Barcelona face Bayern Munich on Wednesday night at the Spotify Camp Nou in their final home game of the Champions League group stage, and they will already know whether or not the match will have any meaning before kickoff even takes place.
Rangers youngsters have shown Gio van Bronckhorst ‘s side how to see off Napoli as they impressed in their UEFA Youth League showdown against the Italian side. The clock is ticking down until Rangers face off against Luciano Spalletti’s in form team, who boast an unbeaten record so far this term and sit at the top of Serie A. It looks set to be a monumental task for the Light Blues to secure their first points of the Champions League group stage, but they could maybe take some inspiration from David McCallum’s Colt team who earned a 3-2 win at Firhill.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli and Chelsea are getting closer to finding an agreement for Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Italian giants are keen on a loan move, with the Blues set to cover most of the Spaniard’s wages for next season. Chelsea have endured plenty of problems signing new players in this window, and there are several issues to be addressed in the squad. Many of the club’s players, including Kepa, are seemingly unhappy to spend plenty of time on the bench and are looking for a way out.
French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Italian team Sassuolo have scheduled another round of transfer talk for next week in the bid to agree a deal for Italy striker GianlucaScamacca. This is according to La Gazzettadello Sport which reported that PSG are likely to agree a deal for Italy international Scamacca when they meet with Sassuolo in the new week. Scamacca is one of the best Italian players on the transfer market and he’s a target for PSG. The French champions have made two bids for Scamacca, but they have not been able to agree a deal for the attacker.
European champions Italy began their 2022/23 UEFA Nations League (UNL) campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Germany at the Renato Dall’ Ara in Bologna.
Italy came into their Group A3 clash with the Germans on the back of the disappointing 3-0 defeat to Argentina in the La Finnalisimaat the Wembley Stadium.Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacking talent Angel Di Maria scored for two-time world champions Argentina in the first half before the win was sealed by substitute Paolo Dybalain stoppage time.
Italy will have a representative in an European final this season after AS Roma saw off Premier League outfit Leicester City to qualify for the UEFA European Conference League (UECL) final. Roma reached the final thanks to the 2-1 aggregate win over the Foxes at the end of their two-legged semifinal tie.
Roma were able to do a lot of the work in the first leg at the King Power Stadium last week Thursday via a 1-1 draw. The team from Italy took the lead after 15 minutes in the first leg through Lorenzo Pellegrini and they held on to the advantage until midway into the second half when Roma defender Gianluca Mancini put through his own net to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg at the StadioOlimpico in Rome on Thursday night.
Juventus Under 19 produced a spirited display to come back from two goals down after 10 minutes to take the semi-final to penalties against Benfica, who were reduced to 10 men when their goalkeeper was sent off in the first half. Ange Chibozo and Riccardo Turicchia scored spectacular goals to tie the match, but with the fifth, and what proved to be final, spot kick Matias Soulé’s effort was saved, allowing Benfica to win 4-3 on penalties.
Before Juventus had time to reorganise, they found themselves two goals down. The Juventus youngsters had to find a way back into the contest, and almost did so on the half hour. A searching pass from Miretti picked out Soulé. The Argentine squared the ball inside the box to Ange Chibozo. And on 51’, Juventus hauled themselves back into the contest when Chibozo unleashed another ferocious drive, which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
Italian Serie A giants Juventus may be bracing themselves for a major summer transfer sale in the coming few months, with reports claiming that fellow Turin club Torino are interested in signing Juve star Rolando Mandragora permanently. He has been on loan with them and seems to have impressed the club enough to keep him. He struggled to get regular playing time at Juve before he left the club and he might still suffer the same fate on his return to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.
Juve is now looking to make some money from his sale and it has been made easy by a pre-agreement both clubs had. They reached an understanding that Torino can make the transfer permanent for 9m euros if they like what they see. Calciomercato says they are now prepared to take that option up and they will discuss the transfer with Juventus soon.
AS Roma and Italy international star Nicolo Zaniolo has reportedly been told that he will be allowed to leave the club if a right offer comes in for him from another club. Roma manager José Mourinho no longer sees the player as an important part of the squad and as far as any offer made meets the Italian Serie A giants’ requirements, a deal will be brokered and the player will be allowed to leave the Stadio Olimpico.
Italian Serie A giants Napoli have announced the loan signing of Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United. Tuanzebe signed for the Italians after his loan spell at Premier League side Aston Villa was cut short earlier this month and he could make his debut this weekend. The defender is on course to play his first game in Italy when Napoli take on Sampdoria.