The former Brazil international believes the Partenopei cannot afford to lose their star player and has singled out Leandro Damiao as the perfect replacement if he leaves
Napoli legend Careca has urged the Serie A outfit to do everything in their power to hold on to Edinson Cavani amid strong interest from Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Stadio San Paolo side recently turned down an offer from Chelsea for the 26-year-old, while the attacker’s mother claimed that he is in talks with City and Madrid over a summer move.
Nevertheless, Careca, who wore the Napoli jersey from 1987 until 1993, has urged his former team not to sell as he believes Cavani is too important to the team.
“From all the attackers at the Confederations Cup, I like Cavani the most. He has shown over the past three years that he can score all kinds of goals. He is fast, strong, a real beast,” the Brazilian told Corriere dello Sport.
“It’s quite simple for Napoli, they should not let Cavani go. The team would lose 70 per cent of its strength if he were to leave. He scores too many goals and is always decisive.”
The prolific attacker has a €63 million release clause in his contract with Napoli, which runs until 2017, and Careca realises that there is a chance Napoli cannot prevent their star player from leaving and advised them to go for Leandro Damiao if Cavani indeed moves on.
“I already alerted Napoli to Damiao some three years ago. There’s a lot of talk about him possibly moving to Napoli now. He is a very potent striker who is very clever and has excellent technique.”
The 23-year-old Damiao has also been heavily linked with Tottenham and Olympique de Marseille in the past few weeks. His contract with Internacional runs until 2017.
The Spain Under-21 star has admitted that both sides are keen to sign him, but he has yet to make a final decision on his future
Isco has confirmed that both Real Madrid and Manchester City have approached him over a summer transfer, as speculation surrounding his Malaga future intensifies.
The 21-year-old has long been linked with a move away from his current club following his fine performances throughout the 2012-13 campaign and he has now admitted that Madrid and City are leading the race for his signature.
“There are two options on the table. I have received offers from Real Madrid and Manchester City,” the youngster was quoted as saying by AS.
“I hope to make a decision soon because I still have a contract with Malaga. I have already said before that Madrid and City are both great clubs. I want the best solution for Malaga and for myself.
“It doesn’t matter to me who the owner or president is. I just want to play football and have fun. It doesn’t matter to me what kind of formation a team plays. I have my own characteristics, but you always have to adapt to your surroundings.”
The 21-year-old then went on to discuss his relationship with new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who he previously worked with at Malaga.
“I have not spoken to him yet. I heard about his move to City on the Internet. He’s a great coach and I hope he will do well in England. He did an impressive job at Malaga and at other clubs in the past, so I have little doubt that he will succeed at City.
“It’s a fact that I already know Pellegrini. I know how he works and he has played a key role in my career so far during our two years together at Malaga. It’s a plus that I already know him, but there isn’t anything definitive as of yet.”
Isco’s contract with Malaga runs until 2016, but he has a €35 million buy-out clause.
The midfielder has recently been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 champions, but the Stadio Olimpico side say he is not for sale
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has insisted that Paris Saint-Germain have not made an offer for Hernanes and added that the Serie A outfit have no intention of selling the Brazil international this summer.
A number of recent reports suggested that PSG are keen to lure Hernanes, 28, to the French capital ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, but a transfer seems to be out of the question following Lotito’s comments.
“We will not sell Hernanes. [PSG director] Leonardo has not contacted me to discuss a transfer and they have not made an offer yet, but it’s clear now how we feel about this,” the Lazio president was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.
“Lazio will not let go of Hernanes and the same can be said for our other stars. I am talking about [Senad] Lulic, [Federico] Marchetti and [Antonio] Candreva.
“Our only thought is to strengthen the squad even further ahead of next season.”
Hernanes has a contract with Lazio until the summer of 2015.
The Serie A side’s president has confirmed Spurs are eager to sign the Colombian, who has impressed since moving to Italy from Andre Villas-Boas’ former side Porto
Tottenham have shown strong interest in signing Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin, the club’s president Massimo Moratti has confirmed.Goal understands Spurs have had a €18 million bid for the Colombian rejected by the Serie A side, but are still holding talks regarding a possible transfer.
Moratti understands the interest in Guarin from clubs across Europe, but did not give any indication of whether or not he would be willing to sell the midfielder.
“Guarin? He is a really good player and for that reason he is liked by others,” he said.
“Tottenham are really interested.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and manager Andre Villas-Boas have outlined the club’s summer transfer strategy with owner Joe Lewis in meetings in the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, former Roma general manager Franco Baldini is expected to be announced as Tottenham’s technical director imminently.
The 26-year-old winger believes he could yet stay at Old Trafford this summer and has ruled out a return to play in Portugal
Manchester United winger Nani says he is ‘calm’ amid reports surrounding his future at the Premier League champions.
The 26-year-old’s contract at Old Trafford runs out in the summer of 2014, with no new deal yet in place in for the Portugal international.
And with David Moyes becoming the new manager at the Manchester club, Nani insists a decision has yet to be made on his future.
“My future? Nothing is certain,” Nani told reporters. “I am calm. I have everything in my hands.
“I am not saying that I will not continue at Manchester United. I will think about what is best for me.”
Nani moved to Old Trafford from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in 2007 and has made 133 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 26 goals.
And despite only appearing ten times in Premier League last season, the midfielder has ruled out a move back to Portugal.
Nani continued: “I have respect for the Portuguese clubs, especially Sporting Lisbon but also Benfica and Porto, but I don’t think that is viable.
“I think my level at the moment is different.”