Serie A Transfer Rumors: Milan hopeful over Kaká and Balotelli arrivals while Inter say goodbye to Sneijder
Milan and Kaká set to embrace each other again.
The Brazilian international Kaká is ready to join AC Milan for the second time, after his first and successful spell from 2003 to 2009. Discussions are still open and Kaká could be prepared to take a pay cut in order to come back to his former team. However, it seems that Milan and Real Madrid have not yet agreed on a loan deal. The Spanish side are doubtful about a capital loss after they paid €67,5m for the Brazilian three years ago and the negotiations might carry on for the whole week.
Kaká’s possible arrival would open the door for a new tactical solution. After Andrea Pirlo’s departure two years ago, AC Milan have always showed a lack of midfield creativity and Max Allegri might ask the Brazilian to play in a deeper role rather than at his usual position as attacking playmaker.
Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli’s negotiations are still in open talks. According to English media, the 22-year-old Italian international will soon move to Italy as it seems that the player has already given notice on his house in Manchester. Although Balotelli’s full will for a transfer to Milan is not a mystery, chief executive Adriano Galliani vows that they cannot actually reach Manchester City’s demand, estimated around £31m.
Inter poised to spend, after having sold Sneijder to Galatasaray
With Wesley Sneijder finally joining Galatasaray, after a protracted negotiation, Inter is expected to make a bid for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, though chairman Massimo Moratti still has some doubt due to the Corinthians’ demand.
“Paulinho is a interesting player, but he costs a lot” said Moratti to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The hunt for a creative midfielder included the likes of Parma’s Chilean international Jaime Valdes and Atalanta’s Luca Cigarini while Catania’s Francesco Lodi doesn’t seem to be on their radar anymore.
Inter are also tracking 29-year-old right back Mattia Cassani who has lost his place on the Fiorentina’s line-up so far this season. He might be more suitable for a defensive role in the 3-5-2 than Atalanta’s winger Ezequiel Schelotto, who has been linked with a Nerazzurri’s move recently.
While Argentian defender Matias Silvestre, despite being linked to a departure, might remain due to the uncertain physical condition of Walter Samuel, Inter are lining up a summer swoop for Sampdoria’s duo Mauro Icardi and Pedro Ombiang, and Pescara’s midfielders Juan Fernado Quintero and Vladimir Weiss.
Juventus: Llorente will arrive, but only in summer
While Juventus is on the verge of signing Spanish striker Fernando LLorente only for next season, Didier Drogba and Lisandro Lopez are still two options to bolster Antonio Conte’s firepower.
It’s clear that Juventus are in no hurry to make heavy moves and a possibile solution is still to recall players on loan, like Manolo Gabbiadini (Bologna), Ciro Immobile (Genoa) or Richmond Boyake (Sassuolo).
Meanwhile, the Bianconeri are looking at some young talent in South America. The 18-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder José Cevallos has grabbed Juve’s attention as they also keep one eye on another rising star, 19-year-old Chilean forward Nicolas Castillo. Genoa might join Juventus in the deal with Universitad Catolica – a strategic alliance which could see Castillo playing with Genoa until the end of the season and Immobile or Marco Borriello moving to Turin.
Everybody wants Bellomo
Bellomo literally means “handsome man” in Italian – a slang expression for bell’uomo. However, Bari’s attacking midfielder is strongly wooed by Serie A giants, not for his handsomeness, but for his qualities as a player.
Roma and Inter have both linked with the Bellomo and in these days Roma seem to be very close to a deal with Bari, although the 22-year-old may remain in Serie B for the rest of the season.
Nevertheless, after having sold Sneijder, Inter could launch a higher bid for Bellomo, who once declared being a Nerazzurri supporter since his childhood, which might make Inter a shoo-in for his signature.
Larrondo joined Fiorentina, while Sorrentino could be the new Palermo’s goalkeeper
Parma’s target Josip Radosevic has also caught the attention of Napoli who are seriously monitoring the Hajduck Split’s 18-year-old Croatian midfielder. Meanwhile, Eduardo Vargas has left Napoli, joining Brazilian side of Gremio Porto Alegre on loan.
Palermo are close to sign Chievo’s goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino while Parma’s striker Amauri is also a target , especially after Czech internationalMilan Baros has ruled-out a move to Sicily.
After Giuseppe Rossi, Fiorentina strengthened again their firepower by bringing in Argentinian striker Marcelo Larrondo on loan from Siena.