for Robben
Juventus and Inter are keeping close tabs on Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben, reports Il Corriere dello Sport.
The experienced winger has been playing second fiddle to Thomas Muller at Alianz Arena and he only returned to the starting line-up after Toni Kroos picked up a serious injury.
Robben is reportedly looking for a new challenge, and having already played in England, Spain and Germany, he might be interested in a move to Italian Serie A.
Il Corriere dello Sport understands that Juventus and Inter are showing interest in the highly rated footballer and are ready to pounce should the player express desire to leave Bayern.
The player’s €6 million yearly wage could prove to be a problem, although the two clubs are hoping he would be willing to accept a pay cut.
Arjen Robben has a contract until June 2015 at Alianz Arena, but he might be available at a cut-back price in the summer transfer window.
Atletico keen on James Rodriguez
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial has learned that Atletico Madrid are readying summer bid for FC Porto forward James Rodriguez.
Los Colchoneros are preparing for life without Radamel Falcao, who is widely tipped to leave Vicente Calderon in the summer.
Atletico are, therefore, looking to sign a replacement for the Colombian, and they seem to have made FC Porto star James Rodriguez their number one target.
According to El Confidencial, los Colchoneros are ready to offer up to €40 million for the highly rated footballer.
James Rodriguez is not an out-and-out striker like his compatriot, but Atletico officials believe he would form a good partnership with Diego Costa at Vicente Calderon.
The 21-year-old has scored 24 goals in 60 Primeira Liga matches since arriving from Banfield, and he is also rumoured to be on the radar of Manchester United.
Santa Cruz in talks with Botafogo
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is negotiating a switch to Botafogo, the Brazilian club have revealed yesterday evening.
The player who is currently on loan at Malaga is eager to finally join a club where he would be guaranteed first team football and a move to Brazil appears on the cards.
Botafogo chief has revealed that they have been in talks with the player’s representatives over a summer switch to Brazil.
“The player was offered to us and we had an initial conversation with his representatives,” Botafogo executive manager Anibal Rouxinol told Lance.
Roque Santa Cruz will be a free agent when his Manchester City deal expires in June and he is free to negotiate a Bosman deal with interested sides.
According to the Brazilian newspaper, Botafogo are prepared to match the player’s $5.4 million yearly wage.
The 31-year-old has scored 6 goals in 26 La Liga matches for Malaga, while netting just once in ten Champions League fixtures.