The relationship between Napoli and Gonzalo Higuain is in danger of falling apart after the striker decided not to extend his contract.
Higuain almost single handily carried Napoli to second place in the table last season with a record breaking goal-scoring season of 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.
The Argentine striker has been linked with a move to PSG, Arsenal and Chelsea this summer, despite the massive €94 million release clause and the fact that he still has two years left on his current deal.
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Dani Alves has completed a free transfer from Barcelona to Juventus after completing a medical in Turin on Monday. The 33-year-old, who leaves Barcelona after eight hugely successful seasons, has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A champions.
A statement on the Juventus website confirmed the deal stating:
“Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Dani Alves has agreed terms on a two-year contract with the club until 30 June 2018 with an option for an additional year.”
Earlier this month, Alves told outlined his ambitions for the twilight of his playing career. He told reporters:
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Goals in either half from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle were enough to see Italy knock out holders Spain of Euro 2016, setting up a quarter-final tie with world champions Germany.
This was a tactical masterpiece from Antonio Conte as Italy totally dominated the defending champions and if it was not for Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, Italy could have won by four or five goals.
De Gea saves kept Spain in the match, and it was still only 1-0 late on when Azzurri legend Gianluigi Buffon made two good saves to deny Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique late before Pelle settled Italian nerves by scoring Italy’s second in added time.
AC Milan have officially signed last season’s star Serie B striker Gianluca Lapadula for a reported €9 million, beating Napoli and Juventus. The signature marks a dramatic rise for Lapadula who was playing in Italy’s third division just two years ago, scoring 21 goals for Teramo.
The 26-year-old set the secondary Italian championship ablaze with 30 goals in 44 games last season. A transfer seemed a near-certainty and after two weeks of transfer rumours, speculation, offers and more than one ultimatum, Lapadula opted for what’s probably the biggest club that can offer him a starter’s place.
There is a new feeling of optimism surrounding Inter these days. Armed with the the deep pockets of the Suning Group, Inter are beginning to show their intent in the transfer market, as they step up their attempts to sign Sassuolo‘s Domenico Berardi.
Juventus have enjoyed dominance in Italy both on and off the pitch in recent years, and they began their summer transfer market with the notable signing of Miralem Pjanic.
But it is the battle to sign Berardi that has awakened the rivalry between the two old rivals as Bianconeri general director Giuseppe Marotta has played down talk of Berardi choosing to join Inter over Juventus:
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Not a surprise to see that AS Roma have completed the permanent signing of forward Stephan El Shaarawy from AC Milan.
The 230year-old El Shaarawy initially joined the Giallorossi on loan in January with an option to buy – an option that the club exercised on Tuesday.
The club paid €13 million as part of the deal, with the player signing a four-year contract that expires on 30 June 2020.
“Today is a very special day for me because I am now a Roma player in every way,” El Shaarawy said.
As expected Real Madrid are set to exercise their buy-back clause in Alvaro Morata’s contract and then they will turn around and flip the Italian striker for a huge profit.
The 23-year-old Morata left Madrid for Juventus for £15.8m in 2014 but was heavily linked with a return throughout last season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have exercised the £23m buyback clause that was inserted into the deal that took the Spain international to Italy two years ago and they are now expected to sell the striker on
Juventus have flexed their financial muscle by paying Roma €32m to secure the services of Miralem Pjanić, who has signed a five-year deal with the Italian champions with wages of €4.5 million per season.
The Bosnia international had been the subject of protracted talks between the two rivals but his transfer to the Bianconeri was finally confirmed by the Serie A champions, after the midfielder completed a medical.
A statement released by Juventus confirmed the move has been finalised after the player agreed terms of a contract with the club.
The fans expect big names at the Giuseppe Meazza next season, but the Nerazzurri may be limited to picking only one of its numerous transfer targets as the Nerazzurri are facing a challenge as they are running short on spots for non-European Union players.
In an attempt to limit the influx of foreigners to Serie A, the FIGC have introduced a new rule that will require teams to have at least four homegrown academy players and four Italian-born players in their 25-man squad.
Inter are perhaps the club most affected by the newly imposed quota, as the focus in the transfer market has traditionally been to sign non-Italian players.
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Roma have confirmed Francesco Totti will remain at the club for “one last season” after agreeing to extend his contract for another year.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for Totti and Roma as the former Italy international seemed destined to leave the club this summer after reports of a row with manager Luciano Spalletti last season.
But those disagreements appeared to have been sorted out and now Roma has moved to retain the services of its captain for another season.
“I really desired this contract, which is the realization of my dream,” Totti told Roma TV.