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Tuesday July 16 2019
De Ligt charmed by new Old Lady

Considering the wealth of offers on the table from the world’s biggest clubs, Elio Salerno explains why Matthijs de Ligt chose Juventus.

Matthijs de Ligt has become a household name over the last 12 months, despite the fact he’ll only turn 20 next month. Since his debut for Ajax in 2016, de Ligt’s rapid rise to the top of European football has been well documented.

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Monday July 15 2019
Barcelona made final De Ligt bid

Barcelona made one last desperate attempt to hijack Matthijs de Ligt’s Juventus transfer, it’s reported, but he’s expected in Turin today.

The Ajax defender had agreed personal terms with Juve weeks ago and the two clubs have also seemingly now worked out a transfer fee for €65m plus bonuses.

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Friday July 12 2019
Agent: 'Lautaro staying at Inter'

Lautaro Martinez “will not leave Inter and can’t wait to start work with Antonio Conte,” said his agent. “It’s true there was some Barcelona interest.”

His profile shot up considerably over the summer thanks to his Copa America performances, as he now has six goals in 11 senior caps for Argentina.

This prompted speculation that Barcelona wanted to sign the striker who turns 22 next month.

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Friday July 12 2019
Murillo: 'Samp an important club'

Jeison Murillo is “very happy to be back in Italy for an important club like Sampdoria” after flying in for his transfer from Valencia.

The former Inter defender only moved to Valencia in 2017 for €13m and spent the last six months on loan at Barcelona.

He arrived this evening in Genoa and spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of tomorrow’s medical.

“I am very happy to be back in Italy and we’ll see how it goes,” the 27-year-old Colombia international told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday July 12 2019
Juve and Roma top spenders

Juventus and Roma are the Italian representatives in the top 10 biggest spending European clubs since 2014-15, with Barcelona shelling out €1.08bn.

Voetbal International calculated the transfer activity from the last five years, including so far this summer, and found Barcelona had spent €1.08bn.

Manchester City were second in the list on €996m, with Manchester United spending €890m and Chelsea €875m.

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Friday July 12 2019
Pau Lopez 'took pay cut for Roma'

Pau Lopez had offers from Barcelona and the Premier League, assured his agent, but the goalkeeper took a pay cut to push through the Roma move.

He completed the transfer this week from Real Betis for €23.5m plus bonuses and half of Antonio Sanabria’s contract.

“Barcelona called me, and so did three Premier League clubs who wanted to focus on him, but he chose Roma,” agent Albert Botines told the Corriere dello Sport.

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Thursday July 11 2019
Agent: Barca want Lautaro

Lautaro Martinez’s agent has claimed that Barcelona are ‘strongly’ interested in signing the Inter striker.

Inter recently denied speculation of a €112m bid from Barca for Martinez, but Alberto Yaque is adamant the Catalans are actively ‘looking’ at the 22-year-old.

“Talk of Barcelona’s interest is true,” Yaque told Ole.

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Wednesday July 10 2019
Murillo books Sampdoria medical

Valencia defender Jeison Murillo is expected in Genoa on Friday for a medical ahead of his €15m move to Sampdoria, claim Sportitalia.

The Colombia international is set for a loan move with option to buy.

It’s a return to Serie A after just two years, as he left Inter for Valencia at a cost of €13m in 2017.

In January, he went on loan to Barcelona for €1.2m, but only made four appearances for the Blaugrana.

Throughout all of last season, Murillo only played seven competitive games.

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Wednesday July 10 2019
Sensi: I can be Inter's Xavi

Stefano Sensi believes he can be Inter’s very own Xavi Hernandez and that he made ‘the best choice’ rejecting Milan for the Nerazzurri.

Sensi’s playing style has been likened to the Barcelona icon, and the 23-year-old is ready to inject some ‘tiki taka’ into Antonio Conte’s new-look Inter.

“It’s as I imagined it,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’m starting a new life, but it’s like I’ve always been here. My idol has always been Xavi.

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Monday July 8 2019
Leonardo on Neymar and De Ligt

PSG director Leonardo confirmed Barcelona asked for AWOL Neymar, but Gianluigi Donnarumma is not a priority and Matthijs de Ligt “will not come to Paris.”

The former Milan chief only just returned to Paris Saint-Germain and is already dealing with serious problems, as today the club released a statement warning Neymar had not turned up to pre-season training.

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