Juventus keen on Brazilian starlet
Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims Juventus are pondering a move for Botafogo defender Matheus Doria Macedo.
The Bianconeri have recently entered the South American market, searching for young and talented footballers, and they appear ready to do their first deal.
According to Tuttosport, Juventus are showing interest in Botafogo stopper Matheus Doria Macedo.
General manager Beppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici want to sign the player as soon as possible and let him properly develop in club’s youth squad before being slowly integrated into the first team.
The only problem is Botafogo’s high asking price, which is believed to be around €8 million.
It is highly unlikely that Juventus will agree to pay that much money for a 17-year-old player, who has made just 17 league appearances in his professional career.
Toulouse star hints at big club move
Toulouse winger Franck Tabanou has admitted he feels ready for a big club move even though he is now fully focused on le Tefece.
The 23-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in French Ligue 1 and has seen his name linked with a host of big European clubs.
Tabanou has another three years left on his deal at Stade Municipal, but there is every chance that he will leave TFC for greener pastures at the end of this season.
“Toulouse trained me, I have great respect for the club,” he told French radio station Radio Monte Carlo. “I’ll try to leave my mark before, I hope, going to a bigger club.
“My record (in a season) is four goals and five assists. I have short-term and long-term goals like every player, but personal goals are achieved through the team. If we stay up, it opens more doors.”
Despite his fragile age, the talented midfielder has become a key member of Alain Casanova’s side, and has scored 12 goals in 115 Ligue 1 games for the club.
Stoke hope to ward off interest for Shawcross
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed everybody at the club is desperate to keep hold of captain Ryan Shawcross.
The 25-year-old has developed into one of the best Premiership defenders over the years, with England’s top clubs expressing interest in his services.
Even Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson stated few weeks ago that he regretted his decision to let Shawcross leave Old Trafford.
With the player’s contract at Britannia Stadium set to expire in June 2014, Stoke president Peter Coates is hoping he will be able to persuade Shawcross into signing a new long-term deal with the Potters.
“Ryan is an important player for us and we want to keep him and make him secure. You try to look after your assets,” Coates told The Sentinel.
“He has developed his career at this football club and we want him to stay, so it’s up to us to find a way of keeping him.”
Since joining the club from Manchester United, Shawcross has made 180 league appearances for the Potters, scoring 15 goals in the process.