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PAPER ROUND (by James Capps)
Brazil youngster catches Barcelona’s attention
The Spanish champions are keeping tabs on Pedrinho, who is currently with Brazil’s under-22 side at the Toulon tournament in France.
The 21-year-old plies his trade for Corinthians in Brazil’s Serie A, and Sport claims he is no stranger to Barcelona’s scouting department, which has been keeping tabs on the forward for some time.
Despite wowing Camp Nou chiefs with his technical ability for both club and country, there are doubts over whether Pedrinho can thrive in a physical European league, and that has so far deterred the Catalan giants from making a bid.
But they are expected to enter negotiations with their Brazilian counterparts imminently, even if bracing for an expensive asking price.
Belotti set to leave Torino
The Italian publication claims Roma have identified Belotti as the long-term replacement for Edin Dzeko, while Serie A runners-up Napoli see the former Palermo man as the ideal foil for fellow forwards Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne.
Signing Belotti won’t come cheap, however, with Torino willing to sell their side’s top scorer only for a minimum of €60 million, which would almost double the transfer records of both sides leading the race for his signature.
Belotti’s end-of-season form is believed to have ignited interest among Torino’s Serie A rivals, having netted six goals in the final eight games of the Italian league season to lead his side to a seventh-place finish, narrowly missing a Europa League place.
Sarri finally set for Juve switch
Calciomercato claims Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will finalize his move to Juventus as early as next week, following decisive talks between the Italian and Chelsea bosses in Monaco over the weekend.
Sarri met with Blues director Marina Granovskaia, as well as owner Roman Abramovich, and it is claimed that a deal has been struck for the 60-year-old’s return to Serie A without Juventus having to pay any compensation. Reports claim there could be official communication from both clubs on the matter as early as Monday.
Sarri’s move to Turin leaves the future of Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain in serious question. The Argentine striker has spent the past six months in the Premier League on loan from Juventus, but with the Serie A champions heavily stocked in the striking department, the 31-year-old could find himself looking for yet another new club ahead of the new season.
– Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons could be set for a move to the Premier League after spending last season on loan at Spanish side Sevilla. L’Equipe reports the 30-year-old is attracting interest from Everton and West Ham despite struggling with injuries during his season in La Liga.
– Sky Sports News says West Ham are in talks with Marseille over a deal for French midfielder Morgan Sanson, whose future has come under question after the Ligue 1 club failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Wolves have also been offered the chance to sign the former France youth international.