Serie A Transfer Round Up - Edition 2
The World Cup is up and running, and off to a great start, but that hasn't stopped club teams from moving on the transfer market. The transfer session is heating up, and there are a lot of rumors swirling around Serie A at the moment, including some major pieces. Note: I am not confirming or denying any of these reports, these are just my takes on them:
Alisson to Real Madrid or Liverpool
After the Champions League final and the Karius debacle, the rumors were all pointing towards Roma goalie Alisson leaving for Liverpool. Those rumors have seemed to cool down since then, and now it looks like any Brazilian departure from Roma would lead him to Real Madrid. The giallorossi are in a position of strength because they do not have to sell the player, nor do they want to, and they are requesting an offer of 100 million euros. The latest report from Di Marzio has stated that Real Madrid are willing to go up to 60 million euros (70 with bonuses). The player's desire will be key in this negotiation. If he is content at Roma, they will have no need to lower their demands. This has a 50/50 chance for me. The player probably won't have a problem staying at Roma as they had a successful season and have been hot on the transfer market, making significant reinforcements in the squad, however, it is tough to turn down Real Madrid when they come calling.
Jorginho to Manchester City
This one seems like it is headed for a positive conclusion. Reports in Italy suggest a deal is close, and Napoli president De Laurentiis himself has stated to the Corriere dello Sport that a deal could be concluded in the coming days. With the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, Napoli has clearly outlined which players are key for them in the 2018/19 season, and Jorginho does not seem to be one of them. If he were, they would not even entertain offers. This move looks destined to happen in the coming days.
Lucas Torreira to Arsenal
Reports suggest that this deal is also very close. Di Marzio has reported that Arsenal are paying more than the player's release clause in order to spread payments out over time, instead of making one lump sum payment. It remains to be seen if the player himself has agreed to a contract with the Gunners, however, all signs point to him joining. The delay could just be his involvement at the World Cup with Uruguay. Arsenal could definitely offer him a significant increase in wages, so there shouldn't be any issues with this deal being completed.
Petr Cech to Napoli
The latest from Di Marzio has outlined Areola of PSG as Napoli's top choice, however, PSG do not want to let the goalie go and would rather part ways with Trapp. If this is the case, Napoli could sign Cech on a one-year loan deal. If Arsenal are willing to part ways with the Czech goalie, the move could make sense. Cech would give Napoli a one year rental on a good, experienced keeper and will also allow them to make a move for a younger, long-term replacement that can take a year learning from Cech. It seems that younger player could be Alex Meret, currently owned by Udinese. Arsenal's desire to keep Cech will be the deciding factor in this transfer.
Andre Silva to Huddersfield or Wolverhampton
Andre Silva did not enjoy a great campaign for AC Milan, as he only scored two goals in Serie A. The goals were both match winning goals, but there were only two of them. Rumors are circulating that he could move to the Premier League with both Huddersfield and Wolverhampton interested in the player. If either team were to sign him, Wolverhampton would be the front runner because it looks like they would take him on a permanent deal and Jorge Mendes, his agent, has close ties to the club. In the case of Huddersfield, it is looking like a loan is the more likely option. This move does not look like a strong possibility for me. Silva has stated that he struggled because he was homesick and away from the beach for the first time, so a move to the English Premier League wouldn't satisfy his beach demands. In addition to this, Milan will want to at least make their money back on the player and if they were to loan him out, you'd have to believe it would be to another Serie A side so he could receive more experience in that league. At this point I do not expect him to move.