All the latest summer transfer news from Serie A…
Having impressed for some time with Lyon in Ligue 1, French international midfielder Maxime Gonalons had attracted plenty of interest around Europe. Arsenal had been linked with a move for the 25-year-old earlier this week, but it seems that he won’t be leaving the Stade Gerland having rejected the chance to sign for Napoli.
“Gonalons has decided he wants to stay here, despite having been approached by several clubs, including Napoli,” read a statement from Lyon. “After a few days of vacation, Gonalons will reach his teammates to start the new season.”
Another Arsenal target could be off the radar for many teams as Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic looks set to sign for Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira for around €6m. The Montenegrin striker, formerly of Roma, looked set to sign for Arsenal in January having slipped behind the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the Juve pecking order, but now looks poised to sign a shock deal with Al Jazira.
After featuring for Algeria at this summer’s World Cup, Inter Milan have decided to buy the remaining 50% of Saphir Taider’s contract from Bologna. The 22-year-old central midfielder has attracted plenty of admirers over the past two seasons – including Manchester United at one stage – but it seems that his future will now be at the San Siro.
Taider spent last season with Inter, but Walter Mazzarri’s men only owned 50% of his contract. Now with Bologna relegated to Serie B, Inter were in a great position to buy the rest of his contract, and having been tipped to have a bright future in Italy, they will be delighted to have tied up the deal.
Bologna’s relegation has clearly left them susceptible to losing players, and that’s certainly been the case today as Greek World Cup midfielder Lazaros Christodouloupoulos has left the club in order to return to Serie A with Hellas Verona.
It had been rumoured that Verona would send Domenico Maietta would go the other way, but they have tonight confirmed that the 27-year-old will be moving to the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi for a straight cash deal, with Maietta seemingly set to stay at the club.