Chelsea spoil for battle with Manchester City over Italian wonderkid

Conte and Guardiola

Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in Genoa’s 16-year-old striking sensation Pietro Pellegri after Inter, Milan and Juventus, according to Football Italia. The centre-forward already found the net on his Serie A debut in May against Roma, then came off the bench to bag a brace in Sunday night’s 3-2 defeat to Lazio. It is…

Revealed: How defence ace Maicon forced Jose Mourinho to change training schedule at Inter Milan

Maicon and Mourinho

A former Inter player claims Maicon “was often drunk on Mondays”, forcing then-Coach Jose Mourinho to move training to the evening. Ianis Zicu played for Inter between 2004 and 2010, although the Romanian attacker never made a first-team appearance for the Nerazzurri, reports Football Italia. “At Inter, Mourinho had a player who was often drunk…

Alvaro Morata compares Premier League, La Liga, Serie A

Morata, Rudiger, Bakayoko and Zappacosta

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has compared the intensity of the game in England with what is obtainable in La Liga and Serie A. The striker arrived at Chelsea for a club-record fee from Real Madrid and is already impressing with three goals in his opening four games in England’s top flight. According to the Spaniard,…

Manchester United key target signs new contract

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United’s plan to relaunch swoop for Ivan Perisic in the January transfer window has hit the rocks as the Croatian winger has signed a five-year contract extension with Inter Milan. Perisic was heavily linked with Manchester United over the summer, but the 28-year-old is now set to play a key role in Luciano Spalletti’s…

Mourinho rejects short-term coach tag, insists he does not have “the team I want” at Man Utd

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho claims he still does not have “the team I want” at Manchester United, despite the Red Devils’ flying start to the season. United have won all three of their Premier League games so far, scoring 10 goals and conceding zero, and sit top of the table. The Portuguese however insists he is not…

Revealed: Why Emre Can-Liverpool contract talks stalled

Emre Can

Contract talks between Liverpool and Juventus target Emre Can have reportedly stalled over his demands for a release clause. According to the Daily Star, Liverpool are not prepared to include a clause in any new deal for Can. However, the midfielder’s insistence on its inclusion has led to “a stalemate” in negotiations, which have been…

Chelsea set to sign Italy national team defender

Antonio Conte

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Torino defender Davide Zappacosta for an initial £23million, according to Evening Standard. The Blues turned to the 25-year-old to provide competition for Victor Moses for the right-wing back position after missing out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rafinha and Cedric Soares. Chelsea agreed a £35m fee, plus a further £5m…

Monaco revive interest in Antonio Conte top target

Conte

Reports in Italy claim Monaco have renewed their interest in signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti. According to Calciomercato.com, Monaco re-established contact with Torino on Monday morning with a view to bringing in Belotti. The French champions have money to burn as it is, and Kylian Mbappe’s likely transfer to Paris Saint-Germain will leave a sizeable…

Juventus join Inter Milan in the race for Arsenal star

Arsene Wenger

Juventus have reportedly instigated a transfer tug-of war with Inter for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who is “willing” to move back to Italy. According to ESPN, Inter had been leading the race for Mustafi but now face competition from Juve, who have yet to sign a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci. However, it remains to seen…

Chelsea, Liverpool handed transfer boost as top target requests for exit

Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte

Premier League clubs Liverpool ans Chelsea have been handed transfer boost as Renato Sanches “asked to be left out” of the Bayern Munich squad this weekend. The midfielder only arrived a year ago from Benfica for €35m plus substantial bonuses, but struggled for playing time. He is not included in Carlo Ancelotti’s side for this…