Aaron Ramsey has been touted as a potential makeweight in Juventus’ bid to sign out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
Despite being a regular starter for the majority of Frank Lampard’s first season at the helm, Jorginho appears to have become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge – with a ten-minute cameo at Crystal Palace his only involvement since the restart.
The Serie A giants are said to have been keeping tabs on Jorginho for some time now, with Maurizio Sarri keen to instigate a reunion with the man he managed at both Chelsea and Napoli.
Italian news outlet Tuttosport claim the Old Lady will offer Ramsey in a proposed swap deal with the London club, while Adrien Rabiot has also been mentioned as a player they would be willing to offer in exchange for the former Arsenal man.
With the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner already confirmed and a potential bid for Kai Havertz in the offing, it remains to be seen whether Lampard feels the need to further bolster his attacking options.
Ramsey has enjoyed a solid first season in Turin, making 29 appearances and scoring four goals. He looks set to earn the first league championship winner’s medal of his career this season, with Juve now seven points clear of their nearest-challengers Lazio with just seven games to play.
Juventus’ pursuit of Jorginho has been public knowledge for some time, with the Italian champions said to have already offered out-of-favour attacking midfielder Federico Bernardeschi in a swap deal.
The offer is further indication of Juventus’ prospective transfer dealings this summer. With the club seemingly unable to fund any big-money signings, a number of swap deals are already said to have been tabled.
The club have already secured the signing of Barcelona midfielder Arthur, with Miralem Pjanić heading to Camp Nou as part of the deal.
French club Marseille are hoping to make a ‘dream’ double swoop for current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and former Los Blancos forward Cristiano Ronaldo – if a potential takeover goes through this summer.
The Ligue 1 side had an excellent season this term, finishing second behind champions Paris Saint-Germain as the French league campaign was brought to an abrupt end due to COVID-19.
With a proposed takeover of the club on the horizon – by a consortium led by Mourad Boudjellal – potential investor Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi is ‘dreaming’ of a Zidane-led Marseille side lining up with Ronaldo at its forefront.
While this may be Ajroudi’s ideal scenario, he was somewhat realistic regarding the possible future of the club and its manager (quotes via Le Figaro): “A new coach? The one in place is very good, but what would be better than bringing back a local lad? Zinedine Zidane? The future will tell us.”
This talk of the arrival of Zidane will perhaps do little to quieten the discontent surrounding the future of current manager André Villas-Boas, who has already been rumoured to be on his way out.
Although the idea of Zidane stepping into the dugout at the Stade Velodrome may seem far off, Ajroudi was seemingly much more excited about the possibility of bringing current Juventus star Ronaldo to France.
“I love football,” he added. “I love the noble side of sport. I love German discipline, especially that of Bayern Munich. I enjoy the grinta of Barca. And a player that I will never forget is Cristiano Ronaldo. I like respect and discipline. He embodies that.”
He went on to add: “Do I dream of signing him for Marseille? Everything is possible in life. He is generous and gives a lot. It makes me vibrate. It would be a dream to have him in Marseille… But that is the task of [potential future club president] Mourad Boudjellal.”
The Portuguese superstar may have turned 35 earlier this year, but his highscoring exploits in Serie A this season have made it clear that he is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
The football world was rocked two years ago when Cristiano Ronaldo decided to swap the glamour of Real Madrid for the storied traditions of Juventus.
He was Los Blancos’ all-time record goalscorer after nine years in the Spanish capital and had won a staggering 15 trophies for the club, including four Champions League titles, but chose to walk away from Zinedine Zidane’s all-conquering side in favour of a new challenge that was offered in Turin.
With La Vecchia Signora on course for another Scudetto this season, the Portuguese star has continued to perform at his brilliant best, defying the powers of Father Time, and there’s plenty of statistics to back up just how terrific he’s been in Italy.
This season, Ronaldo has continued to spearhead I Bianconeri’s title challenge, and no player has scored as much as his 26 Serie A goals this season for the club since Omar Sívori’s 28 strikes in the 1959/60 campaign.
For the 10th time in his career, the former Man Utd star has passed 25 goals in a single domestic season, with no other player in Europe’s top five leagues achieving this…other than, of course, Lionel Messi.
Even at 35 years old, there’s no sign that he’ll stop anytime soon.
After just two seasons, the forward has already etched his name into Serie A’s history books.
His 47 league goals has made him the highest scoring Portuguese player in the competition’s history, past Milan great Rui Costa and there’s plenty of time for him to make sure his tally won’t be surpassed for a while.
The Portuguese star continues to be the focal point for I Bianconeri, and will remain to be their main goalscoring threat as long as his teammates can keep creating chances for him.
Over the last two seasons, only Messi (156) has registered more shots on target than his 133. He’s also had more efforts on goal than any other Serie A player, demonstrating just how highly his teammates continue to rate his ability.
It’s also shown by the fact that his touches in the box have gone up vastly, with his 13.43 per game the second highest mark he’s reached in his career – signifying that he’s truly become a great centre-forward.
While Ronaldo has increasingly been used as a more traditional striker by Maurizio Sarri, he’s still able to rely on his excellent technical skills away from the box as well.
He’s still amassed the third-most successful dribbles in the Italian top-flight this season, with only Jeremie Boga and Josip Iličić making more of them. Whether it’s from a central position or cutting in from the left-wing, the Portuguese legend continues to show he hasn’t lost his old tricks just yet.
With only Ciro Immobile the only attacker to have more assists to his name in the division, it can certainly be suggested that he’s more than just a goalscorer for the Italian champions.
If he can continue to feed off the likes of Paulo Dybala, there’s no reason to believe the 35-year-old can continue to excel as a complete attacking threat – even at his age.
Manchester United are good and Tottenham are not good. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the last week.
Away from those two contrasting fortunes, there has been plenty of football to digest, and that means it’s Player Power Ranking time.
This week, it’s time for a helping hand from Russian Doll.
“It’s my bad attitude that keeps me young.”
Is Salah selfish? Graeme Souness seems to think so.
If he keeps on scoring goal after goal after goal, Liverpool fans really won’t care.
“You are serial-killer calm.”
If Havertz has played his final game for Bayer Leverkusen, bagging a penalty against Bayern Munich in the last minute of the cup final isn’t the worst way to go.
Just a shame they didn’t win, but y’know, it’s Bayern.
“Go with purpose. Triggers people’s curiosity.”
Dybala is playing with purpose these days.
He has found the back of the net in each of his last five appearances, but took a day off in the 4-2 loss to AC Milan because of a little suspension.
“The universe is trying to f**k with me. And I refuse to engage.”
Aubameyang was definitely leaving Arsenal a few months ago. They were rubbish.
Aubameyang might not be leaving Arsenal now. They’re much less rubbish.
And while that’s all going on, he continues to score goals.
“Routine is an incredible thing. We become what we repeatedly do.”
18 assists. Two more to tie Thierry Henry’s single-season record. Just keep on going.
“Sometimes Hail Marys are the best Marys we’ve got.”
Manchester United went into January looking for literally anything positive.
They didn’t care that Sporting CP had mugged them off all summer. They stood firm and did all they could to sign Fernandes, and just look at United now.
“Nothing in this world is easy, except pissing in the shower.”
He might have made scoring look easy this season, but Lukaku came back down to earth this week.
His goal against Bologna wasn’t enough to help Inter avoid defeat, and then he drew a blank against Verona.
“Look, I got bigger fish to fry, okay? I got to figure out how to get down the stairs.”
Having spent all season looking like one of the scariest strikers in the entire world, Immobile decided to give himself a little break.
A suspension in a 3-0 loss to Milan was followed by a goalless outing in a surprise 2-1 loss to Lecce.
It’s like Atalanta are the only side who actually want to stop Juventus.
“Thank you for changing my life. Lives are hard to change.”
Unless you have a bazillion posters of Greenwood in your bedroom now, you’re not a real United fan.
“Life is like a box of timelines, you feel me?”
We’re currently living in a timeline in which Sørloth is actually good. Mad ting.
He took his tally for the season to 29 in all competitions with a goal against Galatasaray. Parent club Crystal Palace have managed 30 in the league – if only Chelsea could have stopped them from scoring twice, this would have been so much funnier.
“You’re supposed to ask people about their kids. Okay? It’s polite. It gives everybody a moment to pretend there’s gonna be a future.”
The post-Eden Hazard future looked like it could be pretty gloomy for Chelsea, but Pulisic has made all those fears go away.
“I feel like f**king Rocky right now.”
This is the Martial United fans want to see.
He has really got going since Fernandes’ arrival, and he doesn’t look like he can be stopped.
“Fun is for suckers. Staring down the barrel of my own mortality always beats fun.”
Remember when Messi used to have fun playing football? Nowadays, he spends all his time sparing Barcelona’s blushes.
He’s now contributed to 23 of Barça’s last 28 La Liga goals, and even that hasn’t been enough to stop Real Madrid from pulling away.
“You can eat anything, take anything, do anything. It’s impossible to destroy you. You will never die.”
The freak of nature that is Ronaldo managed two more goals and another assist over this past week.
He even scored his first free kick since before the dawn of time! Huzzah!
“Hey, bartendress! Hello. Uh, more drunk please.”
It’s job done for Lewandowski. Two goals in the cup final was the perfect end to a perfect year. Time to party.
He ended the season with 51 goals in just 43 games. Thems is Ballon d’Or numbers, if you ask me.
The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2019 Champions League have been made ahead of the delayed competition’s scheduled restart in early August.
The explosion of the coronavirus crisis in March forced UEFA to put the competition on hold while some last 16 ties were still to be completed. But the date for resumption is now nearing.
Only Atletico Madrid, who knocked out holders Liverpool in the last 16, Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain are currently assured of their place in the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich are well placed to qualify because of their commanding 3-0 last 16 aggregate lead over Chelsea, but it is still all to play for in the incomplete ties between Real Madrid and Manchester City, Barcelona and Napoli, and Juventus and Lyon.
Manchester City or Real Madrid vs Juventus or Lyon
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid
Barcelona or Napoli vs Chelsea or Bayern Munich
Atalanta vs Paris Saint-Germain
Man City or Real Madrid / Juventus or Lyon vs Barcelona or Napoli / Chelsea or Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig / Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta / Paris Saint-Germain
Owing to the delays, this season’s Champions League will now be completed as a straight knockout mini-tournament in Lisbon over a 12-day period next month, with the 2020 final to be played at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital on Sunday 23 August.
Sporting CP’s Estadio Jose Alvalade nearby will serve as a secondary venue for the competition.
The remaining last 16 legs will be concluded a few days earlier on 7-8 August, with UEFA confirming this week that they will take place at the original intended home stadium of the teams involved.
The quarter-finals will be played between 12-15 August, with semi-finals on 18 and 19 August.
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