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Saturday August 31 2019
Tactical Analysis: Juventus 4-3 Napoli

Matthijs de Ligt received a baptism of fire, writes Elio Salerno, as Juventus and Napoli showed their best and worst sides in a Saturday night thriller.

Juventus v Napoli was expected to be an open and entertaining affair. It most certainly did not disappoint.

Dutch centre-back Matthijs De Ligt was handed his Italian top flight debut in place of captain Giorgio Chiellini, who suffered a serious knee injury and could be out for six months. It proved to be a baptism of fire for the 20-year-old.

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Thursday August 29 2019
Inter 'consider Matuidi & Matri'

Inter are reportedly considering late moves for Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Sassuolo striker Alessandro Matri.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter have turned to Matuidi after encountering problems for Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal.

The 32-year-old was called up to the France squad for their September internationals but is no longer a first pick for the Bianconeri.

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Wednesday August 28 2019
There's something about Sami

Sami Khedira was meant to be the first Juventus player out the door this summer, but Elio Salerno notes the German keeps coming back.

Juventus fans could be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu at the beginning of the new season. When the team news was announced prior to their opener at Parma, it was a starting XI that had a very familiar feel about it. A team that was more Max Allegri than that of new boss Maurizio Sarri.

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Friday August 16 2019
Matuidi to see out Juve deal

Blaise Matuidi has reportedly rejected an offer from Monaco and plans to stay at Juventus for one more season.

Monaco were in talks to bring in Matuidi and his Juve teammate Daniele Rugani, but there has not been any progress.

In the Frenchman’s case, L’Equipe claims he has already made his decision and wants to see out the remainder of his contract with the Bianconeri, which expires next summer.

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Thursday August 15 2019
Matuidi undecided on Monaco

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi is reportedly not sold on a move to Monaco.

Monaco are keen to bring Matuidi back to French football, along with his Juve teammate Daniele Rugani.

However, Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla warns the 31-year-old wants time to reflect before making a decision on his future.

The Bianconeri will be hoping he does not take too long as they need to trim their squad before the transfer window closes on September 2.

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Wednesday August 14 2019
Juve: De Ligt out, Dybala in

Matthijs de Ligt is out of Juventus’ in-house friendly with a blister, but Danilo, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala all start.

De Ligt joins Cristiano Ronaldo as a late casualty and will therefore watch the clash in the Turinese comune of Villar Perosa from the stands.

Taking his place alongside Leonardo Bonucci is Merih Demiral.

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Wednesday August 14 2019
Juve pair in Monaco talks

Juventus pair Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi are in talks to join Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Rugani looked to be all set for Roma, but Gazzetta dello Sport reports their offer of a loan with an option to buy has been gazumped by Monaco, who are ready to bring him in on a permanent basis.

Tuttosport adds the principality outfit are prepared to meet Juve’s asking price of around ‘€35m’ and would have ‘no problems’ agreeing personal terms.

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Sunday August 4 2019
Tuttosport: Juve trio for Pogba?

Tuttosport claim Juventus will offer Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi to Manchester United for Paul Pogba, but La Joya remains unconvinced.

According to the Turin-based newspaper, the deal would be orchestrated by director of sport Fabio Paratici, Vice-President Pavel Nedved and Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.

It is seen as a progression of the negotiations that had taken Juve to the verge of an exchange between Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.

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Sunday August 4 2019
Matuidi and Mandzukic for Lukaku?

The only way for Juventus to keep their Romelu Lukaku hopes alive would be offering Manchester United Mario Mandzukic and another player, likely to be Blaise Matuidi.

Multiple sources from England and Italy this evening state Paulo Dybala has turned down the exchange and Manchester United gave up trying to convince him otherwise.

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Wednesday July 31 2019
Juve work many Premier League deals

Juventus director Fabio Paratici is in London, not only for Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala, but also Moise Kean, Joao Cancelo, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Mario Mandzukic, Mattia Perin and Daniele Rugani.

Sky Sport Italia note Paratici flew out today for negotiations in London, primarily with Manchester United for the Dybala-Lukaku exchange.

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