MILAN REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING SIGNING CRISTIANO RONALDO THIS SUMMER

According to 90min, Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged as a surprise target for reigning Serie A champions AC Milan as the summer transfer window draws to a close. The Portuguese legend is coming off the back of a tumultuous couple of months that has seen him linked with a move away from Old Trafford. So far, these lines have yielded no fruit, and the player continues to ply his trade in Manchester.

Ronaldo is far from assured of a starting XI spot under Erik ten Hag and came off the bench against both Liverpool and Southampton. At 37, he is not getting any younger, and it remains to be seen if a summer switch is on the cards.

CHELSEA REPORTEDLY WORKING ON A DEAL TO SIGN AC MILAN'S RAFAEL LEAO

According to The Times, Chelsea are working on a deal to sign Rafael Leao from AC Milan. Before Chelsea sign the Portuguese international, there are many complications to deal with, including his mammoth release clause, although the report claims he is valued at around £80 million.

Chelsea could finish the current transfer window as the highest spenders of any club in Europe or England. While they have shelled out considerable sums on significant signings, there could still be room for more outlay before the deadline.

PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE FULHAM REACH AGREEMENT TO SIGN JUSTIN KLUIVERT

According to journalist Francesco Balzani on CentroSuonoSport, as relayed by Sport Witness, Fulham have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Justin Kluivert in the last few hours and have now agreed on basic terms with AS Roma to take the 23-year-old on loan with an obligation to buy him next summer.

That clause, which is reported to be worth €12 million, would automatically be triggered depending on a certain number of appearances he makes for Fulham this season. The negotiations have been going on for weeks, threatening to collapse amid interest from other clubs including Marseille, Benfica, and Sporting CP.

NAPOLI IN ADANA DEMIRSPOR DRAW

Italian football club Napoli and Adana Demirspor of Turkey played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in a preseason friendly. Mexican forward Hirving Lozano scored a brace for Napoli during the game, while Italian football star Mario Balotelli found the back of the net for the team from Turkey.

It took just four minutes for Napoli to put the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out because star striker Victor Osimhen was in an offside position when he scored. Italian football side Napoli continued to threaten and centre back Amir Rrahmani should have scored the opening goal of the game, but his close range effort came off the crossbar off a Matteo Politanocross.

MILAN TARGET MISSES LEAGUE OPENER

It's an open secret that Italian football giants AC Milan are in talks to sign Belgium national team star Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge this summer. The Italian football team will most likely sign the player before the start of this season after fending off the interest of Premier League team Leeds United.

De Ketelaere missed the opening game of the season for Club Brugge in the Belgian league as his situation as regards a possible transfer to AC Milan is a bit too much for him. Italian football giants Milan are keen to sign him as soon as possible and they have increased their offer for him. The said offer includes a percentage of the sell-on fee.

SALERNITANA AGREE DEAL FOR JOAO PEDRO

Italian Serie A side Salernitana are close to making a big transfer coup after they agreed a deal to sign striker Joao Pedro from relegated team Cagliari. Cagliari were one of three teams to suffer relegation from the Italian Serie A to the Italian Serie B. Apart from Cagliari, Genoa and Venezia also suffered demotion to the Italian SerieB.


A deal has been agreed for Joao Pedro between the Italian football duo of Salernitana and Cagliari as revealed by Sky Sports Italia. Salernitana are looking tosecure the transfer of Joao Pedro from Cagliari ahead of fe

llow Italian football teams Monza and Torino who have also been linked with the Brazilian-born Italian player.

SARRI SIGNS NEW LAZIO DEAL – REPORTS

Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has signed a new deal at the club according to multiple reports in the Italian media. It was reported on Wednesday evening that Sarri has signed a new three-year deal at Lazio until 2025.

Italian football media outlet Calciomercato.com reported the news of a new contract for Sarri, while journalist Alfredo Pedulla also confirmed the news. Pedulla is a transfer expert for Italian football publication Gazzettadello Sport. It was disclosed that Sarri put pen to paper on a new deal at Italian football team Lazio in the presence of club president Claudio Lotito. The former Juventus and Chelsea boss signed the new Lazio contract at the club's Formello training ground.

MILAN: LEAO DRAWS HENRY COMPARISON

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has drawn comparison with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. The comparison between Leao and Henry was made by former Fiorentina striker Nuno Gomes in an exclusive interview with Italian football publication La Gazzettadello Sport. According to him, the Milan attacker is already one of the best players in his position.

In January, AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli compared Leao with Arsenal legend Henry and Nuno Gomes is in agreement. In addition to the comparison with Henry, Nuno Gomes also said he would add Brazilian star Ronaldo ‘The Phenomenon’ for his explosiveness and Adriano for his strength in certain moments.

MATCH PREVIEW AND PREDICTIONS: SPEZIA VS LAZIO

Still in the thick of a battle for European qualification, Lazio travel to mid-table Spezia on Saturday evening seeking a fourth win from four against them in Serie A. Beaten by Milan's late goal last weekend, Maurizio Sarri's side have taken just a point from their last two matches and are clinging onto sixth place in the standings, while their hosts have all but secured their stay in the top flight.

Denied at the death last Sunday, crestfallen Lazio were defeated for the third time by Milan this season, as the league leaders struck in stoppage time to render Ciro Immobile's fourth-minute opener meaningless. Only similar setbacks for fellow top-six contenders Atalanta and Fiorentina allowed the Biancocelesti to retain their place above both in the table, while arch-rivals Roma remain two above them in fifth.

MILAN TO SPEND €100M ON SIGNINGS

Italian football giants AC Milan are reportedly prepared to splash the cash on new players in the summer. This is according to the report from Italian football media portal La Gazzettadello Sport which stated that Milan could spend as much as €100m on new signings when the transfer window reopens this summer and that Dutch defender Sven Norman will likely be their first signing.

Lille centre back Botman came close to leaving the French champions during the winter transfer window, but his transfer to Premier League moneybags Newcastle United was blocked by his club.

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