Milan officially completed the signings of both strikers Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano. The Rossoneri paid Sevilla Bacca's €30M buy-out clause and paid Shakhtar Donetsk €8M for Luiz Adriano. Over the past three seasons, Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano have combined for 158 goals in 199 games. After signing midfielder Andrea Bertolacci from Roma 3 days ago, Milan have added two prolific strikers. The Rossoneri are on the verge of signing the talented José Mauri on a free transfer and they will then look to sign another quality midfielder and at least one quality center back. Milan have also done great work extending the contracts of Nigel de Jong, M'baye Niang and goalkeepers Christian Abbiati & Gabriel. They've also let Daniele Bonera & Giampaolo Pazzini leave the club after their contracts expired and they terminated Sulley Muntari's contract. Milan have also sold Valter Biraa to Chievo Verona.
After signing Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco, Inter signed central defender João Miranda from Atletico Madrid. The Nerazzurri have also signed Martin Montoya on a 2 year loan from Barcelona with an option to buy. They are also reportedly getting closer to signing Ivan Perisic from Wolfsburg and Stevan Jovetić from Manchester City. They had agreed to sell Xherdan Shaqiri to Stoke City for €17M but the Swiss international turned down a move to the English club. Inter have sold Joel Obi to Torino for €2.3M and Zdeavko Kuzmanović to Basel.
Roma purchased Cagliari's 50% of Radja Nainggloan, while also signing Victor Ibarbo from the Sicilian club.The Giallorossi also signed winger Iago Falque for €8M from Genoa. Gervinho was set to move to Al-Jazira for €14M but that move fell through after the winger couldn't agree personal terms. Roma are trying to sign wingback Baba as Augsburg are asking for €15M. With Mattia Destro and maybe even Seydou Doumbia set to leave the club, Roma have agreed personal terms with Edin Dzeko but now need to agree a transfer fee with Manchester City. They've sold left back José Holebas to Watford for €2.5M. Roma also completed the signing of Victor Ibarbo on loan from Cagliari with an option to buy.
Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo have both left Juventus but the Bianconeri have already done well finding replacements as they've signed Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira. They have also been recently linked to Oscar, Jovetić, and Cuadrado. Sporting Director Beppe Marotta met with Barcelona to discuss Paul Pogba and stated that he rejected a €80M offer and the French midfielder is not for sale. Arturo Vidal's agent has also confirmed there has been no contact from Arsenal. La Vecchia Signora have also reportedly made an offer to Fluminense for youngster Gérson. Juve also sold their 50% of Domenico Berardi to Sassuolo's for €10M but will have an option to buy him next summer. They also redeemed Roberto Pereyra from Udinese for €14M payable over 3 years. Juve signed Brazilian goalkeeper Neto on a free transfer to a 4 year contract.
Napoli have signed GK Pepe Reina and are closing to signing Udinese midfielder Allan, who would be a very good signing. Napoli have expressed their interest in both Torino's Matteo Darmian and Sassuolo's Sime Vrsajko. Not only would Darmian be more expensive but Napoli have already agreed personal terms with Vrsajko. Napoli are also very interested in Empoli's Riccardo Saponara.
Mohamed Salah's agent said today that his client will leave Fiorentina and join another Italian club this summer. Khouma Babacar has signed a contract extension until 2019 with La Viola.
Juventus have now officially lost two of their star midfielders in Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal. The Meastro completed his move to MLS side NYCFC while Bayern Munich bought El Guerrero for €37M + €3M in bonuses. Juve are looking to add an attacking playmaker with Schalke’s Julian Draxler being the top target and a left back with Alex Sandro, Guilherme Siqueira and Layvin Kurzawa being considered. Rumors of Paul Pogba leaving have also slowed down quite a bit, while Leonardo Bonucci and Claudio Marchisio have both extended their contracts until 2020. The Bianconeri also sold Angelo Ogbonna to West Ham for €11M. Meanwhile, both Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini picked up slight injuries and will miss the SuperCoppa against Lazio on August 8.
Roma signed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on loan, while Mohamed Salah completed his medical and his move should be made official soon. Milan continues to strongly pursue Roma’s young center back Alessio Romagnoli, while the Giallorossi are looking to sign a left back. Roma are also still trying to find an agreement with Manchester City for striker Edin Dzeko. Midfielder Radja Nainggolan signed a contract extension until 2020. Mattia Destro still seems set to leave the club but hasn’t found a new desitination as of yet. Roma also loaned out Daniele Verde to newly-promoted Frosinone.
Lazio signed Ricardo Kishna from Ajax for a reported fee of €4M and also seem very close to signing Genk’s Sergej Milinković-Savić. Captain Stefano Mauri left the club after 9 years as his contract expired, while they also sold Luis Pedro Cavanda to Trabzonspor. Gianluca Di Marzio reported about a month ago that Manchester United were interested in De Vrij and Felipe Anderson but Lazio do not want to sell them. Coach Stefano Pioli extended his contract until 2017.
Fiorentina sold Stevan Savic to Atletico Madrid and in return received midfielder Mario Suarez + cash. Turkish club Besiktas signed Mario Gomez from La Viola. Talented youngster Federico Bernardeschi extended his contract with the club until 2019. La Viola also signed RB Gilberto from Botafogo. After paying Chelsea €1M to extend Mohamed Salah’s loan, the Egyptian forced his way out of the Florentine club and Fiorentina & Chelsea seem set for a legal battle unless they reach a gentlemen’s agreement.
Napoli officially signed midfielder Allan from Udinese, with Miguel Britos heading to Watford. They also just signed defender Vlad Chiriches from Tottenham. The Neapolitan side had an offer for Alessio Romagnoli rejected by Roma and are now trying for Barcelona’s Marc Bartra. Gonzalo Higuain seems set to stay at the club along with a contract extension being discussed. Napoli sold Walter Gargano to Mexican side Monterrey. They’re also looking for an outside back with Empoli’s Elseid Hysaj and Sassuolo’s Sime Vrsaljko being the top targets.
Inter will officially announce the signing of Stevan Jovetic from Manchester City very shortly after he completed his medical. Inter also officially signed Miranda from Atletico Madrid, Jeison Murillo from Granda, Martin Montoya from Barcelona and Jonathan Biabany on a free transfer. Captain Andrea Ranocchia signed a contract extension until 2019. With Xherdan Shaqiri seemly set to leave after just 6 months, Inter are close to Wolfsburg winger Ivan Perisic. Felipe Melo has announced he will leave Galatasary this summer and the midfielder has been heavily linked to the Nerazzurri. Gianluca Di Marzio reported today that Inter are interested in Domenico Criscito as Zenit want a straight sale for €15M. Manchester City's Clichy is an alternative option.
Milan sold Stephan El Shaarawy to Monaco for around €16-18M, Adil Rami to Sevilla for €3M and Michelangelo Albertazzi to Hellas Verona. They also loaned out GK Gabriel to Napoli. Milan also continues to pursue Alessio Romagnoli and Axel Witsel. A Zlatan Ibrahimovic return still seem to remain a possibility for the Rossoneri.
Hellas Verona signed Giampaolo Pazzini on a free transfer.
Hellas Verona signed defender Filip Helander from Malmo for a fee of €1M.
Bologna signed Franco Brienza on a free transfer.
Genoa signed Issa Cissokho from Nantes for a fee of €0.5M.
Sampdoria signed Ervin Zukanovic from Chievo Verona.
Sampdoria signed Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of €8M.
Torino signed Davide Zappacosta & Davide Baselli from Atalanta for a combined fee of €10M.
Arturo Vidal has been linked to a move away from Juventus numerous times but this time it looks like the Chilean midfielder is in fact leaving Torino. There have been reports of Vidal joining Arsenal or Real Madrid but King Arthur seems to be heading to Germany. After selling Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United, Bayern Munich are reportedly on the verge of signing Arturo Vidal for around €40 million. Many reliable Italian reporters including Romeo Agresti and Gianluca Di Marzio have stated Juventus & Bayern Munich are in advanced talks for Vidal and that a deal could be closed. Di Marzio added Juventus have in fact accepted a €40 million offer and that Vidal’s agent is in Munich to finalize a contract.
This comes as pretty shocking news as the first reports of any negotiations came yesterday and the deal seems to be on the verge on being completed. This will certainly have some ripple affects at Juve. After losing Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and now likely Vidal, it is very unlikely that the Italian champions sell Paul Pogba this summer. Selling the Frenchman now would just cause too much turnover in the side. With Vidal’s departure Juve seem set to go after a quality center attacking midfielder and they’ve already been linked to Schalke’s Julian Draxler. Gazzetta’s Carlo Laudisa also reported the Bianconeri will now look to Chelsea’s Oscar and Real Madrid’s Isco. Di Marzio additionally reported that Juventus are also interested in Porto’s left back Alex Sandro and Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado.
Arturo Vidal is 28 years old, has had a history of injuries and his value won’t ever be higher. While it is a hard pill for Juventini to swallow there are some reasons why selling him now does make sense, especially if they can sign a top class creative attacking player.
Juventus helped Vidal become recognized worldwide while Arturo truly gave 110% every time he wore the black and white stripes. It is sad to see a world-class player leaving Serie A but I wish him the best. In bocca al lupo Arturo!
Let us know what you think about Juve selling Vidal! The right or wrong move?
It certainly wasn’t pretty but the U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off the 2015 Gold Cup with a vital 3 points. The U.S. faced off against Honduras in Frisco, Texas in each teams tournament opener.
Honduras started the better of the two sides with Anthony Lozano getting through the U.S. defense and forcing Brad Guzan into a good save just 3 minutes into the match. Honduras looked more dangerous than the U.S. in the first 15-20 minutes. The U.S. got a little bit of a spark in the 25th minute after Clint Dempsey headed home a rebound and the U.S. took the lead. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side seemed to gained some energy and momentum after snatching that goal but they remained quite sloppy and wasteful in possession.
The second half started with the same frenetic pace but the U.S continued to be lackluster in possession but in the 65th minute doubled their lead. On his 100th appearance, Captain Michael Bradley played a sublime cross off a free kick to find a wide-open Dempsey who headed the ball into the back of the net. Their insurance goal, however, was short lived. Carlos Discua sliced through the U.S. defense and got past Ventura Alvarado at the top of the box and then slotted the ball home to the near post. Subsequently, Honduras continued to push forward looking to find an equalizer and actually had 2-3 quality chances. The American defense looked a bit shaky on a few occasions but the United States managed to hold on. The USA is now in control of Group A with three points, while Haiti and Panama have one each. The U.S. didn’t play their best but they found a way to get 3 points to kick off the Gold Cup. The United States plays Haiti on Friday.
Player Ratings: Guzan – 7.5; Chandler 4.5, Alvarado 5, Brooks 8, Johnson 6; Yedlin 5, Beckerman 6, Bradley 6.5, Zardes 7; Dempsey 8, Altidore 5.5
Subs: Wondolowski 6, Evans 6.5, Zusi 6
Wow. In my entire life of watching soccer I have never quite seen something like that. The United States defeated Japan 5-2 in an absolute thriller of a match to win the 2015 Womens World Cup.
The U.S. scored 4 goals in the opening 16 minutes!! USWNT captain Carli Lloyd scored 2 goals in the opening five minutes of the match, both off of set pieces. Then in the 14th minute, Lauren Holiday hit a volley into the back of the net. And in the 16th minute, Carli Lloyd completed her hat trick on a strike from midfield that found it’s way over the Japanese goalkeeper. That was the craziest beginning to a game I’ve ever seen.
The match did settle down after that wild start though. Japan started finding more of the ball and in the 27th minute Yuki Ogimi scored a nice left footed shot. Taking a 4-1 lead into halftime of a World Cup Final is certainly a luxury but a Julie Johnston own goal in the 52nd minute gave Japan a lifeline at 4-2. That lifeline only lasted a few minutes as Tobin Heath found the 5th goal for the U.S. and put the game to bed.
The U.S. Women started the tournament off slowly but started clicking on all cylinders when it mattered, in the knockout rounds. Their performances against Germany and Japan were both fantastic and made the USWNT deserved World Cup Champions! After playing very mediocre in the group stage, Carli Lloyd really stepped up her game to win the Golden Ball (the tournament’s best player) and help lead the U.S. to a World Cup Title. This match will definitely go down in history as one of the best ever! The USA has now won a record 3 World Cups!
Full Match Highlights: http://www.totalsportek.com/highlights/usa-vs-japan-final-women-world-cup/