Paper Talk: Lazio line up Liverpool midfielder to replace Biglia; Ex Man City defender close to joining Roma

13 July at 11:00
Lazio are ready to make a move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva. According to La Repubblica, the 30-year-old Brazilian is the player that coach Simone Inzaghi has lined up as the replacement for Lucas Biglia who is close to making the switch to AC Milan. The Argentine arrived for his pre-season medical with the Biancocelesti this week despite the two clubs trying to finalise a deal.
Reports began to surface in the UK press on Wednesday that the club from the Italian capital were ready to open negotiations for Leiva although both clubs were keen to stress that no agreement had been reached so far. Leiva has been at Anfield for 10 years now but looks to be surplus to requirements in Jurgen Klopp’s new-look side. 
Former Manchester City defender Matjia Nastasic looks set to join Roma. The Corriere dello Sport states that the deal for the 24-year-old Serbian could be done in the next 24 hours.

Roma are also close to securing a deal with Sassuolo for French striker Gregoire Defrel. The 26-year-old, who has also been a target for Leicester City, will reportedly arrive in the Italian capital in a deal worth €20M (Corriere dello Sport).

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, both Inter and Milan are ready to try to prize Leonardo Bonucci away from Juventus. The Italian international defender’s agent told Sportitalia that he was working on trying to get the 30-year-old a move away from the club he has been at since he was a boy. Chelsea and Manchester City are also understood to be monitoring the situation.

Inter are ready to talk to Paris Saint-Germain about a possible player swap deal involving Joao Mario and Javier Pastore. Tuttosport claims that the Italian side are ready to off-load the Portuguese star in an attempt to bring the former Palermo star back to Serie A.

Steve Mitchell


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