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Academy product Patrick Cutrone was the standout performer in an AC Milan team chock-full of expensive summer signings as his goal and assist helped the ambitious Rossoneri thrash 10-man Crotone 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday night.

The match at Stadio Ezio Scida was an opportunity for Milan fans — especially those who missed last week’s 6-0 demolition of Shkendija in the Europa League playoffs — to get a first glimpse of the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andre Silva, who have all signed up for a bold new era at San Siro.

Academy product Patrick Cutrone was the standout performer in an AC Milan team chock-full of expensive summer signings as his goal and assist helped the ambitious Rossoneri thrash 10-man Crotone 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday night.

The match at Stadio Ezio Scida was an opportunity for Milan fans – especially those who missed last week’s 6-0 demolition of Shkendija in the Europa League play-offs – to get a first glimpse of the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andre Silva, who have all signed up for a bold new era at San Siro.

Manchester United target Ivan Perisic proved why Jose Mourinho has been so keen to bring him to Old Trafford this summer with a goal and an assist in Inter Milan’s opening-day win.

Perisic and Mauro Icardi were central figures in Inter’s comfortable victory with the Argentine striker grabbing the other two goals.

Luciano Spalletti’s men got off to a dream start after being awarded a penalty just five minutes into the game. Icardi got up and dusted himself down after a clumsy challenge from Davide Astori, and calmly converted the spot kick.

Napoli coasted to a 3-1 opening-weekend win at Verona, hitting their Serie A stride with precious little fuss or trouble on the road.

Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam found the net as Napoli eased to victory, after Samuel Souprayen’s own goal set the visitors on course.

Giampolo Pazzini converted a late penalty for Verona after Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj was sent off, but the hosts still eased to the win.

The hosts were in trouble just after the half-hour, when Souprayen put through his own net to gift Napoli early control.

Napoli quickly doubled their lead thanks to a rapid counter-attack.

Juventus launched their bid for a seventh successive Serie A title with a routine 3-0 home win over Cagliari.

Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain all found the net in a comfortable victory, although Diego Farias missed a penalty for the visitors.

Juve needed just 12 minutes to take control, Mandzukic drilling home with a low shot after good approach play from Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Dybala curled wide from distance as Juve continued to push for a second goal, but the hosts were quickly pinned back as Cagliari rallied.

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Juventus are looking to continue their stranglehold on Italian football by landing a seventh consecutive league title, but they could have serious competition for the scudetto this year.

AC Milan are leading the charge after a summer of big spending, while there are also three new arrivals in the Italian top-flight.

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AC Milan legend Kaka believes that his former side have the firepower to compete for the Serie A this season and return to their former greatness.

The former Milan player, who currently features in the MLS for Orlandy City, made over 300 appearances for AC, scoring 104 goals, has spoken out regarding the Italian giant’s summer spending spree.

‘I think Milan is doing really well in the transfer market,’ the Brazilian said, as reported by Four Four Two.

‘They have bought very good players with good spirit.

Inter’s best signing this summer might spend the whole season on the sideline. No I am not talking about signing another Gabigol, but instead the arrival of Luciano Spalletti from Roma.

Unlike Frank de Boer and Stefano Pioli last season, Spalletti has had a full pre-season to work with the squad.

Without the chaos that surrounded the club a year ago, Spalletti has been able to focus on getting his thoughts and vision over to the players during the preseason.

Maurizio Sarri felt Napoli “did the best we could at this stage of the season and are lacking sharpness” after beating Nice 2-0.

Napoli won the Champions League play-off with a Dries Mertens strike and Jorginho penalty, but considering their domination on the night and the fact Nice went down to nine men, there must be regrets that the only scored twice.

The second leg is at the Allianz Riviera next Tuesday evening, when Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder may well be back, though Alassane Plea and Vincent Koziello will be suspended.

Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August.

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.