Barcelona, Tickets

Barcelona To Play In US This Summer

Barcelona v Napoli Tickets

In a late surprise for Barcelona fans in the US, the La Liga champions have announced that they will play two games in the US against Napoli this summer as part of the first LaLiga Serie A Cup.

Barça are taking advantage of the Spanish Super Cup changes, which will now take place in Saudi Arabia in January, to extend their preseason tour.

The first match will take place in Miami on August 7th before the two clubs head to Ann Arbor Stadium at the University of Michigan on August 10th.

Man Utd., Serie A

Napoli Put Price Tag On Defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United will have to smash their transfer record and pay a world record fee for a defender, after Napoli put a €150 million price tag on Senegal international centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

Interest is high in the Napoli defender and he has been heavily linked with a move to a top European club in recent months.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are in the race for the 27-year-old, according to reports in Italy, but United are believed to view him as a top priority.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is not prepared to let him leave on the cheap, however, and is demanding a world-record fee for a defender, claim Gazzetta dello Sport.

Champions League, Serie A

Napoli Boss Opens Door For Cavani Return

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani he is welcome back at his former club any time before the two sides meet in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Uruguay striker spent three years with Napoli before joining PSG in 2013 in a deal worth a €6 4million, making it the sixth biggest transfer in history at that point.

He has since scored 176 goals in 255 appearances for PSG, but speculation about the 31-year-old’s future in the French capital has been near-constant since the arrival of Neymar in the summer of 2017.

Champions League, Liverpool

Klopp: Liverpool Had Only Themselves To Blame After Napoli Defeat

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side only have themselves to blame after a late winner from Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli victory in their Champions League group game in Italy.

Napoli dominated the second half as substitute Dries Mertens also deflected an effort on to the crossbar.

The hosts had the better chances throughout as Fabian Ruiz and Arkadiusz Milik had shots saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

“We have to blame ourselves, that’s how it is,” said Klopp.

Liverpool’s best effort came via Mohamed Salah, who shot wide after the break, but Klopp’s side failed to record a single effort on target in Italy.

Liverpool, Serie A

Napoli Owner Accuses Roma And Liverpool Of Collusion

Blockbuster claims from outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who suggested on Friday that the owners of Roma and Liverpool are secretly the same.

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, De Laurentiis said “a little bird has told me a few years ago” that Pallotta is in some form of partnership with Liverpool owner John Henry.

“I always had a suspicion that the real owner of Roma is the same as Liverpool, and if this were the case, the two clubs should not be allowed to play in the Champions League,” De Laurentiis said.

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Serie A

Serie A 2018-19 Fixtures Released

Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to make his Serie A debut for Juventus away to Chievo, while the release of the league’s fixtures has handed AC Milan a daunting start.

Juve are aiming to win the title for the eighth year in a row and Ronaldo could be set to appear at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on the weekend of August 18.

The Portugal captain could then make his home league debut for Juventus, who sealed a deal worth €112million to buy Ronaldo from Real Madrid, a week later against Lazio.

Chelsea, Serie A

Napoli President Slams Maurizio Sarri After Chelsea Switch

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused former manager Maurizio Sarri of attempting to take his ‘whole team’ with him to Chelsea.

De Laurentiis replaced Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season after the Italian took too long to make his mind up about his future.

The 59-year-old remained contractually tied to the Serie A club even after his dismissal, before the Blues eventually reached an agreement to bring him in as a replacement for Antonio Conte.

Sarri wasted no time in bringing Jorginho with him from Naples and De Laurentiis has revealed the midfielder wasn’t the only player he tried to take with him to Stamford Bridge

Real Madrid

Is Karim Benzema Heading To Napoli?

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The club are looking to respond after title rivals signed and are aiming to agree a deal worth €45million (£40m) in the coming days.

Ancelotti was a firm advocate of Benzema during his time as Real Madrid manager and believes he will add a touch of stardust as well as quality to his Napoli squad.

Benzema has been a consistent performer since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2009 and has scored 192 goals in 413 appearances. Despite this, Real Madrid’s fickle fan base have never warmed to him.


Ronaldo Wanted To Go To Napoli Not Juventus?

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted Napoli to be his next destination after leaving Real Madrid, but had to opt for his ‘plan B’ of Juventus after club president Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to spend big, according to reports.

It is claimed in Italy that the player had made a decision to leave Madrid and had focused on Serie A, with specific intentions of joining Napoli.

The free-flowing football of the Italian side earned the admiration of Europe’s elite last season, and a move would have seen Ronaldo reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti after the veteran boss replaced Maurizio Sarri.


Chelsea Finally Sack Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte’s time as Chelsea manager finally came to an end on Thursday when he was fired with Maurizio Sarri set to take over.

Conte, who had refused to walk away from Chelsea unless the final year of his contract was paid in full, has been waiting since winning the FA Cup in May to be fired, but Chelsea’s unwillingness to pay compensation for Sarri delayed the process.

That led to the uncomfortable situation this week where Conte actually took the first four days of preseason training as his future had not been resolved.