A round-up of the day's Italian transfer gossip as Fiorentina close in on QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Reports suggest that the Brazilian goalkeeper is on the verge of joining the Viola after Arsenal pulled out of the race for the QPR man.
The goalkeeper confirmed that he would leave QPR following their relegation from the Premier League and had already been in advanced negotiations for a move to Napoli, but that collapsed when the club wouldn’t meet his wage demands.
Fiorentina and Arsenal became the only real contenders for his signature and in the last 24 hours there have been reports the Gunners abandoned talks.
This leaves only Fiorentina, who are thought to be working out the final details with the 33-year-old after QPR accepted a €3million (£2.5m) offer.
Elsewhere, Karim Benzema’s agent has rubbished reports that the Real Madrid striker could be on his way to Roma. “No, I never spoke to anyone from Roma, nor have they contacted me to start negotiations,” Karim Djaziri told Radio Manà Manà.
“It is pure fantasy. Roma are a great club, but how would it be possible for Karim to leave a club like Real Madrid?
“These are just transfer rumours. Karim is happy to play for the Blancos and will remain in Spain.”
Catania striker Maxi Lopez is reportedly on the verge of joining Dubai-based outfit Al Nasr.
“We already have a pre-contract signed with him,” Al Nasr chief Ahmad Al Khoury is quoted as saying. “He will sign his contract after passing his medical.”
Lopez was available for transfer after spending the last season and a half on loan at firstly Milan and then Sampdoria.
Torino were said to be interested in landing the 29-year-old, but it seems as if the Argentine will be heading to the UAE.
Sky Sports Italia are reporting that newly promoted Verona have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Inter’s young striker Samuele Longo.
The Stadio Bentegodi outfit are keen on the Under-21 international and they have discussed a possible move with the Milan giants.
However, Verona director general Giovanni Gardini has told Sky Sport Italia that he expects his club to miss out on the player.
“It seems that Longo is destined to join Livorno rather than us,” the official noted on Tuesday morning.
The forward has been made available for transfer after returning to Inter in the summer following a loan spell at Espanyol.
According to the Corriere dello Sport, Genoa have set their sights on Malmo’s Swedish winger Jiloan Hamad.
Talks are already at an advanced stage for the 22-year-old who can play behind the strikers or as a wide forward.
He is out of contract on December 31 and Malmo have set a price-tag on him of approximately €1m (£860,000).
He scored six goals in 17 games in the Swedish Allsvenskan, plus two in five Europa League matches.
Hamad is of Iraqi origin, but plays his international football for Sweden.
The Adem Ljajic saga drags on, as a crunch meeting between Fiorentina and his father was postponed.
His contract expires in June 2014 and so far there has been no progress on a renewal, while Milan’s €8m (£6.9m) offer was rejected.
Ljajic’s father Samir was due to meet the Viola today, but according to Sky Sport Italia that encounter has now been postponed until August 12 or 13.
Fiorentina have already stated that Ljajic will be sold this summer if he does not sign a new contract.
The club also released a statement criticising Milan for their approach towards the player.
Martin Skrtel could well join Pepe Reina and Rafa Benitez at Napoli, as Liverpool are prepared to release him on loan.
The defender was one of Benitez’s key players at Anfield, so has been consistently linked with a move to Naples since the coach was appointed.
According to TalkSport, Liverpool are considering sending Skrtel out on a one-year loan deal, the same scenario that brought Reina to the San Paolo.
The Slovak centre-back played 25 Premier League games last season, scoring two goals.
The centre-forward turns 26 next month and returned to base after a six-month loan spell at Spanish side Levante.
He had been expected to take another loan switch to Serie A new boys Livorno this summer.
However, according to CalcioNews24, Acquafresca is tempted by an offer from Hull City instead.
He has Italian and Polish citizenship. Bologna would be happier to sell Acquafresca rather than accept another loan, as he is not part of their plans.
The Bianconeri have made it clear they need to whittle down their squad after the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, so Quagliarella is on the transfer list.
Last month the Canaries had an initial £7m bid turned down for the 30-year-old, but according to the Daily Mirror they are coming back with new terms.
He scored 13 goals in 35 games in all competition for Juventus last season, including nine in Serie A and four in the Champions League.