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Chelsea ‘confident of lowering Gonzalo Higuain fee’

Chelsea are confident of signing Gonzalo Higuain for less than Juventus’s £32m asking price as the Italian giants need to free up some wages, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly confident that Juventus will sell on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain on the cheap at the end of the season. The 31-year-old joined the Blues on an initial six-month deal in January with the option to make that permanent in the summer. Higuain has impressed during his first four games for the West London outfit, even if results have been poor during that spell, scoring twice in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town to earn the acclaim of his teammates. Chelsea were asked by Juventus to pay around £32m to land the Argentina international on a full-time basis, but ESPN reports that the Blues believe they can...

Manchester United ‘line up Joao Felix bid’

Manchester United reportedly line up a summer bid for Benfica attacker Joao Felix, who could cost in the region of £100m. Manchester United are reportedly lining up a summer bid for Benfica attacker Joao Felix. Felix has been in impressive form for Benfica during the 2018-19 campaign, finding the back of the net on nine occasions in 23 appearances, in addition to contributing five assists. Liverpool reportedly failed with a £61m bid for Felix during the January transfer window, while United are believed to have scouted the Portugal Under-21 international in recent weeks. Felix recently revealed that he is already thinking about leaving Benfica and hinted at a move to Juventus to play alongside his “idol” Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also reported...

How Juventus could line up against Frosinone

Ahead of Friday’s Serie A match between Juventus and Frosinone, Sports Mole looks at how Massimiliano Allegri’s side could line up against the minnows. Juventus head in Friday’s Serie A encounter with Frosinone holding an 11-point advantage at the top of the standings. Massimiliano Allegri had witnessed his side go two games without a win in all competitions, but the defending champions registered a 3-0 victory at Sassuolo last weekend. Juventus have now put together a 23-match unbeaten streak in Serie A as they look to go through the entire season without suffering a defeat. Allegri has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of this contest, and here Sports Mole looks at how the Juventus could line up against a team who currently sit in the relegation zone. Out: Juan Cuadr...

Preview: Juventus vs. Frosinone – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Friday’s Serie A encounter between Juventus and Frosinone. Juventus play host to Frosinone in Turin on Friday evening looking to extend their unbeaten Serie A streak this season to 24 matches. Frosinone make the trip to the defending champions having won just three matches in the league this season, but the visitors are only two points adrift of safety. Juventus © Reuters Massimiliano Allegri had to deal with his side recording a rare two-game winless streak during his preparations for last weekend’s game with Sassuolo, but that only led to a stronger focus being placed on victory being achieved at the third time of asking. Allegri again had to deal with injury problems in his defence, but a convincing win ...

Juventus ‘want Mohamed Salah in £175m deal’

Juventus prepare a £175m move for Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah, according to a report. Juventus are reportedly preparing a £175m move for Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah. Salah has been an absolute revelation since joining Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2017, finding the back of the net on 64 occasions in 86 appearances for the Merseyside giants. The 26-year-old has experience of Italian football with both Fiorentina and Roma, enjoying a successful spell with the latter before making the move to England. According to Sky News Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo is desperate for Juve to bring Salah to the club this summer and the Italian champions are prepared to tempt Liverpool with an offer in the region of £175m. Ronaldo has been excellent since arriving in Turin last summer, but the fu...

Preview: Ajax vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Real Madrid’s trip to Ajax in the Champions League. Dutch giants Ajax will welcome European champions Real Madrid to Amsterdam on Wednesday night for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. Madrid have had their problems this season, but Santiago Solari‘s side will enter this week’s match off the back of a fine run of form and will be confident of taking an advantage into the second leg at the Bernabeu. Ajax © Reuters Ajax are present in the round of 16 for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign, but have never won at this stage of the Champions League. Meanwhile, the Dutch giants have lost their last six games against Madrid, conceding 20 times and scoring just twice, which is a...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Wolverhampton Wanderers ‘favourites to land Joao Felix’

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly in pole position to sign Benfica teenager Joao Felix, who has been linked with a number of the world’s biggest clubs. Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly in pole position to sign Benfica teenager Joao Felix. Felix, who has scored nine times in 23 appearances for the Portuguese club during the 2018-19 campaign, is seen as one of the brightest young talents in European football. Liverpool reportedly failed with a £61m bid for Felix during the January transfer window, while Manchester United are believed to have scouted the Portugal Under-21 international in recent weeks. Felix recently revealed that he is already thinking about leaving Benfica and hinted at a move to Juventus to play alongside his “idol” Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile...

Result: Juventus return to winning ways with victory at Sassuolo

Juventus returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory at Sassuolo to extend their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points. Sami Khedira scored midway through the first half, and had should have had at least another goal to his name, before Cristiano Ronaldo got his 20th goal of the season with 20 minutes remaining. Substitute Emre Can rounded off the scoring late on. It was a first win in three matches for Juventus following defeat at Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and the 3-3 home draw with Parma last weekend. Sassuolo started well and thought they should have had a penalty after only five minutes when Wojciech Szczesny appeared to clip Filip Djuricic’s foot, sending the attacker to the ground. However, the referee decided against awarding a spot-kick after consulting VAR. Stefano Sens...

Check out the best of Cristiano Ronaldo against Parma

Ronaldo found the net twice for Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo turned in a man-of-the match display in Juventus’ 3-3 draw with Parma. The Portuguese scored twice to take his tally to 19 since leaving Madrid for Turin in the summer. Here you can see the best moments from Ronaldo’s display.

James Rodriguez’s future ‘depends on Paulo Dybala’

Real Madrid attackerJames Rodriguez will only join Juventus this summer if Paulo Dybala leaves the Italians, according to a report. James Rodriguez will reportedly only join Juventus this summer if Paulo Dybala leaves the Italian champions. James is currently on an extended loan at Bayern Munich, but is due to return to parent club Real Madrid at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The Colombia international is expected to be available for transfer this summer and it had been claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo had personally contacted his former Madrid teammate in a bid to convince him to join Juve. However, according to Tuttosport, James will only move to the Old Lady if Dybala departs in this summer’s transfer window. Dybala has scored 75 times in 167 appearances since joining Juve from P...

How Juventus could line up against Sassuolo

Sports Mole looks at how Juventus could line up in Sunday’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo. Juventus will be looking to return to winning ways in Serie A when they visit Sassuolo on Sunday evening. The Old Lady were held to a 3-3 draw by Parma last time out, but still sit in a strong position at the top of the table, boasting a nine-point lead over second-placed Napoli. The Italian champions are still unbeaten in Serie A this season – winning 19 of their 22 fixtures – but a defeat this weekend would leave them vulnerable, with Napoli having the chance to close the gap to six points on Saturday. Visting Sassuolo are 11th in the table entering the clash with Juve, losing just six of their 22 league fixtures this term. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how Juve could line u...

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