Serie A - Udinese closing in on Cercela

Thu, 18 Aug 15:47:00 2011

Udinese are close to capturing the signature of Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela.

Serie A - Udinese want Cercela

Francesco Guidolin's side have made a €9.5million (£8.25m) offer for the 22-year-old, who is reportedly keen on leaving the Belgium club before the end of the transfer window.

Carcela has turned down a contract extension at Standard Liege but Udinese face competition from Spartak Moscow for the player's signature.

His agent, Jorge Vidal, said: “Udinese is a very serious option for Carcela.

"The transfer market will be open for another 14 days, but I don't think they will wait that long to complete the deal.

"They already offered more than Spartak Moscow.

"Mehdi isn't interested in a move to Russia. But with Russian sides you never know, they keep trying.

"Would he prefer a move to Italy? We will see about that. He is looking for a move away from Standard."

Eurosport

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