Inter Milan are closing in on Basel defender Alexander Dragovic, the club has confirmed. AC Milan have rubbished rumours of El Shaarawy – Jovetic swap, while Verona have completed the signing of Alejandro Gonzalez.
Alexander Dragovic is widely considered to be one of the best young defender in Europe presently and a host of clubs have been linked with the 22-year-old. The Austrian international was s key figure in the league winning Basel squad last season. He also performed admirably in the Europa League, which saw Basel progress to the Semi-Finals of the competition before losing to Chelsea. He along with his defensive partner Fabian Schar formed a solid pairing, as Basel had the best defence in the league – conceding just 31.
Dragovic has been linked with the likes of Everton, Sunderland, Roma, Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, but it is Inter who are believed to be leading this race for his signature. Basel Chief Heusler has claimed that the club has opened talks with the Italian club and that negotiations are in progress.
“Inter are strongly interested in him. Really concrete negotiations have opened.” – Heusler was quoted in press.
Dragovic has also expressed his delight at being linked with a club like Inter and has stated his desire to play in the Premier League or Serie A in the near future.
“I feel good at Basle, and in this moment I don’t think about other clubs.
“I’d like to play in Serie A and the Premier League in the future. Being linked to Inter pleases me, but I can’t know about the future.” – The Inter target was quoted in press.
AC Milan and Fiorentina rubbishes rumours of El Shaarawy – Stevan Jovetic swap
AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani and Fiorentina Sporting Director Daniele Prade were recently spotted at a restaurant together and this was enough for the rumour mills to go wild. Italian press were quick report that both the clubs were in talks regarding a possible swap deal involving Stephan El Shaarawy and Stevan Jovetic. But now both Galliani and Prade have dismissed those claims.
“It is absolutely not true. We met in a restaurant and we spoke about other things, there isn’t a negotiation for an exchange.” – Galliani said.
Daniele Prada has also echoed Galliani’s statement. He has dismissed these reports as ‘groundless’.
“This is an invention of the press about the news referring to an exchange between El Shaarawy and Jovetic.
“It’s true I met Galliani in a restaurant, but we have absolutely not spoken about exchanges, so these things are groundless.” – Prada told the press.
Verona signs Uruguayan defender Alejandro Gonzalez
Alejandro Gonzalez started his senior career at Penarol back in 2005. He has then gone on to play in different leagues and has even made four appearances for the Uruguayan U-20 national team. In 2010 he returned to Penarol, but has failed to grab a regular place in the starting line-up under manager Diego Alonso.
Newly promoted side Hellas Verona have now confirmed that they have completed the signing of Alejandro Gonzalez for an undisclosed fee. The Serie A club have also recently signed former Palermo midfielder Massimo Donati as they look to prolong their stay in the top flight.
“Hellas Verona have acquired the playing right of Uruguayan Alejandro Gonzalez from Club Atletico Penarol Montevideo.” – read an official statement in the club’s website.