Naija Player Watch: Italian Giants Roma Eye Super Eagles Midfielder

AS Roma are interested in Eskişehirspor Nigerian midfielder Raheem Lawal Radyospor radio has quoted his technical director Bahadır Ünalan.

Ünalan also denied interest from Turkish league champions Galatasaray who have also been closely linked with the 25-year-old midfielder.

Lawal joined Eskişehirspor from Mersin Idmanyurdu last February for €1 million scored twice and provided two assists in 30 appearances in the Turkish Super Lig for his side who finished last season in 11th place on 39 points.


Today’s Transfer Gist (28.06.15): Cavani, Di Maria, Bacca And More

  • Manchester United are willing to offer 27-year-old Argentine winger Angel Di Maria to Paris St-Germain in exchange for the French club’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, 28. (Star on Sunday) 
  • United boss Louis van Gaal is also targeting Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, 26, who is valued at £20m. (The Sun – subscription required) 
  • The Old Trafford club have agreed a £25m deal for Southampton’s 25-year-old French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and the Red Devils’ spending will continue with a £20m bid for Ajax’s 26-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. (Sunday Mirror)
  • Saints manager Ronald Koeman has already lined up two replacements for Schneiderlin. Koeman will buy Dutch playmaker Jordy Clasie, 24, from Feyenoord for £10m and Lille’s 25-year-old midfielder Idrissa Gueye for £7m.(Sunday Express) 
  • Manchester City are waiting for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to tell them he would like to leave the Serie A club before making a £71m bid for the 22-year-old Frenchman. (Sunday Mirror) 
  • Fabian Delph can leave Aston Villa for just £8m this summer after the club agreed a remarkable release clause in his new contract, understood to apply only to teams involved in European competition. (Telegraph) 
  • Real Madrid have told Manchester United they must pay £63m for 29-year-old defender Sergio Ramos.(Sunday People)
  •  Ramos has asked to leave Real and the Spanish club have accepted they are set to lose the player, with such a high valuation part of their negotiation strategy.(Independent)
  •  Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, 28, is set for a move to AC Milan after the Serie A side agreed to pay the Colombian’s £21m release clause.(Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian) 
  • Bacca rejected a move to the Premier League because he felt playing at the San Siro was “best for his future”, according to his agent. ( – in Italian) 
  • Liverpool have made a £15m bid for Real Madrid’s 25-year-old Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi. (Sunday People)

Today’s Transfer Gist (27.06.15): De Gea, Pogba, Isco And More

  • Manchester United would only consider allowing David De Gea, 24, to leave if Real Madrid offered a world-record fee for a goalkeeper – more than the £32.6m deal that took Gianluigi Buffon from Parma to Juventus in 2001. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Manchester City are ready to exploit a £10m buyout clause in 25-year-old Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph’s contract. (Mirror)
  • Carlos Tevez has completed his move back to Boca Juniors from Italian side Juventus
  • Tottenham are considering a £7m bid for Everton’s Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas, 27, who has one year remaining on his deal at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)
  • The Toffees will continue to monitor Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 20, this summer, having enquired about taking him on loan in January. The Belgium international made only 21 appearances for United last season. (Liverpool Echo)
  • According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have made 23-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Isco one of their main targets this summer and are ready to table a £30million offer.
  • Following Dani Alves’ re-signing and the purchase of Aleix Vidal, Martin Motoya has taken the hint and looks set to leave Barcelona for Inter Milan.  The full-back is close to signing a two-year loan, with Inter paying 1.5million euros
  • Petr Cech will undergo a medical at Arsenal today, with personal terms sorted and a fee having been agreed between the Gunners and Chelsea.
  • Manchester City are close to winning the £60million battle for Paul Pogba, claims a Sun exclusive. The Juventus midfielder has been linked with Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but City apparently believe they have fought off the competition and hope to complete the deal before making a final move for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.
  • Manchester United are close to signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to the Daily Mirror and Daily Star. The latter newspaper claims Saints have accepted a bid of £20million rising to £25million from United for the Frenchman
  • Turkish side Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal’s out-of-favour forward German Lukas Podolski, 30, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan. (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, says he wants to end his playing career at Etihad Stadium and become an iconic figure like Paolo Maldini at AC Milan, who played until he was 40. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Serie A side Fiorentina are confident of keeping Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah, 23, on loan for another season. The Egyptian winger spent the second half of last season at the Italian club. (Talksport via Gazzetta dello Sport)
  • Barcelona’s 26-year-old left-back Jordi Alba says he want to stay at the club for “many, many years” ending Louis van Gaal’s hopes of signing him for Manchester United.

    Today’s Transfer Gist (26.06.15): Schneiderlin, Di Maria, Song And More

    • Manchester United are close to signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, for £24m, meaning they will not sign Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30. (Daily Star) 
    • Real Madrid have rejected Manchester United’s £35m offer for defender Sergio Ramos, 29, with the English club considering an improved bid. (Daily Mail) 
    • Real have already lined up Valencia’s 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi as a replacement should Ramos leave. (Marca) 
    • Manchester City also want Otamendi, while the Argentine is a target of their rivals United. (Daily Mirror) 
    • Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 26, is close to joining Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for the £17m fee he cost the Premier League club. (Evening Standard) 
    • Benfica and Argentina attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 27, has a deal agreed to join Manchester United – subject to his club’s permission, according to his agent. (Metro)
    • Manchester United will not sell goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, to Real Madrid unless the Spanish club pay a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. Gianluigi Buffon’s reported £33m to Juventus in 2001 remains the record. (Manchester Evening News) 
    • Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, “is very excited to come to Barcelona”, according to the Catalan club’s presidential candidate Joan Laporta. (Daily Mail, via Catalunya Radio)
    • Alternatively, the former Manchester United youngster is reportedly close to joining Manchester City for £60m. (Sun) 
    • Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in Barcelona forward Pedro. The 27-year-old could be allowed to leave for £18m despite signing a new contract this summer. (Talksport, via Mundo Deportivo) 
    • Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants his club to sign Argentina team-mate and Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27. However, United want their £59.7m back and would have to pay Real Madrid £10m because of a clause about him being sold to their rivals.(Sun – subscription only)
    •  West Ham are closing in on the signing of Barcelona defensive midfielder Alex Song, 27, on a free transfer. He spent last season on loan at Upton Park. (Daily Telegraph)
    •  Tottenham are hopeful of signing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, who was also wanted by Southampton after a loan spell last season. (Daily Telegraph)
    •  Napoli want £67m – the buyout clause – for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 27, a target for Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan. (Guardian) 
    • Sevilla say they have not received any bids for striker Carlos Bacca, and hope that no club meets his buyout clause of £21m. Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old, who scored 28 goals last season. (Independent) 
    • Sunderland will push on with their bid to sign Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, 24, for £4m after Uruguay’s exit from the Copa America. (Newcastle Chronicle) 
    • Lazio have persuaded English midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, to play for them next season, despite interest from QPR. (Talksport, via Il Tempo) 
    • Borussia Dortmund say they will not sell striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, a reported £30m target for Arsenal. (Daily Star) 
    • Fiorentina have made a £3m bid to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, 23, and the London club could accept, despite paying £11m for him last year. (Daily Express, via tuttomercatoweb) 

    Today’s Transfer Gist (25.06.15): Ramos, Koscielny, Bacca And More

    • Manchester United have made an official £35m bid for Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos, 29, who has asked the Spanish club to consider the offer. (Daily Mail) 
    • Real have targeted a £21m move for Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, 29, as the uncertainty over whether Ramos will stay at the club grows.(Daily Mirror) 
    • Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, 28, is keen on a move to the Premier League and has offers from three top-flight clubs.(AS – in Spanish) 
    • Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, has come to an arrangement with Southampton to allow him to leave. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham will now try to sign the midfielder rated at £24m by the St Mary’s side.(Daily Mail) 
    • Southampton could line up a move for Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 22, as Schneiderlin’s replacement. (Daily Express) 
    • Liverpool have bid £10.5m, potentially rising to £12.5m with incentives, for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24.(Daily Mirror) 
    • Manchester United have joined Liverpool in pursuit of 28-year-old Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, who has a £21m buy-out clause in his contract. (Daily Telegraph)
    •  Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed rival Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho “wants to take credit for everything” when he wins.(Manchester Evening News via El Mercurio) 
    • Chelsea have opened talks with midfielder Ramires, 28, about extending the Brazil international’s contract at the club. (Daily Telegraph) 
    • Arsenal will not be rushed into offering midfielder Jack Wilshere a new deal, even though the England international has been linked with a move to Manchester City. (Sun -subscription required) 
    • Chelsea are considering a move for Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman, 20, as a replacement for 29-year-old Filipe Luis but face competition from Arsenal and Manchester City for the Ghana international.(Evening Standard) 
    • Former Brazil star Ronaldinho says that it is a “dream” for Liverpool’s strikers to have Philippe Coutinho and new signing Roberto Firmino, 23, in their side and “if you can’t score goals in a team with Coutinho and Firmino in midfield then you wont score goals in any team”.(Liverpool Echo)
    •  Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, 30, says it was a “mistake” to join Inter Milan on loan in January and plans to return to the Gunners to win back a place in the side.(Bild – in German)

    Today’s Transfer Gist (24.06.15): Firmino, Moses, Martinez, And More!

    • Liverpool have completed a deal to sign Brazil and Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino for £29m. The 23-year-old, who is currently playing for his country in the Copa America in Chile, would need to be granted a work permit.
    • Arsenal’s hopes of signing Colombia international Jackson Martinez, 28, are over after the Porto forward agreed a four-year deal with Atletico Madrid. (AS)
    • Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, 61, says the club lacked ambition last season and that he would like to manage his native Chile before he retires. (El Mercurio – in Spanish) 
    • Italy’s Andrea Pirlo is in talks with Major League Soccer side New York City.
    • Newcastle United and Stoke City want 25-year-old Ukraine international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is available on a free transfer after his contract at Dnipro expired. (Daily Mirror)
    • West Bromwich Albion are prepared to make former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba their highest-paid player, with the 30-year-old telling his current club Besiktas he wants to return to England rather than play in China for Shanghai Shenhua. (Birmingham Mail)
    • Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, 68, says he is ready to “take over as manager somewhere” and is “quite fine” after knee surgery which forced him to step down at QPR in February. (Guardian)
    • Stoke City are expecting a formal bid from Chelsea for £8m-rated goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, and will ask the Premier League champions to include Nigeria forward Victor Moses, 24, in any deal. (Daily Telegraph)
    • Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has been the subject of heavy interest from top Italian sides, Tuttosport has learned. The 23-year-old did well to kick-start his career while on loan at Fiorentina, earning himself quite a few admirers in Italy’s top flight in the process.
    • Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says Manchester United will be “very lucky” should they sign Spain World Cup winner Sergio Ramos, 29, from the Bernabeu. (Talksport)
    • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to convince two of his most in-demand players to stay by making goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, captain and appointing 21-year-old forward Harry Kane as vice-captain. (Daily Mirror)
    • Chelsea’s Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, 23, is expected to tell Fiorentina whether he will stay with them for the 2015-16 campaign on Wednesday after spending the second half of last season on loan at the Italian club. (Daily Telegraph)
    • Sunderland have made an offer in excess of £11m for PSV Eindhoven’s 24-year-old midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who is also a target for their north-east rivals Newcastle United. (Guardian)

    Today’s Transfer Gist (23.06.15): Pogba, Wilshere, Adebayor And More!

    • Juventus have completed the signing of Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid in a £13.6million (€19m) deal.
    • United are ready to spend £150m on new players, including Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 26, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 29, Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30, and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 25. (Daily Mirror) 
    • Daily Star The back page of Tuesday’s Daily Star New York City are in talks with Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36. (NBC Sports) 
    • Galatasaray are ready to match 30-year-old striker Roberto Soldado’s £2.2m annual salary if they can agree a transfer fee with Tottenham for the Spaniard. (Talksport) 
    • Everton’s 22-year-old defender Luke Garbutt is to sign a new five-year contract at Goodison Park and then move to Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on a season-long loan. (Guardian) 
    • Manchester City will move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 23, if they miss out on Juventus’ 22-year-old French midfielder Paul Pogba.(Sun) 
    • Manchester United defender Phil Jones, 23, is set to end uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford by signing a new contract this week.(Daily Mail) 
    • Newcastle will offer top transfer target, QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, the number nine shirt in a bid to convince him to join the Magpies. (Daily Star) 
    • Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Manchester United’s Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 27, who ended last season on loan at city rivals Real.(Talksport) 
    • Fenerbahce are hoping to seal a £7m deal for Manchester United’s Portugal winger Nani, 28.(Daily Mail) 
    • Tottenham remain determined to offload Emmanuel Adebayor this summer despite a string of public declarations from the forward that he wants to stay.
    • Stoke have told Sevilla they would consider swapping midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 26, for Poland’s 25-year-old midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. (Daily Telegraph) 
    • Sunderland want to sign West Ham winger Stewart Downing, 30, but face competition from his hometown club Middlesbrough. (Daily Star)