Serie A - Transfer round-up: Higuain wants Juve move

All the transfer rumours in Italy on Monday, with Gonzalo Higuain fuelling rumours of a move to Juventus.

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Gonzalo Higuain has fuelled rumours of a move to Juventus by saying “it would be wonderful” to partner Fernando Llorente in Turin.

The Real Madrid striker has announced he will be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer and, as the Italian giants have already signed Llorente as a free agent from Athletic Bilbao for next season, he was asked if he’d like to form a partnership with him.

“It would be wonderful. We’ll see what happens. There is absolutely no chance of me staying in Madrid. I have made my decision,” Higuain told Spanish media. The Argentine is believed to top Juve’s list of strikers for next season after they were told that Fiorentina will only accept €30m cash for Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic.

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Roma are in pole position to sign Mehdi Benatia from Udinese, reports the Corriere dello Sport.

The Moroccan international has asked the Bianconeri to leave this summer and numerous clubs have made approaches.

Although strong links with Napoli and Milan, it appears that the 26-year-old will be heading to the Italian capital.

Defender Benatia, who joined the Stadio Friuli outfit in 2010, will reportedly cost the Giallorossi about €6m.

Benatia scored two goals in 19 League games for Udinese this season.

Roma are also expected to make a move for Rafael Cabral – a 23-year-old ‘keeper who currently plays for Santos. Roma are also being linked with Emiliano Viviano given the uncertainty over whether Fiorentina will take up their option to sign him outright from Palermo.

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Laurent Blanc is now a leading contender to be handed the Roma job after Milan announced that they will be keeping Massimiliano Allegri.

The latter was in pole position to succeed Aurelio Andreazzoli in the Italian capital, but he was confirmed by the Diavolo late last night.

Capital sporting director Walter Sabatini is now looking on the foreign market for a tactician and the former France national boss is a possibility.

The Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Blanc will be contacted this week and he could be aided at the Olimpico by former Roma full-back Vincent Candela.

Blanc was already contacted in February after the club opted to sack Zdenek Zeman just months following his summer arrival.

Roma have also been paired with a possible move for Rudi Garcia after he ended his spell at Lille, while former Milan midfielder Frank Rijkaard is also on their radar.

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The representative of Francesco Acerbi will hold talks with Genoa this week to discuss the player’s future.

The centre-back began 2012-13 at Milan after the Rossoneri bought 50 per cent of his contract, but Genoa took total control of his ownership in the January transfer market.

He was then immediately loaned to Chievo, the same side who groomed his talents in the 2011-12 season.

“I’ll be meeting Genoa officials in the next few days to hear their intentions,” Andrea Cattoli told Ita Sport Press.

“There are some clubs who have shown an interest, but it all depends on what decision is made with Genoa.

“Francesco needs to feel the faith of Genoa in him in order for him to return to the levels that he expressed at Chievo before leaving for Milan.

“He’s a serious professional, with excellent qualities."

The 24-year-old featured in six League games for Milan and just seven for Chievo.

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Parma chief Tommaso Ghirardi is happy with the transfer interest in young striker Ishak Belfodil.

“The fact that he is wanted is good because it means that our scouting system is working well,” Ghirardi noted of the 21-year-old.

“We received an important offer from an Italian club for him in January, but we rejected it,” he continued.

“Was it from Juventus? No, it wasn’t Juve, but I won’t tell you who it was. The offer was only valid for January and is no longer on the table.

“Now we’ll have to see what happens. We want to build a stronger team by selling just one of our jewels and Belfodil is someone we need to make a decision on.”

The forward, signed in 2012 after spells at Lyon and Bologna, has scored eight goals in 33 League games for the Stadio Tardini outfit.

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Palermo are in transfer negotiations with an unnamed German club about the sale of Josip Ilicic.

“President Maurizio Zamparini has told me that he is talking to a Bundesliga side, but he didn’t tell me their name,” agent Amir Ruznic told Radio Blu.

“At the moment I am in Slovenia and I know nothing more. Ilicic will definitely leave, but I don’t know where he will go.”

The 25-year-old, 10 goals in 31 League games over the past campaign, is available following the club’s relegation to Serie B.

The midfielder has also been linked with Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina.

“I’ve not been told of any Viola interest in him and I haven’t spoken to them,” added the representative.

“But he could integrate well into the football of Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella.”

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Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade has confirmed reports that the club would only accept a cash only offer from Juventus for Stevan Jovetic.

It has been reported that the Bianconeri are offering part ownership of Luca Marrone and a variant across reports of either Fabio Quagliarella or Emanuele Giaccherini, in a part-exchange deal for Jovetic, with a cash payment of between €12m and €18m.

However, La Viola’s ds has confirmed that reports over the weekend of his club wanting only cash for their €30m-rated star are true, and that is if they were to listen to offers at all.

“The club has been clear about Jovetic. He is not on the market,” Prade said.

“There is a promise from the President to the boy, that at the end of the season they would talk together, but the conditions otherwise are that we are happy to keep him.

“There will be no part-exchange deal, only cash.

“The offer from Juve including Marrone? There has been no proposal, only a meeting between the President Cognigni and the agent Ramadani, out of courtesy after a long while.”

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Alvaro Negredo’s agent has confirmed that a move to either the Premier League or Serie A is welcome, with Napoli described as ‘a possibility’.

The Spaniard has finished the season with Sevilla on a personal best 25 League goals and is expected to be one of a number of players the club will sell in order to finance a €50m debt.

On from teammate Jesus Navas reportedly agreeing terms to move to Manchester City, Negredo’s agent has today encouraged talk of his client’s future also being away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

“He has just finished a very important season, these days many clubs are coming forward,” explained Juanma Lopez to TuttoMercatoWeb today.

“He could end up either in Italy or England.

“Napoli? Yes they are a possibility too. The player likes Benitez and moreover, Napoli is playing in the Champions League, a competition that Negredo would like to take part in next year.

“It is clear that the final decision is with Sevilla, whoever wants Negredo will have to find an agreement with them.”

The 27-year-old is valued at upwards of €18m and has also been linked with Borussia Dortmund, Fiorentina and a number of Premier League sides.

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Clarence Seedorf’s agent has reflected that the Botafogo man is not fussed by Milan keeping Max Allegri, only relieved that links with him can end.

The Dutchman was speculated as the club’s first choice to come in and replace Allegri as Coach this summer, with the Italian’s position at San Siro seen as at risk.

However, the Rossoneri have confirmed faith in Allegri for the foreseeable future and Milan’s former midfielder is apparently mostly relieved.

“There is no particular reaction from Seedorf, partly because it is a normal situation when a Coach has a contract and it is honoured,” Deborah Martin told Sportmediaset.

“Seedorf has never paid attention to these rumours and he certainly will not do it now.

“It was bad to hear rumours that he was requesting a salary that was disproportionate, when in fact Clarence never asked for anything.

“I can assure you that he is quite comfortable where he is now and is more than happy to not have to be involved in any more rumours regarding Milan.”

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