Fiorentina sign Giovanni Simeone from Genoa

Fiorentina have signed striker Giovanni Simeone — the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego — from Genoa.

Simeone, 22, scored 11 Serie A goals for Genoa last season and helps reinforce the forward line at the Stadio Artemio Franchi following the sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus.

A statement published on Fiorentina’s website on Wednesday evening said Simeone had committed to the Tuscans until 2022.

Simeone played for River Plate in his native Argentina between 2013 and 2016 during which time he won an Argentina Primera Division, a Copa Libertadores, a Copa Sudamericana and a Recopa Sudamericana.

Aleksandar Kolarov joins AS Roma from Manchester City 


Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has joined Serie A club Roma on a three-year deal for a fee of £4.5m.

The 31-year-old, who played 247 times for City, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his seven years with the club.

The Serbia full-back moved to City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010.
Kolarov becomes the latest defender to leave City this summer, following Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna out of the club.
“I am extremely happy to be here,” he said. “I will give 100% and more for Roma. My objective is always the same: to win.”

On leaving City he added: “When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long.

“Today is the day I have to say goodbye. For me, it’s a very sad day. I am proud that I was part of making City the club that it is.”
Kolarov will now join up with the Italian club in Boston as they continue their pre-season tour of the United States.

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.”

Douglas Costa undergoes medical at Juventus ahead of £5m loan move from Bayern Munich

​Douglas Costa is undergoing a medical at Juventus ahead of an initial loan switch from German champions Bayern Munich.

The Italians reportedly have an obligation to make the deal permanent next season for £35million, after paying an initial loan fee of £5million.

Costa made 77 appearances for the Bundesliga side in two seasons, netting 14 goals in that time following his move from Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2015.

Costa’s departure seemed inevitable following James Rodriguez’s arrival in Bavaria on a two-year loan.

The Brazilian international had fallen down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.

The winger made 23 league appearances last season, scoring four times, as Bayern lifted their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Costa will be Juventus’ first new signing this summer, after Juan Cuadrado, Medhi Benatia and Rodrigo Bentacur’s loan deals were made permanent.

He will link up with fellow South American forwards Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain as the Old Lady challenge for the Champions League, a competition they have been runners-up in two of the last three seasons.

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!”