Serie A results: Juventus cruise at home against Cagliari; Napoli win away Hellas Verona

Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

  • Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Juventus launched their bid for a seventh successive Serie A title with a routine 3-0 home win over Cagliari on Saturday.

Mario Mandzukic drilled home with a low shot after good approach play from Stephan Lichtsteiner to put Juve in control after just 12 minutes.

But Cagliari rallied and earned a penalty when Alex Sandro upended Duje Cop, but Gianluigi Buffon comfortably saved Diego Farias’ spot kick, and after that Juve quickly regained control.

Miralem Pjanic played in Paula Dybala and the Argentina forward did the rest, firing into the top corner to double the hosts’ lead.

Sandro then atoned for conceding the penalty by teeing up Gonzalo Higuain for Juve’s third, with the Argentina hitman slotting home with ease.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi joined the fray late on for his Juve debut, fresh from his midweek switch from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

Napoli coasted to a 3-1 opening-weekend win at Hellas Verona, hitting their Serie A stride with precious little fuss or trouble on the road.

The hosts were in trouble just after the half-hour, when Samuel Souprayen put through his own net to gift Napoli early control. Napoli quickly doubled their lead thanks to a rapid counter-attack.

Lorenzo insigne played in Arkaduisz Milik and the Poland striker fired home to cap a flowing break.

Faouzi Ghoulam blasted home the third just past the hour to kill the contest.

Verona managed to scramble a consolation however, after Elseid Hysaj upended Alex Ferrari for a penalty.

Hysaj was sent off and Pazzini converted the spot-kick, but in reality all Verona’s late goal did was gloss the scoreline.

Juventus sign Blaise Matuidi from PSG

Blaise Matuidi has joined Juventus in an initial €20 million deal after a six-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain.

France international midfielder Matuidi completed a medical in Turin on Thursday and has signed a three-year contract with the Serie A champions.

The transfer fee could raise an additional €10.5m with add-ons based on the number of appearances the 30-year-old makes with Juve.

Matuidi won 16 domestic trophies at PSG and was named as 2015’s French Player of the Year as well as twice being voted into the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

His final PSG appearance, at Guingamp’s Stade de Roudourou on Sunday, was his 400th in Ligue 1.

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said of Matuidi’s exit:

“I will always have great memories of Blaise’s six seasons with our club. He is a player who played every match with generosity and a permanent desire to win everything, earning admiration from everyone.

“Blaise will remain in our hearts and he will always be welcome in the big PSG family. We wish him every success in his first challenge abroad and every success with the France national team in this World Cup season.”

Sylvain Armand, a former PSG player, said Matuidi would have preferred to stay at the club but decided to move once it became clear he was no longer an integral part of coach Unai Emery’s plans.

Armand told Le Parisien:

“Even if he played a lot last season, he quickly realised this campaign that he was not going to get the same playing time.

“He and Juventus will be happy together. It is a shame for PSG, because Blaise always gave absolutely everything. He was in love with the club. He would have preferred to continue his Parisian adventure.”

Lazio edge Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Juventus 2-3 Lazio

Lazio beat Juventus 3-2 to win the Italian Super Cup following a thrilling finale at the Stadio Olimpico.

Simone Inzaghi’s side led 2-0 thanks to Ciro Immobile’s double, the first from a penalty and the second a fine header after the break.

Paulo Dybala launched a one-man comeback at the death, steering home a free-kick with five minutes remaining before converting a spot-kick, but Alessandro Murgia rescued the cup for Lazio.

This pre-season triumph also served as prompt revenge for the Bianconeri, who lost the Coppa Italia final to Juve back in May.

Southampton sign Mario Lemina on a five-year deal from Juventus

Southampton have signed midfielder Mario Lemina from Juventus for £15.6m.

The 23-year-old Gabon international has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Saints.

Juventus confirmed in a statement on their official website the deal was worth 17million euros (£15.6m), which could increase by a further three million euros (£2.77m).

The transfer is believed to be a club record deal.

Their previous record signing was Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, who joined from French side Lille for £16m in August 2016.

Lemina said on http://www.southamptonfc.com:

“I am really happy to have signed for Southampton. I think that it was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind.”

Lemina started his career in France with Lorient before joining Marseille in 2013.

The midfielder signed initially on loan with Juventus in 2015 and after completing a permanent transfer last summer, went on to help the Bianconeri win the Serie A title as well as reach the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Southampton vice chairman Les Reed feels Lemina will be a welcome addition to Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad.

“Mario is an outstanding talent who has already achieved a great deal in his career, winning a number of titles and gaining experience of playing on some of the biggest stages in world football,” Reed said.

“Investing in a player of Mario’s quality and buying from a club like Juventus is a significant statement of intent from the club, and this is a purchase that has set another club-record fee.

“Mario still has his best years ahead of him, and we believe that he will not only be an excellent acquisition for us in the immediate future, but that he will also be able to realise even more of his potential here in the years to come.

“In a volatile market with some extraordinary and inexplicable transfers taking place, we are determined to go about our work in a diligent and correct way. This is a player who has won trophies and played in the Champions League final less than three months ago and he has signed for Saints amid a host of suitors.

“Mario will complement what is already an extremely strong group of midfield players in our squad, and we are excited about what he will bring to the group.”

Juventus sign Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina on a five-year deal

Juventus have signed Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi on a five-year deal for £35m.

The 23-year-old, who scored 11 league goals last season, has spent three years in Florence.

Bernardeschi, who has nine senior Italy caps, impressed during this summer’s European Under-21 Championship, and Juve described him as one of Europe’s “most promising attacking talents”.

Juve are looking to win the league title for the seventh successive year.

Prior to Bernardeschi’s signing, they had already recruited Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Medhi Benatia and Douglas Costa.

Bernardeschi is now expected to travel to the United States, where Juventus are on a pre-season tour.

AC Milan seal the 40m Euro signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus; Mattia De Sciglio move to the opposite direction

​AC Milan have signed Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus for a reported 40m euros (£35.1m).
Bonucci has signed a five-year deal with the 18-time champions, who have spent about £160m this  summer.
The Italy international, capped 70 times, joined the Milan club last week subject to a medical.

The 30-year-old spent seven years at Juventus, making 319 appearances and winning six consecutive Serie A titles.
Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said: “Technically, I think that he and Sergio Ramos are the strongest central defenders in the world.”

Bonucci becomes the fourth defender AC Milan have signed this summer following the arrivals of centre-back Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal for £16m, left-back  Ricardo Rodriguez from  Wolfsburg for £16mand right-back Andrea Conti for £21.4m.
AC Milan have also brought midfielders Franck Kessie, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas  Biglia, along with forwards Andre Silvaand Fabio Borini, in what has been a very busy summer so far in the transfer market.
The Rossoneri are also in  talks to sign Andrea  Belotti from Torino after  missing out on Alvaro  Morata and Pierre- Emerick Aubameyangand have held discussions  with Bayern Munich  about signing Portuguese midfielder Renato  Sanches.

Meanwhile, Juve completed the signing of full-back Mattia de Sciglio, 24, from Milan for £10.64m.

De Sciglio moves in the opposite direction as a replacement for Dani Alves at right back for Juventus.

Juventus made the announcement on Thursday that De Sciglio was joining from AC Milan and signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champions.

Alves was released by Juventus in June and subsequently joined Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old has 31 caps for Italy.

A statement on their website said: “Juventus are adding a player with versatility, skill and an international pedigree.”
Bonucci’s move means he becomes the world’s most expensive player aged 30 or over, surpassing the  £22.5m Roma paid Fiorentina for striker Gabriel Batistuta in 2000.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Juventus on a four-year deal

​Wojciech Szczesny has completed a reported £10million move from Arsenal to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Poland international has agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, where he will provide competition for Gianluigi Buffon
The Pole fell out of favour at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger opted to bring Petr Cech to the club two years ago, and enjoyed a good season on loan at Roma last season.

However, it is Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus who has won the race to sign the goalkeeper permanently, even though he knows he’ll have to play second fiddle to “legend” Gianluigi Buffon for the time being.

The Polish international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A.

“I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he told reporters.

“I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game.

“When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here

“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win.

“At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”