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Transfer news: Sancho to Man United latest, Immobile plus 1 to Everton

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At this point, it’ll be surprising if Jadon Sancho ends up somewhere besides Borussia Dortmund or Manchester United.

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The latest update on a potential move for the prolific playmaker plus much more, below.

Sancho to Manchester United

Monday reports that United had offered $115 million for Sancho, about $25 million shy of Dortmund’s asking price, made the move to Old Trafford feel a lot more certain and Wednesday’s news certainly help that along.

Sky Sports says that personal terms are not going to be a problem and that Dortmund and United are concerned about payment structure.

Dortmund wants $117 million up front for Sancho and wants it by the start of preseason on Aug. 10, and that they are targeting Jonathan Ikone of Lille as a replacement.

United is said to like Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman as a backup plan, while the same report says the Red Devils do not have Jack Grealish interest now that Aston Villa’s survival has upped the player’s price tag.

Sancho finished his 44-game season with 20 goals and 20 assists, incredible considering he just turned 20 in March.

It feels like he’s going to be to Pep Guardiola and City what Kevin De Bruyne is to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.

Immobile to Everton

Carlo Ancelotti reportedly thinks the Everton project is a bigger one than he first anticipated and is ready for swing for the fences.

The 61-year-old Italian wants the green light to spend around $65 to bring Ciro Immobile from Lazio to Goodison Park.

Immobile is leading the race for Serie A’s capocannoniere, with 34 goals to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 31 with two matches left for both players.

He’s won the award with both Torino and Lazio and would move into a second-place tie with seven players if he claimed his third.

But what is the fit? Everton has Richarlison and Ancelotti has talked him up as a 30-goal target. The club also saw remarkable growth from 23-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who does not exactly look the part of a winger and Immobile’s best work is easily at center forward.

Immobile has also been far from his best in his pair of seasons outside of Italy. He has 14 goals and four assists in 49 matches between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla compared with 151 and 54 in 274 across Italy.

Ivanovic to Everton

Fresh off of murdering the Russian Cup trophy, Branislav Ivanovic could be on the verge of a return to the Premier League.

Out-of-contract at Zenit St. Petersburg, Ivanovic is said to be in advanced talks regarding a reunion with his old Chelsea boss.

Zenit’s captain has made 125 appearances for the club, scoring 12 times, since transferring from Chelsea where he won just about every trophy at least once.

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Serie A: Juve falls to Udinese, fails to seal scudetto

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The Old Lady will have to wait another few days, at least, to claim their place atop the Serie A table for another season.

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Juventus lost in Udine, the hosts all but sealing their place in the Italian top flight for 2020-21.


Udinese 2-1 Juventus

Ilija Nestorovski and Seko Fofana scored for Udinese to ruin Juventus’ hopes of securing their ninth-straight scudetto on Thursday.

Juventus is still six points clear of second-place Atalanta and can land the title with a win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Inter is seven points back of first.

Matthijs de Ligt scored Juve’s goal.

Lazio 2-1 Cagliari

Giovanni Simeone’s goal just before halftime was answered by the visitors two minutes after the break by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Lazio’s fall from scudetto contenders to fourth place found some reprieve in the form of Ciro Immobile’s late marker, pushing the Italian ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the capocannoniere race.

Immobile now has 31 goals to Ronaldo’s 30 with three matches remaining for each megastar.

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Juventus 35 25 5 5 73 38 35 15-2-0 10-3-5 80
 Atalanta 35 22 8 5 95 44 51 12-2-4 10-6-1 74
 Inter Milan 35 21 10 4 74 36 38 10-6-2 11-4-2 73
 Lazio 35 22 6 7 71 38 33 13-3-2 9-3-5 72
 Roma 35 18 7 10 69 47 22 9-4-5 9-3-5 61
 AC Milan 35 17 8 10 55 44 11 8-5-4 9-3-6 59
 Napoli 35 16 8 11 56 47 9 8-3-6 8-5-5 56
 Sassuolo 35 13 9 13 64 60 4 7-3-7 6-6-6 48
 Verona 35 11 13 11 43 43 0 8-5-4 3-8-7 46
 Parma 35 12 7 16 49 51 -2 7-2-9 5-5-7 43
 Fiorentina 35 10 13 12 43 45 -2 4-8-6 6-5-6 43
 Bologna 35 11 10 14 48 58 -10 4-7-6 7-3-8 43
 Cagliari 35 10 12 13 50 52 -2 6-4-7 4-8-6 42
 Sampdoria 35 12 5 18 46 58 -12 6-4-8 6-1-10 41
 Udinese 35 10 9 16 34 49 -15 6-6-6 4-3-10 39
 Torino 35 11 5 19 42 63 -21 7-4-7 4-1-12 38
 Genoa 35 9 9 17 44 65 -21 6-1-10 3-8-7 36
 Lecce 35 8 8 19 45 77 -32 4-5-9 4-3-10 32
 Brescia 35 6 6 23 33 74 -41 3-4-10 3-2-13 24
 SPAL 35 5 4 26 25 70 -45 2-3-12 3-1-14 19

Serie A State of Play: Races for scudetto, capocannoniere, UEL, safety

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The league with the most matches left on its domestic calendar for the 2019-20 season is Serie A, and there’s plenty to like about the race for top four placement and the capocannoniere.

But is the scudetto race run?

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Juventus is chasing a ninth-straight Serie A crown and for a while looked to have a stiff challenge from Lazio. But the Roman side fell off the map and sealed their fate as mere chasers by losing 2-1 to The Old Lady on Monday.

Scudetto settled?

Once Juve’s top challenger for the league, Lazio dipped into fourth with Monday’s loss and is 11 points back of The Old Lady.

Juve’s 80 points are six clear of second-place Atalanta and eight ahead of third-place Inter with four matches to play for Juve and Inter and three for Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta.

The schedule is favorable to Juve, too. Juve finishes with Udinese, Sampdoria, Cagliari, and Roma.

Atalanta and Inter still meet, while the former still has Milan and the latter Napoli.

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Unless Lazio falls off a map and Roma wins out, the top four is settled.

So is the identity of the next three, provided the same situation doesn’t befall Roma or AC Milan while Sassuolo or Verona gets red hot (Napoli is safe and will join the UEL group stage after winning the Italian Cup over Juventus).

It’s going to come down to whether Milan (56 points) can pass Roma (58) to go from UEL qualifying rounds to group stage. Roma can still qualify for the UCL by winning the 2019-20 UEL, where they face Sevilla in the Round of 16.

Capocannoniere

It’s going to be Immobile or Ronaldo unless Romelu Lukaku goes on a historic run and outscored both by 10 over Inter’s final four outings.

Both Ronaldo and Immobile have scored 12 of their 30 goals from the spot.

Immobile has twice won the capocannoniere, once in 2013-14 with Torino and in 2017-18 with Lazio. Ronaldo has yet to lead Italy in scoring during his brief tenure in the league.

Remaining opponents for Juve are Udinese, Sampdoria, Cagliari, and Roma, while Lazio meets Cagliari, Verona, Brescia, and Napoli. That’s about even, with Udinese surprisingly tough at the back and on both lists.

Relegation

SPAL is going down and Brescia is close. The 19th-place Rondinelle are nine points back of safety with 12 points available to them.

Lecce’s in 18th and more than one win from safety, four points behind Genoa and seven behind Udinese. Torino’s eight ahead of 18th and you’d estimate they’ll be safe along with Udinese.

Genoa faces Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Sassuolo, and Verona. Only Samp is bottom half so there is reason for concern.

Lecce’s run for safety would require plenty of points from home matches with Brescia and Parma sandwiched around trips to Bologna and Udinese. So there’s reason for hope there, too, though Lecce’s only claimed one point from three matches since stunning Lazio.

STANDINGS*

*Sassuolo and AC Milan are playing as of post-time

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Juventus 34 25 5 4 72 36 36 15-2-0 10-3-4 80
 Atalanta 35 22 8 5 95 44 51 12-2-4 10-6-1 74
 Inter Milan 34 21 9 4 74 36 38 10-5-2 11-4-2 72
 Lazio 34 21 6 7 69 37 32 12-3-2 9-3-5 69
 Roma 34 17 7 10 63 46 17 9-4-5 8-3-5 58
 Napoli 34 16 8 10 55 45 10 8-3-6 8-5-4 56
 AC Milan 34 16 8 10 53 43 10 8-5-4 8-3-6 56
 Sassuolo 34 13 9 12 63 58 5 7-3-6 6-6-6 48
 Verona 34 11 12 11 42 42 0 8-5-4 3-7-7 45
 Bologna 35 11 10 14 48 58 -10 4-7-6 7-3-8 43
 Cagliari 34 10 12 12 49 50 -1 6-4-7 4-8-5 42
 Fiorentina 34 10 12 12 43 45 -2 4-8-6 6-4-6 42
 Sampdoria 34 12 5 17 45 56 -11 6-4-7 6-1-10 41
 Parma 34 11 7 16 47 50 -3 6-2-9 5-5-7 40
 Torino 34 11 4 19 41 62 -21 7-3-7 4-1-12 37
 Udinese 34 9 9 16 32 48 -16 5-6-6 4-3-10 36
 Genoa 34 8 9 17 42 64 -22 6-1-10 2-8-7 33
 Lecce 34 7 8 19 42 76 -34 3-5-9 4-3-10 29
 Brescia 34 6 6 22 32 71 -39 3-4-10 3-2-12 24
 SPAL 34 5 4 25 24 64 -40 2-3-11 3-1-14 19

Cristiano Ronaldo sets more records as Juve approaches scudetto (video)

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Juventus took its biggest step yet toward a ninth-consecutive scudetto, defeating challengers Lazio 2-1 on a big Monday for brace-bagging Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 35-year-old Portuguese converted his 12th penalty of the season to give him 50 career Serie A goals, making him the first player in history to score 50 goals in Italy, England, Spain, and the Champions League.

The goals give him 30 and put him level with league-leading Ciro Immobile, who scored Lazio’s goal, and makes Ronaldo the fastest player to 50 goals in Serie A history (61 matches).

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Here’s Ronaldo, via Football-Italia:

“Records are always important, but the important thing is that the team wins. We are a phenomenal team and we showed that again today, although we always want to improve and raise the bar. These things are nice, but the Capocannoniere title is a natural process that comes as a consequence of scoring to win games for the team.”

Once Juve’s top challenger for the league, Lazio dips into fourth with the loss and is 11 points back of The Old Lady.

Juve’s 80 points are eight ahead of second-place Inter and nine clear of Atalanta with four matches to play in the season.

The schedule is favorable to Juve, too. Juve finishes with Udinese, Sampdoria, Cagliari, and Roma.

Atalanta and Inter still meet, while the former still has Milan and the latter Napoli.

Serie A Roundup: Roma pummel Brescia, move top four; Lazio edge Sassuolo (video)

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Inspired by Chris Smalling‘s career night, AS Roma’s dominant, 3-0 win over Brescia highlights Sunday’s Serie A action.

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Roma 3-0 Brescia

A two-time Premier League league winner, Smalling, 30, must have a long list of “memorable” games to choose from. But after scoring once and assisting twice against bottom-dwellers Brescia on Sunday, it can be said that the Englishmen might have topped the list.

On Sunday, the defender became the first English player to score at least two goals in a single Serie A season since David Beckham.

The Manchester United loanee opened the floodgates in the 49th minute, heading Lorenzo Pellegrini’s lofting corner into the back of the net. Just eight minutes later, Roma scored a second from a corner-kick. 

This time, Smalling – keeping tabs on the last Brescia defender – headed the ball downwards, rebounding and finding defender Gianluca Mancini’s right foot, which set up for a simple volley strike past Jesse Joronen

In the 66th minute, the defender’s header found a well-positioned Edin Dzeko for Roma’s third and final of the night.

Now fourth in the Italian top flight, Roma prepare for Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday, while Brescia look for their league win in eight consecutive games against Atalanta.

Sassuolo 1-2 Lazio

With the game two minutes away from the final whistle, Lazio needed a miracle to comfortably remain in Serie A’s third spot.

Substitute Felipe Caicedo was just that, scoring I Biancocelesti’s game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.

 

With the frustration of not getting a penalty call go their way minutes earlier, Luis Alberto and Caicedo paced past Sassuolo’s midfield and backline, combining with a set of back-and-forth passes. Inside the box, with position to shoot at goal, the Ecuadorian’s strike bounced over two, full-stretch defender and into the back of the net.

In the first half, Serie A top scorer, Ciro Immobile, added his 15th of the season, while the home side finished the first 45 minutes with a lot of hope, following captain’s Francesco Caputo’s tap-in.

Red-hot Lazio host CFR Cluj on Thursday in Europe League play, while Sassuolo prepare for their big game against Juventus on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Bologna 2-2 Parma

Verona 1-0 Fiorentina

Sampdoria 2-1 Udinese