Serie A - Transfer round-up: Milan close in on Tevez

A round-up of the day's Italian football rumours as Milan move closer to signing Carlos Tevez.

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Milan seem closer to Carlos Tevez, as Juventus reportedly insist they won’t get into a bidding war for the Manchester City star.

The striker’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, was photographed in Milan today in a meeting with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“It was a meeting between old friends,” admitted Galliani to the media.

Sport Mediaset had claimed Juventus directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici had also met with Joorabchian earlier today.

However, Sky Sport Italia suggest Juve did not meet anyone and are in fact irritated at Milan’s intrusion.

Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio revealed Bianconeri sources had told him “we won’t take part in a bidding war.”

If Milan are to sign Tevez for around €10m, then it’s likely they will use the money from Robinho’s sale to Santos.

Edinson Cavani’s mother claims he is negotiating with Manchester City and Real Madrid, but that there is nothing concrete with Chelsea.

The Napoli hitman’s mother Berta Gomez spoke to a Uruguayan radio station about the transfer situation.

“There are many rumours, but when something does happen we’ll be the first to know,” she declared.

“Edi is negotiating with Manchester City and Real Madrid. The Napoli president spoke of the possibility of talks with Chelsea, but there is nothing concrete.

“In 15-20 days we will know more and be in a position to say something. He loves Napoli and in case he does leave he would never forget the love and affection of the people. He will be united with Napoli forever.”

Cavani has a €63m buy-out clause on his contract – around £53m – and is considering his options.

It has been reported that Manchester City will try to lower that sum by including Edin Dzeko in the deal, while Real Madrid are offering Gonzalo Higuain.

“There are a few details to sort out” before Mauricio Isla can join Inter, confirmed the Chilean’s agent.

The winger spent this season on loan at Juventus, but is still owned by Udinese and seems set to return to the Stadio Friuli.

He won’t be there for long, as Isla appears to be heading straight to San Siro.

“Isla to Inter is very probable. There are a few details to sort out first,” agent Claudio Vagheggi told TuttoMercatoWeb.

It seems therefore that Isla is first choice ahead of Dusan Basta, the other Udinese winger who was proving rather more difficult to capture.

Italian media claim Fiorentina and Tottenham could exchange David Pizarro for Scott Parker.

The Viola’s interest in Parker has been rumoured for several weeks and today English newspaper Metro suggested Parker is one of 10 Spurs players up for sale.

Sunderland are among those said to be tracking the 33-year-old midfielder, who has a price-tag of around £4m.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Fiorentina hope to gain the advantage by offering Pizarro in a straight swap.

Chilean international Pizarro suddenly stated at the end of the season that he wanted to leave Fiorentina to seek new challenges.

It was an unexpected turnaround and the Tuscans hope they can use him to bring in England international Parker.

This would be a return to the Premier League for Pizarro, who was on loan at Manchester City from January to June 2012.

New Inter boss Walter Mazzarri has reportedly asked the club to make an offer for Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino.

The Corriere dello Sport has made that claim this morning given that the tactician is known to be an admirer of the Italian international.

As recently as January, Mazzarri’s Napoli were in talks with the Diavolo about a possible swap deal which would have seen Blerim Dzemaili head to San Siro as part of the transfer.

Nocerino was signed by the Diavolo in the summer of 2011 from Palermo for just €500,000. He responded to the move with 10 goals in 35 games.

However, the 28-year-old was not guaranteed first team football last term seeing as he started just 20 League ties.

Nocerino is considering his future after the club confirmed that coach Massimiliano Allegri would remain.

Inter and Milan did transfer business last summer when Antonio Cassano moved to the Nerazzurri with Giampaolo Pazzini going in the other direction.

Tottenham are interested in Fredy Guarin, but it’s reported Anzhi met with Inter for the Colombian midfielder.

Guarin has long been linked with Spurs, where he would reunite with former Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas.

There were rumours in the Italian media this week that Inter had turned down a €20m offer from the London club.

However, this evening Sky Sport Italia claim that Nerazzurri technical director Marco Branca met with Anzhi representatives at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.

The offer from Anzhi was brought by intermediary Vlado Lemic, who was also attending today’s meeting between Milan and Carlos Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian.

Inter are already seeking a replacement for Guarin, as Cagliari confirmed talks with Branca over Radja Nainggolan.

“We had a nice chat,” said Cagliari president Massimo Cellino.

Inter and Cagliari held transfer discussions regarding Radja Nainggolan in Milan on Thursday.

That is according to Sky Sport Italia market expert Gianluca Di Marzio, who has revealed of a meeting at the Principe di Savoia hotel.

Inter technical director Marco Branca had lunch with Rossoblu President Massimo Cellino where the midfielder’s future was the main topic of conversation.

The 25-year-old Belgium international is also known to be a priority transfer target for capital club Roma.

Nainggolan, paired in the past with Milan and Juventus, has been playing his football in Sardinia since his January 2010 move from Piacenza.

Mehdi Benatia has claimed he is on the verge of leaving Udinese for Roma.

The Moroccan international was a wanted man this summer, but he’s been convinced by the project in the capital.

“I haven’t signed yet,” the defender told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m just waiting for Roma to sort out the details with Udinese. But I have given my word to Roma.

“Other clubs? I don’t want to mention any names, but I turned down the chance to play in the Champions League.

“I also rejected offers from two Italian clubs who were chasing me.”

Benatia, who is understood to have been on Napoli’s transfer radar, was also asked about his characteristics.

“I’ve always played as a right-sided centre-back in a back-four, but I was also taught how to play in the back-three in Udine,” he continued. “I know how to adapt.

“Am I a hard defender? I’ve never been sent off in my career, even if I have been close a thousand times because a defender can’t just watch an opponent dribble past you.

“A defender has to attack, he has to frighten.”

It is understood that the player will cost the Giallorossi around €6.5m in cash. At least one Roma player will also head to Udine as part of the deal.

Bologna have reportedly reached a deal to buy out Panagiotis Kone from Brescia for €1.6m.

The Greek midfielder is currently co-owned by the two clubs and spent this season at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Serie A.

Negotiations had been troubled and there were fears the matter would go to a blind auction over the summer.

However, Sky Sport Italia claim Bologna have been able to agree terms with Brescia, handing over €1.6m for the remaining 50 per cent of his contract.

The Rossoblu’s original offer of €1.3m had been rejected. Kone is a 25-year-old midfielder who scored seven goals in 35 official games for Bologna this season, including six in Serie A.

Palermo will not be welcoming Matias Silvestre back to the club.

The Argentine defender moved on loan to the Nerazzurri last summer, but his San Siro future is in doubt after he appeared in just nine League games.

“There is no Silvestre situation and there is nothing to discuss with Inter because everything has been pre-agreed,” Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti told FC Inter News.

“Inter will be forced to complete the signing of Silvestre. They haven’t done so yet, but they will before June 20. He’ll cost €6m.”

It is unclear whether Inter will keep the player or try to sell him to another club before the start of next season.

The representative of Michael Agazzi has told clubs interested in his client to make contact with Cagliari first.

The goalkeeper has a number of admirers following an impressive 2012-13 which also resulted in him being called up to the Italian national side for the first time.

“Who wants Agazzi must speak with Cagliari president Massimo Cellino,” Patrick Bastianelli told Sport Italia.

“He has done very well this year and being added to the Giro Azzurro was a great satisfaction for him.

“Agazzi has worked his way up through all the categories, starting in the Lega Pro.

“He was a protagonist in the last campaign and I think he’s ready for an important club, but an agreement must firstly be reached with Cagliari.”

The 28-year-old, first choice in Sardinia since 2010-11, is of interest to Fiorentina as they are unlikely to take up their option to sign Emiliano Viviano from Palermo.

The Gazzetta dello Sport says Chievo Verona will announce Giuseppe Sannino as their new coach on Friday.

Sannino, formerly of Varese and Siena, has left relegated Palermo to replace Eugenio Corini on the bench at the Bentegodi.

Sannino has agreed a two-year deal with the Flying Donkeys.

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