The Art Of The Transfer

It is surprising how the Italian football club Juventus has been able to rope in so many top-quality professional football players and has been charged nothing of it - it seems like art the club has mastered!

Very recently news came out that the Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be joining Juventus in the summer and it will be a free transfer. When you also consider that, in 2012, the Italian Club was able to sign eminent players like Paul Pogba (who played for Manchester United) for nothing too, as well as players like Dani Alves and Fabio Cannavaro, you can see the pattern emerge.

Napoli president confirms Koulibaly interest from Manchester United

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed that Manchester United had recently lodged a club-record £95m for defender Kalidou Koulibaly which was swiftly knocked back. The Senegal international had been highlighted as the prime winter target for Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford before he was sacked from the head coach role.

Speaking to reporters, De Laurentiis revealed that Mourinho was keen on recruiting the French-born centre-back at the turn of the year but the club rejected the advances without any concern. He added that the Naples outfit have no plans of offloading Koulibaly during the winter transfer window, although the club can’t continue rejecting ‘indecent offers’ for their leading performer in the future.

Gattuso pleased with Milan’s comeback

Gennaro Gattuso heaped praises on his boys for recovering from a tough position in the recent home game against Dudelange.

AC Milan had a fantastic beginning to the game as they took an early lead, but not only did they concede the leveler later, they shortly conceded a second goal as well which reduced them to 1-2 and put them under some serious pressure.

Spalletti urges Inter to enjoy Champions League

Luciano Spalletti insists that Inter Milan has got the opportunity to feature in the Champions League after a long time.

So the players should just enjoy everything that comes with it, the thrill, the pressure and the drama. Spalletti was speaking ahead of Inter’s away encounter against Tottenham which will take place at the Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley.

Dybala finds support from Juventus manager

Paulo Dybala might not have netted as many times as he did the previous season for Juventus, but his value in the Juventus set-up remains the same in the eyes of the manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Dybala was the central figure in Juventus’ campaign in Serie A 2017-18, but this time around, it’s been Cristiano Ronaldo who has taken that place as the Portuguese superstar has hardly taken any time to find his feet at the new club and is delivering straightaway.

Krzysztof Piatek dreams of playing in the Champions League

Poland international Krzysztof Piatek has spoken of his ambition of playing in the Champions League in the future. The 23-year-old only joined Genoa from Cracovia last summer but he has since made a huge impression with 13 goals scored from just 11 appearances across all competitions.

As a result, there has already been the suggestion that he could be sold during the January transfer window with Napoli, Juventus, and Chelsea among the prime admirers of his signature. Amidst this, Piatek has said that he is not looking far beyond himself and the focus remains on repaying the faith of Genoa before considering the prospect of Champions League football.

MANCINI BACKS BONUCCI

Roberto Mancini was not a happy man at the end of the Italy’s game against Portugal in the Nations League which finished as a goalless draw. The reason of the coach’s unhappiness was the behavior of the supporters who whistled the centre-back Lenardo Bonucci during the game.

Bonucci was not whistled because he played badly in the game. He was whistled because the supporters at San Siro were not happy with the fact that after making a move from Juventus to Milan, he went back to Juventus just after a solitary season.

Fiorentina defender’s agent hints at potential Premier League move

The representative of Nikola Milenkovic has hinted that his client could make the switch to the Premier League in the near future. The 21-year-old only joined La Viola from Partizan Belgrade last year but he has made immense progress to become a regular for both club and country this campaign.

Amidst this, he has attracted interest plenty of big club interest and his agent believes a move to the Premier League cannot be ruled out, he said: “I followed him for a long period, he has been targeted by [Pantaleo] Corvino a long time ago. I was amazed by his coolness and his strength. Milenkovic is a mature man. He lacks in positioning, that's why [Stefano] Pioli plays him decentralised. I think it is probable to see him doing well in Premier League, because he improved a lot in just one year at Fiorentina.”

Making a Serie A football accumulator

While a lot of football fans will decide to focus their betting activity to making a football accumulator, many will fail to see the value in betting on the Italian Serie A.

It’s a missed opportunity when considering the excitement and drama which often occurs in Italy every weekend, and some fans would even go as far as saying that it’s the very best league for sourcing a handful of teams for your accumulator tips.

Leonardo Bonucci admits leaving Juventus was a mistake

Italy international Leonardo Bonucci has acknowledged that he made the mistake to leave Juventus for AC Milan during the 2017 summer transfer window. The central defender had been involved in a rift with manager Max Allegri which urged him to make the move to the Rossoneri and he thereafter captained the team through the previous campaign.

However, when the opportunity rose to return to Turin this summer, he took the chance with both hands and he has now admitted that he made the mistake to leave the Bianconeri in the first place, he told Corriere dello Sport: “Things happened during my last four months at Juventus… things which really hurt me on a personal level and dented my pride. I wasn’t clever enough to let things go, I should have let it slip by.

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