Serie A - Italian transfer round-up: Roma eye Darren Bent

Roma have been linked with Gervinho - and are now tracking another Premier League striker in Darren Bent.

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The Giallorossi and their American owners have repeatedly shown an interest in players who are plying their trade in England.

According to Calciomercato.it, Aston Villa are prepared to release the 29-year-old striker for approximately €7m - £6m.

Roma have approached the club, but not yet made a formal offer, as they are waiting to see what the competition is like from Premier League proposals.

Bent scored only three goals in 16 Premier League games last season, plus a further three between the League Cup and FA Cup.

PSV say Roma have “have made no offer” for Kevin Strootman and warned they’ll only sell for a very impressive bid.

Italian media had reported this morning that only details separated the Dutch international midfielder from the Giallorossi jersey, but that seems to be premature.

“Roma have contacted us to tell us that they are interested in Kevin Strootman,” technical director Marcel Brands told Fox Sports.

“We have told Roma that Strootman is not for sale, and only an important offer could convince us otherwise.

“In our opinion, Roma is the only club to be interested in Strootman, but they have made no offer.”

The reported bid is worth approximately €18m, just shy of PSV Eindhoven’s €20m valuation for the 23-year-old.

“We are aware of the interest and the communication between PSV and Roma, but we will only come into action when Marcel Brands gives the signal that both clubs have come to an agreement,” added Strootman’s agent Chiel Dekker.

Other clubs who have shown an interest in Strootman include Milan and Manchester United.

Santos have reportedly abandoned their attempts to sign Robinho, citing financial difficulties, so he will remain at Milan.

It is now likely the player will sign a contract extension as otherwise he will be a free agent in June 2014.

The Brazilian club has been negotiating for his return since January, but matters came to a head this evening when they held a board meeting.

Despite Milan lowering the price-tag to €7m and Robinho accepting a cut in his wages, the financial burden of the move proved too much for Santos.

They had complained that Robinho wanted to include commissions for his father and lawyer, plus Santos hiring his personal trainer. A statement is expected soon.

The striker appeared to confirm the move was off on Twitter by posting a picture of himself in the Milan locker room.

This could be considered a problem for the Rossoneri, who stated they will not sign Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina unless Robinho is sold first.

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly up against Manchester City to try and sign Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, whose agent is reportedly in England.

On from links yesterday with a €30m bid from City, reports in Italy suggest that all the interest for La Viola’s Montenegrin star is now coming from the Premier League.

The Gazzetta dello Sport report that the previous Juventus target is the subject of attention from City’s expected title rivals next season, United and Chelsea.

It is also once more reported that Jovetic’s agent, Fali Ramadani, has flown out to London to meet with City officials and to listen to what is on the table for his client.

Yesterday saw Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle urge the 23-year-old to resolve his future quickly.

Napoli are the latest side to be linked with a move this summer for Real Madrid centre-back Raul Albiol.

The Spanish international has been increasingly linked with a departure from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Primera Division sides Valencia and Atletico Madrid both believed interested.

On from completing a deal to sign Albiol’s teammate Jose Callejon, though, the Corriere dello Sport today suggest that Napoli are also monitoring the centre-back.

However, Madrid, who only signed Albiol to a new five-year contract last August, are seen as pushing for a high asking price, whilst the player’s current earnings are also seen as a likely barrier at this stage.

Edinson Cavani’s agents have flown to Paris to complete a move to PSG, according to SportMediaset.

Napoli would earn €64m – one more than the buy-out clause in his contract due to red tape issues – and the player a contract worth €10m per season.

Newspapers in France also believe an announcement could arrive as early as this evening.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are in turmoil after director of sport Leonardo handed in his resignation.

The decision came after former Inter and Milan Coach Leonardo received a 13-month ban for pushing a referee in the players’ tunnel following a game.

It had originally been nine months, but was increased after a failed appeal.

“We regret his choice but respect his decision and wish him all the best for his future career choice,” read the PSG statement.

Juventus will reportedly turn their attention to Alessandro Diamanti if Emanuele Giaccherini completes a deal to Sunderland.

The latter is reported this week by the Gazzetta dello Sport as on the verge of agreeing to a move out to the Premier League for a fee believed to be upwards of €8m.

The same publication suggests that director general Beppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici are keen to pull in as close to €10m as they can from the deal, in an attempt to reinvest it in Bologna’s Diamanti.

The Felsinei are reportedly asking for €10m for their talisman, who has been linked on and off with a move to Turin for the past two years and who is seen as a particular request of Coach Antonio Conte’s.

Fredy Guarin says he sees himself at Inter next season, as he remarks at Walter Mazzarri’s first training session with the players.

The Colombian midfielder has been speculated as on his way out of San Siro, with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Anzhi and Napoli all paired in recent months with making a move.

However, in conversation with reporters at preseason training yesterday, the 27-year-old explained whose shirt he sees himself playing in next season.

“Inter’s. I’ve always seen myself with Inter,” Guarin reflected.

“From the moment I arrived I’ve only been focused on doing my best in this shirt.

“This isn’t the time to think about other teams.

“Right now I’m only thinking about Inter and having a good season with my teammates.”

Guarin was asked for reflection on Mazzarri’s impact in training so far.

“He’s a Coach who has always worked his players hard and I don’t think he should change. We hope to quickly get used to his work methods and to do it as well as we can because we really need it.

“My first impressions of Mazzarri? Intensity, hard work and a strong team ethic.”

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