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TRANSFER NEWS: CHELSEA, JUVENTUS AND DORTMUND

AMONG SEVERAL CLUBS INTERESTED IN FELIPE VIZEU

 

 
http://www.thehardtackle.com/news/2017/02/20/transfer-news-chelsea

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Feb 20, 2017

 

Chelsea, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are among a host of several clubs interested in the latest Flamengo prodigy Felipe Vizeu.

 

The Sun are claiming that a host of clubs are showing interest in Flamengo wonderkid Felipe Vizeu. The likes of Chelsea, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Fiorentina and Lazio are all credited with interest in the forward while Brazilian outlet Co News have reported that a host of European clubs are interested in Vizeu.

Flamengo have a magnificent history of producing gem after gem for Brazil. And 19-year-old Vizeu seems the latest churned-out product from the fabled academy. The player is an out-and-out forward who likes to terrorize opponents with his silk-smooth movement.

And the 19-year-old was the cream of the crop in the 2016 Sao Paulo Youth Cup, winning the Player of the Tournament award. The striker has already made the senior grade at Flamengo and has a decent return of 5 goals in 15 appearances for the Brazilian outfit.

 

Juventus tracking Flamengo youngster Felipe Vizeu CalcioMercato says Juve and Fiorentina are following the 19 year-old's progress.

 

Vizeu has also done well on the international level, with 6 goals in 11 appearances for the Under-20 Brazilian side and being one of the major stars at the South American Under-20 Championship.

Flamengo have done well to tie the wonderkid down to a long-term contract, one that runs till 2020. And with the Brazilian side under no pressure to sell, the interested clubs would have to activate the £25.7 million release clause embedded in his new long-term deal.

And boy are there clubs interested in Vizeu. The likes of Chelsea, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Fiorentina and Lazio are all showing interest in the striker. Chelsea, especially, are in need of reinforcements in the striker department.

Michy Batshuayi has failed to impress his manager and has really been unable to receive enough of game time to perhaps do the aforementioned. Diego Costa, on the other hand, may well be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Even if the Spaniard ends up staying, Chelsea would need an addition or two in that area as they are almost certain to make the Champions League now, which would result in fixture congestion, where the squad depth or lack of it is best highlighted.

Borussia Dortmund are always on the lookout for young talented additions to their already amazingly talented young core and Vizeu seems to fit the bill for the Yellow Brigade. With Paulo Dybala continuously linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Juventus may also look to delve into the Brazilian market for Vizeu.

And all the aforementioned clubs are more than likely to be ready to pay the requisite buyout clause in order to get the player to Europe if he continues to impress. Chelsea have also been linked with his 16-year-old club-mate Vinicius Junior, who has been hailed as the next Neymar.

But, at 19, Vizeu may seem to be a more matured prospect and a more achievable target for the Blues, especially with all the clubs interested in the 16-year-old prodigy. Vizeu might just be the next Brazilian to make a splash on the European scene, and hopefully, soon.

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TRANSFER NEWS: BORUSSIA DORTMUND ENTER

CHASE FOR LIVERPOOL TARGET INAKI WILLIAMS

 

 
http://www.thehardtackle.com/news/2017/02/20/transfer-news-borussia

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Feb 20, 2017

 

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly set to rival Liverpool and Juventus in the summer pursuit of Athletic Bilbao superstar Inaki Williams

 

Italian publication Calciomercato are reporting that Borussia Dortmund are also interested in Atheltic Bilbao superstar Inaki Williams. The Spaniard has been heavily linked with the likes of Liverpool and Juventus of late. But, Thomas Tuchel’s side seem to have joined them in Inaki’s pursuit.

Inaki Williams has always been highly-rated within Spain and at Athletic Bilbao. The player is one of the rare gems to emerge from the local Basque region still present in the Bilbao squad alongside Iker Muniain, something that the club is really proud of.

And both Munian and Inaki have been the focal points of Bilbao’s attacks this season, with Muniain donning the left wing while Inaki terrorizing the opposition defenders from the right side of attack, ably supporting Aritz Aduriz.

Inaki’s return of 5 goals and 7 assists this season make for good reading and this has brought forth interest from the likes of Juventus and Liverpool. The player stated earlier in 2016 that he is happy at Athletic Bilbao, but that hasn’t stopped the duo from pursuing the Spaniard.

Liverpool have been on the lookout for an addition to their attack, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Demarai Gray linked with a move to Anfield, especially with rumours floating around of a possible exit on the cards for Coutinho, who is on the radar of Barcelona among others.

Liverpool were reported to be prepared to meet the €50 million release clause that is present in Inaki’s contract. But, Juventus joined the race as the Bianconeri continue to look for reinforcements for their wing areas. Juan Cuadrado has been immense this season, but the Old Lady are still seeking another addition to the department.

And now Borussia Dortmund have joined the list. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with an exit from the club and Calciomercato report Thomas Tuchel’s side are eyeing a deal for Inaki Williams as a potential successor to Aubameyang.

While Inaki is a natural left-winger, he has played mostly at the right side of the attack this season and also has been deployed as a central forward multiple times in his career. So, should he join Borussia Dortmund in the summer, there would not be much of a problem in transitioning to a more central role for Inaki.

Bilbao are known to be tough negotiators, especially when it comes to selling a player that has emerged from the Basque region. And the same is expected to be the case with the 22-year-old Spanish international, which means the three clubs would have to meet the €50 million buyout clause to land the attacker.

The fee, though, could be worth it. All of 22, Inaki has already making waves in Europe and could really be the next one to make the jump from a brilliant prospect to a superstar.

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Berardi: ‘Closer to Juventus’

 

 
http://www.football-italia.net/98674/berardi-‘closer-juventus’

 

 

Feb 21, 2017

 

Domenico Berardi admits he was “closer to Juventus” than Inter, and says Alessandro Del Piero "always impressed me".

 

The forward opted to stay with Sassuolo in the summer, but has missed several months of the season with a knee injury.

 

“I had a difficult time, but thanks to the doctors I got through it,” Berardi told Sky.

 

“I’m better now and I hope to help Sassuolo do something more. Juventus and Inter? I’ve been closer to Juventus.

 

“Eusebio Di Francesco? We have an excellent relationship. We have ambitions and he has ambitions too, and it’s right that he could go to a big club in future.

 

“Who do I see myself in? In Del Piero, because he always impressed me with the way he played.”

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TRANSFER RUMOUR: JUVENTUS, NAPOLI AND BORUSSIA DORTMUND

TARGET ON LOAN ARSENAL GOALKEEPER WOJCIECH SZCZESNY

 

 
http://www.thehardtackle.com/news/2017/02/21/transfer-rumour-juventus-napoli-

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Feb 21, 2017

 

Juventus, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund are all targetting Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for a summer move

Italian publication Corriere dello Sport have reported that Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is on the radar of Juventus, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund. The Pole is currently on loan with AS Roma in the Serie A, but the three aforementioned clubs are now all set to make a move for him in the summer.

Wojciech Szczesny’s career at Arsenal has been quite the topsy turvy one. He joined the North London club in 2006 as one of the most promising teen goalkeeping prospects in the world. Having joined the youth ranks with the Gunners, Szczesny made rapid strides to establish himself as the firm first choice by 2011.

He was one of the best goalkeepers for several seasons in the Premier League thereafter, as he regularly made an impression with his quick reflexes and superb shot-stopping abilities. However, poor form coupled with disciplinary issues in 2014/15 saw him lose his place in the starting lineup to David Ospina.

Petr Cech’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium in the 2015/16 season then saw Szczesny being sent to AS Roma on loan and he is currently on his second season-long loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico. What’s more, he has not only established himself as the number one under Luciano Spalletti but also is a firm fan-favourite.

Szczesny seems to be back to his very best this season, and he hasn’t missed a single minute of action for Roma. His exploits have seen the Giallorossi keep 11 clean sheets in the Serie A, conceding just 22 goals in the process.

Roma have previously indicated that they would like to retain Szczesny on a permanent basis once his loan spell ends at the culmination of this season. However, they are now set to face competition for him in the form of Serie A rivals Juventus and Napoli, as well as Borussia Dortmund.

Juventus are searching for captain Gianluigi Buffon’s long-term successor and have already scouted the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alban Lafont and David De Gea. And it looks like they’re keeping their options open, with Szczesny being scouted as well.

Napoli, on the other hand, are looking to replace Pepe Reina, who seems to be past his peak, and have turned their attention towards the Poland international. With Szczesny being well experienced in Serie A, he is certainly a viable option for Napoli to consider.

Meanwhile, Roman Burki and Roman Weidenfeller have been highly unreliable for Borussia Dortmund of late, resulting in Thomas Tuchel looking for goalkeeping reinforcements for the summer. With Szczesny regaining top form this season, he could well be a top addition for the Bundesliga club.

It now remains to be seen if Arsenal are willing to sell Szczesny in the summer, or if Arsene Wenger intends to reinstate him back into his first team plans. Clubs are lining up for him though, and it will be interesting to see the club Szczesny plays for next season.

 

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Lyon drop Tolisso-Juve hint

 


http://www.football-italia.net/98731/lyon-drop-tolisso-juve-hint

 

 

Feb 22, 2017

 

Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas hinted that Corentin Tolisso will be sold to Juventus in the summer. “There will be very significant sales.”

 

The Bianconeri already tried to sign the midfielder in the January transfer window, while before that he had been linked with Napoli.

 

“Over the last year we haven’t sold any players,” noted Aulas in a Press conference.

 

“We received an important offer for Tolisso, but in the end we did not do anything about it. The situation is different now and I think there will be very significant sales by June 30.”

 

Lyon are also widely expected to part with striker Alexandre Lacazette, who told reporters last month “the time has come for a change of scenery.”

 

Both Tolisso and Lacazette have price-tags of €35-40m.

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Perisic-Alexis Sanchez swap?

 


http://www.football-italia.net/98885/perisic-alexis-sanchez-swap

 

 

Feb 25, 2017

 

Inter could try to use Ivan Perisic as part of an exchange deal to swoop for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, also wanted by Juventus.

 

Alexis is increasingly unlikely to extend his contract with Arsenal, which is due to expire in June 2018, so a summer sale seems inevitable.

 

Serie A is calling after his initial successful spell at Udinese, with Juventus and Inter showing a lot of interest.

 

According to Calciomercato.com, the Nerazzurri hope to get the upper hand in this situation by offering Perisic as part of an exchange deal.

 

Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of the Croatian winger, who recently changed agent to Fali Ramadani.

 

English papers are also suggesting that Chile international Gary Medel could be used as part of the swap for Sanchez.

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Juve keen on Bernardeschi

 


http://www.football-italia.net/98945/juve-keen-bernardeschi

 

 

Feb 27, 2017

 

Juventus are keen on signing Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi this summer, according to reports.

 

The Bianconeri were also said to be keen on Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi, but this morning’s edition of La Stampa states that Bernardeschi has now ousted Berardi as the number one target for the summer.

 

With the 23-year-old in fine form in the number 10 role for the Viola, interest is said to have shifted his way, but there will be competition from both Inter and Chelsea, both of whom are keen on the Carrara-born player.

 

Bernardeschi hit the headlines with a wonderful free-kick against Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this month but is unlikely to be in action this evening when Fiorentina take on Torino due to a bruised ankle.

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Juventus keep up De Sciglio interest

 


http://www.football-italia.net/98949/juventus-keep-de-sciglio-interest

 

 

Feb 27, 2017

 

Juventus remain in pole position to capture the signing of full-back Mattia De Sciglio, reports say.

 

The Italian international has just returned from an ankle injury after being out since the end of January, but his future remains unclear due to the forthcoming change of ownership at the club.

 

Since the departure of Patrice Evra, the Bianconeri are short of cover at left-back, and would value a versatile player like De Sciglio who can play on either side.

 

According to Calciomercato.com, Juve face competition from Napoli and Barcelona, as teams look to capitalise on the 24-year-old’s contract situation.

 

With his current deal expiring in 2018, the Rossoneri need to decide whether to offer a renewal or cash in on the player before he becomes available on a free transfer.

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Juve raise Sanchez funds

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99035/juve-raise-sanchez-funds

 

 

Mar 1, 2017

 

Juventus will reportedly reinvest funds from sales of Simone Zaza and Kingsley Coman into a bid for Alexis Sanchez.

 

With Coman currently on loan at Bayern Munich, and Zaza at Valencia, summer 2017 will see Juventus earn around €40m, with both deals likely to become permanent.

 

According to Tuttosport, this figure will be used to assist in purchasing Sanchez, who has long been linked with the Bianconeri.

 

Currently joint top of the Premier League goalscoring chart alongside Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku wwith 17, the Chilean has also provided eight assists for the Gunners.

 

Despite such sparkling form for his current side, the 28-year-old is said to be frustrated with their lack of progress and is unlikely to sign a contract extension beyond his current deal which expires in 2018.

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Buffon drops Bernardeschi hint

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99043/buffon-drops-bernardeschi-hint

 

 

Mar 1, 2017

 

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has hinted that Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi will join the club this summer.

 

The Bianconeri have already been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, with reports suggesting that he is now the preferred option over previous target Domenico Berardi.

 

Buffon hails from Carrara, the same Tuscan town as the Viola star, with the pair known to enjoy a good relationship.

 

The goalkeeper was a guest on the show alongside Sanremo festival winner Francesco Gabbani, who is also a native of the town.

 

"This is the good air of Carrara," Buffon smiled in an interview with JTV. "Maybe Bernardeschi will join us next year."

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PSG ask €85m for Verratti

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99047/psg-ask-€85m-verratti

 

 

Mar 1, 2017

 

Reports suggest that PSG will listen to offers over €85m for Marco Verratti this summer.

 

The Italian international joined the Parisian side from Pescara in 2012, but has recently hinted that he is ready to move on.

 

According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG have now set an asking price, with the 24-year-old currently under contract until 2021.

 

Juventus are said to have already undertaken discussions with the player’s agent, but are facing competition from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid for the highly-rated midfielder.

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Juventus to sign Penner?

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99108/juventus-sign-penner

 

 

Mar 2, 2017

 

Reports suggest Juventus have a deal to sign Sparta Prague youngster Nicolas Penner.

 

According to Sportmediaset, the midfielder, who will turn 16 on June 19, has been training with the Bianconeri for several months.

 

The Czech player has convinced the Turin club to offer him a contract, and he will officially join up with the Primavera team.

 

There was competition from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but club legend Pavel Nedved acted as an intermediary and convinced Penner.

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Crotone look to Grosso

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99128/crotone-look-grosso

 

 

Mar 2, 2017

 

Crotone are considering Juventus Primavera youth team Coach Fabio Grosso for next season.

 

The 39-year-old former Italy and Palermo star has spent the last three years leading the Bianconeri youth side.

 

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Crotone have pinpointed the World Cup winner as the man to lead them next season.

 

It’s very likely that will be in Serie B, as the Squali are in their first ever top flight campaign and remain rooted in the relegation zone.

 

Current boss Davide Nicola received the club’s backing this week, despite five consecutive defeats.

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Juventus €30m for Alexis Sanchez

 


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Mar 2, 2017

 

Juventus have already put forward a €30m offer for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

 

The Bianconeri’s interest in the Chile international is certainly no secret and dates back to his days at Udinese.

 

He has since moved on through Barcelona and Arsenal, but his contract is due to expire in June 2018 and a renewal is increasingly unlikely.

 

Friday’s edition of the Corriere dello Sport newspaper suggests Juventus have already contacted Arsenal with a proposal worth €30m.

 

They are eager to get ahead of the pack, as Paris Saint-Germain are also contenders for Alexis Sanchez.

 

The 28-year-old forward would join Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic in a stellar strike force in Turin.

 

This season he has contributed 20 goals and 16 assists in just 34 competitive appearances for the Gunners.

 

It is Juve’s Champions League ambition that will most draw Sanchez, as Arsenal lost the first leg of their Round of 16 tie in a 5-1 humiliation to Bayern Munich.

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Mattia 'The Poet' Caldara, the heir
to Italy legends Nesta and Scirea

 


http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/espn-fc-united-blog/68/post/3073447/

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Mar 3, 2017

 

 

"We are very pleased and proud to have signed Mattia Caldara," Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta purred on Saturday. Little wonder, because the 22-year-old Atalanta centre-back, who signed for the Bianconeri in January before being loaned straight back, had just scored twice to bring his team a 2-0 win at Napoli and help widen his new parent club's gap at the top of Serie A to 12 points.

The fact that Juventus acquired Caldara in January for €15 million with add-ons went somewhat under radar as he will stay with Atalanta until the summer of 2018. However, his part in the destination of the Scudetto shouldn't be underestimated.

After all, he netted the crucial equaliser for Atalanta against Roma in November on the way to a 2-1 win. And, on Saturday, he was the star at both ends as his club managed to keep a clean sheet at Napoli -- with the Partenopei failing to find the net on home soil for the first time since December 2015 -- and also put a major dent in their title aspirations.

Caldara was responsible for another shock against Napoli on his full debut for Atalanta, too: in the 1-0 win in early October. Gian Piero Gasperini, the coach renowned for fearlessly promoting youngsters, made revolutionary changes to the lineup after a problematic start to the season, and the centre-back was hugely surprised to find himself in the starting XI just hours before kick off. However, he performed brilliantly and it has been impossible to imagine Atalanta without him ever since.

So impressive was Caldara's contribution that Juventus decided to purchase him in January, clearly believing that he can be the long-term heir to Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.

"I thought it was a joke. I didn't believe it after a dozen of appearances in Serie A," the youngster remarked at the time, but the champions were serious.

It was also a symbolic move. Gaetano Scirea -- arguably the greatest Juventus and Italy central defender ever -- joined the Turin club from Atalanta, where he grew up, in 1974, so expectations are bound to be high.

Caldara is too young to have witnessed the legendary captain in action, or even to have met him -- he was born five years after Scirea was tragically killed in a car crash in 1989 -- but he has another role model in Alessandro Nesta and wears the famous No. 13 shirt which the now-retired defender wore for Lazio, Milan and Italy. He asked for it on loan spells at Trapani and Cesena in Serie B, and got it at Atalanta upon returning to his beloved club in the summer.

Scirea and Nesta were both known as gentlemen; graceful and elegant defenders who led by example, committed few fouls, based their game on supreme positioning and intelligence, and never made headlines off the pitch.

Caldara is on the path to becoming the same type of player too -- he is quiet, thoughtful and very smart. In fact, despite his very young age, he could be the most well-read footballer in Italy. Had he not chosen football as his profession, another option would have been studying languages and literature, and he is especially fond of Russian classics.

Caldara has read Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" twice and has enjoyed all of Leo Tolstoy's famous works including "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina." His huge old backpack, which he has kept from his school days, is always full of books, and his Atalanta teammates have become used to the fact that he prefers staying in his room to playing the Playstation -- something he claims is a waste of time. Andrea Petagna, the towering striker who is having a superb season as well, fittingly nicknamed his roommate "The Poet."

The defender has a good sense of humour too. When asked in a Gazzetta dello Sport interview about the possibility of convincing his teammates to share his hobby, he replied that there are much better chances of Atalanta qualifying for European competition next season. "For them to read? I should better shut up or they would eat me," he remarked

Caldara knows that he is different. A little shy, he didn't have the easiest of times when leaving home for the first time in 2014 and moving to Sicily, where his performances at Trapani were not consistent enough. That is why he sought help from his family, and especially arranged a ticket for his father Stefano to visit his first away game at Carpi.

After the match, however, he found out that Caldara Sr. was unable to bring himself to enter the stadium and wandered around the town instead. For some reason, Stefano believes that he might bring bad luck to his son, and is even afraid to watch his games on TV.

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Caldara has represented Italy at the U-21 level but has yet to make his senior debut.

He has been missing quite a lot of action in recent months, because Caldara is having a breakthrough season. Atalanta have conceded just 12 goals and kept 11 clean sheets in 18 league matches with the youngster in the starting lineup. He shows great composure, is calm under pressure, and is first to the ball more often than not. Those qualities make the Nesta comparisons quite relevant, and there is one specific field where Caldara performs much better than his legendary idol.

Nesta was never a prolific scorer -- with just seven Serie A goals to his name in the entire career -- but Caldara managed to find the net five times already and the brace at Napoli made him the top scoring defender in Italy this term.

He is naturally most dangerous at dead ball situations, but the second goal on Saturday was scored on a quick counter attack, as he raced up the the pitch and finished the move with some aplomb. Veteran Juve fans remember Scirea joining attacks that way and though it is far too early to be making such comparisons, his talent is clearly enormous. 

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura agrees, singling Caldara out as one of the best prospects for the future and calling him up for the national team training camp last month. He could well be the man to take over the mantle from Bonucci, Chiellini and Barzagli for both club and country, and a trip to the World Cup next summer is not impossible either. Even his father might be tempted to watch then.

It would be quite symbolic as the tournament takes place in Russia, the country of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. For Caldara, it won't be a story of "Crime and Punishment," but he should be able to discuss his favourite authors with plenty of people there.

 

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TRANSFER RUMOUR: JUVENTUS SET TO APPROACH
BARCELONA FOR JAVIER MASCHERANO

 


http://www.thehardtackle.com/news/2017/03/04/transfer-rumour-

juventus-set-to-approach-barcelona-for-javier-mascherano/

 

 

Mar 4, 2017

 

 

Juventus are set to approach Barcelona for a summer move for the versatile Javier Mascherano, as per reports.

 

Spanish publication Don Balon have reported that Juventus are interested in Javier Mascherano and are set to approach Barcelona for a move for the versatile Argentina international when the transfer window opens in June.

Mascherano has been a pivotal figure for Barcelona ever since he joined the Catalan club from Liverpool in a €24 million move in 2010. Nearly seven years into the move, and it can safely be said that it has been a resounding success for the Argentina international as well as the club.

Mascherano has already amassed more than 300 appearances for Barcelona, and has been one of the regular faces in the Blaugrana lineup, having developed immensely in his peak years. He has also won 16 trophies along the way, including four La Liga and two Champions League titles.

Most impressively, though, Mascherano has proven himself to be a big asset for Barcelona thanks to his versatility. That is because, despite his more natural ability to be deployed in the midfield, the Argentine has done a remarkable job at Nou Camp, given the fact that a major portion of his appearances have come in the central defence.

The 2016/17 season, though, has seen Mascherano being pegged back by a spate of injuries, restricting the Argentina international to 23 appearances in all competitions. Despite that, though, Juventus are eager to sign the Argentina international in the summer.

The Bianconeri have been long-time admirers of Mascherano, and have identified him as the ideal player to add steel to their midfield, alongside mainstays like Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira. The Juventus officials believe that Mascherano can, in fact, further improve what is an already formidable squad in Turin.

Furthermore, with both Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini linked with moves away from the Juventus Stadium in the summer, the possible acquisition of Mascherano could also see the Bianconeri add another experienced and cultured option to their defensive line.

The report states that despite Mascherano having more than two years to run on his contract, he may be deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou in the summer, with Barcelona eyeing a major overhaul following Luis Enrique’s impending departure at the end of the season.

The La Liga leaders also intend to lighten their wage bill in the summer, and Mascherano seems to be a player who fits into that category of players who need to be sold. However, Lionel Messi’s presence at Camp Nou could yet see Mascherano remain with the Catalan club.

It now remains to be seen if Juventus make a concrete offer Mascherano in the summer, and if Barcelona are indeed interested in selling the Argentine.

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Juventus make €30m Alexis Sanchez offer

 


http://www.juvefc.com/juventus-make-e30m-alexis-sanchez-offer/

 

 

Mar 4, 2017

 

 

Juventus are pressing ahead with their interest for Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez by making €30m offer.

The Bianconeri have followed the versatile forward since his time at Udinese and are hoping to capitalise on the player’s uncertain future at Arsenal.

The Chilean winger has a deal with the Gunners until June 2018 however a renewal is looking unlikely at present.

Corriere dello Sport report that Juventus have already contacted Arsenal and made an offer believed to be in the region of €30m in an effort to beat off interest from teams like Paris St. Germain.

Sanchez has scored 20 goals and provided 16 assists in 34 appearances for Arsenal this season and is generating interest across Europe.

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Juventus agree deal for Brazilian defender Lyanco

 


http://www.juvefc.com/juventus-agree-deal-brazilian-defender-lyanco/

 

 

Mar 4, 2017

 

 

According to reports in Italy, Juventus have agreed a deal for São Paulo defender Lyanco Evangelista Silveira Neves Vojnović.

CalcioMercato’s Fabrizio Romano reports that Juventus have reached an agreement with the Brazilian side for the highly-rated defender, believed to be in the region of €6 million plus bonuses – The additional amount could see the final figure rise to €9 million.

Bianconeri representatives are expecting to finalise the deal in the coming week, however having already allocated a non-EU space to Boca Juniors midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, Lyanco is expected to join another Serie A side on loan (most likely to be Sassuolo).

Romano goes on to report that Juve are closing in on Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso who is top of the list of Bianconeri targets for the summer, It’s believed that Juve have beaten off competition and are favourites to bring him to Turin in the summer.

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Rummenigge: Bayern Munich likely to take-up Coman option

 

 

The club's chief executive has confirmed they are likely to buy

the France winger, with Mehdi Benatia set to remain at Juventus.

 


http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2892/transfer-zone/2017/03/04/33311032/-

 

 

Mar 4, 2017

 

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that the Bundesliga giants are likely to take up the option to purchase Juventus winger Kingsley Coman on a permanent basis.

 

France youngster Coman arrived at the Allianz Arena on a two-year loan from Juve in 2015, going on to net six goals and provide 12 assists across all competitions last term.

 

And although he struggled for form early on in 2016-17 following his exploits at Euro 2016, Rummenigge expects Coman to remain at Bayern - adding that Mehdi Benatia is likely to make his current loan switch to Juve permanent.

 

"With Coman we have an option that is valid until April 30," Rummenigge told Tuttosport. 

 

"He had a few difficulties after the Euros, but lately has returned to his usual level. We will probably activate the option to buy.

 

 

"Benatia's talent cannot be debated, but unfortunately he has been penalised by some physical problems.
 

"In any case, I think he will stay in Turin, as we have a pretty clear agreement with Juventus."

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TRANSFER NEWS: JUVENTUS REACH AGREEMENT
FOR MANCHESTER UNITED TARGET LYANCO

 

 


http://www.thehardtackle.com/news/2017/03/05/transfer-news-

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Mar 5, 2017

 

 

Juventus have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Sao Paulo defender Lyanco, who was also linked with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.

 

According to Fabrizio Romano of Calciomercato, Juventus have reached an agreement with Sao Paulo to sign the highly rated defender Lyanco in the summer. The Brazilian wonderkid was also being tailed by the likes of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.

Lyanco is a 20-year-old central defender who rapidly progressed through the ranks at Botafogo before joining Brazilian giants Sao Paulo FC in 2015. The youngster was so impressive in his first season at Sao Paulo that he was almost immediately promoted to the first team setup.

In just over a year and a half with Sao Paulo, Lyanco has already notched up 21 appearances in the Brasileirao, and has been impressive at the heart of their defence. Like most Brazilian defenders, Lyanco possesses remarkable abilities on the ball, and also has a strong aerial presence while also improving his positioning sense consistently.

 

Juventus have reached an agreement with Sao Paolo for Lyanco - €6 million plus bonuses. [@FabrizioRomano]

 

Having been rated as one of the most promising young players in Brazil, it is not surprising that he has been monitored closely by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Juventus and Atletico Madrid have both previously made offers for Lyanco, while Manchester United also joined in his pursuit recently.

The English heavyweights are reported to be in the market for a central defender in the summer, having also scouted the likes of Stefan de Vrij and Victor Lindelof in recent months. However, it now looks like they have been beaten to Lyanco’s signing by Juventus.

The Bianconeri have indeed been long-time admirer of Lyanco’s talents and also had previous offers for the centre-back turned down by Sao Paulo, including a deadline day bid in January. With the futures of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci coming under constant speculation, he could well be the player to succeed the two Italian stalwarts in the long-term.

The report states that Juventus have secured Lyanco’s services for an initial fee of €6 million that could rise to €9 million with bonuses. And while the Bianconeri expect the deal to be finalised next week, Lyanco will be headed to Sassuolo on loan next season, with Rodrigo Bentacur currently occupying the final non-EU space in the squad.

However, with Lyanco being one of the most promising young defenders in the world, it looks like Juventus may have struck a transfer coup.

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Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal row

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99259/alexis-sanchez-arsenal-row

 

 

Mar 5, 2017

 

Multiple reports coming out of England suggest Juventus and Inter target Alexis Sanchez wants to leave Arsenal after a bitter row.

 

The Chile international was surprisingly on the bench for last night’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

 

He was spotted smiling on the bench when his side was trailing 2-0 and now there are reports in many different papers that he was dropped because of a row.

 

The Guardian, Mail on Sunday and Telegraph are Mirror are just some of the outlets giving the same version of events.

 

It’s claimed Sanchez stormed out of a training session and got into an argument with some of his teammates in the locker room, exchanging a series of insults.

 

He has been visibly frustrated at the lack of progress for the Gunners, who are trailing in the Premier League and lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

 

Sanchez is only under contract with Arsenal until June 2018 and does not seem at all interested in negotiating a renewal.

 

It means the 28-year-old must be sold this summer or risk leaving as a free agent next year.

 

Juventus are leading the pack when it comes to Sanchez, having already shown strong interest in him when he was at Udinese and then Barcelona.

 

Inter are also prepared to splash the cash, but it’s Juve who are more likely to offer the concrete chance of winning silverware.

 

He'd be able to play alongside Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in an exciting South American attack.

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Verratti: 'I want to stay at PSG'

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99263/verratti-i-want-stay-psg

 

 

Mar 5, 2017

 

Marco Verratti insists he “wants to stay and my dream is to win the Champions League here with Paris Saint-Germain.”

 

The Italy international is hot property on the transfer market with a cost of at least €80m.

 

Juventus, Inter, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United have all been linked with a swoop for the 23-year-old.

 

“I want to stay,” Verratti told Stade 2.

 

“I am part of a project and there are not many like this one in Europe. My dream is to win the Champions League here with PSG.

 

“I must thank the Coach because he always made me confident enough to play - that was the only way I was going to get back into the swing of things.

 

“Now I feel good and I can play three matches in a week without physical problems or fatigue. In modern football, the most important thing is to be physically fit.”

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Juventus’ Potential Summer Mercato:
Dream vs. Challenge vs. Reality

 


http://www.juvefc.com/juventus-potential-summer-mercato-dream-vs-challenge-vs-reality/

 

 

Mar 6, 2017

 

 

The current season is far from over but Juventus are a club that always has at least one eye on the future. It is, therefore, never too early to look at what the next summer could bring on the transfer market.

The Bianconeri are still in the hunt for a massive treble: Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League. The league is pretty much in the books after closest rivals Roma lost at home to Napoli on Saturday. However, nothing is given in football, there are 11 games to be played and the lead is 8 points at present. Still, it would take a massive meltdown from Juve to let their record sixth consecutive Scudetto slip out of their hands.

In the Coppa, nothing is certain. However, boosting a 3-1 advantage over Napoli gives the Old Lady a clear shot at a third consecutive Coppa final and trophy. Last but not least, the elusive trophy with the big ears. Its unlikely Porto will be able to crawl back from a 2-0 deficit in Turin, but there are three stages still left to survive. Albeit, the signs are there that Juve are ready to get the job done for the first time since 1996.

Massimiliano Allegri’s current squad is as good as it gets. World class talent all over the place, a deep bench, and a winning group mentality. However, there’s always room for improvement, which is why Juve are constantly looking for opportunities to lure in new players. They’ve already secured long-term futures with players like Mattia Caldara, Riccardo Orsolini and Rolando Mandragora, but what about next season?

Let’s look at a couple of scenario’s that could happen, given a certain set of circumstances, with the focus of Juve being on buying a midfield star and world class winger.

DREAM

= Marco Verratti and Alexis Sanchez

This would the Holy Grail for the Old Lady. Juve are still heartbroken about Verratti’s choice for PSG back in 2012, when they looked to be the favourites to land the Pescara midfielder for a very long time up until his transfer to the French champions. Since, the 24-year-old has wreaked havoc in the Ligue 1, showcasing his talents as a superb midfield do-it-all player. His recent trashing of Barcelona in the Champions League only reaffirmed this, as Verratti took it out on the likes of Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta. He’s got almost everything Juventus are currently lacking in midfield. However, he comes at a huge cost, with a figure between €80 and €85 million being thrown around.

Alexis is another guy that has been linked with the Bianconeri for years. Juventus wanted him in 2011, when he left Udinese for Barcelona, and in 2014 when he joined Arsenal. Since, the 28-year-old has evolved into one of the most exciting players on the planet. However, he’s won just a single FA Cup with the Gunners and there are many reasons to believe he wants out. Juve bid for Sanchez last summer and have reportedly done it again this week. Alexis won’t come cheap and a lot will come down to the will of the Chilean. Does he want to earn less to win more? On top, the competition will be fierce for this ultimate playmaker.

 

 

CHALLENGE

= Corentin Tolisso and Alexis Sanchez/Federico Bernardeschi

Despite Juve’s growing financial power and winning resume, luring in both Verratti and Alexis will be tough. Both players are wanted by a number of other big clubs too. On top, the relationship with PSG has always been difficult and only a massive bid will get them to sell Verratti. And again, Sanchez won’t come cheap either and it depends on the player’s will if he wants to: 1. Leave Arsenal, 2. Play for Juve, and 3. Earn less than he is now.

Still, there’s a decent chance of Juve landing the Arsenal star. He knows Serie A from his days with Udinese and he’s desperate for trophies. There aren’t many teams out there who are capable of giving Sanchez that certainty; Juve can. If that proves to be insufficient, the Old Lady will have a young Italian gun with nothing but praise for them waiting in Florence: Federico Bernardeschi. Fiorentina don’t have a lot of intention of selling the 23-year-old, especially since he’s really blossomed this season in a more central role. But that’s what makes him so valuable for Juve: his versatility. Bernardeschi can play in any offensive role. And he loves to talk about the Bianconeri…

When the hunt for Verratti turns out to be useless, Juventus have already lined up an alternative: Corentin Tolisso. The young Frenchman from Lyon looks a great option in midfield, combining power with technical ability and a warrior mentality. Juventus have reportedly already secured Tolisso‘s services, which would almost certainly exclude a deal for Verratti. Tolisso isn’t a cheap option as a €40 million price tag has been mentioned, but he’s only 22 years old and ready for the big step after showing promising signs in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

 

 

REALITY

= Corentin Tolisso and Domenico Berardi

A move for Tolisso has been months in the making but the transfer of Domenico Berardi from Sassuolo to Juventus hasn’t materialised yet, despite numerous rumours and attempts from the Bianconeri. While the young Frenchman could be the perfect alternative to Verratti, Berardi has been unwilling to move away from the Neroverdi despite some stellar Serie A outings over the past couple of seasons.

Juve’s interest in the 23-year-old seemed to have cooled since he turned them down last summer, with Inter ready to sneak in and scoop up the forward. However, Berardi was recently quoted saying: “Juventus and Inter? I’ve been closer to Juventus. Who do I see myself in? In Del Piero, because he always impressed me with the way he played.” Talking about a little Juve love from Berardi. Anyway, everyone has seen what this talented footballer is capable of. He’s pretty devastating as a playmaker from the wing, but he’s also able to play as a striker and a secondary striker. Again, that’s why he could be so valuable to Juve’s squad.

And in contrast to Bernardeschi’s case, the relationship with Sassuolo is excellent. However, in the end it will come down to what the player wants, making it difficult to predict what will happen. Juventus could end up with Tolisso, while keeping hold of Mandzukic and playing Marko Pjaca more often. Those two combined with Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado have formed a deadly offence this season, especially in the 4-2-3-1. There’s no need for Juventus to panic and over spend on players that aren’t a real necessity.

 

 

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TRANSFER RUMOUR: TOTTENHAM REIGNITE INTEREST
IN SASSUOLO FORWARD DOMENICO BERARDI

 


http://www.thehardtackle.com/news/2017/03/06/transfer-rumour-

tottenham-reignite-interest-in-sassuolo-forward-domenico-berardi/

 

 

Mar 6, 2017

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur have reignited their interest in Domenico Berardi, and are set to make a summer move for the Sassuolo forward, as per reports.

 

Italian publication Calciomercato have reported that Tottenham Hotspur have rekindled their interest in Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi. The North London club now look set to rival the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus for the highly rated Italian in the summer.

Berardi is slowly but surely starting to become a hot property in Europe, having emerged as one of the most promising young talents in Italy in recent years. Having progressed through the ranks at the Mapei Stadium, the Italy under-21 international has become a fan favourite amongst the Neroverdi fans.

Still only 22, Berardi has already notched up some impressive numbers for Sassuolo, scoring 56 goals and providing 36 assists in 148 appearances in all competitions. Of these 7 goals and 4 assists have come in 15 games, in what has been a stop-start 2016/17 season for the youngster.

All this has seen Berardi being rated as the future of Italian football and surely enough, his undoubted potential hasn’t gone unnoticed. Clubs from across Europe have been circling around the youngster, with Juventus, Chelsea and Liverpool all having him monitored in recent months.

Arsenal then entered the picture last week, as they had representatives in attendance at the Mapei Stadium to watch four promising Italian youngsters as Sassuolo hosted AC Milan, with Berardi being one of the players who were scouted.

The report from Calciomercato states that Arsenal weren’t the only club who were eyeing Berardi in that game, with North London rivals Tottenham also sending scouts to watch Berardi. The Lilywhites have been long-term admirers of Berardi’s talents and even made a move to sign him last summer, which, for untold reasons, failed to transpire.

But, in spite of failing in their pursuit of the 22-year-old last time out, Tottenham look determined to make another move for Berardi, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to beef his squad up to compete on four fronts. And a top quality attacker is believed to be top priority.

Berardi not only brings the pacy outlet that is missing from Tottenham’s attack currently, but with his dangerous eye for goal, he can become the perfect complement for Harry Kane and Dele Alli, with Christian Eriksen feeding them.

His versatility also makes him an attractive prospect for Pochettino, who admires such a quality in his players, and the promising player certainly looks to be an upgrade on the likes of Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela.

However, Tottenham are sure to have a challenge on their hands in order to secure the services of Berardi in the summer, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus all keen on the Sassuolo man. It goes without saying, though, that Sassuolo will face a battle to keep hold of their prized asset in the summer.

 

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Wenger: ‘No problem with Sanchez’

 


http://www.football-italia.net/99297/wenger-‘no-problem-sanchez’

 

 

Mar 6, 2017

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists “nothing happened” with Juventus and Inter target Alexis Sanchez.

 

The Chilean forward was left on the bench for the first half of the defeat to Liverpool over the weekend, with rumours of a blazing row during a training session.

 

However, speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s Bayern Munich game, the Gunners boss denied the reports.

 

“Nothing happened,” Wenger shrugged in his Press conference.

 

“I explained after the game I decided to go for a more direct option - that was the unique reason for my decision.

 

“He is a committed player and sometimes with excessive behaviours but you have had that many times in the history of every squad.

 

“My relationship with him? Honest and normal like with every single player.

 

“Alexis Sanchez has 15 months on his contract so the decision will depend on Arsenal Football Club, not on anyone else.”

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