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.

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!”

Milan sign Swiss Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg

Full-back Ricardo Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal with AC Milan after completing a €17 million move from Wolfsburg, the clubs announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old becomes the Rossoneri’s third new signing this summer, and third since the end of Silvio Berlusconi’s near 31-year reign as club owner, joining Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie at the disposal of coach Vincenzo Montella next season.

“We experienced and achieved a lot together,” he told Wolfsburg’s official website. “I have developed as a player and as a person, always feeling very comfortable and having won a lot of friends.

“However, now is the time for me to take the next step in my career. Milan are a top international club and a big new challenge for me.”

Fiorentina  appoint former Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli as their new Coach

Former Inter Milan and Lazio boss Stefano Pioli has agreed a two-year deal to become Fiorentina’s head coach.

Pioli, 51, was sacked three games before the end of the Serie A season, in which Inter finished seventh and missed out on European football.

The Italian will replace Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa at Fiorentina, who finished a place below Inter in eighth.

“The new coach will sign a two-year deal, with the option of a third,” a club statement said.

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.

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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.