Milan acquire Rafael Leao from Lille to replace Cutrone

One in and one out in the Milan front-line, as Patrick Cutrone was sold to Wolverhampton, while the Rossoneri landed one of the most coveted youngster around in Rafael Leao from Lille. They cashed in €18M plus bonuses for the sale of the Italian striker, while they spent €30M for Portuguese one, who penned a five-year contract.

The 20-year-old forward, after growing up in Sporting CP’s youth academy but without seeing much first-team’s football, moved to Ligue 1 for free a season ago and tallied 8 goals and two assists in 24 games in 2018/2019. He has five caps with U-21 Portugal. Continue reading

AC Milan’s striker situation: between Andre Silva, Cutrone and Piatek

The upcoming season is fast approaching and AC Milan are currently planning the looks of the squad, acting on several fronts during the young days of the transfer window. However, despite several reports on the matter, one issue seems to be unresolved, with the Rossoneri holding out for a sign. 

The San Siro side’s new manager, Marco Giampaolo, is faced with a tough decision on the striker’s front: which two of Andre Silva, Cutrone and Piatek should remain? For obvious reasons, the latter is safe and sound, while the other two are yet to have their future assured. Continue reading

Serie A Weekly Transfer Market Recap and Ended Loans

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The last week prior to the official start of the transfer market was understandably quiet: Sampdoria pulled off the most interesting move by adding another talented youngster, Gonzalo Maroni from Boca Juniors, who can feature in few positions up front and has the potential to be electric. Genoa made a sizeable investment to have Andrea Pinamonti from Inter, who had a very promising rookie season in Frosinone and is set to be their featured guy up front moving forward. Fiorentina are giving the keys to their goal to Barlomiej Dragowki, who blossomed in Empoli last season, and thus sent Alban Lafont to Nantes on a two-year loan. Sassuolo permanently signed left back Rogerio from Juventus after the 18-month loan, Brescia did the same with Ales Mateju, who belonged to Brighton.

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Sevilla braced for big money bids for their star players

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Sevilla are preparing for a summer of transfer speculation over their top players, after a strong finish to the 2018-19 La Liga season.

Interim manager Joaquin Caparros confirmed earlier this week that he would be leaving the club, after leading them to a fifth place finish and another Europa League qualification spot.

The club will look to appoint a new permanent boss as soon as possible, with links to former AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco and Alaves’ Head Coach Asier Garitano.

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La Liga’s top fantasy football picks for this weekend

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This weekend sees another full lineup of La Liga action including the mighty El Clasico which takes place at the Bernabeu in Madrid on Saturday evening.

Real Madrid will be keen to put a halt to Barcelona’s march towards another La Liga title. A win for the home side would put them back within six points of Ernesto Valverde’s league leaders with 12 games remaining. Clearly, there’s still a lot to play for going into this gameweek.

Elsewhere, second-placed Atletico Madrid travel to play Real Sociedad while Sevilla are away to bottom-of-the-table Huesca.

Goal shy Sevilla run the risk of missing out on the Champions League

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Sevilla are at real risk missing out on a Champions League spot as their struggles in front of goal in La Liga in 2019 continue.

Pablo Machin’s side had been the front runner to clinch fourth place, behind Spain’s Big Three, however they have lost ground in recent weeks – with in form Getafe overtaking them last weekend.

The team from South Madrid are now two points clear of Machin’s side in the race for fourth place, with the Andalusian club in need of a reaction in the coming weeks if they are to return to Champions League football, after missing out in 2018-19.

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La Liga leaders Sevilla set for testing run of fixtures

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Sevilla are back at the top of La Liga ahead of Game Week 14, with holders Barcelona slipping down to second following their late draw with Atletico Madrid.

Pablo Machin’s side secured their return to the summit with a routine 1-0 win over newly promoted Real Valladolid on Sunday.

Their rise to the top caps a run of nine La Liga games, in which they have lost just once, to Barcelona, and beaten Levante, Real Madrid, Eibar, Celta Vigo, Huesca and Espanyol on the way.

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Sevilla keep the pressure on Barcelona

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Sevilla returned to second place in the La Liga table, with a 2-1 home win over Espanyol last weekend, sending a clear message to leaders Barcelona in the process.

Pablo Machin’s side replaced Espanyol as the closest side to Barcelona, with Joan Francesc Ferrer’s team slipping down to sixth following the loss.

Sevilla completed a double victory for Andalusia over Catalonia in Gameweek 12, with city rivals Real Betis inflicting Barcelona’s first home La Liga defeat of the season with a 4-3 victory at Camp Nou.

They have also taken advantage of Real Madrid’s inconsistency at the start of the season, to establish themselves as the main challenger to Barcelona, at this stage of the campaign.

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Sevilla head to Camp Nou for table topping clash

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Sevilla v Barcelona is always an enticing La Liga fixture in any season, but this weekend’s clash has taken on new importance, with the Andalusian side leading the way in the Spanish top flight this season.

Pablo Machin’s side have turned in some impressive performances in recent weeks, as well as benefiting from the recent inconsistency of Barcelona and Real Madrid, and they have a one point lead over the Catalan side ahead of Saturday’s game.

Barcelona have already defeated Sevilla once  this season, with a 2-1 victory in the Spanish Super Cup in August.

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Andre Silva and Sevilla show why they are a match made in heaven

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Within La Liga, the likes of Iago Aspas, Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez are deemed as the main centre-forwards for their respective clubs. These individuals have proven themselves for a numbers of years in Spain and are constantly a threat in the final third of the pitch. However, a young Portuguese striker has entered the scene and has caught the attention of many football supporters.

Andre Silva, who is currently on loan from AC Milan, has found his goal-scoring mentality once again and is enjoying his time so far at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Pablo Machin has placed a lot of faith into the youngster and spoke highly of the player following his arrival to the club, and the centre-forward has gone on to paying the head coach back by notching seven goals in eight league games.

In fact, the way he leads the line for his side is unique in its own way, with his incredible hunger for goals along with his movement on and off the ball to the type of finishing he has in his locker. Still only 22-years-old, he has a whole career ahead of himself and he can patiently make the perfect decision of which competitive league in league he will want to play in for the rest of his profession.

Looking quickly back at his time in Serie A, he was brought to San Siro in the summer of 2017 for a huge figure of €38 million, as a large number of AC Milan fans were expecting him to complete the side’s attack and to increase their chances of finishing in the Champions League spots. Though, it did not work out as planned as his abilities and strengths simply did not suit Gennaro Gattuso’s system.

Now, Silva and Sevilla are doing more than enough to get the best out of each other whilst aiming to silently challenge for the league title and the Europe League. Although it is easier said than done, Machin will need to make sure he utilises the squad in a way that they can compete in all the competitions they take part in and that none of the key players pick and issues or injury problems.

Since making his senior debut for his country in 2016, the people of Portugal straightaway felt that they have finally found a centre-forward that is perfect for the manager and the team. Scoring a hat-trick in his second appearance against Faroe Islands was the ideal way for him to enter the spotlight as he came up with a fine performance whilst showing his ability to score different types of goals.

On top of that, he has been impressive at international level, where he once scored four goals in a match against Hungary in the group stages of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2014. Also, at the moment he is notched 13 goals in 28 games for the national team, clearly showing that he has been an instant hit for Fernando Santos’ team and is providing serious competition in attack.

Going back to Sevilla and their expectations in La Liga, they could be aiming for a title challenge as the likes of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been purely unconvincing so far this season. If Machin’s men can remain consistent and effective on both sides of the pitch, then it is more than possible that this campaign in Spain could go down as one of the best seasons of all time.

Overall, it would be a huge piece of business completed by Sevilla if they sign Andre Silva on a permanent basis next summer, given that he has already earned the faith of Pablo Machin, and that the majority of Sevilla fans are enjoying the brilliance he has brought to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

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