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Inter Milan make Brescia midfielder Tonali ‘primary target’
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Inter Milan make Brescia midfielder Tonali ‘primary target’

Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali is Inter Milan's top target this summer. That's according to local transfer expert Gianluco di Marzio. Asked about Tonali, Di Marzio told Sky Italia: “He has become a primary target for Inter due to his age, cost and for the fact that he is Italian and for the fact that he is a player very much appreciated by the club." Di Marzio also revealed an Inter move for Fiorentina attacker Federico Chiesa is unlikely. “The negotiations have never taken off, beyond some contact in the past few days," he added
Nuno Gomes advises Man Utd target Chiesa to stay at Fiorentina
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Nuno Gomes advises Man Utd target Chiesa to stay at Fiorentina

Former Fiorentina star Nuno Gomes has advised Federico Chiesa to stay at the club. Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus and Chelsea are all interested in the 22-year-old Italy international. But Gomes thinks the talented winger should continue his development in Florence. "In my opinion, a young player like him should stay in Italy," Gomes said to Stats Perform News. "It would be his best choice. He is still 22 so another couple of seasons will make him improve before leaving to another country. "But for sure he would be ready for LaLiga or the Premier League. He has already been an international many times and has much experience under his belt in Serie A, a very tough league. "He will be ready for an adventure abroad but the choice must be his and Fiorentina's."
Man Utd-linked Chiesa should ‘stay in Italy’, says Nuno Gomes
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Man Utd-linked Chiesa should ‘stay in Italy’, says Nuno Gomes

The ex-Viola striker feels thinks the winger has the talent to play for a top team in England or Spain, but would love him to stay put Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa should ignore links with Manchester United and remain in Italy, according to Nuno Gomes. United, Chelsea, Juventus and Inter have been among the European heavyweights credited with an interest in Chiesa ahead of the summer transfer window. Gomes represented Fiorentina between 2000 and 2002, during which time he won the Coppa Italia, and thinks the Italy international would be best served by further development before leaving Serie A.
‘Nobody is born racist’ – Fiorentina midfielder Alfred Duncan
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‘Nobody is born racist’ – Fiorentina midfielder Alfred Duncan

The Ghana international has lent his voice on the protests against racial injustice and inequality taking place across the world Fiorentina midfielder Alfred Duncan has taken to social media to share his thoughts on the ongoing protests on racism in the world. The protests came about after an American, George Floyd passed away in the city of Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, before passing away in hospital. Thousands of people in not only American cities but all over the world have gathered to call for an end to police brutality.
I was experiencing a nightmare’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame delighted about football return
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I was experiencing a nightmare’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame delighted about football return

The Ivorian forward can finally look forward to a return to action with Serie A matches set to resume on June 20 Fiorentina forward Christian Kouame has expressed his delight in the hope of being able to play again after months out injured. The 22-year-old Ivorian has been out with an anterior cruciate ligament problem since November last year, and has been unable to make any appearances for his new club after joining Fiorentina on loan from Genoa in January. The return of football activities after the original season schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic gives Kouame hope of getting back on the pitch, having used the lockdown period to intensify his fitness.
Fiorentina’s Kouame positive about return from injury
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Fiorentina’s Kouame positive about return from injury

The Ivorian forward has been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury since November 2019 Fiorentina forward Christian Kouame is hopeful of a return to action as he continues to recover from injury, saying he can see light at the bottom of the tunnel. The 22-year-old Ivorian was a loan signing from Genoa in January but is yet to make an appearance for La Viola due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered while on international duty in November 2019. He has been making a slow and steady recovery with the hope of getting on the pitch soon.
Chiesa should think twice before leaving Fiorentina – Diamanti
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Chiesa should think twice before leaving Fiorentina – Diamanti

The Serie A club's CEO Joe Barone said on Monday that several English clubs are "knocking at the door" to sign the 22-year-old Federico Chiesa should think twice before leaving Fiorentina amid growing speculation over his future, according to Alessandro Diamanti. Chiesa is a player in demand following his exploits for Fiorentina. Juventus and Inter are reportedly interested, as well as Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea. Fiorentina CEO Joe Barone said on Monday that several English clubs are "knocking at the door" to sign Chiesa.
‘If he wants to go, we’d accommodate him’ – Fiorentina open to sale of Juventus target Chiesa
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‘If he wants to go, we’d accommodate him’ – Fiorentina open to sale of Juventus target Chiesa

Rocco Commisso addressed the winger's future amid links to same major clubs Fiorentina are open to selling Federico Chiesa if the star forward wants to leave amid links to Serie A champions Juventus, according to the club's owner Rocco Commisso. The talented winge ris a player in demand following his exploits for Fiorentina, with some o the world's biggest clubs rumoured to be chasing Chiesa. Reports indicate that the likes of Juve, Inter, Manchester United and Chelsea are looking to make a push to sign the Fiorentina star.
‘Ibrahimovic gave me balls I dreamed of at AC Milan’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng
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‘Ibrahimovic gave me balls I dreamed of at AC Milan’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng

The Ghanaian and Swedish forwards featured prominently during the Rossoneri's Serie A title-winning campaign in 2011 Kevin-Prince Boateng has hailed the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan, claiming the Swede gave him the "balls he dreamed of." Ibrahimovic is at Milan for the second time after shining during the 2010-2011 Serie A-winning season alongside Boateng. Both men were summer recruits that year, and had a hand in a combined 31 top-flight goals. Boateng has advised Milan to keep hold of Ibra who is on a short-term contract. "Milan must keep him [Ibrahimovic], he knows how to make a difference," the 33-year-old Ghana international told Sky Sports Italia. "It was easy for me to play with him, I understood it immediately. He asks a lot of his teammates, but he g...
‘I am ready to be a goalkeeper’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame
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‘I am ready to be a goalkeeper’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame

The Ivorian forward is eager to get back to the pitch after a prolonged spell on the sidelines Christian Kouame has joked that he is ready to play as a goalkeeper for Fiorentina if need be in a bid to get back in action. The 22-year old Ivorian who is loan from Genoa, has been out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury since November while with his parent club. The result of that injury meant he is yet to feature for the Viola since January when his loan deal was sealed. "To play, I am ready to be a goalkeeper. In today's football, you have to adapt to everything," he told Corriere Fiorentino as per TuttoMercato. "If I had not been injured I would have gone to the Crystal Palace, but I have no regrets, fate wanted it and then my family would support Fiorentina. "I dream ...
Ronaldo Becomes First Juventus Player To Score In Nine Straight League Games
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Ronaldo Becomes First Juventus Player To Score In Nine Straight League Games

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to take his tally to 10 goals in his last six games as Juventus beat Fiorentina 3-0. The hosts were first awarded a spot kick for handball in the first half and Ronaldo swept home the penalty. Ronaldo has now scored in nine successive Serie A games for Juventus, becoming the first player to do so since David Trezeguet in December 2005. He has also scored 50 goals in just 70 appearances since joining the Italian giants in 2018. The win strengthens Juventus' place at the top of the table, with 54 points from 22 games - six clear of Inter Milan.
Victor Moses Makes Match-Winning Debut With New Club Inter Milan
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Victor Moses Makes Match-Winning Debut With New Club Inter Milan

Nigeria's Victor Moses on Wednesday night made his first appearance for his new club, Inter Milan as the Italian heavyweights defeated Fiorentina 2-1 in the Coppa Italia clash at the 50,000 capacity Stadio Guiseppe Meaza . Candreva and Nicolo Barella got the goals for Inter Milan, while Martin Caceres scored for Fiorentina during the game. Moses started the game on the bench but replaced Antonio Candreva 16 minutes from time.   Inter, who have won the Coppa Italia on seven occasions but not since 2011, will face Napoli over two legs between February and March for a place in the final, against either Juventus or AC Milan.   Moses was signed last week by Inter from Chelsea on loan till the end of the season. More photos from the match below.   ...
Franck Ribery gets three-match ban for pushing official after Fiorentina defeat
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Franck Ribery gets three-match ban for pushing official after Fiorentina defeat

Fiorentina's Franck Ribery has been banned for three matches and fined 20,000 euros (£17,257) after pushing an assistant referee following his side's 2-1 defeat by Lazio. The 36-year-old, who had been substituted in the 74th minute, remonstrated with officials at the final whistle. He was restrained by team-mates before being shown a red card. Ribery, who joined the Serie A club in the summer, apologised for his actions. A Serie A disciplinary tribunal described Ribery's conduct as "seriously disrespectful", saying the midfielder approached the official with "threatening behaviour" and pushed him twice. After the incident, ex-Bayern Munich winger Ribery tweeted: "I apologise to my team-mates, to the coach, to the fans. "I apologise also to (the assistant referee) Mr Passe...
Franck Ribery Isn’t Happy With How He Looks In FIFA 20
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Franck Ribery Isn’t Happy With How He Looks In FIFA 20

FIFA 20 has already had a patch to fix career mode but one thing it certainly hasn't fixed is how Franck Ribery looks on the game, something the player isn't too pleased by. The game isn't even a month old yet but needed some fixes to career mode, with fans even taking to social media to get the hashtag #FixCareerMode trending, and hopefully all should now be good with Wednesday's patch. However one thing that hasn't been made better is how Ribery looks on the game and he's become the latest player to complain about something about his virtual character. You can't really blame the Fiorentina winger either, it doesn't much look like him and even his iconic scar is missing from his face. If he is looking to play a game that makes him look like him then PES 2020 were quick to ju...
Inter sign Biraghi for third spell as Sanchez deal edges closer
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Inter sign Biraghi for third spell as Sanchez deal edges closer

The Manchester United man is set to complete his transfer to San Siro, while the left-back has returned for a third spell at the club Cristiano Biraghi has re-signed for Inter from Fiorentina, the Serie A giants have confirmed. A product of Inter's youth system, the left-back has joined on an initial loan deal with an option to buy at the end of this season. Brazilian defender Dalbert has moved in the opposite direction, also on loan.
Fiorentina sign former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery
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Fiorentina sign former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery

Ribery, 36, became a free agent in the summer after 12 years at the Bundesliga club. The Frenchman joined the German side in 2007 and made 425 appearances for them, winning nine Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in his time there. "I'm delighted. Let's achieve something together," he told Fiorentina's official website.
Fiorentina 1-2 Benfica: Caio scores 93rd-minute winner
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Fiorentina 1-2 Benfica: Caio scores 93rd-minute winner

Caio ensured spot-kicks were not required courtesy of a thunderous half-volley with the last kick of the match at Red Bull Arena midweek. Caio's 93rd-minute winner lifted Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina at the International Champions Cup on Wednesday. Penalties were on the horizon amid a deadlock after Haris Seferovic's ninth-minute opener was cancelled out by Dusan Vlahovic prior to half-time in Harrison, New Jersey. But substitute Caio ensured spot-kicks were not required courtesy of a thunderous half-volley with the last kick of the match at Red Bull Arena.
Roma sign €19m Veretout from Fiorentina on initial loan deal
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Roma sign €19m Veretout from Fiorentina on initial loan deal

Linked with a transfer to the Italian capital all summer long, the midfielder has finally wrapped up his move Roma have announced the signing of Jordan Vereteout from Fiorentina as the former France Under-21 international joins initially on loan for one season before the club is obliged to purchase the player outright for €16 million (£14m/$18). The loan fee will cost the Giallorossi €1m, with the player already having signed a five-year deal that will see him tied to Stadio Olimpico until 2024. Roma will also have to pay up to €2m in variable bonus fees depending on certain sporting criteria. A World Cup winner at U23 level, Veretout made up part of a three-man midfield that lifted the trophy in Turkey in 2013, the Ancenis native lining up alongside Paul Pogba and Geoffrey Kond...
Gerson leaves Roma for Flamengo in €11.8m deal
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Gerson leaves Roma for Flamengo in €11.8m deal

The 22-year-old has returned to his homeland after spending the last three years in Italy Roma have confirmed that midfielder Gerson has joined Brazilian side Flamengo in an €11.8million deal. Gerson, 22, made 42 appearances for Roma across two seasons after joining in 2016, scoring two goals and registering an assist. He spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Fiorentina, where he cemented himself in the first team and made 40 appearances in all competitions, finding the net three times and creating a further four goals.
Man Utd launch fresh bid for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic
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Man Utd launch fresh bid for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic

Manchester United are reviving their interest in Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic. The Mirror says United have bid £45million bid for Milenkovic of Serie A club Fiorentina as they continue to chase Harry Maguire, according to reports in Italy. United desperately need defensive reinforcements after they conceded 54 Premier League goals last season - more than rivals Liverpool and Manchester City put together. The Red Devils remain confident they have the upper hand over fierce rivals City in the race to sign Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, with reports claiming club chiefs are optimistic they can thrash out a £75m deal for the former Hull star. But while City's interest is thought to have cooled as they are not prepared to pay a world-record fee for the defender, Unite...
Chiesa isn’t for sale at €100m’ – Spurs & Liverpool warned Fiorentina won’t repeat Baggio mistake
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Chiesa isn’t for sale at €100m’ – Spurs & Liverpool warned Fiorentina won’t repeat Baggio mistake

Rocco Commisso has informed those planning an approach for the highly-rated forward that the Viola have no intention of letting him leave Liverpool and Tottenham have been informed that Fiorentina have no intention of parting with Federico Chiesa, with Rocco Commisso vowing that his club “won’t make the same mistake as with Roberto Baggio”. The Viola striker, 21, has been linked with a big-money move elsewhere during the summer transfer window. Premier League interest is said to have been shown, with Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino among those considering additions to their respective attacking ranks.
Fiorentina goalkeeper Dragowski a target for Bournemouth
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Fiorentina goalkeeper Dragowski a target for Bournemouth

Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski remains a target for Bournemouth. Sportitalia says the Cherries are pushing to sign the Pole. Indeed, things are expected to accelerate in the next few days. Bournemouth will return with a better bid than their opening offer of €11m plus €4m in bonuses. The Viola are expected to leave the final decision to Dragowski.
Golden Shoe 2018/2019: Messi, Mbappe Lead Race to Finish Europe’s Top Scorer [See top 10]
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Golden Shoe 2018/2019: Messi, Mbappe Lead Race to Finish Europe’s Top Scorer [See top 10]

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is currently leading the race to finish the season as the top scorer in Europe. Messi, who won the Golden Shoe last season, has netted 34 goals so far. The Argentine superstar will be seeking to go two clear of Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the prize four times. Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is second with 30 goals, while Fabio Quagliarella of Fiorentina has scored 23 goals. Here are the top 10 as at present: 1. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 34 goals (68pts) 2. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 30 goals (60pts) 3. Fabio Quagliarella | Sampdoria | 23 goals (46pts) 4. Mbaye Diagne | Kasimpasa/Galatasaray | 28 goals (42pts) 5. Luuk de Jong | PSV | 28 goals (42pts) 6. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 21 goals (42p...
I’m Staying At Juventus “1000%” – Ronaldo
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I’m Staying At Juventus “1000%” – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will be staying at Juventus "1000%" after the club won an eighth consecutive Serie A title with victory over Fiorentina. Massimiliano Allegri's side, who failed at the first attempt with a 2-1 loss at SPAL last week, fell behind after a Nikola Milenkovic opener. Alex Sandro equalised with a brilliant flicked header in the 37th minute. Victory was sealed after the break when German Pezzella diverted Ronaldo's cross into his own net. "I'm really happy that I have won the Italian title in my first season," said Ronaldo. "Of course, it did not go well in the Champions League, but there is next year." Juventus' 35th league title means the Portuguese forward, who signed from Real Madrid for £99.2m last summer, has become the first player to win domesti...
What Ronaldo said about next season’s Champions League after Juventus win Serie A title
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What Ronaldo said about next season’s Champions League after Juventus win Serie A title

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has expressed his delight at winning the Serie A title, following their 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday. Nikola Milenkovic put Fiorentina ahead after six minutes, before Alex Sandro pulled Juve level 30 minutes later. Fiorentina defender, German Pezzella, then diverted Ronaldo’s cross past his own goalkeeper to complete the comeback. Ronaldo becomes the first footballer to win the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A titles. But the Portugal is eyeing success in the Champions League, following their quarter-final elimination in the hands of Ajax this week. “I’m really happy that I won the Italian title in my first season. “Of course, it did not go well in the Champions League, but there is next year,” he said according to Sky Ita...
Ronaldo Sets Record as Juventus Clinch Eighth Consecutive Serie A title
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Ronaldo Sets Record as Juventus Clinch Eighth Consecutive Serie A title

Juventus claimed their eighth consecutive Serie A title on Saturday, after coming from a goal down to beat Fiorentina 2-1. Serbian defender, Nikola Milenkovic, had put Fiorentina ahead after six minutes. However, Alex Sandro pulled Juve level 30 minutes later, before Fiorentina defender German Pezzella diverted Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross past his own goalkeeper to complete the comeback. Ronaldo becomes the first footballer to win the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A titles. The day was a double cause for celebration, as Juventus’ women’s team won their second straight league title since being founded in 2017. Petronella Ekroth, Cristiana Girelli and Eniola Aluko wrapped up a convincing 3-0 victory over Verona, to narrowly edge Fiorentina to the title by one point.
Super Eagles Defender, Ola Aina Hit With Three-match Ban
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Super Eagles Defender, Ola Aina Hit With Three-match Ban

Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina, has been handed a three-match ban, after he was sent off in Torino’s clash against Bologna at the weekend, the Serie A committee confirmed on Tuesday. Aina was shown two yellow cards during the 3-2 defeat. Although he took to Instagram to apologize for his action, he was now been handed a match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards in the league, while his display of “intimidating attitude” towards referee Maurizio Mariani earned him further bans. Aina has been impressive since moving to Italy in the summer, helping eighth-placed Torino to keep 10 clean sheets in 24 league appearances, and weighing with a goal. His suspension will see him miss games against Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Parma, but he should be available for the Cagliari ...
Mohamed Salah covers GQ Magazine, Middle East
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Mohamed Salah covers GQ Magazine, Middle East

Egyptian and Liverpool attacker and current African best footballer, Mohamed Salahcovers GQ Magazine, Middle East. Speaking with the magazine in an interview, the 26-year-old footballer spoke about the role his father played in making a better footballer. Salah played at El Mokawloon, Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, and Roma, but his career took off after signing for Liverpool. ‘I would complain that I didn’t want to travel [the four hours] to training,’ said Salah, remembering the role his father played. ‘But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.’ The attacker has already scored 42 goals in 53 appearances for Liverpool, and speaking about his performa...
Man United To Splash £40m On Milenkovic
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Man United To Splash £40m On Milenkovic

FLORINTINA have named their price for Manchester United target Nikola Milenkovic. Manchester United players Jose Mourinho made a personal check on the Serbia in last week’s clash with Montenegro during the international break. And reports suggest it would cost United £40m to get Mourinho the centre back he has craved since the summer. But the asking price is £10m more than United are prepared to pay. And the Serie A club are not prepared to business unless their valuation is met. They go on to report that Juventus are also keen, with Fiorentina hoping to spark a transfer tug of war for the highly-rated 21-year-old. Mourinho was desperate for a centre half in the summer but United’s board were not prepared to sanction a big-money move for Harry Maguire. Milenkovic is a 6f...
Ac Milan Banned For Champions  League And Europa league For 2018-2019 Session
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Ac Milan Banned For Champions League And Europa league For 2018-2019 Session

                      Italian giant, AC Milan have been banned by UEFA from competing in the Champions League and Europa League for the 2018-19 season after breaching Financial Fair Play rules. UEFA announced the shocking decision on Tuesday, citing that AC Milan would not be able to play in any European competition for the 2018/19 campaign despite qualifying for the Europa League. Recall that the Italian club spent more than £175million (€200m) on new players last year amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for £600m in April 2017. But the club will have the right to appeal, but if unsuccessful they will serve the ba...
Everybody Knows I Bought ‘Fantastic Boy’ Salah – Mourinho
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Everybody Knows I Bought ‘Fantastic Boy’ Salah – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has defended himself from criticism relating to Chelsea's decision to sell Mohamed Salah, pointing to the fact he brought him to English football in the first place. Salah has enjoyed a remarkable first campaign at Liverpool having signed from Roma in pre-season, taking his tally to 43 for the season when he scored twice against his former club in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday. A prolific Premier League campaign has yielded 31 goals, meaning he has equalled the record for the biggest haul in a single 38-match season. It is not his first taste of English football, however, as he previously signed for Chelsea in 2014, before being allowed to leave on a permanent deal to Roma two years later. Both Chelsea and Mourinho have come in for criticism...
Hazard Insists Salah Is A Top Player For Sure
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Hazard Insists Salah Is A Top Player For Sure

As the Belgium star prepares to go head-to-head against his close friend in the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Saturday evening, Hazard says Salah was not handed a fair crack of the whip at Stamford Bridge. The Egypt international lasted just over 12 months in west London, leaving on loan for Fiorentina in February 2015 after failing to impress Mourinho. Another loan spell at Roma followed before he joined the Italian club permanently in the summer of 2016. Hazard said: ‘He was unlucky not to get longer (at Chelsea). He didn’t get the chance -  maybe because of the manager, maybe because of the players. ‘He has quality but in this period I remember it was me, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata also, so for him it was not easy. But he’s a top player for sure.’ The Belgian added of the 2...
Montella’s Future As Milan Boss Will Reportedly Be At Stake
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Montella’s Future As Milan Boss Will Reportedly Be At Stake

The San Siro side visit the Neroverdi on the back of a run of just two wins in nine matches in all competitions. They sit in eighth place in the Serie A table and are in danger, even at this early stage of the season, of falling out of contention for European qualification for the next campaign. The pressure has been growing on Montella in recent weeks and, according to Corriere dello Sport, he will be sacked if Milan fail to win tonight’s match. The former Fiorentina boss insisted in his pre-match Press conference that he ‘feels the full trust of the club.’ However, the Italian daily claims that the ‘truth’ is that Montella will be fighting to save his job tonight. Should the Rossoneri fail to deliver the required result, the Rossoneri hierarchy will use the international break to rem...
Ranieri: ‘Dzeko Was Unstoppable, He’s An Extraordinary Player’
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Ranieri: ‘Dzeko Was Unstoppable, He’s An Extraordinary Player’

The Nantes Coach won the Premier League with the Foxes in 2015-16, but was sacked last season after a poor run of results. Today the Italian has given a long interview with Corriere dello Sport, which opens with the revelation that the English club reached out to Ranieri for a return when they sacked Craig Shakespeare. However, the former Roma and Juventus boss is reported to have replied “no, thank you”. The interview then focuses on Italian football, with Ranieri giving his opinion of Roma. “In the first game at Stamford Bridge they played a great game,” he said. “[Edin] Dzeko was unstoppable, he’s an extraordinary player. Now though are playing as we’d expect them to. “It won’t be easy for Roma to beat them, even if it’s a pleasure to watch [Eusebio] Di Francesco’s side play, they...
Walter Mazzarri And Paulo Sousa Are Linked With The Milan Job
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Walter Mazzarri And Paulo Sousa Are Linked With The Milan Job

The Rossoneri Coach has come under intense pressure in recent weeks following a poor run of results that has left the San Siro club well off the pace in the race for Champions League places. Last night’s 2-0 home defeat to Juventus only added to the scrutiny on Montella, who has now presided over just one win in six Serie A matches. Gazzetta dello Sport claim that although last night’s loss to the Old Lady will not prove decisive in sealing the former Fiorentina boss’ fate, patience is beginning to run out within the Rossoneri hierarchy. Should the Diavolo’s form not improve in the coming weeks, it is likely Montella will pay the price and be relieved of his duties. The Italian daily suggests former Inter boss Mazzarri and ex-Fiorentina Coach Sousa would be among the front runners to r...
Lupoli: At Arsenal Henry Was The Leader In The Dressing Room
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Lupoli: At Arsenal Henry Was The Leader In The Dressing Room

The 30-year-old was once seen as a promising young forward, but his career has largely seen him bouncing around the lower leagues in England and Italy. “Two years ago I went up to Serie A with Frosinone, and going to Pisa was a leap in the dark,” Lupoli recalled in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. “The relationship with Gattuso didn’t work. It was a paradoxical situation, with a board which wasn't present and a Padre-Padrone [a film about a boy with a domineering father] Coach, with attitude which don’t fit in the world of football. “I had a nightmare and on a human level it was a disaster.” Lupoli joined Arsenal at a very young age, while his Italy youth strike partner Giuseppe Rossi went to Manchester United. “If he hadn’t had four cruciate ligament injuries he’d be one of th...
Juventus GM Marotta Admits It’s Impossible To Keep Dybala If He Wants To Leave
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Juventus GM Marotta Admits It’s Impossible To Keep Dybala If He Wants To Leave

Speaking to Premium Sport before Juve’s 1-0 win against Fiorentina on Wednesday, Marotta also insisted he was “delighted” with Gonzalo Higuain, despite his struggle for goals, and revealed no Bianconeri players were lumbered with release clauses. “€90m for Higuain? This campaign was created following Pogba’s sale and we’re delighted with Higuain,” explained the 60-year-old. “Beyond all that, he’s important to our style of play. Advantage in Serie A? It’s premature to talk about points now. “Many teams have moved well in the transfer market. I think the League will be decided by games between the competing sides. “Release clauses for Juve players? It’s crucial in a player-club relationship in Spain, but only Higuain and Pjanic had them in Italy. I’m against giving clauses to our players...
Juan Cuadrado: I Always Give Everything For Juventus
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Juan Cuadrado: I Always Give Everything For Juventus

“The boss is always telling me to get the balls into the box because we have players like [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Mario] Mandzukic who attack the goal and pose a real threat,” the Colombian revealed after the final whistle. “Luckily it went well today.” “I'm always looking to improve and I always try to give everything I have for the team, making sure I'm always ready. “The time will come when other great players like [Federico] Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa or [Marko] Pjaca will be playing instead of me, but we're all in the same boat and we all want to achieve the same things. “I've never thought about leaving and I'm happy to be part of this team because they believe in me.” Cuadrado then explained there are advantages to be had from winning games by a small margin. “It was tough goin...
Fiorentina Coach Stefano Pioli: Draw Would’ve Been Fair
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Fiorentina Coach Stefano Pioli: Draw Would’ve Been Fair

A Mario Mandzukic header proved the only difference between the sides at the Allianz Juventus Stadium, even though Milan Badelj was sent off after 66 minutes for a second bookable offence. “We were in the game right to the 95th minute, even down to 10 men against a very strong opponent,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium. “Clearly we were under pressure and allowed some chances, but we created plenty too. The team put in a huge effort and there are regrets, because a draw would’ve been a fair reward for that performance. “I cannot be happy if we’re down to 10 men, but I don’t like to complain. Clearly it was a disadvantage, but the decision was made with the aid of VAR. “I saw improvements from my side, but not enough to get points against a side of this level. We’re on the right track a...
Rashford, Mbappe And Dembele In Contention For 2017 Golden Boy Award
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Rashford, Mbappe And Dembele In Contention For 2017 Golden Boy Award

The prize, founded in 2003, relates to performances across a particular calendar year, with the winner decided by a panel of 30 journalists. Among the favourites this time round are Mbappé, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan last month after impressing for Monaco, and Dembélé, who faces at least three months out with injury after completing his £97m move to Barcelona in the summer. But Rashford, who finished as runner-up in last year’s competition to Swansea’s on-loan Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches – will also be a strong contender after impressing for Manchester United. Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Joe Gomez, plus Everton’s Dominic Calvin-Lewin, Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham and Reece Oxford of West Ham, who is currently on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach, comp...
Mandorlini, Oddo, Guidolin Options For Misfiring Verona?
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Mandorlini, Oddo, Guidolin Options For Misfiring Verona?

Hellas were promoted from Serie B in second place behind Spal last summer under Fabio Pecchia, but have made a terrible impact with the top flight. Beaten 3-1 at home by Napoli is one thing, earning a 0-0 at Crotone another, but the back-to-back defeats to Fiorentina (5-0) and Roma (3-0) showed a complete lack of fight and near-comical defending. Pecchia is also paying for the tension around his decision to drop Giampaolo Pazzini, who was Capocannoniere in Serie B last term. The veteran striker has not disguised his irritation at this snub from his Coach. According to Mediaset Premium, the list of potential replacements includes former Pescara boss Oddo and ex-Udinese and Swansea City tactician Guidolin. The most intriguing option would be Mandorlini, who already had great success on ...
Kalinic Is Expected To Make His First Start For Milan In The Europa League
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Kalinic Is Expected To Make His First Start For Milan In The Europa League

The Croatian striker joined the Rossoneri this summer from Fiorentina, on loan with an obligation to buy. However, he missed most of the Viola’s pre-season so has yet to to make his first start for his new club. This morning’s Corriere della Sera expects Kalinic to play from the start tonight in Vienna, and the newspaper points out the Croatian’s fantastic record in the competition. He has scored 13 goals in the competition, seven for Dnipro and six for Fiorentina, putting him just outside the top 10 goalscorers since the Europa League format was launched. Radamel Falcao leads the way with 20 goals, but Kalinic has some way to go to reach the top if UEFA Cup goals are counted. Celtic legend Henrik Larsson scored 40 goals in 56 UEFA Cup games, for the Bhoys, Feyenoord and Helsingborg, ...
‘Killer’ Harry Kane Is my Gabriel Batistuta, Says Tottenham Boss Pochettino
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‘Killer’ Harry Kane Is my Gabriel Batistuta, Says Tottenham Boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino positioned his hands to make the point. Tottenham's manager was about to compare his star man with old ally Gabriel Batistuta and recognised the weight his words would carry. 'Yes, yes, yes, yes — Batistuta was a killer,' said Pochettino. 'Very strong mentality; very strong shot, great professional. You can compare. For me, OK, I put Batistuta there . . .' he said, raising one hand above the other, '. . . and Harry there,' with his other hand a little lower. 'But Harry can be better. He is a killer, Harry Kane. Look at the goals he scored the last years! Mental level? Yes. Absolutely (they are the same). Maybe they have different characteristics but I think he is in that level, with Batistuta.' To ensure the message got through, Pochettino repeated himself. 'I would ...
Storms Threaten Another Four Games In Serie A After Roma-Samp
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Storms Threaten Another Four Games In Serie A After Roma-Samp

The Marassi match was due to kick off this evening, but was postponed by the Genoa council after an Orange Alert weather warning was issued. Storms and flash floods are expected all over northern and central Italy over the next 48 hours. This means Samp-Roma might not be the only Serie A game called off or abandoned due to the conditions. Others said to be at risk are Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Fiorentina, Lazio-Milan and Udinese-Genoa. Meteorologists predict heavy rainfall in Bergamo, Verona, Rome and Udine.
Barcelona Fail To Sell Unwanted Players
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Barcelona Fail To Sell Unwanted Players

They have not been able to make one euro out of the players that under-performed last season. It is true that they sold Tello for four million who had been at Fiorentina and they picked up 222 million for Neymar but this was clearly not a transfer that they wanted. The latest case has been Arda Turan who has refused to leave after a two year loan move to Galatasaray  had been agreed between the clubs. "The Galatasaray fans do not want me and for that reason I am staying and will see out my contract at Barcelona," he said. The Turan situation is particularly frustrating for Barcelona as in the last winter transfer window they had received a 50 million euro offer from a Chinese club but then coach Luis Enrique turned it down. Similar situations have happened with other players li...
Serie A Over 30,000 More Season Tickets Up
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Serie A Over 30,000 More Season Tickets Up

According to today’s Gazzetta dello Sport, 282, 683 season tickets have been sold between the 20 Serie A clubs, up from 251,895 last year.Milan and Inter have both overtaken Juventus on pure numbers, with each selling around 31,000 season tickets, just under 40 per cent of San Siro.Juventus Stadium holds 41,000 people, so while their 29,200 season tickets sold out almost instantly, the Bianconeri can’t match the Milan clubs in terms of numbers.However, the season ticket sales mean 70 per cent of the ground is sold out for every match, as was the case last season.Milan have seen the biggest increase in season ticket sales, perhaps due to their exciting summer transfer campaign.The Rossoneri’s numbers have gone from 16,441 to the present 31,000, with Inter up to that same number from 28,000....
Jovetic Joins Monaco To Fill Mbappe Void
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Jovetic Joins Monaco To Fill Mbappe Void

Monaco confirmed the signing of Montenegrin international striker Stevan Jovetic on Tuesday on a four-year deal from Inter Milan. The 27-year-old Montenegro captain is set to inherit the number 10 shirt worn by Kylian Mbappe, with the teen sensation’s mega money move to Paris Saint-Germain expected imminently. Jovetic started out with Partizan Belgrade before joining Serie A side Fiorentina. He had a spell with Manchester City and was loaned out by Inter to Sevilla last season. “He has developed in the big leagues and has experience at the highest level,” said Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev. “We’re convinced that he’ll find here the conditions to fully express his ability.”
Icardi Brace Sees Inter Stun Wasteful Roma
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Icardi Brace Sees Inter Stun Wasteful Roma

Mauro Icardi scored a second-half brace as Inter Milan rocked Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday to send out an early-season statement of intent to their Serie A title rivals. An early opener from Edin Dzeko, Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals, had a packed Olimpico jumping in anticipation of Roma starting their home campaign with a win. But the hosts, playing under the watchful eye of new club director Francesco Totti, were stunned into silence in a thrilling second half. Inter followed Juventus — 4-2 comeback winners at Genoa thanks to a Paulo Dybala hat-trick — in making it back-to-back victories to start the season and also vindicated their new coach Luciano Spalletti. Spalletti brought his second spell in charge of Roma to an end last season, when the ...
PSG’s Matuidi Set For Juventus Medical
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PSG’s Matuidi Set For Juventus Medical

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of signing for Juventus, who have agreed to pay Paris Saint-Germain 20 million euros plus bonuses, according to reports on Wednesday. French international Matuidi, who won four consecutive league titles with PSG, is expected at Torino’s Caselle airport later on Wednesday to undergo a medical and sign a deal that would see the 30-year-old earn 3.5m euros ($4.1m) per season, according to Gazzetta dello Sport’s website. The box-to-box midfielder, known for his strength on the ball and his ability to win back possession, has been a Juventus target for some time. If confirmed, Matuidi would become Juve’s ninth signing of the season alongside the likes of Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Mattia Di Sciglio (AC Milan), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorent...
Aubameyang Admits He Wants AC Milan Move On Social Media
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Aubameyang Admits He Wants AC Milan Move On Social Media

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has raised fresh doubts over his Borussia Dortmund future after saying he wants to move to AC Milan on social media. The Gabon international had been linked with a switch away from the Bundesliga side earlier this summer, with Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain interested in a move for the striker, before Dortmund announced that he would be staying with the club. Aubameyang, who started his career at Milan, scored a hat-trick against Rielasingen-Arlen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal Cup on Saturday before holding a livestream on Instagram where he was asked about a return to the Rossoneri. He said: “I want to go back, but they are sleeping. What do I have to do?” The 28-year-old followed that up by doing an impression of the San Siro announc...