Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Montpellier want €15m for Belhanda; Veseli attracting interest

Montpellier HSC want €15 million for highly-rated Morocco international midfielder Younes Belhanda, but would 'settle' for an offer of €12 million.

Montpellier HSC want €15 million for highly-rated Morocco international midfielder Younes Belhanda, but would “settle” for an offer of €12 million, according to club president Louis Nicollin.

Belhanda, 23, has been linked with a number of European clubs in recent times, including the likes of Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Fenerbahce and Tottenham Hotspur.

In an interview with 10 Sport last week, Nicollin claimed that AC Milan, Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid, FC Internazionale Milano and Galatasaray have all made enquiries for Belhanda.

“We’d need to get €15 million, but I’d settle for 14 or 12,” said Nicollin. “From France, no, but from England, Germany and the United Arab Emirates, yes.”

Belhanda, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2014, tallied 12 goals and three assists in 37 appearances in all competitions for Montpellier last season.

Meanwhile, Nicollin expects in-demand attacking midfielder Remy Cabella to stay at the Stade de la Mosson next season.

The France youth international, 23, has recently been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Olympique de Marseille.

Cabella, unlike Belhanda, will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.

“I didn’t say he [Cabella] was ‘un-transferable,'” added Nicollin. “I think that it’s in his interest to stay another year or two at Montpellier. If a club wants to give us €40 or €50 million, we’ll sell. But that would be stupid.”

Lastly, Nicollin commented on the long-term future of Argentine striker Emanuel Herrera, who joined La Paillade on a three-year deal from Primera División de Chile side Unión Española last summer.

Herrera, 26, struggled to make an impact at the Stade de la Mosson, scoring just six goals in 32 league appearances, in 2012/13.

Regarding the future of Herrera, Nicollin said: “I don’t know yet. These Argentines, they’re rubbish the first year and then good after that.”


Veseli attracting interest

Former Manchester City and Manchester United defender Frederic Veseli is reportedly attracting interest from a number of English clubs after being released by the Red Devils at the end of the season, Sky Sports understands.

According to reports, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic are keen on the Switzerland Under-21 international.

The most attracting proposition for the 20-year-old would surely be Crystal Palace, who won promotion to the English Premier League following their 1-0 defeat of Watford at Wembley, but a move elsewhere would not be so terrible.

“Freddie wants to stay in England, he has been here since 2008 and he feels he is ready to push for a first-team place somewhere,” Veseli’s agent Adam Bouskouchi told Sky Sports.

“There are a number of clubs showing an interest and he is considering his options.”

Veseli, who joined United from City on 31 January 2012, never made a first-team appearance for the Red Devils.


Shawn Etemadi



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