Llorente agrees Juventus deal
Spanish daily Marca reports that Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has agreed to join Juventus in the summer transfer window.
The Bianconeri have been negotiating a Bosman deal with the player’s representatives since the start of the January transfer window, and Marca suggests that the two parties have finally reached an agreement.
The Spain international has agreed to sign a four-year deal with the Bianconeri worth around €4.5 million per campaign.
Llorente will not be joining Juventus in the winter, but will arrive in Turin on a free transfer when his contract at San Mames expires in June.
This is a major breakthrough for the Serie A champions, who have been looking to sign a world-class striker for over a year now.
Llorente had made it clear he would not be signing a new deal at San Mames, but Athletico, nonetheless, opted against cashing in on the striker in the January transfer window.
During his time at San Mames, the 27-year-old has scored a total of 81 goals in 249 La Liga appearances.
Lazio keen on Kuzmanovic
Lazio are weighing up a January bid for Stuttgart midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.
It is no secret the Biancocelesti have been searching for a new midfielder ever since Matuzalem made a switch to Genoa, and they have now been linked with a move for the Serbia international.
Lazio have been following the highly rated midfielder for quite a while and they feel this is the right time to step up their interest.
Kuzmanovic, who has less than six months left on his deal at Stuttgart, has made it clear that he wants to return to Italian Serie A.
The 25-year-old spent two seasons at Fiorentina between 2007 and 2009 and is still held in high regard by top Italian clubs.
With such a high-quality player available at a cut-back price, Lazio can be expected to make a move in the coming days.
Kuzmanovic has become famous for his long-range shots in Germany, and has scored 17 goals in 95 Bundesliga appearances for Stuttgart.
Toulouse star reveals Galatasaray talks
Toulouse full-back Cheikh M’Bengue has confirmed reports linking him with a January move to Galatasaray.
The highly rated defender is one of the three Toulouse players widely tipped to leave the club in the winter, with midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Etienne Capoue the other two.
Le Tefece officials are already negotiating a transfer with Galatasaray and M’Bengue says he is tempted by the prospect of joining the Turkish giants.
“A team like Galatasaray play in the Champions League. They have good players there, it’s a big club, but there are just contacts for the time being,” the 24-year-old told L’Equipe.
Galatasaray currently lead the race in Turkish Super Lig and they hope the arrival of Cheikh M’Bengue will further improve their back line.
The Senegal international has spent his entire career at Toulouse, making 126 Ligue 1 appearances for le Tefece.
He is now ready to embark on a new challenge, but would prefer to leave the club at the end of the season.