Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

Genoa want Lazio midfielder but insist Merkel will not depart

have admitted they are interested in signing from in the January transfer window, but have denied that would be heading in the opposite direction as part of a swap deal.

Grifone president said to Citta Celeste: “It’s true.  Matuzelam is a player of interest to us.”

“However, we are not in talks with Lazio regarding a swap deal.

“Merkel, at this moment in time, is a player who is not available for transfer.  We’ll have to see whether that changes in future.”

Matuzalem, 32, hasn’t featured at all for Lazio this season and is looking for a new club.

Merkel was signed outright from  in the summer, the  previously had co-ownership of the young midfielder.

The 20 year old has scored one goal in five league appearences for the outfit this season.

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