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Czech forward Schick moves to Roma in record deal for club

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ROME (AP) Roma has completed the signing of forward Patrik Schick from Sampdoria in a club record deal adding up to around 42 million euros ($51 million).

The 21-year-old Schick, who flew into Rome on Monday night, underwent medical tests on Tuesday before agreeing a five-year contract.

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Roma says: “The agreement includes an immediate loan fee of 5 million euros and, upon the completion of certain sporting objectives, an obligation to make the transfer permanent for a further 9 million euros.”

The deal also includes performance-related bonuses worth up to 8 million euros, while Sampdoria is entitled to a final payment of at least 20 million euros in February 2020.

Schick joined Sampdoria last year and the Czech Republic forward scored 11 goals in his first campaign in Serie A.

Newcastle to pry $15 million Praet away from Sampdoria

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Reports in Italy say Newcastle’s nightmarish start to the season may get a prime reinforcement in former Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet, now of Sampdoria.

Praet, 23, has a single cap for Belgium and played 34 times for Sampdoria during his first season with the Serie A club. He played 84 minutes of the Genoese club’s 2-1 season-opening win over Benevento this weekend.

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He arrived from Anderlecht last season for just under $12 million, and Newcastle’s reported cost for his services will be right around $15 million.

More than capable in his own end and productive in moving play along, he’d play a bit deeper in Newcastle’s midfielder.

With Jonjo Shelvey suspended, Isaac Hayden had a feast or famine partner in on-loan Borussia Dortmund mid Mikel Merino in the Magpies’ disappointing 1-0 Sunday loss at Huddersfield Town.

Where will Jack Wilshere play next season? Sampdoria linked

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Arsene Wenger plans on having Jack Wilshere back at the Emirates Stadium this season after a loan campaign at Bournemouth, but it’s not for lack of suitors.

And with one year left on his deal at Arsenal, could the Gunners cash in at the risk of losing the midfielder for free?

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Sampdoria looks set to test that with a $7.8 million bid that could rise to approximately $10 million if Wilshere thrives for the Genoese club.

A report claimed that Arsenal will only loan Wilshere if he signs a new deal at the Emirates, and that Crystal Palace wants that move.

Wilshere made 27 appearances for Bournemouth, notching two assists. He had some outstanding performances and was probably slightly more effective than he was as an Arsenal man. Better when pushed forward or set back than a box-to-box center mid, Wilshere can help change a team.

La Liga & Serie A: Real takes advantage of Barca result and more

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Real Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad

While the rest of La Liga’s top-tier sides all faltered over the weekend, Real Madrid has created some separation at the top of the league following their solid performance at the Santiago Bernabeu. Mateo Kovacic put Los Blancos in front prior to halftime, while Cristiano Ronaldo dazzled for the game’s second and Alvaro Morata put the finishing touches on the effort for the hosts. Sociedad looked on the back foot all afternoon, and Iñigo Martínez’s second-half red card summed up the match for the fifth-place side.

Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona

The Blaugrana slipped up in a big way on Sunday, although Luis Enrique’s side surely wasn’t aided by the game’s officiating. Luis Suarez rescued the visitors in the 90th minute after Betis took the lead 15 minutes prior through Alex Alegria. However, it was the game’s refereeing in the dying minutes that cost Barca dearly.

Neymar was on the receiving end of a nasty takedown inside the penalty area with under a quarter hour to play, but the official opted to not blow his whistle. Then, an own goal was missed after Betis defender Aissa Mandi cleared the ball away after the ball had already crossed the line.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Espanyol 3-1 Sevilla
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Sporting Gijon

 


Sampdoria 3-2 Roma

Despite getting off to a fast start, Roma succumbed to midtable side Sampdoria at Comunale Luigi Ferraris. The visitors led on two separate occasions on Sunday but a pair of late finishes from Patrik Schick and Luis Muriel ensured that Sampdoria would come away with all three points. Roma now sit four points behind leaders Juventus, although the Bianconeri hold a game in hand.

Sassuolo 0-2 Juventus

Gonzalo Higuain is up to 15 goals on the season and Sami Khedira added the second for Juventus before halftime to give the Bianconeri a more comfortable lead at the top of Serie A. The loss for Sassuolo leaves the bottom half side in 16th place, however, the side is still 11 points above the drop zone.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Torino 1-1 Atalanta
Cagliari 1-1 Bologna
Crotone 4-1 Empoli
Fiorentina 3-3 Genoa
Udinese 2-1 AC Milan
Napoli 1-1 Palermo

Epic comeback sees Napoli overcome own-goal to earn late victory

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With little to no room for error chasing Juventus, Napoli’s title chances appeared to be set for a big hit, but a controversial sending-off and a dramatic late goal saw them through with a 2-1 victory over 13th-placed Sampdoria.

A relatively tragic own-goal in the first half off the chest of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj pegged the home side back a half-hour in, and they appeared unable to mount any sort of sustained attack as they looked to get back level.

Fortunately for the Stadio San Paolo faithful, they were the recipients of a sympathetic refereeing decision that bolstered the side. Sampdoria defender Matias Silvestre received a controversial second yellow card in the 61st minute for a foul on Pepe Reina, and Napoli suddenly had life.

Dries Mertens seemed to have forgotten his shooting boots, but Napoli began to pummel the Sampdoria goal as the second half dragged on, and they would break through in the 77th minute as Manolo Gabbiadini poked home from point-blank range. The comeback was well and truly on, and they’d complete it in dramatic fashion.

26-year-old defender Lorenzo Tonelli, in the starting lineup for his Napoli debut with the Azzurri missing both Raul Albiol and Kalidou Koulibaly, scored the late winner five minutes deep into added time. Tonelli had arrived in the summer from Empoli and subsequently spent the previous six-months on the bench, making the substitutes 14 times for Napoli but never seeing the field. Now, with the game winding down, he buried a selfless cutback by Ivan Strinic to earn his team all three points.

The win sees Napoli draw level with Roma on 38 points, although they have played a game more than Roma and two games more than Juventus, who sits four points adrift at the top of the Serie A table.