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Juve-Announce-HiguainJuventus have signed Gonzalo Higuain in a €90 million after triggering his release clause with Napoli.

The transfer fee will be payed in two instalments, with the 28-year-old Argentine inking a five-year contract with the Serie A champions believed to be worth in the region of €7.5m per season

The transfer fee makes Higuain the third most expensive player of all time, behind Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. That is at least until Paul Pogba signs for Manchester United later this week.

A statement on juventus.com read:

International Champions Cup Is Underway

icc2016The International Champions Cup, which will feature the champions of England, France and Germany plus European giants Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan, kicked off a the weekend when PSG beat Inter Milan 3-1 in Oregon.

Next up for the ICC are two high profile matches on July 27. Paris-Saint Germain will take on Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio while Chelsea will face Liverpool at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

On August 3, Real Madrid will meet Bayern Munich at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It will give incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti a chance to face the team that let him go at the end of last season.

Premier League Summer Transfers

zlatan-billboardThe summer transfer window is open and already we have seen Manchester City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea flex their financial muscle with big signings as they look to close the gap on champions Leicester.

Summer Transfer Window – Updated 25 July
Most expensive Premier League Signing: Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal, £35m)
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough (7)

ARSENAL
IN

Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m)
Rob Holding [Bolton] Reported £2m

OUT
Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)

BOURNEMOUTH
IN
Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.4m)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, compensation)
Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan)
Lewis Cook (Leeds) Undisclosed
Jordon Ibe [Liverpool] £15m

icardi-goal2For all the mixed messages that have came out of Inter this summer, the club have been crystal clear on one topic. Captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi is not for sale.

May 31 president Erick Thohir:

“Players like Icardi, Perisic and Miranda are Inter players and we will tell anyone who makes an approach they are not for sale,’ he said.

July 11 sporting director Piero Ausilio:

“Icardi signed a new contract a year ago, we’ve made him our captain and he’s not for sale. Anything else is just talk.”

July 17 Erick Thohir:

Juventus Activate Higuain Release Clause

higuain-restrainedIn a stunning move the champions, Juventus have activated the €94.7 million release clause in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain’s contract and the Serie A’s top goalscorer last season is heading to Turin. The transfer fee paid for the 28-year-old striker is a record for a Serie A club, second only to the €101m fee paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.

Higuain had already agreed contract terms with Juventus that will pay him a €7.5 million per year plus image rights over the next four years.

The shocking signing signals that Paul Pogba is on his way to Manchester United for a world record fee of €120 million.

Serie A 2016/17 Fixtures Released

serie aThe Serie A fixtures for 2016-17 have finally been released. The new season kicks off on August 20-21 with two headline matchups as Juventus v Fiorentina is an age-old rivalry and Milan v Torino sees Sinisa Mihajlovic face his former club.

Dates of the big derbies are:

  • 20 November 2016 and 15 April 2017: Derby della Madonnina Milan Derby
  • 18 September and 5 Feb 2017: The Derby d’Italia (Inter v Juventus)
  • 23 October and 12 March 2017: Genoa Derby (Sampdoria v Genoa)
  • 4 December 2016 and 30 April 2017: Eternal City Derby (Rome Derby)

Conte Says Chelsea Need FIVE New Signings

Stamford Bridge ChelseaA year ago Chelsea were the defending Premier League champions, but after a dismal 2014/15 campaign, new boss Antonio Conte wants to blow everything up telling Blues owner Roman Abramovich that they need FIVE more players if he wants Chelsea to compete for the Premier League title this season.

According to The Mirror, Conte, Abramovic, director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo were involved in what was described as “a stormy two-hour summit” after Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 win against the Blues in Austria last weekend.

Wijnaldum-LFCLiverpool have announced the signing of midfielder Giorgino Wijnaldum from Newcastle. The Dutch international cost £23m with a further £2m in add-ons and has signed a five-year contract with the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp is predicting Giorgino Wijnaldum will become a huge part of Liverpool’s future:

I am so happy we have got him. I think he can become a great player for us. There is still so much to come from him.

‘When I talked to him I could tell that he knows we have to work together to get this level out of him to all be successful for the team.

bog-sam-celebratesIn a decision that talks more about the dearth of good English coaches, the England FA have names Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as their new manager. Big Sam, the throwback coach who loves a big center forward and a long ball into the box replaces Roy Hodgson who oversaw England’s worst performances in back-to-back tournaments in history.

Allardyce has called on his new players to make the country proud again saying in a press release:

‘I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

Juventus 2016/17 Fixtures

Juventus-championsJuventus’ chase for a record-breaking sixth consecutive Scudetto will kick off on the weekend of 21 August at Juventus Stadium against Paulo Sousa’s Fiorentina.

In what could be a testing start to the campaign, Juventus travel to Lazio and Inter on Matchdays 2 and 4 respectively, with a home encounter against Sassuolo in between.

Matches against Cagliari, Palermo, Empoli and Udinese follow before the Bianconeri face fellow northern heavyweights Milan at the San Siro on the weekend of 23 October.