Inter have stepped up their interest to sign Lazio midfielder Hernanes as club president Erick Thohir aims to further reinvigorate the Nerazzurri.
It has been reported in Italian media today that Hernanes left Lazio’s training today in tears. Stopping at the gate after this morning’s training to give his boots to a waiting fan, the player was caught by the media as visibly upset.
On from reports of Erick Thohir’s trip down to the capital today being part of a final push for a deal to be agreed, the 28-year-old has been pictured leaving Lazio’s training base at Formello in tears. Thohir sees the Brazilian midfielder as one of the new leaders of Inter, with experienced players such as Esteban Cambiasso and Walter Samuel set to leave at the end of the season, and he is keen to lure Hernanes to the Giuseppe Meazza this winter.
The Nerazzurri are believed to be in continuing talks with the Aquile over the Brazilian playmaker, rated by Claudio Lotito as above €20m.
Hernanes could sign a three-and-a-half year deal at Inter worth €2.4m in his first season, eventually rising to €3.2m in his final season.
Speculation is that he had bid farewell to his Lazio teammates. Fans were at the training facilities calling for Hernanes to change his mind and stay.
Meanwhile, Inter are on the brink of signing Manchester United winger Nani on a loan deal until the end of the season after the winger accepted an offer from the Serie A club.
Konoplyanka Excited by Liverpool’s Interest
Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka has spoken at his ‘shock’ about his possible transfer to the Premier League club.
The Ukrainian winger could be set to a move to Liverpool, who are chasing Champions League qualification, as they’re in talks with his club, Dnipro.
“LFC?,” he said. I”m so excited about it and soon you will know where I will play.”
“It’s all very serious. I’m shocked myself. It will all be clear very soon.”
Liverpool have also reportedly increased their offer for Dnipro winger to £16million.
The Anfield side were prepared to pay £14.8million for Konoplyanka and now reports in Ukraine claim they are willing to up that bid. Tottenham are not now believed to be in the running for the Ukrainian international, but it is understood an unnamed Bundesliga side are interested.
Dnipro’s multi-billionaire owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi is reluctant to sell Konoplyanka, but could do business because the wideman’s contract expires in June 2015.
Liverpool MD Ian Ayre has flown to Ukraine to try and seal the deal and the Reds are said to be willing to more than double Konoplyanka’s wages to £60,000-a-week. Konoplyanka impressed the English media in both games against Ukraine in England’s World Cup qualifying campaign. He even scored a wonderful goal at Wembley.