Defender Nikola Maksimovic is really a transfer target for Napoli as well as a mystery English club, according to certainly one of Torino’s directors.
An unamed Premier League club and Napoli are allegedly in the chase for Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic but the Serie A club insist they could still keep him.
The Serbia international missed coaching and Torino’s opening 3-2 defeat at AC Milan on Sunday, but sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is in no rush to sell the centre-back.
Maksimovic has failed to attend instruction with no permission, but Petrachi is unwilling to rule out the opportunity in the Turin-based club retaining their wantaway star, specially just after promoting Kamil Glik to Monaco and Bruno Peres to Roma earlier within the transfer window.
“Sinisa Mihajlovic [Torino’s head coach] wanted to attempt and hold hold of Maksimovic,” Petrachi told Mediaset Premium.
“Torino have often been constant and allowed players to leave once they requested it, for instance Kamil Glik and Bruno Peres.
“Maksimovic wanted to be sold, but with Mihajlovic’s arrival, the situation changed – we had promised the coach that we would not sell him and in turn promised the player a raise.
“Unfortunately, somebody gave him some terrible tips. Maksimovic is just not a undesirable lad, but his option was not an intelligent 1. We’ve got taken action and we’ll evaluate the predicament.
“We happen to be speaking to Napoli about Maksimovic because January, so there has been as well a lot talk and not enough action.
“Now he’s wanted by a significant foreign club as well, but in the identical time we won’t rule out him staying.
“It is an English club plus the Premier League does have greater financial sources than other leagues.”