Serie A - Transfer round-up: Napoli eye El Shaarawy as Cavani replacement

A round-up of the day's Italian football rumours as Napoli prepare for life without Chelsea target Edinson Cavani.

Serie A - Transfer round-up: Napoli eye El Shaarawy as Cavani replacement

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2012-2013 Serie A Napoli Milan Cavani El Shaarawy

Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay Edinson Cavani’s €63m buy-out clause, which Napoli would re-invest in Stephan El Shaarawy.

The transfer narrative was laid out by Sport Mediaset this evening, touching on a number of different stories dominating headlines in Italy.

Napoli have stated they received several offers for Cavani, all of them lower than the €63m clause that will activate his contract.

It is now reported that Chelsea are prepared to stump up the pure cash sum in order to have the Uruguayan hitman at Stamford Bridge next season.

Aware that Cavani is a hero in Naples, President Aurelio De Laurentiis would immediately re-invest that money by bringing in El Shaarawy from Milan.

This week Adriano Galliani publicly confirmed El Shaarawy “is not off the market,” so he is open to offers for the 20-year-old Italy international.

Sport Mediaset claims Napoli have put forward a bid worth €30m plus performance-related bonuses for the Little Pharaoh.

El Shaarawy has also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks, while Cavani is a target for Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and again Manchester City.

Milan are reportedly close to completing their swoop for Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli.

The links have been active for several months and Sky Sport Italia claim a deal is only hours away.

The 23-year-old has his second stint at San Siro, having played for Inter on loan in 2011-12, but the Nerazzurri did not take up their option.

He returned to Sampdoria and impressed this season with three goals in 31 Serie A appearances.

Poli also scored his first senior Italy goal in last month’s 4-0 friendly win over San Marino.

The move is aimed at bringing down the average age of the Milan squad, as they released 36-year-old Massimo Ambrosini.

Former Juventus winger Milos Krasic could soon return to Italian football.

The Serbian international joined the Old Lady from CSKA Moscow in 2010 at a cost of €15m. He was sold last summer to Fenerbahce for half that price after failing to break into the plans of new boss Antonio Conte.

“He’s had a complicated season at Fenerbahce,” agent Vlado Borozan told “An agreement can be reached with the Turkish club.

“There is interest in him from Serie A and I think that he could really return to the Italian game,” the representative added.

“Which clubs are interested? I can’t mention any names, but we are talking about sides of a medium to high level.”

Krasic, 28, appeared in only 13 League games during 2012-13. He scored eight goals in 40 top-flight matches for the Old Lady.

The agent of Stephan El Shaarawy insists that Milan have no intention of selling his client this summer, despite the latest statements of Adriano Galliani.

The Rossoneri official last night ignited transfer speculation about the youngster when he admitted a sale was not impossible.

“I haven’t heard the words of Galliani,” Roberto La Florio told Sport Italia. “I’m going with what he said a few days ago when he stated that the player was not available for transfer.

“Speaking generally though, we can say that the transfer market is crazy and anything can happen. But the boy is happy at Milan and nothing has changed.”

Reports suggest that Manchester City are interested in the Italian international, a club who could offer Milan Carlos Tevez as part of any deal.

“I’ve not been called by City, these are just rumours. The player is a Milanista and he’s happy in Rossonero,” the representative continued.

“Mario Balotelli and El Shaarawy are the only two players that Milan have who are not on the market.

“Even though money rules in the window, Milan’s desire is to keep him and Stephan’s desire is to stay.

“The interest in Tevez? It’s only right that the club look to reinforce the team. Milan are a great team and they are doing their job by targeting great players.”

Reports suggest that Napoli could also make a bid for the former Genoa man seeing as they tried and failed to sign him in January.

Josip Ilicic wants a move to Fiorentina, but relegated Palermo have warned that he will cost €15m.

The Slovenian international midfielder is expected to be sold this summer, but the Rosanero insist he won’t be given away.

“Nothing has been decided yet and you need three parties to reach an agreement,” Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti told Sport Italia.

“The player has always made it clear that he would favour a move to Fiorentina, because he really likes the way they play football.

“He has great potential, even if he can be a little inconsistent,” the former Siena official added. “We’re asking for €15m.”

The 25-year-old, also paired with Napoli and Roma, has recently started to be linked with a possible move to Juventus.

“Juventus haven’t asked us for Josip,” Perinetti continued. “Even if he could be important in a 4-3-3 if they play that way next season.”

Stories suggesting that Fiorentina have expressed an interest in Zenit’s Domenico Criscito have however been rubbished.

The 26-year-old, who is recovering from knee ligament damage, has been paired with a possible summer move to the Viola.

“Those who have linked Criscito with Fiorentina have only spread rumours which are without foundation,” agent Andrea D’Amico told Lady Radio.

“There is no truth in them whatsoever.

“Domenico will continue his experience in Russia, where he is very happy.”

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced via Twitter he is turning down an option on Parma’s Ishak Belfodil.

“I thank (Parma president Tommaso) Ghirardi for offering me with friendship a priority on Belfodil, a player of real depth, but after a series of considerations I thought it best to move towards other names.”

French-Algerian 21-year-old Belfodil had been heavily linked with Napoli, Juventus, Roma, Inter and Milan over the last few days.

The creative midfielder has been at the Tardini for a year and is valued at around €11m.

Antonio Di Natale is on the verge of signing a new contract with Udinese, claims the Messaggero Veneto.

Despite suggestions that the striker was considering retirement, he’s agreed an extension until 2015. His previous one was set to expire next year.

Udinese chief Gino Pozzo and the forward’s agent Bruno Carpeggiani held discussions last week where a compromise was reached.

Di Natale, despite being 35, will see his salary rise from €1.3m a season to €1.7m. There are also bonus clauses which could see him net a further €300,000.

The Italian international, 11 goals in 42 caps, has scored 185 goals in 345 appearances for the Stadio Friuli outfit.

He joined Udinese in 2004 from Empoli.

The Italian international was netted by the Russian giants in June 2011 when they handed over €11m to Genoa for his signature.

Pescara goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli won’t make a final decision on his future until he gets back from his summer break.

The 32-year-old is liked by a number of outfits after he impressed in Serie A this term – even if he only appeared in 11 matches.

“I still have a year left on my contract with Pescara and I’m happy here,” the former Roma custodian told Forza Pescara.

“For the moment I just want to think about enjoying my holiday. If any concrete offers arrive then I’ll evaluate them along with the club.”

Cagliari and Sassuolo are just two sides who are taking an interest in the twice-capped shot-stopper.

Pelizzoli spent most of the season behind 20-year-old Mattia Perin who was given an opportunity to mature on loan from Genoa.

Pescara finished bottom of the League and will be playing Serie B football next season.

Massimo Ambrosini’s representative has met with Fiorentina officials today after he was released by Milan.

The midfielder is available on a free transfer after the Diavolo opted against offering him a new 12-month deal at San Siro.

Although agent Moreno Roggi has admitted that West Ham are keen on his available client, he left the door open for a Serie A move.

“If an offer came in from an Italian side then we would not ignore it completely,” he stated.

Roggi has subsequently met with Viola sporting director Daniele Prade about a possible future at the Stadio Franchi.

The 36-year-old joined Milan in 1995 from Cesena. He spent the 1997-98 campaign on loan at Vicenza.

Chievo have renewed their co-ownership of Alberto Paloschi with Milan, the Flying Donkeys have confirmed.

The Under-21 international, currently taking part in the European Championship for the Azzurrini, scored seven goals in 20 League games in the past campaign.

The 23-year-old is a product of the Milan youth system who has also spent spells on loan at Parma and Genoa.

Paloschi has been in Verona since August 2011. In January 2013, Chievo bought a 50 per cent stake in his contract from the Diavolo.

Bologna have registered an interest in Rolando Bianchi given that his contract at Torino will expire at the end of the month.

“I’ve had a conversation with director general Roberto Zanzi,” Riccardo Bianchi, the player’s agent brother, told Radio International Bologna. “I’ve known him for some time, he’s a friend.

“We are talking with a number of clubs right now and I don’t really want to talk about any preferences.

“Bologna, however, is an important place and my brother is looking for a side who will put him at the centre of their project.

“We’ll make a final decision by the end of this month.”

The 30-year-old striker scored 11 goals in 32 Serie A games for Toro in the past campaign, an outfit he joined in 2008.

Bianchi has also been linked with former club Atalanta and Genoa.

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