Catania expect to lose duo
Silvestre and Lopez set for summer departures
Last Updated: April 13, 2011 2:50pm
Catania have admitted it will be difficult to keep Matias Silvestre and Maxi Lopez at the club beyond the summer.
Lopez: Set for summer switch
Argentine defender Silvestre has earned rave reviews for his performances in Serie A this season and Catania general manager Pietro Lo Monaco concedes there is a lot of interest.
Lo Monaco feels the time is right for the 26-year-old to embark on a new challenge and is resigned to losing his services.
"Silvestre deserves an important stage and it will be very difficult for us to keep hold of him, so I think this will be his last year at Catania," Lo Monaco told Radio Blu.
"His price tag will be set at the right time. I can only say that there are two or three teams who want him."
Lopez's future has been the subject of speculation for some time, with a number of English teams previously connected with the striker.
And Lo Monaco accepts that he too is likely to be on the move when the transfer window reopens, saying: "The same issue as Silvestre applies to Maxi Lopez.
"He has the right to play for a big club and he will leave at the end of the season."
Catania are currently five points above the relegation zone in Serie A with six games of the season remaining.