Italian giants Juventus have now turned to face former Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez after their initial plans to get Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal died on arrival.
Juventus legend Mauro Camoranesi believed Sanchez was the ideal candidate to replace Alvaro Morata after Real Madrid activated their buy-back clause to reclaim the player. The club enquired from the Gunners about the availability of the star player but Arsenal told them that the Chilean international was not available at all, forcing the club to look elsewhere.
Sanchez won the Golden Ball for his performance at the recently concluded Copa America Centenario which Chile won for the second straight time, defeating Argentina on both occasions. He played for three years at Udinese before joining Catalan side Barcelona back in 2011. It was reported that the player was intrigued with the idea of returning to Italy but Arsenal denied such claims and added that the player would remain at the Emirates.
Juve are now really keen on landing Chicharito this summer, according to reports from Express. The player who now plies his trade with Bayern Leverkusen impressed in the last campaign where he scored 17 goals in 28 games in the Bundesliga. The former Red Devils star was sold to the German side after former Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal told the player that he would enjoy limited opportunities when he took over. He made the move and became the shining star at the club.
With Juventus keen on sustaining their consistent victories in the Serie A and even making more exploits in Europe, they want a prolific forward who is reliable this summer.
With many clubs keen on retaining their top stars, the task would be a very difficult one. Bayern Leverkusen are not likely to release the player but time will tell.
Francesco Totti could be heading for his retirement, as the striker is not keen on extending his contract at Roma according to the club president.
Totti is one of the legends in world football after having achieved so much in the game while spending his entire career with Roma. He is one of the extremely popular one club men in world football. The 39-year-old is fast approaching the end of his career, but he has defied expectations by continuing to play as the first choice even up until now. There has always been speculation at the end of a season that it would be the final campaign for the striker.
However, he has continued to carry on playing by defying expectations. Now, though, he may finally be at crossroads with a difficult decision to make. Even though his contract runs out at the end of the campaign, Totti has not showed interest towards renewing the deal according to president James Pallotta. Meanwhile, Pallotta confirmed that the veteran was provided an offer which he is yet to sign. Totti’s Roma career seemed to be heading for an abrupt halt back in February when he had a fallout with manager Luciano Spalletti. He has since been featuring as a substitute for the club in most of the games.
“We made Francesco an offer more than a week ago, but it’s odd that he’s not accepted it because I thought he wanted to continue playing. Our offer’s a generous one.He should have signed it already, but probably he’s not getting good advice from his advisors,” saidPallotta. Meanwhile, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says that he would consider taking Totti to the Euro 2016 even at this age. “You would take him everywhere.A player like him, with his talent, could decide a game at any moment. There are not many players around with the talent he’s got. You should do everything for Totti,” said Buffon.
Massimiliano Allegri set to be rewarded for his impressive season with Juventus by receiving a new two-year contract, according to general manager Beppe Marotta.
A fifth consecutive title victory in the Italian Serie A was confirmed after the defeat for Napoli on Monday night. Juventus were on course to securing this title for quite a while. After making a poor start to the season, they have been in an unstoppable run since September. Allegri was in danger of a sack at the start of the campaign, but the amazing U-turn that he has done is set to be rewarded.
The only disappointment for the club will be their inability to match the achievements in the Champions League last season. Juventus reached the final of the 2015 competition before being beaten by Barcelona. However, they have been knocked out by Bayern Munich as early as in the last 16 stages. The title victory, though, will help the club convinced players like Paul Pogba to remain for at least another season. The Frenchman is on the wish list of every top club across Europe. He wants to do well in the Champions League more than anything else. Allegri is expected to be handed significant transfer funds to improve the squad next season.
“It’s a marriage which is going well, with both sides absolutely satisfied. We’re going to continue with him and renew his contract for two years. We’ll do that this week, but it’s merely a formality.Next year we want to be protagonists in the Champions League, even though you need luck to win that competition. We didn’t have as much luck with the draw this year as we had last year, but we were only 90 seconds away from going through, yet we then got knocked out,” said the Juventus general manager.
Maurizio Sarri has pushed Napoli to the 2nd spot of the Italian League, Serie A and Napoli is the only club that has a realistic chance of taking the title away from Juventus.
The favorites on winning the league still are Juventus as they are sitting comfortably at the top of the league but nonetheless Napoli have had an impressive season and Mauricio Sarri has recently been linked with the managerial position of Ac.Milan but the 57 year old manager dismissed those claims, even though some bookmakers have him at 2/1 to take over the AC Milan role – check out the latest odds at http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/y/5/cp/291/Football.html
“There’s nothing with Milan and couldn’t be in the future either, because we’re under contract with Napoli until 30 June and up to 30 May the club has a unilateral option.’’
“These are misleading destabilizations but this is part of the game, at this point you look to create problems, not only for Napoli but I see that Milan have many as well. I repeat, Sarri has a contract with the Azzurri and Napoli has an option to exercise, but it hasn’t been triggered yet. There was interest from Milan in the past and immense appreciation from Adriano Galliani but this is now water under the bridge. There were several meetings and conversations but it was limited to a demonstration of respect.” Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri said.
Ac.Milan has not went through the best of times as the Italian club are currently attempting to get a Europa League spot but they are behind Fiorentina in the standings and will need to start collecting victories consistently and this is something that Ac.Milan have struggled to do as they have recently been dropping points against Juventus, Atalanta, Lazio, Chievo and Sassuolo.
Siniša Mihajlović was recently sacked from his managerial position in Ac.Milan and then rumors began to emerge as to who was going to take charge of the Italian club and Maurizio Sarri was one of the possible candidates but after everything was said and done, it was Cristian Brocchi who was appointed as the new coach.
Massimiliano Allegri has been one of the high-profile managers linked with the vacant dugout at Chelsea. The Italian has found immense success since joining Juventus more than a year ago.
After taking the club to yet another league title, he came within a whisker of returning the proper glory days to the club by taking them to the Champions League final where they were narrowly beaten by a much superior Barcelona. Allegri has become one of the hottest managers in world football after getting the Italian outfit on a 15 match winning run in the league.
They have opened a substantial advantage in Italian Serie A in the space of a few weeks. Even then, the lack of significant TV money means that the Italian league is likely to be third or fourth in the list of desirable destinations for a manager.
The Premier league and the Spanish league continued to dominate in this regard due to the immense amount of wealth at the disposal of a manager in the transfer window. There have been suggestions that Allegri would be among the next great imports from the mainland, but the Juventus manager has categorically denied suggestions that he has signed a precontract agreement with Chelsea.
Antonio Conte has also been linked with the job and he is the predecessor of Allegri at Juventus. He told the 1