Napoli secure Lozano signature

Napoli have confirmed the capture of Mexico international Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven for €42million as they look to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title.

The length of the contract signed by the 24-year-old has not been disclosed, but he becomes Napoli’s ninth major signing of the summer, joining the likes of Kostas Manolas and Alex Meret in arriving at the Stadio San Paolo.

Lozano has joined Napoli following three successful seasons with PSV, where he scored 45 goals in 83 games, while he has also netted nine times for Mexico at international level and represented his country at last year’s World Cup.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirmed the transfer on social media before the club released a statement welcoming their newest recruit to the club.

“‚ÄčNapoli makes the definitive purchase of Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven. Lozano was born on 30 July 1995 in Mexico City,” the statement read.

The frontman could now make his Napoli debut when the Partenopei get their Serie A campaign up and running with an away trip to the Stadio Artemio Franchi to take on Fiorentina on Saturday.

United locked in talks with clubs interested in Sanchez

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed "there are still talks with some clubs," as Alexis Sanchez edges closer to a season-long loan move to Inter Milan.

A United side worth £130.8million, featuring Sanchez, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic won a behind-closed-doors friendly against Sheffield United at their Carrington training ground on Tuesday.

Inter Milan are interested in bringing the forward to San Siro, having already completed a move for United striker Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer.

The Serie A outfit are reportedly hopeful of securing a season-long loan for the Chilean by this weekend, with an option to make the move permanent next summer.

And Solskjaer confirmed there have been negotiations over Sanchez's exit. He told reporters: "There are still talks with some clubs.

"But he played in that game and he played well. As I have said he is working well. Let's see in September what is going to happen."

United host Crystal Palace on Saturday hoping to continue their solid start to the season after victory against Chelsea on the opening weekend before a draw at Wolves on Monday night.

On whether there has been a change in team spirit from side which drew with Palace last year, Solskjaer added: "I didn't watch the game last year, we had a game ourselves with Molde but I heard they had a few counter attacks.

"Wilf (Zaha) was close to scoring, team spirit great, we've got loads of energy and passion, you can see the way we went about the game at Wolves our pressing was excellent.

"We gave them five minutes in the second half that was it really, apart from that… the engine looks so much better, and everyone is fit, when you're fit you're mentally strong as well."

Fiorentina keen on Newcastle outcast Lazaar

Newcastle United outcast Achraf Lazaar appears to be headed for the St James' Park exit, with Fiorentina reportedly eyeing a move for the Morocco international.

The 17-cap Morocco international played under Magpies manager Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday last season and when the 58-year-old took charge at St James' Park it was suggested Lazaar could be handed another chance at the Premier League club.

Reports earlier in the summer claimed the left-sided player was keen to fight for a place in the Newcastle side and he is under contract until the summer of 2021.

However, it seems as if the 27-year-old remains surplus to requirements and has been left out of the club's Premier League squad.

Lazaar has previous experience in Italy having begun his professional career at Varese before a two-year stint with Palermo, and he spent time on loan at Benevento from Newcastle in the 2017-18 campaign.

Promoted Serie A club Hellas Verona have been linked with him and Dutch outfit Utrecht are also believed to be keen on the Moroccan.

However, now Fiorentina have been tipped to make a move. Clubs in Serie A have until September 2 to make transfers so La Viola have plenty of time to reach an agreement with Newcastle.

The Tuscan outfit have been fairly busy this summer and earlier this week completed the eye-catching signing of Franck Ribery as a free agent following his release by Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

Fiorentina have also signed former Spurs, AC Milan and Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng from Italian rivals Sassuolo as they look to challenge for European qualification again after missing out last year.

If La Viola do land Lazaar, he is likely to be viewed as a back-up or squad player rather than a regular in their starting XI, while he is more likely to get game time at Utrecht or Hellas Verona.

Lazaar has managed just four league appearances for Newcastle since his arrival in 2016 and every one of those outings came in the Championship in 2016-17.

The Moroccan played nine games for Benevento, scoring once in Serie A the following season and featured four times last season for the Owls under Bruce last season as his time in South Yorkshire was disrupted by injury.

Dzeko: Roma 'went to great lengths to keep me'

Roma striker Edin Dzeko has explained his decision to pen a new deal amid reported transfer interest in the off-season, saying the club and his team-mates "went to great lengths to keep me here".

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Dzeko, who joined the Serie A outfit permanently in 2016 from Manchester City, was heavily linked with an exit this summer and a move to Inter Milan looked to be on the cards.

However, the 33-year-old, who was also a target for West Ham United, ignored the advances of potential suitors and signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the Stadio Olimpico until 2022.

Speaking about his recent extension, Dzeko, who has scored more than 80 goals in all competitions for the Giallorossi, revealed everyone at the club hounded him into penning a new deal.

He told Roma TV: "They went to great lengths to keep me here. I want to thank them and now I need to give my all on the pitch, as always.

"It's really nice to see that other people are happy that I've stayed here. My team-mates aren't just team-mates: we're friends, brothers.

"They were always on my back: 'You're not going anywhere – you're staying here!' I have a great relationship with them all."

Sanchez could receive massive parting gift from United

Manchester United outcast Alexis Sanchez is due to receive a huge financial windfall if he manages to secure a permanent switch to Inter Milan.

Inter are hopeful of securing a season-long loan for Alexis Sanchez by this weekend, with an option to make the move permanent next summer.

The San Siro club are planning to offer Sanchez a £150,000 contract if they do decide to make the move permanent, reports the Daily Mail - £350,000 short of Sanchez's current contract at Old Trafford

Man Utd will therefore contractually obliged to pay out the remaining two years of the Chilean's contract - a total of £36million.

Untied will receive a fee of just under £15million from Inter for the forward.

United are also expected to be paying a large proportion of Sanchez's wages this season to facilitate the initial move.

The former Arsenal forward has not made a senior appearance for United this season and has been limited to behind-closed-doors games at their Carrington training base.

'They have got to find somebody to blame' - Lukaku

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has criticised Manchester United fans for pinning the club's struggles on Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez or himself.

The 26-year-old ended his two-season stint at Old Trafford on transfer deadline day, joining Inter Milan in an 80 million euros (£73.75million) deal.

Lukaku came in for some criticism over his two seasons with the Red Devils despite his decent goal record of 42 goals in 96 matches.

In a podcast apparently recorded before he move to Inter, Lukaku has claimed United supporters always 'had to find the culprit' during his time at Old Trafford.

"They have to find somebody," Lukaku told the LightHarted Podcast. "It is Pogba, it is me or it is Alexis. It's the three of us all the time.

"They have got to find somebody to blame. I put my hand up, like, this year I don't think I was the only one playing bad. A lot of people were playing bad but they had to find the culprit.

"If they want to put the blame on me, you know what, f**k it, do what you gotta do.

"I think the team has so much potential to do some great stuff. There is a lot of talent. But it is not only talent; you really have to build a team."

Zappacosta pens new deal, joins Roma on loan

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta has agreed to join Serie A outfit Roma on loan until January after putting pen to paper on a one-year contract extension with the Blues.

The 27-year-old Italy international signed for Chelsea from Torino in a reported £23million deal in 2017.

But he made only four Premier League appearances last season under compatriot Maurizio Sarri, although he was a regular on the continent as Chelsea won the Europa League.

His move to Roma includes an option to extend the loan until the end of the season and Zappacosta is delighted to have sealed the Serie A switch.

"I am pleased to join Roma, after an experience overseas that helped me progress as both a player and a person," Zappacosta told Roma's website.

"Being able to play for a great club like this is a huge motivation - I cannot wait to start training alongside my new teammates."

Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, who worked with Zappacosta at Torino, added: "Compared with the player that I knew at Torino, now Roma are getting a player who has matured both as a player and a person after a valuable spell in another league.

"I am certain that Davide will be able to make an important contribution during the course of the season."

Zappacosta's new deal with Chelsea commits him to the club until June 2022.

Ronaldo drops mixed messages over retirement plans

Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted for the first time he is thinking about hanging up his boots – but he has sent a confusing update as to when that might be.

The Juventus forward is regarded as one of, if not the, best players of his generation and is a five-time Champions League winner, having won the competition once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.

The Portuguese star is also Real’s all-time leading scorer and remains the top goalscorer in Champions League history, having also led his country to glory at the 2016 European Championships.

Now 34, Ronaldo, in an interview with TV1, said he may quit as soon as the summer 2020, but in the same breathe also said he could play on into his 40’s.

Asked about calling it quits, the five-times Ballon d’Or winner said: “I don’t think about that. Maybe I can leave my career next year … but I can also play up to 40 or 41.

"I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it.”

Ronaldo finished as Juve’s top scorer last season with 21 goals in the league which were key factors as the Old Lady defended their Serie A title.

Ronaldo has now win titles in three different countries and is seen by many, alongside Lionel Messi, as the greatest of all time.

However, Ronaldo has been quick to highlight the differences between them both, saying: “The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” he said in his DAZN documentary ‘The Making Of’.

“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.

“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.

“I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.

“Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”

 

Sarri suffering from pneumonia

Juventus have revealed that their new boss Maurizio Sarri is suffering from pneumonia ahead of the opening of the new Serie A campaign this weekend.

The Italian, who left Chelsea for Turin in June, underwent tests after being forced to sit out a training session on Monday due to persistent flu symptoms.

Sarri was not in attendance for Juve’s final pre-season friendly at Triestina on Saturday.

“Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa today where he coordinated the work of his staff,” read a statement issued by the club, who begin their Serie A campaign at Parma this weekend.

“Unfortunately, he could not conduct the training on the field due to the persistence of his flu, which struck him over the course of last week.

“In the late afternoon, he underwent further tests that confirmed he has pneumonia, for which specific therapy has been prescribed.

“The coach has authorised the club to communicate his state of health.”

Chelsea tweeted to wish their former coach a rapid recovery, saying: “All of us at Chelsea send our best wishes to Maurizio Sarri, who is being treated for pneumonia. Get well soon, Maurizio.”

Juventus offered Dybala in Eriksen swap deal - Report

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen was reportedly the subject of a serious offer from Juventus in the off-season, with the Serie A outfit offering Paulo Dybala in an audacious swap deal.

Spurs were believed to be one of the clubs interested in signing Argentina international Dybala, but they were unable to conclude a deal before the Premier League transfer window closed earlier this month.

Juve were believed to be open to the idea of selling Dybala and it is now being claimed that they proposed a swap deal that would have seen the 25-year-old move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in exchange for Eriksen.

Pochettino rejected that proposal out of hand as he still remained confident that Denmark international Eriksen, who has entered the final 12 months of his current contract, would be willing to sign fresh terms.

However, it is now becoming clear that Eriksen has no plans to put pen to paper on a contract extension and he looks destined to leave Spurs on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Indeed, Eriksen can enter negotiations with clubs from outside of England as early as January and Pochettino may now be regretting his decision to not go with the swap deal, particularly as Juventus are believed to be one of the clubs interested in signing the 27-year-old on a free transfer.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be keeping tabs on Eriksen, although Tottenham still have a few months, at least, to convince the former Ajax star to change his mind and remain in north London.

The best way for Spurs to do that would be by mounting a serious title challenge and they have made a strong start to the new campaign, following up their opening day win over Aston Villa with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Manchester City last time out – although they had VAR to thank for holding onto a share of the spoils at the Etihad Stadium.

If Tottenham cannot convince Eriksen to stay then they will have to turn their attention to finding a replacement and they could, therefore, renew their interest in signing Dybala.

The potential departure of Eriksen would certainly leave a big hole in the Spurs midfield as he has scored 49 goals and provided 60 assists in his 208 Premier League appearances for the club since making his debut in 2013.

Zappacosta closing on loan move to Roma

Chelsea right-back Davide Zappacosta is reportedly on the verge of joining Serie A outfit Roma on a season-long loan in a bid to gain some regular first-team minutes.

The Italian has not featured for Chelsea under Frank Lampard this season and appears to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

He joined from Torino on deadline day in the summer transfer window of 2017 and went on to make 35 appearances in all competitions during his first season.

However, his game-time took a negative turn when Maurizio Sarri arrived as he only figured in four Premier League games, with most of his appearances coming in the club's victorious Europa League campaign.

With Cesar Azpilicueta the undisputed first choice at Chelsea, and impressive youngster Reece James knocking on the door, Lampard is prepared to allowed the 27-year-old to leave in order to gain more regular football.

Roma are understood to be close to sealing a move for the 13-time capped Azzurri international as they want a natural right-back to ease the burden on converted midfielder Alessandro Florenzi.

Chelsea were keen for a permanent deal but it appears Roma are only willing to offer a loan move with no obligation to buy.

Balotelli - 'Brescia return made my mother cry'

Mario Balotelli has reflected on what has been an emotional return to hometown club Brescia after penning a three-year deal at the Serie A club.

The 29-year-old has joined Le Rondinelle after his contract with Marseille expired and will play in Serie A for the first time since an unsuccessful loan spell at AC Milan in 2015-2016.

The Italy international has tried his luck with many clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool and Nice but has failed to replicate the form he showed in the early part of his career.

Balotelli will be hoping he can make the Brescia fans happy but confessed that his mother is already over the moon.

“My mum cried initially when I told her that I might be going to Brescia, she was very happy,” he said.

Balotelli’s time at Milan was a miserable one as he struggled with injury and scored only once but he appears in no mood to dwell on the past.

“I have zero fear of failing – I’m fine, very calm,” he added.

Ribery ready for 'new challenge' amid Fiorentina links

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery says he is "prepared for a new challenge" amid reports of an imminent move to Serie A side Fiorentina.

The 36-year-old former France international winger is on the lookout for a new club after ending a 12-year stint with Bayern Munich, where he made 445 appearances and won the Champions League and nine Bundesliga titles.

Ribery had been linked with a move to Dubai with Al Nasr, but reports claim he will instead move to Italy with Fiorentina.

The former Marseille man is poised to pen a two-year contract worth €4m per season.

Ribery has recently posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "Prepared for a new challenge! Soon".

He later responded with positive emoticons when his former Bayern team-mate Luca Toni quizzed him about a possible move to La Viola.

Ole reveals Sanchez interest

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the club have received offers from Alexis Sanchez amid links with Inter Milan.

Having failed to get anywhere near his best since joining from Arsenal in January 2018, the United manager appeared to end any talk of the Chilean leaving during Friday’s press conference, but there seems to have been a change of heart since then.

That could be down to strong interest from Inter, who appear to trying their best to get a deal done before the European transfer window closes on September 2.

On Friday Solskjaer spoke about his belief that Sanchez would come good at United – but three days on the Norwegian opened the door to the Premier League’s highest-paid player making an exit.

Reports are rife that Inter are interested in taking the forward to the San Siro, having already completed a move for United striker Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer and the duo could soon link up in Milan.

Solskjaer refused to give too much away when quizzed about Sanchez’s future after Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, but was happy to confirm there is interest in him.

“Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens,” he said. “Can’t update you more than that.”

A deal will take some negotiating due to the player’s large wage demands, which are reported to total £500,000 a week.

United would have to help pay some of those wages as Inter will be unwilling to match them, while there is a chance the player himself will have to take a pay cut if he is to get his wish of a move away from Old Trafford.

Inter are hoping to take the Chilean on loan for the season with a view to a permanent move at the end of it if he impresses.

The deal could involve Inter paying United a loan fee of £3million for the season with a view to buying him for £15million if all goes well.

There is still a chance that other clubs could enter the running for his signature and there is plenty of opportunity to get a deal done. However Inter appear to be in the box seat at this stage and a switch to the San Siro could be a good move for everyone involved.

Neymar 'will not leave without recruitment'

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has ruled out a departure for Neymar before the club is able to bring in a suitable replacement, with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala reportedly their number one target.

Neymar was again missing as PSG suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Rennes on Sunday and reports are rife suggesting he will leave Paris before the European window closes on September 2.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are scrapping for his services, but Tuchel does not want to let him go before a replacement has been identified and brought in.

"He will not leave without recruitment, it is not possible," Tuchel said at his post-match news conference. "It's clear - if he stays, we will have a player who will help us win.

"We lacked capacity for acceleration. There were small situations where space opened but we were not decisive.

"I always say the same thing, the transfer window is open even more than 10 days and you think it will be settled tomorrow or the day after tomorrow?

"What I think is not important. Today my player cannot play because he has not done any training like the others. This is the situation, and nothing has changed."

Reports are now rife suggesting Juve striker Dybala is the subject of a £73million bid from PSG and could be brought in to fill the boots of Neymar, should he move on.

Inter closing on Sanchez loan deal - Report

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has edged closer to wards the Old Trafford exit after reportedly agreeing personal terms with Inter Milan ahead of a season-long loan.

The Chilean forward has struggled to live up to expectations since moving from Arsenal 18 months ago, and has been heavily linked with a return to Italy, where he used to play for Udinese.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted over a possible U-turn when he revealed that Sanchez "might end up playing a lot more games than you expect".

Despite those comments, Sanchez's exit looks to still be on, with Corriere Dello Sport claiming he has accepted Inter's offer.

The ex-Barcelona star has agreed to take a pay cut to arrange the move - something he had not been willing to do for Inter's Serie A rivals Roma, who he rejected the chance to sign for.

Inter are expected to sign him on loan with an option to buy, with United still paying a portion of his salary. The Nerazzurri will only have to contribute €3m towards his wages for the season.

The deal could be completed within the coming week, with his agent Fernando Felicevich expected to be in Manchester shortly to meet with the Old Trafford hierarchy, in hope of pushing the move through.

Lazio lose new signing Lazzari to injury

Lazio full-back Manuel Lazzari is facing up to a month on the treatment table after reportedly suffering a fracture to the metacarpal bone in his right hand on Sunday.

The highly-rated 25-year-old wing-back only moved to the Stadio Olimpico last month after Lazio paid SPAL €10m and included Alessandro Murgia as part of the deal.

However, Lazzari's Serie A debut is set to be put on hold after he suffered the injury during friendly against Lazio's Primavera team on Sunday morning.

It means he will miss Lazio's opening game against Sampdoria next weekend and the derby clash against city rivals Roma the following week on September 1.

However, Lazzari could return to face former club SPAL, who he scored four goals in over 200 appearances for over six seasons, when the sides meet at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on September 14.

Edin Dzeko extends Roma stay

Roma forward Edin Dzeko has committed his future to the Serie A side by putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal.

The 33-year-old joined the Giallorossi in 2015 on loan from Manchester City in a deal that was set to become permanent if he hit a number of performance-related goals.

Dzeko hit those targets by October of 2015 and his permanent exit from the Etihad for a fee of 11million Euros was finalised.

He boasts an impressive scoring record in Italy, hitting 62 goals in 137 Serie A outings, although he only managed to bag nine times last term.

Despite appearing to slow down, Roma still clearly feel the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has a lot to offer and have rewarded him with a new contract.

The striker said: "My conversations with the board, the work we’ve been doing with the coach, the relationship with my team-mates and the love of the fans has all made me realise once again what I had already learned during these four years - that Rome is my home.

"Here there is everything we need to win something and I am delighted to be able to stay here even longer."

Reports suggested he could be on the move earlier in the summer, having been linked with West Ham, Inter Milan and Napoli, but Roma will be able to rely on his services for the foreseeable future.

Chelsea set Zappacosta fee amid Roma interest

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta appears to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit, with the London club reportedly asking for a fee of £23million amid interest from Roma.

Chelsea would like to offload the Italian defender before close of the European transfer window and a return to Italy looks like the most obvious option for the 27-year-old.

But Goal are reporting that the Blues want a transfer fee of €25m for the Italy international, who cost €28m plus bonuses when he arrived from Torino in 2017.

Roma are the team showing the most interest in Zappacosta right now with the Serie A club looking to sign a right-back and a central defender before the window closes for them on September 2.

Roma's new sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is a fan of Zappacosta, who he actually sold to Chelsea when he was the man in charge of transfers at Torino.

But he now wants to end Zappacosta's difficult time in England, during which he has made just 26 Premier League appearances, by taking him back in Italy.

Chelsea's stance over Zappacosta had been affected by the injury sustained by right-back Reece James during the Toulon Tournament.

James, who emerged as a real star for Wigan Athletic while on loan at the Championship club last term, needed surgery to fix the ankle ligament injury he suffered while playing for England's Under-21 side.

Frank Lampard did not want to be left without enough options to cover for Cesar Azpilicueta, But James' progress has been good and he isn't far away from returning to training.

Lampard's reply, when asked if Zappacosta would be leaving before the end of the month, was also telling.

"That's not clear yet," he said. "Zappacosta is our player. Reece [James] is injured and will potentially be another two or three weeks until he's back. That's a decision that will be made as we go on."

Lampard praised Zappacosta's attitude and quality and how the Italian has trained, despite not getting much of a chance to play recently.

"We have to make sure we are happy with the squad when the European window shuts," he added. "It'll be a decision for us and Zappa. I want players happy."

Report - Juve leading the chase to sign Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez could still depart the club before the close of the European transfer window, with Juventus said to be leading the chase for his signature.

The Chile international has endured a difficult spell at Old Trafford since his high-profile move from Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Injuries and poor form have seen Sanchez drop down the pecking order at United and, with the player on some of the biggest earnings at the club, the Red Devils could be tempted to allow the 30-year-old to move on.

The former Udinese star has been attracting plenty of interest from Italy, with Juve believed to be leading the chase.

However, the Old Lady will face stern competition from other clubs in Serie A, with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Napoli also thought to be monitoring Sanchez's situation in Manchester.