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  16/07/2012: The Morning Press
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Corriere dello Sport focus on the hunt for a centre-back today. Desportivo Brasil's Xandao has emerged as the favourite. The towering centre-back spent the second half of last season on loaning at Lazio's Europa League rivals Sporting and he is perhaps best remember for a delightful backheel goal against tournament favourites Manchester City. Lotito and Tare are said to have offered two million for Xandao's services as the defender is out of contract next year. Desportivo are holidng out for another million.

Other possibilities that are still in the frame are Alexis Rolin of Uruguay and Douglas of FC Twente. A couple of new names have entered the fray, namely Felipe of Wolfsburg and Augusto Santana of Borussia Dortmund.

The newspaper also state that the tim for Lotito to launch his assault on Federico Balzaretti is now after contract talks between the wing-back and Palermo were not concluded successfully.

Corriere dello Sport expect Pasquale Foggia to depart for Pescara at some stage this week and they also briefly mention that Nilmar is no longer a target for Lazio or anyone else for that matter as he joins Qatari side Al Rayyan for 10 million euro.

Tuttosport discuss Sergio Floccari's future. They make Torino the frontrunners ahead of Pescara but a deal from either club could be easily scuppered by Lotito's demands. He is refusing to sell for anything other than 5 million and won't discuss the transfer unless it is an outright offer. The paper also claim that Lazio will up the ante in their pursuit of Damiano Ferronetti of Udinese.

La Repubblica claim that the sum offered for Federico Balzaretti currently stands at 2.6 million. They also claim that Lazio have made a higher bid for Xandao than the Corriere dello Sport have reported. 3 million is the said offer here and 3.5 is the reported asking price. La Repubblica also differ in their understanding of Foggia's move to Pescara. They believe Carrizo and Floccari will also go in a package deal worth 10 million euro.

When it comes to Xandao, Il Tempo agree with La Repubblica's figures but they don't make the Brazilian favourite in this particular race. For the, Bruno Uvini and Douglas remian the preferred candidates and Dortmund's Augusto Santana is added to the mixing pot.

These are tranlsations of rumours gathered by "oizaL" of

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