How Inter could line up in the 2021/22 season

You'd probably assume that upon winning your first title in 11 years, the message from the boardroom would be 'same again next year, lads.' But this has been no ordinary summer for the current champions of Italy. After winning the scudetto in swashbuckling style, Antonio Conte walked away from Inter due to the club's precarious financial state and the subsequent cuts that would have to be made to the playing staff. The Nerazzurri need to generate some serious cash this summer, although the departure of Achraf Hakimi has already landed them a cool €70m. The wing-back needs to be replaced however, while new coach Simone Inzaghi must address other problematic areas in the squad. So, let's have a look at

Inter’s first ten matches of the Serie A season – graded on difficulty

Lock up your daughters, Serie A, there's a new heart-throb in town. Well, there was. While watching Juventus stroll to first prize in Italy's calcio beauty pageant, Inter lay in wait, hoping for old age and the victor's luxurious lifestyle to catch up with the Old Lady. Sure enough, I Bianconeri became complacent, and the wrinkles finally began to show. Inter pinched their place at the top, and with a fresh, vibrant charm to match their clear complexion, I Nerazzurri were hot favourites to commence their own period of domination. But only days after winning the scudetto for the first time in 11 long years, Inter suffered a series of blows to the face which have left them battered and

Juventus’ first ten matches of the Serie A season – graded on difficulty

After nine successive Serie A titles, a fourth-placed finish in the 2020/21 campaign simply was not the ticket for Juventus.It was nowhere near the domestic domination the Old Lady has become accustomed to over the past decade and, as a result, the gamble that was Andrea Pirlo was swiftly moved on.Now Massimiliano Allegri who, during his previous spell with the club between 2014 and 2019, picked up five of the nine straight Scudettos - and made two Champions League finals - is back at the helm and will look to restore Juve's crown. The start of the season is often - although not always - a very good indication at how a club's season is going to pan out, so

AC Milan complete signing of Olivier Giroud from Chelsea

AC Milan have completed the signing France striker Olivier Giroud from Chelsea.The 34-year-old striker struggled for minutes under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel but had a habit of popping up with vital goals in his rare outings, including six strikes in eight Champions League games - just two of which were starts.With his playing time limited, Giroud was made available for transfer this summer and spent Friday in Milan finalising a move to the Rossoneri which is expected to earn Chelsea up to £2m.To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments ??I'm starting a new journey with a light and happy heart. Our victories

Sassuolo reject €30m Juventus bid for Euro 2020 star Manuel Locatelli

Juventus have had a bid of €30m (£25.7m) for Manuel Locatelli rejected, with Sassuolo determined to hold out for their initial valuation of €40m (£34.3m).The Italian midfielder's stellar performances in Serie A last season have seen a number of clubs register an interest in him, while his Euro 2020 displays only served to fuel the speculation surrounding his future.Locatelli has already told Sassuolo that he intends to leave in search of Champions League football, with Juventus emerging as frontrunners to secure his signature.It was revealed recently that the Old Lady's director of football Federico Cherubini would be meeting up with Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali to discuss a deal, though negotiations haven't got off to the best of starts with Goal

Jose Mourinho records emphatic 10-0 victory in first game in charge of Roma

Jose Mourinho has been accused of having lost his spark in recent seasons.The Portuguese tactician became renowned for his ability to lead teams to the title - more often than not in his second season in charge - but after failing to secure Premier League glory with either Manchester United or Tottenham, is he still the manager we used to know and love?Even a 10-0 win couldn't keep Jose Mourinho happy / Fabio Rossi/Getty ImagesHis appointment as Roma boss earlier this summer was met with fits of laughter from Tottenham fans who'd grown tired of his pragmatic style of play during his time in north London, so he'd need a good start to life at the helm of I Giallorossi if

Olivier Giroud arrives for AC Milan medical

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud is expected to fly to Milan shortly where he'll complete a medical before his move to I Rossoneri is confirmed.The Frenchman has never really cemented his place in the Blues' starting XI since his switch from Arsenal in January 2018, though he has contributed some big goals in his three and a half years at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are looking to freshen up their attacking options this summer, with 90min recently revealing they're willing to spend up to £150m to secure the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.? | Giroud arrives in Milano ?⚫️— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) July 15, 2021Their pursuit of the Norway international means they're keen to move some of their existing strike force on, and

Giorgio Chiellini yet to be contacted by Juventus over new contract

The agent of Giorgio Chiellini has revealed he's yet to hear from Juventus with regards to a new contract and confirmed the veteran defender has no plans to retire.Chiellini was one of the stars of Italy's triumphant Euro 2020 squad this summer, though with his deal at Juve now expired he's currently a free agent.Giorgio Chiellini's contract with Juventus has now expired / Nicolò Campo/Getty ImagesThe defender's agent Davide Lippi has confirmed he was told the Old Lady would be in contact to discuss a new deal for his client after the European Championship, but as of yet he's not been contacted by the club.“It takes two to sign a contract,” he told Radio Radio (via Football Italia). “Giorgio went

Serie A fixture list for the 2021/22 season released

The Serie A fixtures for the 2021/22 season have been released with champions Inter kicking off their title defence at home to Genoa, while Massimiliano Allegri's first game back at the helm of Juventus will be away at Udinese.The first round of matches will take place on the weekend of August 22 with the final matchday scheduled for May 22, and for the first time ever the second half of the Serie A season won't mirror the first.It's time to find out the #SerieATIM 2021/2022 fixtures ???⚽️??#WeAreCalcio— Lega Serie A (@SerieA_EN) July 14, 2021Simone Inzaghi's first experience of the Derby della Madonnina will take place on November 7 with Milan classed as the home team, while the reverse fixture

Juventus set to table bid for Manuel Locatelli

Juventus are willing to sell one of their young prospects to Sassuolo in order to get negotiations for Manuel Locatelli over the line.The midfielder enjoyed a terrific 2020/2021 season and his performances for Italy at Euro 2020 have only enhanced his reputation. Locatelli started off the tournament in terrific form before being replaced in the starting XI by Marco Verratti upon his return from injury. Euro 2020 made many more people aware of Locatelli's incredible talent / GES-Sportfoto/Getty ImagesHe has been linked with a move away from Sassuolo for some time, with Manchester City said to be interested earlier this year. More recently Arsenal have joined the race for his signature - though he is widely expected to sign for

Inter unveil classy snakeskin home shirt for 2021/22 season

There was a time when Inter's home shirt would consist of black and blue vertical strikes and anything else would be considered absolute sacrilege.Times have changed a little and their latest offering is possibly the maddest of the lot.? | NEW JERSEYThe snake is changing its skin so that we’re ready for new challenges on the horizon. We’re thrilled to unveil our Home jersey for 2021/22, the first of its kind with our new crest! ⚫?#TheNewSkinOfMilano #IMInter #IMMilano @Lenovo @lenovoitalia #InterXLenovo— Inter ??? (@Inter_en) July 13, 2021The club confirmed their long-standing partnership with tyre manufacturer Pirelli would be coming to an end this summer, while they've also redesigned their badge, all of which meant their 2021/22 kit was going

Juventus set to meet with Sassuolo over deal for Manuel Locatelli

Juventus are keen to secure the signing of Manuel Locatelli and will meet with Sassuolo next week to discuss a deal. The Italian has been courted by Arsenal in recent weeks as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his midfield ahead of the 2021/22 season, though Juve have also made no secret of their interest in the 23-year-old. The Gunners were recently reported to have matched Sassuolo's €40m (£34.2m) valuation of Locatelli, and the move has only served to accelerate Juventus' pursuit, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that director of football Federico Cherubini will meet with Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali after the Euro 2020 final to discuss a deal. The Old Lady have been told they will need to match Arsenal's offer if they're

Cristiano Ronaldo asks for Juventus contract extension

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo appears keen to stay with the club for another two years, with a report in Italy stating that super agent Jorge Mendes has started work on trying to secure his client an extension on his current deal.Ronaldo has a contract in Turin until next summer but rather than move on to somewhere new, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner seems happy to stay on a little longer.Ronaldo has scored 101 goals in 133 appearances for Juve since joining from Real Madrid in 2018 and has won five domestic trophies during that time - although Champions League glory has remained elusive following quarter-final and last 16 exits.Ronaldo has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Paris

Juventus keen to re-sign Paul Pogba from Man Utd

Exclusive - Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has made it clear to the club that he wants to re-sign Paul Pogba, who has entered the final year of his contract at Manchester United.Pogba spent four successful years at Juventus earlier in his career after leaving Old Trafford the first time, with the final two of those spent working under Allegri. The Frenchman was very settled in Turin but an £89m transfer saw him return to Manchester to address unfinished some business there.Five years on and Pogba’s second spell at United has been a mixed bag. He has often been the club’s best player during that time, but the success he would have hoped for has not yet come.Man Utd have approached

Aaron Ramsey keen to stay at Juventus despite transfer rumours

Aaron Ramsey is not actively looking to force a move away from Juventus this summer, contrary to recent reports.The Wales international joined the club in 2019 on a free transfer and his current deal is not due to expire until 2023. However, reports in Italy last week claimed the 30-year-old had been hoping to negotiate the early termination of his contract.According to Sky Sports, sources close to the player have indicated this is simply not true and that in fact, the return of Massimiliano Allegri is seen as a good reason to stay. During his time in Turin so far, Ramsey has shown glimpses of what it was that convinced the club to swoop for him, without hitting the heights

Granit Xhaka speaks out on impending AS Roma move

Granit Xhaka has all but confirmed his intention to leave Arsenal this summer, suggesting he is very keen on a potential move to AS Roma. Roma's interest in Xhaka has been near enough public knowledge ever since Jose Mourinho arrived at the helm. The Portuguese boss is a known fan of the midfielder, and was one of the few prominent figures in the UK to defend him after his relationship with the Gunners broke down in 2019. The infamous incident where Xhaka ironically applauded Arsenal fans as he was booed off the pitch against Crystal Palace still rankles with many, and although he has recovered to play a prominent role under Mikel Arteta, he remains a divisive figure.So it came

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus return will be key to Paulo Dybala revival

First the return of Massimiliano Allegri, and now this - summer 2021 is turning out to be a special one for Juventus supporters.The past three years have seen Paulo Dybala tipped to become the kingpin of the Bianconeri forward line, knighted as the heir to Lionel Messi's throne at Barcelona, and then suffer a fall from grace so great that his current club have tried to force him out of the door on more than one occasion. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2018 completely turned Dybala's future upside down, as it quickly became apparent that: 1) the Argentine was no longer the main man, and 2) one of the pair may have to leave to keep

Inter draw up three-player shortlist to replace Achraf Hakimi

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is among the three players shortlisted by Inter as they look to replace Achraf Hakimi on a relatively shoestring budget.The financial situation is pretty grim in the blue corner of San Siro, and the Inter hierarchy's determination to sell players to raise money was one of the key reasons behind Antonio Conte's controversial departure last month. The Italian walked away having just won Serie A, with chairman Steven Zhang hinting at 'different views' on how the club should be run. "We must reduce costs and control risks," he said at the time. "This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation. What wasn't fundamental for him, was

Romelu Lukaku gives update on Inter future in Twitter Q&A

Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he is 'happy at Inter' amid rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League.The topic was one of many that Lukaku addressed during the latest installment of his now famous Twitter question and answer sessions. He enjoyed a terrific season with the Nerazzurri last time out, scoring 24 goals and providing 11 assists as Inter ended Juventus' stranglehold over the Serie A title. However, since clinching the Scudetto things have fallen apart off the pitch for Inter. Financial problems led to manager Antonio Conte's departure and the club also need to trim the wage bill, as well as sell players to bounce the books. Lukaku has been one of the players linked with

Sampdoria set price tag for Barcelona & Tottenham target Mikkel Damsgaard

Sampdoria have set an asking price of €30m for starlet Mikkel Damsgaard, after European giants Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur sent scouts to watch the Danish winger light up Euro 2020.The 20-year-old proved pivotal for his nation in their qualification for the round of 16, scoring a stunning goal in a 4-1 victory over Russia on the final matchday of the group stage. The winger couldn't have chosen a better moment to explode onto the European scene, as Barça had sent scouts to watch the Danish wonderkid in action, while Spurs also recorded some interest in his services. As a result of all this attention, Sampdoria have set their asking price for their star asset, Damsgaard. According to La Gazzetta, as