Juventus confirm imminent release, as Manchester City move nears


​Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.
Alves won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during Guardiola’s four years in charge at the Camp Nou before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer, despite having 12 months on his Barca deal.

He helped the Italian team to a league and cup double and playing a crucial role in driving them to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.
He struggled initially in Serie A and fractured his fibula in November, which sidelined him for almost two months, but he returned to action at the start of February and went on to make 33 appearances, scoring six goals and collecting seven assists.

Alves’ relationship with the club began to deteriorate after the defeat in Cardiff, however, and his recent behaviour has angered supporters.
Last week Alves said in an interview with Brazilian TV that Juventus forward Paolo Dybala needs to leave the Serie A giants one day in order to improve as a player.
On Monday he further baffled fans by posting a picture of his boots from Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juve in the 2015 Champions League final on his Instagram account, and Marotta revealed Alves has asked for a way out of his two-year contract with the club.
“Dani Alves has decided that he wants to change his surroundings, so we will come to a mutual agreement and we wish him luck,” Marotta told reporters on Wednesday.

“There has been no break-up with Dani, but motivation is fundamental for any footballer.”
Chelsea have also had a bid rejected by Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, according to  Marotta.

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.

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    • Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager.
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    • Jose Mourinho has been nicknamed “Daisy” by his Manchester backroom staff, in reference to the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, because the Portuguese boss is always getting a lift to the training ground.
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      • LA Galaxy are eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Ospina.
      • Arsenal remain determined to resist any offer from Manchester City or Chelsea this summer for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.

      • Emre Can is poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool.
      • Can is believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that will tie him to Anfield until 2021 and the Germany international is all set to sign up.
      • Juventus have offered €35million to Sevilla to sign Steven N’Zonzi but will move for Emre Can if they fail to reach an agreement.
      • Juve are hoping to complete a  deal for Pescara’s Mamadou  Coulibaly.
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      • Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has told Juventus he wants to join the club.
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      • AC Milan are to consider including a €105million release clause in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal.
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      • Everton target M’Baye Niang is being linked with a move to Torino.
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      UEFA Champions League Final:  Record-breaking Ronaldo strikes twice to fire Real Madrid to Champions League glory

      Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid retained their Champions League crown and heaped more final heartbreak on Juventus with a 4-1 win in Cardiff.

      In a gripping final, Real took the lead when Ronaldo finished off a flowing counter-attack (20) but Juventus hit back seven minutes later through a skilful overhead kick from Mario Mandzukic that will go down in history as one the greatest goals in Champions League history.

      Casemiro fired Zinedine Zidane’s side into the lead on 61 minutes and Ronaldo struck again three minutes later, before Marco Asensio wrapped it up in stoppage time to condemn Juve -who had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off for two yellow cards late on – to a fifth straight defeat in the showpiece European final (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017).


      Victory for the La Liga giants means they have become the first side to defend the Champions League since its revamp in 1992 and wins them an historic 12th European major title.

      This fixture matched up a well-drilled Juventus defence that had conceded just three goals in this season’s competition against a ruthless Real attacking outfit that scored in all of their 12 Champions League matches this season.

      Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his status as the Champions League’s greatest goal-scorer with his decisive double taking his tally to 105 career Champions League goals.

      • To put that goal haul into perspective, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 94 times in the competition and the legendary Raul is way back on 71 in third.
      • No other player has more than 56.

      Most Champions League goals

      Player Goals

      Cristiano Ronaldo 105

      Lionel Messi 94

      Raul 71

      Ruud van Nistelrooy 56

      Karim Benzema 51

      • Ronaldo’s opener against Juventus also meant he became the first player in history to net in three different Champions League finals, adding to his strikes for United in 2008 and Real in 2014.

      • It’s worth noting Ronaldo had to wait 26 matches before scoring his first Champions League goal – he’s scored 90 in 88 appearances since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid.

      • Ronaldo’s second of the game then took him clear of Messi at the top of the scoring standings for this competition. His 12 goals in the 2016/17 Champions League mean he has finished top scorer in Europe’s elite club contest five years running.

      Champions League top scorer 2016/17

      Player  Club  Goals

      Cristiano Ronaldo  Real Madrid  12

      Lionel Messi  Barcelona  11

      Edinson Cavani  PSG  8

      Robert Lewandowski  Bayern Munich  8

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  Borussia Dortmund   7

      • Ronaldo scores brings up another landmark and his second against Juventus was also his 600th for club and country.

      Serie A – Juventus end with 17 year old Moise Kean stoppage-time winner; Atalanta move to fourth after Chievo victory

      ​Atalanta 1 – 0 Chievo Verona

      Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

      • Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

      Juventus ended their championship Serie A campaign with a nod to the future as 17-year-old Moise Kean scored a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 comeback victory over Bologna on Saturday.

      A second-half substitute, Kean connected on a difficult header following a free kick from Miralem Pjanic.

      It was the first Serie A goal for Kean, who was making just his third appearance in the league. In November, Kean became the first player born in this millennium to appear in Serie A.
      Bologna’s Saphir Taider had opened the scoring with a splendid shot from beyond the area following the break, but Paulo Dybala equalised for Juventus in the 70th minute with a rebound following a shot from Gonzalo Higuain.
      Juventus had already secured their record sixth-straight Serie A title and rested usual starters Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic. They will be looking to complete a Treble against Real Madrid in the Champions League final next Saturday.

      Juventus moved seven points clear of second-placed Roma, who host Genoa on Sunday in the final match of Francesco Totti’s 25-year career with the Giallorossi.

      • Atalanta 10 Chievo Verona

      Atalanta beat Chievo Verona 1-0 to move two points ahead of Lazio into fourth place, which would be a club record. Lazio visit relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

      Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, recently called up to the Argentina squad, scored for Atalanta with a shot from the centre of the area after an excellent through ball from Bryan Cristante.

      Serie A results  – Juventus clinch sixth straight league title; Milan and Inter Win

      ​AC Milan 3 – 0 Bologna

      Empoli 0 – 1 Atalanta

      Genoa 2 – 1 Torino

      Juventus 3 – 0 Crotone

      Sassuolo 6 – 2 Cagliari

      Udinese 1 – 1 Sampdoria

      Lazio 1 – 3 Inter

      • Juventus 3 – 0 Crotone

      Treble-chasing Juventus clinched a record sixth consecutive Serie A title thanks to victory over lowly Crotone.

      Mario Mandzukic, on his 31st birthday, turned home Juan Cuadrado’s cross from close range to give the perennial champions an early lead.

      Paulo Dybala curled home a brilliant free-kick and Alex Sandro headed in a third via the crossbar as Juventus won with relative ease.

      They could have won the title last week but lost 3-1 to second-placed  Roma.

      Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who beat  Lazio 2-0 in the Italian Cup finalon Wednesday, are bidding to become the second Italian team, after Jose Mourinho’s 2010 Inter Milan, to win the treble.

      They face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday, 3 June. They have one game before then – a trip to Bologna on the final day of Serie A next Sunday.

      Crotone remain a point shy of Empoli and safety heading into their season-ending clash against Lazio next weekend.

      • Empoli 0 – 1 Atalanta

      Crotone only live to fight another day thanks to Atalanta, who beat 17th-placed Empoli 1-0 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani to confirm their own entry to the Europa League group stage.

      Gian Piero Gasperini’s team have blazed an unlikely trail all season long and the always-influential Alejandro Gomez was the match-winner in Tuscany, rifling home the decider after just 13 minutes.

      Empoli had their chances to level in the second half, with veteran Massimo Maccarone coming very close, but they sit just one point clear of Crotone before visiting Palermo on the final day.

      • ​AC Milan 3 – 0 Bologna

      Underachieving AC Milan look set to find a route into Europe through the back door of sixth place after defeating Bologna 3-0 at San Siro, ended a run of three seasons without European football.

      Gerard Deulofeu found the opener 69 minutes into a nervy encounter and Keisuke Honda swiftly added a second before Gianluca Lapadula confirmed the outcome in stoppage time.

      • Lazio 1 – 3 Inter

      Inter Milan came back from a goal down to beat fourth-placed Lazio 3-1 and end an eight-match winless streak. After a penalty from Keita Balde Diao gave Lazio the lead, Marco Andreolli levelled with a header, Wesley Hoedt scored an own goal and Eder added another for Inter.

      Lazio ended with nine men after Keita and Senad Lulic each picked up two yellows.

      • Sassuolo 6 – 2 Cagliari

      Both Sassuolo and Cagliari will finish in mid-table after an eight-goal thriller in Reggio Emilia, where the hosts ran out 6-2 victors.

      Francesco Magnanelli, Domenico Berardi and Matteo Politano had Sassuolo three goals up inside just 13 minutes, with Marco Sau replying before Stefano Sensi made it 4-1 heading into the break.

      The contest was closer in the second half as, after Pietro Iemmello continued his fine goal-scoring run with a penalty, Artur Ionita notched Cagliari’s second. On the stroke of full-time, though, substitute Alessandro Matri rubber-stamped a conclusive home win.

      • Genoa 2 – 1 Torino

      Genoa secured their top-flight status with a 2-1 victory over Torino at the Marassi.

      Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone gave Grifone some reason to be cheerful towards the end of a dire campaign, with Adem Ljajic leaving it until late to grab a consolation goal for Torino.

      • Udinese 1 – 1 Sampdoria

      Three players were sent off as Udinese and Sampdoria shared the points from a bad-tempered 1-1 draw.

      Cyril Thereau blasted Udinese into an early lead but the Zebrette lost Rodrigo de Paul to a red card shortly after the restart.

      Gabriel Silva’s foul on Luis Muriel allowed the latter to equalise from the penalty spot but the Colombia international’s overenthusiastic celebrations sparked a brawl.

      Muriel — formerly on the books at the Dacia Arena — was dismissed for his role in the scuffle, with Udinese defender Danilo promptly following him down the tunnel.

      ON SATURDAY 

      • Chievo verona 3 – 5 Roma

      Roma closed the gap to Serie A leaders Juventus to a point after a thrilling 5-3 win at Chievo.

      Luciano Spalletti’s side are second but Juventus will win the league if they beat relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

      Roma survived a scare though as they twice fell behind in the first half.

      A Chievo victory would have handed the title to Juventus and Lucas Castro made made it 1-0 when he converted from close range, but Stephan El Shaarawy levelled from the edge of the box after 28 minutes.

      Roberto Inglese restored Chievo’s lead when he headed past Wojciech Szczesny eight minutes before the break.

      But Mohamed Salah equalised again to make it 2-2 at the break before El Shaarawy put Roma ahead for the first time after 58 minutes.

      Salah fired into the bottom corner for 4-2 and Edin Dzeko scored his 28th league goal of the season with seven minutes left when he drilled in from outside the box to put Roma in control.

      Inglese then scored with three minutes left to pull a goal back for Chievo, who are set to finish in mid-table.

      Napoli s enjoyed a 4-1 win over Fiorentina.

      They we

      re two points behind Juve following victory — thanks to two goals from Dries Mertens and strikes from Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne — and one adrift of Roma with avoidance of the Champions League playoff round at stake.

      But defeat dented Fiorentina’s Europa League hopes as they failed to make up ground on AC Milan and sit seventh having played a game more.

      Koulibaly opened the scoring after eight minutes, bundling in from close range, and Napoli almost doubled their lead when Mertens hit the post after 26 minutes.

      They did make it 2-0 nine minutes before the break when Insigne converted Mertens’ pass and Mertens scored himself 12 minutes after the re-start, stabbing in after Ciprian Tatarusanu fumbled Insigne’s effort.

      Josip Ilicic did pull a goal back for the visitors but Mertens wrapped up victory with a fourth when he embarrassed Gonzalo Rodriguez and tapped in after Insigne’s shot was saved.

      Coppa Italia Final : Daniel Alves and Leonardo  Bonucci score as Juventus beat Lazio to claim record third consecutive Coppa title

      ​Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio

      Juventus made history on Wednesday as they became the first side to win three consecutive Coppa Italia titles after beating Lazio 2-0 in Rome.

      Massimiliano Allegri’s side ultimately had the result sewn up in the first half and although they were tested by Lazio in the second period, they managed to keep their opponents at bay.

      Dani Alves gave Juventus the lead in the 12th minute as he volleyed home from a fine Alex Sandro cross and the Brazilian added another assist as he whipped in a corner for Leonardo Bonucci to slot home 12 minutes later.

      It was the first step in a series of trophy-deciding matches for the Old Lady, who are targeting the treble. They can seal their sixth Serie A title on Sunday before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3.