European transfer round-up: Including Taison and Laudrup

A Chelsea target and a Swansea relative feature along with a player escaping the clutches of Reading

AC Milan, Napoli, Celtic, Torino, Palermo, Udinese, Shakhtar Donetsk, Saint Etienne, Genoa and FC Nordsjaelland all feature in a round-up of Europes transfer tales this Friday.

Not content with going a long way toward dumping Chelsea out of the Champions League it now appears that Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk are also trying to steal in on the deal for Brazilian forward Taison. Shakhtar see him as the perfect back-up should fellow Samba star Willian decide to leave and would also enjoy weakening one of their league rivals with a significant bid. Metalist Kharkiv are understood to be reluctant to do business with Russian Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich for political reasons and are therefore inviting bids from other teams. Taison still remains keen on a move to London.

Another team from Chelsea’s Champions League Group have lost a talented individual. FC Nordsjaelland have let the son of Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup, Andreas Laudrup, go on loan to Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne. The young midfielder has long been linked with a move away from the Danish league and the loan-spell is reportedly a chance to earn a more long-term deal at the club.

Neil Lennon is very keen on bringing Australian youngster Tom Rogic to the club. The highly talented Central Coast Mariners playmaker is currently in Spain on a training camp with the club and has impressed assistant boss Johan Mjallby with his wide array of talents. He was previously very close to concluding a deal to join Reading in the Premier League but that deal fell through due to unknown reasons and now the SPL champions are hopeful of capitalising by snapping him up this January. However he would need to obtain a work permit.

Napoli have been busy over the course of the last 24 hours bringing in two new players. Firstly they have fought off the interest of fellow Serie A outfit’s Palermo and Torino to the signing of Siena striker Emanuele Calaio; he will act as back-up to Edinson Cavani at the club. They have also moved to strengthen a weakened defence by snapping up Colombian international Pablo Armero on loan from Udinese. The move is in the hope of a long-term agreement at the end of the season and shores up a defence left ravaged by the suspensions of Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava for match-fixing allegations.

Finally, and remaining in Italy, Mattia Perin is not for sale according to his parent club Genoa; in light of recent interest from AC Milan. The 20-year-old Italian youth international has been catching the eye at his farm club and Milan are in the hunt for a new stopper ahead of Christian Abbiati’s expected retirement at the end of the season.


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