Serie A - Italian transfer news: Lazio frustrated in Hysaj chase

Serie B side Empoli have cooled suggestions that they have agreed to sell Elseid Hysaj to Lazio.

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Serie A - Italian transfer news: Lazio frustrated in Hysaj chase
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Valon Berisha from Norway (L) in duel with Elseid Hysaj from Albania during Norway vs Albania FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying football match in Oslo (AFP)

Reports this morning claimed that the 19-year-old left-back was heading to the Italian capital in a €3m transfer.

“We’ve had a few conversations with Lazio with regard to Elseid Hysaj,” Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi told Roma Today.

“The last time was about two or three weeks ago when we met with Lazio chief Claudio Lotito. Unfortunately, though, the deal remains blocked.”

Hysaj, born in Albania, moved to Italy as a 14-year-old when he caught the eye of Empoli’s youth system coaches.

FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti, who works closely with Real Madrid, doubts that Gonzalo Higuain will end up at Napoli.

Azzurri chief Aurelio De Laurentiis yesterday admitted that his club are in discussions for the Argentine international.

“New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will do everything possible to convince Higuain to remain,” Bronzetti told Radio ORC.

“Could he join Napoli? I don’t think that they will be able to sign him.”

Napoli are looking for a new centre-forward after they agreed to sell Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for €64.5m.

Higuain was of interest to Juventus before they signed Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. Arsenal are also keen on the striker.

Highly-rated attacking midfielder Miralem Pjanic has committed his future to Roma.

The Bosnian international has been linked with a possible move away from the Stadio Olimpico, with Barcelona and Tottenham paired.

However, speaking at the club’s pre-season training retreat on Thursday, the 23-year-old was clear about his intentions.

“I don’t want to leave and the club know that,” he stated. “Perhaps there was interest in me, but my objective has always been very clear.

“I want to stay here and I arrived at pre-season prepared to help the team and start the championship well.

“Saying that, you never know what can happen in the transfer market and I don’t know the financial situation of the club, but I want to stay and they are aware of my desire.”

Pjanic was signed from Lyon in 2011 and he’s keen to extend his contract which will currently expire in June 2015.

“A renewal will take time,” he added. “We are talking about it, there is a desire there and we’ll just have to see what happens.”

Pjanic has been used in a variety of roles in Serie A and he was asked to be the central midfield playmaker in yesterday’s 4-3-3 system 9-1 friendly win.

“I’ve spoken to the Coach and he wants a lot of technique in midfield. He wants us to control games,” he continued.

“I’ve played in a lot of roles for Roma and Bosnia, but I don’t know yet what system we will use. It will be easier for me if I am given a specific position, but we’ll have to see what occurs.

“There are a lot of us in midfield, those who are in the best shape will play and the Coach will find the right formula.”

He concluded: “I’m happy that Kevin Strootman has come in, he’s a great player. It is always a good thing to have great players in the squad.”

Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has no intention of leaving the Italian capital club this summer, says his agent.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal this month, but Beppe Bozzo has underlined that such a switch will not happen.

“Marchetti is not available for transfer,” the representative told Sport Italia. “He is actually getting quite annoyed by the links with foreign clubs.”

The Italian international, now back in the Giro Azzurro, joined the Biancocelesti in the summer of 2011 after being frozen out of the Cagliari squad on his return from World Cup 2010.

Marchetti’s former clubs include Crotone, Treviso, Torino and Albinoleffe amongst others.

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