Leonardo Bonucci's decision to leave six-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus for rivals AC Milan was not due to a falling out with head coach Massimiliano Allegri, according to his wife. Bonucci sensationally left Juve in the off-season, the Italy international centre-back joining Milan in a €42 million deal. The 30-year-old's departure from Turin, shortly after Juve lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, sparked speculation of a row with Allegri.
Antonio Cassano has stressed Paulo Dybala is “incomparable” with Lionel Messi, with the Juventus star more like Vincenzo Montella than the Barcelona icon. After starting the season in blistering form for the reigning Serie A champions, Dybala continues to draw comparisons with his fellow Argentine. The ex-Italy international believes only Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo gets close to Messi, with Dybala’s skill set placing him a little down the pecking order in a talent pool which includes the man currently in charge of AC Milan – who shone for Sampdoria and Roma in his playing days.
Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian have denied reports they are set to renew their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang was tipped to leave Dortmund in the off-season after considering an approach from China, while the Gabon international was also linked with AC Milan, before deciding to stay at the Bundesliga side. Quanjian – coached by former Italy, Juventus and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro – were keen on Aubameyang and came close to signing the 28-year-old, who has scored seven goals in all competitions this term, but the CSL club will not make another move in January.
Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Marcus Rashford and Christian Pulisic have been named among the 25 nominees for the 2017 Golden Boy award. Manchester United forward Rashford finished runner-up last year to Swansea's on-loan midfielder Renato Sanches for an award handed out annually by Italian newspaper Tuttosport to Europe's top footballer under the age of 21. Rashford, who helped United to the League Cup and Europa League this year, faces competition from Mbappe, who joined Paris Saint-Germain this summer on an initial loan -- before signing for €180 million next summer -- after helping Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semifinals. Dembele has also been nominated for the prize,
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be on the move next year as agent Mateja Kezman has revealed there is interest in the Lazio midfielder from clubs "in Madrid, Manchester and Milan". The 22-year-old has started the season in fine form as Lazio remain unbeaten in Serie A, thrashing AC Milan last week, and also winning their Europa League group-stage opener against Vitesse. Kezman, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's representative, says the player is happy at the Stadio Olimpico, although he would not rule out a potential departure.
Vincenzo Montella intends to make full use of his squad this season as AC Milan's busy schedule leaves him "barely time to prepare" for games. Having started their qualifying campaign for the Europa League on July 27, the Serie A side have already played nine times this season in all competitions. Milan have only lost once, a 4-1 reverse at Lazio in league action that came after an international break.
Sept 19 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Serie A matches on Tuesday Tuesday, September 19 Bologna 1 Inter Milan 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Inter Milan 5 4 1 0 11 2 13 2 Napoli 4 4 0 0 15 2 12 3 Juventus
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