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Transfer rumours: Quintana to Arkea-Samsic, Carapaz to Team Ineos, Nibali to Trek-Segafredo

Joe Robinson
4 Jun 2019

Rumour mill gets going as some of the world's top riders could be on the move

Recent Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz and Grand Tour winning teammate Nairo Quintana have both been linked with big money moves away from Movistar while Vincenzo Nibali's Trek Segafredo move is all but confirmed.

Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Carapaz will sign a €1.5 million a year contract with British WorldTour outfit Team Ineos. The move would see the Ecuadorian's yearly salary increase tenfold from the current €150,000 he is on with Movistar.

The 26-year-old is currently represented by Giuseppe Acquadro, the agent who oversaw the moves of Egan Bernal and Ivan Sosa to Team Ineos.

Rumours suggest that Dave Brailsford's team had approached Carapaz's representatives before the Giro, willing to offer the sizeable pay rise regardless of his pink jersey triumph.

Carapaz is out of contract with Movistar at the end of the season, however Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that team boss Eusebio Unzue would be open conversations soon regarding the rider's future.

El Pais also furthered the rumour that Nairo Quintana could be on his way to French ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic.

Latest reports have the contract offer at €2.5 million a year with a large bonus if he manages to win the Tour de France.

Arkea-Samsic team boss Emmanuel Hubert has made no secret of his desire to sign Quintana as the Frenchman looks to strengthen his squad ahead of a potential leap into the WorldTour.

Hubert signed Andre Greipel over the winter before also snapping up British national champion Connor Swift last month. The team was also linked to Julian Alaphilippe before he extended with Deceuninck-Quickstep and are said to interested in the services of Nacer Bouhanni.

Quintana and Carapaz could be joined by Mikel Landa on the way out of Movistar with the Basque rider linked with a move to Bahrain-Merida.

He would be filling the shoes of Vincenzo Nibali, whose move to Trek-Segafredo has been all but confirmed.

Massimo Zanetti, boss of Italian coffee company Segafredo, confirmed to Gazzetta dello Sport that Nibali would make the switch in a contract that would see him through to 2021.

The move would reportedly also include Vincenzo's brother Antonio as well as his personal coach Paolo Slongo and personal doctor Emilio Magni.