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Benevento are in Serie A for the first time in their history after beating Carpi 1-0 in the Serie B promotion play-off Final.

They go into the top flight along with Hellas Verona and Spal. It’ll be the first time we see a Campania Derby in Serie A since Avellino-Napoli in 1987-88.

The first leg ended 0-0 at Carpi’s Stadio Cabassi and the decider was at Benevento’s Stadio Vigorito, where the hosts were hoping for a second consecutive promotion.

Just a year ago, they were celebrating their first ever foray into Serie B, but were here on the verge of an historic step into the top flight.

It’s not even mid-June yet and AC Milan have signed three players already, the latest being defender Ricardo Rodriguez who arriving from Wolfsburg for a fee in the region of €17 million.

The Swiss international follows Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie in joining the Rossoneri, as supporters revel in what could be a defining summer for the Italian giants.

It does not look like the Rossoneri, under the new ownership of a wealthy Chinese consortium, are done signing players, with a further trio of deals said to be in the pipeline.

What is the going rate for a striker in today’s transfer market? It appears to be at least €100m. That is the price that Manchester United have been told they need to pay by Torino if they want 23-year-old striker Andrea Belotti.

That is the value of Belotti’s release clause and Torino president Urbano Cairo has told Gazetta dello Sport that if United want the striker, who scored 25-goals last season, that is what they need to pay.

“I’m not thinking about selling Belotti. Belotti is my player, we only renewed his contract recently. Our objective is to keep him” said Cairo.

Next season’s UEFA Europa League group stage is beginning to take shape, with Arsenal, Lazio, Atalanta, Lyon and Villarreal among 13 of the eventual 16 automatic qualifiers now known.

Europa League Automatic Qualifiers

  • Spain: Villarreal, Real Sociedad
  • Germany: Köln, Hertha Berlin
  • England: Arsenal
  • Italy: Lazio, Atalanta
  • Portugal: Guimarães
  • France: Lyon
  • Russia: Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Ukraine: Zorya Luhansk
  • Belgium: Zulte Waregem
  • Holland: Vitesse
  • Turkey: Konyaspor
  • Switzerland: Lugano

These teams would, as it stands, are assured of a UEFA Europa League group place next season.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter Milan have turned down an opening bid of £35m (€40m) bid from Manchester United for winger Ivan Perisic.

The winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the last month, but the initial bid from the Premier League side has been rejected by Suning, as incoming boss Luciano Spalletti apparently views Perisic as an important part of his team next season.

Despite Suning’s reported willingness to spend big this summer, they do need to sell in order to balance their books and avoid further Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions.

Fiorentina have appointed Stefano Pioli as their new boss with the former Inter Milan manager replacing Paulo Sousa on an initial two-year contract.

Pioli was sacked by Inter in May after lasting just six months in the San Siro job after a disastrous run that saw Inter go over two months without a win in Serie A.

Pioli has signed a two-year contract, which could be extended to a third term, and the former Viola defender made it clear the Gigliati were the only Italian club he was considering.

“I hope my face expresses the happiness that I feel right now. I’m really happy,” he began.

When the shot that broke his heart took a cruel deflection, evaded his desperate dive and nestled in the back of the net, Gianluigi Buffon sat on the beautiful green baize of the Principality Stadium and flung his left arm in the air in disgust and despair.

He stayed there for a while, staring out towards the spot where Casemiro had unleashed the 62nd minute shot that put Juventus behind for the second time, knowing that it was probably the moment that his dream of crowning his magnificent career by finally winning the Champions League had died.

On Saturday night, the challenge was once again too much for Juventus. In fact, the weight of history was too much for the famous old Italian team as they lost 4-1 in Cardiff to a superior Real Madrid side.

This was their seventh defeat in a final and there was the sad yet dignified sight of a 39-year-old Gianluigi Buffon gently applauding Juventus fans as ‘We are the Champions’ bellowed in the background. The face said it all; this trophy seems beyond him.

One of the reasons why Juventus have been so successful is that they plan for the future. Despite Gianluigi Buffon having another brilliant season, Juve know that the 39-year-old legend cannot keep playing for every. At some point Juventus will need to find a replacement for Buffon, and it looks like they have identified Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as that person.

Szczesny has spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma, but since the loan agreement did not include a buyout option, that has opened the door for other Italian clubs who are keen to sign the 27-year-old who will leave Arsenal this summer.

AC Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula made the most of his opportunity to impress in an Italy shirt as he hit a hat-trick against renowned minnows San Marino on his international debut.

The 27-year-old was the oldest player in an extremely youthful and inexperienced Azzurri side, which included no less than nine debutants and had an average age of just 22.

Naturally, the world’s 204th-ranked side proved no trouble for an Italy side that had just two international caps between the starting XI with the home team shooting into a four-goal lead within 19 minutes.