Arsenal tracking Euro 2016 star, facing Italian competition for star player and Ligue 1 targets

On Tuesday, the whole football world got to know Ivan Perisic. The Croatia international provided an assist and a stunning late goal against Spain, as Croatia beat the reigning European champions 2-1. The 27-year-old winger joined Serie A giants Inter for £12 million last summer from Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, after first impressing with Borussia Dortmund and Club Bruges. He provided seven goals and five assists in 34 league appearances during his first season in Italy. Arsenal have been said to have a long-term interest in Perisic and are actively tracking him…

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Chelsea facing stiff competition for Serie A winger, in risk of losing out on big transfer target

Like Manchester United and Manchester City, Chelsea are primed for a big summer. The Blues have a new coach coming in, Antonio Conte, and want to take revenge for a very poor Premier League season. With Conte’s excellent relationships in Italy, Chelsea have been linked with a number of Serie A stars. The biggest name out there has been AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan. The Belgium international has been linked with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge for several months now, with an initial offer of £27.6 million rejected by the Serie…

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Serie A stars hand boosts to Liverpool and Manchester United, ruin Chelsea’s transfer dreams

According to a report by The Daily Mirror, Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave Napoli in the summer to join Liverpool. The Argentine striker netted 71 goals in 104 Serie A appearances since joining the Partenopei in 2013 from Real Madrid for £28.5 million, including a record 36 goals in 35 appearances this season, and has two years left on his contract at the club. Higuain is reportedly very attracted by the chance of working with Jurgen Klopp and is willing to reject approaches by Manchester United, Chelsea, and PSG in order to come…

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Tottenham looking to add Serie A stars, listening to offers for big summer transfer

Tottenham enjoyed a very nice season, as they finished third in the Premier League and finally grabbed a ticket for next year’s Champions League again. Mauricio Pochettino has agreed to stay on as the Spurs’ manager and is keen to at least duplicate this season’s performances. Therefore, the club is looking to add to the team’s depth. According to La Gazetta dello Sport (via talkSPORT), Tottenham are interested in Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, though they are likely to face competition from West Ham and Wolfsburg. The 24-year-old was stuck on the…

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Small champions in big competitions: these teams set the example for Leicester City

Leicester City were crowned the most surprising Premier League champions ever as Tottenham drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Monday. However, despite the Foxes’ amazing accomplishments, they are not unique in football history, as there have been more “small” champions in Europe’s five biggest competitions – England, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. Premier League: Blackburn Rovers (1995) Before Leicester won it this season, there were only five teams who had won the Premier League since 1992: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2) and… Blackburn…

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Chelsea to use starlets in transfer deal, Real Madrid star defender wanted

It’s been said many times that Chelsea are primed for a massive overhaul during the 2016 summer transfer window, as Antonio Conte will take over as coach of the Blues after the European Championships in France. According to Il Tempo (via Football-Italia), Chelsea could use midfield starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek and on loan defender Andreas Christensen as a makeweight in a deal to bring in Roma’s Radja Nainggolan. The Blues are not willing to spend more than £28 million, but the Serie A club are holding out for a £36 million fee.…

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Premier League’s transfer spending dwarfs those by other big leagues

The current football season is far from over. However, the 2016 transfer summer window is approaching very fast. A bunch of big name players have been rumoured to change clubs during the summer. Just think about the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani, Toni Kroos, Romelu Lukaku, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Robert Lewandowski, and Eden Hazard. Conclusion: it’s once again time to put big money on the table! And that’s exactly what the Premier League clubs have done during the last five seasons. The…

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Premier League owns European top five on penalty kick success

Scoring a penalty kick is not so easy as it looks. Just ask Lionel Messi, who has missed four of eight opportunities from the spot this season. However, the Premier League in general rocks the table in this regard. Using the database of Transfermarkt, we were able to collect the statistics about the penalty success rate in the top five European football leagues: Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Primera Division, and Ligue 1. The 20 clubs in the English top flight have been awarded 66 penalty kicks so far. Only ten…

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Manchester City skipper surprisingly wanted by Italian top club

It would be a shock if Vincent Kompany decided to leave Manchester City during the summer of 2016. But reports in Italy suggest the Belgian skipper is a wanted man. According to Italian sports news outlet Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma have put Kompany on top of their wishlist in order to strengthen their defence next season. The newspaper believes the 29-year-old would be a big dream transfer for the Romans, but they are planning to stay in touch with the Citizens to see if the centre-back could become available when…

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Italian is favourite to coach Chelsea next season

As it stands, Antonio Conte is the odds-on favourite to become Chelsea’s coach next season, according to Sky Sports. The Blues have reportedly agreed a deal in principle with the current coach of Italy’s national squad and former Juventus boss. Conte’s contract with Italy expires after the 2016 European Championship and, therefore, the Italian will be free to move to Stamford Bridge, without any compensation needed to be paid to the Italian Football Federation. The news outlet also quotes Sky Italia’s Valentina Fass, who states Chelsea want to make a decision about their…

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Premier League top clubs linked with Serie A stars

Rumours about a series of potential summer transfer window moves have been aplenty, with nearly all Premier League giants setting their sights on deals with stars from the Italian Serie A. First up, Arsenal have been chasing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for some time now. The Argentine striker has scored 24 goals in 25 league appearances for the Partenopei this season. Spanish news outlet Fichajes reports that the Gunners might have to pay a whopping £70 million to sign the 28-year-old, a price which is said to be in a similar…

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Manchester United reportedly complete transfer for Lazio star, Serie A club deny report

According to a report by Il Messagero and as reported by Football-Italia, Manchester United have completed the transfer of Lazio’s Felipe Anderson. The 22-year-old Brazilian has been linked with the Red Devils since last summer, and was rumoured to leave the Serie club during the January transfer window to join United. However, a deal never materialised as Lazio reportedly refused a £37.5 million offer from the Premier League club. Now, Il Messagero reports that Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito was overheard by journalists while speaking after a Serie B match between Salernitana and…

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Former Manchester City striker misses unmissable chance in Serie A [Video]

Edin Dzeko has not found his best form in Serie A. Since making a permanent €11 million switch from Manchester City to AS Roma during the summer, the Bosnian striker had registered just four league goals before this weekend’s encounter with Palermo. On Sunday, Dzeko got the start with the Giallorossi, getting a chance to prove himself to coach Luciano Spalletti, who had previously opted to play new boy Diego Perotti. However, the 29-year-old, who hit the net 72 times in 189 appearances for the Citizens, was able to miss an unmissable chance…

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Italian legendary goalkeeper reveals he almost joined Premier League [Video]

Gianluigi Buffon has been one of the football world’s best goalkeepers for a very long time. The Italian started his career at Parma, making his professional debut on November 19, 1995, in a match against AC Milan (0-0). The 38-year-old was part of Parma’s illustrious team that dominated the second part of the 90’s, being a team-mate of the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram, Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo, winning the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia in 1999. In the summer of 2001 Buffon moved to Juventus for £39.66 million,…

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Video: Deadline Day coverage gets interrupted by a giant inflatable Banana!

Last year it was a Purple dildo, this year it’s a giant inflatable Banana! Most of you would remember the incident from the last transfer window when Sky Sports presenter Alan Irwin was at the receiving end of a purple dildo on Live TV. To refresh your memories, we have a footage of the incident here. Something similar happened to an Italian TV presenter today. Only, this time, it was a giant inflatable Banana. However, the reaction of this reporter was quite different. Unlike Irwin, who maintained his professionalism throughout…

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How Bournemouth became bigger than AC Milan

Powerful TV money has made even the smallest Premier League able to spend big during the transfer window, some even more than traditional European giants, according to The Daily Mail. It’s already an established phenomenon that most of the Premier League’s clubs can now compete with virtually every club in the major leagues of Europe for top players aside from the ‘mega’ clubs of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. Last summer alone saw some of the Premier League’s ‘smaller’ clubs hire stars from teams with much more illustrious…

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Everton complete deal for Swiss wonderkid

Everton have completed a £3 million deal for Shani Tarashaj, dubbed “the new Xherdan Shaqiri”, reports the Liverpool Echo. The Blues seen off Serie A competition to sign the Swiss starlet, as also Juventus and Inter Milan were keen to land the 20-year-old. Tarashaj penned a four-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park but will spend the rest of the season with Grasshopper Zurich before joining Everton in July. Everton manager Roberto Martinez is excited by his clubs’ acquisition, as Tarashaj is seen by many as being better than Shaqiri was at the same age. The 24-year-old left Basel…

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