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Sevilla have completed the loan signing of striker Stevan Jovetic from Inter, and have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

The La Liga club announced the signing on Tuesday afternoon, tweeting out a picture of Jovetic holding a Sevilla shirt with the No 16 on the back.

And speaking at his unveiling the 27-year-old revealed that he spoke to his former Manchester City team-mate Samir Nasri, who is currently on loan at the Andalusian outfit, about joining Jorge Sampaoli’s side.

‘Samir Nasri told me that Sevilla was a good club,’ said Jovetic at his press conference.

The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup in 2026 to 48 teams, adding 16 nations.

This is the first time since the 1998 World Cup that changes have been made to the makeup of the tournament, with the 2026 competition set to feature 16 groups of three.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s preferred option for change was for a 2026 competition featuring 16 groups of three, followed by a 32-team knockout, increasing the number of games from 64 to 80 but remaining inside a 32-day schedule.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli are on the verge of announcing Dries Mertens has agreed terms to a new five-year deal that will keep him in Naples until 2021.

The 29-year-old Mertens has been in sublime form for Napoli in recents weeks and has really stepped up in the absence of Arkadiusz Milik, who is his way back from a serious knee injury.

The Belgium international has mainly been used as a substitute for Napoli since joining the club from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 but has already started nearly twice the amount of games this season (10) than he managed during the whole of the last campaign (6).

Serie A leaders Juventus have gotten even stronger with the news that Genoa’s Tomas Rincon will undergo a medical on Thursday after the Serie A champions struck up a deal to sign the midfielder. The deal is believed to be an initial six-month loan deal which Juventus will have an option to make permanent at the end of the season €7m.

The 28-year-old Rincon has been in fine form for Genoa and had been linked with several other Italian clubs including Inter.

But the lure of trophies and champions league football at Juventus won out and Rincon will compete for a place in the most competitive midfield group in Serie A.

The Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic has been banned by the Italian FA for 20 days and fined €10,000 for a racist insult towards the Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger following the heated Rome derby this month. As the ban coincides with Serie A’s winter break, Lulic will miss only one game, at home to Crotone on 8 January.

Yes. That you read that correct. For racially insulting a fellow professional, Senad Lulic has been given a one-match suspension.

The incident occured after the Rome derby when Lulic said Rüdiger was provoking Lazio players and that

Roma bounced back from their Serie A defeat to Juventus last weekend by coming from behind to beat Chievo 3-1.

The Giallorossi fell behind to Jonathan de Guzman’s header but turned it around either side of half-time through Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko goals, with Diego Perotti’s late penalty adding some security.

With the leaders, Juve, not in action in the league this week, the victory ensured that Roma go into the winter break only four points behind their title rivals.

Federico Bernardeschi provided two goals and an assist for Fiorentina but Napoli snatched a point with a late equaliser in a 3-3 draw at the Artemio Franchi.

Champions League trophyNapoli will play holders Real Madrid and Juventus will take on Porto in the Champions League Round of 16.

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes the Champions League draw with Real Madrid ‘will be historic.’

The 67-year-old also revealed that Coach Maurizio Sarri had predicted that the Partenopei would be drawn against the holders.

“It will be a super tough game,” ADL told the Press after the draw. “Sarri had said maybe it will be Real and he’s content with this. We are standing beside him in this challenge.

“First we will play there and then we will give everything at the San Paolo.

Gonzalo Higuaín struck again with a trademark goal to give the Serie A leaders Juventus a 1-0 win over Roma in a tense top-of-the-table match which put them seven points clear on Saturday.

The Argentinian’s 10th goal of the season and his third in the past two games gave Juve their 25th consecutive home league win and put them on course for a sixth consecutive Serie A title.

Roma, forced to chase the game after Higuaín struck in the 14th minute, had long periods of possession which they failed to turn into real chances and now face another long pursuit of the Turin side.

A recent study shows that at least 34 players in Serie A earning more than €100,000 per week gross with Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain leading the way, earning an estimated gross wage of €295,000 per week, which puts him in the top 10 in Europe,

The 34 players in Serie A making more than €100,000 per week gross are concentrated only on five teams:

Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Gianluigi Buffon, Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Juan Cuadrado, Dani Alves, Medhi Benatia, Patrice Evra, Andrea Barzagli

The group of Chinese investors who are reportedly buying AC Milan, seem to be buying the club on a layaway plan after coming up with another €100 million towards the purchase of the Serie A club.

The seven time European champions were Milan supposed to be sold to Chinese group Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing Co. Ltd on Tuesday but last week Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company and Sino-Europe Sports agreed to a three-month delay, postponing the closing until March 3.

In agreeing to the delay, Berlusconi requested that Sino-Europe pay Berlusconi’s Fininvest another €100 million, which they did.