Liverpool agree club-record fee for Roma’s Mohammed Salah

Liverpool have agreed a club-record fee which could reach £39million for former Chelsea player Mohamed Salah.
The Roma winger will become the club’s most expensive signing ever, topping the £35million they paid Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.
The deal could be announced within 48 hours with Salah set to sign a five-year contract worth around £90,000 a week.
Liverpool are believed to have agreed a fee of around £35million up front with a further £4million related to bonuses and performance-related add-ons.

Italian coach David Nicola fulfils promise to cycle the length of Italy


A Serie A manager has completed a 1,300km bike ride up the length of Italy, after telling his players he would do so if they avoided relegation.

Davide Nicola made the deal in April, when Crotone looked certain to go down.

But they won six of their final nine matches of the season to avoid the drop by two points, after having won just three games from their previous 29.

The 44-year-old arrived in his home town of Vigone near Turin on Sunday – nine days after leaving Crotone.

“Am I tired? I still do not feel any particular pain,” he said.

“It’s been a beautiful journey, a fairytale. From tomorrow maybe I will feel a bit tired, but what matters most to me is that my goal has been achieved.”

Three years ago, Nicola’s 14-year-old son Alessandro was killed after being knocked off his bikeby a bus in Vigone.

“I kept the promise and, with the help of many people, we have also attracted the attention of many people to the question of safety on the roads,” he added.

“Here in Turin I was greeted with great enthusiasm, I am very excited.”
Nicola made the deal with his players after a 2-1 win at Chievo – Crotone’s first victory away from home in Serie A.
Crotone took just 14 points from their first 29 games but won six of their last nine matches to finish on 34 points, two points above the relegation zone.
Even with their remarkable late run, the side began the final day of the season in the bottom three, but a 3-1 win over Lazioand Empoli’s defeat by Palermo saw them survive in their maiden top-flight campaign.

Dani Alves respond to rumours of his exit to Manchester City 


Dani Alves has hit out at claims that he is on the verge of leaving Juventus.
It was reported that Manchester City are closing in on the signing of the Juventus’ 34-year-old Brazil right-back.
The experienced defender won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, as well as reaching the Champions League final, in his first season at Juve since completing a free transfer from Barcelona last year.
The Brazil international wrote: “Don’t spread sh*t, [Higuain] sent a video for me in a television programme. Don’t do your job badly, please.”
Alves has 12 months left on his contract in Italy.

Milan legend Paolo Maldini set for his Tennis debut in ATP tour event at 48

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini is to mark his 49th birthday later this month by making his professional tennis debut at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Milan.

The former Italy defender has earned a wild card for the Aspria Tennis Cup at the Aspria Harbour Club of Milan, where he will partner his coach and former professional Stefano Landonio, 45, in the doubles.

The pair earned entry at a qualifying event and they will make their debut on June 26 with Landonio confirming that Maldini has got the talent on the court that he possessed on the football field.

“Paolo’s gifted with a good serve in addition to some decent shots,” he told the Tennis Italiano website. “He’s also improving his volleys and while he may not be catching the eye in any particular part of his game, he does not have any weaknesses either.”
Landonio also said that Maldini could have had a promising career in tennis, had he taken the game up earlier.
“Since he only started playing five or six years ago, there are some deficits in terms of technique,” he said. “If he’d started working on his technique earlier, then who knows?

“Certainly in view of his background, he’s got extraordinary mental and physical strength. Psychologically, he never suffers in the slightest in delicate situations — he’s really strong.”

Milan confirm that goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave

Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s top clubs on high alert after choosing against renewing his AC Milan contract.
The 18-year-old has made over 70 appearances for the Rossoneri since making a surprise breakthrough in October 2015 and many fine performances have attracted attention from high places.

Serie A champions Juventus, LaLiga winners Real Madrid and Premier League club Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the young stopper and he appears to be on his way out of San Siro following an announcement by Milan on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, the club CEO Marco Fassone said: “Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan.

“We had made a strong proposal. The player evaluated it and made some evaluations that were not just economic, but he told us that he does not wish to renew the contract and his time with Milan will therefore conclude by June 30, 2018.

“We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future. Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but now we have to go forward.”
Donnarumma became the second-youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A in 2015, aged 16 years and 242 days.

He also broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016. Six months later, he made his senior international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days.

Milan legend Christian  Abbiati return as new club manager 

Christian Abbiati has returned to AC Milan as their new club manager, just a year after the former goalkeeper left the club.

The 39-year-old former goalkeeper ended his playing career a year ago, after eight seasons with Milan. He previously spent seven years with the club, making a total of 380 appearances and winning the Champions League, three Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia.

He will now be the liaison between the team and the club, according to a statement published on the club’s official website.

“Christian Abbiati is back home,” the statement said. “A true AC Milan legend, he played 15 seasons in Red & Black, winning six Italian trophies and two international titles. Today he has been named as club manager. He will report directly to the club’s sporting and technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli and will be the liaison between the team and the club.

“The strong bond between AC Milan and Abbiati started in summer of ’98, when Christian joined the team — coached by Alberto Zaccheroni — as second reserve goalkeeper behind Sebastiano Rossi and Jens Lehmann.

“A few months later, on 24 January 1999 he made his debut and he had a key role in helping AC Milan win the 16th red & black Scudetto in Perugia. That bond lasted for 15 seasons, until the day Christian said goodbye to the red & black fans in San Siro, on 15 May 2016. This bond is stronger than ever today, the day of Christian’s return. Good luck Abbia!”

Inter Milan appoint former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti as new head coach

​Inter Milan have confirmed the appointment of Luciano Spalletti as their new coach on a two-year contract.

Spalletti left Roma last month and has now committed to Inter until 2019 after meeting with the club’s owners in China earlier this week.

Inter announced the news on Friday, adding that Spalletti will be unveiled as their new boss on Wednesday.
An Inter statement read: “F.C. Internazionale are delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team.
“The new coach, who has signed a two-year contract, will be unveiled at a media conference at Suning Training Centre in memory of Angelo Moratti next Wednesday at 12:00 CEST. He will take his first training session with the team on Monday 3 July.

“Luciano Spalletti has been involved in more Serie A matches than any other coach currently employed in Serie A — 406 and counting. On a personal level, he won the prestigious Panchina d’Oro award in 2004-05 and was named Coach of the Year by the Italian Footballers’ Association in 2006 and 2007.

“Best of luck in the new job, Luciano!”