Udinese set new De Paul price-tag

Udinese are reportedly prepared to lower the asking price for Rodrigo De Paul to €30-35m, alerting Inter, Roma, Juventus, Napoli, Milan and Leeds United. The Argentina international midfielder had already been linked with a move last summer, but remained in part because his wife was pregnant and he did not want to add moving city or even country to her stress. The price-tag had until very recently been €40m, which put off Leeds United among other candidates for the creative midfielder. However, with the pandemic hitting the transfer market and De Paul now ready to leave, Sky Sport Italia pundit Luca Marchetti told Radio Marte that Udinese could accept €30-35m. De Paul turns 27 later this month and has contributed nine goals with 11

Castillejo: ‘Milan are a real family’

Samu Castillejo hails the team spirit at Milan and hopes Brahim Diaz remains after his loan from Real Madrid. ‘We are a real family.’ The Rossoneri are now just one win away from securing their top four status, as they have a superior head-to-head record with Juventus. They thrashed Torino 7-0 last night with an Ante Rebic hat-trick. “This was one of the most important games of the season and it’s never easy to play against a side that is fighting to avoid relegation,” Castillejo told Milan TV. “It was a great performance, as when we are concentrated and really on it, we’re a strong team. We want to achieve our target and qualify for the Champions League, hopefully already on Sunday.” There is a

Pioli explains Brahim Diaz inspiration

Stefano Pioli explains his inspired tactical change to get the best out of Brahim Diaz was only a consequence of wanting to move Hakan Calhanoglu. Since introducing Brahim Diaz to the starting XI over the last two games, the Rossoneri have been transformed, beating Juventus 3-0 and Torino 7-0. Brahim Diaz has contributed to four goals in those two starts, scoring three and assisting one. However, Pioli reveals the Spaniard’s spectacular form in the trequartista role was only a consequence of a different decision. “Brahim is doing very well, but I chose him there because I wanted to move Calhanoglu to the left, that way we would have more protection and be more solid down that flank,” the coach told Milan TV. “For example, against

Champions League race could be over on Sunday

It’s possible the race for the Champions League spots could be decided this weekend, with Juventus missing out unless they beat Inter. The battle for the top four had looked as if it was going down to the wire, and the situation is still very tight. Atalanta and Milan are in joint second place on 75 points, followed by Napoli on 73 and Juventus on 72. If Atalanta and Milan win their games this weekend – against Genoa and Cagliari respectively – then both of those teams have already booked their spots in the Champions League. That’s because they both have a superior head-to-head record with Juve. This makes their final head-to-head in Bergamo useful only to decide between second and third. Juve have by far

Milan unsure on Vazquez salary demands

Milan are in negotiations with Lucas Vazquez, who will be a free agent from Real Madrid in June, but his salary demands are proving very high. Sky Sport Italia report that there has been direct contact between the club and player. Although he would like to join the Rossoneri, Milan are trying to lower the wage bill going forward. It’s claimed the right-sided winger is asking for €7m per season, which would put him on a par with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Vazquez is also linked with Bayern Munich and has not entirely ruled out the possibility of signing an extension with Real Madrid. He turns 30 in July and is currently out of action following surgery on his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Before the injury,

Milan’s win against Juve could change Donnarumma’s future

The future of Gianluigi Donnarumma remains up in the air, but Milan’s win over Juventus could determine the goalkeeper’s stay at the club. The contract of the 22-year-old expires at the end of the season and Juventus are reportedly interested in securing his services as a free agent. However, Donnarumma wants to play Champions League football next season as he’s never played in Europe’s elite competition so far in his career. Milan’s top-four finish is considered one of the conditions for which Donnarumma will extend his stay at the club or not. Therefore, the Rossoneri’s win against Juventus last night could be a decisive one for the future of the Italy international. Juventus sit one point off fourth-placed Napoli, while Milan are level on 72

Paratici won’t comment on Donnarumma target

Fabio Paratici refused to say if Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is a transfer target for Juventus. ‘We are concentrated on the match.' It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. This is not just a head-to-head for the top four, but also the very future of the clubs, who would find it absolutely disastrous to miss out on Champions League football. “A decade is an eternity in football. This is an important match, there are another two after that, so nothing will be decided tonight one way or the other, but it is important,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s not just Donnarumma, the transfer market lasts all year round now, especially for the media. We

Maldini: ‘Pioli will stay at Milan’

Paolo Maldini confirms Stefano Pioli will be the Milan coach next season, but admits there’s ‘a whole season’ in play with Juventus tonight. It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. The Rossoneri need a victory to stay level with Atalanta in second place and not slip out of the top four completely, having been in the Scudetto race until a couple of weeks ago. “We were not expecting to be in this situation at the start of the season, but now we are here in the running for second place, we intend to give it our all,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia. “Aside from the game, we are all playing a whole season here. Inter

Kjaer: ‘Ronaldo lives for goals’

Milan defender Simon Kjaer said ‘it has always been a pleasure’ to play against Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘He lives for goals’. For Juventus vs. Milan tips and a full betting preview, visit Eurotips. Ahead of the direct clash in the battle for top four in Serie A on Sunday, Kjaer looks forward to facing the Portuguese superstar at the Allianz Stadium. “It has always been a pleasure to play against him,” Kjaer told Sky Sport Italia. “Since the first time 11 or 12 years ago. “He has changed a lot compared to before, but he has always been a champions and there’s no need to discuss it. “He lives for goals. He can play a game a bit off, but if there’s a ball

UEFA agreement for nine of 12 Super League clubs

UEFA has approved ‘reintegration measures’ for nine out of 12 Super League clubs, excluding Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona. After an Emergency Panel discussed the possible sanctions of the Super League clubs, UEFA has released an official statement confirming nine clubs have submitted a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’. Nine of the originally involved in the breakaway competition – including Milan and Inter - will have to pay €15m ‘to be used for the benefit of children, youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK’. The clubs ‘will be subject to withholding of 5 per cent of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed’. The clubs that have submitted the declaration are

Kjaer: ‘Champions League was always the target’

Milan defender Simon Kjaer said the target was ‘always to qualify for the Champions League’ ahead of the big game against Juventus in Serie A. The Rossoneri and the Bianconeri face each other on Sunday night, in a game that could be decisive in the battle for top four in the Italian League this term. Milan finished 2020 as winter champions but struggled to keep up with local rivals Inter in 2021, but Kjaer stressed the target was always the European Cup. “We go forward with desire to win this match and reach our target,” Kjaer told Milan TV. “Which has always been qualification to the Champions League. “I have positive feelings, I feel the hunger and desire to attack the game and win

Kulusevski hopes to make Zlatan struggle on Sunday

Juventus attacker Dejan Kulusevski hopes Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘doesn’t perform like he can’ when the two sides clash on Sunday. The Bianconeri host Milan in a direct clash in the top four battle this weekend and Kulusevski spoke about the crucial game to Sky Sport Italia. “We prepared well for this game,” he told the broadcaster. “We had the whole week to do it. We are calm, there are still two days.” The former Parma winger will face his compatriot and Sweden teammate Ibrahimovic at the Allianz Stadium. “I love him very much, but I hope he doesn’t perform like he can.” Speaking about his own performance in his first season with the Old Lady, the youngster admitted he didn’t expect it to be

Nocerino: ‘Muntari goal changed Milan history’

Antonio Nocerino believes the infamous ‘ghost goal’ against Juventus was ‘the moment that changed the history of Milan,’ leading to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva exits. The incident occurred during a 1-1 draw at San Siro on February 25, 2012, meaning the Scudetto showdown ended in a stalemate rather than allowing the Rossoneri to take control. Juventus would eventually win the Serie A title, but that moment – when Sulley Ali Muntari’s effort crossed the line before Gigi Buffon palmed it back out – was a turning point in the push for goal-line technology. “It wasn't after the game everyone went mad, it was straight after the goal. It was incredible, it was a goal. Buffon moved behind his goal-line when he clawed

Jorginho agent sets 50m price-tag

Jorginho is in the Champions League Final with Chelsea, but his agent confirms he’d be open to Napoli or Milan, and would currently cost €50m. The midfielder impressed during last night’s 2-0 win over Real Madrid, securing their 3-1 aggregate semi-final victory. “He would also like a return to Italy, but I think it will be in a couple of years and not now,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss. The representative was asked which club in Serie A could draw Jorginho in, for example Napoli or Milan? “If they don’t call… He loves the city of Naples and spent wonderful years there, but he has to think about his career right now. He still has a contract at Chelsea. “As for Milan, if

Udinese deny De Paul meeting

Udinese took the rare step of releasing a statement to deny reports Rodrigo De Paul had met with Inter or Milan this afternoon. The rumour mill took off when De Paul was spotted dining at the Botinero restaurant in Milan, which is co-owned by Inter President Javier Zanetti. “Udinese Calcio wish to clarify, avoiding any possible misunderstanding, that today Rodrigo De Paul was in Milan to visit the Argentine Consolate with his family and was accompanied by club representatives for bureaucratic reasons.” The Argentina international has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Udinese this summer. Inter and Milan are among the favourites, along with Juventus, Napoli and Leeds United.

UEFA negotiate lesser Super League sanctions?

According to ESPN, UEFA are prepared to take ‘severe disciplinary action’ against the Super League clubs, but are already close to deals with those who walked away, including Inter. It’s reported the last 10 days have seen numerous behind the scenes talks with the 12 breakaway clubs to exchange a lighter sanction for a formal commitment to leave the Super League project definitively. ESPN claims that Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have already reached an ‘understanding’ with UEFA. Inter are also believed to be close to an agreement, as they were the first of the Italians to bow out. This leaves just Juventus, Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona, who could be made an example of by UEFA

Donnarumma ‘could have become a carpenter’

Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma insists ‘fans are important’ and reveals he could have become a carpenter if he hadn’t played football. The 22-year-old spoke about his career live on Twitch with Justees. “My uncle was a goalkeeper, and I grew up with his myth. I’ve always wanted to become the best, and I hope I will make it one day,” Donnarumma said. “I understood I could become a pro when I left for Milan. When I did it and saw my parents being sad I understood I would have become a Serie A goalkeeper. “Plan B was to work as a carpenter, like my dad, but I’ve always had only a plan A,” he revealed. “Christian Abbiati was very important for me when I joined

Milan: Mandzukic returns against Juventus

Milan striker Mario Mandzukic reportedly trained with the rest of the group today and will be fit to face his former club Juventus on Sunday. The Croat missed Milan’s home clash against Benevento this past Saturday as he suffered from bronchitis. However, according to Calciomercato.com he has now recovered and returned to training with the rest of the group today. According to the report, Mandzukic will be available to play against Juventus when the Rossoneri travel to the Allianz Stadium on Sunday. It’s a key meeting for both sides’ hopes to qualify for the Champions League as Juventus and Milan are level on points in second place with Atalanta. Milan released an official statement after today’s training session in Milanello ‘The Rossoneri held their first training

Lukaku aims dig at Zlatan: ‘The real God has crowned the king of Milan’

Inter forward Romelu Lukaku continues to celebrate the Scudetto with a dig at Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. ‘The real God has crowned the king’. Inter secured their first Scudetto in 11 years and the Belgian forward was heavily involved in helping the Nerazzurri end Juventus’ dominance in Italy. With 21 goals in 33 Serie A games, Lukaku is the leading goalscorer of the Nerazzurri this term. After the 'King vs. God' disputes with Ibrahimovic in the past, the 27-year-old has another dig at the veteran Swede in a post on Twitter. “The real God has crowned the king,” he wrote. “Now, bow down. King of Milan.” The real godhas crowned the king!Now bow downIl nostro dio ha incoronato i Re!Ora inchinatevi!King of Milano pic.twitter.com/n0gAiYWFTp — R.Lukaku

Calhanoglu posts video of Sassuolo goal: ‘When these people talk too much’

Milan attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu posted a video of his screamer against Sassuolo. ‘When these people talk too much’. The Turkey international responded to the critics through a video posted on Instagram of his goal against the Neroverdi. The 27-year-old has yet to renew with the Rossoneri and could leave on a free transfer this summer, and the interest in the attacker has increased since Stefano Pioli took over. This term, he has scored four times and contributed nine assists in 29 games and added another goal in the 2-0 win over Benevento on Saturday. The forward also scored the opener in a 2-1 defeat to Sassuolo in April and posted the beautiful goal on Instagram to remind the critics of his qualities. “When these