Liverpool are ready to make their interest in Marek Hamsik more firm after the Napoli midfield star refused to rule out a move away from the Serie A side in January, as reported by The Metro.
There is a suggestion that the Anfield club are ready to push for him after Hamsik made a cryptic statement over his future, and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is known to be a big fan of the maestro, suggesting the club will work hard to sign him.
They have been heavily linked with a move for him in the past, and it will be interesting to see whether they can finally get their man in the coming window.
Hamsik said: “I am happy here but in football you never know”.
There has always been considerable hype around Hamsik, who has long been considered to be potentially one of the top midfielders in the world, and with Steven Gerrard nearing the end of his top level career, Liverpool may need to make improvements in that role in the near future.
Napoli are also thought to be interested in Liverpool misfit Lucas Leiva.
Paris Saint Germain’s midfield sensation Adrien Rabiot must be sold in January, with the French club fearful of losing their young star on a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires, as reported by the Daily Express.
This news will probably put Manchester United and Chelsea on alert, who could sign a player with considerable potential for well less than his market value with a January move for the player.
With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2015, PSG are not keen to let their a young star leave for free. With Rabiot rejecting an extension, they have to sell the player in January if they wish to make any money back on him.
Both Chelsea and Man Utd will face competition from Italian side Roma, however, who could probably offer the youngster first team football more immediately. Given that the player does not seem fascinated by money, that will play a huge factor.
His mother, Veronique Rabiot, who is also his agent, said: “We do not make decisions based on financial criteria.
“They are important, of course, but the priority is the sports project.”
Real Madrid’s interest in the Manchester United targeted midfielder Kevin Strootman may cause a battle between the two sides in January, with Real set to offer a big fee in order to foil the Old Trafford club’s hopes of securing their man’s signature, as reported by the Daily Express.
Italian outlet La Gazetta dello Sport are also suggesting that the Spanish giants are planning to offer Roma as much as £30 million to secure the midfielder’s signature, and this might be too much for Man Utd to match, especially given the fact that Strootman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee only a few months ago.
Strootman is thought to be a key target of Louis van Gaal’s, who managed the midfielder for the Netherlands national side and is known to highly rate the player. Strootman’s injury caused a rejig of the Dutch side’s entire tactical output prior to the World Cup, leading to the 3-5-2 Man Utd now use today.