English club Chelsea, along with their London rivals Arsenal will have to face-off against Italian giants AC Milan for the signature of Benfica’s highly sought-after striker Oscar Cardozo after reports emerging from Portugal claim that Milan are eyeing the hitman.
After the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to French free-spending outfit Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan are in the market for a prolific goal-scorer who can fill the void left by the Swede. They have put down a few names, and Cardozo’s name is included in their shortlist.
European champions Chelsea too have been eyeing the 29-year old as their hunt for a top-class striker continues after the Hulk deal has supposedly fallen apart. Arsenal too have been credited with an interest in the attacker as they prepare themselves for a likely departure of their captain Robin van Persie.
It seems like the English duo will have to fend off this new interest from the Serie A outfit, as Portugese newspaper Record claim that Milan are keen on Cardozo’s signature, for a fee of £16.5 million being deemed sufficient.
Chelsea’s top transfer target, Brazilian prodigy Oscar is relishing at the prospect of donning the blue Chelsea jersey, however he makes it clear that currently, his focus is completely at the upcoming Olympic games, where he wishes to help Brazil attain glory.
Considered as one of the most exciting young Brazilian prospects, 20-year old Oscar has grabbed several eyeballs due to his performances for current club Internacional. Along with Chelsea, many other top European sides have made inquiries regarding his availability.
Chelsea have however won the race to sign the playmaker, as Oscar has already passed a medical with the London club, and the deal is pending subject to some minor details. Chelsea are hoping to finalize the deal, thought to be around £25 million and officially announce their fourth summer acquisition by the weekend.
Oscar is excited with linking up with some of the top players at Stamford Bridge, and he has revealed about his ‘dream’ move to Chelsea as he spoke to the local media.
“If I go to Chelsea it will be a dream come true,” he admitted. “They are one of the greatest teams in Europe.
“I am confident I will have a good Olympics and, if I go to Chelsea, I will arrive feeling good.
“I am confident in my ability. If I go, I will just keep on doing what I have been doing at Internacional, which is working hard to improve all the time.
“But I am not really even thinking about much, I am just focused on the Olympic Games.”
Latest reports emerging from Italy suggest that Italian side Roma have jumped in the front of the long queue for the signature of Benfica’s Axel Witsel, who is being closely monitored by the English duo of Chelsea and Manchester United.
The 23-year old had a stellar last season for the Portugese outfit, guiding them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League where his side fell short against eventual champions Chelsea.
The combative midfielder has been garnering positive reviews for his performances from several top clubs apart from the English duo. Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport are now reporting that Roma have taken an interest in the Belgian international as they look to boost their midfield area.
After cooling their interest in Danish sensation Christian Eriksen, who is coincidentally also a target for Manchester United, Roma have now turned their attention onto Witsel, and sources suggest that the Serie A side are preparing a bid thought to be in the region of £16.3 million.
Will Roma succeed in luring Witsel to Italy?
Turkish side Besiktas’s manager has played down rumors suggesting that his club are interested in bringing Arsenal’s out-of-favor striker Marouane Chamakh, amidst growing uncertainty circling the Moroccan striker.
The 28-year old frontman had a glowing start to his career at Arsenal since joining from French club Bordeaux two years ago. But since then, his form, his stock price along with his involvement in Arsenal’s squad has been declining rapidly.
He spent majority of last season on the bench for the Gunners, which some can argue was out of his hands as the man replacing him was Arsenal’s captain Robin van Persie who himself had the best season of his career. However, with the striker set to spend further time on the bench, given Arsenal’s new signings, the duo of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, many believe that Chamakh’s time is up at the Emirates Stadium.
The Morocco international has been linked with quite a few clubs, Besiktas being the latest. However, the club’s manager Samet Aybaba has distanced his club from such speculation as he told Goal.com, “We needed a defender like Escude and I think our defence will be stronger with him. We’re not attempting to sign Marouane Chamakh.”
With Besiktas ruling themselves out of contention, where will the hapless Chamakh be next season?
The English duo Chelsea and Manchester City have put on red alert as their striking target Edinson Cavani of Napoli is reportedly seeking an exit route from the Italian club.
The giant striker, whose stocks have risen in the past couple of seasons, is highly regarded as one of Europe’s most feared strikers. Thought to be on the radar of several top sides apart from Chelsea and City, Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed earlier this year that the Uruguayan will be allowed to leave Naples only if a big money transfer offer came along.
Currently in London for the Olympic games, the 25-year old is reportedly looking for greener pastures away from Italy and into a top league like the English Premier League. The striker’s agent Mino Raiola too has confirmed that Cavani will leave at the first chance if he was in charge of matters. Speaking to Italian radio station Kiss-Kiss, Raiola said: “Cavani, if he could, he would leave immediately, but the president is not easy in these matters.”