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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Kurzawa to Arsenal, Belotti chased by Man United

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A host of news from France on this Friday.

Arsenal is on the brink of signing Paris Saint-Germain wide player Layvin Kurzawa on a five-year deal, according to an obscure Spanish report that has been picked up by a number of tabloids in England, including the Evening Standard. Todo Fichades reports that Kurzawa has been unable to reach an agreement with PSG on a new contract, and with his current deal expiring in the summer, he is set to sign with the Gunners on a free transfer.

Kurzawa, a 27-year-old left-back with 13 caps for the French international team, is a versatile player who can play along the back line or can push further up the left flank. Kurzawa’s frustrations with PSG stem from a lack of playing time, used sparingly this season to the tune of 14 Ligue 1 appearances, losing minutes to the likes of Juan Bernat and Abdou Diallo at left-back for much of the campaign.

The report states that while the deal is close, it may not be announced until the end of the season.

According to Italian publication Tuttosport, Manchester United and Everton are chasing Torino striker Andrea Belotti who has a $109 million release clause. While the Premier League sides are interested in pursuing the Italian international, there is a sense of urgency given his contract could be renegotiated which could affect the status of his release clause. His current contract expires in the summer of 2022. Still, while the 26-year-old does have 27 caps for Italy to his name, his goalscoring numbers have fallen this season from the 15 he bagged last campaign, and he hasn’t come close to matching the 26 he scored in 2016/17.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Italian connections could make Everton a main player, especially since the Toffees have failed to secure a talismanic goalscorer since the days of Romelu Lukaku. That price tag is high, however, and Torino has successfully kept hold of Belotti since acquiring him from Palermo in the summer of 2015.

A number of reports in the last few days have tabbed West Ham as a major player for Marseille defender Bouna Sarr, with 28-year-old right-back wanted by Atletico Madrid as well. Foot Mercado in France (via Get French Football News) states that Sevilla as well as an unnamed German side are all in the mix, giving the Hammers some competition. 27-year-old Ryan Fredericks currently occupies the starting spot at West Ham having arrived from Fulham this past summer, but West Ham could capitalize given that Marseille could be forced to sell for as little as $7.5 million with GFFN calling the French side’s financial situation “tricky.”

Finally, sticking in France, Lille president Gerard Lopez has said that center-back Gabriel is likely on his way out, although he did not name an interested team. “It’s true that he would like to go and try something else out,” Lopez said, according to Sky Sports. “We haven’t taken that decision yet, but he’s received a number of offers. I feel he’s closer to one club than others, but nothing’s done yet so we’ll see.”

Report: Everton’s Ancelotti chasing Torino star Belotti

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Could Andrea Belotti finally be leaving Torino?

The striker was linked with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, but has stuck it out in Piedmont due in part to a nine-figure release clause.

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Now he’s being linked with a move to Everton, where Belotti would play under Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Belotti arrived in Turin from Palermo in 2015 and has 85 goals in the ensuing four seasons, including a career-high 26 in the 2016/17 Serie A campaign.

It would be a pretty big buy considering Ancelotti has homegrown striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin absolutely humming at Goodison Park.

DCL is 3 1/3 years younger than Belotti and has 13 PL goals this year, four more than Belotti’s Serie A total. But Belotti is a better passer and defender.

The report says Manchester United, Napoli, Milan, and Fiorentina are also eyeing up Belotti, and that Ancelotti has long admired the Italian.

Serie A roundup: Belotti scores brace, Torino upsets Roma (video)

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Sunday’s Serie A action was marred by alleged racist abuse towards Brescia’s Mario Balotelli by traveling Lazio fans.

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AS Roma 0-2 Torino

Torino captain Andrea Belotti played hero for the visiting side as his two goals at the end of each half gave his mid-table side a crucial victory over fourth-placed AS Roma in Rome on Sunday.

The 26-year-old belted the ball into the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time and fired the ball past Pau Lopez from the spot, awarded after a lengthy VAR review for handball from Chris Smalling, in the 86th minute. 

With seven saves to his name, Salvatore Sirigu played a key role in Torino’s unexpected win.

Sirigu made a near-impossible, point-blank save save from Lorenzo Pellegrini in the second half. In the first half, Torino’s ‘keeper denied Aleksandar Kolarov in spectacular fashion, blocking the defender’s well-placed free-kick with his outstretched arms.

In addition to his two goals, Belotti squandered a pair of other chances to widen his goal count. Early on, the forward hit a routine, diagonal inside the box, only to be denied by the post.

Roma, who despite creating chances, played a lackluster game, hosts top-of-the-table Juventus, while Torino hosts Genoa in the Round of 16 of Coppa Italia on Thursday.

Elsewhere

Brescia 1-2 Lazio

SPAL 0-2 Verona

Genoa 2-1 Sassuolo

Serie A: Another loss for AC Milan; Belotti scores two for Torino

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The old adage goes, “Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better,” so why isn’t anything getting better for AC Milan?

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Italian soccer’s second-most winningest club with 18 top-division titles, Milan haven’t finished in Serie A’s top-four since 2013. Eight managers have sat on the hot seat in the six-plus seasons since then

Five games into the 2019-20 season, Marco Giampaolo’s side has just six points and doesn’t appear destined to snap that streak. The Rossoneri suffered another defeat, their third of the season, 2-1 at the hands of Torino on Thursday.

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Milan led through Krzysztof Piatek’s penalty kick in the 18th minute, but Andrea Belotti spearheaded a quick comeback with a pair of goals just four minutes apart beginning in the 72nd minute. That’s four goals in five games for Belotti, who scored 15 last season and 26 just three seasons ago.

Milan currently sit 11th in the Serie A table, three points back of the fourth-place logjam and already nine off the pace of Inter Milan’s perfect start to the season, which included a comfortable 2-0 victory over their Milan rivals last weekend. Torino, meanwhile, are one of the three teams with nine points jostling for fourth place, alongside Cagliari and Napoli.

Serie A: Roma steals win late, Torino tops Atalanta

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Defensive calamities appeared to prove deadly with Roma barreling towards a disappointing draw with relegation-threatened Frosinone, but Edin Dzeko stole victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a vital three points amid a fight for Champions League qualification in a 3-2 win at Stadio Benito Stirpe.

Roma was tragically bad at the back from the opening whistle. Frosinone scored the opener just five minutes in after Steven N’Zonzi’s horrible back-pass was stolen, and while Robin Olsen saved the shot from Camillo Ciano with a diving effort, but the ball popped up into the air with crazy spin and when it came down near the line, it bounced back into the net.

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Frosinone nearly had a second in the 11th minute but Ciano blasted it over the bar while all alone at the back post. Down the other end, Marco Sportiello was required to tip a dangerous Stephan El Shaarawy header over the bar. Roma built into the game and finally equalized right on the half-hour mark as Edin Dzeko picked the pocket of clueless Frosinone defender Edoardo Goldaniga in the box and his shot pinged off the left post and spun into the back of the net. They took the lead just a minute later and turned the game on its head as Dzeko fed El Shaarawy on the break, and while his shot to the far post was tipped by Sportiello, Lorenzo Pellegrini was on hand to deliver a sliding tap-in at the far post as the ball trickled away.

El Shaarawy was lucky to stay on the pitch after a bad challenge late in the first half only produced yellow despite an apparent stamp, and the referee was not buzzed by VAR to take another look. Frosinone was struggling to regain a foothold in the match until the 68th minute when they came so close to an equalizer as Andrea Pinamonti came flying in to meet a cross with a flying ninja kick but he was out of control and whiffed on the effort. They would find the leveler with 10 minutes to go, pegging back Roma on the break as Pinamonti finished the counter that left both Aleksandr Kolarov and Daniele De Rossi looking silly.

It could have been worse had Olsen not made a spectacular save in the 85th minute to keep out a cut shot from substitute Marcello Trotta that nearly found the back of the net, but instead trickled safely away off the goalkeeper’s fingertips. With a disappointing result on the horizon, Dzeko was there to snatch victory, bundling home a short cross from El Shaarawy in the 95th minute. The win moved Roma back to within a point of fourth-placed AC Milan, erasing doubts the draw would have left with the club potentially three points back in fifth.

Elsewhere, Torino topped Atalanta 2-0 at home on goals from Armando Izzo and Iago Falque that neatly bracketed halftime. Just before the break, Izzo put the home side in front on a messy goal that eventually pinged its way to the 26-year-old defender at the far post for the opener. Just a minute after they returned from halftime, Torino found its second as a whipped delivery from Soualiho Meite passed Andrea Belotti but found Falque near the penalty spot who rifled in a low, scything effort that found the back of the net.

The win moves Torino into seventh, well in the thick of the crowded top half of the Serie A table. They’re level with both Lazio and Atalanta on points with 38, but still five back of fifth-placed Roma after their win.