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Roma-fansRoma have named their 21-man squad squad for the Champions League, which includes several of their summer signings, like Mohamed Salah, William Vainqueur, Edin Dzeko and Iago Falque while Norbert Gyomber is excluded.

Not a surprise to see that injured midfielder Kevin Strootman is not included, while Maicon and Antonio Rudiger are included despite currently being injured.

Roma squad for Champions League:
Castan, De Rossi, De Sanctis, Digne, Dzeko, Falque, Florenzi, Salah, Iturne, Keita, Manolas, Nainggolan, Pjanic, Rudiger, Maicon, Szczesny, Torosidis, Totti, Ucan, Vainqueur, Gervinho.

Juventus supporters display a giant flag at their Italian Serie A soccer match against Palermo at the Juventus stadium in TurinNow that transfer deadline day is over and done with we can now turn our attention to the Champions League which kicks off later this month,

With that in mind, Juventus have submitted their squad list for the Champions League group stage, which gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 15, when Max Allegri’s boys make the trip to England and the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City

Here is the Juventus squad for the completion, courtesy of Juventus’ official website:

serie-a-logoWhat financial crisis in Serie A? After years of free transfers and loan deals, the league has started to invest heavily once again as it starts to shake off the financial turmoil that has plagued the national game in recent years.

In terms of spending across Europe’s top five leagues, Serie A’s €600 million spend is second only to the English Premier League.

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According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Juventus as expected spent the most money this summer with a net spend of over €120 million followed by the two Milanese clubs with Inter’s investments reaching over €100 million while AC Milan‘s total is close to the €90 million mark.

updated-champions-league-trophyJuventus and Roma were both handed tough draws in the Champions League, with the Bianconeri facing Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach is what has been dubbed the Group of Death.

Roma were always going to face a tough draw, as they were in Pot Three, but face the most difficult possible first seed, in defending champions Barcelona. Bayer Leverkusen eliminated the Giallorossi’s city rivals Lazio in the play-off round, and will return to Stadio Olimpico to face the Lupi. BATE Borisov of Belarus are the final team to be drawn in Roma’s group.

europa-league-drawFiorentina, Lazio and Napoli have discovered their Europa League group stage opponents. Italy has three representatives in this stage of the competition, with Lazio dropping down from the Champions League, and Sampdoria eliminated by Vojvodina.

Napoli were top seeds for this afternoon’s draw, and were handed a navigable group, albeit with some tough away trips. The Partenopei will play Club Brugge, eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester United, Legia Warsaw and Southampton’s conquerors Midtjylland.

Lazio have been been drawn in a tougher section, and will face last year’s runners-up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, as well as last year’s Ligue 1 surprise package AS Saint-Étienne. The Aquile will also travel north to face 22-time Norwegian champions Rosenborg.

Juan-Cuadrado-juveChelsea forward Juan Cuadrado has signed for Juventus on a season-long loan deal, the Italian champions confirmed on Tuesday. Cuadrado moved to Stamford Bridge in a €35m deal six months ago from Fiorentina, but the Colombian international has become surplus to requirements under Blues coach Jose Mourinho.

Juventus have been looking to bolster their attacking midfield since the departure of Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) and Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) and amid the ongoing injury absence of Sami Khedira. After completing a medical, Cuadrado was confirmed as Juve’s latest acquisition days ahead of a high-profile clash with scudetto rivals Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

Mario-Balotelli-AC-MilanIt looks like Liverpool will be able to unload Mario Balotelli after all as the Anfield flop is expected to complete a return to AC Milan within the next 48 hours.

Liverpool are so desperate to unload the Italian striker that they are expected to pay around 50% of Balotelli’s £90,000 per week wages if Milan takes him on loan for the season with an option to buy the 25-year-old next summer.

Over the weekend Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani confirmed their interest over the weekend of taking the forward back to Milan saying:

jovetic-interDisappointing performances by champions Juventus and last season’s runners-up Roma at the weekend, and those results will just intensify the pressure on both clubs when they meet in Rome next Sunday.

Juventus’s bid for a record-equalling fifth scudetto was kept in check by a stunning 1-0 defeat to Udinese on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men had dominated throughout a one-sided encounter in Turin but paid the price for a string of missed chances when Frenchman Cyril Thereau was left unmarked to beat Gianluigi Buffon at his far post in the 78th minute. It was Juve’s first reverse at home on the opening day of the season, having suffered a rare opening day defeat in 2010 away to then top flight side Bari.

Juventus-championsJuventus chief executive Beppe Marotta says that the loss of key players like Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) and Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) and striker Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors) over the summer will not stop the Turin giants from a record-equalling fifth consecutive scudetto, which begins on Sunday with the visit of Udinese.

Juve have replaced those players with quality this season adding Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), on a free transfer, Paulo Dybala (Palermo) and Mario Mandzukic (Atletico Madrid) by signing highly-rated Brazilian defender Alex Sandro from FC Porto on Thursday.

sandro-juventusBrazilian left-back Alex Sandro has snubbed reported interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid to sign for Juventus from Porto.

The full-back passed his Bianconeri medical earlier today, having arrived in Italy last night to complete the transfer.

“Porto and Juventus have reached an agreement for the sale of Alex Sandro to the Italian club on a permanent basis for €26m,” Porto confirmed on their official website.

“The 24-year-old left-back joined the Dragoes in 2011 and has been capped six times by Brazil.”

The 24-year-old joins the Turin giants on a five-year deal for €26m, to be paid over three years. A statement from Juventus said: