Udine deals but Marek no-go
By Nadia Carminai. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Udinese have officially announced a transfer market raid for Empoli striker Antonio Di Natale.
Udine have set up a joint-ownership deal for the forward after general manager Pierpaolo Marino made an offer to the Serie B side that was an improvement on the bid from Fiorentina.
The club have also signed Manuel Belleri and Sanchez Emilson Cribari from Empoli with Siyabonga Nomvete and winger Sergio Almiron moving in the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, Marek Jankulovski has rejected a proposed move to CSKA Moscow.
The Czech Republic midfielder insists he has no intention of switching to Russia even though the two clubs came to an agreement over the deal.
"It's easy," said Jankulovski. "I refuse to go to CSKA.
"I reaffirm my clear will to keep playing for a big side.
"And it has to be clear that I must decide what team it will be," he told Corriere dello Sport.
"I don't know how they thought to overrule me in this way, without asking my permission and without respecting my will.
"It's incredible. In these two years, I've still been professional.
"I have never had contacts with the Russian side, I've never signed and I've never taken an engagement with them.
"I don't like CSKA and I don't like Moscow. And, especially, I haven't the intention to go to a league as low as the Russian one.
"I'm really disappointed and angry because there are just a few hours until the end of the transfer market and there is the risk I won't be able to fulfil my great desire."