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Radja NainggolanChelsea are confident that Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan will be incoming manager Antonio Conte’s first signing. Talks between the clubs are at an advanced stage and an agreement over a proposed £26m (€33m) deal is close.

The Belgium international has been earmarked by Conte as a priority capture this summer as he looks to revamp his midfield options.

Sources close to Nainggolan believe the deal will be completed before Euro 2016, after which the 27-year-old will join up with his new club for pre-season.

Nainggolan began his career with Piacenza having played youth football for Germinal Beerschot in his homeland.

James Rodriguez RMHaving just sealed a fifth consecutive Seria A title, Juventus are already planning ahead for next season and an assault on the Champions League.

Reports from Italy have linked the Turin club with a host of high profile players – with Real Madrid’s poster boy forward James Rodriguez a potential marquee signing to reassert the Old Lady’s authority in Europe.

According to Correire dello Sport, the Colombia international wants away from the Bernabeu and would prefer a move to Italy where negotiations have already began.

jackson-martinezThere seems to be a new trend in takeovers of Italian clubs where billionaire Asian owners dangle superstar signings as a sweetener in a potential deal.

First we heard that The Suning Commerce Group, who are interested in buying a stake in Inter were dangling Jiangsu Suning forward Alex Teixeira as leverage in their negotiations with Inter President Erik Thohir.

Now we hear that China’s richest man Jack Ma, who owns 40% of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, is interested in buying Inter’s city rivals and according to Corriere dello Sport, Ma will offer striker Jackson Martinez to AC Milan for free in order to push through a deal.

Miroslav-KloseJuventus beat Carpi 2-0, AC Milan drew 3-3 with Frosinone and Inter’s 2-0 loss to Lazio ended the top-three race in Sunday’s Serie A action.

Inter’s Champions League hopes came to an end as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Lazio on Sunday. Roberto Mancini’s side needed a victory to keep their top-three chase alive, but Miroslav Klose’s early goal gave them a deficit they never looked likely to claw back at the Stadio Olimpico.

Antonio Candreva converted a late penalty to secure the win after Jeison Murillo had been sent off, ensuring three points for Lazio and guaranteeing that Serie A’s Champions League spots will go to Juventus, Napoli and Roma.

Juventus - Arrigo Sacchi incontra il settore giovanile Juventus Center - VinovoLegendary Rossoneri coach Arrigo Sacchi has slammed the Milan board as well as the club’s patron Silvio Berlusconi for the decline of the seven time European champions.

The 70-year-old praised the work of Juventus however, who have seen their side achieve history by becoming one of a select group of teams to win five Serie A titles in a row, using their success as a benchmark to highlight the failings of the Rossoneri hierarchy.

“Before [Antonio] Conte and [Massimiliano] Allegri, they [the Juventus boardroom] were the creators of this wonderful sporting phenomenon. ” Sacchi said.

juventus-s-timesWhile the champagne is still flowing in Turin as Juventus celebrates a fifth-consecutive Scudetto, the club is already working on next season’s plans and a return to the Champions League final.

Any transfer plans for the summer start with the future of Paul Pogba and general director Giuseppe Marotta is eager to meet with his agent Mino Raiola to see if he could postpone an inevitable departure until at least 2017.

I expected Pogba to leave last summer and I would be stunned if the midfielder stays in Turin for another season. If he does depart, Juventus will ask for at least €85m for the 23-year-old. Meanwhile Marotta has pencilled in Valencia’s Andre Gomes as a possible replacement for Pogba.

am-milan-ultrasThe president of AC Milan‘s Association for Minority Shareholders, Giuseppe La Scala has launched a tirade against the club for perceived mismanagement.

This Thursday, April 28, the club will meet to discuss the budget and how the financial year for 2015 progressed but it would appear that all is not well among the Rossoneri hierarchy.

Things are far from rosy on the field of play either, with Cristian Brocchi slumping to his first defeat in charge of the club on Monday as relegated Hellas Verona came from behind to defeat them 2-1.

Gonzalo-HiguainNapoli legend Diego Maradona has said the club should sell striker Gonzalo Higuain and buy Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as his replacement.

The 28-year-old Higuain has had a career year scoring 30 Serie A goals in 32 appearances. He has almost single handed carried Napoli to second place in the table.

But Maradona, who won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup at Napoli, thinks club president Aurelio De Laurentiis should part ways with Higuain in the summer and target Kane, who has scored 24 Premier League goals this campaign.

thohir-interRumors linking him with an exit from the Inter are without any foundation claims Nerazzurri president Erick Thohir.

In a long interview with Mediaset Premium, Thohir gave his thoughts on the season, his future plans and overseas investment. Here are some of his comments:

On selling Inter to buy an English club:

“I have said many times that I have no intentions of buying a club in England. I want to concentrate on Italy, Serie A and Inter – that’s it.

“I don’t understand why people are saying that I want to leave because we have worked very hard in recent years.

Juventus supporters display a giant flag at their Italian Serie A soccer match against Palermo at the Juventus stadium in TurinJuventus have been crowned Serie A champions for the fifth consecutive season after Radja Nainggolan scored late on to give Roma a 1-0 win against Napoli.

Maurizio Sarri’s men had to win to keep their faint hopes of finishing top alive, but Gonzalo Higuain and Co could not find a way past Wojciech Szczesny in the hosts’ goal.

Nainggolan, who is a target for incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, smashed a fine, low strike into the bottom corner in the 89th minute, giving the visitors no chance to reply.