Napoli turned down chance to sign Verratti, says agent

The Italy international is continually being linked with a move away from PSG, but his representative says that his client will not join the Partenopei

Marco Verratti’s agent Donato Di Campli has revealed that Napoli turned down the chance to sign the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder in the past and ruled out a move to the San Paolo side this summer.

A number of recent reports suggested that the Serie A outfit are keen to lure the young midfielder back to Italy ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, but the 20-year-old’s representative has made it clear that the Partenopei have missed their chance to sign his client.

“A move to Napoli? I don’t think so. That’s fantasy football. Verratto to Napoli is a ship that has already sailed,” Di Campli told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“[Aurelio] De Laurentiis was ready to take him, but [Walter] Mazzarri preferred to let him stay at Pescara for another year. That’s that and there’s no way around it.

“I would be angry if I were De Laurentiis. Napoli are a first-class team that has achieved a lot, but they could have done even more.

”Marco is feeling very well at PSG now and has an ongoing contract with them.”

The Italy international’s contract with the Ligue 1 champions runs until June 2017.

Sao Paulo not interested in selling Ganso to PSG

The talented attacking midfielder has long been linked with a move to Europe but his current club are not interested in selling one of their main men

Sao Paulo’s director of football has poured cold water over suggestions that Ganso is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international, who has long been linked with a move to Europe, is believed to have caught the eye of the Ligue 1 champions, but Adalberto Batista says the club have no interest in doing business.

“We have very good relations with Paris Saint-Germain, a good relationship with Leonardo but Sao Paulo are not interested in letting Ganso go,” he told Radio ESPN.

However, Batista did admit that circumstances could change if the club receive an offer that they cannot refuse for the 23-year-old.

“Of course that is what we said about Luís Fabiano and other players apply here too, I can’t say that if there is a big offer we will say no,” he added.

“But that’s it, the offer needs to be one we can’t refuse. But honestly, I don’t think Ganso wants to leave now he is recovering his best form.”

Ganso joined the Soberano in 2012 after starting his career and establishing himself at Santos, where he made 162 appearances and scored 34 goals in the process.

Agent dismisses Zaza to Milan rumours

The striker has been linked with a move to the Rossoneri but the player’s representative says there has been no concrete offer as yet

The agent of Sampdoria star Simone Zaza has revealed there has been no “direct contact” between his client and rumoured suitors AC Milan.

Christian Maifredi claims a host of big clubs are looking at the striker, who has scored 18 goals on loan at Serie B outfit Ascoli, but admits that no firm offer has yet been made for his services.

“His desire is to play, this is what I always said. Milan? I have not had direct contact. The choice will be with one of these big clubs who are looking at him.” Maifredi told Radio Sportiva.

“Let us say that the ideal [scenario] is to now move to a top club and then go out on loan or be co-owned by another party.”

The 21-year-old’s contract with the Blucerchiati expires in June 2014 but Maifredi refused to rule out Zaza remaining with his current employers beyond his present deal.

“The extension with Sampdoria? [It is] hard to tell, because in football everything changes very quickly,” Maifredi added.

Zaza has represented Italy at every age group from Under-16 to Under-21 but is yet to represent the full national side.

Florentino Perez: Bale was born to play for Real Madrid

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has further increased speculation linking Tottenham star Gareth Bale with a move to Santiago Bernabue, insisting he was “was born to play” for the club.

The 23-year-old scored 21 Premier League goals last season as Spurs finished fifth in the Premier League, and he is expected to sign a new contract worth £130,000 at White Hart Lane this summer.

However, Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, admitted on Wednesday that the attacker would consider any offer from the Liga giants.

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, meanwhile, has hailed Bale as “one of the best players in the world” and backed him to be a success if he joins the club.

“He would be a good signing for the club,” he told Marca. Bale is one of the best players in the world and at Real Madrid we always have the best. I am convinced that if the club want him he would be a great signing.”

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Pellegrini: I have a verbal agreement with Manchester City

After guiding Malaga to the last eight of the Champions League, the Chilean has confirmed it is almost certain he will be in charge at the Etihad Stadium next season

Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he has reached a verbal agreement to become the next Manchester City manager.

The Chilean has long been touted as the replacement to Roberto Mancini, who was sacked earlier in May, and already confirmed he would be leaving the south Spain side at the end of the season.

Pellegrini guided Malaga to fourth in La Liga this season as well as the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it looks almost certain he will be in charge at the Etihad Stadium next season.

“I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out,” he told television channel Canal Sur.

The 59-year-old confirmed nothing has been signed yet but it looks to be a matter of time before he puts pen to paper; something which Goal.com revealed could persuade Carlos Tevez to make a U-turn and decide to stay in the north west.

“As of today, I [haven’t yet] a signed contract,” he added.

“It is true that Manchester City have shown a lot of interest that I become their coach and I have had conversations with them.

“Until things have been signed, you cannot say everything is completely done.”

As exclusively revealed by Goal.com, Pellegrini is set to bring Malaga star Isco along with him to the 2011/12 Premier League champions.