Wolfsburg, Lazio vying for Pato
Sky Sports is reporting that Wolfsburg and Lazio are locked in the battle for Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato.
It is believed that the Brazilian footballer hopes to return to Europe this summer and that is now a realistic possibility.
According to Sky Sports, Wolfsburg plan to make a move on Pato as soon as they complete the sale of Ivan Perisic to Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, Lazio are keeping close tabs on the former AC Milan hotshot as well, but they are waiting to see whether the team will qualify for the Champions League group stages before making their interest concrete.
The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at Sao Paulo, is reportedly valued at €10 million by Corinthians.
Alexandre Pato returned to Brazil in January 2013 and has since managed 39 goals in 109 league appearances.
Valencia line up Otamendi replacement
Spanish daily newspaper AS has suggested that Valencia have made Ezequiel Garay the primary target to replace Manchester City bound Nicolas Otamendi.
The former FC Porto star is set to complete a big money move to Etihad during the week and los Che are now actively searching for his successor.
While inexperienced Ruben Vezo will be forced to deputize in tonight’s Champions League clash with Monaco, where Valencia are 5/6 favourites for the win, the club officials have elected Zenit’s Ezequiel Garay as the man to replace Otamendi in the long run.
The interesting thing is that the two footballers now form a centre-back pairing in the Argentina national team, but they definitely will not be playing together at club level next season.
Garay has been on Valencia’s radar for quite a while now, and the club finally have money to try and wrap up the deal for his services.
The 28-year-old has plenty of La Liga experience, having made a total of 109 league outings for Racing Santander and Real Madrid.
Turkish giants battle for Quintero
Top clubs from Turkish Super Lig are showing interest in FC Porto midfielder Juan Quintero, according to Eurosport.
The Colombian is no longer in the first team plans of coach Julen Lopetegui and he is almost certain to leave Estadio do Dragao this summer.
Eurosport has learned that the likes of Galatasaray and Besiktas are both keen on luring the youngster to Turkey at the earliest opportunity.
The two clubs would prefer to sign the 22-year-old on a season-long loan, while the deal could include an option to buy.
Juan Quintero joined FC Porto two years ago from Pescara as one of South America’s hottest prospects, but he was unable to prove his worth at Estadio do Dragao.
Despite impressing for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, the attacking midfielder couldn’t nail down a regular starting berth under Julen Lopetegui and is now set to leave in search of first team football.