Serie A - Italian transfer round-up: Napoli eye Brazil duo, Roma want Gervinho

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is reportedly targeting Brazil internationals Julio Cesar and Leandro Damiao in order to challenge for the top spot in Serie A.

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Julio Cesar

The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that Benitez has identified striker LDamiao and goalkeeper Cesar has his top two targets for this summer.

The Internacional goalscorer has previously admitted that he is ready to leave his home country, and could be available for around €25m.

Stories emerged on Monday that the Partenopei were torn between Damiao and Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, but it seems the South American has won the day.

The Queens Park Rangers shot-stopper meanwhile, is also of interest to the Spanish tactician.

The 33-year-old has been rumoured with a number of clubs over the past few months, with Roma and Arsenal heavily linked with his signature.

Cesar though, has insisted that he wants to stay in London.

Roma are hoping to lure Arsenal forward Gervinho to Stadio Olimpico as the club look to find a replacement for Pablo Osvaldo.

The Giallorossi are looking for a striker to fill the gap left by the Italy international, who is said to be on the verge of signing for Manchester City.

And according to Il Tempo, Rudi Garcia wants to reunite with the Ivorian goalscorer and will offer €10m for his services.

Garcia worked with Gervinho at Lille before selling him to the north London club in 2011.

Milan could make a move for Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Jeremy Menez if their pursuit of Adem Ljajic hits a dead-end.

The Fiorentina attacker has become the Rossoneri's prime target for the summer as Robinho looks set to leave San Siro for Santos.

However, the Corriere dello Sport have claimed that should that deal go awry, Massimiliano Allegri's men will look to sign the France international as their Plan B.

Menez joined the Ligue 1 champions in 2011 from Roma, but is seen as available due to PSG's wealth of attacking talent.

Laurent Blanc's side could let him go for around €16m.

Angelo Ogbonna's move to Juventus is still on hold after talks held on Monday evening failed to reach an agreement.

The Torino defender looked set to join the Bianconeri last week, with reports claiming that transfer was all-but through.

However, Tuttosport have insisted this morning that a meeting between Juve's sporting director Beppe Marotta and Il Toro's President Urbano Cairo ended in stalemate.

The Old Lady are offering €10m plus 50 per cent of Ciro Immobile, or €13m cash for the 25-year-old.

Torino though, are looking for €18m.

Matias Silvestre could be the latest player to go from Inter to Parma this summer, Tuttosport believe.

After the Crociati signed Antonio Cassano from the Nerazzurri, Roberto Donadoni’s men are keen to bring his former teammate to sure their backline.

The 28-year-old Argentine has endured a terrible at San Siro since his arrival last year, playing just nine League games for the club.

And after being dropped from the squad by Walter Mazzarri for the pre-season training camp at Pinzolo, it looks likely that Parma will get their man.

Silvestre could be allowed to leave for around €6m.

PSG are reportedly preparing a bid for Daniele De Rossi after Roma started pre-season training amid protests and insults.

The French side has also shown an interest in Lazio midfielder Hernanes, but according to the Corriere della Sera they are primarily targeting De Rossi.

Meanwhile, the situation within the Giallorossi camp is extremely tense on the day pre-season training began at Trigoria.

A large group of fans gathered outside the gates to chant against the club owners and handed out T-Shirts urging everyone to “throw out” director of sport Walter Sabatini and general manager Claudio Fenucci.

There was a huge banner that read: ‘Pallotta is just a name,’ referring to President James Pallotta’s distance from the side in his Boston office.

Another read: ’26-5-13, we will never forget the way you doused Roma in mud.’ That was the date of the Coppa Italia Final, lost 1-0 to rivals Lazio.

Several players were also subjected to insults when they tried to drive through the gates, including Miralem Pjanic.

The only people to receive applause were Francesco Totti, new Coach Rudi Garcia and fresh signing Mehdi Benatia.

The ultras also demanded a face-to-face meeting with Totti and the team, but were denied the request.

Corriere dello Sport have reported this morning that Stevan Jovetic could stay at Fiorentina next season.

The Montenegriin forward has been heavily linked with a move away from the Viola this summer, with Juventus, Arsenal and Napoli all reportedly interest in his signature.

But with Adem Ljajic increasingly on the verge of a switch to Milan, the hierarchy at Artemio Franchi are warming to the idea that they may not have to sell their star asset.

The 23-year-old is said to be pleased with the arrival of Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich, with only a bid of €30m enough to change the Viola’s minds.

Paris Saint-Germain Coach Laurent Blanc has admitted that he is a fan of Lazio playmaker Hernanes.

The Brazilian attacker has been linked with a move to the French champions, despite President Claudio Lotito insisting that the 28-year-old is not for sale.

The tactician though, has conceded that the Biancocelesti star is an option for his team.

“A negotiation for Hernanes is inviting,” he told

“But I do not want to say too much, or say that anything is close.

“We have other priorities at the moment including a defender and a striker.”

Reports in the French media have claimed that Edinson Cavani’s move to Paris Saint-Germain will be completed on Wednesday.

L’Equipe insist that the deal which sees the Napoli striker join the Ligue 1 champions will go through tomorrow after all three parties came to an agreement.

Le Parisien are set to fork out €63m for the Uruguay international, and will pay the goalscorer €10m per season for five years.

The Paris-based newspaper expect Cavani to be announced as a PSG player tomorrow.

Santos have again publicly asked Robinho to “lower his wages” after his lawyer insisted “we’re at an advanced stage.”

The striker has made it clear he wants a return to his former club, but negotiations have been fraught both between the clubs and over personal terms.

Milan cut their asking price from €10m to €8.5m and agreed to accept payment in instalments, while Robinho took a wage cut, but it’s still not enough.

“I hope Robinho will lower his wages again,” Santos Vice-President Odilio Rodrigues told Gazeta Esportiva.

“Milan have set a very high valuation on the player and we hope this can be cut to make the operation more do-able.”

Robinho’s lawyer Marisa Alija also spoke to Globo Esporte about the negotiations with Santos.

“I think the move could be completed because we are at an advanced stage. I was meant to go back to Milan, but it is up to the two clubs to conclude the transfer by deciding all the payments and details.

“It is not an easy agreement to reach, but we are working day and night. In any case, there is time until July 15.”

The Brazilian transfer session closes on July 15, so Milan are in a rush to push through the sale.

Fiorentina star Adem Ljajic’s lawyer says that Milan have enquired after him.

The 21-year-old’s contract expires in June 2014 and renegotiations have been difficult, so a summer departure is likely.

“We know of Milan’s interest, but the Rossoneri have not contacted Adem or his representatives. They enquired after him directly to Fiorentina,” lawyer Alex Vaiata told

“The two clubs will discuss the matter and, if they reach a deal with Fiorentina, then it is up to us to talk personal terms.

“I wouldn’t say a split from Fiorentina is inevitable. So far we haven’t been called up, so there are no negotiations, but just because Ljajic is not in Florence right now.

“When he returns, we’ll be able to talk things over with Fiorentina and see if there is a chance of a renewal. This depends on what the club wants, because if they have decided to sell him to Milan, then it’s not a problem. We’ll take anything into consideration.”

Arturo Vidal insists he hasn’t renewed his contract and is “honoured” by Real Madrid interest, but wants “to win it all” at Juventus.

The Chilean international is hot property on the transfer market after a spectacular season in Turin.

There had been reports in recent weeks he’d agreed a contract extension to 2018 worth €4m plus bonuses per season.

“No, I have not renewed my contract,” Vidal told Spanish newspaper Marca. “I have a contract and we’ll see what happens.

“Real Madrid’s interest? It is an honour that such important clubs are tracking me, as all players are ‘seduced’ by sides like that.”

However, the midfielder also spoke of his excitement about the season ahead with the Bianconeri.

“We want to win it all: Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Champions League. Carlos Tevez is a top class striker who can really help us in Europe.”

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