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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.

Inter Milan 2016/17 Fixtures

curva_InterInter’s 2016/17 Serie A fixtures have finally been released and the Nerazzurri open the season with a trip to the Stadio Bentegodi to face Chievo Verona.

The first home match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is against Palermo. Other stand-out fixtures include Juventus at home on 18 September and in Turin on 5 Feb 2017, Roma in Rome on 2 October and home on 26 Feb 2-17. The Derby della Madonnina will take place on 20 November and 15 April 2017. The Nerazzurri conclude the season at home against Udinese on May 28, 2017.

AC Milan 2016/17 Schedule

ac_milan_trophiesIts a time of rebuilding at the San Siro as AC Milan try to get back to the glory days when they dominated both Italy and Europe. After a disappointing 2016 season, can Milan get back into a European place this season?

Next season’s fixtures have been drawn: for the Rossoneri the season kicks off at San Siro against Torino

Going to an AC Milan match at the world famous San Siro is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Milan. Click here for a seating chart of the San Siro.

gomes-barcelonaIt is not a good week for the European Champions. First they lose out on Paul Pogba to Manchester United. Then James Rodríguez, who Real were planning to sell to fund some new purchases, announces that he is staying at the Bernabéu, despite a €85 million bid for Manchester United for the services.

And then to top it all it, Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, who was the European Champions top target this summer, and who was rumored to be all set to move to Madrid, suddenly ends up at bitter rivals Barcelona, as once again Madrid president Florentino Pérez failed to close out a sure thing.

Emirates_NightBad news for Arsenal fans as Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes the club’s current squad is good enough to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

While fellow title contenders Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City will spend big this summer in an attempt to win the title, Arsenal with more than £100 million in cash reserves seem content to basically stand still for the second consecutive summer.

Last summer manager Arsene Wenger did not recruit a single outfield player, buying goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea, and only added midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basle during the January transfer window.