Juventus will release Andrea Pirlo

Andrea+Pirlo

Andrea+Pirlo

Juventus is looking for a positive extension with star player Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba. Both players are included in wanted list of European clubs.

34-year-old turns a free agent for next summer transfer and linked with La Liga Real Madrid.

In other hand, Pogba signed with Juventus until June 2016 and helped to earn the Serie A title last season. He has been linking with France club Paris Saint-Germain.

If he gets an attractive deal from club, He will stay in Italy.

Meantime, Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has been demoted these speculations and looking for green signal from Italian midfielder.

“There will be no announcements under the tree,” Marotta told Rai Sport.

“I don’t think anything will be sorted out before Christmas, but we are calm as there is an idyllic relationship between us and the players.

“They consider Juventus to be their home, their natural habitat and it would be hard for them to find something better.

“I think we’ll resolve these situations in a small amount of time.”

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Juventus turn their attention to Kolarov

Kolarov

 

Serie A Champions Juventus are wasting no time in securing the players they regard as necessary if they are to hold onto their title next season, and to hopefully do better in the Champions League where they were outclassed by the eventual champions Bayern Munich losing by an aggregate score of 4-0.

It is thought that following that defeat the Bianconeri were determined to spend big in order to be able to compete next season bringing in from Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, on a free transfer, and their newest accusation Carlos Tevez from Manchester City for a £12 million fee, which could rise to £15 million should Juventus win Serie A title again, and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Next on their shopping list is another Manchester City player Aleksandar Kolarov who they hope to get for a good price as Manchester City look to reduce their over-inflated wage bill.

The former Lazio fullback spends most of his time on the bench, after having failed to make an impression on the City team, and would welcome a move to a team where he would get more games.

“I am in constant contact with my agent, so we will soon see what happens,” he said in June 2012. “I am very happy here in Manchester but my goal is to play with greater regularity. I said it to [former boss Roberto] Mancini.

“Money has nothing to do with it and I have no problem with wages. It’s simply that I would like to be able to feel more of a regular.”

The 27-year-old Serbian seems like a perfect fit for Juventus where the left-sided fullback could slot in perfectly into their wing-back system.

Rafa Benitez questions Mourinho’s sportsmanship

Rafa Benitez

 

New Napoli boss and former Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez take a hidden swipe at Jose Mourinho and his must win no matter what approach to the game.

During the “Special Ones” first stint in charge at the bridge Mourinho, and Benitez when in charge of Liverpool never saw eye-to-eye with Benítez suggesting that Mourinho’s lack of humility was to blame when discussing his coaching style compared to the Portuguese managers.

Despite a troubled six months at Chelsea with the fans against him the Spaniard still managed to finish third in the league, and to win the Europa League for Chelsea.

Benitez when speaking to the Spanish sports daily AS said: “I don’t know what Mourinho does. I know what I do: I always want to win, without crossing the line of sportsmanship. It’s true that I get on better with some coaches than others and I align myself with those that don’t value winning at any cost.”

Benitez who moved up through the ranks of Real Madrid both playing for and later coaching their reserve team said that it was his time there that helped him to learn the value of sportsmanship.

“I joined Madrid’s academy when I was 13 and learned everything there. I received a sporting education from Madrid and I was taught to show respect and dignity towards the opponents whether we won or lost.”

Now having a fresh start ahead of him at Napoli Benitez thinks that Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect man to try and heal the rift that Mourinho left in his wake saying when talking about the Italian: “I know him well from Milan because of the finals in Athens and Istanbul and we had a very good relationship when we were both in the Premier League. I think it’s the correct choice because he will be a conciliator in the dressing room and inside the club. I think the club will appreciate that change.”

To a Chelsea fan Mourinho has always been the manager that they wanted to have at Stamford Bridge yet it remains to be seen how long the “Special One” can go before the love affair between himself and Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich will last.

The bookies are giving odds of 7/2 that Mourinho will leave Chelsea before the end of the season, what do you think?

Chelsea close to signing top Napoli striker Cavani

Chelsea close to signing top striker

 

Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in getting to work since arriving back in Stanford Bridge with all the talk on the sports channels this morning saying that a deal for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is imminent.

Chelsea last night put in a bid of £38.9 million for Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk, but it is thought that the Russians will try to get back more of the money they paid to Porto for their star player. When asked about a move to Chelsea during a press conference yesterday Hulk said: ‘If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying. But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 per cent focused on the Selecao (Portuguese for the Brazil team). Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.’

While talks between Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Chelsea are taking place the Napoli boss knows that Real Madrid and Manchester City are also interested in their £50-million rated Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

If Chelsea want to get a deal done they need to pay the full asking price for the 26-year-old, and will know that Manchester City have an ace up their sleeve in Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko that they could offer the Italians plus cash for Cavani.

De Laurentiis would love to keep his star player at the team but knows it is unlikely to happen, when the big spending teams are showing so much interest in his biggest player.

“The budget for the transfer market will be based in relation to the Financial Fair Play rules,” De Laurentiis told Radio Marte.

“If Cavani is sold then I’ll reinvest all of the €63million (£53.5m) of his release clause.

“There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they’ll call me in the next few hours.

“I’ll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced.”

Our take on this one is that a deal could be in place before the end of the day if Chelsea and their Russian owner Roman Abramovich have both decided that they want Cavani and Hulk for what would be an attacking partnership to scare any side in the Premiership.

 

Exclusive Italian Action

Football season in Italy is about to end in a month time, and according to the latest Serie A news, we can consider the title race to be over. With the 2-0 victory over Lazio, the last season champions have established the lead of 11 points.

Serie A newsWith only few games remaining, it looks like that Juventus has done the job and will successfully defend their title. The captain and the legendary goalkeeper Buffon stated that victory against the Lazio is a major step towards the Title.

Milan sides both AC and Inter have not enjoyed a success this season, as they would have liked.  The Internazionale have been found wanting for the entire season. Their inconsistency to perform has dented their hopes of playing in the Champions League next season, as they are now nine points away from the last spot of champions’ league up for grabs. With only six games remaining, chances are extremely bleak to qualify for the top club tournament is Europe.

The only silverware hope remaining for the Inter this season is the Coppa Italia, but even for that, they will have to turn around the deficit of the first leg, which they lost 2-1 to Roma. With all the injuries surrounding the side, Andrea Stramaccioni has a tough task on his hands. Well, he can take some stress free breaths, as the club President Massimo Moratti is backing the manager.

AC Milan is currently holding the third spot, which will see them playing in the Champions League, but Fiorentina is breathing down their neck. They are trailing by only 4 points and will be hoping that Milan may slip-up against the Juventus in their next game, which will help them to close the gap on the third spot.

In the second spot, Napoli is sitting comfortably and has performed brilliantly on the field this season. Well, they will surely face problem at the end of the season as their ace striker Edinson Cavani is looking forward to a top club in the English Premier League.

This means that Napoli will have to find the replacement, who can take the responsibility of leading the attack line with proficiency. The clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City will battle it out for the striker in the transfer market, as his buyout clause is around 60 million Euro, which is a gigantic figure. More Serie A news and surprising moves will definitely emerge in the coming days, as some top matches will take place this weekend.