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Euro transfer news – PSV swoop for Swedish marksman Berg

| 20.07.2010

Hamburg’s Swedish striker Marcus Berg is on the verge of joining PSV Eindhoven on a season-long loan deal.

The 23-year-old, who was the player of the tournament at last year’s European Under-21 championships, will cost PSV around €800,000 for the year.

Berg cost Hamburg €9m last summer but, after just four goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances, he has been sent to PSV, who are 33/1 to win the Europa League.

16/1 Bundesliga contenders, Hamburg are also close to signing Schalke’s German international defender Heiko Westermann in a deal thought to be worth €6.5m.

In Italy, Lazio seem to be paving the way for Aleksandar Kolarov to join Manchester City, after the Rome club earmarked Parma defender Luca Antonelli as a replacement.

Serbian left-back Kolarov is expected to cost City €16m, while the 23-year-old Antonelli should prove to be an able alternative for Lazio at a fraction of that price.

Elsewhere in Serie A, AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopolous from Genoa.

At 22 years old, Papastathopolous will inject some much-needed youth into an aging Rossoneri squad, who are 7/2 to win Serie A this season.

AC Milan’s sworn rivals Inter, meanwhile, face a battle to keep hold of Brazilian defender Maicon and young forward Mario Balotelli, who has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United.

Can Inter match last season’s exploits? They are 9/1 to defend their Champions League crown. See the full UEFA Champions League market.

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