Santos star agrees summer switch to Lazio
Italian newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport has learned that Lazio are on the verge of signing Santos midfielder Felipe Santos.
The Biancocelesti have agreed to pay a total of €10 million for the highly rated midfielder, who is set to sign a five-year deal at Stadio Olimpico.
The transfer will be made official in the coming days, but the player will obviously wait until the start of the summer transfer window to make a move to Europe.
Felipe Anderson, 19, was set to sign for the Biancocelesti on transfer deadline day in January, but while Lazio struck a deal with Santos, they could not reach an agreement with an English investment fund that owns a 30% of the player’s contract.
The Serie A side have since increased their offer and are now set to close the deal taking the talented midfielder to Rome.
Despite his fragile age, Anderson has already made 85 league appearances for Santos, scoring 9 goals in the process.
He is seen as one of the most talented footballers in South America and is expected to make a real impact at Stadio Olimpico once he fully adapts to the new surroundings.
Olympiakos close in on Derek Boateng
Olympiakos are poised to sign Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng, Sky Sport has revealed.
The Ghana international is currently undergoing a medical in Athens and is expected to sign a deal by the end of the day.
Boateng, 29, has been negotiating with Fulham during a January transfer window, but he ultimately opted against signing a contract at Craven Cottage.
He has just returned from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, where his Ghana were stopped in the semi-finals before losing the third-place play-off to Mali for the second year running.
Derek Boateng signed a lucrative contract with Dnipro following two very successful seasons at Getafe, but has lately become disillusioned with life in Ukraine.
He was heavily linked with a switch to England, but it appears he will be signing for the Greek giants instead.
Russian giants battling for Serbian starlet
Spartak Moscow are considering a move for Red Star midfielder Srdjan Mijailovic, according to Izvestia.
It is no secret the Russian giants are looking to sign a new holding midfielder after star player Romulo picked up a knee injury that is likely to see him miss the rest of the season.
Having allowed Demy de Zeeuw to join Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season, Spartak desperately need midfield reinforcements.
Russian newspaper Izvestia claims Igor Denisov and Denis Glushakov are at the top of club’s hit-list, but with both players pretty unrealistic targets, the Luzhniki Stadium outfit have turned their attention to Srdjan Mijailovic.
The player’s representative says he is aware of interest from Moscow, but claims the 19-year-old is also followed by Fiorentina and Zenit.
“We have had contacts with Zenit and Fiorentina,” agent Stevan Mikovic explained to Izvestia.
“A number of serious teams, including the ones from the Russian capital, are interested in my client’s services. However, we believe the best option for Srdjan is to move to Italy.”
Srdjan Mijailovic has already made 46 league appearances for the former European Cup winners, while he has featured in three 2014 World Cup qualifiers for Serbia.
The talented midfielder, who can also play in the heart of defence, has a contract until June 2015 at Marakana and is valued at €2.5 million.