Serie A - Transfer round-up: Juve turn to Samp striker, PSG in for Hernanes

A round-up of the day's Italian transfer gossip, as Juve turn their attentions to Simone Zaza.

Serie A - Zaza wants Juve chance

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Simone Zaza (Imago)

With problems for Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez, Juventus are turning to Sampdoria starlet Simone Zaza.

The Bianconeri made it clear they need a new centre-forward, but Real Madrid want over €30m for Higuain and Manchester City star Tevez seems closer to Milan.

With Fiorentina refusing to release Stevan Jovetic for less than €30m cash, director general Beppe Marotta is turning his focus elsewhere.

Sky Sport Italia claim the new prime target is Zaza, who shone in Serie B with Ascoli this season, scoring 18 goals in 35 games.

The 21-year-old’s Sampdoria contract expires in June 2014 and he has refused a renewal, so a summer sale is almost guaranteed.

Also linked with Roma, Inter and Lazio, it’s reported Juve hope to have the upper hand for Zaza by offering Under-21 international Manolo Gabbiadini as part of the deal.

Paolo De Ceglie could also be included in the overall negotiations with Samp.

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly set up a meeting with Lazio to discuss midfielder Hernanes.

The Brazilian international was a key figure in their Coppa Italia-winning campaign, but his contract expires in June 2015 and renewal talks have been slow.

According to Mercato365, French champions PSG have called Lazio to prepare an encounter with director Igli Tare next week.

An official proposal could be on the table within a few days, though Hernanes has a €30m price-tag.

He is currently on international duty with Brazil at the Confederations Cup.

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There are reports Milan president Silvio Berlusconi offered Massimo Ambrosini a new contract on Friday, but he refused.

The captain will be released from his deal when it expires on June 30, ending 18 years at San Siro.

According to SportMediaset, President Berlusconi personally called Ambrosini on Friday evening to offer another year on the contract.

However, the midfielder turned it down, having already said his goodbyes and realised he is no longer wanted.

It seems a very strange development for Berlusconi to offer a renewal on Friday when general manager Adriano Galliani publicly declared Ambrosini’s deal would not be extended on Tuesday.

Ambro’s agent was critical of the way Milan handled the affair, as they announced the decision to media before telling him.

If this is true, then it is another example of the growing discord within the club, as President Berlusconi already clashed with Galliani over whether to keep Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Ambrosini has already stated he turned down an offer from LA Galaxy, but is considering West Ham United and Fiorentina.

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