A new Chiesa for a new Italy

Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina

During Italy’s 1-1 UEFA Nations League draw with Poland, one of the few distinctly positive notes for new Coach Roberto Mancini to take, was the performance of substitute Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina’s 20 year-old attacker. Son of Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Parma man Enrico, Chiesa broke into the Viola team in 2016, scoring three goals, and followed that up last term with six in 35 matches, proving himself already worthy of being a starter in a strong Serie A side. This year he is expected to continue his progress and add more…

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Liverpool accept high bid for winger, ready to move for two midfielders

With the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City making big moves, Liverpool can’t stay behind and have been looking for reinforcements themselves. Manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to be reunited with Jakub Blaszczykowski, who was one of the German’s star performers at Borussia Dortmund, according to report by Bild. The 30-year-old Poland international, who played for his country at Euro 2016 and scored two goals, is available for around £4.9 million after spending last season on loan at Fiorentina. He’s under contract until 2018. In addition, Liverpool have made a £12.8 million…

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Spanish giants want Liverpool stars, Reds target two new players

There might finally be a way for Liverpool to recoup their huge investment in forward Christian Benteke. The Belgian international signed for the Reds in a £32.5 million deal from Aston Villa last summer, but he has failed to live up to the expectations at Anfield. He is expected to leave the club in the summer and according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, via talkSPORT, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing him. The La Liga giants are ready to offer £37 million for the services of the 25-year-old. Spanish outlet Sport claims…

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Tottenham star says he didn’t kick opponent [Video]

Tottenham returned home from their encounter with Fiorentina in the first leg of the Round of 32 in the Europa League with a 1-1 draw. A strong hit by Federico Bernardeschi around the hour mark deleted Nacer Chadli’s first half penalty. Still, Spurs got away with a pretty solid result and are looking to finish the job at White Heart Line. However, the contest was overshadowed by an incident involving Tottenham’s star Dele Alli and the Viola’s Nenad Tomovic. In the 28th minute, both players fought for the ball in the…

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Premier League clubs going down an Italian route

Premier League clubs are seemingly going down an Italian route in the last week of the transfer window. To start with, Swansea have signed Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi for a reported fee of £8 million, according to Sky Sports. The deal, which is subject to a medical, will provide a boost to the Swans in their relegation battle during the second half of the season. Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin, who has previously worked with the 26-year-old at Parma, confirmed the deal, saying: “Alberto Paloschi was my player when we…

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Spanish international wing ace regrets not signing for Chelsea

Former Spanish international winger Joaquin has said that he rues not joining Chelsea when they made an offer for him back in 2004, the Daily Express reports. The 34-year-old, who has just returned to boyhood club Real Betis, was on Jose Mourinho’s radar when he first took over at the club over a decade ago. Joaquin reveals that the Portuguese tactician travelled to Spain to convince him to put pen to paper on a move to Stamford Bridge, but he turned down the move to stay in La Liga. And…

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Chelsea gossip: £15m striker HIJACKED and full-back flop heads back to Madrid

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour gossip. Chelsea want to sign £15m-rated Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, from Anderlecht, but Newcastle and Swansea are also interested, the Daily Star reports. The Serbian international had been set to sign for the Magpies, but has apparently opted against the move as he would prefer a side capable of offering Champions League football. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has left winger Mohamed Salah out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the USA after the 23-year-old refused to join Fiorentina on loan,…

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