Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is not ruling out the possibility of representing Italy at next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament on Qatari soil. Chiellini talked about the possibility of playing for the Italian senior national team at Qatar 2022 at the Italian Tech Week as monitored by Tuttomercatoweb (TMW). According to him, he might play at the World Cup tournament next year if he maintains his fitness.
Chiellini recently turned 37 but that has not stopped him from playing the round leather game. The central defender was a free agent when he helped Italy to win the Euro 2020 tournament this summer but he has since re-signed for Juventus on a two-year contract until 2023. Read more… »
Job done. That’s what most Milan fans will feel after a thrilling final day in Serie A, where the team dropped in and out of the Champions League spots and then somehow finished 2nd. Was it deserved? You would have to say so, given how Milan topped the table for large parts of the season.
There were some nerves, certainly in the run-in, and you might say that Milan shouldn’t have left themselves with a job to do on the last day. But, 2nd place and Champions League football? Every fan would have taken that at the start of the season, and so would Stefano Pioli (although he probably wouldn’t admit it). Read more… »
Highly rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is holding out for an offer from one of Liverpool or Manchester United this summer, after rejecting a move to Newcastle in January. According to report, the Magpies submitted a substantial offer for Lille only for the player to reject the offer.
Magpies boss Steve Bruce admitted on deadline day that the club had come close to a transfer that would have broken the club’s £40m record – only for the player in question to knock back the move. Read more… »
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso wants to see some improvement from his team next season. He took over in November and has since helped the team improve their form in the Serie A. He said that his major disappointment last season was failing to beat Juventus as this will have helped them salvage something from their season.
He said that AC Milan is already a great team and that they will need some quality players in order to become stronger. He said that he already has a list of transfer target and it will be up to the owners to say whether they can bring them or not. Much of the rumours swirl around players in the Portuguese and French leagues, where there are some rough diamonds that could be polished at the San Siro. Read more… »
Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted that he chose Lazio above many other clubs this summer. The Brazil international had been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Newcastle United and Gremio during the transfer window before he decided to link up with the Rome-based outfit.
Leiva spent 10 seasons with Liverpool, where they were mostly in a transition phase, and he thereby did not get the chance to celebrate the success achieved prior to his arrival. Overall, the Brazilian made 344 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions, while bagging seven goals in the process. Read more… »
Whilst the ownership issues rumble on in Milan and Euro 2016 plays out in France, there are still some bargains that the club can look at.
Adriano Galliani will need to be shrewd in this window as they already trail Inter and Juventus on summer signings but that does not mean that they do not have some excellent players on their radar.
Leonardo Pavoletti: The Genoa striker could be one of the more obvious moves for Milan this summer. Speaking to Sky Sport Italia he admitted that a move to the Rossoneri would certainly be welcomed. He said that “I hear and have read about their interest and I am pleased about that. Let’s see what will happen for now I am happy at Genoa.” With 15 goals and three assists it is arguable that he should have been called up by Antonio Conte for the Euro’s in France and at 27 years of age, he could provide support or act as a replacement for Carlos Bacca.
Mateo Kovacic: The Croatian midfielder maybe concentrating on Euro 2016 but this doesn’t mean that the Rossoneri should not act quickly to secure his signature. The attacking midfielder struggled to get enough playing time at Real Madrid and struggled for form at their neighbours Inter before this but he is a talent. Milan could build their team around him and he may then produce the form he often shows for the national team but they will need to move now in case he has an outstanding tournament. Calciomercato.com think this is a move that could go ahead after Adriano Galliani hinted that the move could be imminent.
Markus Henriksen: The Norwegian midfielder has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season and has caught the eye of Milan and Napoli. His representative, Jim Solbakken claimed that there had been contact with AZ Alkmaar and the two clubs and said that the 23-year-olds future could lie with Italy. The problem lies with speed again as he is a hot property and Silvio Berlusconi seems to have put his transfer plans on hold whilst the sale of the club is looked at.
Vincent Janssen: AZ Alkmaar have, according to Sky Sports, already been in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over their talented 21-year-old who has been called the new Ruud Van Nistelrooy. There is no doubt that the Milanese would welcome another young Dutch forward especially as last season he scored 27 goals in 34 games (20 of these came in the second half of the campaign). The forward doesn’t just score goals, his range of passing is excellent and his hold up play has seen him take the eye of the national team.
Franco Vasquez: The 27-year-old support striker was one of the few admirable players for a relegation threatened Palermo this season. The man who, the year before, had formed such a brilliant relationship with Paulo Dybala was perhaps unlucky not to get a move last summer, yet he stayed. Even as the Sicilians battled against the drop he managed to provide eight goals and provide seven assists. It is his creative abilities that have seen some of Europe’s top clubs look to obtain him and Milan would have to act quickly at Tottenham Hotspur are also on his tail. Maurizio Zamparini values him at 25 million Euros but he could be picked up for less.
AC Milan summer transfer target, Mateo Kovacic shut down rumours linking him to the club as a summer transfer signing.
The Croatia international who just won the UEFA Champions League says he was sorry to leave Italian giants, Inter Milan.
Speaking to Automatenherz, the Real Madrid midfielder said:
“It’s been a difficult season. I was sorry to leave Inter, but Real are a great team. I was very young when I arrived but I’ve picked up a lot of experience. As they say in Germany, spielautomaten – you can’t play without expecting to get some difficulties. I’m fine, I played a lot of games, I expected to have difficulties. Milan? Anything can happen in life, but I’m not thinking about that at the moment. The Euros are coming up and I’ve got five years left on my contract.”
His comments effectively shut down rumours that he was set to move to AC Milan, after a frustrating season at Real Madrid. Kovacic didn’t make it on to the pitch during the Champions League final in Milan.
In fact, he didn’t even make it on to the bench. Despite being signed last summer from FC Inter Milan, at the behest of Rafa Benítez, he may have his days numbered at Real Madrid with current coach Zinedine Zidane in charge.
AC Milan are keen on snapping up the 22-year-old but Kovacic is says he is very keen on fighting for a chance at the Bernabéu. According to several reports, AC Milan are belived to have reached out to Real on the availability of the player for immediate swoop.
The chief executive of Milan Adriano Galliani, was at the Champions League semi-final between Real and Manchester City and even made initial advances to both the player and the board. Kovacic interview means Milan would have to take their search elsewhere.
AC Milan have confirmed through a statement that midfielder Nigel de Jong will not be available for the match against Juventus on Saturday. This will be one of the crucial matches for Milan in their attempts to recover from a deep well.
After several years of sliding down the table, the team has been able to put together some sort of consistency in the league. They are undefeated in the last four games and the match against Juventus will probably represent the most immediate threat to this record. Milan have the opportunity to overtake Juventus and this will see them move into the sixth spot.
Nigel de Jong was one of the top midfielders when it comes to defending a situation, but the Netherlands midfielder has found little game time at the San Siro. He has been complaining about the fact that he has featured in only five matches of all this season.
This injury is likely to keep him out for much longer. It is understood that the player has an injury in his left thigh that will see him remain on the sidelines for around a couple of weeks. Juventus started the season very poorly but they have regained their former strength in recent weeks.
The narrow 1-0 defeat against Sassuolo apart, they have looked brilliant. This was their only defeat in the last two months of football and it speaks volumes about the improvements made under Massimiliano Allegri. The latest betting on Serie A from StanJames suggests AC Milan are in the running.
Juventus certainly struggled initially to cope without the likes of Andrea Pirlo but Allegri appears to have come up with a solution in brilliant fashion.
“AC Milan communicates that Nigel de Jong has picked up an injury to his left thigh and will have to undergo further tests at the start of next week,” read a statement on the Milan website.