Milan confirm Boateng transfer
Milan chief Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Rossoneri have already agreed to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng on permanent basis.
The Ghana international joined Genoa from Portsmouth last summer but was immediately farmed out on loan to Milan.
The deal was later switched to co-ownership, but after Boateng impressed at San Siro, Milan chiefs decided to make his loan deal permanent.
The 24-year-old quickly became an integral part of Maxi Allegri’s side and now Adriano Galliani has confirmed the player will remain at San Siro.
“Boateng is completely a Milan player,” Galliani was quoted as saying.
“Boateng is already in effect and permanently a Milan player because we have already established an agreement with Genoa.
”There is a precise figure for the second part of Boateng’s contract which could possibly be increased should something happen…”
Boateng has featured in 23 Serie A games for Milan this season, starting 15 games and scoring 3 goals, and there is no doubt that Milan will do a great piece of business when they make his transfer permanent.
[Source: Il Corriere dello Sport]
Schalke want €25 million for Neuer
Schalke have raised their asking price for Manuel Neuer from €20 million to €25 million according to Bild.
The Germany international last week announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the season, following heavy speculations regarding his future.
Schalke have come to terms with the fact that their captain will not extend his contract that is set to expire in June 2012, but they are now eager to cash in on their most prized asset.
After Neuer impressed in the Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester United, Schalke officials decided to raise the asking price to €25 million.
Bayern Munich have become the favourites for Neuer’s signature after the player hinted that he could remain in Germany, but it remains to be seen whether the Bavarians will be able to pay the transfer fee.
Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies has invited the offers for the Germany international.
“If one wants Neuer, they will have to make an offer,” Tonnies said.
It seems that Schalke have already found a replacement for Neuer as they have set sights on Hannover promising keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
The 22-year-old has a contract with Hannover until June 2012 and he should be available for €5 million.
Lazio and Juventus set for summer trade
Serie A giants Lazio and Juventus are expected to do a couple of deals in the summer, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The two clubs have very good relations and the clubs’ chiefs are reportedly set to meet in order to discuss possible deals.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito was eager to sign then Catania forward Jorge Martinez, but the player eventually ended up joining the Old Lady.
However, Juventus are reportedly ready to sell the players at a cut-back price after he failed to prove his potential with Lazio set to jump at the opportunity to sign the Uruguayan.
The Biancocelesti have also shown interest in Brazilian Amauri, who is currently on loan at Parma.
Lazio already enquired about the Brazilian in January, but were put off by Juventus’ asking price.
Juventus are eager to open talks with Lazio since they would like to reinforce the full back positions with Stefan Radu and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The Bianconeri are also keen on Brazilian Hernanes, but Lazio are highly unlikely to let their most prized asset leave the club.