Sao Paulo miss out on Napoli's Vargas, says Juvencio

Eduardo Vargas’ move from Napoli to Sao Paulo is off after negotiations between the two sides broke down due to a fall out over how the deal would be structured.

The Chile international looked set to move from his current club to Brazil but the transfer came to a halt because, according to Sao Paulo President Juvenal Juvencio, Napoli kept making changes to the deal.

Juvencio told Lancenet: “First they wanted €1.5m for an 18-month loan and we accepted. Then they wanted the same amount for a 12-month deal. Then they came back to us and asked to insert a clause which would allow them to recall him at any moment.

“I said I would only accept that if they then gave us back our money should they opt to recall him. That’s when the deal collapsed.”

The move is now off with the two clubs failing to reach any kind of agreement over the player who signed for Napoli from Universidad de Chile in summer 2012.

Vargas could still end up in Brazil by the end of the transfer window with Sao Paulo’s rivals Gremio reportedly interested in the forward.

Galatasaray urge Sneijder to make decision as fans' group claims deal is in the offing

Galatasaray have called for Wesley Sneijder to make a fast decision regarding his future despite a fans’ group claiming that a deal to bring the Netherlands international to Turkey is almost done.

The Turkish club have been courting the playmaker in recent weeks and recent reports suggest the transfer will finally be resolved one way or another.

Oguz Altay, the chairman of the Galatasaray supporters club, tweeted that the Inter midfielder would have his move confirmed by the end of the week, saying: “I just finished a meeting with Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal. He told me that there’s almost an agreement with Sneijder. Thursday or Friday the deal will be done.”

That is contrary to club official Semih Haznedaroglu’s view, who admitted that Cimbom are still waiting for a reply from the former Real Madrid man after tabling a contract offer.

“We can’t force him to come here if he doesn’t want to. Perhaps he prefers to play in the Premier League,” he told Bugun.

“He has to give us an answer as soon as possible because we have done all we can. Perhaps he’ll give us an answer today, but all this delay isn’t ideal.”

Haznedaroglu also warned Sneijder that the club would begin looking for an alternative if they continue to wait for confirmation or otherwise from the 28-year-old.

He continued: “All this waiting is no good for us and we’ll look for an alternative. It was the same situation with Kaka. We did everything possible without any success.

“We can understand that there is no rush from Sneijder, but we have done our job. We’ve got an agreement with Inter and made the player an offer.

“We need a decision from him, a yes or no.”

Fiorentina interested in Osman and Ekdal

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by Elia Raimondo

Fiorentina are looking to bring in a new midfielder to the Stadio Artemio Franchi during the January transfer window, with Everton’s Leon Osman and Cagliari’s Albin Ekdal top of Vincenzo Montella’s shopping list.

Despite rumours that Frank Lampard, who is out of contract with Chelsea in July, could be subject of a bid from the Viola, it seems that the club is looking at more affordable options.

Montella and owners Diego and Andrea Della Valle first became interested in England international Osman after seeing him play while they were watching Steven Pienaar, but after they were priced out of a move for the former South Africa captain, their attentions moved to Osman.

It is thought the 31-year-old would cost the Serie A side around €4 million, while Ekdal, who has impressed since moving to Cagliari in 2011, could also be available for €6m and would provide competition for Alberto Aquilani in the middle of the pitch.

Montella is also eager to add a striker to his squad as he looks to guide the team to a Champions League spot, and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas is thought to be his main target.

The 25-year-old scored 23 times in the Segunda Division last season to help Os Celestes secure promotion to La Liga, and has found the net a further eight times in 19 league appearances this term.

Forren opts out of Liverpool trial following Southampton bid

Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Southampton have bid to sign defender Vegard Forren, despite interest from Liverpool.

The centre-back had been invited for a trial with the Reds and flew into England on Monday night but the assessment period was subsequently cancelled following the Saints’ firm offer for the Norwegian.

A reported fee of £3.5 million has been agreed between Southampton and Molde, with Solskjaer outlining the development to Norwegian newspaper Romsdals Budstikke.

“There have been many enquiries from various English clubs, but Southampton submitted an offer, it was very interesting for us and Vegard,” the former Manchester United striker explained.

“We are more or less agreed with the club but nothing is 100 per cent confirmed. Molde are close to a deal, so we’ll see if this is something that all the three parties will go on.”

The 24-year-old Forren began his career at Molde and has made five appearances for the Norwegian national team.

Sven-Goran Eriksson joins 1860 Munich

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has joined German second division side 1860 Munich.

Eriksson’s role at the club is currently unclear, but it has been revealed by board member Otto Steiner, the Swede will not be taking control of the team with current coach Alexander Schmidt remaining in charge.

Steiner told the official club website: “The board has accepted that Sven-Goran Eriksson will be included in the coaching team of 1860. Alexander Schmidt will remain our coach. Executive Robert Schafer has the order to talk to both of them and to negotiate their exact duties.”

Since leaving the England job after the 2006 World Cup, Eriksson has coached in leagues around the world including spells in Mexico, England and Africa.

Most recently he found himself working with BEC Tero Sasana in the Thai Premier League.

1860 Munich currently find themselves sixth in the second division, five points off third-placed Kaiserslautern.