Agnelli comments on bond and Spinazzola speaks

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The president Andrea Agnelli and the CFO Marco Re explained the issuing of the €175M bond: “We are very satisfied for the operation. It is a corporate bond, so we issued it directly, not through a vehicle. We have been the first club to do it, it is a senior and non-guaranteed loan. It is a move that confirm our ability to plan. We are trying to continue to grow, even though we are aware that the top teams are still distant.” The executive stated: “The dynamic of the debt is clear by the numbers, it was €310M in June, then we spent €160M in the summer window. Even with the ability to generate cash flow, it is set to raise, hence the bond. Our goal is sustainability and the route to do it is to replicate what we did with Adidas.” They recently renegotiated the terms of the sponsorship. Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 24

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Juventus XI: 4-3-3 Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Caceres, Spinazzola; Khedira, Pjanic, Bentancur; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo.

Potential lineup changes: Chiellini for Caceres, De Sciglio for Spinazzola, Can for Pjanic.

Questionable: Rugani (thigh).

Confirmed Out: Sandro (suspension), Costa (quad), Cuadrado (knee).

 

Frosinone XI: 3-5-2 Sportiello; Goldaniga, Salamon, Capuano; Zampano, Chibsah, Viviani, Cassata, Beghetto; Ciano, Ciofani. Continue reading

Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round 24

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Juventus: Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have been called up, while Douglas Costa remains out with a quad problem. Daniele Rugani has a sore thigh, but he is in the squad list. Alex Sandro is suspended.

Napoli: Dries Mertens and Simone Verdi missed the midweek Europa League clash due to a contracture and a bruised knee respectively, but they might be able to recover in time. Raul Albiol underwent a clean-up surgery on the patellar tendon of the left knee and will miss six-to-eight weeks. Mario Rui suffered a thigh pull and will be sidelined this week.

Inter: Sime Vrsaljko had season-ending knee surgery. Balde Keita’s recovery from a thigh strain has had a hiccup and he might not be available this week. Mauro Icardi has a sore knee.  Continue reading

Allegri’s presser ahead of Juventus-Frosinone

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Massimiliano Allegri talked to the press earlier today ahead of the Frosinone game: “Cristiano Ronaldo will play, why would not he? You are and everybody else are obsessed with Champions League. I am not, we are lucky to play in a round of 16 game in a new stadium basically a week from now. We have to focus on defeating Frosinone, because it would bring us one fewer win away from our goal. Then we will focus on Atletico Madrid. They have won three times without conceding on the road, we must not forget what happened two years ago. You can only win matches on the pitch, we will need professional performance in order to prepare in the best possible way.” Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 24

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Samir Handanovic: Inter remain one of the most trustworthy defences and they have allowed the fewest goals at home. They will tangle with Sampdoria this week, which have been shutout in their last two games.

Faouzi Ghoulam: Mario Rui got hurt against Fiorentina, which paves the way for the Algerian left back, who is always a threat offensively. Napoli have kept three clean sheets in a row.

Jens Larsen: while Udinese are laboring as a team, the Danish is thriving as wing back and is much more involved offensively, even scoring recently. Chievo have given up a lot of goals as of late and have failed to hit the net in three of their last four road fixtures. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 24

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Juventus-Frosinone: the Bianconeri quickly bounced back in Sassuolo after the 3-3 draw with Parma and have won four times in the last five fixtures, fortifying their lead in the standings. The Ciociari have been pesky recently and they are coming off a surprise win over Sampdoria, their second in a row on the road, and they are now within striking distance from the 17th spot. With Champions League just around the corner, Cristiano Ronaldo might be rested for the second time in Serie A, which would mean more scoring opportunities for Mario Mandzukic, Federico Bernardeschi and Paulo Dybala, or whoever will compose the front-line. Continue reading

Juventus looking for ways to bring in cash

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Juventus are trying to solidify the balance sheets after the mammoth investment for Cristiano Ronaldo and, after the board of directors had approved it yesterday, the club announced the placement of €175M non-convertible bond due on February 19, 2024. The notes will be issued at a 99.434% price and will pay a fixed annual coupon of 3.375% and will be listed in the Global Exchange Market of Euronext Dublin.

Per the official statement, the decision aims at “providing resources for its general corporate purposes, streamlining the structure and the maturity of the debt.” The transaction attracted order in excess of €250M, receiving demands from Asia, Germany, France, UK and Italy. Continue reading

Juventus announce Ramsey and Paratici discusses transfer market topics

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Eleven days after the end of the January transfer market window, Juventus announced the signing of Aaron Ramsey for next summer, which was secured weeks, if not months, ago. The Bosman move will cost the club only €3.7M in agents’ fees, while the midfielder has penned a four-year contract, with a reported €7M salary.

Ramsey has been a regular at Arsenal since 2010 and racked up 359 appearances with the Gunners, scoring 61 goals and providing 64 assists. In London, he has won the FA Cup and the Community Shield three times. The 28-year-old will be the third Welsh in the history of the Bianconeri after John Charles in the late 50’s and Ian Rush in the 80’s. Continue reading

Serie A Team of the Week – Round 23

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Salvatore Sirigu (7 points): some outstanding goalkeeping in this round, in particular by Alban Lafont and Gianluigi Donnarumma, but the spot goes to the Torino player, who saved a penalty.

Aleksandar Kolarov (9 points): another terrific display but the veteran fullback, who notched his sixth goal in Serie A with a potent cross-shot at the end of a fast-break.

Ola Aina (9 points): the Chelsea loanee has been impressive thus far and decided the Udinese game with a header on the far post on a cross coming from the other wing back, a staple in Walter Mazzarri’s schemes. Continue reading

Serie A Game of the Week – Fiorentina vs Napoli

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This round was a little light in terms of big matches, but the most anticipated one, Fiorentina-Napoli, delivered from an entertainment standpoint even though it ended with no goals.

The Viola came into the game having tied in three of the previous four games and looking for a big result that could boost them in the Europa League race, while the Partenopei squashed Sampdoria last week, but had dropped points in the two previous road fixtures against the Milan teams. Continue reading