Juventus’ Vlahovic has ‘mentality of big player’ – Ribery

Salernitana winger Franck Ribery praised Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovic: He has the mentality of a big player.

The two briefly played together at Fiorentina before the ex-France star left once his contract expired at the end of last season and the Serbia forward was signed by Juve in January.

Ribery enjoyed enormous success at Bayern Munich before moving to Serie A while he was also part of an incredible France side, and said he is impressed with Vlahovic’s mentality.

“Vlahovic has the mentality of a big player,” Ribery told DAZN. “He has the right mentality – he is someone who works hard.

“In 2006, when I played with great players at international level, for 10 years I played with some greats like [Zinedine] Zidane and [Lilian] Thuram.

“I was quite smart and I watched their behaviour because they were great players.”

Ribery said Vlahovic, 22, stood out because he has a different mentality to a lot of young players in the game.

“I like young players when they are intelligent, when they believe, they work and they’re hungry,” Ribery added. “I have known a lot of talents who were lacking grit.

“I always look to help young player out, to help them become greats. For example, I see [David] Alaba as a brother.

“I met him when he was 16 and today he is world class. The first time he saw me with a nice car and nice watch, I told him not to think about the car or the watch but to work hard and make a lot of sacrifices.

“Then slowly, the cars, watches and the rest will arrive.”

Ribery won nine Bundesliga titles and six German Cups in 12 seasons and with Bayern Munich. 

His best moment came in the 2012-13 campaign when he helped the Bavarians win the Treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League and he finished third on the Ballon d’Or podium behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

Dybala 'elimina' un pretendiente

Finiquitada su historia con la Juventus, despedida entre lágrimas incluida, La Joya deshoja la margarita del destino de su siguiente capítulo futbolístico. Una margarita con multitud de pétalos, según han ido apuntando los medios una vez que las negociaciones para su renovación se hicieron añicos por las pretensiones del argentino, tal y como reconoció Pavel Nedved. “Sus pretensiones eran muy altas”, reveló el director de fútbol bianconero. Él quería quedarse, pero con el mismo salario y no con una rebaja salarial, como pretendía el club italiano.

Lo cierto es que no ha acabado de corresponder en Turín las estratosféricas expectativas que levantó en el Palermo, pero el ’10’ es, sin duda, uno de los caramelos del mercado de agentes libres. Pocos jugadores aúnan tanto talento y rendimiento inmediato sin la necesidad de costear un ingente traspaso. Quince goles y seis asistencias contemplan su hoja de servicios esta temporada. El interés que despierta, por tanto, es continental. Aunque de momento, su agente confirmó que no posee acuerdo alguno con ningún equipo.

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Atlético de Madrid y Barcelona, en España. El Inter Milan de su padre futbolístico, Beppe Marotta, y la Roma de Mourinho, que sueña con una dupla con Abraham, en Italia. El de siempre, el PSG, en Francia. Y en Inglaterra, Manchester United y Tottenham, donde Fabio Paratici, el otro exjuventino y artífice de su llegada a la Vecchia Signora con Marotta, era su gran baza. Sin embargo, y tal y como ha podido saber AS, el propio entorno del argentino ha descartado esta propuesta.

Video: Pogba dropping Juventus hint with Instagram post?

Juventus target Paul Pogba posted a video of himself training on Instagram and it did not go unnoticed he was dressed in black and white.

In fact, this was the fifth Instagram post in a row in which black and white were pertinent colours – with Juve prominent in three.

Pogba posted a picture alongside Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard with the France international donning black trousers and a white t shirt.

He then published a picture alongside former Juve team-mate Patrice Evra in which he wore a white jumper and the former France defender was in all black.

His next two posts were dedications first to Paulo Dybala and then to Giorgio Chiellini – two former Juve team-mates. The posts were complete with pictures of Pogba’s time at Juve alongside the pair.

Pogba’s latest post was of him doing kick-ups, dressed all in black with white trim.

Capello on Chiellini: Close to joining my Roma but Juventus were quicker

Fabio Capello has revealed his Roma side were close to signing Giorgio Chiellini but Juventus intervened and wrapped up the deal quickly.

The Italy defender played his final home match for the Bianconeri after 17 years at the club in which he won nine Serie A titles.

Capello managed Chiellini during his first season with the Old Lady in 2005-06 but said he almost signed him earlier at Roma.

“Chiellini should have joined Roma when I managed them,” Capello said as a pundit on Sky Sport following the defensive stalwarts final Juve home match against Lazio.

“He played a reserve match against Roma with Livorno. I went to watch him and he was a Roma player.

“But [director Luciano] Moggi was much quicker and took him to Juventus.”

Chiellini briefly spent time with Roma at youth level but began his professional career with Livorno in 2000.

The Giallorossi came back in for him in the 2003-04 campaign – Capello’s last with the club – but the Tuscan side side agreed a joint-ownership deal with Juve which kept him at Livorno for another season.

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Milinkovic-Savic to snub Man United for Serie A stay?

According to Il Corriere dello Sport newspaper, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is determined to leave Lazio at the end of the season but would prefer to stay in Serie A over a move to the Premier League.

The 27-year-old is under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until 2024, but his agent Mateja Kezman has already informed the club that his client wants to leave in the summer. Juventus, Manchester United and PSG are closely monitoring the Serbia international whose brother Vanja plays for Torino.

On Monday night, Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri said that if Milinkovic-Savic leaves, he will likely move outside Serie A. However, according to Il Corriere dello Sport, the talented midfielder would prefer to remain in Italy.

His representative has already spoken to four or five Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, who are long time admirers of the 27-year-old.

Milinkovic was close to joining the Red Devils for €75m before they signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP in 2019. Juventus have also monitored SMS for a long time but must deal with Claudio Lotito’s economic demands.

Lazio are prepared to see their star leave but want at least €50-60m. Juventus fans applauded the 27-year-old during Monday’s home clash against Lazio, but the Bianconeri are also in talks with Paul Pogba, who could return to Turin on a free transfer.

Dybala buys new home in Milan amid Inter links

Paulo Dybala has reportedly bought a new home in Milan, close to Inter‘s headquarters, fuelling speculations that he will sign with the Nerazzurri in the summer.

The Argentinean will leave the Allianz Stadium at the end of his contract in June and the defending Serie A champions appear to be in pole position to secure his services.

The Nerazzurri have yet to make a formal offer to sign La Joya, but Dybala hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining Juventus‘ biggest rivals in the summer.

According to Calciomercato.com, Dybala has bought a new house in Milan, close to Inter’s headquarters. Dybala signed the contract last month and could permanently move to his new apartment in the next few weeks if he signs with the Nerazzurri. This doesn’t mean Dybala will surely join the Serie A giants but confirms the Argentinean striker likes the city and wouldn’t mind living there.

Inter director Beppe Marotta has been in talks with the striker’s entourage for several months and will put his offer on the table in the next few days. Meantime, Dybala has already found accommodation in town.

Juventus director flies to London to meet Arsenal: the names on the agenda

Juventus director Federico Cherubini is expected to fly to London today to meet Arsenal and discuss several players, from Gabriel to Weston McKennie.

The Old Lady is preparing to reinforce the squad for 2022-23 after securing a top-four finish this season. Il Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport claim Arsenal’s Gabriel is one of their targets to replace Giorgio Chiellini, but the Turin-based paper reports the Gunners want at least €50m to sell the 24-year-old.

Juventus hope the Premier League side will change their stance if they fail to qualify for the Champions League and are ready to offer a few players in a potential player-plus-cash swap deal.

The Serie A giants are ready to discuss Arthur again after the Brazilian came close to joining the Gunners in January. His agent Federico Pastorello confirmed last week that his client should leave Turin in the summer.

Pogba pushes McKennie out of Juventus?

Weston McKennie is also among Arsenal’s potential targets and Juventus are ready to listen to offers for the USMNT international, especially if one between Paul Pogba and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic moves to the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus could also offer Moise Kean to Arsenal. The Italy international is not in Max Allegri’s plans, but the Old Lady must make his move from Everton permanent over the next few months. On the other hand, Gabriel is not Juventus’ only target at Arsenal, as the Serie A giants have monitored Thomas Partey for a long time.

Last but not least, Cherubini will also use his trip to London to continue talks with Paul Pogba’s representatives after a meeting with Rafaela Pimenta in Turin on Monday.

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How Juventus could line up with Pogba, Di Maria and Perisic

Juventus are in advanced talks with Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba and Ivan Perisic. Here’s how the Bianconeri could line up in 2022-23 if they complete all the three deals.

Pogba, Di Maria and Perisic are available as free agents as their contracts expire in June. Football Italia reported yesterday that the Old Lady is close to reaching an agreement with Di Maria, having offered the Argentina international a one-year deal worth €7m per season plus add-ons. The deal comes with an option to extend the player’s stay at the club for one more season.

Di Maria closes in on Juventus move: the details of the deal

Ivan Perisic is also in talks with the Bianconeri and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are resigned to seeing the Croat leave the club. Juventus have reportedly offered Perisic a €6m-a-year contract.

The Bianconeri will see Paulo Dybala leave the club at the end of his contract in June and Federico Bernardeschi could do the same, given that he hasn’t yet reached an agreement to extend his stay at the club.

Alvaro Morata’s loan spell ends in June and Juventus will make an offer to purchase him permanently from Atletico Madrid but are not willing to activate their €35m option to buy. As of today, Dusan Vlahovic, Federico Chiesa and Moise Kean are the only strikers with a secured spot at the Allianz Stadium next season.

The Old Lady is also looking for midfield reinforcement and met Pogba’s representative Rafaela Pimenta on Monday. Despite PSG’s interest, Juventus are confident that the Frenchman will eventually return to Turin, where he would be a regular starter along with Manuel Locatelli and Denis Zakaria. Here’s how Juventus could line up with their new three signings next season, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Zakaria, Locatelli, Pogba; Di Maria (Chiesa), Vlahovic, Perisic.

Fiorentina vs. Juventus Predictions & Betting Tips

The 2021-22 Serie A season wraps up this weekend, but these Fiorentina vs. Juventus predictions show there is still plenty left to play for. Juventus have already confirmed themselves a top-four spot, with Fiorentina facing a last-gasp European battle as they welcome their fierce rivals to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Fiorentina vs. Juventus odds

1 – A draw – 14/5

2 – Over 2.5 total goals – 13/19

3 – Juventus over 1.5 total goals – 33/20

4 – BTTS – Yes – 8/13

5 – 2-2 draw – 12/1

Fiorentina’s final game of the 2021-22 season will decide their fate for European qualification next term. Vincenzo Italiano’s hosts head into the game currently in seventh place in the table, in the Europa Conference League spot, but the picture around them is likely to change.

Lazio look set to have already done enough to seal a Europa League place, in fifth, while Roma, Atalanta and Fiorentina are all vying for the second spot. However, the Viola’s fail-safe of a Europa Conference League place could be snatched away with a negative result this weekend, should their rivals win.

The home side go into the contest on the back of their worst run of form this season, with just one win from their last four Serie A outings. That’s compared to Juventus’ return of two wins in their last four.

The inconsistency for both teams means picking a clear favourite is difficult, with a draw a likely outcome, even if it derails Fiorentina’s European plans. However, despite their struggles, both teams offer an almost certain guarantee of goals, based on their form this month.

All four of Juve’s league games in May have featured over 2.5 total goals scored, with Fiorentina managing that total in two of their last four league outings. The Old Lady’s own form in front of goal is particularly eye-catching, with two or more goals scored by Max Allegri’s side in five of their last six games in league and cup action.

A high-scoring draw looks to be a very solid option in this game, but it is likely to mean Fiorentina face an anxious wait on results elsewhere to confirm if, or where, they will be playing in Europe next season.

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Fiorentina vs. Juventus last five matches

Fiorentina last five matches

Juventus last five matches

Fiorentina top goalscorers

Juventus top goalscorers

Fiorentina vs. Juventus line-ups

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Biraghi, Julio, Milenkovic, Amrabat; Duncan, Torreira, Bonaventura; Callejon, Cabral, Piatek.

Juventus (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sandro, De Ligt, Bonucci, Cuadrado; Locatelli, Miretti; Morata, Dybala, Bernardeschi; Vlahovic.

Fiorentina team news

Italiano is boosted by the return of Sofyan Amrabat from a one-game ban, with the former Feyenoord man expected to rotate back into the starting XI this weekend. Forward pair Jose Callejon and Krzysztof Piatek could also return as the hosts chase goals against Juventus.

Juventus team news

Allegri’s injury picture has not changed ahead of the final weekend of the campaign. Former Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic will lead the line against his old club, while Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala could both be left out after celebrating their final home game for the Bianconeri on Monday.

Arsenal to miss out on Serie A stars without Champions League football

Paulo Dybala and Victor Osimhen have been linked with a move to Arsenal, but both players are unlikely to move to the Emirates Stadium without Champions League football.

Mikel Arteta has been on the lookout for a new striker for several months and both Dybala and Osimhen have held talks with the Gunners over the last few weeks.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported in April that Osimhen was open to joining the Gunners, but only if they qualified for the Champions League. However, the Premier League side is now two points behind Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in fourth place with just one game remaining.

Osimhen is not the only Serie A star who would reject the chance to sign with the Gunners if they fail to qualify for Europe’s elite competition.

Today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Dybala is also unwilling to sign with them if they don’t snatch a top-four finish this season. The Argentinean will leave Juventus at the end of his contract in June and Inter are in advanced talks to secure his services.