Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

Genoa want Lazio midfielder but insist Merkel will not depart

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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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