Ayew linked with Inter move

Marseille are reportedly seeking a fee of €18million (£14m) for the 22-year-old, who has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona in the past.

But according to the French and Italian media, it is Inter who are prepared to meet the Ligue 1 side’s demands.

The Ghana international claims to be happy at Marseille but admits he would relish a move if it was in the club’s best interests.

“I am looking forward to pre-season and seeing what will happen regarding my future,” said Ayew.

“Marseille is my home and I’m happy to be here. But if I have to leave to improve and the club get what they are looking for, who knows?

“Premier League, Spanish Liga or Serie A are all top leagues and to play there is to play against the best in Europe.”

Twente capture Castaignos

The highly-rated 19-year-old joined Inter last summer after forging a reputation at Feyenoord.

Inter secured his services with one eye on the future, but were unable to offer the youngster the opportunities he craves.

As a result, they have allowed him to head home in a €6million (£4.7m) deal.

Twente have swooped for Castaignos’ services after offloading Luuk de Jong to Borussia Monchengladbach, and he is looking forward to shouldering goalscoring responsibility once again.

“I am going from Inter to Twente for €6million,” Castaignos told FCInterNews.

“I signed a four-year contract, but I would prefer for the financial details to remain private.


“I came to Inter in order to show who Luc Castaignos really was and what I am capable of on a football field, but had very few opportunities to do that.

“In any case, I hope this year can be better for the Nerazzuri, because they do not deserve to experience another season like that.

“I chose Twente because I wanted to join a team where I knew I’d have a better chance of playing and improving.”

FC Twente coach Steve McClaren is confident Castaignos can rediscover his best form in the Eredivisie.

He told Voetbal International: “The important thing is that we have a goalscorer, and that is what Castaignos is.

“It says something that the boy could score 15 goals in his first season at Feyenoord.

“In recent months we were trying to build a team around De Jong, but the players we’ve attracted will be very good alongside Castaignos.”

Damiao agent meets with Milan

The Internacional striker has long been linked with a move to Europe, with Tottenham thought to have seen a bid for the 22-year-old turned down earlier this month, while Inter Milan are also believed to be keen.

The Rossoneri have now joined the race for Damiao’s signature as they seek a replacement for frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined Paris St Germain in a big-money move this week.

The Brazil international’s agent, Vinicius Prates, claims he has met with members of Milan’s hierarchy to fuel talk of a potential deal.

He told Terra: “I met Milan board members just to know them.

“It was the first contact. Let’s see if it develops within the next few days.”

Chelsea close on Oscar

A deal in the region of £25million has already been agreed by the European champions with his club Internacional.

Coincidentally, Oscar has flown to England with Brazil’s Olympic squad which has enabled him to undergo a medical after being given permission to attend by his national coaches.

Sky Sports sources also understand that Chelsea anticipate no problems with his work-permit – meaning the move could very well be completed before the Olympic football tournament begins next week, although an announcement is not expected until his participation is over.

And it is understood Oscar is not the only Olympic player on Chelsea’s radar as they are also believed to be in talks with Marseille over Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

The highly-rated 22-year-old, who is also participating in the games, moved to France in 2010 from Osasuna – but financial problems at the Stade Velodrome means they could be willing to cash in.

Chelsea are reported to have turned their attentions to Cesar after a move for Inter Milan’s Maicon hit complications.

The Brazilian held talks with the Blues but failed to agree terms and is now reportedly back on Real Madrid’s radar.

Inter remain in Lucas race

The Italian giants face competition for the Brazil international’s signature from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

It is understood that United have already seen one approach knocked back, with Sao Paulo prepared to risk missing out on a deal by holding out for the best possible price.

Inter are aware of the transfer tactics being used, with clubs being played off against one another.


The Serie A outfit refuse to be dragged into such a scramble, but Moratti admits they will continue to closely monitor Lucas’ situation.

“Let’s see what happens,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“There is an auction that seems challenging, but Inter are in there.

“But I’d prefer to see something done right or not at all.”