Monday, 25 June 2007

Monday Transfer Gossip

First off, Sky Sports is reporting that Greek side Olympiakos are near to completing a move for Atletico Madrid's Argentine winger Luciano Galletti. Their technical director is expected in Madrid tomorrow to finalise the details.

If the deal for Galletti goes through it will be their second Argentine signing in a matter of days, with the purchase of Argentinos Junior's young striker Leonel Nunez completed yesterday. It is only a modest fee of £1.5million for a player who was in hot scoring form last season, most famously for his goal from behind the half way line against Belgrano during the Clausura.

Atletico Madrid's Mexican coach Javier Aguirre has made a move for compatriot Rafael Marquez, who currently plays for Barcelona, according to Marca (spanish link). With the impending arrival of Yaya Toure, Marquez's first team opportunities may be limited at Barca, giving more credence to the possibility of a move.

Sevilla's Daniel Alves has seemingly opened the door for a move to Real Madrid, after comments made on Spanish radio network Punto Radio, as reported by Marca (spanish link). Whilst saying that he is happy at Sevilla he commented that if he were to leave it would be "by the great door", referring to Real.

Marca (spanish link) are also reporting that RCD Mallorca are refusing to take Barcelona's Argentine forward Maxi Lopez on loan for next season due to his poor output for them in a similar arrangement this season just finished.

Finally, Argentine sports paper Ole (spanish link), is reporting that spanish club Real Betis are close to agreeing a deal for Estudiantes striker Mariano Pavone. A fee of $6.8million has been agreed, with the method of payment now the only stumbling block. Estudiantes appear to be using the money from the deal in order to purchase Chilean club Colo-Colo's captain David Herinquez.

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