Sport Lazio interested in signing Simunovic in the summer

20:26  14 february  2018
20:26  14 february  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Balotelli booked by referee after complaining about racial abuse

  Balotelli booked by referee after complaining about racial abuse Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card after complaining about racist abuse he received from Dijon fans on Saturday, according to the official Twitter account of the Italian’s club side Nice. The 27-year-old was booked in the 74th minute of the game by referee Nicolas Rainville after complaining about the racial abuse he was receiving from sections of the home fans. At first, Balotelli reacted to the abuse by putting his finger to his mouth and shushing the fans giving him abuse, before complaining to the referee. However, rather than do anything about the racist abuse, Rainville booked the Italian.

Lazio targeting move for Simunovic this month. Lazio want to sign the Celtic defender, as the future of Stefan de Vrij is still very unclear, as his contract runs out in the summer and many top clubs such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been previously interested in the Netherlands

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Celtic did well to keep hold of their key players during the January transfer window, namely striker Moussa Dembele, but centre-back Jozo Simunovic was also a highly sought-after player last month.

Corriere dello Sport suggested that Serie A side Lazio were interested in signing Simunovic amid fears that their star defender Stefan de Vrij could leave the club, with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea interested in the centre-back.

With de Vrij rejecting a new contract with the club and poised to become a free agent after this season, Lazio have begun their search for a replacement and they are once again considering a move for Simunovic.

Chelsea eye Real Madrid stars Isco and Asensio

  Chelsea eye Real Madrid stars Isco and Asensio Chelsea could land both Marco Asensio and Isco this summer, according to reports in Spain. Diario Gol claims that both Asensio and Isco are interested in moving to the Premier League after falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane. Madrid have been heavily linked with Thibaut Courtois, with some reports suggesting that the La Liga side could offer players to Chelsea in return as they look to complete a deal. Both Liverpool and Arsenal are also said to be interested in signing Asensio. Isco has also talked up a move to the Premier League in the past, with Alvaro Morata claiming he should join him at Stamford Bridge following his move from Madrid in the summer. Asensio has started just 10 times in La Liga for Madrid this season, scoring four times and registering a further four assists. Isco, on the other hand, has started 14 times in the league, scoring five and assisting four times. Reports in Spain have suggested that there could be some big changes at Madrid this summer as they struggle to keep up with Barcelona in the title race.

Lazio have joined the race to sign highly-rated Celtic centre-back Jozo Simunovic this summer , according to reports in Italy. Lazio are interested in a deal for Celtic�s Jozo Simunovic , according to Calcio Dangolo.

Lazio are the latest club to show interest in the Celtic star, according to Italian reports…. Sevco’s summer target walks away for £300,000. McLeish gives up on Ibrox role. Celtic weigh up January move for £6.3m-rated international defender.

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Simunovic recently signed a new contract with Celtic running until 2021 so it’s clear that Brendan Rodgers sees the former Croatia U21 international as a mainstay in his side for the next few years.

Porto defender Diego Reyes is understood to be Lazio’s top target to replace de Vrij but Simunovic is also on their shortlist, but they face an incredibly tough task to persuade Celtic to part ways with one of their most important players.

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Manchester United linked with Varane and Kroos .
Manchester United are interested in signing Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to the Guardian. The Red Devils have long been linked with Isco, as the report alludes to, but it seems both Kroos and Varane have been identified as potential targets by Jose Mourinho. It seems Mourinho is not totally convinced by his midfield options at United, with Paul Pogba now struggling for form. However, this is issue is likely to be visited in the summer, and it appears as though Kroos could be lined up to partner Pogba in the middle. United’s lack of quality in depth with regards to the central defensive areas has also been highlighted. This was made all the more pressing by Phil Jones and Chris Smalling’s struggles in the team’s recent defeat to Newcastle. Varane is held in high esteem at Real, much the same as Kroos, but United are evidently looking towards the upper echelons of football as they identify potential targets for the summer. The report claims that Mourinho feels there is only so long he can keep David de Gea from the grasp of Real Madrid, however, it’s likely that the Red Devils boss will look to keep hold of the Spaniard for as long as he possibly can.

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