Category: Italian

"So Underrated!" – Man City fans react as former player dominates in Champions League

Its not often that you hear of one of Manchester City’s former players still producing at the highest level. And while the likes of Gael Clichy, Javi Garcia and Alvaro Negredo are floating around Europe anonymously, one former City star is still at the top of his game.

During Wednesday evening’s game against Chelsea, Edin Dzeko scored twice to hand Roma a vital draw away from home. The former City striker was in absolutely scintillating form and scored a mercurial volley that was in the realms of genuine world class, along with a smart header to give Roma the lead for a brief period of time.

In fact, the Bosnian looked a threat for most of the 90 minutes; his ability to linger on the shoulders of defenders looking for through balls, whilst also offering a serious threat aerially means he is very hard to mark.

After the game, City fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on their former striker…

Liverpool and Manchester City chase in demand 35-cap international

According to Tutto Mercato, Manchester City have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam.

What’s the Story?

With new signing Benjamin Mendy facing a spell on the sidleines through injury, it has been reported that Manchester City have joined the race to sign Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, who Liverpool are already rumoured to be interested in.

Both Premier League clubs are keen to strengthen the left-back position for very different reasons. Manchester City would like short-term cover for the aforementioned Mendy, while it is no secret that Liverpool are in dire need of a proven player on the left side of their defence.

Rumours surrounding Ghoulam’s future with Napoli have been particularly hot this week, after an agent revealed that the 26-year-old is unlikely to extend his contract with the Serie A club, which runs out in the summer.

The agent in question, Mario Giuffredi stated;

“I don’t think Ghoulam will renew with Napoli, and it’s enough to think that in four months he’ll be able to sign for whoever he wants for nothing.

“He could earn €5m and if I were his agent I’d do that, and I don’t think the others are stupid. I don’t believe these stories that Ghoulam wants to renew, if he wanted to renew he’d already have done it.”

Would Ghoulam be a good signing for Manchester City?

It seems that Pep Guardiola’s insatiable search for full-back options is back, especially after Benjamin Mendy’s unfortunate injury has ruled him out for a number of months.

However, with Fabian Delph proving that he can cover in the position with great success and Ghoulam, who has 35 caps for Algeria, likely wanting assurances of a first team place, even upon Mendy’s return, a move to Anfield might be more likely for the Algerian.

Liverpool and Tottenham set to battle for £16.2million-rated international star

According to Tutto Mercato, Liverpool and Tottenham are keen to sign French International Geoffrey Kondogbia

What’s the Story?

Geoffrey Kondogbia could be the subject of an end-of-season battle between Liverpool and Tottenham, as both Premier League clubs are reportedly keen to sign the 24-year-old.

The Frenchman is currently plying his trade at Valencia, who captured the midfielder on a season-long-loan from Inter Milan. The Spanish side have the first-option to buy the former Monaco man at the end of the season. However, Inter’s £22million asking price may dissuade Valencia, leaving the Premier League heavyweight to pounce.

How good has Kondogbia been this season?

In short, very good. After a rather disappointing season in Italy in 2016/17, the Frenchman was in need of a fresh start. Kondogbia has been a key part of Valencia’s exciting start to the season. While an unnecessary sending off during a game against Real Sociedad means he has missed the last two league games, the imposing midfielder has impressed immeasurably.

Would Kondogbia be a hit in the Premier League?

With unrivalled physicality, decent tackling ability and fantastic dribbling and passing skills, Kondogbia would likely settle to Premier League life very quickly.

The 24-year-old, who is valued at £16.2million by Transfermarkt, would have the strength to compete amongst the tough-tackling world of England football, while also possessing enough finesse to make a serious impact offensively.

Whether his destination be Tottenham or Liverpool, the Premier League seems like an obvious fit for a man looking to work his way back into international contention in time for the World Cup next summer.

Chelsea prepare January bid for £31.5million-rated international

According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea will once again attempt to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus in January and are willing to pay £60million to land the defender.

What’s the Story?

After three failed bids in the summer, Antonio Conte is desperate to land Alex Sandro in January and is willing to bid £60million to land the talented full-back.

The Juventus star has long been admired by Chelsea’s Italian boss, who is looking to boost his options in the wing-back positions.

How good has Sandro been this season?

Virtually an ever present in the Juve team so far this campaign, Alex Sandro has been a key part of the Turin clubs’ defence, who have conceded just 5 league goals since the start of the season.

However, the 26-year-old has, once again, been most potent offensively, with his sensational sprints down the touchline becoming something of a regular sight in Serie A in recent seasons.

The Brazilian is seen as a key element of the way that the Old Lady plays and it will require a significant sum of money to prize him away from the reigning Italian Champions.

Would Alex Sandro be a good signing for Chelsea?

There is no question that Marcus Alonso has performed above expectations since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in 2016. However, the Spaniard’s position is probably the only area of Chelsea’s squad that is in need of some competition.

Alex Sandro, who is valued at £31.5million by Transfermarkt, would undoubtedly provide this competition and would likely thrive in a team who place a lot of reliance on the dual abilities of their full-backs.

West Ham United eye double swoop for Italian rising stars

West Ham United are keeping tabs on Bologna pair Adam Masina and Simone Verdi, according to Tuttomercato.

What’s the word?

While the summer transfer window may be closed, there has not much time for a breather as clubs begin to strategise potential January activity.

Tuttomercato claim that the Hammers sent scouts to watch Masina and Verdi play in Bologna’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan on Tuesday.

The East London outfit had a busy summer, recruiting Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, but they are still believed to be keen on strengthening the squad.

How do Masina and Verdi play?

Masina, 23, occupies the left-back role and has shown in Serie A that he possesses strong qualities in attack and defence.

The Italy Under-21 international has quick feet for charging runs down the side of the pitch, but he is also powerful.

He is comfortable taking on players, but can show strength when trying to stop opponents from getting past him.

As for Verdi, the 25-year-old can play either in a forward role, as a right-sided midfielder or in the centre of the park.

This season, the Italian has made five league appearances and has contributed with a goal and an assist so far in the campaign.

The versatile player can pick out a pass and is also a decent free-kick taker that could potentially bring some flair to the West Ham side.