Inter join Juventus in race for Diamanti

The Italy international previously appeared to be on his way to the Serie A champions, but has now caught the attention of the San Siro side as well

By Romeo Agresti

Inter have joined Juventus in the race for Bologna star Alessandro Diamanti understands.

The Italy international appeared destined to join the Scudetto holders this summer as both sides had been in talks over the attacker for a number of weeks.

Nevertheless, Inter are keen to hijack the Turin giants’ move for Diamanti as they bid to bolster their forward line at the end of a season of great inconsistency.

The San Siro side have yet to make an official offer for the former West Ham forward, but plan to contact Bologna in the upcoming days to discuss a potential summer transfer.

Diamanti has been linked with a move away from his current employers on a regular basis since joining the Rossoblu in the summer of 2011 and it is believed the player is determined to make the step up.

The 29-year-old will not be available on the cheap, though, as he has a contract with Bologna until the summer of 2017.

Unhappy Lopez puts Italian clubs on alert

The former Porto forward has insisted he will move on in the summer saying he feels “it’s not possible” for him to continue at Lyon

Lisandro Lopez believes his time at Lyon is coming to an end and that could lead to renewed interest from clubs in Italy. 

Lopez, 30, was the subject of intense speculation, with Juventus, Fiorentina and Roma all expected to be jostling for his signature if he becomes available in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur are another side who may show interest, with manager Andre Villas-Boas rumoured to be a big fan.

“I don’t think it is possible for me to continue here,” he told Metro.

“Before the end of the season I’m going to meet with the president and the coach and we’ll see.”

The Argentine striker has been a productive player for Lyon since arriving from Porto in the summer of 2009.

His form this season has been below previous campaigns, however, Lopez has still bagged 10 goals in Ligue 1.

Lopez has seven caps for Argentina and has scored one goal for his national side. His contract with the French outfit expires in June 2014.

Gimenez completes move to Atletico Madrid

The Danubio young talented centre-back will join the Copa del Rey finalists in the summer on a five-year deal

Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Danubio defender Jose Maria Gimenez on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The talented young Uruguayan has been linked with a host of clubs in recent times but it is the Colchoneros who have secured his signature. Gimenez is most comfortable playing as a centre-half.

Gimenez, 18, joins fellow countrymen Diego Godin and Cristian Rodriguez at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

The deal was completed on Wednesday after Gimenez passed his medical tests and he will return to his homeland before joining up with Atletico again in the summer.

Diego Simeone’s men currently occupy the last automatic Champions League place in Spain, with a comfortable 13-point advantage over fourth-placed Real Sociedad.

'We want Lewandowski to stay' – Watzke dismisses Bayern Munich & Manchester United approaches

The Poland international produced an extraordinary performance for Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid, scoring four goals, and his employers are not planning to sell him

Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke insists he would rather lose star striker Robert Lewandowski for free next summer than sell him to Bayern Munich or Manchester United.

Reports on Wednesday linked the Poland international with a move to the Bavarians, with the agent of Jupp Heynckes claiming a deal was all but complete for the former Lech Poznan forward.

Lewandowski scored all four goals in Dortmund’s thrilling 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night, and Watzke admitted he would rather have the 24-year-old replicating that form at Signal Iduna Park and lose him for free than sell him.

Watzke told ZDF: “I’m surprised [about the claims]. I don’t know what agent Heynckes has.

“All the harassing fire from a part of the republic are of no interest to us. The fact is that Robert has a contract with us till 2014.

“Unlike Mario [Gotze] he has no release clause. We want Robert to play next year in Dortmund, for this we will waive a transfer fee.

“But first of all we have to talk with Robert. He is one of our most important players and a great guy.

“We have a good relationship and the transfer fee does not matter. I want him to stay, and in my life a lot of my wishes came true.”

Speaking to Sky Germany, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp added: “I don’t believe Lewandowski is on the run. We won’t send him away.”

Despite the remarkable win over Jose Mourinho’s men on Wednesday, Watzke insisted he was not getting carried away with the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu yet to come.

“I am very proud of the team,” he added. “But I’m tense because I know the world will be another in six days.”

Amid all the speculation regarding Lewandowski, the player himself refused to be drawn on the rumours linking him with Bayern and was adamant that his focus is firmly on Dortmund.

“I’m concentrating on Borussia,” he told reporters. “We have important games in Champions League and the Bundesliga, we have to see what happens then.”

Kolo Toure announces intention to leave Manchester City

After four years at the Etihad Stadium the Ivory Coast international will depart at the end of the season, but admits he is hopeful of remaining in the Premier League

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has announced he will be leaving the club in the summer, but adds he is hopeful of remaining in England.

Toure arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2009, completing a reported £16 million [€18.8m] move from Arsenal before becoming an important part of the City team.

However, under Roberto Mancini he has generally be used in a squad rotation and will seek a new club in the summer as City have failed to offer him a new contract.

The 32-year-old told Sky Sports News: “I have been here for nearly four years, and two fantastic years when I have been playing a lot and I hear my songs with Yaya and I will miss those things.

“For me my family is here, my kids are at school and they like the area – but in two months nothing has come from the club and I am thinking about my future definitely.

“My first choice is this country, as I like English football – that is why I began playing football.

“After Cote d’Ivoire I came here, I don’t know any other culture and it is important for me to stay here, I have been here for ten-years.”

Toure also spoke about recently-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United, admitting that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have deserved their success this season.

He added: “They have been more consistent, more concentrated and I think we lost a bit of motivation and determination and that cost us the title.

“I think City need to start from the first game to the end of the season and try and be focused, like we were last season – every game, as the Premier League is so hard, you can beat Chelsea and then lose against Wigan and those games are key.”