December - 2007

2912: Report: English trio eye Asenjo
2612: Fiorentina ponder Liverpool bid
1812: Riise high up on Valencia wishlist
1712: Report: Liverpool eyeing Muntari
0512: City to swoop for Mascherano
0512: Spurs and Reds lining up Silva

Report: English trio eye Asenjo

By Lucas Brown - Sporting Life

Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are vying to sign Real Valladolid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, according to reports in Spain.

The Barclays Premier League clubs are understood to have sent scouts to watch the 18-year-old in action, and could now decide to match his buy-out clause of 4.5million euros (3.3million) to try and sign him in the summer

Valladolid supremo Carlos Suarez is aware that he would be powerless to prevent Asenjo from leaving if an offer of that value comes in.

"We are prepared for any situation and it is not impossible to see that a club may think about paying his buy-out clause," Suarez told AS.

"We want him to stay here because we will do what is best for him. But his value is continuing to grow."

Along with the English trio, Asenjo's agent has revealed that several Spanish sides have also shown an interest in the 'keeper.

Fernando Redondo explained: "More than one Spanish team is very interested in his future with a view to next season.

"But with his buy-out clause standing at 4.5m, they have held off. Sergio is going to stay where he is for now."

Asenjo made his first-team debut for Valladolid in the 2-0 victory over Villarreal earlier this month and his performance in keeping a clean sheet saw him win many plaudits.

Fiorentina ponder Liverpool bid

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Fiorentina have been advised to make a move for Liverpool midfielder Mohammed Sissoko in the January transfer window.

Fiorentina's Director of Sports Pantaleo Corvino has been reviewing scouting reports on fresh talent like Rio Mavuba and experienced playmakers like Atletico Madrid's Maniche, but has been told to get Sissoko by top agent Franco Granello.

Granello, who represents Frank Lampard's interests in Italy, said: "A club like La Viola (Fiorentina) needs a player like Mohammed Sissoko, with the characteristics he brings to the field."

The Florence club may have already talked about the possibility of a swap deal for the Mali midfielder after Liverpool made contact with them about their Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi, out of contract in June 2008.

Riise high up on Valencia wishlist


Valencia coach Ronald Koeman has expressed an interest in signing Liverpool's Norway international full-back
John Arne Riise.

Koeman is determined to add to his squad in the New Year following Valencia's exit from the Champions League.

Los Che are also toiling in seventh place in the Primera Liga and Koeman admits 27-year-old Riise is a player of interest.

"He is a player with experience and would offer some options for our game," said Koeman in the Daily Mirror.

Riise, who can also play in midfield, has made over 300 appearances during six years at Anfield.

Reports suggest Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will look to rebuff any January bids for the former Monaco man.

Report: Liverpool eyeing Muntari


Liverpool are reported to be weighing up a January move for Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari if they are priced out of
a move for Javier Mascherano.

Muntari has impressed at Fratton Park since his summer arrival from Udinese and his performances are thought to have alerted Reds boss Rafa Benitez.

Benitez is drawing up his list of targets in the January transfer window and could make a move for Muntari if he is priced out of a deal for Mascherano.

The Ghana international has quickly adapted to life in England and he is a big fans' favourite at Pompey.

The 23-year-old has admitted he would be interested in a move to a bigger club if the chance became available.

"I want to end up at one of the biggest clubs - that is every player's dream," Muntari is quoted as saying in The Mirror.

"Of course I will try my best here and help Portsmouth win many things, and maybe qualify for Europe, but eventually I would like to play for a bigger club."

City to swoop for Mascherano

By Adam Bryant - LFC Online

Manchester City are being linked with a move for Javier Mascherano, according to the rumour mill.

Apparently, a meeting took place in a London hotel last week between one of the player's advisors and a close associate of Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Argentinian midfielder is owned by a consortium headed by Kia Joorabchian. His loan spell with Liverpool runs until the end of the season, at which point the Reds must pay 17m if they want to keep him.

The Mascherano situation is allegedly one of the main reasons for Rafael Benitez's recent spat with club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

A bidding war is the last thing Benitez needs if he is to sign the player, with Barcelona and Juventus also monitoring the situation.

Spurs and Reds lining up Silva


Adrien Silva could be the latest young talent to come off the Sporting Lisbon production line and join the Premier League.

The talented 19-year-old is beginning to make a name for himself in Portugal, having impressed in the centre of midfield.

Silva, who captains Portugal's Under-19 side, is thought to be a 3million target for Tottenham boss Juande Ramos.

Nani and in particular Cristiano Ronaldo have shown Portuguese imports can thrive in English football - and Silva admits he would one day like to follow the same path as his compatriots.

Liverpool and Sevilla have also been mooted as possible rivals for his signature, with Silva aware that English clubs have been monitoring his progress.

"I know English scouts have watched me," he told The Sun. "The Premier League is one of the biggest in the world."

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