Ricardo keen on Giuly deal
By Patrick Haond & Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Monaco coach Ricardo has again confirmed he wants to sign Ludovic Giuly.Monaco coach Ricardo has again confirmed he wants to sign Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly.
Ricardo is keen to add more creativity to the Stade Louis II club's midfield for next season and sees Giuly as the perfect addition to his squad.
Monaco let Yaya Toure join Barca earlier in the summer, and are hoping Giuly will soon be heading in the opposite direction.
The winger would cost in the region of é¼5.5million (£3.7million) but it is his wage demands which may hold up any move back to Monaco.
"We don't need a midfielder like Yaya Toure, we need different qualities," Ricardo told L'Equipe.
"I want a midfielder who can play on the wing, dribble and cross. We don't have that kind of player and we need at least one.
"The right man would be Giuly, I hope he will join us. I am keen to sign him, even if there are financial limits we can't go beyond."
Roma have lodged a bid of é¼3million (£2million) for the Frenchman, but Barca are not willing to lower their demands.
"What Barcelona are asking for is too much. Our offer for Giuly is interesting and it has been adjusted to the current market," Roma sports director Daniele Prade said in AS.
"Also, it is important to consider that his contract demands are high."
Meanwhile, Monaco goalkeeper Flavio Roma says he would be willing to become the club's new captain, replacing Gael Givet.
Givet moved to Marseille and Roma, who recently extended his contract with the Principality club, is a prime candidate to take the captain's armband.
"I am actually one of the eldest, I know the club, the directors, and a large number of my team-mates very well," he told the club's official website.
"But I am not particularly attached to the word 'leader'.
"If they offer me the armband, I will accept it without any problems. I am ready for it."