Liverpool face the prospect of missing out on goalkeeper target Alisson with the Roma star now ready to reject all other suitors in order to wait for Real Madrid, according to Spanish reports.
Marca claim Alisson’s dream of joining the European champions can be realised this summer thanks to the departure of as their head coach. Zidane was fiercely loyal to Keylor Navas and wasn’t interested in a new goalkeeper.
The situation could not be more different in the Real Madrid boardroom as president Florentino Perez wants a new ‘Galacitco’ style shot-stopper who can act as a fitting long-term successor to Iker Casillas.
Manchester City have been hit with a huge setback in their pursuit of Miralem Pjanic as Juventus have rejected a €50 million bid, according to reports in Italy.
Despite winning the Premier League in record-breaking fashion last season, becoming the first side to reach 100 points, Pep Guardiola is not resting on his laurels and is looking to bolster his already formidable squad.
And according to Italian publication Tuttosport, City have seen a €50 million offer rejected with Juventus very keen on keeping one of their star players.
Gianluigi Buffon has been banned for three matches for his red card and comments about referee Michael Oliver after Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final defeat against Real Madrid.
The goalkeeper was dismissed when he aggressively confronted the Premier League official following the injury-time award of a penalty against his side, leading to Real’s winning goal.
Buffon then launched a verbal attack when he said that Oliver had ‘a rubbish bin where his heart should be’. Both the referee and his wife, Lucy, were the subject of online abuse and had to be offered police support.
Roma have announced the signing of experienced Spanish defender Ivan Marcano on a free transfer from Porto.
Centre-back Marcano joins Eusebio Di Francesco’s Serie A side on a three-year deal until June 2021.
The 30-year-old’s contract also includes the option for a fourth year at Stadio Olimpico.
‘I am very happy to be here because Roma is a great club that is moving in the right direction following a clear sporting project,’ Marcano told the club’s website.
‘I also believe that the footballing philosophy of the team will fit well with my strengths and characteristics.’
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Chelsea have been offered the opportunity to buy Gonzalo Higuain as part of a plan by Juventus to bring Alvaro Morata back to Serie A, according to reports.
Juventus are keen to secure the services of the striker once more, and are considering how to tempt Chelsea to part with their £75million record signing.
Morata only arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer, signed by Antonio Conte to replace Diego Costa and lead the line following a successful season prior which ended in Premier League glory.
Despite a strong start in English football, things soon went sour for Morata with an injury-hit season preventing him from hitting consistent form.
AC Milan’s board are reportedly studying ways to oust the Chinese owners, as Yonghong Li is said to have rejected a €450m takeover bid.
The Rossoneri will be sanctioned by UEFA for Financial Fair Play, with the governing body deciding not to offer them a settlement agreement.
Nobody knows what sanctions that UEFA will impose on the seven time European Champions, but a transfer ban or a balance of zero between purchases and departures are reportedly on the table.
Strong comments from Inter boss Luciano Spalletti about Inter’s transfer dealings over the last two mercato’s as he admitted he “lied” to fans last season, as Inter did not give him the players he wanted.
“Promises were made and not kept. We can’t take fans for a ride” he said during his press conference last week.
“I have to be careful how I say this so as not to create problems,” noted Spalletti.
“The club has to watch out for these Financial Fair Play parameters and then we’ll see what the objectives are. What happened last year is that certain promises were made and not kept.
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Quite a coup for Napoli as they have hired Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri, who led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish during his three seasons in charge, as their new manager
‘SSC Napoli is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached with Carlo Ancelotti for him to become the head coach of the first team for three seasons starting in 2018-19,’ the club said in a statement on its website.
Ancelotti, who is back managing in Italy for the first time since leaving Milan in 2009, says he is coming to Napoli with “the aim to conquer the Scudetto 28 years later” at “one of the greatest teams in Italy.”
AC Milan are in danger of being banned from European competition for breaching financial fair play rules after their case was referred to the adjudicatory chamber of UEFA’s club financial control body.
The 18-time Serie A champions have been under the regulatory body’s microscope ever since Chinese investors Rossoneri Sport bought them for more than £600million in April 2017, with the scrutiny increasing when they spent more than £200m on players last summer.
The club had hoped to make a voluntary agreement with UEFA to restructure their finances but that was rejected in December, and the investigatory chamber of the club financial control body (CFCB) has now decided to escalate the matter.
Inter completed the most incredible, dramatic turnaround in Rome on Sunday to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 and enter the Champions League.
For 77 minutes Inter were second best on the night. Lazio had went ahead in the ninth minute when Adam Marusic’s strike was heading for the corner flag before it smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner. It was the sort of goal that had Inter fans wondering if this was going to be one of those nights,