Allegri: 'It is the right moment to leave the club'

Massimiliano Allegri has admitted the time is right for him to part ways with Juventus, following a five-year stint at the helm of the Serie A giants.

The Italian champions have announced they will part company with Allegri, the man who has brought them so much domestic success, and it was a decision that was not taken lightly.

"This has been a decision of a lot of focus and emotions," Juve president Andrea Agnelli said. "At the end of several reflections and analysis, we identified that this was the best decision to make."

Under Allegri Juve reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the past two years, but the desire to win it is clearly why the decision has been taken.

"We are all useful but no-one is dispensable, starting from me," Agnelli said. "It is the history of the club that it is bigger than any single individual."

Allegri added: "We evaluated the future of Juventus and obviously the club decided to take a direction next year without me, but that doesn't change anything. We have grown together and it is the right moment to leave the club in the best possible way."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino are both said to be high on the Old Lady's wanted list.

Mauro Icardi reiterates commitment to Inter

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has rubbished reports suggesting that he will leave the San Siro in the transfer window.

The 26-year-old has endured a turbulent time with the Nerazzurri since joining from Sampdoria in 2013.

He was stripped of the captaincy earlier this season after a dispute with the club and reports emerged claiming he was considering a move elsewhere.

However, Icardi has hit back at those reports and insists he remains fully committed to the club and will be part of the squad in 2019-20.

Icardi wrote on Instagram: "Seeing as recently the newspapers have reported stories that do not reflect my thoughts or my intentions, I want to inform our fans that I have already told the club several times that I intend to remain at Inter.

"So, from now on, there can be no misunderstandings of any kind. 'I understand the media has interest in selling fake stories, but I can do no more than clarify this personally.

"I repeat: I have already told Inter my desire to remain, because Inter is my family. Time will tell who told the truth. Forza Inter, always."

Italian champions linked to Chelsea boss

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is the latest name to be linked with the Juventus post following the news that Massimiliano Allegri is to leave.

Allegri, who won 11 major titles in his stint at Juve, will see his contract terminated a year early by mutual consent and could be a target for Premier League clubs soon.

Reports in Italy now claim that Juve have been in contact with Sarri after seeing approaches rejected by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino earlier in the season.

Sarri's posistion at Stamford Bridge is far from clear despite the fact he ended the season in third place and could yet win the Europa League, so any approach from Juventus might be just what he is looking for.

Juventus directors Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici have also been linked with ex-Chelsea and Italy boss Antonio Conte but he is in advanced negotiations with Inter Milan and Bianconeri president Andrea Agnelli apparently still harbours a bit of a grudge following their 2014 falling out.

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, who has led the Serie A side to the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia, is also understood to be a prime candidate for the role.

Serie A duo keen on Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez could be handed an escape route out of Old Trafford in the off-season, with Juventus and Inter Milan reportedly keen to secure his services.

The Chilean endured a tough season at Old Trafford as injury and a lack of form restricted him to nine Premier League starts - with just four of those coming after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager in December.

There has been speculation for some time that Sanchez could depart in the summer, and now it appears as if both Juventus and Inter are prepared to offer the former Udinese man the chance to return to Serie A.

One issue could be Sanchez's wages as he currently earns a £400,000-a-week salary, which is topped up by incentives including appearance and goal bonuses.

However, it has been suggested that United are prepared to sanction a loan exit with a view to a right-to-buy option and they will subsidise his wages, while some sources indicate Sanchez is willing to accept a pay cut.

The chance to join Italian champions Juve is likely to appeal to Sanchez but Inter should also be an attractive proposition as they are on course to qualify for the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri head to Napoli on Sunday and can guarantee a top-four finish if they win with a game to spare regardless of results elsewhere.

Skriniar pens new Inter contract

Inter defender Milan Skriniar has ended any uncertainty over his future after putting pen to paper on a new deal that keeps him tied to the club until the summer of 2023.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Slovakian defender, who has made 84 appearances for the Nerazzurri since he joined the club back in 2017.

Manchester United were thought to be keeping tabs on Skriniar's situation in Milan but now the Red Devils will have to look for alternative targets in defence this summer.

The 24-year-old, who was also linked with a move to join up with Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, has signed a new deal that will keep him at Inter until at least the end of the 2022/23 season.

United on red alert as Dybala agent hints at Juve exit

The agent of reported Manchester United target Paulo Dybala says the Juventus forward is no longer "at ease" in Italy and "needs a change" ahead of the new campaign.

United have been linked with a move for Dybala over the last couple of months as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku if he leaves Old Trafford.

Reports in March claimed United had 'enquired about how much it would cost' to sign Dybala and had been 'earmarked by the United hierarchy as the man to take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to the next step'.

Since then he has been linked with an unlikely swap deal involving Mohamed Salah at Liverpool - but the Egyptian’s value to Liverpool far outweighs that of Dybala’s to Juventus.

However, it does now seem that the 25-year-old will leave in the summer as he has only started 22 Serie A matches due, in part, to Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival last summer.

"There are many possibilities that Paulo leaves Turin," Gustavo Dybala told Radio Impacto Cordoba.

"He needs a change, he was very much at ease in Italy but now he is no longer.

"Let's say that Paulo is no longer at ease and happy, as many other Juventus players are no longer well.

"He is not the only one who will leave. Problem with Ronaldo? No, off the field there is no problem with Cristiano. The problems are on the field: Paulo is young, he has to play."

Wolves set sights on Silva

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with a summer swoop for AC Milan striker Andre Silva after rumours surfaced that he might be looking for a new challenge.

Silva is currently on loan with Sevilla but the La Liga club will not be pursuing a permanent deal in the summer and that could open the door for Wolves to swoop.

The former Porto ace started the season well with Sevilla, but has scored just one goal since the turn of the year and has fallen out with coach Joaquin Caparros.

The 23-year-old has also had injury issues, but this does not appear to have deterred Wolves, who are said to be willing to pay in the region of £30million to do a deal.

AC Milan would be happy with such a move as he does not figure in their plans moving forward, but there is interest from elsewhere and Wolves would face competition. Premier League rivals Leicester City are also said to be in the hunt and could match the offer being made by Wolves.

Roma confirm De Rossi departure

Roma have announced that legendary midfielder Daniele de Rossi will exit the club at the end of the season but will not be hanging up his boots as he seeks a new challenge.

The 35-year-old has made a staggering 615 appearances for the Giallorossi since joining them from his hometown club Ostia Mare way back in 2000, but the time has now come to move on.

De Rossi will make his final appearance for the club against Parma on Sunday May 26 and is set for a new challenge abroad.

"We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career – even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome," said Roma president Jim Pallotta.

"On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants."

Rakitic rules out Inter Milan switch

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has ruled out the possibility of making a move to Inter Milan in the off-season, and insists he wants to stay at the Spanish giants "for many years to come".

The Nerazzurri are busy planning for next season and coach Luciano Spalletti is said to have identified Rakitic as a top target ahead of the transfer window re-opening.

However, despite all the rumours, Rakitic claims he will still be at Barcelona 'for many years to come' and has ruled out the possibility of a summer exit.

The Croatia international has been at the Nou Camp since 2014 but reports in Spain claim this season will be his last.

Rakitic, who reached the World Cup final in 2018, has made more than 260 appearances for Barcelona and he has made 51 of them this year under Ernesto Valverde.

He continues to be linked with a move to Inter but Rakitic has tried to pour cold water on the rumours.

"If you could stop inventing things (directed to the media), I would really appreciate it. I am concentrating on winning the double with Barcelona and being here for many years to come," Rakitic wrote on his official Instagram account.

The former Sevilla man was linked with Paris Saint-Germain last summer but he remains under contract until June 2021.

Andrea Conti has no Milan regrets

Andrea Conti says he is not second-guessing his decision to join AC Milan from Atalanta, despite the latter looking set to enjoy a higher-placed finish in the league.

The 25-year-old right-sided full-back moved to the Rossoneri in summer 2017 but has only 13 appearances for the club having suffered two anterior cruciate knee ligament injuries.

Conti appears to be on the road to rediscovering his top form just as the season is drawing to a close as he bids to help Milan secure a top-four finish at the expense of his former club Atalanta, despite a season that has had its problems.

"The mood is positive, as despite a negative spell, we always believed in our chances.

"Unfortunately, it no longer just depends on us," he told Sport Mediaset.

"In any case, we are convinced that we can do it and on Saturday will go to Florence looking for three points.

Conti was asked if he regretted his move to Milan given that Atalanta sit three points head of his current club and have a Coppa Italia Final to look forward to this season.

However, he added: "I committed myself to this project and I want to stay here, with or without Champions League qualification.

"It makes no difference to me, as I feel at home here, I feel loved and if it was up to me, I’d stay here for life.

"I know it’s not just up to me, but I am happy and want to show what I can do.

"If we don’t make it into the Champions League, we’ll have many regrets, because we know we’ve wasted so many opportunities."

Bayern keen on big-name Juventus striker

Bayern Munich are keen on Juventus striker Paulo Dybala with some reports claiming that talks have already started.

The Argentina international has been pushed out of the limelight somewhat following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin and has chipped in with just five goals this season, compared to 22 in Serie A alone the season before.

Juve could be set to sell the 25-year-old as they look to make changes of their own, but will demand top dollar for the striker if Bayern do make an approach.

Manchester United are also said to be keen and it is claimed that Juve will be looking for a fee in the region of £85million if they do decide to cash in.

Bayern have already been busy strengthening their squad for next season, but are targeting more signings to bolster their ranks further and Dybala appears to be a top target.

Saint-Maximin open to Milan move

Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin has admitted he would consider joining AC Milan this summer.

The France under-21 international has enjoyed a successful season with Nice, scoring six goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances, while he featured for 75 minutes as Les Aiglons drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

Saint-Maximin is likely to attract the interest of a number of clubs during the summer and the 22-year-old admits a move to Milan, who were reportedly interested in signing him during the January transfer window, would be something he would consider.

'AC Milan? It is definitely a great club,' Saint-Maximin told Gazzetta TV.

'I had the opportunity to go to Milan in the winter transfer market but it did not go through. We will see how it goes this summer.'

However, the former Monaco youngster is not thinking about his future too much as he is instead focused on finishing the season on a high with Nice.

'For now, I am focused on the field and I want to help my team win. At the end of the season we will see,' Saint-Maximin added.

Allegri using Fergie as example

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says he would like to follow the example of Sir Alex Ferguson and bring long-term success to the Old Lady.

Allegri has been linked with a move away from the Serie A frontrunners, with the likes of Chelsea being connected with the Italian tactician in recent months.

However, Allegri has hinted he could stay at Juve and try and build a similar dynasty to the one Ferguson enjoyed in over two decades at Premier League giants Manchester United.

He told Corriere della Sera: 'A corporate coach is a coach who brings results. I consider myself a manager of Juventus, which at the end of the year must bring home the result, not only in terms of sport, but also in terms of the growth of the players. Results that ultimately affect the company's financial statements.

'I would love to be compared to Ferguson, because it would mean staying for many years at Juve. The coach must give a game organisation and have the lucidity to understand how far the available players can go. Those that can reach 7 and must give 7, those that can reach 10 they have to give 10.'

He added: 'The important thing is that the coach knows the qualities and the point up to where the player in front can go. They can't all do the same things, this is a law of life.'

Lyon ready to sell star man to Juventus

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to cash in on Tanguy Ndombele this summer and would prefer it if he joined Juventus.

Europe's big guns are forming an orderly queue for the 22-year-old after Aulas revealed the midfielder will be sold for a fee in the region of 100million euros.

Reports in the Spanish press claim Real Madrid have already opened talks, while Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Juve have all been linked.

However, it is the latter who could be in the driving seat. "Are Juventus after Ndombele? Yes, it's true. But PSG are also there, Manchester United and City, too," Aulas said.

"Honestly, I would like to see Ndombele at Juventus with [Miralem] Pjanic, a player that broke out at Lyon and a player I am still very attached to. We will see what happens."

Much will depend on offers made and where the player would prefer to play, but Aulas will be pushing for a sale to Juve.

"In the sale of a player, the economic parameters are the priority," he added. "But if offers are equal, I would offer him to Andrea Agnelli (Juventus president)."

Juventus to move for AC Milan defender

Juventus have reportedly reignited their interest in AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli ahead of the summer window.

The Italian champions expressed an interest in Romagnoli when he was a 19-year-old at Sampdoria back in 2014, however, they decided against making an official approach.

AC Milan were also big admirers of the youngster and they did make a move, completing a deal in the summer of 2015 for 25million euros.

He has been a regular for the Rossoneri over the past few seasons, having earned the captain's armband, and Juventus have continued to monitor his development.

Reports claim that AC Milan are under pressure to sell this summer due to Financial Fair Play regulations and Juve are ready to pounce.

It's understood that Milan value their man in the region of 50million euros, although they may be forced to accept a lower fee if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Ancelotti - 'We want to close negative moment'

Carlo Ancelotti wants his Napoli side to quickly over their recent disappointment and refocus on finishing as runners-up in Serie A this season.

The Partenopei’s form has dipped in recent weeks, with their run of one win in six games coinciding with both Juventus wrapping up the Scudetto and crashing out of the Europa League to Arsenal.

Sunday sees Napoli head north to take on a Frosinone side in desperate need of a victory as they aim to beat the drop.

Ancelotti admits it has been a tricky few weeks for his side but is determined to turn their fortunes around.

He said: "We want to quickly close the negative moment, focus our goal and secure second place as quickly as possible through our weapons, or make a good game, win to think of the next positively.

"Second place remains a goal, not considered for a long time at the beginning of the season.

"I see too much negativity around."

Danilo wants Man City stay despite Inter interest

Manchester City full-back Danilo is not looking to leave the title-chasing club in the off-season, despite reported interest from Inter Milan.

The Etihad defender is wanted at the Italian outfit, who are understood to have recently proposed a £20m summer move to the San Siro.

The 27-year-old Danilo, however, has indicated that he remains happy playing under Pep Guardiola and will only contemplate leaving Manchester if the Citizens make it clear he is surplus to requirements.

The two-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid arrived from the Bernabeu in 2017, yet on the clear understanding he would have Kyle Walker ahead of him in the regular starting XI.

That continues to be the case, although Guardiola likes the fact the South American can fill at left-back and in a holding midfield role.

City paid £26m to acquire Danilo and club insiders have indicated Inter would be wasting their time trying to procure him for anything less than that - even if the reigning Premier League champions are open to a sale.

Juventus prepare Higuain-plus-cash offer for Icardi

Juventus are reportedly set to test the resolve of Inter Milan with an offer of striker Gonzalo Higuain plus cash in exchange for Mauro Icardi.

Chelsea have no intention of keeping Higuain beyond the end of the season and a return to Turin looks to be on the cards.

Higuain joined the Premier League side on loan in the January transfer window, but has struggled to adapt to life in England when scoring just four goals in 14 appearances.

Reports in the Italian press now claim that Chelsea have no intention of signing the 31-year-old on a permanent basis and will send him back to Turin at the end of the loan.

Juventus are also keen to offload and it has been suggested they will use the Argentina international to try and land Inter striker Icardi in a swap deal.

Icardi is in huge demand though and Juve could struggle to wrap up a deal. However they hope Higuain's outstanding goalscoring record in Italy, could tempt them into doing a deal.

Chelsea not looking to retain Higuain services

Chelsea are not planning to retain the services of on-loan Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain beyond the end of the current campaign, according to reports in Italy.

Higuain arrived at Stamford Bridge on loan in the January transfer window, but has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League when scoring just four goals in 14 appearances.

Reports in the Italian press now claim that Chelsea have no intention of signing the 31-year-old on a permanent basis and will send him back to Juventus at the end of the loan.

Juve are also keen to offload and it has been suggested they will use the Argentina international to try and land Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in a swap deal.

There is also the possibility that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could follow Higuain out of the Bridge exit door following a turbulent first season at the club.

Chelsea head into a huge game against Manchester United on Sunday with a chance of still finishing in the top four, while Europa League glory is also a possibility, so any decisions will not be made just yet.

Watford eyeing swoop for Roma keeper Olsen

Watford have been linked with a move for Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen as they search for a replacement for veteran Heurelho Gomes.

Ben Foster has excelled between the sticks for Watford this term but number two Gomes is expected to retire when his deal expires in the summer.

Youngster Pontus Dahlberg sits third in the pecking order and is yet to feature for the Hornets in the Premier League.

Reports claim Watford are already putting plans in place to secure a long-term successor to Foster.

Olsen is understood to be at the top of their list after Watford were alerted to the fact that Roma are willing to listen to offers.

The report coming from Italy suggests that a fee of £10million could be enough to force through a deal for the Sweden international.