x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Transfer talk: January 9 - Man City keen on Cavani, Shaab land duo

The National's daily guide to the latest moves, deals and offers taking place across world football during the January transfer window.

Inter Milan look set to see the back of Wesley Sneijder this transfer window.
Inter Milan look set to see the back of Wesley Sneijder this transfer window.
Manchester City admit they would be keen to sign Edinson Cavani - if Napoli can be convinced to let the in-demand striker leave.

The Uruguay international has been linked with a host of top clubs, though the Italian side are keen to hang on to their prized asset.

But Angelo Gregucci, Manchester City's assistant coach, admitted the 25-year-old, who grabbed a hat-trick against Roma at the weekend, is on their list of targets.

"I don't know if the club will lay siege to Napoli or Cavani, but every club with a player of the highest level will be courted by bigger clubs," Angelo Gregucci, Manchester City's assistant coach, told Radio CRCs.

"Mancini decides the transfer targets with the new directors.  If you ask the clubs who can afford Cavani, for example Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, then I think they'd want Cavani just as Manchester City wants him."


France international forward Guillaume Hoarau has joined Chinese Super League soccer club Dalian Aerbin from Paris St Germain.

The 28-year-old Hoarau, capped five times for France, signed a three-year deal with the club.

"Here we go," Hoarau wrote on his official Twitter account underneath a picture of him displaying a Dalian Aerbin scarf.

Hoarau played only 118 minutes in six league games, scoring one goal, as coach Carlo Ancelotti preferred Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin Gameiro and even winger Jeremy Menez at the front.

The towering striker joined PSG in 2008 from second division Le Havre, and scored 38 goals in 114 appearances for the capital club.


Wesley Sneijder could be set for a move to Turkey after Galatasaray revealed they had opened negotiations with Inter Milan to sign the unsettled player.

The Holland international has not featured since September after rejecting a request to take a pay cut, although coach Andrea Stramaccioni has long insisted his absence from the team is solely a tactical decision.

Sneijder was dismissed from training for Christmas early, despite Inter having two more games to play before the winter break, and looks to have no future at the San Siro side.

He has reportedly attracted the interest of Paris St Germain and both Manchester clubs, but now Galatasaray have moved into pole position in the race to sign him.

"Galatasaray announces it has begun negotiations with the FC Internazionale for the transfer of Wesley Sneijder," read a statement on the team's website.

"The public will be informed of developments."

Sneijder wife, actress and television personality Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau, recently revealed her husband would leave the San Siro early this month.

"We are about to emigrate," she said just before Christmas. "It should happen in early January and we are looking for a nice place for our family."


Al Shaab have signed former Al Ain goalkeeper Mutaz Abdullah and ex-Al Nasr right back Saeed Bubarak.

Abdullah, who was part of the Emirates squad involved in this season's promotion playoff, while Mubarak made 33 appearances for Al Nasr over the last three seasons, including eight this year.


Australian midfielder Tom Rogic is to have a trial with Celtic at their midseason training camp in Spain.

The 20-year-old, who won his first international cap in a friendly against South Korea last November, is rated is one of the most exciting young talents in the A-League.

A three-match suspension for a rash tackle in an A-League match last month will allow him to travel to Spain to join the Scottish champions in midseason.

"This is a great opportunity for Tomas to train with Celtic's first team squad," said Lawrie McKinna, general manager at Central Coast Mariners.

"Celtic are in their midseason break and are busy preparing for their Champions League matches against Juventus in February, so Tom will undoubtedly learn a lot from the experience."


Al Wahda have strengthened their defence with experienced Australian defender Dino Djulbic.

The centre-back replaces Mohammed Al Balushi as the Abu Dhabi side's Asian player after joining on a two year deal from Guizhour Renhe.  Get the full story here.


Sevilla defender Antonio Luna is to join Mallorca on loan for the rest of the season, the island club have announced.

The 21-year-old left-back has passed a medical and will be presented to the media on Thursday.

A statement on Mallorca's official website confirmed: "Antonio Luna has successfully passed his medical examination and will become the team's first signing of the winter."


Reading have confirmed the signing of 21-year-old Hope Akpan from English League One side Crawley.

The midfielder, who joined Crawley from Everton in 2011, has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract.

"I'm delighted to have signed Hope, we have known all about him for a very long time," Brian McDermott, the Reading manager, said.

"He has a great pedigree coming through the ranks at a top Premier League side in Everton.

"There were a lot of clubs in for him during this window, but once he heard of our interest this was the only place he wanted to play. He's 21 and is a player we feel can play at this level."


Sporting midfielder Marat Izmailov has joined Porto in a swap deal for Portugal international Miguel Lopes.

Russian international Izmailov, 30, joined Sporting in 2007 and has been an influential player in the last few seasons. However, he has been plagued by several injuries of late and sparsely used in the first team.

"Sporting informs that Marat Izmailov was transferred to Porto and that Miguel Lopes was signed with a contract that runs until June 2018 and has a buyout clause of 20 million euros (Dh 96m)," Sporting said in a filing to the Portuguese stock market regulator's website.

Lopes, 26, is a versatile defender who can play both as a left and right back and was perhaps the biggest surprise call-up in Portugal's Euro 2012 squad.

Sporting fired former Al Jazira coach Franky Vercauteren on Monday in favour of Jesualdo Ferreira.


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