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 sporting director Ricky Massara has said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will decide his own destiny with the Serie A outfit. The former Sweden international joined the Rossoneri on a free transfer at the turn of the year but he only signed for the season with the option for a further 12 months.
Speaking to RAI Sport, Massara said that the Milan giants won’t decide the future of Ibrahimovic, who made his comeback with the Rossoneri after nine years, he told: “It’ll ultimately be up to him, how he feels and how long he wants to continue. He truly is a phenomenon, and we are very happy with his performance.”
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AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has opened to the possibility of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Rossoneri. The 38-year-old previously helped the Rossoneri win the Serie A title eight years ago and there are suggestions that the Swede could be reunited with the club when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Ibrahimovic has been in stunning form for LA Galaxy over the past two years where he has amassed 53 goals and he has recently hinted that a Serie A move could be on the cards when his contract expires at the end of December. Due to this, there have been frequent links with the Rossoneri but so far, the Milan giants have yet to make an approach for the marksman.
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Former AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has been appointed as the new head coach of Serie A side Napoli. The Naples outfit have had a dismal campaign in the Italian top-flight and they find themselves in the seventh spot on the table with a staggering 17-point gap to table-toppers Inter Milan.
As a result, their title prospects are more or less over but they still have the chance of making the Champions League places, considering they are within eight points off fourth-placed Cagliari. Napoli recently took the decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti due to the league performance and his successor Gattuso has spoken about the need to finish in the top four this term.
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AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo has rued the lack of killer instinct after the Rossoneri suffered their third league defeat of the season. The Rossoneri took a first-half lead against Torino through a Krzysztof Piatek penalty in the 18th minute and they managed to preserve the advantage until the half-time interval.
In the second half, the Rossoneri struggled to create any clear-cut chances on goal and they were eventually made to pay the price after Andrea Belotti scored a quick-fire brace for Torino. Speaking after the 2-1 defeat, Giampaolo said that his team were in control of the game and barring the errors, it was one of the club’s best performances of the season.
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Milan could be on the cusp of securing the sensational return of Zlatan Ibrahimović, seven years after he left the club.
Zlatan left the San Siro in 2012 having been one of the few players to play for both of the Milan-based clubs and be respected by both. Read more… »
footballer Krystian Bielik has acknowledged that AC Milan were one of the clubs
interested in signing him before he joined Derby County in the Championship.
The young centre-back failed to make a single league appearance for Arsenal
despite impressing for the development side and he eventually made the move to
the Rams this summer.
report covered by Goal.com, Bielik said that he was hopeful that he would break
into the first-team under Unai Emery but that was not the case. He added that
there was interest from the Rossoneri prior to the European Under-21
Championship but the deal did not materialise beyond the opening stretch.
He told: “I was hoping that I would get a chance under (Arsenal boss) Unai Emery but it turned out that he couldn’t see me in his plans. At the Euros, I wanted to show myself well and hoped that I was watched by the club and I could do a lot with good performances. Then, before the Championships, Milan’s offer appeared, but ultimately nothing came of it.”
At Derby, Bielik has the opportunity to compete for regular first-team football and he is confident that he can raise up to the Premier League challenge next season, he added: “I don’t want to say it’s a shame now. I love Arsenal and playing for this club was my dream. However, it was necessary to stray from this path. I came to the club from the Championship, where I will play and gain experience. I think that after the next season, if I play regularly, I will be ready for the Premier League.” The Rams had a good season under former boss Frank Lampard last term and they nearly got promoted through the Championship playoffs before losing to Aston Villa in the final. Under new boss Phillip Cocu, they started the season with a victory but they have since gone winless for five matches with just three points gained. The Dutchman surely needs to transform the team or else he could face the sack before the halfway stage of the season.
of Lucas Torreira has confirmed that Arsenal turned down an approach from AC
Milan to sign the Uruguay international. The 23-year-old had previously been
linked with a return to the Serie A with the Rossoneri this summer with reports
suggesting that he would favour a reunion with former Sampdoria coach Marco
that has certainly not happened and his representative has now revealed that
the Gunners rejected the prospect of selling the midfielder, he told
Tuttosport: “There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of
Lucas, but Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy. Lucas is fine,
the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the
Arsenal shirt. Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if
today it has some economic problems.”
made a sublime beginning to his Gunners career last season and he was one of
the favourites during the opening half of the campaign where he produced a
number of top-notch displays. However, his form deteriorated during the backend
of the season and he produced a forgettable performance during the 4-1 Europa
League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
With the start of the new campaign, Torreira has been positioned on the bench with Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock getting starts ahead of him. As such, things don’t look bright for the Uruguayan at the moment, but he has been offered with an entire season to prove that he can become a regular with the Gunners.
was an unused substitute during the season opener at Newcastle United but he
was handed with a cameo off the bench against Burnley at home. Next up, the
Gunners face Liverpool on the road and Torreira may have to adjust with another
reduced role. Guendouzi, Willock and summer signing Dani Ceballos seem the
likely midfield combination to start unless Granit Xhaka makes his injury
striker Krzysztof Piatek has said that he does not believe in the curse of the
number nine shirt. The Poland international was handed with the number 19
jersey after joining the Rossoneri from Genoa during the previous transfer
window and he managed to make an instant impression with nine goals from 18
this, Piatek has opted to change to the number nine shirt with which the likes
of Gonzalo Higuain, Andre Silva and Gianluca Lapadula have struggled of late
and he is confident of overcoming the so-called curse mentioned by the fans and
media, he said: “The curse of 9? I don’t believe in superstition and this curse.
For me 9 is normal, everything will be fine as with the 19. I’ll be in great
shape, you’ll see. It doesn’t scare me.”
The Rossoneri appeared on course to make the top four of the Serie A last term but a poor run of form between March and April meant that they eventually failed to qualify for the Champions League by the single point. That has already impacted their transfer business for the summer amid the Financial Fair Play concerns and they have recently opted to bow out of the 2019/2020 Europa League in an agreement with the CAS such that they have another two years to break-even.
So far, the club have recruited the services of Theo Hernandez and Rade Krunic while they have signed Franck Kessie on a permanent basis after a two-year loan from Atalanta concluded. They have been linked with some of Europe’s top targets over the past few weeks but any future purchases could be dependent on potential departures from the club. Andre Silva, Fabio Borini, and Diego Laxalt have been mentioned as candidates, who could be shown the exit door.
Serie A giants AC Milan have confirmed that
they have landed the signature of defender Theo Hernandez on a permanent deal
from Real Madrid. The Frenchman struggled to make much of an impression during
his time at the Bernabeu and he has now been offered with a fresh opportunity
to revive his career with the Rossoneri.
Speaking to the club’s official website,
Hernandez expressed his excitement after making the switch to the San Siro heavyweights.
He added that he will do everything within his reach to take the club to the
top and has the ambition of winning the Champions League crown with the Serie A
He said: “I’m really excited and happy to
be joining AC Milan. I hope I can make history with this club.I’ll give my very
best for this club. AC Milan is a great club – that is why I have come here, to
reach the very top and win the Champions League with the Rossoneri. I would
like to tell you [the fans] that I’m here to make history and do my very best
for you all. I’m delighted to be here. Forza Milan!”
The Rossoneri have already omitted themselves from the forthcoming Europa League campaign as a means of extending the break-even period to the summer of 2021. Nonetheless, they have the players within their ranks to make the top four push and it remains to be seen whether they can sustain the challenge over the course of an entire campaign.
Milan are under a new head coach in Marco
Giampaolo for the 2019/2020 season and the 51-year-old could make a few changes
to the current squad. The club have already sanctioned the sales of Manuel
Locatelli and Gustavo Gomez this summer and reports have emerged that Diego
Laxalt could also head through the exit door to balance the books.