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Report: Wilshere to leave Arsenal with many suitors

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Jack Wilshere will not sign a new contract at Arsenal, according to the multiple reports, but will he leave London?

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are among the sides being linked with the midfielder, who apparently would not be a big part of Unai Emery’s plans, and Everton, Wolves, Sampdoria, and Juventus are also being mentioned as options for the 26-year-old.

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Wilshere has struggled with injuries during his career but has often been magnificent when healthy.

The 34-times capped Englishman has made 67 appearances between Bournemouth and Arsenal over the past two seasons, his most in consecutive campaigns.

Transfer rumor roundup: Savic to Chelsea, Torreira to Arsenal

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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.

Napoli takes commanding Serie A lead after Juventus loss

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Six-time Serie A defending champions Juventus are in trouble. Not a lot, but the heat has been turned up.

A wild 3-2 loss to Sampdoria means the Italian giants are now four points back of Napoli in the Serie A table, and heading into their Champions League matchup with Barcelona, there is plenty of soul-searching to do in Turin.

Juventus nearly mounted what would have been a monumental comeback, down 3-0 heading into stoppage-time but posting goals by Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in the first and fourth minutes of injury time. It was not to be, and the four-point deficit through 13 games not only leaves Juventus looking at Napoli more than a game in front of them, but also over their shoulders at Roma and Inter Milan both a point behind in third and fourth.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was kept out of the lineup as he continues to deal emotionally with the World Cup miss, and it showed. After a scoreless first half at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Duzan Zapata beat Stephan Lichtensteiner in the air and sent a looping header over a flatfooted Wojciech Szczesny for the opening goal.

With 20 minutes to go, Sampdoria struck again as former Premier League creator Gaston Ramirez fed 21-year-old Lucas Torreira at the top of the box, and with nobody closing him down, he fired into the bottom-left corner of the net. They got the eventual winner nine minutes later after an embarrassing defensive breakdown by the visitors. A free-kick saw two attackers in front of net against five defenders, but somehow Gianmarco Ferrari was completely unmarked in front of the net for a tap-in.

Higuain struck from the penalty spot and Dybala hit on the counter to beat Emiliano Vivaldo at his near post, but it wasn’t enough for Juventus. The defensive frailty will need to be corrected moving forward, as they face a vital match at Napoli on December 1st, and a loss there could spell disaster for their title charge.

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.