Milan got the offensive piece they have been looking for on deadline day as they completed a trade with Eintracht Forwards, bringing in Ante Rebic and giving up André Silva. Both players moved on two-year loans.
Rebic already played in Italy as he was acquired by Fiorentina in 2015, but he did not have much success back in the day, collecting just four appearances in two separate stints with La Viola and then ten in half a season with Hellas Verona in 2016. However, he grew a lot in Bundesliga and he is coming off a ten-goal campaign. He has scored 15 times and provided 12 assists in 100 games with the German club. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.