Thursday, 2 July 2009

Transfer Speculation: D'Agostino, Lavezzi

Gaetano D'Agostino
Liverpool have reportedly lined up Udinese playmaker Gaetano D'Agostino as a replacement for Xabi Alonso says the Mail.

The aricle claims: “reports in Spain suggest Alonso and Anfield team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa will complete moves to Real Madrid in the next few days, if not hours.”

“Udinese are prepared to sell either D'Agostino or Manchester United target Alexis Sanchez if bidding exceeds £17million.”

Juventus are also believed to be interested in D'Agostino, but have not been able to meet the asking price.

The 27-year-old who made his Italy debut against Northern Ireland last month is keen to move to Juve, “but Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo has become exasperated by negotiations.”
Speaking to Sky Italia Pozzo said: “The deal must be resolved one way or another. If it isn’t completed by July 6 then it is destined to collapse. In my opinion, Juve have underestimated the value of the player. They don’t think he is the champion he actually is, and we’ll prove them wrong next season. He is worth all the money we are demanding.”

Ezequiel Lavezzi
Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni expects unsettled Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi to turn up for pre-season training next week says the Mail. The story goes under the headline “Lavezzi expected back at training after failing to secure Liverpool move.”

Lavezzi's has been seeking for an improved with the Naples club, but it has been rejected. The striker has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer.

When asked about Lavezzi, Donadoni said: "The club and I think, hope and are convinced that Lavezzi will be in Austria with the team on July 10 (for pre-season training). I have no reason to think otherwise. Lavezzi is a good lad, who has understood the situation and I am counting on him for next season."

Lavezzi's agent claimed Napoli refused to enter negotiations with Liverpool over the possible transfer of the 24-year-old to Merseyside. The player has also been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea.

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