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Cristiano Ronaldo: Why Napoli didn’t make transfer approach.


Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has revealed why the Serie A side did not pursue a move for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, despite speculation linking him with a move to the club.

Ronaldo was intent on leaving Old Trafford after Manchester United failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League. However, he didn’t particularly come close to leaving and has now fallen down the pecking order in Manchester.

The 37-year-old was linked with several clubs across Europe – most notably Chelsea and Bayern Munich – while Napoli seemingly emerged as a late contender for his signature.

Giuntoli has since dismissed this as speculation, though in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, he revealed why exactly Napoli weren’t in contention to sign Ronaldo anyway.

“During the transfer market we pretend to chat with everyone, and sometimes we do it for real – but we wanted to invest in a young team,” he said.


Napoli’s young stars – including Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – put Liverpool to the sword on Wednesday evening, smashing the Reds 4-1 at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, made his first Europa League appearance since his Sporting CP days (and when it was known as the UEFA Cup) as United were beaten 1-0 at home by Real Sociedad on Thursday.





AC Milan wins Serie A league title, Inter comes next.


AC Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday after beating Sassuolo 3-0 in Reggio Emilia to snatch the crown from local rivals Inter Milan on the final day of a thrilling campaign.

Needing just a point to claim the Scudetto Milan swept their hosts aside thanks to an Olivier Giroud brace and another from Franck Kessie in the first half in front of an army of away fans at the Mapei Stadium.

Stefano Pioli’s Milan finished two points ahead of Inter, who beat Sampdoria 3-0 at the San Siro but could not retain their title.

Fans partied in Milan and sang ‘We Are The Champions’ with the players on the pitch in Reggio Emilia as the ‘Rossoneri’ returned to the top of the Italian game after years of poor teams and financial problems since their last league crown in 2011.

“We deserved this for always having believed it was possible,” Pioli told DAZN after winning his first ever major trophy as a coach at the age of 56.

“My players never gave up, they were all fantastic… I’ve enjoyed it because I could see that my players enjoyed it too.”

Milan were imperious in winning their sixth match on the bounce and securing a title which for long tracts of the season looked like Inter’s to lose.

They were helped by another exciting display from winger Rafael Leao, and big game display from Giroud, who has struck some of the most important goals of Milan’s charge to the title despite only netting 11 times all season in the league.

Sassuolo immediately wilted in the face of a Milan onslaught and practically handed Giroud the chance to net an almost identical double in the first 32 minutes, both laid on by Leao.

And four minutes later Leao burst down the right and cut back for Kessie, who smashed in the third to sign off in perfect fashion ahead of his move to Barcelona as a free agent in the close season.

“When I came here (over Christmas 2019) I said that I would take Milan back to the top and that I would win the title,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was at Milan the last time they won the league.

“This is a great group of players. We’ve worked hard, quietly and in the end we’re the ones who have won, because two years ago the situation was very difficult.”

Inter fall short

Inter fans packed the San Siro in the hope that their team would pounce on a Milan slip-up but it was they who had more problems breaking the deadlock against a Samp team with nothing to play for.

A bubbling atmosphere slowly dissipated as news of Milan’s goals came in and there was also frustration at Inter’s inability to make the most of their clear dominance.

As so often this season it was Ivan Perisic who took matters into his own hands, calmly finishing into the bottom corner with his left foot after being nicely set up by a rampaging Nicolo Barella.

From there Samp gave up the ghost and two goals in as many minutes from Joaquin Correa just before the hour ensured Inter would finish with a win.

Home fans applauded their team off the pitch despite what must have been a painful way to lose their Serie A crown, with the hardcore in the Curva Nord chanting coach Simone Inzaghi’s name in a show of faith which is likely to be shared by the club.

“I think the team need to be applauded. It was an brilliant season which could have been an extraordinary one,” Inzaghi told DAZN.

“We have a bit of a sour taste in our mouths as we won nine of our last 10 matches, but it wasn’t enough.”

After the title was decided on the last day the relegation battle is also going down to the wire with Salernitana and Cagliari fighting to avoid playing in Serie B next season.

Salernitana sit just outside the drop zone, two points ahead of Cagliari, before their respective matches against Udinese and Venezia




After beating Udinese, Inter not “taking eyes off” AC Milan.


Inter Milan still have a say in this season’s Serie A title race after winning 2-1 at Udinese to stay two points behind league leaders AC Milan.

Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez made sure that the champions bounced back from Wednesday’s traumatic defeat at Bologna and stayed on the heels of their local rivals who earlier were fired to a 1-0 win over Fiorentina by Rafael Leao.

Milan need seven points from their final three games to snatch the Scudetto from their local rivals as they have the better of the two league derbies with Inter, meaning the seven-time European champions would stay ahead of Inter should they end up locked on the same points.

However, Sunday’s match was the toughest left in Inter’s run-in, while Milan have to play Verona and Atalanta in their bid to secure the crown.




And Simone Inzaghi’s side dealt well with a tricky team who had rattled in 17 goals in their six games in April, taking the lead in the 12th minute through Perisic’s header and doubling their advantage seven minutes before half-time.

After Martinez was denied Edin Dzeko made the most of contact from Pablo Mari’s lunging tackle and earned his team a penalty, which thwacked against the post by Martinez before the Argentine nodded in on the rebound.

Ignacio Pussetto pulled one back for the hosts after Gerard Deulofeu had crashed a free-kick off the woodwork, but Inter held on to claim the points.

– Leao keeps Milan top -Portugal forward Leao struck with eight minutes remaining against Fiorentina to ensure Milan are still favourites for a first Scudetto since 2011 and unleash a wave of relief at a packed San Siro.

“It’s the best moment of my career as a player,” Leao told DAZN after his 10th league goal of the season.

Until Leao scored it had looked to be a frustrating day for the hosts, Olivier Giroud missing the first of a series of good chances with 15 minutes on the clock when he somehow fluffed his dinked finish wide after being slipped perfectly through by Franck Kessie.


Nerves started to get to the home fans after a series of misplaced passes in good positions curtailed promising attacks, and the huge crowd had their heads in their hands two minutes after the break when Leao smashed over from close range after being fed by Giroud.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was introduced in the 65th minute in an attempt to force the winner, and after Mike Maignan saved Arthur Cabral’s 76th-minute header Leao made it party time.

He collected Viola goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano’s awful kick, charged towards goal and slotted home a finish which could be crucial to an enthralling title race.

– Juve eye Champions League -Leonardo Bonucci put Juve on the brink of Champions League football with a double in their 2-1 win over Venezia which also dealt a huge blow to the survival hopes of Serie A’s bottom team.

Italy defender Bonucci struck in each half at the Allianz Stadium to put Juve 10 points clear of fifth-placed Lazio, who occupy the Europa League spot, while Roma are a further point back in sixth ahead of their home match with Bologna later on Sunday.

Anything but a win for Jose Mourinho’s Roma will confirm Juve’s place in Europe’s top club competition.

“We needed the win to make sure that the last three games aren’t too difficult,” said Bonucci to Sky Sport Italia.

Venezia are six points behind Cagliari, who sit just outside the relegation zone, and have a game in hand on Thursday at in-form Salernitana




Rafael Leao of AC Milan scores fastest ever Serie A ‘6 Sec’ goal


The previous fastest goal had been Paolo Poggi’s for Piacenza against Fiorentina in December 2001 after eight seconds of play.

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao scored after just six seconds for the fastest-ever goal in Serie A history on Sunday at Sassuolo.

Milan launched straight into an attack from kick-off, with Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu setting up Leao to slot home.


Portuguese Leao, who usually plays on the left wing, started at centre-forward with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic still out with a leg muscle problem and his replacement Ante Rebic also injured.

It was the 21-year-old’s third league goal this season and fourth in all competitions.



Serie A player of the Year: Immobile first, see Ronaldo’s position…


After winning the Serie A title for the ninth season in a row in 2019-20, Juventus have four players in Opta’s Team of the Season.

The 2019-20 Serie A campaign ended up with a familiar champion as Juventus clinched a ninth successive Scudetto, and their success is reflected in Opta’s Team of the Season.

Although Juve finished 2019-20 just a point ahead of second-placed Inter, they had wrapped up the title with two games to go – beating Sampdoria 2-0 on 26 July.


Cristiano Ronaldo was unsurprisingly key, finishing as his team’s top scorer, but for much of the season there were a few sides that looked like they might push Juve all the way.

Inter, Atalanta and Lazio all had their moments where they were able to dream and they each had individuals who impressed.

Following the conclusion on the campaign on Sunday, we teamed up with Opta to outline the Serie A Team of the Season.



GK: Wojciech Szczesny, Juventus

Poland international Szczesny has come a long way since struggling in the latter part of his Arsenal career. He was once again a dependable option between the posts, remaining first choice despite the return of Gianluigi Buffon. He ended the season with a 74.4 per cent save success rate, the best of the Serie A goalkeepers to have played 20 or more times.


RB: Juan Cuadrado, Juventus

Hardly the most convincing of defenders, granted, but Cuadrado boasts the versatility to play in a few roles down the right flank and he became an important figure for Maurizio Sarri – his 28 Serie A starts is just one fewer than he managed in the previous two seasons combined. The Colombian was certainly influential, too, as he was involved in more open-play sequences that ended with a shot made by someone else (132) than any other player this term. He also chipped in with two goals and five assists.


CB: Stefan de Vrij, Inter

No team conceded fewer goals in Serie A this season than an Inter side that Antonio Conte ensured was well-drilled. Netherlands centre-back De Vrij played a major role in that as he featured 34 times – though his efforts were not notable just for his defensive effectiveness. The former Feyenoord man scored three goals and also set up another three, making him the most productive centre-back in the league in this regard.


CB: Francesco Acerbi, Lazio

After Inter, the next-best defensive unit in Serie A was Lazio, who let in 42 (six more than Conte’s men). Acerbi missed just two games all season and his form at the start of the season also saw him make three starts for Italy. The 32-year-old has proven himself to be one of Serie A’s best stoppers, as evidenced by the fact he was dribbled past just six times this term. No other outfield player with more than 35 appearances did better than that.


LB: Theo Hernández, Milan

Former France youth international Hernández has rediscovered the early promise he showed during a fine loan spell at Deportivo Alavés in 2016-17. While question marks remain over his defensive abilities, the Atlético Madrid youth product has excited with his attacking tendencies in 2019-20. No defender completed more dribbles (57) than him, while he also had a hand in nine goals (six goals, three assists).

CM: Luis Alberto, Lazio

Since leaving Liverpool for Rome in 2016, Luis Alberto has arguably developed into one of the world’s best creative midfielders. The Spain international sees passes few others can and he has put that to particularly good use in 2019-20, with his 106 chances created being a Serie A high. Similarly, his 15 assists was second only to Alejandro Gómez (16), as he helped Simone Inzaghi’s men mount a title challenge. Often linked with a return home to Sevilla, Lazio will surely be doing everything they can to keep Luis Alberto at Stadio Olimpico.

CM: Fabián Ruiz, Napoli

The other half of a Seville-centric midfield, Real Betis product Fabián probably hasn’t impressed quite as much as he did in 2018-19, but he has nevertheless continued to show plenty of promise. Still only 24, Fabián attempted the most passes (2,331) of any player in the league this season, while he had a hand in nine goals, the same amount as in the previous campaign.

AM: Alejandro Gómez, Atalanta

Like a fine wine, ‘Papu’ Gómez just seems to get better with age. Now 32, the Argentinian has enjoyed a fantastic season for the often-exhilarating Atalanta. He scored seven goals for a second successive season, but his haul of 16 assists is five more than 2018-19. That figure is the highest since Opta records began in 2004-05.

FWD: Paulo Dybala, Juventus

The Sarri-Juventus combination continues to puzzle many, but if there’s one thing he has got right, it’s helping Dybala get back to something resembling his best. He had been strongly linked with a move away last year, but Dybala was involved in 17 Serie A goals this term (11 goals, six assists) and managed to coexist with Ronaldo more effectively. Of his 11 strikes, eight (73 per cent) were the opening goals of matches, the biggest quantity among players with 10 or more.

FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

Considering there have been murmurs of discontent between himself and Sarri, and suggestions the coach hasn’t been able to get the best out of the Portugal great, Ronaldo’s had a pretty effective year. With 31 league goals, it’s been his best goal-scoring campaign domestically since getting 35 with Real Madrid in 2015-16, while his goals have secured 24 points, more than any other player.

FWD: Ciro Immobile, Lazio

What a season Immobile has had. With 36 league goals, the Italy international equalled Gonzalo Higuaín’s record for a single campaign, while that haul also won him the coveted European Golden Shoe. On top of that, his record of nine assists was bettered by only Gómez, Luis Alberto and Domenico Berardi. If he can keep it up, Lazio will surely fancy their chances of

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36 goals in Serie a season, Immobile levels with Higuain’s record


36 goals in Serie a season, Immobile levels with Higuain’s record


The Lazio striker was on target in Saturday’s defeat to Napoli to beat Robert Lewandowski’s 34 goals for Bayern Munich.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile brought his Serie A season to a close on Saturday on 36 goals, making him the top scorer in Europe and the winner of this year’s Golden Shoe award.

Immobile pips Lewandowski and Cristiano
The Capocannoniere of the Italian top flight, also equalled the league record set by Gonzalo Higuaín with Napoli in 2016. Immobile beat his closest rivals for the Golden Shoe, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who ended on 34 goals and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished on 31.

Immobile went into today’s match, the final league game of the season, already knowing that Cristiano had been left out of the Juve squad for their meeting with Roma. He becomes the third Italian winner of the Golden Shoe after Luca Toni (2006) and Francesco Totti (2007).

The Spanish league’s dominance of the award also comes to an end – since 2009, LaLiga players have ended as European football’s top scorer for the past 11 years with Leo Messi (6) and Cristiano Rolando (4) claiming the award during the best part of a decade and Luis Suárez and Diego Forlán winning in 2014 and 2016 respectively..

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Serie A tempts Lingard

Jesse Lingard has been in regular contact with Chris Smalling and Ashley Young about what Italy is like as the midfielder is greatly tempted by a move to Serie A, per independent reports.


Sources say Lingard was even setting his mind on it before the crisis. Milan are one club said to be interested.

Like his manager and everyone else, mind, Lingard has since had a lot to time to think about the future.

That could now look a bit different, not least for the Manchester United first XI.



Juve Schedules Plan To Sell Bernardeschi


Juventus are reportedly planning to offer Federico Bernardeschi as part of the proposed deal to bring Roma starlet Nicolò Zaniolo to Turin.


The two sides swapped Leonardo Spinazzola for Cagliari loan-star Luca Pellegrini last summer and Bryan Cristante was previously linked with a deal including Rolando Mandragora, who eventually moved from Juve to Udinese.

Tuttosport claims the Bianconeri are trying to take advantage of an uncertain time financially in the capital and could offer the former Fiorentina winger as a part of the deal to bring Zaniolo to the Allianz Stadium.

The newspaper writes that Roma would like to keep the Italy international, who is currently recovering from a knee injury he sustained during a match against the Old Lady in January, but could have to consider sacrificing the playing to fix their budget this summer.

Bernardeschi has struggled to convince coach Maurizio Sarri this term and has appeared 18 times, starting only nine games in Serie A this season.



Lazio look to reward Immobile with captaincy and a new deal until 2025


Lazio are allegedly looking to reward Ciro Immobile with the captaincy and a new deal, tying him to the Olimpico until 2025.


The leading goalscorer has suggested to end his career with the Aquile, who seem ready to grant the Italy international’s wish and give him further responsibility on the pitch.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims the idea is to renew the current contract and extend the expiration date until June 2025, when Immobile will have turned 35 years old.

Senad Lulic, who has played 20 games in Serie A this term, turned 34 in January and the Bosnia international will pass on the armband to Immobile when his contract expires in June.


Immobile has declared his wish to remain with the Biancocelesti and will be a natural choice for the captaincy, as he has been leading the line with his valuable contributions in front of goal in recent years.

Only this term, the 30-year-old has scored 27 goals in Serie A and has contributed seven assists in his 26 matches, playing 93 per cent of the minutes available in the League so far.



Serie A will still be relegations & promotions with 20 teams


The COVID-19 pandemic is moving into Phase Two from May 4, with deaths, intensive care admissions and positive cases all dropping rapidly.


Nonetheless, the Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora has warned Serie A will not be allowed to resume unless there is a full agreement on the medical protocol.

A videoconference was held today between various unions, including the Players’ Association, Coaches’ Association, Referees’ Association and FIGC.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the outcome was Plan B, assuring that if the season is terminated early, there will nonetheless be promotions and relegations this summer.

That means next term the Serie A season will continue to have 20 clubs, as there had been an option to not relegate anyone and promote two from Serie B, creating a 22-side structure.

Another upshot was that if UEFA change their limit of August 2 for the domestic tournaments to conclude, then they are prepared to continue the 2019-20 season well into August and even September.




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Serie A season ‘to resume in June and could end in mid-July’

Following this evening’s announcement, Serie A clubs can begin preparing to start training in groups from May 18 and playing games from June 2, so the season could end in mid-July.


Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held a lengthy press conference this evening, in which he announced Phase 2 of the coronavirus pandemic response will begin from May 4.

This includes the ability to train individually, or at least while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

These have been clarified as one metre if walking, but two metres if running, so squads would be permitted to train in very small groups that kept their distance.


This is entirely possible for most Serie A clubs, who have several training ground pitches at their camps and can spread the players out.

They could in theory even perform passing routines and practice positioning, as long as they kept at a distance of at least one metre.

The next stage would be from May 18, when teams can train together in groups and truly begin to prepare for the return of the football season.


Players are already going to be rigorously tested every day initially for COVID-19 with swabs and blood tests, then kept in a training camp for those few weeks to ensure no outside contamination.

This will make it unlikely that any player becomes infected and, if he does, he’ll be quickly identified and isolated.

On May 18, Italy will also open up museums, libraries and art galleries, while bars and restaurants can accept takeaway orders rather than just delivery.


Finally, PM Conte named June 2 as the third stage of opening up the country, including activities that require people to be in closer contact, such as salons, barbers and massage parlours.

Naturally, this also means that from June 2 there ought to be the all-clear for football matches to resume, one assumes behind closed doors.

If the fixture list were to get back on track from June 2-10, then the Serie A season could feasibly be completed by July 15-30, playing twice a week.

It would then leave August free for the Champions League and Europa League matches.

Over 26,000 people have died in Italy since the first confirmed COVID-19 case on February 20 and the country has been in lockdown since March 10.



Serie A Intends to finish 2019-20 Season behind closed doors

Serie A officials remain committed to seeing out the season, even if it is behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league was suspended indefinitely in March due to COVID-19 and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already stated that the 2019-20 campaign will not resume until the health and safety of all concerned can be guaranteed.

Italy’s minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora is hoping to confirm a May 4 date for the return to Serie A training as soon as possible, with the current restrictions on movement and outdoor activities set to end on May 3.

There have been reports that seven clubs, including Torino and Sampdoria, are against the resumption of the campaign but Lega Serie A released a statement on Monday.

“The Lega Serie A Council that met today unanimously confirmed its intention to complete the 2019-2020 season, if the government allows it to take place in full compliance with the rules for the protection of health and safety,” a statement from Italy’s top flight read.

“The resumption of sporting activity, in the so-called Phase 2, will take place in accordance with the regulations laid out by FIFA and UEFA, with the decisions of the FIGC as well as in compliance with the medical protocols for the protection of footballers and all professionals.”

While a May 4 return to training has been mentioned, Spadafora said a resumption of football was not necessarily on the cards.

“Right now, I can’t confirm neither the resumption of training on May 4 or the season,” he told Tg2 Post . “Sport isn’t just football or Serie A. Serie A’s an economic industry, but we’re also focusing on the football side.

“On Wednesday I’ll meet the FIGC, who will present its training protocol. We’ll evaluate it together.

“We have to understand if football’s ready to restart training. I’ll evaluate it very carefully, but it mustn’t give the illusion that resuming training means resuming the campaign.”

President of the Italian referees’ association (AIA) Marcello Nicchi says officials will return to work in their home cities, and will not travel for games across Italy until it is safe to do so.

Nicchi told Gazzetta Dello Sport : “Caution is needed, the pandemic will dictate the times. We could send direct those who live near the cities where they play.”

Defending champions Juventus were a point clear of Lazio through 26 games when the league was postponed last month.


Mertens has yet to agree new terms at Napoli as he possibly moves to Inter

The absent contract extension between Napoli and Dries Mertens reopens the path of a possible move to Inter, as Chelsea could opt to keep Olivier Giroud.

The two veterans have both been linked with a free transfer to the Nerazzurri, but Frenchman Giroud could slip for Antonio Conte due to a clause in the contract with Chelsea.

The Blues can unilaterally decide to extend his current deal with a year and pull the breaks on an operation between the World Cup winner and the Serie A giants.

The Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed the complications are les regarding the other ageing star, Mertens, who has yet to agree new terms at Napoli.

With Romelu Lukaku already in place and rumours about Jan Vertonghen arriving from Tottenham Hotspur, Mertens could possibly link up with his Belgium teammates at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Alexis Sanchez will most likely return to Manchester United this summer and Mertens has been targeted as the ideal replacement for the Chilean attacker, who has struggled because of injuries in his return to Serie A.


‘Serie A would be an excellent league for kane

Christian Vieri has expressed his belief that “La Liga or Serie A will be excellent leagues” for Harry Kane should he decide to complete a move away from Tottenham this summer.

Kane has established himself as one of Europe’s most deadly centre-forwards since breaking into the Spurs first team back in 2014.

The 26-year-old has hit 181 goals in 278 appearances across all competitions for the club, helping them to emerge as regulars in the Premier League’s top four.

However, he is still waiting to win the first major trophy of his professional career, and has admitted that he would be open to a future transfer in order to achieve his silverware ambitions .

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter have all been linked with Kane in recent months, with Tottenham reportedly holding out for a fee in excess of £100 million ($125m) for a prized asset.

Vieri says he would have loved to have played alongside the England frontman, who he thinks would be well suited to the Italian top-flight due to his technical ability.

The ex-Inter and Italy striker told the Daily Mail : “He is an exceptional player. I would have played well with him as a partnership. I had the Brazilian Ronaldo, Hernan Crespo, Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, [Roberto] Baggio. I loved playing with the technicians.

“Kane is not the classic English striker: physically he does not have many muscles like [Romelu] Lukaku but he has dribbling, running, precise and powerful shots. In Italy, someone like him is said to have ‘soft feet’.

“I like Kane very much because he has an unusual technique and quality, he is beautiful to look at. La Liga or Serie A will be excellent leagues for him if he decides to leave London and Tottenham.

“He has no problem playing well in very technical leagues. Kane is not a No.9 like Alan Shearer, who was an idol for me, one of the strongest English strikers in history. But Kane is equally strong.”

Kane has not played since New Year’s Day due to a hamstring injury, which he underwent surgery on back in January.

The Spurs star has since made a full recovery, but has been unable to get back onto the pitch due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has called a temporary halt to the 2019-20 season across all of Europe’s major leagues.


It ‘will cost Serie A clubs in region of €100K to test players’ health status’

It will cost clubs in the region of €100,000 to test all of their players’ health status according to a report in yesterday’s print edition of Corriere dello Sport.

Prior to the possible resumption of training at the beginning of next month, it has been widely reported that all players will have their conditions tested at a cost of between €1800-2000 per player.

With teams tending to have first team squads of around 25, it will cost them in and around €50,000 to test all of them and around the same amount to test their Primavera teams.

Whilst the sum is only a drop in the ocean for Serie A clubs, it will be a particularly big expense for clubs lower down the Italian football pyramid.

The report from the Rome based newspaper goes on to state that on top of this expense, all clubs will have to pay for training grounds and other places to be santised daily.


Milan ‘told Biglia and Bonaventura to look elsewhere’

Milan have reportedly told Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura to look elsewhere, deciding against renewing their current deals expiring in June.

La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira has claimed the Rossoneri contacted the representatives of the players to communicate their intentions of not renewing the with the two midfielders.

Former Italy international Bonaventura has played 17 games in Serie A this term and the 30-year-old has appeared 171 times for the Diavolo since his arrival from Atalanta in September 2014.

His current deal expires in June and Schira reveals Milan have contacted agent Mino Raiola to communicate their decision.

The same goes for 34-year-old Biglia, who has only played seven times in 2019-20 and has struggled to convince after his transfer from Lazio in 2017.

The defensive midfielder has also been told to start looking for a new employer, according to Schira.

Biglia has played 63 times for the Rossoneri since his €19.7m move from the capital.


Sarri ‘not fully convinced by Rabiot’ but Juve don’t plan to sell the midfielder

Juventus have decided what to do with French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to a report from Italian media outlet Calciomercato.com today.

The report details how the 25-year-old Frenchman, who is contracted to the Bianconeri until 2023, has struggled to settle in Italy in his first season. The player failed to earn consistent minutes at the start of the season, before finally becoming a starter in December.

However, coach Maurizio Sarri is not fully convinced by Rabiot’s performances and wants reinforcements to the department in the summer.

Rabiot is not worth selling for the Old Lady, the report continues. The player’s value has plummeted over the last two years and even selling him now wouldn’t earn back the money Juve invested in him. The club are still looking for new midfielders and Rabiot’s position will be evaluated over time, although he is not expected to play the main role next season.


Rugani ‘thinking of leaving Juventus & is set to command a £22m transfer fee’

Reported Arsenal target Daniele Rugani is thinking of leaving Juventus and is set to command a £22million transfer fee this summer, according to Calciomercato.

The Gunners have struggled at the back this season and Mikel Arteta could potentially be looking to bolster his defence ahead of next season.

Rugani, meanwhile, has previously been linked with an exit from Juventus, but to his credit, has always opted to stay and fight for his place in the team.

However, with just three Serie A appearances all season and seven in all competitions in 2019-20, the 25-year-old is said to be considering his future.

Calciomercato claims that Rugani “isn’t considered the first choice” at Juve and is now evaluating “different projects where he can be a protagonist”.

The report also claims that the Bianconeri “will be looking to sell him for budgetary reasons”.


Romagnoli wants to renew his deal with Milan and stay put at San Siro

Captain Alessio Romagnoli has reportedly made it clear that he wants to renew his deal with Milan and stay put at San Siro.

La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira reveals that Atletico Madrid has shown their interest in the Italian defender, but Romagnoli has decided to wait for an offer from the Diavolo.

The centre-back has been an ever-present in Serie A this season after starting all 26 League games under both Marco Giampaolo and Stefano Pioli, and the 25-year-old has played 181 games in total since he arrived from Roma in August 2015.

His performances at San Siro has not gone unnoticed and Schira claims Atletico has tested the waters in Milan, but the defender is adamant he wants to stay at the Rossoneri.

The report claims the Italy international is waiting for the club to reach out as soon as possible to renew his current deal, expiring in June 2022.


Milan ‘ready to sacrifice Paqueta’ as Tonali has heart set on Milan move

AC Milan are ready to launch a serious attempt to land Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, a report claims, which the sale of one midfielder could help.

There has been speculation from numerous outlets throughout the week suggesting that the Rossoneri are ready to make their move for Tonali, amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester United as well as Juventus and Inter.

Calciomercato.com even claimed that Milan are ready to offer one of three counterparts plus a cash sum in order to get the deal done and secure the perfect partner on paper for Ismael Bennacer.

According to what is being reported by SportMediaset (via MilanNews), if €30million from the departure of Lucas Paquetà were to arrive in the coffers, Milan would immediately hand this money over to Brescia as part of a deal for Tonali.

In addition to that they would use Alessandro Plizzari as a counterpart to try and seal the signing of the 19-year-old, while the player has given priority to Milan over Inter and Juventus.


Sevilla desperate for Kjaer to complete permanent move to Milan

Simon Kjaer has very clear ideas about his future: the Danish defender wants to stay at Milan, a report claims.

Kjaer arrived at Milan in January on loan from parent club Sevilla until the end of the season with an option to buy inserted after a difficult first half of the campaign with Atalanta.

MilanNews recalls the statements made by the 31-year-old over the weekend, during which he declared: “I will try to put pressure on the club to use their option of letting me stay. I am working physically and mentally only for that, because my only dream, right now, is to stay at Milan.”

These words are music to the ears of Sevilla who have no intention of standing in the way of Kjaer’s outright transfer to Milan and indeed they are pushing for that solution.

The report also cites Spanish newspaper AS in claiming that the former Fenerbahce centre-back has not been part of the plans of the Andalusian club for some time.

Head coach Pioli gave Kjaer great confidence right away and promoted him to the starting XI alongside captain Alessio Romagnoli, so the player has undergone somewhat of a rebirth with the Rossoneri and for this his only desire is to stay, but it will all depend on Milan.


ALL Serie A players must pass coronavirus test before restarting training

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina hopes to resume training in the start of May but claimed they have been given ‘no deadlines’ to finish the current championship.

Regarding the possible return to training on May 3, the FIGC chief has revealed that FIFA and the technical and scientific committee have the final say and will only resume play when the correct conditions are in place.

“We have no deadlines; we rely on FIFA and our technical and scientific committee. First, the tests to ensure negativity and then we can resume training,” Gravina told Sky Sport Italia. “As soon as the conditions are there, we will finish the championship.

“Soon there will be a meeting, we have a procedure and soon we will announce it. We will start, I hope at the beginning of the month, with checks to ensure the negativity, followed by the training sessions.


Juventus to rival Barca and Man City in pursuit of PSG’s ‘new Verratti’

Paris Saint-Germain made the first move, snatching two very talented guys in Xavi Simons and Kays Ruiz-Atil. Now, Barcelona are ready for revenge by signing Edouard Michut, already dubbed as the “new Verratti” in France. Slim physique and a great technical ability to play close to the defence.

The 17-year-old grew up in the academies of FC Le Chesnay and then FC Versailles, before being discovered by PSG observers at the age of 13. Michut is considered a very complete midfielder from a tactical point of view, being able to play in more than just one role.

Recently, as Calciomercato have learned, there have been scouts from Barcelona to observe the youngster, who is yet to sign a professional agreement with the French side and the current contract expires in 2021. As a result of this, he could leave for almost negligible economic compensation.

This is a situation that Manchester City, Valencia and Juventus are perfectly aware of, rivalling the Catalan side. The Bianconeri have excellent relations with PSG (not forgetting the recent talks for De Sciglio, Kurzawa, Meunier, Dybala and Pjanic) and Michut is on their wish list.


Lautaro Martinez funds local hospitals

Inter forward Lautaro Martinez has made a huge donation of medical equipment and personal protective clothing to the hospitals in his hometown of Bahia Blanca.

The Argentina international went directly to the hospitals with two different sets of donations.

The first was delivered at the start of the month and a second batch arrived today, as confirmed by the Mayor of Bahia Blanca, Hector Gay.

Between the two sets, Lautaro Martinez, girlfriend Agustina Gandolfo and their families provided 4,350 litres of hand sanitiser, 1,000 pairs of rubber gloves, 6,500 coveralls, 3,800 masks and 7,000 visors.

Italy and specifically Lombardy have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but so far it is relatively at bay in Argentina.

Recibimos la segunda parte de las donaciones de Lautaro Martínez, su pareja Agustina Gandolfo y su familia, para los Hospitales Municipal y Penna. Llegaron 3500 camisolines, 1000 litros de alcohol en gel, 1000 cofias, 3800 barbijos sanitarios y guantes de látex. ¡Gracias! pic.twitter.com/KPOWNJD7mW


Calhanoglu ‘wants to renew with Milan but Rossenneri unsure whether to keep him’

Calhanoglu’s future at Milan will be decided in the next few weeks, Calciomercato says.

The attacking midfielder wants to renew his deal, which expires in 2021, but Milan are unsure if they want to keep him.

The club will make a decision after they find a new coach, with Ralf Rangnick the top candidate. If the German takes charge, there is a good chance Calhanoglu will stay.