Spalletti pens Inter extension

Inter Milan head coach Luciano Spalletti has been handed a new contract until 2021 as reward for an impressive debut season at the San Siro.

The 59-year-old was appointed Stefano Pioli's permanent successor at the helm in June 2017 and guided the Nerazzurri to a top-four finish in Serie A last term.

Inter pipped Lazio to fourth place on the final day of the campaign courtesy of a 3-2 win at Stadio Olimpico, which saw them qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in six years.

After penning a three-year extension, Spalletti told the club's official website: "I want to thank the Zhang family and the club for giving me the chance to extend my contract.

"I would also like to stress that the signature was merely official confirmation of what was already in place, as my desire to continue fighting together for the good of this massive club was never in doubt.

"We've always had a relationship based on respect and mutual trust. Our daily discussions have made it clearer than ever that we want the same things for this club and its fans. Today, we have strengthened the shared ambitions of the Nerazzurri's world."

Inter chief Steven Zhang added: "During the 110th year of the club's history, we made many good decisions in order to put the club on the right track, and today we start the season by sealing our relationship with Luciano Spalletti.

"Last season, Mr Spalletti and his staff were able to improve the team and take Inter back to Europe's biggest competition. This demonstrates the hard work and commitment our coaching staff puts in.

"We are pleased to extend our contract with Mr Spalletti and continue our efforts to build one of the top teams in the world of football. Today's agreement shows our strong confidence in him and the long-term solidarity of the group."

Bakayoko joins Milan on loan

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has joined Milan on a season-long loan after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old joined the Blues from Ligue 1 side Monaco in August last year and was seen as a potential replacement for Nemanja Matic, who signed for Premier League rivals Manchester United.

However, Bakayoko struggled to find his top form for the west London giants and now heads to Serie A in search of playing time.

The France international made 43 club appearances last season and scored three goals while providing three assists.

Bakayoko will now be coached by former Rossoneri midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, whose team are aiming for their first top-four finish in the Italian top flight since 2013.

Chelsea defender Aina set for Torino loan

Promising young Chelsea defender Ola Aina is on his way to join Serie A club Torino on a season-long loan spell, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old will join Il Toro on loan, but the Italian outfit reportedly have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the loan.

The right-back was on loan at Hull in the Championsip last season, making 46 appearances for the Tigers across all competitions, and was also a target of PSV Eindhoven in the off-season.

Aina is a Nigeria international and has made six appearances for the Chelsea first team. He also represented England at youth level.

Although naturally a right-back, Aina was also used on the left side of the pitch while on loan at Hull.

Balde: Inter has always been a dream

New Inter Milan midfielder Keita Balde says it is a dream come true to play for the Nerazzurri after joining the club from Monaco on loan.

The Senegalese international makes a return to the Serie A after a year playing for Monaco in Ligue 1.

The 23-year old winger, who previously played for Lazio, said he is confident of a successful spell with the Nerazzurri.

He becomes the club's eighth signing after the likes of Radja Nainggolan, Sime Vrsaljko, and Stefan de Vrij.

Balde told Inter TV: "I'm very happy to be here and I'll give my all to make the fans happy.

"I'm back in Italy with a huge desire to play for a big club. I already have experience in this league and I want to do well.

"Since I was little I've always dreamed of playing for Inter, and I want to do it very well. I've always liked Inter fans, they're always kind and polite and now I hope to make them happy every Sunday.

"Mauro Icardi? I spent many years with Mauro at Barcelona, I've known him since he was a kid and I know Coach Luciano Spalletti too."

Nedved hails Juve signings Ronaldo and Can

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved believes Cristiano Ronaldo raises the club's stature in Europe, while Emre Can is also a crucial addition in Turin.

Ronaldo completed his €112million move from Real Madrid last month and scored his first goal for the Bianconeri in the annual friendly game between the club's senior and youth teams on Sunday.

Nedved told Juventus TV: "Juventus' step forward among the big clubs in Europe has been confirmed further.

"That we managed to bring Ronaldo to Juventus is something exceptional.

"It'll give us a bit more for the future, as well as for all of Italian football."

Nedved also spoke highly of new signing Emre Can, who joined the defending Serie A champions as a free agent after his Liverpool contract expired.

"There's been very little talk about Emre Can but this was an important move," Nedved added. "He was wanted across Europe by many big clubs but we managed to sign him. He's a player with a lot of substance to his game both tactically and technically.

"He is a typical German player who knows how to distribute very well. You'll see that he will be very important to the team."

Fernandes links up with La Viola on loan

Edimilson Fernandes will be looking to get his career back on track in Italy after Fiorentina signed him on a season-long loan from West Ham.

The Switzerland international failed to establish himself at the London Stadium following his move from hometown club Sion in 2016.

Fernandes has made 48 appearances across all competitions for the Hammers to date, although he managed only 17 Premier League starts in two seasons.

With new manager Manuel Pellegrini having brought in Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko during the off-season, the 22-year-old midfielder has been deemed surplus to requirements.

The Sion youth product links up with La Viola ahead of the new Serie A campaign in a deal that includes an option to buy.

The domestic season commences this weekend with Stefano Pioli's side travelling to Sampdoria on Sunday.

Ziyech to Roma transfer still a possibility

Although it was previously thought to be out of the question, reports in Italy suggest that Roma might still sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

The Giallorossi are rumoured to be considering alternative options to Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi, with his €35 million price tag seemingly the only stumbling block in negotiations.

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag reportedly said that Ziyech is the only player who would be allowed to leave.

The 25-year-old Moroccan assisted Matthijs de Ligt's equaliser in their 1-1 opening-day draw with Heracles in the Eredivisie on Saturday.

He has spent two years in Amsterdam since moving from FC Twente.

Allegri: Juventus targeting every trophy

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri says the Serie A champions are more determined than ever before to win everything this season.

The Bianconeri have added global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks, as well as signing Emre Can, Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Spinazzola and Leonardo Bonucci.

Allegri believes with the talent and experience he has in Turin, they should be challenging for that elusive UEFA Champions League trophy.

"Naturally, we have bigger ambitions of winning the Champions League than in previous years, just as we want the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"Ronaldo has above all brought experience at international level and is an extra motivation for the younger guys to aim higher. You don't win five Ballon d'Or trophies for nothing and you can see how hard he works to get there.

"However, Real Madrid have won four of the last five editions of the Champions League and they did that through hard work. We've got to work, too, and this is the first time I've really seen the whole squad play together.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Allegri said: "This is a team built every year to achieve every objective. We have more experience now, and there have been the arrivals of Ronaldo, Emre Can, Cancelo, Spinazzola will be available, the return of Bonucci...

"I would say the team has improved but you can talk about that all day long. There's a field of green where you have to play, you have to run, you have to have great respect for your opponents. This year, more than ever, we want to beat everyone."

Gattuso: We can't rely only on Higuain

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has warned his players that they cannot rely on star signing Gonzalo Higuain to carry the team alone.

Higuain joined the Rossoneri in a swap deal with Juventus which saw Leonardo Bonucci move the other way. The prolific Argentine striker has been a key player for first Napoli and then Juve since his move to Serie A in 2013.

However, Gattuso, a former Milan player himself, has urged the rest of his team to pull their weight as they look to bring the club back to the summit of Italian football.

"We're going nowhere if we just rely on one player, even if it is Higuain. It's not enough," he told a news conference in Madrid.

"In order to be credible, you have to do the work throughout the week, encouraging your team-mates and not insulting them. I've seen all of that since he arrived here."

Milan finished sixth in Serie A last season, a mammoth 31 points behind champions Juventus. However, Gattuso has insisted that the Rossoneri are nevertheless on the road to recovery.

"It's true the gap with Juventus remains very large, but we are young and on the right track. If we continue like this, I don't think it'll take long to bridge that gap," he claimed.

Milan will host Genoa at San Siro next Sunday evening as they get their new Serie A campaign underway.

Spalletti not expecting Modric signature

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has admitted that he is expecting Luka Modric to stay at Real Madrid despite his club's best efforts.

Nevertheless, the former Roma boss has claimed that Modric's interest in San Siro is a positive sign for Nerazzurri, who are gearing up for their first Champions League campaign since 2011/12.

"The fact that he has interest in us is a great sign for our project," Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's not easy to get these type of players. He may not come but our directors still did a great job, so let's see.

"I don't think he will come, because Real Madrid still want to count on him. We're a strong side. If Modric were to join us, we'd be very strong."

Modric was named Player of the Tournament at the recently completed World Cup in Russia, in which he inspired Croatia's run to the final, where they lost 4-2 to France.

Real Madrid, who have won the last three UEFA Champions League titles, have already lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus during this transfer window and are apparently unwilling to let another star player move to Serie A.

Allegri: Rejecting Real was the right decision

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he rejected the chance to take over at Real Madrid due to the respect he has for the Serie A champions.

Allegri was linked with a move to Los Merengues towards the end of last season, following Zinedine Zidane's departure, but he turned down the opportunity and Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.

The 50-year-old manager admits he felt honoured to be considered for the job in Madrid, but has also made it clear that he has no regrets about the decision.

Speaking to Stile Mese magazine, Allegri said: "I said 'no' to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the president.

"Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach.

"I'd be a hypocrite if I said I wasn't honoured by their consideration, but I'm absolutely convinced that I made the right decision.

"Am I a 'bandiera' like Buffon or Del Piero? I absolutely don't want to be equated with them because they're players who wrote Juventus' history, whereas I've only been here for four years."

Allegri has won four consecutive Serie A titles with the Old Lady after taking over from former Juve boss Antonio Conte.

Sanchez is latest West Ham recruit

West Ham have announced the signing of Colombian international midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

The 32-year-old joins from Fiorentina after a spell on loan with Espanyol, having previously played for River Plate Montevideo, Valenciennes, Elche and Aston Villa.

An international with 88 caps, Sanchez joins the Hammers on two-year deal.

Speaking to the club's official website, the new signing revealed his delight at the move.

He said: "I’m very happy to be here. I’m very excited and looking forward to achieving lots.

"I decided to come here because, first, it is the Premier League, second, it’s a beautiful club and the fans are always helping the club and, third, for me it’s an amazing opportunity and an amazing project the club are leading, being ambitious and keen to achieve good things.

"I’d like to thank all of the people, the whole club, for having me."

Sanchez, who is West Ham's ninth summer signing, added: "I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. Previously, at Aston Villa, we started very well but sadly it didn’t end well, but I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream and I’m very grateful to everyone at West Ham."

The club added: "West Ham United would like to welcome Carlos and his family to London Stadium and wish him every success in his career in Claret and Blue."

Sanchez joins new signings Jack Wilshere (free, Arsenal), Ryan Fredericks (free, Fulham), Issa Diop (£22m, Toulouse), Lukasz Fabianski (£7m, Swansea), Andriy Yarmolenko (£17.5m, Borussia Dortmund), Fabian Balbuena (£4m, Corinthians), Felipe Anderson (£36m, Lazio) and Lucas Perez at the club.

Atletico snap up Kalinic

Atletico Madrid have delighted in announcing the capture of Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic.

The 30-year-old former Hajduk Split frontman joins the Primera Division club after a season on loan with AC Milan from Fiorentina, who he signed for in 2015.

The 41-capped international was notoriously sent home from the Russia World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute for his country.

But Atletico are excited to welcome the ex Blackburn Rovers and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk goalscorer for a reported €15million.

A club statement read: "Atletico de Madrid and AC Milan have reached an agreement over the transfer of 30-year-old striker Nikola Kalinic. The Croat will join our club on a three-year deal.

"With a great aerial presence (1,87 metres tall), Kalinic is a force to be reckoned with in set pieces and aerial plays. He's also good at holding up the ball and is great at shooting from a distance.

"Welcome to Atletico, Nikola!"

Kalinic scored six goals in 31 appearances for the Rossoneri last season and joins fellow new recruit Thomas Lemar at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Agent: Juve turned down Chelsea for Rugani

Daniele Rugani's agent Davide Torchia claims Chelsea made an audacious bid to land the Italian defender, but Juventus are not willing to sell him.

Torchia stated that a number of European top clubs have approached him for the services of the young defender, but he is unsellable to the Serie A champions.

Rugani had been linked to a reunion with his former Empoli mentor Maurizio Sarri, who has taken over the reins from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

The agent of the 24-year-old defender reckons even the return of Leonardo Bonucci will not push Juventus to change their mind over the future of the highly rated defender.

"Juventus have no desire to sell him, not even for a high price which, among other things, no-one in Italy could afford," Torchia told RMC Sport.

"However, the player has never asked to leave. Only when a very important offer arrives is it normal to listen, but Juventus have rejected all kinds of offers to keep him in Turin.

"Chelsea made a really big bid, which was close to being unthinkable for me, but Juventus didn't relent.

"Khedira played only 10 more games than Daniele last season. I think Rugani can play even more this season."

Costa: Ronaldo can take Juve higher

Juventus winger Douglas Costa is excited to be playing alongside superstar signing Cristiano Ronaldo this season and believes he will raise the club to a new level.

Ronaldo completed his stunning €112million transfer from Real Madrid last month and will be looking to help the Bianconeri clinch their eighth consecutive Serie A title, and possibly their first UEFA Champions League crown since 1996.

Costa is relishing the chance to play with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and has backed him to make a real impact in Turin this campaign.

"I think Ronaldo was already at a high level, but he really wanted to take another step to enhance his status," Costa told Italian Football TV.

"I think CR7 has everything to take us to the next level and do important things this season.

"Ronaldo is a really important player, but we also have Dybala and other important players. I've played with Neymar, so it's not totally new for me to play with someone at [Ronaldo's] level.

"Everyone has welcomed him and we know how much he can improve us. We can't hide it, it's clear."

Napoli snap up Malcuit from Lille

Napoli have completed the signing of Kevin Malcuit from Lille to bolster their squad ahead of the new Serie A season.

The 27-year-old defender is expected to provide competition for Albanian full-back Elseid Hysaj in Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Malcuit, who has also played for Monaco and Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1, underwent a medical at the Villa Stuart clinic on Tuesday, with the Azzurri officially announcing his arrival 24 hours later.

The Naples outfit had been linked with Santiago Arias, Matteo Darmian and Sime Vrsaljko, but opted for the Frenchman in the end.

Inter Milan, West Ham and Fulham were also said to have shown interest in Malcuit.

Report: Kalinic leaves Milan to sign for Atletico

La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have snapped up Milan striker Nikola Kalinic in a deal reportedly worth around 15 million euros.

The Croatia international passed his medical on Tuesday and, according to Sky Italy, has now signed a contract with Los Colchoneros.

The 30-year-old striker will join fellow Atleti newboys Thomas Lemar and Rodri at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split's youth system and has had spells at Blackburn, Dnipro and Fiorentina during his career.

Kalinic joined Milan on loan from La Viola in August last year, in a deal that included an obligation to buy, and signed a four-year contract with the Rossoneri but has already parted ways again.

'Milinkovic-Savic worth more than Pogba'

Lazio president Claudio Lotito believes that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is worth more than Paul Pogba, but has received no offers for the in-demand midfielder.

The Serbian has been linked with several of European giants including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-German as well as Serie A's Juventus and AC Milan.

Lotito has warned interesed clubs they must be prepared to pay more than what Manchester United paid Juventus when they signed Pogba in 2016.

The French World Cup winner re-joined United for a then world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million).

Lotito told Corriere della Sera: "Up until now, no one has put themselves forward.

"No official offers have come into me, not from Milanor Juve and certainly not from Real Madrid or United.

"I am certainly not pushing to sell him, but if you ask me how much he is worth now I'll remind you that last year, on 29 August, I turned down an offer of €110m.

"How much was Pogba sold to Manchester United for? €105m plus €5m in add-ons?

"And now Milinkovic is worth more, because it's far clearer."

Pjaca loaned to La Viola

Marko Pjaca will be looking to get his career back on track with Fiorentina after they acquired his services on a season-long loan from Juventus.

The Croatia international, who helped his country reach the 2018 World Cup final, was tipped to have a bright future in Turin following his arrival from hometown club Dinamo Zagreb in 2016.

But two serious injuries hampered his progress at the Juventus Stadium and Pjaca was loaned out to Schalke last term to build up his match fitness.

The spell in Germany didn't prove too fruitful for 23-year-old winger, who managed just seven Bundesliga appearances for the Royal Blues, before returning to Italy during the off-season.

La Viola have now offered Pjaca the chance to rediscover his best form and there is an option to make the loan deal permanent for €20 million.

Leonardo: Milinkovic-Savic is out of Milan's reach

AC Milan technical director Leonardo admits the Rossoneri would love to sign Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but Financial Fair Play regulations won't allow it.

The Serie A outfit have already brought in seven new signings for the upcoming season. Three were signed on free transfers, namely Pepe Reina, Alen Halilovic, and Ivan Strinic, while Mattia Caldara, Nikola Kalinic, Gonzalo Higuain, and Fabio Borini cost a combined €78million.

Milan also spent around €190million last season, which has restricted their spending this transfer window, and Leonardo says even though Milinkovic-Savic is a phenomenal player he is simply too expensive.

"In light of Financial Fair Play we won't be signing a top midfielder," Leonardo said at news conference.

"If we can find a way - within the rules - to pull off a miracle and sign a player who will bring a lot to the team then we'll try to do it. But we may not be able to.

"The deal we already did gives us a lot and stays within the rules, but it's very difficult to do again.

"Milinkovic-Savic is a dream for many teams, unfortunately right now dreaming about a player who is worth so much is not possible for us.

"Even a year ago when I was asked to choose one Serie A player [Milan wanted] he was the one I picked. He's the complete modern midfielder, but it's not financially possible for us to sign him."