ADVANTAGE JUVENTUS AFTER VILLARREAL FIRST LEG

ADVANTAGE JUVENTUS AFTER VILLARREAL FIRST LEG

 

Italian football giants Juventus have a slight advantage as the home team in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash with Spanish La Liga side Villarreal after the first leg at the El Madrigal ended in a 1-1 draw. The Italian football heavyweights are the favourites to go through to the quarterfinals at the end of the second leg billed for the Allianz Stadium in Turin in March because of home advantage.

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Villarreal were one of the most in-form teams in La Liga ahead of their first leg clash with Juventus, but they made a bad start against the Italian football giants when they could not stop Serbian international DusanVlahovic from scoring after a long ball out of the Juventus defence from Brazilian star Danilo. Vlahovic was playing his first Champions League game in the colours of the Old Lady whom he joined from fellow Italian football side Fiorentina last month. The Serbian had a lot of interests from the Premier League, but his preference has always been to sign for Juventus and he did just that before the latest winter transfer window ended some weeks ago. Juventus paid around €75m to secure his transfer from Fiorentina.

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WILL HAALAND MOVE TO THE PREM?

WILL HAALAND MOVE TO THE PREM?

Erling Haaland is one of the best strikers in world football, he is a prolific goal scorer who has been hitting new targets in different leagues around Europe. He is currently playing for Borussia Dortmund in Germany where he has been scoring many goals during the recent seasons.

Whilst he has been linked to all of the big clubs over the past few years – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid – he has stayed loyal to Dortmund until now, though that may all be about to change.

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CHELSEA TURN DOWN APPROACH FOR LOFTUS-CHEEK

CHELSEA TURN DOWN APPROACH FOR LOFTUS-CHEEK

Premier League club Chelsea have turned down an approach for one of their midfielders from Italian Serie A giants Juventus according to various reports coming out of the Italian media. Italian football outfit Juventus won’t let Arsenal target Arthur leave the club if they don’t sign a replacement.

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Juventus are keen on  signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as they see him as the potential replacement for Brazil international Arthur.

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ROMA CLOSING IN ON MAITLAND-NILES

ROMA CLOSING IN ON MAITLAND-NILES

Italian football club AS Roma are said to be closing in on a loan move for Arsenal utility player Ainsley Maitland-Niles with an option to buy him at the end of the loan deal.

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AS Roma officials and their Arsenal counterparts have been in discussion over the past few days since England international Maitland-Niles showed interest in moving to Italian football. The player is said to be keen to join Jose Mourinho in Italian football.

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DEMBELE: JUVENTUS, UNITED HANDED BOOST

DEMBELE: JUVENTUS, UNITED HANDED BOOST

Italian football giants Juventus and Premier League team Manchester United have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of Barcelona winger OusmaneDembele following the news that the Frenchman could leave his club next summer after Joan Laporta admitted that contract talks are slower than required. Barcelona president Laporta met with the media on Thursday and he revealed that contract talks with Dembeleare slower than what he or other Barcelona board members want as revealed via Spanish media outlet Cope.

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The contract update from Laporta on Dembele would be a welcomed development at clubs such as three-time European champions Manchester United, Italian football club Juventus and new Premier League moneybags Newcastle United who have all been linked with the Frenchman who has a little over six months on his existing Barcelona deal.

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FIORENTINA SLAM €80M FEE ON STRIKER

FIORENTINA SLAM €80M FEE ON STRIKER

Fiorentina star DusanVlahovic is one of the most in-demand strikers on the European football stage and his Italian football side has slammed an asking price of €80m (£68.4m) on him as interested clubs attempt to sign him ahead of the resumption of the transfer window in the New Year.

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Serbian international Vlahovic is one of the best strikers on the Italian football scene. The 21-year-old is an out-and-out central striker who finds the back of the net regularly. Vlahovic enjoyed a breakthrough season in Italian football when he scored 21 goals for Fiorentina in the Italian Serie A. The Serbian player has ten goals already this season and he could score at least 30 goals in the Italian football top flight this season if he maintains his current rate of finding the back of the net in the Italian Serie A.

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SPALLETTI, SABATINI PICK OSIMHEN OVER MBAPPE

SPALLETTI, SABATINI PICK OSIMHEN OVER MBAPPE

Former Bologna director Walter Sabatini and Napoli manager Luciano Spallettihave opted for in-form Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen ahead of his Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star KylianMbappe who recently won the UEFA Nations League with France.


Both Mbappe and Osimhen are 22 and they have made the headlines for putting the ball in the back of the net consistently this season.

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INTER SEAL SERIE A TOP SPOT

INTER SEAL SERIE A TOP SPOT

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Inter Milan are the new leaders in the Italian Serie A after they claimed a comeback win over Fiorentina in their latest league game. Hosts Fiorentina and Italian football giants Inter Milan met in a week five and it was the Serie A holders who came from behind claim a 3-1 win and climb above Napoli at the summit. Italian football giants Inter Milan were able to claim victory over a Fiorentina team who finished the Serie A game with ten men after Argentine international attacker Nico Gonzalez was sent off with twelve (12) minutes left to play for collecting two yellow cards in quick succession.

 

Inter Milan trailed to a Riccardo Sottil strike at the interval but they were able to turn the game on its head with three second half goals. Italian winger Sottil gave the hosts the lead midway into the first half and it was enough to give Fiorentina the lead at the break. Italian football giants Inter Milan turned the game on its head with two goals in three second half minutes.

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LAZIO HANDED TOUGH EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

LAZIO HANDED TOUGH EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

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Italian football capital club Lazio have been handed a tough draw in the Europa League group stage following the draw that took place on Friday. Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri and his players were drawn with the likes of Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray and French Ligue 1 heavyweights Olympique Marseille in Group E.

Lazio were one of two Italian football clubs in Pot 1 ahead of the Europa League group stage draw but that didn’t stop them from being drawn with the tough teams. Napoli were the other Italian football team in Pot 1.

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MUSTAFI SET TO JOIN GENOA

MUSTAFI SET TO JOIN GENOA

German defender ShkodranMustafi is closing in on a move to Italian football club Genoa according to the latest news coming out of the media in Italy.

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Mustafi, 29, will make a return to Italian football as a free agent this summer.

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