Roma eyeing Spurs duo
AS Roma are keeping close tabs on Tottenham Hotspur midfielders Sandro and Paulinho, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.
Given Kevin Strootman’s serious knee injury and uncertainty surrounding Miralem Pjanic, the Giallorossi could be in the market for a new midfielder.
And Il Corriere dello Sport has learned that Roma officials are pondering summer moves for Tottenham stars Sandro and Paulinho.
Taking into account that former Roma official Franco Baldini is currently acting as Spurs sporting director, the Serie A side believe they can reach an agreement for the two Brazilians.
Sandro, 24, has been unable to nail down a regular starting berth this season due to numerous injury problems and the club could decide to entertain offers for him in the summer.
Meanwhile, Paulinho has scored 4 goals in 25 Premier League outings since arriving in the summer, but with Tottenham unlikely to be playing Champions League football next term, he could be tempted by the prospect of joining Roma.
Vitesse starlet on Swansea radar
Dutch newspaper Voetbal International has learned that Swansea City are lining up a move for Vitesse winger Renato Ibarra.
The two clubs have already done business as the Swans made Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony their record signing in the summer, and the two sides could be back to the negotiating table.
According to Voetbal International, the Premier League side are showing interest in winger Renato Ibarra, with their chief scout recently watching the player in action.
With the midfielder’s deal due to expire at the end of the season, Swansea can already negotiate a pre-contract agreement.
Renato Ibarra, 23, joined Vitesse from El Nacional in the summer of 2011 and has since managed 7 goals in 82 Eredivisie appearances.
His current side are locked in the battle with Ajax for the league title, with the club from Arnhem 11/1 to lift the trophy.
Benfica line up move for Batshuayi
Benfica are the latest high-profile club to have joined the chase for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, reports A Bola.
The Eagles see the youngster as a perfect replacement for star forward Rodrigo, who is widely tipped to leave at the end of the current campaign.
And with the player reportedly available for mere €10 million, Benfica seem to have made Batshuayi their primary target.
However, the problem is the 20-year-old has a long list of admirers among Europe’s top clubs and luring him to Estadio da Luz will be no easy task.
Batshuayi, who had come through the youth ranks at Standard, exploded onto the big stage over the last couple of years, and is almost certain to leave his current employers for greener pastures in the summer.
The Belgium Under-21 international has been in scintillating form this season, bagging 18 goals in 28 league outings.
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