Lucas Moura on Juventus radar
Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura has been the subject of interest from Serie A giants Juventus, reports Il Corriere dello Sport.
The talented Brazilian caught the eye of the Bianconeri as they were watching long-term target Jeremy Menez, who continues to be linked with a switch to Turin.
And while the high asking price could prove to be an obstacle to any deal, Juventus continue to monitor Lucas Moura, hoping an opportunity will arise to lure the Brazilian to Italy.
The 21-year-old has been putting in some impressive displays since arriving at PSG from Sao Paulo, but he hasn’t quite managed to nail down a regular starting berth at Parc des Princes.
As a result, he could decide to consider his options at the end of the season, even if the Saints are not interested in selling their prized asset.
Having already created a four-point cushion at the Ligue 1 summit, Paris Saint-Germain are 1/8 for the league title.
Benfica eyeing Napoli’s Vargas
Italian newspaper Il Mattino understands that Benfica are weighing up January move for Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas.
The Eagles have been keeping close tabs on the Chilean for quite a while and they finally seem ready to step up their interest.
And with Napoli willing to do business, Benfica could wrap up the deal in the winter transfer window, although they could face stiff competition from Brazilian giants Santos.
Vargas, who had arrived at Stadio San Paolo from Universidad de Chile, has managed to kick-start his career while on loan at Gremio, and is now back on the radar of top European clubs.
The 24-year-old has also impressed playing for the national team, scoring 5 goals in 14 World Cup qualifiers, while netting as many times in international friendlies during 2013.
Having missed out on the league title by losing to rivals Porto in the penultimate round last term, Benfica are 7/4 to make things right this season.
Ajax confirm interest in Ola John
Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax have moved to confirm interest in Benfica winger Ola John ahead of the January transfer window.
The Dutch midfielder has been linked with a return to Eredivisie after struggling for playing time in the new season, and it appears a winter switch to Ajax could be on the cards.
The Amsterdammers boss Frank de Boer has confirmed his interest in the 21-year-old footballer.
“At the moment, we do not have a classic wide player, neither on the left nor right,” De Boer confessed to TV station AT5. “We would like to see Ola John in Amsterdam.”
Ola John, younger brother of former Fulham striker Collins John, came through the youth ranks at Twente and went on to make 46 league appearances for the Tukkers, scoring 9 goals, before joining Benfica in the summer of 2012.
However, having failed to prove his worth at Estadio da Luz, the talented winger looks set to return to Dutch Eredivisie.