Lazio step up chase for Quagliarella
Lazio seem to have made Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella their number one target, that’s according to Il Corriere dello Sport.
It is no secret that star striker Miroslav Klose will be leaving Stadio Olimpico at the end of the current campaign, but the club officials plan to sign him a replacement at the earliest opportunity.
And even though the Biancocelesti have also been linked with Filip Djordjevic, Giampaolo Pazzini and Hernan Barcos, they seem to have made Fabio Quagliarella their primary target.
The Italy international had already agreed a switch to Lazio on transfer deadline day, but the deal eventually fell through as Juventus were unable to complete the signing of Alberto Gilardino in time.
Lazio are now set to return for the Italy international, although it remains to be seen if their Serie A rivals will be prepared to do business in January.
The Biancocelesti face Sampdoria on the road at the weekend, and they are 11/8 to end a three-match winless run.
Quaresma linked with Porto return
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has learned that FC Porto are considering a move for free agent Ricardo Quaresma.
The Dragons are expected to add few more players to their ranks in January, and they seem to be weighing up a bid for former player Ricardo Quaresma.
Having missed out on Brazilian Bernard in the summer, Porto boss Paulo Fonseca seems to have set his sights on the former Portugal international.
The 30-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Al Ahli back in May, and no doubt he would jump at the opportunity to return to Estadio do Dragao.
Quaresma decided to leave Besiktas in December 2012, and went on to sign for Al Ahli in January 2013.
He has since made 10 league appearances for the new club and scored a total of 2 goals in the process.
The highly rated winger has also represented Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea in the past.
Juventus eyeing Ignazio Abate
With both Stephan Lichtsteiner and Martin Caceres linked with a move away from Turin, the Bianconeri are already looking at potential replacements.
And La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Juventus are considering a move for AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate.
The Bianconeri have already sounded out the player’s representatives over a possible switch to Turin, thinking that the defender had less than a year left on his deal at San Siro.
Nevertheless, even after finding out that his contract was indeed valid until June 2015, the Serie A champions remain keen on the Italy international.
Ignazio Abate has spent his entire professional career as a Milan player, although he did enjoy loan spells with Napoli, Piacenza, Modena, Empoli and Torino.