Real Madrid launch new assault on David Silva
A report in El Mundo Deportivo suggests that Real Madrid are exploring the possibility of signing Manchester City star David Silva.
Silva, 26, is often referred to as one that got away, with the El Clasico rivals missing out on his signature as he opted to join Manchester City instead.
It is no secret Real Madrid hope to lure the player to Santiago Bernabeu in the foreseeable future, and there are reports they are readying a new assault on the Spain international.
Club president Florentino Perez is preparing for the summer elections and he is eager to cement his place at Santiago Bernabeu by signing a genuine world-class player.
After Silva received a standing ovation at Santiago Bernabeu after the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester City, Perez is aware that signing Silva would further improve his chances of winning the elections.
He is, therefore, looking to test City’s resolve with a big money offer, although the player’s €11 million yearly wages could prove to be a problem.
Liverpool hot on the trail of Gomis
Liverpool are lining up a January move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
It is no secret the Reds are looking to add another quality striker to the squad, with Luis Suarez the only recognized forward in the side at the moment.
As a result, Liverpool have been linked with a number of high-profile players over the last few months, with La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that they have set their sights on Lyon star Bafetimbi Gomis.
The Ligue 1 leaders may need to sell one of their star players in order to balance the books, meaning they could decide to cash in on Gomis.
The 27-year-old has scored at least 10 league goals in every one of the last seven seasons, playing for Saint Etienne and Lille.
He has been in fine form this term, scoring 14 goals in 20 competition appearances for les Gones.
Napoli reveal transfer plans
Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon has spoken about club’s plans for the January transfer window.
The Azzurri currently sit in second place in Serie A, just two points adrift of leaders Juventus, and might need to reinforce the squad in order to mount a serious title challenge.
A couple of fringe players are also expected to leave the club on loan deals, namely Eduardo Vargas, Federico Fernandez and Omar El Kaddouri.
“The January window is always a difficult one,” Bigon said in an interview with Radio Anchi’Io Lo Sport. “Perhaps we could send a few players who haven’t played too much to other clubs.
“However, big name players don’t usually switch clubs in the winter. We already have a good squad. We’ll just have to wait and see if an opportunity to sign someone arises.”
Napoli are believed to be looking to sign a back-up for Edinson Cavani, as well as a full-back who can cover either of the two wing positions in team’s 3-5-1-1 formation.