Man City to bid for Alex Sandro
La Gazzetta dello Sport has learned that Manchester City are hot on the trail of Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.
It is no secret that the Citizens are on the lookout for left-sided defenders, with both Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy having failed to impress.
Manchester City have been keeping close tabs on Alex Sandro for a couple of years now, and the Brazilian’s impressive performance in the recent Champions League clash between the two sides appears to have persuaded the Premier League giants to make their move.
The Citizens officials wasted no time as they immediately informed Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta of their interest in the defender, hinting they could offer up to €40 million.
Alex Sandro, 24, only joined the Bianconeri in the summer, in a €26 million deal from FC Porto, and he has yet to prove his worth in Turin.
The Brazilian did, however, show serious improvement of late and he set up Mario Mandzukic for the winner against Man City.
Lucas Moura in Premiership link
Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura could end up moving to English Premier League in January, according to L’Equipe.
The Brazilian had already agreed a deal with Manchester United back in 2012, but he ultimately ended up at Parc des Princes.
However, having since failed to justify the hefty price tag, the 23-year-old is again being linked with a move away from the club.
L’Equipe has learned that several top Premier League sides would be prepared to offer Lucas Moura an escape route from Paris, with Manchester United probably still interested in the Brazil starlet.
The talented footballer did show signs of promise since joining the Saints, but he never managed to establish himself as an undisputed starter.
Lucas Moura has managed a total of 17 goals and 32 assists in 131 competitive appearances for PSG since arriving from Sao Paulo.
Taarabt set for Benfica exit
Record is reporting that Benfica are looking to cash in on Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt just five months after he arrived at Estadio da Luz.
The controversial footballer signed a five-year deal with the Eagles in the summer after his contract at Queens Park Rangers had come to an end.
However, he has since encountered numerous problems, having been deemed overweight and also spotted out on the town in the early hours of morning ahead of match day.
Those are the reasons why Taarabt hasn’t played a single competitive game since joining the club, and it appears that the patience of Benfica officials is slowly running out.
The Moroccan will have the opportunity to gain some match practice after he was relegated to the reserves, but the Eagles are prepared to listen to offers for his services in January.
Taarabt had experienced similar issues near the end of his career at Loftus Road, and he now faces a difficult task of finding a new club.