Everton linked with Roma striker

Everton's search for a striker could lead them to make a move for Bosnian ace Edin Dzeko in the summer.

Boss Marco Silva has gone with Richarlison up front for most of the campaign which has worked sporadically but does not appear to be a long-term solution for the future.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun have both been tried up front, also with limited success, so a move for an out-and-out goalscorer like Dzeko seems a sensible one.

The 33-year-old has been struggling a little in Serie A this season, netting seven goals in 21 matches but he has proved himself in the Champions League with five goals in six matches for Roma before they were knocked out by Porto.

Dzeko is under contract in Italy until the summer of 2020 but they have no intention of handing him a new deal so he could be on his way in the summer.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen a wanted man

Juventus are said to be eyeing a move for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, but face stiff opposition for his signature from some of Europe's top clubs.

The Denmark international has had another outstanding season with Spurs and reports are rife suggesting big-money offers will be made during the off-season in an attempt to lure him away from the club.

Real Madrid have been heavily linked as returning boss Zinedine Zidane has a couple of new midfielders high on his wanted list, and some reports have claimed that Eriksen has now set his heart on a move to the Bernabeu.

Barcelona have also shown an interest in the past, while reports in the Italian press have now thrown Juve's name into the frame as the Serie A champions plan another bumper spending spree when the transfer window opens.

They have already lured Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer and reports are rife suggesting they want to link him up with Eriksen in a new-look midfield in Turin.

Tottenham will attempt to knock back all offers but it is safe to say their resolve looks sure to be tested during the close season.

Ronaldo charged over Champions League goal celebration

Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA after his goal celebration in Juventus' Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

The Portugal international was seen gesturing towards fans - mimicking Diego Simeone from the first leg after which the Atletico manager was fined 17,000 for an 'obscene' celebration.

It came after Ronaldo converted a late penalty for his hat-trick and a 3-0 victory which sent the Serie A side through on aggregate.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Juventus Football Club and Club Atletico de Madrid, played on March 12 in Italy," said a UEFA statement.

"Charges against Juventus Football Club: Improper conduct of player Cristiano Ronaldo."

The case will be heard by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body on Thursday.

Inter Milan ready to turn to Conte

Antonio Conte looks set to return to management in Italy's top flight, with Inter Milan reportedly eyeing the former Chelsea boss as a potential replacement for Luciano Spalletti.

Spalletti took charge of the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2017 but he has been unable to mould them into title contenders.

He guided Inter to a fourth-place finish last term and subsequently sealed a spot in the Champions League for the first time in six years.

However, it’s understood that the board are unhappy with Spalletti and will allow him to leave when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Reports in Italy claim that former Juventus boss Conte, who has been out of work since leaving Chelsea last summer, is their preferred target.

Calhanoglu wants lengthy Milan stay

AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu has confirmed he intends to stay at Milan "for a long time" after being the subject of interest from other clubs in January.

The 25-year-old joined the club in 2017 and has since made 56 appearances for the Italian giants.

The Turkey international is hoping to be part of the squad that brings back the glory days for Milan fans.

Gattuso's men are third in the league table, pushing for a Champions League spot, and Calhanoglu is hoping for a long-term stay at the San Siro.

He told reporters: "Gattuso acts the same with all the players, not just me. He was a player himself and he knows what the lads need.

"He transmits so much positive energy and lets us play at a high level. He helped me in my private life too. Becoming a father was very exciting.

"I know some clubs wanted me in January, but I'm happy here. I hope to stay at Milan for a long time, but it's up to the club."

Lazio ace on Real Madrid radar

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has emerged as a potential transfer target for Real Madrid during the close season.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to transfer speculation having been strongly linked with Manchester United and Barcelona in the past, and fresh reports claim Real are now keen.

Following the shock news that Zinedine Zidane has returned to the Bernabeu as coach, reports are rife suggesting midfield is an area he is keen to strengthen.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen have both been heavily linked, and now it is claimed that Milinkovic-Savic has also caught his eye.

The midfielder fired home 14 goals in all competitions last season, and although he has failed to hit such heights in this campaign, he is still on the radar of the top clubs.

Roma youngster being tracked by Benitez

Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is reportedly being looked at by Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez after several good performances in the Serie A.

The 19-year-old has been in superb form this season after joining Roma as part of the deal which took Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan.

He scored in both games of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Porto although they could not progress to the quarter-finals, with Eusebio di Francesco ultimately paying the price by losing his job.

However, despite their average season, Zaniolo has been one of the highlights, making his debut for the Italy Under-21 side at the end of last year.

Now, Rafa Benitez is reportedly eyeing the midfielder for a summer switch to St James’ Park.

There has been a lot more positivity at the club in recent months and Newcastle are thought to be in the market for central midfielders, with uncertainty looming over the futures of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.

Napoli ready to make summer Icardi move

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi has emerged as a summer transfer target for Napoli, reports claim.

Argentina international Icardi's relationship with Inter's hierarchy appears to be getting more hostile by the day and there are numerous reports claiming he will leave the San Siro this summer.

The 26-year-old has a fantastic goalscoring record since joining the Nerazzurri in 2013 from Sampdoria, having netted 109 times in Serie A, and his stock is still very high across Europe.

With the Rosario-born star's family settled in Italy, he is keen to remain in the country, therefore ruling out a move to the Premier League where the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have been showing an interest.

It is now claimed Napoli are hoping to acquire his services during the summer as head coach Carlo Ancelotti looks to add that extra firepower needed to challenge more seriously for domestic honours.

However, a deal for Icardi will not come cheap, with reports suggesting an offer around the 80million euros mark will be required to tempt Inter into selling.

Guardiola committed to City, rules out Juventus move

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports linking him with Italian giants Juventus and says he is going nowhere.

Reports in the Italian press have claimed that Guardiola is in line to replace Juve boss Max Allegri, who will leave Turin in search of a fresh challenge at the end of the season.

It was even claimed he had verbally agreed to join Juventus on a four-year deal, reports that have angered the Spaniard, who remains fully focussed on the City job.

Speaking after Saturday’s 4-1 win over Watford, which moved City clear at the top of the Premier League table, Guardiola moved quickly to dismiss the reports.

The Spanish mentor said: "I have two more years here and I am (not) going to move. Impossible.

"Except if they sack me and after I go home. But if Manchester City want me, I will stay two more years by far - and hopefully another one.

"I am not going to Juventus in the next two seasons."

Guardiola has verbal agreement with Juve, says journalist

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has an agreement to join Serie A giants Juventus at the end of the season, a journalist claims.

Guardiola is regarded as one of the best managers of all time and has won four trophies during his time in Manchester, and is still on course to complete the first ever quadruple by an English side.

The 48-year-old has racked up 25 trophies over his time at Barcelona, Bayern and City - but speculation is growing that he could land in Serie A at some point.

Now, Luigi Guelpa - journalist of Turin-based paper Il Giornale - has made the astonishing claim that an agreement is already in place for Pep to join Juve.

"I've learned that Pep Guardiola already has reached a verbal agreement with Juventus for the next four years. It's the same person who told me that Ronaldo was going to Juventus," Gelpa told Radio CRC.

Rumours are rife that current boss Max Allegri is set to part ways with the Bianconeri at the end of the season - or even before - due to disagreements with the board.

Juve have won the last six Serie A titles but look set to fall short in their hopes of capturing the Champions League, unless they can overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid next week.

Claudio Ranieri returns to Roma

Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as AS Roma‘s head coach for a second time on a contract until the summer.

The Italian tactician was Fulham manager at the start of last week but was relieved of his duties at Craven Cottage after failing to turn the west London outfit around.

Having enjoyed a previous spell with the Giallorossi between 2009 and 2011, 2015-16 Premier League title-winner Ranieri has now returned to the Eternal City.

The Rome-born 67-year-old was unveiled on Friday afternoon and Giallorossi owner Jim Pallotta has backed him to guide the team to a Champions League finish.

"We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club," Pallotta told the club's website.

"We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League.

"At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he's very excited to take on this challenge."

Ranieri's first game in charge is on Monday when Empoli travel to the Stadio Olimpico.

Report: Spurs line up move for Brazil star Allan

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Napoli and Brazil midfielder Allan in January for a fee said to be 35million pounds.

According to reports, Spurs are set to make a move in January for the 27-year-old although it is suggested that Gli Azzurri president Aurelio De Laurentiis is likely to prevent it from happening.

The Brazilian has made his name with the Italian Serie A outfit and has become well known in European football for his skill and technical ability.

It was under previous manager Maurizio Sarri where his talents really stood out as the club started to challenge for major honours.

As a result, Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the player although it appears the Lilywhites want to win the race for his signature.

A TalkSport report said: "According to CalcioNapoli24, Spurs have set aside around 35million pounds to make a January offer for Allan, with the midfielder allegedly viewed as a replacement for Mousa Dembele, who appears set to move to China.

"Tottenham are expected to find it tough to sign Allan when the transfer window reopens in just over a month, however, with Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president, 'not interested in listening to any kind of offer' for the twice-capped Brazil international."

Arsenal's Ospina could be set for Napoli stay

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will reportedly make his move to Napoli permanent after producing some good performances on loan in Serie A.

According to the player's father, Hernan, it seems likely he will remain with Gli Azzurri on a permanent basis in future.

The Colombia keeper was allowed to leave the Gunners on loan ahead of 2018/19 by new manager Unai Emery, as the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen greatly reduced his chances of playing with Petr Cech also on board.

Ospina has managed 11 appearances for his club this campaign in Italy which includes a clean sheet against Liverpool in a UEFA Champions League tie. In the player's contract is a clause which says if he plays 30 times, a permanent deal will be sealed.

The 30 year old's father told Radio Marte: "Yes, I hear it said here by all the media. The Napoli wants to keep it regardless of the 30 games.

"He is happy, has a good contract, is doing very well with the whole team and is in one of the best clubs in Italy.

"In Italy there is a great team like Juventus that keeps Napoli behind, but I think that with the season that are playing the Azzurri deserves the first place, David calls me before every game.

"He is a very professional and dedicated to his job. It is a person who usually shares everything with us parents, is a man who sacrifices himself for his team, is a great boy and is focused on giving his best for Naples and his national team.

"He is living a great moment. We believe it can become one of the best goalkeepers in the world, this is our hope."

Conte waiting for a 'new team and new project'

Antonio Conte says he will take his time in considering a new coaching job, having steered clear of talks with Real Madrid.

The former Chelsea boss was one of the frontrunners in the media to take over from sacked Julen Lopetegui, with interim boss Santiago Solari now looking to be handed the job on a full-time basis.

Conte has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in July 2018 but is in no rush to take up a new role just yet.

He spoke to Sky in Italy about a potential move to Serie A, saying: "Let's see what happens in the future, but for sure Italy. I would like be in Italy and work again in Italy, without excluding that I might work again abroad."

Conte added: "For a manager of my level it is better to wait instead of jumping on a train. I prefer to wait for June and to start a path with a new team, a new project.

"For the moment, I don't feel the urge to go back to work. Maybe in a two or three months I will feel the desire and I'll say something different from what I am saying now."

Ronaldo: We gifted the game to Man United

Cristiano Ronaldo says Manchester United were not deserved winners of their Champions League encounter in Turin on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo had opened the scoring for Juventus with a phenomenal strike on 65 minutes.

The Italian side looked to be in control and cruising to victory, but a rash of second-half substitutes from the Premier League team turned the tie on its head as United emerged as 2-1 victors.

First Juan Mata came off the bench to curl home an exquisite free-kick on 86 minutes before Ashley Young's 89th minute was turned home for an own-goal by Alex Sandro, after Marouane Fellaini, also fresh off the bench, got a vital flick.

After the game, an annoyed Ronaldo bleated on Sky Sport Italia: "We dominated the game for 90 minutes, had so many chances, could've killed it off three or four times, but we relaxed and were punished.

"Manchester United did nothing to win the game. You can't even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them.

"Now we've got to lift our heads, as we played really well and are still top of the group."

A draw would have seen Juventus qualify for the knockout rounds, but now they need something of a result against Valencia in three weeks.

Mourinho explains gesture to Juve fans after Man United win

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his gesture towards Juventus fans after Wednesday's 2-1 UEFA Champions League Group H victory was justified.

It appeared Juve were on course for victory after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning volley in the 65th minute at the Allianz Stadium in Torino.

However, United showed great resolve as they won the encounter following a superb Juan Mata free-kick as well as a last minute own goal by Alex Sandro.

The result sees the Red Devils move to seven points in the standings, just two behind the Italians in Group H. Valencia are in third on five points while Young Boys are in last position with just a single point to their name.

Nonetheless, after the final whistle again I Bianconeri, Mourinho walked out on to the pitch while cupping his ear in a provocative manner towards the home fans.

However, the Portuguese explained he was justified to do so after they verbally abused him throughout the game.

Speaking to BT Sports, he said: "In a beautiful Italian city, they insulted me for 90 minutes. I didn't insult them. I just made a little thing.

"I know the millions of Inter fans are happy with that. But I respect Juventus, their players, the manager, the quality they have."

The 55-year-old added of the picking up a vital three points against the Serie A champions, "We performed at a high level. After the goal we had five minutes to wake up again.

"We were there from the first minute until the last. It is a big victory for us, not just because we needed the points but because it was away from home against an amazing team.

"They are a fantastic team with an amazing record at home. We had to come and not feel inferior. They have more potential than us. Everybody knows their ambitions."

Juventus stunned by United

Manchester United astonishingly came from a goal down to beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin on Wednesday night.

Match summary

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a phenomenal volley on 65 minutes.

And despite looking good for the win, Jose Mourinho had other ideas, as Juan Mata came off the bench to level with 85 minutes played.

Alex Sandro was then unfortunate to turn an Ashley Young free-kick into his own net at the death.

Full report

There was an edge to the start of this game, with Anthony Martial nervy as he harried for the ball in the opening exchanges, while Ronaldo saw an early volley blocked as he linked up with Paulo Dybala.

Chris Smalling got in the way of a tame Ronaldo shot minutes later, before Rodrigo Bentancur saw his goalbound effort deflected wide by the busy United centre-back.

Nemanja Matic then chipped on for Alexis Sanchez as the away side got on the ball, but the pass was just too far ahead of him as Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny guided the ball out of play.

Sami Khedira could not beat David de Gea as the home side strode forward, ahead of a sharp stop from De Gea on 34 minutes.

Juan Cuadrado's cross from the right took a deflection off Matic and towards goal but De Gea was out quickly to make a good low stop.

Khedira should have opened the scoring with the half wearing down, but he dragged his shot from a Ronaldo cross wide from the penalty spot.

Andre Herrera had to be alert to clear ahead of Leonardo Bonucci as he connected to a Dybala free-kick from the right in the final few minutes, while the second period started with some good link-up play, and Martial curling just wide of the right-hand upright.

A brilliant effort from Dybala on 50 minutes was just a few inches too high as it struck the United crossbar, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with a strike on the volley from Ronaldo on 65 minutes.

The Portugal striker raced onto Bonucci's ball over the top and smashed it past De Gea as it dropped over his shoulder for a truly excellent goal.

Stunned by the strike, the away side nearly conceded a second as Dybala got free in the box, only to see De Gea make an excellent save.

Miralem Pjanic sidefooted wide as Juventus went in search of a second, with United opening up in defence, while Cuadrado could only sky his effort from close range after being teed up by Ronaldo.

Juventus were pilling on the pressure, while United searched for a way back into the game. They brought on Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata for Jesse Lingard, Herrera and Sanchez.

Juve made a switch as Bentancur was replaced by Andrea Barzagli, with Blaise Matuidi earlier on for Khedira.

And it was the United changes that had the bigger effect on the game, as Mata curled an 85th minute free-kick over the wall and into the corner, and out of the reach of Szczesny.

But even more astonishingly, was a 90th minute winner from United, that went down as an Alex Sandro own-goal. Young's curled free-kick from the left was deflected in off Bonucci and Sandro, with Fellaini appearing to have got the slightest of flick's on the ball through.

The result means that Massimiliano Allegri's side stay on nine points from four games, and United move onto seven points. A draw would have been good enough for Juventus to qualify for the next round, but not as group leaders.

 

Ronaldo has some set-piece duties stripped by Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed he took some free-kick duties away from Cristiano Ronaldo, due to the success of Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala.

When Ronaldo joined the Italian Serie A giants from Real Madrid, he was reportedly responsible for all free-kicks attacking the goal, however, Allegri has now made a change to his plans.

Dybala and Pjanic have scored 16 goals between them from free-kicks over the last three seasons, whereas, Ronaldo managed just three for Madrid over the same period.

Nonetheless, Allegri explained that the Portugal superstar will still take free-kicks from a longer distance although any strikes closer to the goal will be handed to either of his two Juve teammates.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "Ronaldo is a smart guy, he knows Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala are excellent free-kick takers and they are going to take those close to the area.

"When there are free-kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we've decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set-pieces close to the area."

I Bianconeri are next in action on Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League Group H clash against Manchester United at the Allianz Stadium in Torino.

Montoya: Neymar wants Barcelona return

Former Barcelona star and current Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Martin Montoya believes that Neymar wants a return to Barca due to his connection with the club.

Neymar spent four seasons with the Spanish giants from 2013 until 2017 where he scored 105 goals in 168 appearances.

However, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for a fee of 222 million euros and has scored 40 goals in 44 appearances during his time with the Parisians in Ligue 1.

Nonetheless, recent reports speculate the Brazil superstar wants a return to Camp Nou as he desires to link up again with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Speaking to Goal, Montoya said: "I think Neymar wants to go back to Barcelona because he felt comfortable and adapted during the three years he was at the club. He had a wonderful connection with Luis Suarez and Messi.

"PSG are also a great team and I do not think they'll let him go easily. They paid a lot of money for him and I do not think Barcelona will pay the same price to bring him back.

The former Inter Milan defender added that Barca were favourites in Tuesday's clash with I Nerazzurri in a UEFA Champions League tie at the San Siro Stadium.

He concluded: "Barca is always Barca. They are one of the best teams and can beat you whenever. They have fantastic players.

"Look at Tottenham, they're a great team and they were beaten at Wembley. The game is very close, but I think Barcelona is the favorite."

Benatia could be open to January exit

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia admits he could seek a January exit if his 'unpleasant situation' does not improve in the next two months.

The Morocco international featured 20 times for the Bianconeri last term as they won a seventh consecutive Serie A title, having made his loan switch from Bayern Munich permanent in May 2017.

But the return of Leonardo Bonucci from Milan during the off-season has led to a lack of regular game-time for Benatia in the opening three months of the new campaign.

After managing five starts in all competitions for Massimiliano Allegri's side, the 31-year-old centre-back suggested he could look elsewhere for first-team opportunities in the New Year if his circumstances don't improve.

"If you need me in the Champions League, I will make myself ready," Benatia told La Stampa. "But I can hardly play a game every so often.

"Last year I did well because I had more continuity. Unfortunately now I don't have it and this is part of my job. I always work to make myself ready, but it is not a pleasant situation.

"I am available to the team and as long as I stay here I will give my best. I'm 31 and I have to try to play as much as possible. Let's see what will happen in January."