Lazio make star duo available for sale
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has caused a lot of controversy by admitting that star players Hernanes and Senad Lulic could be sold.
Juventus are believed to be showing interest in full-back Senad Lulic as they search for a new left-sided midfielder, while playmaker Hernanes is followed by a host of Europe’s top clubs.
Claudio Lotito explains that the two players are not on the transfer list, but admits they can leave if the price is right.
“I would tell Juve that Lulic is not for sale and the same applies for Hernanes, but you know the way I work,” Lotito told Tuttosport.
“I have never put a player up for sale, but if an indecent proposal was made to me then I could think about it.”
Lazio travel to Turin on Saturday evening to face Serie A leaders, but the Bosnian defender misses the clash through suspension.
Hernanes, on the other hand, is set to start and is hoping to add to the five goals he already scored in the league this season.
Guangzhou confirm interest in Robinho
Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have moved to confirm their interest in AC Milan striker Robinho.
The representatives of the Chinese club have traveled to Italy to establish a partnership agreement with the Italian club and that has led to speculations linking Robinho with a move to China.
However, while admitting interest in the Brazilian forward, Davide Lippi, son of Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi, has denied the transfer could take place in the January transfer window.
“Robinho will not play in China,” Davide Lippi told Sky Sport 24. “The president of Guangzhou will not be in Italy to negotiate with Robinho.
”I do not think that we can do a market operation in such a short time. As far as the future is concerned, however, I am not excluding a possibility that something could happen.”
Due to injuries and poor form, Robinho’s days at San Siro are numbered and he is widely tipped to leave the club in January transfer window.
A return to Brazil looks the most likely option, even if his former club Santos recently confessed the player was too expensive for them.
AZ claim top clubs lining up for Altidore
Eredivisie giants AZ Alkmaar have revealed star forward Jozy Altidore is followed by a number of top European clubs.
The United States international successfully kick-started his career in Dutch Eredivisie following unsuccessful spells with Villarreal, Hull City and Bursaspor.
Despite scoring 15 goals in 34 league appearances for the Dutch club last season, the 23-year-old was on the verge of being sold in the summer.
“Last summer there was a bid for Jozy from a wealthy country in Eastern Europe,” AZ Alkmaar director of football affairs Earnest Stewart told club’s official website. “For us, it was not interesting enough.”
Club chiefs made a right decision in option to keep hold of the highly rated forward, as Altidore went on to score 12 goals in 15 appearances this season.
The impressive showings in Dutch Eredivisie have seen him attract attention from big European clubs.
“This season there are often scouts from top clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the stands,” Stewart noted.