Friday, 13 July 2007

Friday Transfer Gossip

First off, the Gazetta Della Sport (Italian link) report that Alexandre Pato's agent Gilmar Veloz was in Milan yesterday to discuss a move for the talented striker. AC are looking to strike a deal before fellow interested parties Chelsea and Real Madrid get in on the act.

Marca (Spanish link) report that Valencia are not going to be forced into a quick resolution of the transfer of Lucho Gonzalez from FC Porto. Although the player is their number one target for the attacking midfielder position, they are saying calm in the negotiations.

Atletico Madrid are believed to be close to agreeing a fee with Villarreal for Juan Riquelme, thought to be in the region of 10million Euros, according to Marca (Spanish link).

Riquelme's Boca Juniors teammate Martin Palermo has pleaded with the club to do all they can to keep the playmaker at the club in Ole (Spanish link).

Whereas Marca (Spanish link) also report that Real Madrid may turn to the talented Argentine after missing out on Cesc Fabregas. However, they are understood to have questions about his character and could turn instead to Werder Breman's Brazilian playmaker Diego.

Arsenal are weighing up whether to apply for a work permit for Mexican wonderkid Carlos Vela, as reported by the Daily Mirror. He can obtain an EU passport if he stays on loan in Spain until January, but Arsenal may feel that their situation means they need him in the squad sooner, rather than later.

Marca (Spanish link) report that Barcelona are also having nationalisation problems with their Mexican youngster Giovanni Dos Santos. The club currently have too many players without EU passports, which will limit the playing time they are able to give the talented eighteen year old, hence the need to get him a Spanish passport.

Finally, Sky Sports report that Carlos Tevez will be in England next Wednesday for his Manchester United medical. It will be interesting to see whether the other paperwork regarding the deal is also sorted by that time.

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