Juventus Seal €26m Signing of Genoa Defender Cristian Romero

​Juventus have confirmed the signing of centre-back Cristian Romero, who will spend the upcoming Serie A season on loan back with Genoa.

The Argentine only moved to the Serie A last summer, but enjoyed a hugely impressive season in the heart of Genoa’s defence.


Juventus took to their ​official website to confirm the deal, writing: “Juventus announces that the agreement with Genoa for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Cristian Gabriel Romero has been finalised for a consideration of €26m payable in three financial years.

“Juventus and the player have signed a 5-year contract of employment until 30 June 2024. 

“At the same time, ​Juventus has reached an agreement with Genoa for the free loan until 30 June 2020 of the registration rights of the same player and bonuses of maximum €5.3m will be paid to Genoa on achieving given sports performances.”

Last season, the 21-year-old made 29 appearances in all competitions for Genoa, 27 of which came in the Serie A. He was the youngest defender to play at least 25 league games last season, cementing his place as one of the division’s most exciting young talents.

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Juventus have been working tirelessly to secure some of the Serie A’s top young defenders. Alongside Romero, they have finalised deals for Sassuolo’s Merih Demiral and Luca Pellegrini already this summer – strengthening in the midfield department also with the signings of both Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot on free transfers.

The best may be yet to come, though, with Matthijs de Ligt poised to imminently join on a five-year deal from Ajax 

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Tottenham’s Price Tag for Christian Eriksen ‘Revealed’ With New Contract Agreement No Closer

​Tottenham chaiman Daniel Levy is convinced that he needs to sell Christian Eriksen this summer in order to prevent him from leaving on a free deal next summer, according to an Italian report.

Eriksen has one year left on his current deal with Spurs and seems unwilling to agree an extension, which means the current transfer window could be the last chance for Tottenham to secure a transfer fee for his departure.

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It was recently reported that ​Eriksen would be returning to pre-season training with ​Tottenham after his summer break, but now, as reported by ​Calciomercato, Levy is offering him up to the likes of ​Real Madrid and ​Juventus in a bid to secure a sizeable transfer fee.

The report suggests that Levy and Spurs are looking to secure €70m for Eriksen’s sale, making him a much cheaper alternative to the likes of ​Paul Pogba or Isco.

It must be noted, however, that the report fails to mention whether Juventus or Real Madrid are interested in pursing a deal for Eriksen this summer, or whether they are still willing to wait another year before making strides to snap him up as a free agent.

Christian Eriksen

Spurs have already spent big this summer, smashing their previous transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, so there’s a distinct chance that they’ll be hesitant to spend big again until they have resolved Eriksen’s situation.

What’s more, ​90min also understands that Spurs are still hoping the Ndombele signing will act as a signal of intent, convincing Eriksen, as well as Toby Alderweireld, to sign a new deal with the club.

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Juventus End Pursuit of Paul Pogba Due to Hefty £150m Price Tag

Juventus have ended their pursuit of Manchester United’s wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba, after being put off by the lofty £150m price tag put on the player.

Alongside Real Madrid, I Bianconeri have long been seen as one of the likeliest destinations for Pogba, after he admitted he wants a ‘new challenge’ earlier this summer.

Of course, having played in the famous black and white shirt before, ​Juve would not technically qualify as a fresh opportunity as such, although they have changed enormously since his £89m departure back in 2016 and Pogba was duly keen on a return.

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However, according to the Daily Mail, such a return has now been ruled out by vice-chairman Pavel Nedved, after the former midfielder admitted to agent Mino Raiola that they wouldn’t be able to cough up the £150m required to land the World Cup winner.

The Serie A champions have already brought in Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot to beef up their midfield and, instead of concentrating on Pogba, they will now pursue other targets, with Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt their number one priority, and Fiorentina playmaker Federico Chiesa just behind the Dutchman.

This leaves Zinedine Zidane’s side in pole position to sign 26-year-old Pogba.

However, having already dished out around €315m this window in the purchases of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo, they too are not overly keen on paying the full fee for Pogba.

They have thus reportedly asked the Frenchman to hand in an official transfer request in an attempt to lower the valuation to around £120m. For what it’s worth, United remain adamant the midfielder will stay at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urging the player to stay for one more season to lead the club back to glory.

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Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Pursue Milenkovic (Not Savic), West Ham Turn to Haller & More

It’s transfer rumours time ladies and gentleman.

Plenty to discuss on today’s edition of the rumour mill, including Manchester United’s interest in signing a player they’ve previously been turned down for, West Ham trying (and failing) to land a striker, any striker, and the latest on a potential swap deal involving Moise Kean and Matthijs de Ligt.

Let’s get cracking, shall we?


Manchester United Reignite Interest in Nikola Milenkovic

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​Manchester United’s problems at the back have been clear for all to see in recent years, so it comes as no surprise to learn that they are seriously considering their options this summer.

They’ve already secured the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and, according to Italian journalist ​Gianluca Di Marzio, the Red Devils have recently made an enquiry with Fiorentina over Nikola Milenkovic – a player they expressed an interest in during the January transfer window.

United saw a €40m offer rejected by Fiorentina last time around, who were said to unwilling to part ways with the Serbian centre-back for anything less than €50m. There’s no indication whether that same figure still stands but United will be well aware that it won’t be easy to finalise a deal.


Milan Eye Up RB Leipzig Youngster Dayot Upamecano

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Meanwhile in expensive centre back news…

​Milan fell short in Serie A last season and have been banned from competing Europe for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, so I Rossoneri are understandably looking to plan for the future.

​Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that Milan are keeping a close eye on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who has earned a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the Bundesliga.

Milan have been in contact with the Frenchman’s agency SportsTotal and are currently considering their options. However, RB Leipzig have made it abundantly clear that it is going to take a huge bid before they consider selling the 20-year-old.


Juventus Will Not Include Moise Kean In Swap Deal for Matthijs de Ligt

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Despite months of speculation, we still haven’t reached a conclusion regarding the Matthijs de Ligt transfer saga – although he does now look set for ​Juventus.

However, if Juventus are going to secure a deal, then they won’t be using one of their current starlets as a bargaining chip. ​Fabrizio Romano has declared that Juve don’t intend to include Moise Kean in a swap-deal with Ajax in order to sign De Ligt.

​Kean has also bizarrely been linked with a move to Everton this summer but it would be a surprise to see the 19-year-old move on after such an impressive breakout season in Turin.


Atletico Madrid Keen On Duvan Zapata

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​Duvan Zapata was on fire for Atalanta during 2018/19, registering 28 goals in all competitions, so it was inevitable that he was going to be the subject of significant interest this summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Calciomercato), ​Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is said to be a huge admirer of the Colombian and will be looking to pursue deal for him as he looks to add some more depth to his squad ahead of the upcoming season.

Atleti may have to offload another forward to accommodate for the 28-year-old’s arrival, so this one may not take off for a while – at least until the whole Antoine Griezmann situation is finally resolved.


Diego Costa Is ‘Ready’ for a Move to Everton

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We’ve ​already debunked the rumour linking ​Diego Costa with a bizarre move to Wolves, but it’s now being reported that ​Everton are suddenly expressing an interest.

​The Sun claim that Costa himself is ‘ready to talk to Everton’ as he is looking to force a move away from Atletico after a disappointing 2018/19 campaign where he was only able to register five goals in all competitions.

This is all in spite of the fact that Everton have already dismissed the previous rumours linking Costa with a move to Goodison Park, simply labelling it as complete nonsense. 

Something tells me this one may not take off.


West Ham Chase​ €40m Deal for Sebastien Haller

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​West Ham’s desperate hunt for a striker is looking bleaker by the minute, but the Hammers have been provided with a glimmer of hope in the shape of Sebastien Haller…

…only for those rumours to be shot down by ​Bild, who are more than a little sceptical about the rumours linking West Ham with a €40m bid for the Eintracht Frankfurt forward. Responding to the claims of ​Nicolo Schira – who stated West Ham have closed a deal already – Bild are reporting that Haller will only consider leaving Frankfurt for a team in the Champions League.

West Ham may have to settle for a strike partnership of Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill if they don’t get their act together.


Unai Emery Confirms Krystian Bielik Is Not In His Plans

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​Arsenal may need all the help they can get next season – that’s if their summer transfer window is anything to go by anyway – but they won’t be relying on the services Krystian Bielik.

The youngster spent last season out on loan at Charlton and is currently on the radar of ​Milan as his Arsenal future remains in the balance. Now, according to the ​Daily Star, Unai Emery has confirmed that Bielik will not be in his plans for the future, paving the way for his imminent exit.

With Laurent Koscielny refusing to join the club on their pre-season tour and the rest of the Gunners’ defensive options being, well, useless, is cutting ties with Bielik all that sensible?


Timo Werner Grows Frustrated with Bayern Munich

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Timo Werner has been in line for a big-money move for what seems like an eternity and the German striker is being made to wait even longer this summer as ​Bayern Munich continue to hesitate over a deal.

According to Kicker, (via ​Ronan Murphy), Werner is now beginning to grow frustrated with the way Bayern are handling the prospective transfer, as the Bavarians are instead waiting to see if they can secure deals for Leroy Sane or Ousmane Dembele.

If they do end up signing one of the aforementioned wingers, then they would instead be looking to sign Werner on a free deal in 2020 – that’s if he’s willing to join them in the first place.


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Matthijs de Ligt to Be Unveiled as a Juventus Player This Weekend as Saga Nears Conclusion

​Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt could be officially presented as a Juventus player as early as Saturday after the Bianconeri agreed to meet the Dutch side’s valuation.

The Italians have been tracking the centre-back all summer following an immense showing for the Eredivisie champions last campaign, the Old Lady fending off the challenges of several other top European clubs to land their target. They had been negotiating a lower fee with Ajax after initially baulking at the €75m asking price, but have since decided to stump up the requisite sum.

​De Telegraaf report that the transfer is now close to completion, with De Ligt set to join his new Juve teammates on their pre-season tour of Asia.

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The Netherlands international had been due to fly with de Godenzonen to Austria to take part in a training camp in Bramberg, but was intercepted by ​Juventus representatives and will instead make his way to Turin.

His proposed switch to the ​Serie A giants has been on the cards for a while, but the Old Lady had previously failed to make an offer north of €50m, leading to a stalemate between the two teams.

However, Maurizio Sarri’s side have given in and agreed to pay the full figure demanded by Ajax after De Ligt made it clear he would not force a move away from the Johan Cruyff Arena.

The defender and his current employers allegedly settled on the aforementioned €75m fee last summer, meaning that once a rival club met that total he would be allowed to leave.

The ​Champions League semi-finalists have been true to their word, even letting De Ligt hold talks with Juve and finalise personal terms as they waited for the Bianconeri to fork out the full fee.

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