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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Morata, Cabani, Batshuayi, Pjanić and more

Juventus may lose Alvaro Morata, they don't want to but if Real Madrid chooses to exercise their buy-back option there is little the Italians can do. Arsenal wants Real Madrid to buy him back and then sell him to them without a buy-back clause. Reports in Spain say Arsenal are disgruntled that Real Madrid are taking their time and allowing other parties to com forward for him. The suggestion in Spain is that he is worth more than his buy-back clause now.

If Juventus do manage to keep him then they are not going to sell him. Italian reports sayMoratae will be offered a 3-year contract worth £4.33 million-a-year (5.5m EUR - US$6.22m) which equates to £83,269-a-week (105.769 EUR - US$119,615). He would receive bonuses on top of that. The word is that he wants to stay in Italy.

Should Juventus lose him they are considering 29-year-old Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan striker at PSG. Frenchman Michy Batshuayi, the 22-year-old Olympique Marseille striker we have been heavily linked t,o Belgian Christian Benteke, the 25-year-old Liverpool striker who has struggled without wingers providing crosses and fellow Belgian 23-year-old Romelu Lukaku at Everton are the alternatives.

Fellow PSG striker, 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has played his last game for the French champions scoring twice in his final game. The Italian press are suggesting he may go to Turin where 38-year-old Luca Toni has recently announced his retirement.

Sportmediaset says that Juventus would pay the release clause for 26-year-old Miralem Pjanićc, the Bosnian midfielder at Roma. His release clause is set at £29.93 million (38m EUR - US$42.97m) but Roma say they have no intention of selling him.

Medhi Benatia is being followed by Roma, Chelsea, and Arsenal. The 29-year-old Moroccan centre-back is currently in Germany at Bayern Munich, who have just secured another Bundesliga title. His agent, Moussa Sissoko, made it clear his client was staying at Bayern Munich when he spoke to LaRoma24 and that he had not spoken to Juventus either.

"We've got a meeting arranged to talk with Bayern next week. There's not been anything with Roma -- he's staying at Bayern."

James Rodriguez is in demand with Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City plus a host of other clubs watching his situation at Real Madrid with interest. The 24-year-old Colombian attacking midfielder who joined Real Madrid for £56.26 million (71.44m EUR - US$80,78m) has scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 32 outings. He has only played one full La Liga game in the last five.

Juventus are also following 18-year-old (19 in July) Amadou Diawara of Bologna. The young Guinea defensive midfielder has dual nationality, possessing an Italian passport. Back in November, there were reports of Chelsea scouting him, in December of Tottenham Hotspur scouting him and in April of Manchester United interest.

There is plenty of talk of Paul Pogba, the latest suggestions from the UK press being that he is set to reject Manchester City and Manchester United to stay in Turin. I seem to recall last summer while Barcelona were amid a transfer embargo they tried to buy Pogba and there were reports that they came to an agreement to leave him in Italy for another season and then take him this summer. If he leaves Juventus, it'll be for Barcelona I believe.

Napoli are signing 26-year-old Empoli defender Lorenzo Tonelli. Napoli have qualified for the UEFA Champions League and their president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed this during a press conference after the victory over Frosinone. Contracts will be drawn up today ready for the official opening of the transfer window.


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