A pair of double-digit goal Serie A season have made Giovanni Simeone a hot commodity, but do any clubs have legit chances of landing the Fiorentina striker if dad’s team comes calling?
Simeone, 23, is the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, and La Liga’s mainstays are said to have bid $46.5 million to reunite the Argentine family.
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Giovanni Simeone scored 14 goals with five assists for Fiorentina last season, a year after debuting in Serie A to the tune of 12 goals and an assist for Genoa.
He’s thrived against big name competition, scoring against Inter Milan, Juventus, AS Roma, AC Milan, and Napoli, the latter of whom fell victim to three of his strikes.
Fiorentina purchased him last summer for under $18 million, and would make a tidy profit if the above reports are true.
The International Champions Cup continued on Thursday morning with an early kickoff between a pair of Premier League and La Liga clubs.
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Atletico Madrid topped Arsenal 1-1 (3-1 on PKs) at the Singapore National Stadium, with an unlikely player proving to be the difference in the match.
Atleti goalkeeper Antonio Adán showed his best stuff in the shootout, making three saves to stop Arsenal from the penalty spot, but it was the shot-stopper that gave Atleti the victory with a penalty of his own.
After making several key saves, Adan stepped up from the penalty spot to put the game to bed in the fifth round of the shootout.
The Gunners had trailed after 41 minutes when Luciano Vietto gave Atletico the lead going into the halftime break.
However, Arsenal equalized just two minutes into the second stanza with a brilliant strike from youngster Emile Smith-Rowe curled his effort from distance into the top corner.
Unai Emery and Arsenal will continue their ICC tour on Saturday against Paris Saint-Germain, while Atletico will also take on PSG on July 30 in their next fixture.
Luis Suarez wasn’t in the mood to celebrate Antoine Griezmann’s self-control following France’s defeat of Suarez’s Uruguay in Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal.
France held a 1-0 lead, with Griezmann assisting on the opener, when his knuckling shot was fumbled into the Uruguay goal by keeper Fernando Muslera.
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The nature of the goal, plus a healthy love for Uruguay, played a role on Griezmann’s muted celebration. For a player known for celebrating his opponents’ “taking an L,” it was notable.
“When I started, someone from Uruguay taught me the good and bad of football,” he said. “I love Uruguayan culture and Uruguayans. I have respect for Uruguay and it was normal not to celebrate my goals.”
But Suarez didn’t have it in his mind to give Griezmann much credit, even though the French attacker’s close relationship with club teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez is well documented (Godin is the Godfather of Griezmann’s child).
And Griezmann also credits former Real Sociedad teammate Carlos Bueno, a Uruguayan, with helping his career in a big way.
Suarez doesn’t really care about all that.
“He’s not Uruguayan, he’s French and he scored a goal. He doesn’t know what we have to do to succeed in football. He will have his customs and his Uruguayan way of speaking, but we feel differently.”
Easy, Luis. We realize you just lost to the man and have a healthy club rivalry between you club Barcelona and Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid, but people live unique lives.
On Wednesday we asked whether France teammate Thomas Lemar’s reported arrival at Atletico Madrid spelled g-o-o-d n-e-w-s for supporters hoping Antoine Griezmann would stay with the club.
Turns out that answer came quickly, and the answer is yes.
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The 27-year-old superstar will stay with Atleti, the club he joined from Real Sociedad in 2014.
Griezmann scored 29 times with 15 assists in 49 matches this season, giving him 112 and 40 in 209 total appearances for Atleti.
The news also comes a day after Atleti confirmed a new contract for Uruguayan center back Jose Maria Gimenez, the key partner of Diego Godin.
As Atletico Madrid seemingly has a big arrival joining a big departure, and perhaps more, while other clubs aren’t avoiding the transfer waltz this pre-World Cup Tuesday in June.
Along with the above linked news regarding Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar, Atletico may be selling 27-year-old defender Stefan Savic.
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The Montenegro center back is said to be interesting both Chelsea and Juventus, with a price tag of at least $47 million being bandied about the Internet.
Arsenal supporters may want to keep an extra close eye on Uruguay at this summer’s World Cup, as a future Gunner may be plying his trade underneath Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is reportedly talking with the Emirates Stadium outfit. The 22-year-old is said to carry an approximate price tag of $35 million.
Torreira can play box-to-box or sit further back in the midfield, though he sits behind Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentacur on the Uruguayan depth chart. He chewed up nearly 3200 minutes for Sampdoria last season, scoring four goals and adding an assist with 2.8 tackles and 2 interceptions per match.