Schalke lead chase for Sporting starlet
German giants Schalke are in pole position to sign Portuguese full-back Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon, A Bola has learned.
The Miners have been keeping close tabs on the 22-year-old defender and they are reportedly readying a summer bid for his services.
Oddly enough, Cedric Soares was born in Gelsenkirchen and Schalke will offer him the opportunity to return to his home town.
However, the Miners could face stiff competition from Everton, Inter Milan and Hoffenheim, who are also believed to be keen.
The talented defender has long ago nailed down a regular starting berth at Estadio Jose Alvalade and went on to start 25 league games this season.
Cedric has a contract until June 2016 with the Lions and a €30 million release clause, but he could be leaving the club for greener pastures as early as next summer.
Star duo to quit Montpellier
Montpellier have moved to confirm that star players Benjamin Stambouli and Remy Cabella are likely to leave at the end of the season.
The two midfielders have become key players for La Paillade, but it appears the club are unable to keep hold of their services.
Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin has confirmed that Stambouli is definitely leaving and Cabella is expected to follow.
“It is official, he (Stambouli) leaves. Cabella as well, probably,” the controversial chairman explained to Midi Libre.
The two players have contracts until 2015 and 2016 respectively, with the club looking to sell the duo to the highest bidder.
Having all but secured Ligue 1 survival by defeating Giungamp, Montpellier are 5/4 to beat Marseille on Friday.
Feyenoord stars near summer exit
Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel has all but confirmed reports linking star duo Stefan de Vrij and Daryl Janmaat with a summer exit.
The talented defenders have seen their stock rise a great deal over the last year or two and they have been linked with quite a few top European clubs.
And their suitors have now been handed a major boost as Feyenoord are ready to entertain offers for the duo.
With both de Vrij and Janmaat tied only until June 2015 and not even close to signing a contract extension, the Dutch giants plan to cash in on them after the 2014 World Cup.
“Stefan (de Vrij) might be playing at the World Cup, only then we can possibly still return to the table,” Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel told Voetbal International.
“After consultation we decided first to see whether and what emerges. If there is nothing on the horizon, the door is always open (for new contract talks).”
The club are also ready to cash in on Daryl Janmaat following the breakdown in contract talks.
“We have long been talking to each other, but now we both came to a conclusion that we want to wait and see what the summer brings.”
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