Monaco to bid for Matic
Sky Italia is reporting that Monaco are stepping up their efforts to sign Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica.
The Serbian is likely to become one of the hottest commodities in the January transfer window, with a host of top European clubs casting admiring glances his way.
And while Manchester United, Chelsea, Napoli and few other sides have yet to make their interest concrete, Monaco are set to test Benfica’s resolve with a €25 million bid.
Claudio Ranieri is reportedly unimpressed with his current options in the centre of the park and is eager to add the Serbia international to his ranks in the winter.
Nemanja Matic continues to impress with his performances at Estadio da Luz, and has even proved his attacking qualities by scoring important goals in team’s last two matches.
The Eagles currently sit just one point behind FC Porto in the league standings and are priced at 11/8 to win the Primeira Liga.
Roma lining up Pastore swoop
AS Roma are weighing up January bid for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.
It is no secret the Giallorossi sporting director Walter Sabatini is a big fan of the Argentine having lured him to Palermo in the summer of 2009.
The Roma official is now hoping to get reunited with the player at Stadio Olimpico, although Pastore’s €4.5 million yearly wage is proving to be the problem.
Nonetheless, the Giallorossi are hoping to sign the midfielder on a six-month loan in January and then consider turning the loan deal into permanent move at the end of the season.
It is believed that Pastore would be interested in such an arrangement, given that he is no longer considered a first team regular at Parc des Princes, but it remains to be seen if the Saints will be prepared to do any business this January.
Javier Pastore has struggled to justify the hefty price tag at Paris Saint-Germain and he continues to be linked with a return to Serie A.
Inter and Galatasaray keen on Brazilian starlet
Inter Milan and Galatasaray are both interested in signing Brazilian midfielder Wellington from Sao Paulo, according to A Bola.
The 22-year-old has developed into one of the best midfielders in Brazilian Serie A and is widely tipped to make a switch to Europe in the near future.
Turkish giants Galatasaray had agreed a transfer fee with Sao Paulo in the summer, but the midfielder eventually rejected a move to Turkey.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan want to sign the player on loan with an option to buy as they first want to make sure he can make the grade in Italian Serie A before splashing the money on his services.
With Wellington’s contract due to expire in June 2015 and his release clause standing at €5 million, it is only a matter of time before he leaves Sao Paulo for greener pastures.
Despite his fragile age, Wellington has made a total of 115 league appearances for the Brazilian giants, scoring 3 goals in the process.