Raphael Varane unsettled at Real
Spanish newspaper AS claims that Real Madrid hotshot Raphael Varane has become disillusioned with life at Santiago Bernabeu.
The 19-year-old defender joined los Blancos in a €10 million deal from Lens last summer and enjoyed a bright start to his career in Spain.
The highly rated centre-back amassed 9 La Liga appearances in his first season at the club, scoring one goal in the process.
Everything seemed to be going well in off-season as Varane was handed a number 2 at Real Madrid, while he was also called by France boss Didier Deschamps for the friendly game against Uruguay.
However, the player’s career has started taking the wrong turn over the last few weeks.
Raphael Varane hasn’t played a single minute in Real’s first five games of the season, while making the bench on just two occasions.
After Raul Albiol was preferred to him as a replacement for Portuguese defender Pepe, the Frenchman realized that he wouldn’t be playing a lot of first team football this season.
It is for that reason that Varane could request a transfer in January, although it is highly unlikely that Real chiefs will be prepared to part ways with such a great prospect.
PSG’s Nene reveals Milan talks
Paris Saint-Germain forward Nene has revealed that he was in talks with AC Milan over a summer move to San Siro.
The player, who is in the final year of his deal at Parc des Princes, expressed his desire to leave the Saints after he was not offered a contract extension and has since been linked with a number of high-profile sides.
The Brazilian eventually remained at the club, but he now reveals both AC Milan and Corinthians attempted to sign him in the summer transfer window.
“The proposal of Corinthians was good, I would have been closer to the Seleccao (Brazil national team),” Nene explained to L’Equipe.
“But, other clubs have approached me, including Milan. It was a delicate subject.”
The Rossoneri were reported to have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain, but they failed to meet the €7 million asking price.
The 31-year-old has lost his starting place following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi, and he will be free to talk to other clubs about a free transfer come January transfer window.
Colombian full-back confirms Inter interest
The agent of Sporting Lisbon full-back Santiago Arias has moved to confirm reports suggesting that Inter are keeping close tabs on his client.
The Neroazzurri will be looking to sign at least another wide player in January and they were believed to be pondering a move for the Colombian international.
The player’s representative denies talks with the Serie A giants, but admits Inter are following the talented defender.
“We are in direct contact with Inter and I know full well they are continuing to monitor Santiago Arias,” agent Marcelo Ferreyra told Radio Renascenca.
“I won’t say there is an official proposal, nor negotiations in place. To say they want to buy him right now is false too.
“At this moment Inter are observing Arias, that is all. As things stand, there are no actual negotiations for a move.”
The 20-year-old right-back joined Sporting Lisbon from La Equidad in the summer of 2011 and has since made 8 Primeira Liga appearances for the Lions.