Bonazzoli: ‘Samp will play to beat Juve’

Sampdoria striker Federico Bonazzoli vows to ‘play for three points’ against Juventus in the opening match on Sunday and revealed he lives ‘his best moment’ in Genoa.

The 23-year-old returned from loan at Padova ahead of 2019-20 and impressed in Serie A with the Blucerchiati, contributing six goals in 19 League matches.

“I found my ideal environment in Genoa,” he admitted to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s perhaps the best moment of my career and I can only thank President [Massimo] Ferrero, the managers, my teammates and the staff.

“If they had proposed all this to me one year ago, I would have signed immediately.”

Working with veteran Fabio Quagliarella has been important for Bonazzoli, who admits the former Italy international has been very helpful.

“For me, he’s like a father,” Bonazzoli said. “What I’m doing now is also thanks to his advice.”

Sampdoria face Juventus in the first round of fixtures in Serie A on Sunday.

“We start on par and we will have to earn our bread,” the forward said about the first match of 2020-21. “Sampdoria will play for three points.”

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Khedira back in training at Juve but seems destined for a future elsewhere

Sami Khedira returned to training with Juventus this week, but the Bianconeri reportedly continue to seek an agreement to terminate his deal in Turin.

The German midfielder seems set to move this summer, as Juventus continue to cut wages at Continassa, where Khedira was back in training today after the latest injury setback.

He was partially involved when Andrea Pirlo oversaw the team’s first session this week, but his recovery will probably not change the outcome for the 33-year-old.

Khedira arrived on a free transfer from Real Madrid five years ago and his contract expires in June 2021, but the former Stuttgart player has an option for a further year with the Old Lady.

Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reveals Juventus are still hoping to reach an agreement with the veteran to end his stay one year early.

Khedira, who has played 145 competitive games for the club, will reportedly be offered a severance pay to terminate his deal and his last day at Juve is getting closer.

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Juve accelerate for Dzeko as Suarez move collapses?

Juventus could step up the chase for Roma forward Edin Dzeko, as Luis Suarez proposed move from Barcelona has collapsed.

Tuttomercatoweb reveals the complications with the Uruguayan’s passport risk taking too much time and perhaps exceed October 5, the deadline for the current transfer market.

RAC 1 confirms the Uruguayan will not be able to receive an Italian passport in time and Juventus will consequently not be able to register the South American as an EU player for the upcoming Champions League.

Coach Andrea Pirlo is pushing to have a new striker as soon as possible and will therefore try to accelerate the operation to bring Bosnia international Dzeko to the Allianz Stadium.

But the Bianconeri will, according to La Repubblica, have to wait until after September 29, two days after the League match against Roma.

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Muriel warns Juventus

Atalanta forward Luis Muriel expects a host of teams to fight for the Scudetto in 2020-21. ‘I don’t think it will be easy for Juventus to win’.

La Dea, who finished third in Serie A 2019-20 and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, start the new season against Torino on September 26.

The Colombian attacker, who scored 18 goals in 34 Serie A matches last term, looks forward to the new season and believes it will be ‘a beautiful’ championship.

“Inter are strengthening with important players, then Milan have enthusiasm and the desire to do well,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“You can’t exclude Roma, Lazio and Napoli, three teams who are always at the top of the standings. Then there’s us too.

“It will be a beautiful championship, I don’t think it will be easy for Juventus to win.”

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Milik yet to accept Roma, keeps Dzeko waiting

The reports are growing that Napoli and Roma have agreed terms for Arkadiusz Milik for €25m, but the striker is still holding out hope for Juventus, although the Bianconeri prefer Edin Dzeko.

Multiple sources in Italy this evening all had the same story, that Roma had finally agreed a deal with Napoli for Milik.

Sky Sport Italia provide further details, as the €25m is spread out to €3m for a loan, €15m obligation to buy at the end of the season and another €7m in very easy to achieve bonuses.

The player has been offered a five-year contract worth €4.5m per season.

However, Sky Sport Italia and others also make it clear Milik has not yet accepted.

The Poland international had his heart set on Juventus, which is why he initially refused to extend his Napoli contract.

All three clubs are now going to push Milik to accept, because Roma cannot sell Dzeko until they have secured his signature, and Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo put Dzeko at the top of his wish-list.

If the domino effect gets going, it’s still possible that Juve will sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona for a nominal fee, but not until later in the transfer window.

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