Jul 19

Beyond the Premier League bubble: the biggest transfers in Europe this summer

Premier League clubs have been blowing vast sums in the transfer market – £50m for Kyle Walker anyone? – but not every player wants to move to England

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Premier League clubs, Tottenham aside, have been busy in the transfer market this summer. Arsenal have made Alexandre Lacazette their most expensive player; Liverpool have broken their transfer record to sign Mohamed Salah (and they want to break it again on Naby Keïta); Everton have made Jordan Pickford the most expensive British goalkeeper ever; and Manchester City have made Kyle Walker the most expensive defender in history. But, despite its vast riches, not every player wants to play in the Premier League. Below we look at the best players who have opted against moving to England to play elsewhere in Europe.

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Jul 19

Milan look set to resurrect golden era that most thought was long gone | Nick Ames

The £35m signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus has shown doubters that Li Yonghong is serious about building a team to recreate the glory days at the club

“It all happened in a flash. We haven’t yet come to terms with it.” Massimiliano Mirabelli was talking of Milan’s astonishment at signing Leonardo Bonucci and it was a sentiment mirrored far beyond those with a direct hand in events at San Siro. Until last Friday there remained the temptation to see the Rossoneri’s extraordinary summer spend as a curiosity; a sequence of scattergun fripperies that would satisfy the club’s wealthy owners until the point of its high-profile, high-risk failure. It may yet turn out that way but the £35m purchase that so amazed their sporting director has caused the rest of Serie A, and many abroad, to sit bolt upright. Is this something more than a fantastical attempt to recreate an era that seemed to have long since passed?

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/19/milan-resurrect-past-glories-signing-bonucci-juventus-li-yonghong

Jul 18

Antonio Cassano retires, then un-retires and vows to ‘have fun’ with Verona

• Former Italy forward first tells team-mates he wants to quit football
• Cassano, 35, then calls press conference to say he has changed his mind

The former Italy forward Antonio Cassano has sensationally “un-retired” from football a few hours after telling his Verona team-mates that he was missing his family too much and wanted to quit the game.

The former Italy international joined Verona only eight days ago and made the decision to leave the club and retire from football early on Tuesday. However, in the afternoon the 35-year-old held a press conference to tell the media that he had reconsidered and was now looking forward to “having a fun season” with his new club.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/18/antonio-cassano-retire-from-football-verona

Jul 13

Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci agrees to join Milan in shock move

  • Italy defender leaving Juventus after seven years in Turin
  • Bonucci and manager Max Allegri fell out during last season

The Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has agreed to join Serie A rivals Milan. The Italian international, who has been with the Turin club for seven years, is signing a five-year deal with the Milanese club and is hopeful of concluding the deal before the weekend.

Bonucci, regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, has not always seen eye to eye with the Juventus manager, Max Allegri, and the pair traded insults during a game against Palermo last season, with the defender subsequently being dropped against Porto. The defender was travelling to Milan for his medical on Friday morning.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/13/juventus-leonardo-bonucci-set-to-join-milan-shock-move

Jul 02

Transfer window: which European clubs have made the best signings so far?

The window officially opened on 1 July but most clubs have been busy for weeks, so catch up with the deals you may have missed from Europe’s top five leagues

The summer transfer window is now officially open and from Chelsea to Chievo, every top-flight team is looking to strengthen. In reality, deals have been going through since the end of last season, with more than £1bn spent already in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Our transfer interactive covers all the latest deals but here are the biggest moves of the summer so far:

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/02/transfer-window-which-european-clubs-have-made-the-best-signings-so-far

Jun 22

Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

All the moves in the top leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as a Premier League club-by-club guide for all the ins and outs this summer Continue reading…

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Jun 18

Crotone coach Davide Nicola fulfils promise and finishes 1,300km bike ride

• Coach makes journey to celebrate his club avoiding relegation
• Also highlights road safety three years after death of his son

Two months ago the Crotone coach, Davide Nicola, with his team looking set for relegation to the Italian second division, promised he would cycle the 1,300km to his home town in Turin if they escaped the drop.

Crotone went on to pull off one of the greatest escapes in Serie A history and on Sunday Nicola fulfilled his promise as he arrived in Turin after nine days of solid pedalling from the southern region of Calabria.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/18/italian-coach-davide-nicola-promise-bike-ride-crotone

Jun 15

Gianluigi Donnarumma says he will not renew and leaves Milan devastated

• Goalkeeper begins Europe-wide scramble for his signature
• Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG linked

Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s elite clubs on alert after deciding not to renew his contract with Milan.

The 18-year-old has made 68 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri and four for Italy since making his breakthrough in October 2015, and some outstanding performances have attracted global interest.

Related: European Under-21 Championship: 10 players to watch in Poland | Ed Aarons

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/15/gianluigi-donnarumma-milan-contract-transfer-manchester-united-juventus-real-madrid

Jun 11



F.C. Internazionale is pleased to announce an agreement has been struck with Manchester City over the purchase of Stevan Jovetic. The player has penned a four-year contract ke…

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Jun 08

The Bandinis 2017: an utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season | Paolo Bandini

From another Scudetto triumph for Juventus to Crotone’s miraculous escape, we revisit Papu Gómez’s armbands, Joe Hart’s gaffes and the grace of Totti

This might have been another year of European heartbreak for Juventus, but domestically it was the same old story. The Bianconeri won Serie A for the sixth consecutive season, and collected their third straight Coppa Italia as well. No team had ever won either trophy so many times in succession. They have made the unprecedented look routine.

And yet, this season was not lacking in drama. To the contrary, there was something wild about this campaign right from the start. There were 32 goals scored (not to mention three red cards) on the opening weekend alone. The final tally of 2.96 per game was highest among Europe’s top five leagues.

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La fascia da capitano del Papu Gomez per @acmilan@Atalanta_BC

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jun/08/the-bandinis-2017-utterly-exhaustive-review-of-serie-a-season

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