x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Napoli insist Lavezzi is going nowhere

Napoli insist Ezequiel Lavezzi will not be leaving to join Chelsea, while Bayern Munich are confident a deal can be done for Anatoliy Tymoschuk.

Napoli insist Ezequiel Lavezzi will not be leaving the club in the winter transfer window amid reported interest from English Premier League side Chelsea. The Argentina forward Lavezzi is a reported target of the Premier League side while the Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan. However, the Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has reiterated his star duo will not be sold. "We are not interested in money," he said. "We are following a project and we don't want to start over. I would only sell one of my top players if I see that he has become a hot potato. "If that was the case, I would not hesitate but otherwise, I keep hold of all of my players." Hamsik is Napoli's top scorer this season with seven goals notched while Lavezzi has struck four times to help the Partenopei remain in fifth position in the Serie A standings.

In the Bundesliga the Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness expects the Ukraine forward Anatoliy Tymoschuk to join the club in the summer. The Zenit St Petersburg player visited Munich before Christmas, where he held talks with Hoeness and Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He left without reaching any agreement, but Hoeness expects him to get back in touch within a month to accept their offer. "Timoschuk wants to get back to us by the end of January," Hoeness revealed to the Bild newspaper. "It seems like he does want to join FC Bayern, but only on his terms. "We also want him, but obviously only on our terms. I believe he will sign on with us soon." Should Tymoschuk, 29, he would become the second new arrival at the record German champions in June after Ivica Olic was confirmed on a free transfer from Hamburg. However, Tymoschuk would not be so cheap. A fee of ?15 million (Dh76.3m) should be enough to tempt Zenit into selling.

In Eredivisie news, Nourdin Boukhari has signed a six-month contract with NAC Breda. The midfielder, 28, had been training at the club following an ill-fated spell with Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. The NAC technical director Earnest Stewart told the club's website: "Nourdin is of course an excellent player ? we knew that and he's showed that in training in the last few weeks. "It also became clear that Nourdin is popular in the squad. "All in all, he seemed to click and we decided to take a chance for six months."