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Mandanda linked with Premiership move; Benfica bid for Serbian starlet

hot-transfer-newsMandanda linked with Premiership move

Canal + is reporting that Marseille captain Steve Mandanda could be moving to English Premier League this winter.

The 30-year-old has been considering his options at Stade Velodrome as he reportedly wants a fresh challenge after spending last eight and a half years with OM.

Mandanda refused to discuss his future after making several crucial saves in the 1-1 draw with Bordeaux, but it appears he could soon be leaving Marseille after all.

According to Canal +, a number of Premier League sides are after his signature, with an unnamed club also submitting an official proposal.

With Mandanda’s contract due to expire at the end of the current campaign, a January exit does seem likely.

The experienced shot-stopper will challenge Hugo Lloris for the starting berth in the national team, and Euro 2016 hosts France are available at 2/5 to win the opening clash against Romania.

Benfica bid for Serbian starlet

Serbian newspaper Sportski Zurnal is reporting that Benfica are hot on the trail of Partizan Belgrade youngster Ivan Saponjic.

The Eagles were very close to signing his teammate Andrija Zivkovic last summer, but the player eventually rejected a move to Estadio da Luz.

And it appears that Benfica have now turned their attention to striker Ivan Saponjic, having reportedly submitted an offer worth €1.5 million.

The Serbian club need the cash after crashing out of Europa League and with the 18-year-old mostly restricted to substitute appearances this season, they may be tempted to sell.

After scoring four league goals last term, Saponjic shone at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, netting two times on the road to the coveted trophy.

He has since started four league fixtures for Partizan Belgrade, while making another 13 substitute appearances, scoring three goals in the process.

Imbula set for Porto stay

Portuguese daily newspaper O Jogo has learned that FC Porto have decided not to sell Gianelli Imbula after all.

The Frenchman joined the Dragons in a €20 million deal from Marseille last summer, but he has had a difficult start to his career in Portugal.

Following some disappointing performances, Imbula was left out of the match day squad on several occasions, which sparked rumours that he could be sold in the January transfer window.

However, despite the fact that he watched yesterday’s match vs Academica from the stands, O Jogo understands that FC Porto have no intention of cashing in on their prized asset just yet.

Having splashed out so much money on his services, the Dragons are ready to wait for the 23-year-old to prove his worth.

Gianelli Imbula made a total of nine league appearances this season, while also featuring in five Champions League games for FC Porto.

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Mon 21 Dec, 2015
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