Inter Milan revive Olivier Giroud interest, Juventus target Willian and Roma want Jan Vertonghen and Pedro: Serie A’s big guns look to free agents as they aim to find a way around financial issues thrown up by coronavirus crisis
- Serie A’s top clubs are already looking at the market ahead of the summer
- They are seeking free agents to keep the finances intact amid coronavirus crisis
- The likes of Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Willian are being sounded out currently
- Juventus, Inter Milan and Co want to bring in experience ahead of next season
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Serie A’s top clubs are scouring the free agent market ahead of the summer transfer window as they look to negotiate a way around the financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
And experienced Premier League stars like Olivier Giroud, Willian, Pedro and Jan Vertonghen have been scouted out by Italy’s big guns, while Mario Gotze and Co have also attracted interest from Serie A.
Giroud was heavily mooted to join Inter Milan in January after limited game time at Chelsea due to Tammy Abraham’s emergence up top under Frank Lampard. However, the striker stayed put and Inter failed to get their man.
Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud is being chased once again by Inter Milan
But that hasn’t deterred them from going back in for him again as Conte looks to reunite with the French striker – whom he coached at Chelsea – at the San Siro.
Giroud, who rejected Lazio’s advances in January, is also keen to work under Conte again and is in talks with Inter over a two-year deal worth £4million.
He would likely play second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku, who has shone in Milan since his £73m transfer from Manchester United last summer.
Inter are also eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain right back Thomas Meunier, who has also attracted interest from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
Inter view Meunier as possessing great tactical intelligence while also having the endurance needed in the wing-back positions under Conte.
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri is eyeing a reunion with Chelsea winger Willian this summer
Meanwhile, Juventus are tracking Brazilian winger Willian, whose future looks to be away from Chelsea after walking away from talks over a new deal.
Willian, 31, wanted a three year deal but Chelsea were only prepared to offer him two years.
Maurizio Sarri is very eager to coach Willian again and sees him as someone who would fit perfectly into Juventus’ 4-3-3 formation on the wing.
The Serie A giants intend to sell Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira and so are looking for experienced replacements.
Juventus are hoping Willian could be persuaded to move to Turin where he could play alongside compatriot Douglas Costa.
Furthermore, Roma – chasing Champions League football – are searching for a new centre back and midfielder with international experience to move them forward. And the two names on their list are Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and Dortmund star Mario Gotze.
Jan Vertonghen, who is no closer to signing a new deal at Tottenham, is wanted by Roma
Serie A outfit Roma are also on the hunt for Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze
Roma view Vertonghen, who is no closer to signing a new contract at Tottenham, as an ideal replacement for current loanee Chris Smalling – destined to leave the Italian capital if a permanent deal isn’t agreed between sporting director Gianluca Petrachi and Manchester United.
The Belgium centre back would provide Roma with much-needed experience in the heart of defence – and could help mature the rest of the young, and at times, naive backline.
Roma are also interested in a move for Chelsea winger Pedro, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer.
Paulo Fonseca’s side believe the Spaniard could have a devastating impact on the wing despite already being 32 years of age, and are ready to offer him a two-year contract. However, they face fierce competition from arch-rivals Lazio.
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