Category: Italian

Football Manager 2019: Three Juventus wonderkids who need to sign right now


Football Manager 2019 was released on November 2nd this year, and here at Football FanCast we’ve delved into the depths of the most detailed version of the game ever to find some of the best wonderkids available on your Juventus save.

Whether those youngsters are already described by the media as wonderkids, or if they need a helping hand to reach their potential, bringing a player from the youth setup and moulding him into a first-team star has to be one of the most satisfying achievements in FM.

This year you can be more involved than ever in that development too as FM19 comes with a whole host of new features and updates. Most importantly for these young stars, managers can now use the brand new training schedule to optimise the work that each player is putting in – meaning it’s no longer good enough to send young players out on loan and pray that they play matches.

So, who are the young players you should be carefully tracking in the Juventus squad? Click through our gallery to find out.

'Baller', 'Never heard of him' – These Tottenham fans are split on two-time international


According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur will make a £35m bid for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella when the January transfer window opens for business.

Barella is a two-time Italy international, and despite having a contract with Cagliari until 2022, is widely expected to leave either in January or at the end of the season.

The Italian has scored seven times in his 87 first-team appearances for Cagliari, including once in 12 Serie A appearances this term.

According to The Sun, Tottenham have identified Barella as the perfect player to boost their midfield at the start of 2019.

Indeed, it would be fair to say that midfield is an area of concern for Tottenham, with Mousa Dembele facing an extended period on the sidelines through injury, and Victor Wanyama’s future far from secure.

The Tottenham fans have been on social media offering their views on the transfer report, and it would be fair to say that there was a mixed reaction.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:

'Make this happen' – Lots of Tottenham fans react to link with potential Wanyama replacement


According to RAI Sports, Tottenham Hotspur have made a bid for Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara with the view to completing a deal in the January transfer window.

Tottenham did not spend a penny during the summer, but it is understood that the capital outfit are prepared to splash the cash at the start of 2019.

Midfield is an area of concern for head coach Mauricio Pochettino, with Victor Wanyama strongly linked with a move away, and Mousa Dembele set for a spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

According to RAI Sports, Tottenham are prepared to pay £43.5m to sign Diawara, and the English club’s fans have been on social media reacting to the news.

The midfielder joined Napoli from Bologna in 2016, and has made six Serie A appearances during the 2018-19 campaign.

Diawara has a contract with Napoli until the end of the 2020-21 season, but it does seem that he could be leaving the club at the start of 2019.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Tottenham fans can be seen below:

Opinion: Tenacious 5ft 9in ace would star alongside Winks in new-look Tottenham midfield


According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur will make a £35m bid for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella when the January transfer window opens for business.

What’s the story?

It would be fair to say that midfield is an area of concern for Tottenham, with Mousa Dembele facing an extended period on the sidelines through injury, and Victor Wanyama’s future far from secure.

There are also doubts over whether Eric Dier is good enough to be a regular in that area of the field, meanwhile, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be desperate to boost the centre of the park in January.

According to The Sun, Tottenham are prepared to splash £35m on Cagliari midfielder Barella, although the London club will face competition from Liverpool.

Barella is a two-time Italy international, and despite having a contract with his current club until 2022, is widely expected to leave either in January or at the end of the season.

Would Barella be a good signing?

Born in Cagliari, Barella came through the youth system at his current team before making his first-team debut in 2014.

Despite standing just 5ft 9inches, Barella is an aggressive and tenacious midfielder, and certainly has the engine required to be a success in the Premier League.

The Italian has also scored seven times in his 87 first-team appearances for Cagliari, including one in 12 Serie A appearances this term.

In the current market, £35m is not mega money, particularly for a player who could go on to become one of Europe’s outstanding central midfielders alongside Harry Winks, who is very much the future of the capital club.

Tottenham will seemingly face a battle to sign the 21-year-old, but club chairman Daniel Levy should put his hand in his pocket to secure the deal as soon as possible.

Opinion: West Ham are right to want South American who would light up the London Stadium


According to Sport Mediaset, West Ham United have tabled an offer for Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa, who is currently on loan at Santos.

What’s the story?

Gabriel has seemingly got his career back on track at Santos, having scored 25 times in 49 appearances whilst back on loan at the Brazilian club.

The Brazilian will see his loan with Santos expire next month, however, and is heading back to parent club Inter, who have struggled to see the best of the attacker.

Indeed, Inter signed Gabriel from Santos in August 2016, but he has only made 10 first-team appearances for the Italian outfit, scoring just once in the process.

An unsuccessful loan spell at Benfica preceded a move back to Santos, and the forward has found his shooting boots once again.

According to Sport Mediaset, West Ham have approached Inter with an offer for Gabriel, and they are keen to secure his signature in the January transfer window.

Should West Ham take the punt?

Gabriel is a very, very talented footballer. There is absolutely no question about that. It has not worked at Inter, but that does not mean that the forward could not go elsewhere, namely the Premier League, and make things work.

After all, the South American is only 22 years old, and his overall record in professional football stands at 83 goals in 218 first-team appearances.

West Ham are not exactly full of options in the centre-forward position, and the Hammers should take a punt on Gabriel, providing that the finances involved are not over the top.

A certain South American in the shape of Carlos Tevez enjoyed his time at West Ham, and there is no question that a move to the English capital would appeal to Gabriel.

The 5ft 9in ace has a lot to prove as he prepares to return to Europe, and he could turn out to be a wonderful signing for West Ham, should the Hammers get the deal done.