Serie A Transfer Rumours: Javier Pastore, Alexis Sanchez and the Latest News
Javier Pastore and Alexis Sanchez are soon to be on the move.
Small market teams like Palermo and Udinese have a hard time keeping a hold of their stars. The temptation for players to sign with Italian powerhouses like Milan, Inter or Juventus is simply too strong.
In recent years, the big English and Spanish teams have gotten more aggressive in opening their wallets for Serie A stars.
This year is no exception.
Here are seven players that will soon be wearing a different uniform, possibly in a different country.
7. Michael Bradley to Roma
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AS Roma's new Boston-based owners are interested in giving Roma an American flavor.
Landon Donovan has been frequently discussed as a potential acquisition. But he has denied the rumors, and the L.A. Galaxy are intent on keeping their biggest star local anyway.
Michael Bradley is a much more intriguing option.
At 23, he is six years younger than Donovan and still in the prime of his career. He could replace Daniele De Rossi should the Italian international leave town.
Bradley is coming off a bad spell in which Borrusia Mönchengladbach unceremoniously dumped him on a loan to Aston Villa, which proceeded to keep him on the bench for all but two games.
He should come relatively cheaply if Roma want to acquire him.
6. AC Milan to Bid for Danilo
Brazilian star Danilo has reportedly become one of AC Milan's top targets this offseason.
Unfortunately for the Rossoneri, Danilo appears interested in signing with Benfica, a Portuguese club that would present no language barrier.
Santos, Danilo's current squad, is desperately trying to keep hold of their young star, muddling matters even further.
If Danilo ends up signing with Benfica this offseason, Milan will continue to keep a close eye on him in the years to come as he will surely want to play in a more prestigious European league.
5. Mirko Vucinic to Juventus for Claudio Marchisio
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According to Goal.com, Roma is considering selling Mirko Vucinic to Juventus if the Torino-based side include midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the deal.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Roma would prefer to keep Vucinic, but are willing to part with him if they can acquire Marchisio.
The Montenegrin's transfer fee is reportedly around €12 million, but Juventus would pay less by including the Italian midfielder in a part-exchange.
4. Manchester United Entering Edinson Cavani Sweepstakes
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Edinson Cavani had a monster season in Napoli last year, scoring 26 goals in 35 appearances, and is now highly sought after.
A move to Manchester City has already been rumored. Now Man-U has asked about the 24-year-old Uruguayan's availability, possibly as a replacement for Dimitar Berbatov.
Cavani does not need to leave Naples to experience Champions League play, as Napoli finished third in the Serie A standings last season.
He also knows he has a starting gig where he is, but could find himself fighting with other big names for a spot on an English starting 11.
Plus, the £89 million price tag Napoli has slapped on Cavani pretty much guarantees he stays put.
3. Daniele De Rossi to Manchester
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Daniele De Rossi is eyeing a move to Manchester—the question is whether he will end up in Eastlands or Old Trafford.
According to the Daily Star, United had planned to make an £18 million bid for the Italy international, but their cross-town rivals are prepared to offer nearly double (£35 million).
The star midfielder has become a lightning rod for criticism on an underperforming AS Roma squad and has long been linked with moves out of the Italian capital.
Other EPL teams cannot be excited by the prospect of De Rossi joining Yaya Touré, David Silva and Nigel de Jong in the formidable Man City midfield.
2. Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona
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According to Goal.com, Alexis Sanchez's transfer to Barcelona is nearly complete.
Udinese's Spanish representative Quique Pina has said that "it's basically a done deal," and that "the transfer will be worth an amount in the region of €45 million."
Cash-strapped Barcelona will reportedly send under-21 winger Jeffren Suarez to Udinese as part of the deal.
Inter, Juventus and both Manchester teams were also vying for Sanchez's signature.
1. Javier Pastore Leaving Palermo
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Javier Pastore wants out of Sicily.
Despite the Argentinian's 11 goals and five assists last year, Palermo finished a mediocre eighth in the Serie A standings.
Pastore has expressed interest in playing in Champions League. Real Madrid, Chelsea, and now AS Roma have been linked to the Argentinian forward.
The 22-year-old Pastore is one of the bright young South American stars in the game today, and will certainly draw a lot of interest from clubs around Europe.
The biggest obstacle to a Pastore transfer is the €50 million Palermo is asking for him.