Tottenham Set to Reignite Interest in Juventus Star Paulo Dybala Ahead of January Bid

Tottenham are monitoring Paulo Dybala’s situation at Juventus very closely and may make a move for the Argentinian international in January.

Spurs came close to signing the 25-year-old attacker this summer before a move eventually collapsed, partially due to image rights and salary demands.

A proposed move to Paris Saint Germain also failed to materialise for Dybala, meaning he remains unhappily at Juventus, who look set to use him as a substitute for the majority of the season. Now, according to the ​Daily Star, Spur have been given a lifeline in the pursuit of Dybala, as they are set to be ‘offered’ the forward once again in January. 

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Dybala, who still has three years left on his contract, scored 22 goals in Serie A during the 2017/18 season but struggled last term, only netting five times as he played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo. So far this term, he has been restricted to just 14 minutes in the league, but this could be due to fitness after he returned to the squad late after his involvement in the Copa America this summer.

He has however, been included in ​Juventus Champions League squad, which could be seen as a dent to Spurs chances of signing him in January, but if the attacker does not get minutes in the league a move still could occur. Also, players can no longer be cup-tied in Europe, meaning if Spurs march through their group, they could lure him with Champions League football.

According to the ​Daily Star, the Lilywhites could use midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is seemingly wanting a move away from White Hart Lane, as bait in part of a potential deal.

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If Juventus were to make a move for Eriksen in January, ​Spurs could negotiate a deal which involved £65m rated Dybala move in the opposite direction to London. However, Juventus could wait until the summer and sign Eriksen for free, which may put a spanner in the works. 

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FIFPro Awards: Ranking the 6 Greatest World XIs

​FIFA have released their 55-man shortlist of contenders for the 2019 FIFPro World XI and, no matter who you support, you’ll be a bit disappointed.

Regardless of who is selected, there will always be players who appear to have been hard done by and supporters are invariably quick to point out glaring omissions. Still, it’s a pretty phenomenal group – good luck predicting which of the chosen 55 make it into the final lineup.


Will it be the strongest in the history of the awards? It’s doubtful. There have been some mouth-watering teams over the last 15 years.

Here, 90min ranks the six best FIFPro World XIs in history.


6. 2009

Fernando Torres,Steven Gerrard

XI: Casillas; Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra; Xavi, Iniesta, Gerrard; Messi, Ronaldo, Torres.

Don’t laugh, Fernando Torres was unplayable a decade ago. With Steven Gerrard pinging inch-perfect balls his way, the quicksilver striker swiftly became one of the most potent forwards in the ​Premier League era.

Add a blossoming Lionel Messi and the already-ridiculously-good Cristiano Ronaldo to the attack and you know you’ll be scoring for fun, especially when Xavi and Andres Iniesta are orchestrating play from deep.

The defence looks solid as a rock. John Terry and Nemanja Vidic were tenacious, uncompromising centre-backs with a clear understanding of the game, whilst Patrice Evra was almost infallible and Dani Alves was like an auxiliary winger.

Can’t complain in the goalkeeping department either. One World Cup, two European Championships, three ​Champions Leagues and 167 caps for Spain; Iker Casillas must have been doing something right.


5. 2012

Andres Iniesta,Lionel Messi,Xavi Hernandez

XI: Casillas; Alves, Ramos, Pique, Marcelo; Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta; Messi, Ronaldo, Falcao.

We have a similar scenario three years on. There is a distinct Catalan feel once more, with six ​Barcelona stars included. And if they weren’t playing at the Nou Camp, they were at least plying their trade in ​La Liga.

The midfield metronome of Xabi Alonso kept things ticking over in the centre of the park, whilst Sergio Ramos was well on his way to becoming – and forgive me for saying this – the best centre-back on the planet.

Radamel Falcao spearheads the frontline and that would have been a terrifying prospect in 2012. In his final season with ​Atletico Madrid, the Colombian hit 34 goals in 41 appearances, though that is somehow still 57 short of Messi’s tally for the calendar year…


4. 2006

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XI: Buffon; Thuram, Cannavaro, Terry, Zambrotta; Pirlo, Zidane, Kaka; Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Henry.

That midfield unit oozes class and would control proceedings in any match, no matter the opposition. Three playmakers, each with different styles of play – other sides wouldn’t stand a chance.

Prime Ronaldinho was a nightmare to defend against given his unpredictability and Samuel Eto’o had a blistering turn of speed to skin would-be tacklers. Oh, and there’s also the finest finisher in Premier League history playing as a striker.

Gianluigi Buffon is an undisputed legend of the game, Fabio Cannavaro led an Italian charge to World Cup glory, Lilian Thuram is one of the most accomplished defenders of any generation and Gianluca Zambrotta had the footballing-intelligence to rise to the top.


3. 2018

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XI: de Gea; Alves, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kante, Modric, Hazard; Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe.

He may be putting in some diabolical displays at present, but David de Gea used to be a brick wall in goal. With a centre-back pairing like Ramos and Raphael Varane standing in front of him, you can guarantee a fair few clean sheets.

N’Golo Kante is so good at what he does that they should rename the ‘Makelele Role’ in his honour and it would have been a travesty if the Frenchman had been overlooked. His defensive nous allows the creativity to flow freely from virtuoso talents such as Eden Hazard and Luka Modric.

Hello Messi and Ronaldo, I see you’re both selected again – wonder why that is?

We will never see another duo compete for supremacy like they have.

However, we may soon witness one single man dominate the world of football. The sky is the limit for Kylian Mbappe. 93 goals in his first 162 professional club games is just ridiculous, regardless of the fact he’s in France.


2. 2005

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XI: Dida; Cafu, Terry, Nesta, Maldini; Makelele, Zidane, Lampard; Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Shevchenko.

Cafu may well have been the greatest right-back to ever lace a pair of boots and Paolo Maldini may well have been the greatest left-back to ever lace a pair of boots. In terms of all-round ability, it’s hard to argue there have been any better in their position.

Claude Makelele is everything an attacking midfielder wants in a partner and he screens a backline that – let’s be honest – doesn’t really need the extra help. 

We know the stellar quality Eto’o and Ronaldinho provide, with Andriy Shevchenko still at his peak during this time. At ​Milan, the Ukrainian was absolutely lethal.


1. 2013

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XI: Neuer; Alves, Ramos, Silva, Lahm; Xavi, Iniesta, Ribery; Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic.

Before his form fell off a cliff, Manuel Neuer was a faultless goalkeeper, almost robotic in his on-field demeanour. ​Bayern Munich teammate Philipp Lahm was a consummate professional and a nuisance for opponents to deal with.

Die Roten’s third player in this lineup was Franck Ribery, a man who was capable of single-handedly shredding defences when in the mood. Put him in a team with Iniesta, Xavi, Messi and Ronaldo and you have a melting pot of deadly talent.

Of course, Ibrahimovic had to be in the greatest XI. After all, it is Zlatan. Whether it be gravity-defying kung fu moves or 30-yard bicycle-kicks, the Swede has a taste for the spectacular and is more than deserving of a starring role in this side. 


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Emre Can & Mario Mandzukic Left Out of Juventus’ Official Champions League Squad

​Juventus stars Emre Can and Mario Mandžukić have been left out of the club’s 22-man squad of this season’s Champions League.

Juventus were frantically looking to slim their squad down throughout the summer but were only able to offload a handful of first-team players, instead starting the season with a bigger squad after making eight new signings.

Can and Mandžukić have now paid the price for Juve’s inflated squad after being left out of the club’s official 22-man squad for the Champions League this season.

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Giorgio Chiellini has been left out after picking up a long-term injury, but the Bianconeri have included new signings Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Merih Demiral, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus have been drawn into Group D alongside European heavyweights Atlético Madrid, while Peter Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen and Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow are also in their group.

Although they’re expected to make it out of the group and into the knockout stages of the Champions League, Juventus proved last year against Ajax that they’re prone to becoming complacent in Europe’s elite competition.

The Serie A champions first match will be on the road to Atléti shortly after the international break, while they’ll then host both Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv to complete their opening three matches in the Champions League.


Throughout the first half of the group stages, Juventus will face tough tests in the league as they look to win another Scudetto, including away at Inter, Lazio and city rivals Torino.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have already edged past Napoli this season thanks to a last-minute own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly, but they’re joined at the top of the table with Antonio Conte’s Inter as well as Torino.

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How Mauro Icardi Could’ve Ended Up at Juventus Instead of PSG as Part of Neymar Domino Effect

Mauro Icardi completed his season-long loan move to Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day for the majority of the European transfer market on Monday evening.

However, it has been revealed that had proposed deals for Paulo Dybala and Neymar gone through, the Argentine striker’s situation could have been very different.

​Calciomercato have reported that Neymar’s proposed return to Barcelona could have triggered a ‘domino effect’ which would have seen Dybala move to PSG and Icardi make the switch to Italian champions Juventus.

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The Old Lady was supposedly preparing a €60m plus €10m in bonuses for Icardi should they lose Dybala, who had been linked to multiple clubs over the summer.

The 26-year-old looked set to fight it out at Inter with new arrival Romelu Lukaku for a starting position after Dybala and Neymar decided to remain at their current clubs until a season-long loan deal with an option to buy the player for €70m was agreed upon with PSG.

Icardi will now team up with Neymar along with star forwards Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe as PSG manager Thomas Tuchel looks to create an attacking lineup capable of winning an, as yet, elusive Champions League title.


It is understood that the French champions will have to pay €8m over the course of the 2019/20 season with a further €2m in bonuses to Icardi should they trigger their option to buy in a deal that benefits all parties.

The Argentine made 219 appearances at San Siro, scoring an impressive 121 goals and contributing 30 assists since joining from Sampdoria for €6.5m in 2013.

He could make his debut following the international break as PSG host Strasbourg in a Ligue 1 fixture on 14 September. 

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7 of the Best Moments From Another Incredible Weekend of Serie A Football

It was a hectic weekend of football in Serie A, with no less than 32 goals being scored across all ten games – including a breathless seven goal thriller between title favourites Juventus and Napoli.

Here are seven of the best moments from the past weekend of Serie A football.


Best Goal

Gonzalo Higuain

​Gonzalo Higuain’s disastrous 2018/19 season seems to have been long forgotten as he put in an excellent shift against his former side ​Napoli on Saturday evening, where he scored a sensational goal to put ​Juventus two goals to the good.

Blaise Matuidi did well to keep the ball on the left hand side of the 18-yard-box before laying the ball off to Higuain. The Argentinean still had plenty to do with his back to goal, but he was able to swivel sharply with a dink over the foot of Kalidou Koulibaly before rifling the ball into the top corner.

Juventus went on to scrape a 4-3 win, with Higuian’s contribution ultimately proving to be vital.


Best Celebration

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VAR has – and will continue to cause – debate right across Europe, but it appears that ​Cristiano Ronaldo is beginning to grow used to its inclusion in Serie A.

The Portuguese superstar put Juventus 3-0 up against Napoli, but instead of wheeling away jubulantly, he instead opted to warn fans that they will have to wait for VAR before they could properly celebrate.

There was no need as the goal was perfectly legitimate and Ronaldo was able to fully enjoy his first goal of the season.


Best ‘Oh Mate’

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Kalidou Koulibaly is widely considered to be the best central defender in Serie A, so you won’t be seeing too many mistakes like this one.

Napoli had miraculously fought back from three goals down to draw level against Juventus and they were seconds away from securing a massive point…only for Koulibaly to score a comical own goal.

The Senegalese defender was under no pressure to clear a Juventus free-kick, but he inexplicably managed to shank the ball into the top corner. It was his worst moment in a Napoli shirt, but he’ll bounce back.


Best Save

Gianluigi Donnarumma

​Gianluigi Donnarumma was on hand to help ​Milan to their first win of the season against Brescia as he pulled off a stunning save shortly after they opened the scoring.

Stefano Sabelli let rip from range, but his shot cannoned off Ricardo Rodriguez and seemed destined to find its way into the back of the net. Donnarumma remained sharp, and was able to adjust his feet before powering off to his right to make a spectacular stop.


Best Assist

Andrei Radu

There’s nothing quite like an assist from a keeper and anyone watching Genoa’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina was treated to an excellent piece of distribution from Andrei Radu.

The Romanian confidently plucked a cross out of the air before immediately sending a half-volley down the pitch, directly to the feet of Christian Kouame, who then drove towards goal and confidently stroked the ball into the bottom corner. Nothing wrong with a bit of route one from time to time.


Best Woodwork Obsession

Ciro Immobile

Lazio and Roma simply couldn’t stop hitting the woodwork during the Rome derby on Sunday, as both sides were left frustrated with the 1-1 draw.

The woodwork was rattled six times in total, with Lazio hitting the upright four times to Roma’s two. On another day, this one could have ended with eight goals shared between the fierce rivals.


Best Individual Performance

Domenico Berardi

Individual performance of the weekend goes to Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, who scored a precise first-half hat-trick during his side’s 4-1 win over Sampdoria.

The Italian scored from close range with a confident left-footed finish, buried a powerful header home and finished off a perfect first-half performance with a curling effort from long-range. He was absent for Sassuolo’s opening game, but he’s now the top scorer in the league.


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