WC Player Profile: Alisson
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WC Player Profile: Alisson

In a year Alisson has gone from Roma back-up goalkeeper to one of the best in the world, explains Richard Hall. The shot-stopper was understudy to Wojciech Szczesny until 10 months ago, reduced only to cameos in cup competitions. He used the time wisely to improve his positioning, adapt to the European game and hone…

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Chelsea close on €35m Rugani
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Chelsea close on €35m Rugani

Maurizio Sarri will get to work with Daniele Rugani again, as it’s reported Chelsea are close to agreeing a €35m deal with Juventus. There were already suggestions in Calcionews24.com that the Stamford Bridge side were prepared to push forward with negotiations. Now Sportitalia claim a deal is practically done for €32m plus €3m bonuses for…

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Manolas clause lets Chelsea in
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Manolas clause lets Chelsea in

Chelsea have informed Roma that they are ready to pay the €38m release clause for centre-back Kostas Manolas, it’s suggested. Interest in the Greek international was already well known, especially as Maurizio Sarri is due to take over from Antonio Conte. According to Sportitalia, there was a meeting behind closed doors in which Chelsea informed…

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Sky: Napoli step up for Meret
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Sky: Napoli step up for Meret

Napoli have increased their offer for Udinese goalkeeper Alex Meret to €25m plus €10m in various bonuses, according to Sky Sport Italia. While RAI Sport and Onda Cero claimed today that they were close to an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for Alphonse Areola at €20m plus bonuses, there are differing rumours elsewhere. Gianluca Di Marzio…

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Atalanta swoop for Jankto
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Atalanta swoop for Jankto

Udinese and Czech Republic midfielder Jakub Jankto is close to joining Atalanta for €13m, according to Sportitalia. The 22-year-old is expected to leave Udine this summer and has been linked with numerous clubs, including Milan, Fiorentina, Monaco, Roma, Lazio and Sampdoria. However, Atalanta have seemingly swooped in with an offer including bonuses that will reach…

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Empoli snap up Mraz
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Empoli snap up Mraz

Newly-promoted Empoli have agreed terms for MSK Zilina striker Samuel Mraz, according to Sky Sport Italia. The forward just turned 21 and has three goals in just four caps for Slovakia at Under-21 level. This season, he amassed an impressive 21 goals and seven assists in 40 competitive games for Zilina. It’s believed the cost…

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Cancelo to Juventus next week
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Cancelo to Juventus next week

Juventus are due to complete their transfer for Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo next week at a cost of €38-40m. According to numerous sources, the deal is done and will not be a loan with option or obligation to buy, but rather a permanent signing. The Portugal international is fresh from a loan spell at Inter,…

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West Ham for Anderson and Izzo
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West Ham for Anderson and Izzo

West Ham United representatives will be in Italy tomorrow to discuss Felipe Anderson with Lazio and Genoa defender Armando Izzo. According to Sportitalia, the Hammers intermediaries are flying in for negotiations. The fee for Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson is expected to reach €40m, including various bonuses. As for Izzo, the centre-back has also been linked…

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Roma and Inter eye Brahimi
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Roma and Inter eye Brahimi

Inter and Roma are keeping a close eye on FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, who is available for €25-30m. According to France Football, the two Serie A sides are the favourites to tempt the Algeria international away from Portugal. His contract is due to expire in 2019 and there is also interest from Everton and…

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Okaka on Bologna, Watford and China
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Okaka on Bologna, Watford and China

Stefano Okaka’s agent said he’d be happy to join Bologna, but is content at Watford and received “some calls” from China. The former Sampdoria striker has been linked with a return to Serie A for Bologna, perhaps as part of the deal taking full-back Adam Masina to Watford. “I did hear various rumours regarding my…

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