Alonso's Juventus link rubbished

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The agent of Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has dismissed rumours linking his client with Juventus, who came close to signing the Spain international last summer.

The 27-year-old eventually stayed put at Anfield and has enjoyed a fine campaign for the Reds, helping them challenge for a first league title in two decades.

That prompted renowned Italian agent Ernesto Bronzetti to say: “I will try and bring in Alonso for the Juventus central midfield.

“There was a long chase last summer for his signature, of course, so it is a road we know.

“Pairing him with Momo Sissoko would be a title-winning midfield. The problem is that it would be very hard and expensive to take such an important player away from Liverpool.”

However, Alonso's own representative, Ignacio Ibanez, responded by telling the Italian press: “I don’t know anything about these reports.

“It is true that we negotiated his possible move to Juve last year, but we are talking about last summer. I have not spoken with the Juve directors since.”

Napoli's Slovakia international midfielder Marek Hamsik is being trailed by a number of clubs across Europe according to the player's agent.

The talented 21-year-old has spent two season in Naples and has scored 18 goals in 65 appearances for the Serie A club.

However, agent Jurelaj Venglos told "There are many clubs interested in Hamsik.

"Like I said before, there are different clubs interested in him, but I cannot reveal which ones.

"I will be in Italy next month to see Marek and speak with him about some things. Will he leave Napoli? I don't know, but everything is possible in football."

Lazio face a fight to keep hold of star striker Goran Pandev this summer, according to his agent.

Representative Carlo Pallavicino claims the FYR Macedonia striker is high on the shopping list of a number of leading European clubs and could be on the move at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old hitman has scored nine Serie A goals for the Rome club this season.

"Pandev is the object of desire for half of Europe," said Pallavicino.

"I say only that, of the teams who participated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, six out of eight of them want to sign him."