Lazio keen on Ivan Rakitic
Lazio are weighing up a summer move for Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.
The Biancocelesti are somewhat short of options in the centre of the park and they are looking to sign at least another high-profile midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Il Corriere dello Sport understands that Stadio Olimpico outfit have made Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic their number one target.
The 25-year-old has a contract until June 2014 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and is reportedly looking for a new challenge.
Rakitic has been disappointed by the club’s downtrend in fortunes this season and is eager to leave at the end of the current campaign.
Being in a very difficult financial situation, Sevilla are prepared to cash in on their star player, with los Rojiblancos requesting €10 million for the player’s services.
Ivan Rakitic has been one of team’s star performers this season, scoring 5 goals and producing 7 assists in 23 La Liga fixtures.
Negredo hints at summer exit
Sevilla star Alvaro Negredo has added fuel to speculations linking him with a summer move away from Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The Spain international is enjoying one of the best seasons in his career and has been the subject of admiring glances from Europe’s top clubs.
A number of Premier League giants are keeping close tabs on the player, who admits that he could be leaving Sevilla in the summer.
“If the president does not want to sell, there are other players who can go,” Negredo explained to reporters.
“He will choose the best option for the club and when I do go, it will be because he finds it the right thing to do. I am calm about it.”
Sevilla chiefs are forced to sell several star players in the summer in order to balance the books, and everything suggests Negredo will be the first one to leave.
The 27-year-old has developed into one of La Liga’s most prolific goalscorers during his time at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, having bagged 60 goals in 127 La Liga appearances for los Rojiblancos.
Udinese set to sign Jadson
Brazilian newspaper O Globo has revealed that Udinese are closing in on Botafogo midfielder Jadson.
The Serie A club are well known for their impressive scout network that continue to unearth new talents from all over the world.
Club officials are already working on reinforcements for the 2013/2014 season and O Globo reports that they are on the verge of signing Botafogo hotshot Jadson.
Sporting director Fabrizio Larini has reached an agreement with the Brazilian club over the player’s move to Italy, with the cost of the transfer around €2.5 million.
Jadson has already arrived in Udine, where he will sign a long-term deal with the club subject to passing a medical.
The 19-year-old has made a total of 40 league appearances for Botafogo and is currently part of the Brazil Under-20 squad.