Juventus have brought in a new striker, as Richmond Boakye joined the side after his loan spell at Sassuolo.
The transfer gossip has surrounded the extra forward set to be signed this summer after Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, as both Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella are on the market.1
However, it s possible Antonio Conte has found the solution in-house, as today 20-year-old Boakye began training with the senior squad.
Boakye was late to pre-season training because, like Paul Pogba, he attended the Under-20 World Cup.
The Ghanaian talent spent last season on loan at Sassuolo, scoring 11 Serie B goals in 32 games and providing seven assists on their way to an historic promotion.
Boakye had been expected to go out on loan again, but it s now reported he could remain as part of the senior Juventus squad for 2013-14.
- ^ Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella are on the market. (www.football-italia.net)
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Dede: Continues to be heavily linked with a summer move to AC Milan Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama have refuted reports suggesting that AC Milan have made an offer for Dede.
The Serie A outfit have been heavily linked with the highly-rated centre-half for some time.
Speculation over recent weeks has suggested that an offer has been tabled for the talented 24-year-old.
Vasco, however, insist no transfer talks have been held, with Milan’s supposed interest little more than gossip at present.
Club president Roberto Dinamite told Milannews.it: “I read about Milan’s offer but this is just news, it’s not concrete fact.
“Nothing official has come to us and without that we can’t open negotiations.” He added: “There is a price and we will have to see if Milan want to reach that value.
I can’t speculate on that, you will have to speak with them.
“Of course the player likes Milan.
The club is enticing.
“He could play in Italy and has a lot of potential.
He is a national team player and could contribute a lot.
Let’s see if we receive any offers, and whether they interest both Vasco and the player.”
‘Madrid, you say?’ Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images It’s back.
The January transfer window is now upon us, a sizzling petri dish of ambition, greed and vested interests within which whispers become gossip, gossip becomes rumour, rumour becomes news and panic-stricken cash-heavy clock-ticking desperation becomes a disastrous January splurge of self-maiming proportions.
Frankly, the Mill couldn’t be any happier, in part because the Mill, as a loosely woven metaphorical construct, is incapable of feeling either happy or sad but simply regards the entire footballing world from behind its glazed and whirring compound eye.
But mainly because the window is simply the most rumoury time of year, an echo chamber of vaulting idiocy that promises yet again to run through the usual narrative cycle from cagey beginnings, talk of austerity and a new wariness abroad, right through to the familiar end-of-window collapse into another bell-ringing cartwheeling record spend.
No doubt helped on this occasion by the hauling on stage, at the very last, of a potential world class tug-of-money transfer saga.
Every window needs a saga, and this window has many already cautiously lined up, albeit perhaps the real capillary-busting sizzling hot plate centrepiece has yet to be fully unveiled.
Happily for all concerned the Sun has already made manful attempts to winch Cristiano Ronaldo for it is He into place with a will-he-won’t-he-no-he-probably-won’t stab at some kind of Manchester United/Real Madrid Iberian exchange programme.
“CRISTIANO RONALDO will NOT cost Manchester United 122m if he quits Madrid,” the Sun reports.
Albeit any potential return to Old Trafford for the Pel of the toe-poke could well involve a sack-full of human freight heading in the other direction.
This is made a little more likely by the fact Jos Mourinho appears to have decided he’s had enough of the niftily coiffured world-class short-sleeved capering Spanish shot-stop fop Iker Casillas, deciding instead to replace him with niftily coiffured so-so long-sleeved capering shot-stop fop David de Gea .
De Gea’s list price is 22m.
Portuguese wing-imp Nani, who used to occasionally play football, could also move as part of the entirely made-up deal.
Back in the more plausible world: more Ba humbug as the world’s most in-demand lolloping cut-price goal machine continues to parade himself before the Premier League elite, fluttering his fan and patting his powdered wig.
As we are rarely allowed to forget for more than a few minutes at a time, Ba has a 7.5m “release clause” in his contract: the Sun has already suggested that Rafa Ben tez “wants to seal a deal this week after triggering Ba’s 7.5m release clause”.
At which point it would be remiss of the Mill not to make a series of insinuating remarks about Demba’s prospective goal-to-millions ratio while also taking a casual swipe at Fernando Torres (see also: Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, possibly Wayne Rooney, anyone at Liverpool who isn’t Luis Su rez and, just for old time’s sake, Andy Carroll).
Never mind that Ba’s agent-jackpot golden ticket move may not be quite as irresistible as it once appeared: Torres has seven goals in the new managerial era plus his own dedicated goatee-bearded personal manager whose contract states he consents to being vigorously Chinese burned by the entire club hierarchy if fails to add a selection of smiley emoticons next to Torres’s name on every single match-day Chelsea team-sheet; Walcott currently has more goals than Ba this season; and Giroud increasingly resembles an endearing French goal-hunk.
Plus, even as the Mill clunks these words out on its yellowing, pulsing multi-transistor enormo-monitor, Sky Sports and assorted newspapers are already suggesting the Ba lockdown talks may have fallen through, no doubt related to the fact that at least five family members/shiny-suited Ba-loaders are after a cut of the first and perhaps only major transfer deal of his peripatetic career.
Elsewhere, ageing midfield wardrobe Frank Lampard may or may not be offered a new contract at Chelsea.
The LA Galaxy, a non-specific Chinese money-burning exercise and Lazio are all interested.
Colombian goal-sniffer Rademal Falcao may or may not be leaving Atl tico Madrid, but he certainly won’t or at least may not be doing so in January, according to none other than Colombian goal-sniffer Rademal Falcao.
“Leaving Atl tico in the winter transfer window is absolutely not on.
I want to help achieve the objectives we have with my current club,” Falcao has said.
Eh? In the Daily Mail, Ba may actually be heading for relegation-bound cautionary tale QPR, while the race for Wilfried Zaha is now “hotting up”.
Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of 8m or almost a B b from Manchester United.
Palace want 20m.
Zaha supports Arsenal.
Harry Redknapp is “in talks” with Joe Cole about another disastrous downward-spiral career move for the nation’s favourite out-of-puff one-time jink-prodigy.
And Xabi Alonso may be on his way back to England after failing, as yet to agree a new deal at Real Madrid.
“There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League as I always enjoyed good times there,” Alonso pre-negotiated, reading from a small stack of cue cards.
The Daily Mirror expects Spurs to have another pop at ace Porto midfield scurrier Jo o Moutinho , while Newcastle, Spurs and QPR will all make a play for perennial rumour favourite Lo c R my .
Plus as the Mirror so rightly points out, dissident midfield baldie Wesley Sneijder could yet be the catch of the window, with Inter apparently ready to think about letting him leave for a mere 8m.
Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and no doubt self-scuppering billionaire’s ghost ship QPR are all in or at least close to the frame.
Tom Ince: Continues to be linked with a January move to the Premier League Tom Ince remains focused on Blackpool amid mounting transfer speculation and claims to have benefitted from a tough international experience with the England U21s.
The highly-rated midfielder continues to be linked with a switch to the Premier League ahead of the re-opening of the transfer window in the New Year.
Ince is aware of the rumours, with such talk having followed him around for some time, but he has learnt to ignore the gossip.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Blackpool,” said Ince, who joined the Seasiders from Liverpool in 2011.
“I’ve been given the opportunity to play week in, week out at a very high level in the Championship.
“It is flattering to have all that interest.
It’s great – it shows you are playing good football and are in good form.
But at the moment my focus is on playing for Blackpool.” Ince’s immediate focus is actually on an England U21 clash with Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday, with the Young Lions set to take to the field for the first time since being caught up in unsightly scenes and a racism row during a European Championship play-off tie in Serbia.
Asked if the atmosphere Stuart Pearce’s side faced on a now infamous night was the most hostile he has ever faced, Ince said: “Personally, as a player, yes.
“But although it maybe wasn’t a great experience, it was nice to know that I have experienced that kind of football in that country.” Strong He added: “We knew it was going to be hostile, but we all went out there together, stood strong, helped each other and we were with each other 100 per cent.
“There is not one person who would want to have to deal with that situation again and you just have to make sure you are in the right frame of mind when those situations do come.
“I think everyone in an England shirt did that.”