Pjanic wants Juve to be more ruthless

Miralem Pjanic has called on Juventus to start going for the jugular after they scraped past Bologna 2-1 on Saturday.

The Bianconeri maintained their unbeaten start to the season, in the process extending their winning run in Serie A to five games.

Pjanic grabbed his third goal of the season, netting what turned out to be the winner after Danilo Larangeira had cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener.

Once again, Juve created a number of chances but failed to convert a hatful of opportunities.

Speaking after Saturday’s match, Pjanic said the squad was satisfied with how they have adapted to Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-1-2 shape but they are still very much a work in progress.

Attention now turns to Tuesday’s visit of Lokomotiv Moscow to Turin and Juventus will be going all out for glory as they aim to improve on last term’s disappointing quarter-final exit in the Champions League.

The Bosnian says his team always expected a tough game against the Rossoblu, but admits they could have made life easier if they had shown greater killer instinct in front of goal.

“We knew full well it was going to be difficult, as we saw Bologna’s games,” the midfielder told DAZN. “We created many chances and should’ve scored one more goal to make it comfortable. It’s tough after a break for international duty, so we take the points.

“Perhaps we should’ve moved better to create space behind their midfielders.”

Milan eyeing January swoop for Angel Correa

Stefano Pioli's AC Milan have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa in the January transfer window.

Milan attempted to land Correa during the summer and are believed to have agreed terms with the player, but were unable to reach an agreement with Los Colchoneros.

Correa has been involved for Atleti this season but he remains down the pecking order as he has just made one start in five La Liga appearances so far, while he has also managed two outings in the Champions League from the bench.

The Madrid club are likely to be open to offers for the Argentine in the winter window and they value the 24-year-old at around €50million.

Such a hefty fee could be an issue for the Rossoneri and they may well have to sell some of their current players in order to facilitate a move for Correa.

Milan are looking to offload Spanish striker Suso, while they may even decide it is time to cash-in on 20-year-old Italy international keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in order to boost their outfield options.

Donnarumma has previously been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain and would command a huge fee. Ideally, the Rossoneri would prefer to keep hold of the young shot-stopper but he could still be sacrificed to strengthen other areas of the squad.

Atletico return to action after the international on Saturday with a home game against Valencia.

Milan play on Sunday as they entertain Lecce at the San Siro.

Mandzukic prepared to lower wage demands

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is reportedly willing to lower his wage demands in order to secure a January switch to Manchester United.

The Juventus striker is rumoured to have snubbed a move to Old Trafford during the summer after the Red Devils refused to pay him £300,000-per-week to turn down a lucrative offer to play his football in Qatar.

A move to the wealthy Gulf state failed to materialise, however, and so the former Bayern Munich star is desperate to quit Turin this January, with AC Milan reportedly also now talking to him.

It's understood the Croatian's representatives were recently back in contact with United and let it be known their client is willing to be more realistic, with wages closer to £180,000-per-week being mooted.

That has certainly got Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinking a deal can be revisited and he already knows Juve are looking for a relatively small fee of around £9million to remove him from their top-heavy books.

The United manager is a massive admirer of the 33-year-old forward and has followed his career closely for a number of years, believing he can play a big role as a target man and also provide a strong voice in his dressing room.

The Red Devils are desperately short of quality forward options going into Sunday's huge Premier League clash against bitter rivals Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams.

Mandzukic has scored goals wherever he has been, managing 43 in 139 bit-part appearances for Juve, having not played a single game for the Old Lady so far this season.

United would obviously have reservations over how quickly he can get himself match-fit although Mandzukic has been working hard to show his potential suitors that won't be a problem.

The Manchester giants currently have the highest wage bill in England and are especially conscious of older pros looking for a final big payday, which has seemingly forced Mandzukic to rethink his demands.

Can open to Manchester United move

Juventus midfielder Emre Can has expressed his interest in signing for Manchester United after struggling for opportunities in Turin.

The German star moved to Italy in 2018 on a free transfer but is thought to be keen on a move away from Juventus having made just three substitute appearances in Serie A so far.

The 25-year-old was also left out of the Champions League squad by new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Can is attracting interest across Europe and has a reported preference for a return to the Premier League with Man United.

Can is one of seven players linked with a move to Old Trafford in an 'ambitious revamp' of the current squad and is a potential replacement should Paul Pogba leave the club.

Earlier this month, Can hit out at Sarri for not giving him chance to impress this season.

"Last season I played a lot. Especially in important games for Juventus. And I also played well there," he said. "I haven't had a chance this season.

"But now I think, when I come back to the club, I will get chances again.

"I am definitely grateful to Joachim Low. Because I didn't play much in the club and he invited me anyway. Nevertheless, he gave me the chance. That's why I was simply happy that I played again."

Inter give Sanchez surgery verdict

Inter Milan have confirmed forward Alexis Sanchez has undergone successful surgery on his injured ankle, but have not put a timeframe on his return.

The Chilean, on loan at the Serie A club from Manchester United, was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle and tendon damage on Tuesday after sustaining the injury on international duty.

Inter have now confirmed the 30-year-old travelled to Barcelona and had surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday afternoon.

An Inter statement on their official website read: “Alexis Sanchez was in Barcelona this morning for consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat.

“The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Inter medical staff and the decision was made to proceed with surgery on the left ankle.

“The operation was performed in the afternoon on the peroneus longus tendon and it went exactly as planned.”

Inter did not put a timescale on Sanchez’s recovery but reports in Italy have suggested 12 weeks.

Sanchez joined Inter on a season-long loan in August after failing to impress at Old Trafford and has scored once in four appearances for the Italian outfit.

His solitary goal came in a 3-1 win at Sampdoria last month before he was sent off in the same game for a second yellow card.

The injury to Sanchez has led to reports suggesting that boss Antonio Conte will now look to bring in a replacement in the January transfer window.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been mentioned as one possible target as he struggles for game time in the Premier League.

Callejon ready to snub China chance

Jose Callejon is ready to reject interest from China as he hopes to secure a new deal with Napoli.

Callejon has entered the final year of his deal with Napoli and Dalian Yifang hope to convince him to move to China as a free agent next summer as they are ready to offer him a lucrative three-year-deal, according to Italy’s Corriere dello Sport.

Dalian are managed by former Napoli boss Rafael Benitez and he is keen to be reunited with the 32-year-old forward but it seems as if Callejon is ready to snub the chance to move to China.

The former Real Madrid man is understood to be in discussions with the Napoli hierarchy and they are keen to tie him down to a new deal but hope Callejon will accept a wage cut.

Previously, talks between the two parties have stalled, but the club may now be ready to step up the talks with the attacker in the coming weeks in a bid to convince him to put pen to paper on a new deal before the January transfer window begins, although the Serie A club may only offer him an extra year due to his age.

The forward remains a key man at the Stadio San Paolo and he has featured in all seven of their Serie A games so far this season, scoring one goal.

It is understood Callejon’s family are also reluctant to go to China and it, therefore, seems unlikely he will make the move to Dalian.

Giroud may be headed for Inter loan move

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could join Serie A outfit Inter Milan on loan in January, according to reports surfacing in Italy.

The Frenchman's struggles to force his way into the Chelsea side this season have been well documented, and he is known to be seriously considering his future at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old has spoken openly about his need to be playing regular first-team football, while France coach Didier Deschamps has also said the same during this recent international break.

The European Championships are fast approaching and are possibly Giroud's last opportunity to play at a major tournament for the World Cup winners. To guarantee his place, he needs to be playing.

Giroud continues to impress for the national side and has fired home three goals in the last four appearances, but he cannot get a sniff at Chelsea and has not even made the bench for the last three games.

The former Arsenal man will be out of contract at the end of the season and will be able to leave for free, but there is a chance he could have moved on before then.

Blues boss Frank Lampard sees him as a valuable squad member and would only sanction a move if the transfer ban is lifted in January and he can bring in a replacement. If not, then there is every chance he will block a move.

Giroud could still have a big role to play as Chelsea push for the top four and silverware, but for now he is unhappy to be on the bench.

Inter are now reported to have entered the running as they could need a replacement for Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez, who has picked up a serious ankle injury and could be on the sidelines for months.

It means the Nerazzurri could need more firepower and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, now at the San Siro, has identified Giroud as a target.

Sanchez could be out of action for months

Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda has revealed that Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, currently on loan at Inter, could be out for two or three months if he undergoes ankle surgery.

Sanchez was one of the most expensive transfer mistakes in history when he joined Manchester United from Arsenal in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January 2018.

The Chilean was given the biggest wage in Premier League history for little return, and joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan in the summer.

He has produced a goal and an assist in his first four appearances for Inter, only two of which were starts, with Sanchez claiming he has "fallen in love with football again."

However, Sanchez could now be missing for Inter and Chile for a while after injuring the tendons in his left ankle on international duty.

Giving an update ahead of Chile's match against Guinea, Rueda said: "We won't have Sanchez for this game and, should he undergo surgery with Inter, for two or three more months.

"It's a shame, he was starting to play with his club, he scored two goals and played in the Champions League. We have to wait, the next few hours will be crucial as we will know what decision Inter will make.

"For us he is Alexis Sanchez, for Inter he is one of their players."

Inter anxious over Sanchez injury

Inter Milan are sweating over the fitness of Alexis Sanchez after he sustained a knock while playing for Chile during the international break.

Sanchez, who joined Inter on a season-long loan from 20-time English champions Manchester United this summer, was forced off in Chile’s 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday.

The Chilean Federation has since confirmed the forward has suffered a “dislocation of the tendons” in his left ankle and more tests are required to determine the extent of the injury.

At first glance, it is claimed the 30-year-old, who has scored one goal from three Serie A appearances this season, will need surgery to resolve the issue although this is yet to be confirmed.

Sanchez is almost guaranteed to miss Tuesday’s friendly against Guinea as Chile look to end a five-game winless run, having last tasted success in June 2019 when they beat Colombia on penalties in the Copa America.

Inter boss Antonio Conte will be eager to find out the full extent of the forward’s issue as the former Chelsea boss looks to continue the Nerazzurri’s impressive start to the season, which sees them sitting second in Italy’s top flight.

The 18-time Serie A champions suffered their first defeat of the domestic campaign prior to the international break, losing 2-1 to defending champions Juventus, who moved top of the standings as a result of that victory at the San Siro.

Inter return to action on October 20 when they make the trip to Mapei Stadium-Citta del Tricolore to take on Sassuolo, who have suffered back-to-back league defeats and are sitting 15th in the table, only above the relegation zone by goal difference.

United linked with January swoop for Milan's Piatek

Manchester United have been linked with a move for AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek as they look to bolster their attacking power in the January transfer window.

Much has been made of the fact that United allowed their leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku to leave the club in the summer without drafting in a replacement.

The departure of Alexis Sanchez has also left the Reds short in the final third of the pitch and they are now weighing up targets to take the pressure off Marcus Rashford.

Rashford is expected to shoulder the bulk of the goalscoring responsibility, and so far this season he is struggling to do so.

Anthony Martial also cannot be relied on, while Mason Greenwood is again too young to be expected to get United out of a hole.

Reports are now rife suggesting that AC Milan striker Piatek is the man United want to bring to Old Trafford in January and are willing to pay £35million to get a deal done.

The 24-year-old has a prolific record in Serie A, scoring 19 goals in 21 appearances for Genoa before making the switch to Milan, where he has scored a further 13 goals in 28 appearances.

Piatek has also chipped in with four goals in eight appearances for Poland, so it is easy to see why United are showing an interest.

The Rossoneri will fight to keep hold though and are under no pressure to sell as Piatek still has a contract with them that runs until the summer of 2023. They are also struggling in Serie A this season, and the sale of Piatek would not go down well with the fans.

United do have other options should they fail to strike a deal for Piatek.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Lyon attacker Moussa Dembele are also said to be on the wanted list of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Conte's Inter linked with January move for Matic

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has been tipped to make another raid on Manchester United in January, with midfielder Nemanja Matic reportedly on his wish list.

Having pushed the boat out to sign Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer, there are growing reports in Italy that claim Nerazzurri boss Conte will target Matic in the upcoming January transfer window.

The 31-year-old Serbia international worked with ex-Italy head coach Conte for a season at Chelsea, before being prised away to Manchester United by Jose Mourinho.

However, Matic has lost his status as an automatic first-team choice and is showing nothing like his early United form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Matic is also nearing the end of his contract at Old Trafford, which will have just six months left on it when the next transfer window opens on January 1.

United do hold an option to extend his stay in Manchester for another year, but it currently looks unlikely that he would be part of Solskjaer's planned rebuild with the Norwegian focusing on youth.

Italian daily Corriere dello Sport claim Inter are preparing a three-year contract worth 5m euros per season, which ought to be an attractive offer to a player in his 30s.

The same newspaper also claimed last month that Matic was offered to both Milan clubs in the summer.

United would be due a small fee for Matic in January and could decide to keep hold of him if they feel his experience would be useful for whatever the second half of the campaign has in store for the Red Devils.

Inter certainly appear to have had the better of both summer swoops with Lukaku looking like the player United thought they had when he arrived from Everton in a £75million deal two years ago.

The Belgian has rattled in three goals in seven appearances for Conte, who originally wanted to sign him for Chelsea in 2017.

And Sanchez has also hit the ground running on his return to Italy on loan, something which Matic may feel he could do if he were to make the switch to Serie A.

Ranieri tipped to join struggling Sampdoria

Claudio Ranieri has been linked with a return to Serie A with reports suggesting the Italian tactician is poised to join rock-bottom Sampdoria in the coming days.

Former Leicester boss Ranieri is widely expected to succeed Eusebio Di Francesco at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, with Sampdoria currently sitting bottom of the Serie A standings with just one win and six defeats from their opening seven games.

It will be the second time that the 67-year-old has succeeded Di Francesco in the space of seven months, as he also replaced the former Italy international for the final few weeks of last season at Roma.

Ranieri is certainly not short when it comes to managerial experience, as his career began over 30 years ago and he has held 17 different positions, taking charge of the likes of Chelsea, Juventus and Valencia, as well as also trying his hand on the international stage with Greece.

Of course, Ranieri's greatest achievement in management undoubtedly has to be when he guided Leicester to one of the biggest shocks in footballing history, as the Foxes defied 5000/1 odds to win the Premier League title in 2016.

The Italian was unceremoniously sacked by the Foxes just nine months after that title success and since then he has had brief spells in charge at Nantes and Fulham before steering Roma to a sixth-place finish in Serie A last season.

Affectionately known as the 'Tinkerman' following his time at Chelsea where he was renowned for regularly changing his starting line-up, Ranieri's first task, if he does take over at Sampdoria, will be to steady the ship.

Samp were certainly not expected to be battling relegation this season, as they are more accustomed to challenging at the right end of the table having finished in the top half of the Serie A standings in each of the last three seasons.

Ranieri will certainly have an abundance of quality to work with if he does take over at the Genoa-based club, as Italy international Fabio Quagliarella currently skippers the team and, although he is now 36, he did finish as the league's leading marksman last season with a staggering 26 goals.

There are also familiar names to Premier League followers in the squad, with former Southampton duo Gaston Ramirez and Manolo Gabbiadini both having featured regularly this season, as has midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, who started his career at Leeds.

It would certainly appear to be a good move for all concerned if Ranieri did take over at Samp, but given the Tinkerman's tendency to not stick in a job for too long, it could prove a short but sweet partnership.

Can frustrated with lack of playing time at Juve

Juventus midfielder Emre Can admits he is not enjoying his time in Turin, after the Serie A champions reportedly offered him to Manchester United.

Tuttosport claimed on Wednesday that Juve have offered former Liverpool midfielder Can and Mario Mandzukic as part of a deal to land Paul Pogba from the Red Devils.

The 'free transfer' from Liverpool set Juve back a staggering £14million when joined last summer on a four-year contract.

The arrivals of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot this summer has cut down Can's playing time after the midfielder made 37 appearances for the Old Lady last term.

"I'm not happy [at Juventus] right now. I don't play much at the moment," Can said.

"Last season I played a lot. Especially in important games for Juventus. And I also played well there.

"I haven't had a chance this season.

"But now I think, when I come back to the club, I will get chances again.

"I am definitely grateful to Joachim Low. Because I didn't play much in the club and he invited me anyway.

"Nevertheless, he gave me the chance. That's why I was simply happy that I played again."

Napoli set sights on Haaland

Napoli are plotting a swoop for Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland but they will face competition from Serie A rivals Juventus.

Haaland joined Salzburg in the January transfer window earlier this year from Norwegian club Molde.

The 19-year-old, who is the son of former Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge Haaland, has enjoyed a blistering start to the current season with 18 goals in just 11 appearances and unsurprisingly his displays in Austria have not gone unnoticed.

Reports in Italy claim Juventus are keeping tabs on Haaland, having been heavily linked with the youngster prior to his switch to Salzburg, but Napoli could make the first move as they have struggled for goals of late.

The Partenopei sit fourth in Serie A and are already six points adrift of league leaders Juventus after seven games. Napoli have managed 15 goals in Italy’s top-flight, making them the division’s second-highest scorers, but in recent weeks they have been less productive in front of goal and have failed to score in three of their last four games across all competitions.

Haaland is under contract at Salzburg until 2023 and the Austrian club are likely to demand a big fee if they are to sell in the winter window.

The Italian duo could face further competition for the teenage forward if he continues to impress and English reports claim Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool intend to send scouts to watch the Norway international in action in the coming weeks.

Dybala: Summer was challenging

Striker Paulo Dybala admits he had a rough summer but insists he never thought about leaving Juventus.

The Argentina international was strongly linked with a move away from the Serie A champions during the summer with Romelu Lukaku apparently on the radar of new boss Maurizio Sarri.

A potential swap was mooted which would have seen Lukaku swap Manchester United for Juve and Dybala head in the opposite direction.

However, despite the fact the Belgian and Juve had agreed a deal in principle, United did not adhere to the 25-year-old's wage demands and the move ultimately collapsed.

Tottenham were also credited with an interest in him, but they, like United, baulked at the potential costs involved.

Dybala largely played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo last season, as he scored only five goals in 29 Serie A games.

Despite that underwhelming run of form, the former Palermo man says he always wanted to stay with the Old Lady and did not enjoy all the summer speculation.

"It wasn't an easy summer," he told Italian publication Corriere della Sera. "But this is football, even if before the transfer window opened I said: 'I want to stay here.'

"I wanted to stay, I wanted to play here and continue my career at Juve. I think I can still give a lot and I showed a glimpse of that against Inter [whom they beat 2-1 on Sunday with Dybala scoring the opening goal]."

He is now set to join up with the Argentina squad for friendly matches against Germany and Ecuador.

Juventus striker Mandzukic linked with Bayern return

German champions Bayern Munich are reportedly in advanced talks with Juventus over the signing of forward Mario Mandzukic.

The 33-year-old spent two successful seasons with the Bavarians, scoring 48 goals from 88 appearances in all competitions between 2012 and 2014.

The former Croatia international then moved to La Liga club Atletico Madrid before he was snapped up by Juve in 2015.

He has not been so prolific with the Old Lady, netting 44 times from 162 outings, and it has been suggested the Serie A giants are prepared to let him leave this summer.

Capped 89 times by Croatian, Mandzukic was linked a move to Manchester United this summer but remained with the Italian giants.

However, it seems a switch back to the Allianz Arena could be on the cards.

The news comes despite the fact he extended his deal with Juve in April this year, signing up to play for the Italian champions until 2021.

Roma keen to take Alexis Sanchez on loan

Italian club Roma have reportedly held talks with Manchester United over signing Alexis Sanchez on a season-long loan deal.

The Chile international has endured a nightmare 18 months at Old Trafford since joining from Arsenal, scoring two goals in 27 appearances for the Red Devils last season.

Having struggled to settle in the north west, United have looked into getting the 30-year-old off the wage bill, but have found it tough to find him a new home, with few clubs willing to take on his £500,000-per-week pay package.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he expects Sanchez to stay in Manchester for the upcoming season once he returns to fitness following a hamstring injury.

However, the Telegraph are reporting Roma have made enquiries about taking the South American on loan. The Italian transfer window doesn’t close until September 2, so the Giallorossi have plenty of time to work on a deal.

The Serie A side would need United to pay a chunk of Sanchez's wages if he were to move to the Eternal City.

They are understood to have proposed a 70:30 split, with the Premier League outfit paying the larger share.

Roma’s pursuit of Sanchez could rest on whether or not Edin Dzeko stays in the capital.

The Bosnian striker has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan throughout the summer, but Roma have stood firm.

However, Roma's reported interest in Sanchez and Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz could mean their stance is softening over selling their top goalscorer from last season.

De Ligt: I was way too concerned about not making mistakes

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt says the reason for the perceived poor start to his career in Turin was 'that he was way too concerned about not making mistakes'.

The Dutch international was in hot demand during the summer following an impressive season with Ajax, but he turned down all offers and opted for a move to the Bianconeri.

The aim was to ease him in gently, but following an injury to Giorgio Chiellini, he has been thrown in at the deep end alongside Leonardo Bonucci in central defence.

The media have not been kind. His performances have been criticised, while some even claimed that he had been put on a low-carb diet by Maurizio Sarri to get him in shape.

De Ligt has laughed off such rumours but says he has been forced to ignore the critics and play with confidence, something he believes is starting to pay off.

“The most important lesson I have learned so far at Juventus is that you need self-confidence,” he said. “In the beginning, I noticed I was way too concerned about not making mistakes and that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. I never played that way and in my first weeks I was too focused on that.

“After that game against Atletico Madrid I called myself to order, in a way. I wanted to play with confidence again. Maybe still some things will go wrong, but at least I know for sure things are better than before. Since then I have an upward trend.”

Sarri plays down significance of beating Inter

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri insists defeating Inter Milan 2-1 to take top spot in Serie A holds little meaning at this stage of the campaign.

There have been suggestions that Inter, now coached by Antonio Conte, could be the team to topple Juve and end their period of dominance in Italy.

The two sides met for the first time on Sunday, with many pundits believing the result would be a huge marker for what will happen in the remainder of the campaign.

It was the Bianconeri that came out on top as striker as Paulo Dybala firstly cancelled out a strike by Lautaro Martinez to level matters, before Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench and grabbed the winner late on.

It inflicted a first defeat of the season on Inter, as Juve jumped above them to take top spot in the Serie A standings.

However Sarri is refusing to get carried away and says there is still a long way to go in the race for the Scudetto.

"Overtaking (Inter) at this time has little meaning," Sarri said. "What matters is the performance and character shown against a strong team, which had always won up to this moment. We entered the game with a good approach, and we deserved to win."

Sarri also said that Juve are a work in process and need to dominate possession better in games.

"From this point of view, we have already taken important steps," he added.

Report - Milan ready to cash in on Suso

AC Milan appear to be ready to sell forward Suso, with Atletico Madrid reportedly willing to trigger the player's release clause.

With the Rossoneri currently in the middle of an appeal against Financial Fair Play violations, the Serie A giants are looking to raise funds before the end of the month.

Milan could have an opportunity to try and get closer to balancing the books if Atleti decide to trigger Suso's release clause which is thought to be around 40million euros.

The 25-year-old's potential exit could be great business for Milan, as they only spent 1.3million euros to bring Suso to the San Siro from Liverpool back in January 2015.