BAYERN RULE OUT TRANSFER FOR JUVENTUS STRIKER

Bayern Munich’s attack is blowing hot and cold in 2022/23, and with it, the discussion around whether the Bavarians need to find reinforcements in the transfers market to address Robert Lewandowski’s departure. While Lewandowski is busy collecting accolades and scoring goals apace for FC Barcelona in La Liga, his old club are still — depending on the latest result — wondering what their future looks like in attack. The big arrival from last summer’s transfer window, Sadio Mané from Liverpool, has already been moved to the left-wing on a seemingly permanent basis.


One possible solution? Classic center-forward Dušan Vlahović, the 22-year-old towering Serbian phenom who is currently toiling away at Juventus Turin (the same club that this past summer sent Matthijs de Ligt to Munich). While Juventus are languishing in eighth place in Serie A, well short of a Champions League place in the table, Vlahović won’t be a cheap commodity — and that, combined with Bayern’s (current) scoring mood, is keeping things cool, per Sky’s Florian Plettenberg. Continue reading                                  BAYERN RULE OUT TRANSFER FOR JUVENTUS STRIKER

ITALY IN CONTENTION FOR FINAL PHASE

 

Italian football received a big boost after the senior national team defeated England 1-0 at home to stay in contention for the final phase of the UEFA Nations League this season. The Italians were not in top form ahead of this season’s Nations League, but they have been able to return to form to stay in contention for the final phase via Group A3.

Only one team will qualify for the final phase of this season’s Nations League. Apart from England and Italy, Hungary and Germany are the other teams in Group A3. Italian football suffered a huge setback when the senior team failed to qualify for the World Cup tournament in Russia four years, but the team recovered to win the European Championship last summer. The optimism from winning the European Championship was then wiped out with the failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup tournament. Italian football can recover from the setback of failing to qualify for the World Cup tournament in Qatar by securing a place in the final phase of this season’s Nations League billed to take place next year. Continue reading ITALY IN CONTENTION FOR FINAL PHASE

      LIVERPOOL PLAYER RATINGS VS NAPOLI: 8/10 FOR DIAZ; MILNER,  GOMEZ ABYSMAL

Liverpool continued their abysmal start to the season with a 4-1 drubbing against Napoli in their UEFA Champions League group opener. The Italian outfit managed to take the Liverpool defence apart on the night and Jurgen Klopp’s side were lucky not to concede a few more.

Alisson Becker: 6.5/10

The Brazilian goalkeeper had very little to do with the goals Liverpool conceded. However, he did produce an impressive performance and saved a penalty early on in the first half. Continue reading       LIVERPOOL PLAYER RATINGS VS NAPOLI: 8/10 FOR DIAZ; MILNER,  GOMEZ ABYSMAL

TRANSFER NEWS: BATSHUAYI ON SALERNITANA RADAR

Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi is reportedly on the radar of Italian football side Salernitana. According to Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Premier League heavyweights Chelsea are keen to send Batshuayi out on loan before the end of this summer’s transfer window with the obligation to make it a permanent transfer.

Batshuayi is not in the long-term plans of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel despite the fact that they are struggling to score goals. The Blues have scored just three times in three league games as they continue to struggle to turn chances into goals.Chelsea are in the market for a new striker and various reports say that they are in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona. The Gabonese star has spent just six months at Barcelona as he was still an Arsenal player as at January. Arsenal and Chelsea are London rivals. Continue reading TRANSFER NEWS: BATSHUAYI ON SALERNITANA RADAR

       BARCELONA GOALKEEPER NETO KEEN ON SIGNING FOR NAPOLI THIS SUMMER

According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Neto is hoping to complete his move to Napoli before the ongoing week ends. The Catalan giants are ready to let the Brazilian goalkeeping ace walk away from Camp Nou for free, but they want him to forego the rest of his wages before joining the Serie A giants. Barcelona might have been on a roll in the summer transfer window thus far, but there is still a lot of work to be done before Xavi Hernandez has his desired squad at his disposal. While they have signed several top-class players, they remain in the market for a few more additions.

At the same time, Barcelona will need to lighten the wage bill to register the new signings while balancing the books at the same time. The Blaugrana left behind several players in Barcelona before embarking on the pre-season tour to the USA, but none of them has come any closer to sealing their departures. However, one player who might finally be inching closer to the exit door at Camp Nou is Neto. Continue reading        BARCELONA GOALKEEPER NETO KEEN ON SIGNING FOR NAPOLI THIS SUMMER

              AC MILAN EYE TOTTENHAM OUTCAST TANGUY NDOMBELE THIS SUMMER

According to Milan News, AC Milan could hold talks with Tottenham Hotspur about the possibility of signing Tanguy Ndombele when they discuss a deal for defender Japhet Tanganga. The Rossoneri are interested in signing Tanganga and are already starting discussions with the Lilywhites for their academy graduate. The English defender is likely to end up at San Siro on a potential loan move with a buy option. And he could be followed by another Tottenham star in Tanguy Ndombele, who has become a subject of interest for Milan.


Ndombele is out of favour at Tottenham Hotspur, having failed to make much of an impact in his three years at Tottenham. Having arrived in a then-club record deal in 2019, the Frenchman struggled to get going in London, failing to make an impression on any of the managers he played under at the club. Continue reading               AC MILAN EYE TOTTENHAM OUTCAST TANGUY NDOMBELE THIS SUMMER

          DI MARIA OFFERED TO ATLETICO MADRID, JUVENTUS DROP OUT OF CHASE

According to a report by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus will not launch the offensive to secure the services of Angel Di Maria in the summer transfer window. But Barcelona will not have a clear run at the Argentine international, with Atletico Madrid getting the chance to sign him.  Angel Di Maria might be approaching the final phase of his glittering career, but he still has a lot to offer to a high-profile club in Europe. The 34-year-old is coming off a largely successful seven-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain, where he raked in 93 goals and 119 assists in 295 appearances while winning several major honours.

But Di Maria is a free agent heading into the summer transfer window after PSG chose not to hand him a new contract. And even though the Argentine international is well into his thirties, several European bigwigs are reportedly keen on signing him, including Barcelona and Juventus. Recent reports had even claimed that Juventus had leapfrogged Barcelona in the race to sign Di Maria. The Serie A giants are in the market for a replacement for Federico Bernardeschi, who has departed from the Allianz Stadium as a free agent after running down his contract. But Juventus will not launch the offensive for Di Maria as they have other priorities this summer. Continue reading           DI MARIA OFFERED TO ATLETICO MADRID, JUVENTUS DROP OUT OF CHASE

ATLETICO MADRID RIVAL MADRID, CITY IN RAFAEL LEAO PURSUIT

Real Madrid and Manchester City will reportedly have to stave off stiff competition from Atletico Madrid to sign Rafael Leao from AC Milan. According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Rafael Leao is the subject of interest from Atletico Madrid over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese international, who might leave AC Milan ahead of the 2022/23 season, is also a target for Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Rafael Leao has become one of the hottest properties in Europe on the back of an excellent season with AC Milan. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic battling fitness issues, the 22-year-old became the talismanic figure for the Rossoneri and played a pivotal role in their Serie A title triumph this past term. The Portuguese international amassed 11 goals and ten assists in 34 Serie A outings while winning the MVP award after guiding Milan to the title. Leao’s stock has subsequently skyrocketed, with some of the most high profile clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, setting their sights on him. Continue reading ATLETICO MADRID RIVAL MADRID, CITY IN RAFAEL LEAO PURSUIT

                BARCELONA COULD INCLUDE PJANIC IN ATTEMPT TO SIGN KOULIBALY

Barcelona could reportedly include 32-year-old Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic in the deal to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Serie A giants Napoli. According to reputed Italian journalist Daniele Longo, Serie A giants Napoli might look to secure the services of Miralem Pjanic if they sell Kalidou Koulibaly to Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The Catalan giants are unwilling to pay €30 million to secure the services of the Senegalese defender.


Kalidou Koulibaly has come leaps and bounds since joining Napoli from KRC Genk in July 2014. The 30-year-old has been a stalwart for the Partenopei in the last eight years, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A during his ongoing stint at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. Continue reading                 BARCELONA COULD INCLUDE PJANIC IN ATTEMPT TO SIGN KOULIBALY

BOLOGNA SECURE EIGHTH STRAIGHT SERIE/A SEASON

Bologna have secured their eighth straight season in the Italian Serie A after beating Inter Milan in their rescheduled game earlier in the week. The hosts were able to ensure their Italian Serie A safety thanks to the 2-1 comeback victory over the holders.

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Italian football top flight welcomed Bologna in the summer of 2015 after seeing off Pescara in the playoffs. The two teams played out 1-1 on aggregate with the second leg ending 1-1 beforeBologna sealed a return to the Italian Serie Afor finishing above their opponents at the end of the regular season in the Italian Serie B. Bologna finished in fourth spot and seven points ahead of Pescara in seventh spot.
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