Quaresma talks up January exit
Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma has revealed his desire to leave Besiktas in the January transfer window.
Quaresma, 29, has fallen out with club chiefs at the end of last season and wasn’t even registered for Turkish Super Lig this season.
The Portugal international, who has just over six months left on his deal, is hoping to have his contract rescinded and is adamant that he will be leaving the club in January.
“I want to leave in January. Right now, I don’t want to say anything more about it,” Quaresma said to O Jogo.
The experienced winger is heavily tipped for a return to Porto, but has so far refused to confirm speculations linking him with his former club.
During his first spell with the Dragons, Quaresma has scored 24 goals in 102 Primeira Liga appearances.
However, there is every chance that the player will have to agree to a pay cut if he is to join Porto given that he is currently earning €3.75 million per campaign.
City launch assault on PSG star
French Canal + has suggested that Manchester City are pondering a January bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.
City boss Roberto Mancini is not entirely happy with his options in the heart of defence and is looking to add another centre-back to the squad.
According to Canal +, the Italian manager has set his sights on PSG’s Mamadou Sakho.
The talented defender has played quite a few games this season, but he is not entirely happy with his status at Parc des Princes, given that Carlo Ancelotti prefers a centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva and Alex.
Sakho, a first choice centre-back for France national team, could, therefore, decide to listen to offers from abroad.
Carlo Ancelotti remains adamant the player is not for sale, but if the 22-year-old hands in a transfer request, the Italian may not have a say in the matter.
Mamadou Sakho has spent his entire career at Parc des Princes, making 135 Ligue 1 appearances for the Saints and scoring 5 goals.
Ajax confirm Sulejmani leaving in January
Eredivisie giants Ajax have confirmed they are ready to cash in on unsettled forward Miralem Sulejmani.
The Serbian winger earlier hinted that he would be leaving the club in January and Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars confirms that the player will be sold in the winter.
“A January exit would be best for all the parties,” the former Netherlands international told De Telegraaf.
Sulejmani, who has just over six months left on his deal at Amsterdam Arena, will have no shortage of offers in the winter, and Overmars says Besiktas and Borussia M’gladbach are some of the interested clubs.
“We are indeed aware of interest from Besiktas and Gladbach.”
The Ajax official is adamant Sulejmani will not be allowed to leave on a free transfer next summer.
“If the clubs believe they can sign him on free, they are mistaken. A transfer fee will be paid.”
Having paid no less than €16 million for the winger in the summer of 2008, it is no wonder Ajax are desperate to get back at least a portion of the money invested in him.