There are growing reports Laurent Blanc could be announced as Roma boss this evening.
France manager Didier Deschamps confirmed talks were at an advanced stage in a press conference today, pointing out “I want to wait until it is official, but I know they are on the right track with talks.
“Laurent wants a bench and a new opportunity to work. Roma are a good club, albeit with a particular type of pressure around them. If it is officially confirmed, then I’m very happy for him.”
This evening there are reports that Blanc has already agreed a two-year contract and a formal announcement could be made this evening.
However, there are other suggestions that Roma are hesitating over the decision and would prefer an Italian tactician.
After Massimiliano Allegri opted to remain with Milan, there are few alternatives left for the Giallorossi.
Roberto Mancini is said to be unwilling to take the job after he was sacked by Manchester City, while Roberto Donadoni (Parma) Stefano Pioli (Bologna) and Stefano Colantuono (Atalanta) are under contract.
There was even a rumour in the Italian media that former Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni put himself forward, but that Roma did not consider him suitable.
Before moving to Inter, Stramaccioni had been the youth team Coach at Roma.
Real Madrid insist they have received no offer from Juventus for Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain.
The Old Lady are keen on the striker who admitted at the weekend that his time in the Spanish capital was over.
“We have never received an offer for him and he has never told me that he wants to leave,” Real Madrid President Florentino Perez stated.
“It is not easy to leave if your club don’t want to let you go. However, Juventus are a team who we have a friendship with.
“If they are interested then we can talk. I’ll speak with the player on Sunday and then we’ll make a decision.
“If he does leave then it won’t be for economical reasons.”
The Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the two outfits will discuss the player’s transfer on June 9.
Juve and Real will take advantage of the Corazon Classic Match at the Santiago Bernabeu, a game played between Madrid and Juve legends.
Madrid value the player at around €30m, but the Italian champions don’t want to spend more than €22m.
Juventus are understood to have already held preliminary talks with Higuain’s agents about a summer switch.
German newspaper Bild claims Napoli have a deal for Mario Gomez, but in Italy it’s suggested he’s closer to Fiorentina.
The Bayern Munich striker is expected to leave this summer after winning the Treble, as he has struggled for playing time.
On Sunday evening Bild ran a report suggesting Napoli had already clinched a deal for the forward, but Italian media have a different version.
“Until Edinson Cavani’s destiny is clarified, we cannot think about bringing Gomez to Napoli,” said FIFA agent Pasquale Gallo, who works with Gomez’s representative Uli Ferber.
“I therefore do not think advanced negotiations are possible at this moment. Gomez would be treated like a King in Naples, because we’re talking about a very sweet guy who would certainly be loved by the fans.”
Meanwhile, transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio also commented on the situation with Radio Marte.
“Napoli spoke to Gomez’s agents, but he is seen as an alternative to Cavani. Fiorentina, on the other hand, want to seal the deal.”
The Viola are more likely than ever to push for German international Gomez now, as other target Alvaro Negredo’s price-tag has levitated.
Today Sevilla President Jose Maria del Nido announced he had turned down a €17m offer for Negredo from West Ham United.
“Serie A would be ideal for Oscar Cardozo,” revealed the Benfica hitman’s agent after links with Juventus.
“Every day I receive many offers,” representative Aldave Pedro told La Repubblica newspaper.
“They arrive from England, Italy and Turkey. Oscar renewed his contract with Benfica three months ago and is tied to the club for another three years.
“However, I spoke to the President and he told me if there is a good deal then he is ready to sell the player. For the moment he is not on the market.”
When asked whether Juventus would be a good fit, the Paraguayan international’s agent was enthusiastic.
“Serie A would be ideal for Cardozo. He would only leave Benfica for a big club with big ambition.”
The 30-year-old has been at Benfica since 2007, but scored 31 goals in 45 games in all competition this season.
Juventus captain Gigi Buffon has welcomed transfer links with Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic and Angelo Ogbonna of Torino.
The Old Lady are looking to reinforce ahead of next season and the two players are on their wish-list.
“Jovetic, like all the other players who could arrive to improve Juventus, would be welcome,” Buffon stated on Tuesday.
“Ogbonna, meanwhile, is an exceptional lad, a very intelligent one,” he said of his Italian international colleague.
“In my opinion he is a very strong player with great potential, even more than he is showing at this moment in time.
“When he matures he will be a reference point of this Italy team.”
Fiorentina value the Montenegro international forward at around the €30m figure, while Toro think their centre-back is worth close to €15m.
In order to fund such proposed swoops, there are suggestions that Juve could sell Claudio Marchisio this summer.
“I’ve read that there have been offers for Marchisio, but clubs have the right to make bids for Juventus players,” Buffon noted.
“Claudio is a great champion and I think it is normal that there are teams who would want a player of his calibre.
“I don’t know if the club will sell anybody or not, but we have a very capable and ambitious President, a staff who will certainly want to improve the squad so I have no fear.”
The representative of David Pizarro is continuing his search for a club who are interested in the Fiorentina playmaker.
The Chilean international still has a year left on his Viola deal, but he wants to quit Tuscany just 12 months after his arrival.
“David’s idea is to leave Fiorentina,” Alejandro Santisteban told Radio Bio Bio. “He wants an important challenge and I’m working on finding him that.
“He wants a top European club, a five-star outfit, but there have been no negotiations up until this point in time.
“But we will remain calm seeing as we have until August 31.”
Pizarro, 33, joined the club from Roma last summer after a brief loan spell in England with Manchester City.
In 29 League games for Fiorentina, Pizarro scored three goals as the outfit just missed out on qualification for the Champions League.
Montpellier confirmed offers for Younes Belhanda came in from Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa.
“He is about to leave,” announced Montpellier President Louis Nicollin on Le10Sport.
“There are four or five interested clubs and now it’s up to him to decide where to go, seeing as we have almost reached an agreement with the sides.
“He will be sold for €14m-€15m. Concrete proposals arrived from Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa.”
Belhanda is a 23-year-old attacking midfielder and Moroccan international. He scored 10 goals in 30 Ligue 1 matches this season, plus two in six Champions League appearances.
Corinthians midfielder Paulinho admits he would love to join Inter and their lack of European competition “is not a problem.”
The 24-year-old had already been extremely close to a transfer last summer, but put off the move because he wanted to take part in the Club World Cup, beating Chelsea in the Final.
“I said and I repeat: I would go for sure to Inter,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“They are a club known all over the world. There played Ronaldo, Julio Cesar, Lucio, Maicon. Who would not want to wear that shirt?
“The fact that Inter would not participate in the next Champions League is not a problem, because they surely will want to take revenge.
“If Inter want me they have to come forward with a right offer. I’m not a kid. I’m fine in Brazil, I play in a strong side like Corinthians and I’m one of the Selecao’s regular eleven. I must have the right motivations to leave all that.”
Meanwhile, Corinthians director of football Edu Gaspar also pointed out the price-tag is “at least €20m.”