Category: Italian

Key Liverpool man targeted by trophy-laden giants

Juventus have identified Jurgen Klopp as a potential managerial appointment if Max Allegri leaves the club in the summer, per Tuttosport via Football Italia.

The Liverpool boss is currently in the midst of a title race, with the Reds level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City at the top of the table, though they have a game in hand on the champions.

What’s the word?

Tuttosport claim that Allegri’s job could be in doubt if Juventus lose to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.

This despite the fact that Juve, spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, are currently 11 points clear at the top of Serie A and are yet to lose a domestic game.

The report claims that former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and France manager Didier Deschamps – who has managed Juve before and also played for the club – are also candidates to take the role if Allegri is axed.

Klopp, however, is also name-checked as a potential appointment despite a “solid relationship” between the manager and the Reds.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager has been at Anfield since 2015 but he has yet to win a trophy – the hope, of course, on Merseyside, is that he is victorious in the Premier League title race this season.

Ambitious target

Extricating Klopp from Liverpool may well prove mission impossible for Juve.

Of course, he may not have won anything yet, but Klopp has helped turn Liverpool into genuine contenders once again, even guiding the club to the Champions League final last season. That game, it can be argued, was only lost due to two goalkeeping howlers from Loris Karius.

The German has been backed to the hilt by the Reds’ board and they are well-placed to win the Premier League title this season.

Juventus, then, would have to put together a mighty package to tempt Klopp away.

After all, he is fingertips away from achieving his aims with Liverpool and Klopp is not the sort of manager to leave a job half-finished.

The next Sanchez? Spurs eyeing summer move for another promising centre back

Tottenham have opened talks with Sampdoria over a bid for defender Joachim Andersen, per Calciomercato.

Spurs are interested in reinforcing their defence this summer and have targeted a move for the centre-back.

What’s the word?

The aforementioned report claims that Spurs have spoken with Sampdoria about the prospect of securing a deal to sign Andersen this summer.

The 22-year-old has a contract that runs until 2022 but Calciomercato state that he could be sold in the next transfer window.

Spurs are reported to be ready to pay €25million (£21.9m) to sign Andersen, who has been capped at numerous youth levels by Denmark. He has won 16 caps for the Under-21s but is yet to make his senior debut.

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Nevertheless, Andersen has played 90 minutes in every Serie A game this season bar one, a 2-1 loss to Juventus for which he was suspended.

The report claims that there is also interest from Juve and Inter Milan and that Sampdoria will hope to secure a higher bid from Spurs than they would from their compatriots.

Youth is king

Spurs only enter the transfer market for the right player and it appears that youth is central to Mauricio Pochettino’s thinking.

The last centre-back the club signed, Davinson Sanchez, was 21 when he moved to Spurs in 2017 and the club forked out a record fee to secure his signature, paying Ajax £42m.

A similar scenario has emerged with Andersen, as Spurs again look to pick up a youthful centre-back with the potential to become a key player under Pochettino.

Toby Alderweireld has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave this summer if the club receive a bid worth £25m and that money could well fund their pursuit of Andersen.

It would also allow for a reduction in playing time for Jan Vertonghen, who will turn 32 in April.

Chairman Daniel Levy is likely to see the resale potential in Andersen, too, who could later fetch double what Spurs may pay for him if he takes to the Premier League in the same vein as Sanchez.

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According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur have recently met with Sampdoria to discuss a deal for defender Joachim Andersen.

Andersen joined Sampdoria from FC Twente in 2017 and has made 32 appearances for the Italian outfit in all competitions.

According to Calciomercato, Tottenham met with Sampdoria vice-president Antonio Romei on Wednesday to discuss a potential deal.

The 22-year-old, who could cost £22m, has also previously been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan.

Spurs are seemingly keen to tie up a deal ahead of this summer’s transfer window, however, when the interest is bound to intensify.

Andersen, who is a 16-time Denmark Under-21 international, has made 22 Serie A appearances during the 2018-19 campaign.

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The Tottenham fans have been on social media offering their views on the speculation, but it would be fair to say that not everyone is in agreement.

A selection of the latest Twitter reaction can be seen below:

Bad news for Wanyama as Spurs make contact with 22 y/o's representatives – opinion

Tottenham Hotspur have enquired about the possibility of signing Franck Kessie from AC Milan, per TuttoMercatoWeb.

Spurs are reportedly making plans for the summer after going two transfer windows without signing a single player.

What’s the word?

Per the aforementioned report, Spurs have initiated contact with Kessie’s representatives to discuss the possibility of a move.

Kessie joined Milan on an initial two-year loan deal from Atalanta in 2017 but Milan hold an obligation to buy him at the end of the 48-month period this summer. TuttoMercatoWeb claim that the price stands at €20million (£17.56m).

However, the report states that Milan now value Kessie at €40m (£35m), opening up the prospect of the Italian club turning a healthy profit by securing his signature and then selling him on.

TuttoMercatoWeb also claim that PSG are monitoring Kessie’s progress in Serie A, where he has become an important member of Milan’s starting XI.

The 22-year-old has made 21 appearances in Serie A this season and has a total of 81 games to his name for the Rossoneri.

The end of Wanyama?

Victor Wanyama has struggled immensely with injuries at Spurs and is still on the sidelines this season.

The Kenya international has made just 10 appearances in all competitions this season, five of which have come in the Premier League.

Wanyama’s questionable fitness, coupled with Eric Dier’s injury woes in 2018-19, have regularly left Spurs thin in midfield, with Harry Winks the only senior option in the squad at one stage.

However, signing Kessie would solve that problem at a stroke.

The young defensive midfielder fits the profile of Pochettino signings perfectly, as he has the ability to improve under the Argentine’s management and also has the pedigree to instantly command a place in the starting XI in north London.

An investment of €40m is not cheap, but chairman Daniel Levy will surely see the value of it too, such is the resale potential if Kessie follows in the footsteps of the likes of Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli and becomes a star due to the Spurs boss.

"Please sign him up" – Many Liverpool fans want club to swoop for 8-cap star

Mauro Icardi has lost the captaincy at Inter Milan, with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic taking over the striker’s armband, per the club’s official Twitter account.

Icardi has been captain at San Siro since the end of the 2014-15 season.

The eight-cap Argentina international has scored a total of 119 goals in 210 games since his move to Inter and has enjoyed a prolific season in 2018-19, netting 15 times in 28 outings in all competitions.

Icardi, however, has now been stripped of the captaincy.

The striker has just two years remaining on his contract and has not yet committed his future to the club.

Chelsea have been repeatedly linked with a bid for the Icardi, most recently by The Sun in January, while Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG were also said to be interested.

And after news broke of Icardi losing the captaincy, Liverpool fans have urged the club to get involved in the bidding to strengthen their forward line. Here’s a look at what they’ve been saying on Twitter…

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