The agent for Juventus star Paul Pogba, Mino Raiola believes his client could be sold for £80m this summer. Here are some reasons why Pogba, who is the highest rated player in Serie A this season, might be worth that kind of money.
Lazio piled further pressure on beleaguered AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi as they beat the Rossoneri 1-0 in Milan to reach the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, despite playing half the match with only ten men.
Lucas Biglia scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after a handball from Michelangelo Albertazzi, but the visitors from Rome were down to ten men when Lorik Cana was shown a second yellow card on the brink of half-time.
Milan tried to rally but Lazio defended well and might even have doubled their lead only for Keita Diao’s effort to strike the post.
A mischievous radio presenter masquerading as Massimo Ferrero, the free-spending owner of Sampdoria, lulled Galliani into revealing that Milan will sign either Southampton flop Dani Osvaldo or Roma striker Destro on loan before the end of the window. Either deal will come with an option to be made permanent.
He then offered the hoaxer Stefano Chuka Okaka on loan before revealing that he will stick by under-fire boss Filippo Inzaghi:
Following their lackluster form of late, we take a look at Milan’s stats from the 2014/15 Serie A season.
Roma face a resurgent Fiorentina in Florence later on Sunday looking to reduce the gap to five points.
Juventus’s hopes of a fourth consecutive scudetto were given a huge boost last week when Roma suffered a second successive draw.
But Massimiliano Allegri’s men had Pogba to thank for ending their frustrating search for goals in an entertaining encounter in Turin, where a stubborn Chievo kept the scoresheet clean until Pogba broke the deadlock on the hour.
The hosts hit back from behind to claim victory and leave the Rossoneri – who had Philippe Mexes sent off in stoppage time – without a win in their last five Serie A games.
Jeremy Menez had given Milan a fourth minute lead which lasted until two minutes after the break when Parolo netted his opener. Five minutes later Miroslav Klose put Lazio in front and Parolo’s second nine minutes from time effectively sealed the win which sends the hosts up to fifth.
AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi has urged his players to stand up and be counted ahead of Saturday’s Italian Serie A game at Lazio. The Rossoneri had ended 2014 in style, beating Napoli 2-0 before holding Roma to a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico.
However, Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Atalanta was Milan’s second loss in their last three league games and with just one win collected in their past six Serie A encounters, Inzaghi knows his side must do better.
Roma’s bid to challenge for a first scudetto since 2001 hit the skids on Saturday when Palermo held Rudi Garcia’s men to a 1-1 draw in Sicily. It was the Giallorossi’s second consecutive draw and Juve, who hammered Verona 6-1 in a Coppa Italia last-16 tie in midweek, had no trouble capitalising.
Gonzalo Higuain has poured cold water on speculation about a possible move away from Napoli, insisting he is happy at the Italian Serie A outfit. The Argentina striker has been strongly linked with a big-money switch to Liverpool in the winter transfer market.
However, speaking to Sky Italia shortly after Napoli’s 1-0 triumph at Lazio on Sunday – a match which saw him net the only goal – Higuain said:
“I am happy here. I have a contract here.”
Roma missed the chance to draw level with Italian Serie A leaders Juventus after being held to a 1-1 draw at Palermo. Paulo Dybala bolstered his growing reputation as a clinical goalscorer by firing i Rosanero ahead inside two minutes and Roma struggled to react until Mattia Destro levelled shortly after half-time.
Francesco Totti was unleashed from the bench with ten minutes remaining, but he could not follow up last weekend’s derby brace against Lazio with another vital goal. The point guides Rudi Garcia’s men to within two of Juve, who will hope to respond by pulling five clear with a home victory over mid-table Hellas Verona on Sunday evening.