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Sunday June 28 2020
Juve win big with Arthur

As Juventus prepare to swap Miralem Pjanic for Barcelona’s Arthur Melo, Livio Caferoglu explains why the Bianconeri are getting by far the better end of the deal...

“I didn’t know much about Arthur before [he joined], but he’s really similar to Xavi,” Lionel Messi raved about Arthur Melo in September 2018, just two months after the midfielder left Gremio to join Barcelona. “He’s really safe and reliable [on the ball]. He has the style of a player that’s come through La Masia. He plays well over short distances, he doesn’t lose the ball… He’s got to grips really quickly with the team’s dynamic.”

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Sunday June 28 2020
Lazio looking at Serie A penalty record

Lazio are on the verge of equalling the record for most penalties in a single Serie A season, but there have been more spot-kicks this term in general too.

Ciro Immobile converted in last night’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina following a controversial decision based on Felipe Caicedo’s coming together with Bartlomiej Dragowski.

That was the 15th penalty Lazio have been awarded in Serie A this season, more than any other club.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Barca wanted Moreno back from Juve

Barcelona reportedly tried to bring Pablo Moreno back from Juventus as part of the Arthur Melo deal, but instead goes to Manchester City in exchange for Felix Correia.

The Bianconeri are at the centre of several big moves this weekend and they were about to intersect.

Manchester City talent Correia is undergoing a medical with Juventus today and it’s reported he will move in a straight swap with Pablo Moreno.

Both teenagers were valued at circa €10m.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Inter's next target is Tonali

Inter are entering into intense negotiations for Sandro Tonali, but their €35m offer is still a long way off the €50m Brescia asking price.

Director Beppe Marotta is keeping busy this month, as he already snatched up Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid for €40m plus bonuses.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are the hot favourites to take Italy international Tonali over the summer.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Juve buy Arthur refusing Barca return?

Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic are undergoing medicals today, but it’s reported the Brazilian no longer wants to play for Barcelona after the Juventus deal.

The two midfielders are both having their medicals at the J Medical centre in Turin, with Barca medics overseeing the Pjanic tests.

These clubs are in a rush to get the paperwork completed by June 30, so it can count for the 2019-20 financial year and help balance the books.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Highlights: Lazio 2-1 Fiorentina

Franck Ribery’s magnificent solo effort wasn’t enough for Fiorentina, as Lazio turned it around through a controversial penalty and Luis Alberto strike.

The Viola were furious after their 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico, so do you think Felipe Caicedo took a dive or was brought down by Bartlomiej Dragowski?

There are no question marks over the quality of the other goals, though, as Ribery rolled back the years to slalom through Lazio defenders and Luis Alberto drilled low into the bottom corner to keep their Scudetto hopes alive.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Arthur & Pjanic take medicals

Arthur and Miralem Pjanic have checked in for their respective medicals with Juventus and Barcelona.

The two midfielders flew into Turin late last night and arrived at Juve’s J Medical facility this morning for their examinations.

In the case of Pjanic, it was considered easier for him to take his medical in Turin, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting flights.

Tutto Juve explains they went in through a secondary entrance to avoid journalists and fans.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Juve poach City starlet

Manchester City starlet Felix Correia will join Arthur in undergoing a medical with Juventus today.

Gianluca Di Marzio reports Correia [pictured, right] is set to sign from City, although he is expected to go straight into Juve’s Under-23 team next season.

The 19-year-old only moved to the Premier League giants from Sporting CP last summer and was immediately sent on loan to Dutch side AZ.

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Saturday June 27 2020
Arthur arrives for Juventus medical

Arthur Melo has arrived in Turin ahead of his Juventus medical, while Miralem Pjanic will have his Barcelona tests in Turin on Sunday as well.

The Brazilian landed at the Caselle Airport in Turin via private plane late on Saturday night.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, he was accompanied by family members and former Barcelona director Robert Fernandez.

He will complete a transfer worth €70m, as Pjanic is going to Barcelona with an additional €10m cash sum.

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Saturday June 27 2020
Inzaghi: 'Lazio character and hunger'

Simone Inzaghi feels Lazio fought back to beat Fiorentina with ‘character and hunger’ to keep their Scudetto dreams alive in difficult circumstances.

It was a bad start to the game for the hosts just days after their 3-2 defeat to Atalanta, as Franck Ribery waltzed through defenders to put the Viola in front.

However, a soft penalty converted by Ciro Immobile and the late Luis Alberto strike turned it around, keeping Lazio within four points of leaders Juventus.

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