Arsenal, Liverpool and fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur could face disappointment in their chase for Lazio star Antonio Candreva after the Italian club looked to improve their chances of keeping the Italy international in Serie A, as reported by the Daily Star.
All three sides were suggested to be interested in signing him during the summer, but a move to bring him to England failed to be pushed through.
The 27-year-old, who is regarded as a winger possessing considerable pace, could see further interest in him in January. Should the three English sides progress in European competition, they would be able to offer him football at the highest level, especially Liverpool and Arsenal who are set to feature in the Champions League.
As a result, Lazio are hoping to stop the interest before it can truly begin by nearly doubling Candreva’s wages to £1.6 million per year, and securing the player to a new five year deal.
Candreva has spent time on loan with the likes of Livorno, Juventus, Parma and Cesena prior to moving to Lazio in 2012, where he has established himself as one of the top wingers in Serie A.
Despite having played only 39 minutes of Premier League football for Newcastle United, Rolando Aarons has been targeted by both Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Star.
Aarons, who is set to make his first start for Newcastle against Southampton at the weekend, scored and set up another goal against Crystal Palace before the international break. The young winger was exceptional as he helped Newcastle turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-3 draw against Neil Warnock’s new side.
The 18 year old has been compared to Raheem Sterling due to his quality on the ball and pace, power and trickery, and like Sterling, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Much like Sterling, however, Aarons has also made himself available for England, playing for the Under 20s last Friday.
Manchester City were alerted to Aarons’ talent when they scouted Newcastle prior to their clash on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Liverpool have also asked to be kept informed of any changes to the youngster’s availability, with German side Schalke also keen on bringing him into the club.
Chelsea star Diego Costa, who has scored four goals in the three games that he has played so far in the Premier League, could have joined Liverpool instead, as reported by the Daily Star.
Costa has come to symbolise Chelsea’s successful summer business after starting his Premier League career off on great form, but fans of Liverpool will be left ruing what might have been.
Last summer saw Brendan Rodgers identify Costa as a key target, and the Merseyside club were very keen on signing him.
Despite still having Luis Suarez at their disposal, the Reds put a £21 million bid together for the Spain international, but Costa was ultimately not interested in then departing Atletico Madrid. This was eventually justified as the brutish striker led the Madrid club to the La Liga crown ahead of the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid, scoring 35 goals in the process.
Costa said: “I was close to leaving, Liverpool are a great team.
“But after fighting so hard and overcoming difficulties to get my place at Atletico, how could I leave?
“I thought it was very important to keep growing at the Colchoneros, and play here for many years.”
Mourinho ultimately triggered his release clause with a £32 million bid.