La Liga leaders desperate for £26m Chelsea man; Man Utd back for £30m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeonehas said that he would be happy to part with over £26m if offered the chance to buy Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois.
Former Argentina international Simeone, who has guided Atletico to joint top of La Liga this season, told Spanish TV station 'Deportes Cuatro' that he would be prepared to go to great lengths in order to sign the keeper permanently.
Back-to-back defending Serie A champions Juventus entered their home stadium Sunday with a five-point lead on an AS Roma side that had not yet tasted defeat in the 2013-14 campaign.
That all changed at the end of the match in Turin.
In what was the biggest match of the Serie A season so far, Juventus rolled over nine-man AS Roma 3-0, ending the capital club's unbeaten run and giving the defending champions an even more commanding lead in their quest for a three-peat.
Entering Tuesday, Juventus Champions League campaign hanging by a thread, Arturo Vidal came through with his first career hat trick in a 3-1 win over FC København. With the victory Juve jumped from 4th to 2nd in the competitive Champions League group.
The Chilean International is considered one of the hottest possible commodities in European Football but he has pronounced his desire to stay in Turin.
Of course he wanted a penalty (Don't they all.), but wasn't going to get it. The only thing Arturo gets is YouTube infamy and a lot of referees who won't be giving him calls anytime in the near future. It didn't seem a complete dive, but come on, one must know the difference between the ground and an actual human being.
Juventus has strengthened its squad with new strikers Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, but manager Antonio Conte says that their new poachers aren't guaranteed minutes just because of their arrival.
The pair debuted in a 7-0 win against a local amateur group, but the player's solid display has to continue for the pair to remain on the field.
Real Madrid are in the opening stages of what is certain to be another major overhaul. New manager Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be targeting a host of new recruits including Juventus midfield star, Arturo Vidal according to Goal.com.
The 26-year-old Chilean international has been flattered by the interest from Madrid according to reports and appears to be interested in what could come of the speculation claiming that he has not renewed his current deal with Juventus:
"I am honoured that a big club [like Real Madrid] is interested.
Arturo Vidal of Juventus (Google Creative Commons)
Arturo Vidal, the 25 year-old Chilean, has been the most important player for Juventus this season, leading the side in goals and the assists. Vidal is considered by many the main man responsible for the club retaining the Scudetto this term.
What can Liverpool learn from Juventus? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool and Juventus are traditionally two of the biggest names in European football, who have fallen from glory somewhat in recent years. The Turin giants were caught up in a scandal domestically and got themselves relegated from Serie A, but most importantly have returned to somewhere near their best.
Milan's Unbeaten Run Ends As Juventus Edge Closer To Final Victory is a post from: Serie A Weekly Milan's Unbeaten Run Ends As Juventus Edge Closer To Final Victory is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus tightened their grip on the Serie A title with a 1-0 victory over an uninspiring AC Milan at the Juventus stadium.
Serie A Matchday: Vidal Provides The Goals For Juventus is a post from: Serie A Weekly Serie A Matchday: Vidal Provides The Goals For Juventus is a post from: Serie A Weekly A brace from midfielder Arturo Vidal gave Juventus a 2-0 victory over Lazio in Rome to move another step closer to a second successive Serie A title for the Bianconeri.
The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League kicks off Tuesday with two fantastic matches right off the bat.
First, Barcelona will visit Parc des Princes Stadium to face Paris Saint-Germain in a match many expect Barca to win coming off a dominant performance in the second leg of the round of 16 against AC Milan.
Sebastian Giovinco of Juventus-Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Celtic FC have already climbed one massive hurdle in the 2012-13 Champions League by finishing second in their very tough group and qualifying for the knock-out phase. Their excellent group stage performance was, of course, highlighted by a stunning 2-1 victory over Catalan giants Barcelona at Celtic Park.
Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Saturday with two first half goals, the second of which came with an added bit of showmanship that even the scorer himself didn't expect. Mirko Vucinic opened the scoring with a belter from outside the box in the 20th minute, but shortly before halftime, Alessandro Matri scored the second and he did it without his boot.
Paul Pogba of Juventus-Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images
After winning the 2011-12 Serie A league title and leading thus far this season, it is clear that Juventus is finally back. Struggling in the era post-Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, theBianconeri experienced a season relegated to Serie B before returning to the top of the Italian Serie A.
The footballing world got turned upside down last week when Pep Guardiola announced that he'd be taking over as the head coach for Bayern Munich next season, and it didn't take long for the first major transfer story to break.
Goal.com reports that the Spaniard is a big admirer of Chilean international Arturo Vidal, and that he would like to make the current Juventus player his first signing for the Bavarians.
Andrea Lazzari (R) of Udinese with Arturo Vidal of Juventus-Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images
2013 did not start well for the Old Lady of Italian soccer. Juventus have won just one point from a possible six in their last two matches. Coming off a loss to 15th seed Sampdoriaand a tie with 9th seed Parma,Juventus will face off against Udinese at home on Saturday, Jan.
On Friday, Juventus needed a pair of extra-time goals to overcome a stubborn Cagliari side and return to Turin with three points. Despite what the final 1-3 scoreline may suggest, the Bianconeri played one of their poorer games of the season and trailed the Sardinians for most of regular time.
Luis Suarez of Liverpool (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
According to talkSPORT, Juventus have remained vigilant in their pursuit of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez as the Italian outfit are looking to seal the Uruguayan's signature in the summer. Liverpool would be very reluctant to sell Suarez in January considering the difficulties the Reds have had at the forward positions due to the injury to Italian international Fabio Borini.
This is a red card offense in the sense that he made no attempt to play the ball, or at least aborted one mid-attempt. But Arturo Vidal really just looks like he was trying to hit the opponent with his ass. Or take a seat on his back somehow.
So what if the stars who play 90 minutes every weekend want a little bit of rest while everyone else has the chance?
The Serie A may be on the decline in recent years as the Italian top flight looks to have, at least in terms of popular opinion, fallen behind the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga when looking at Europe's elite leagues. However make no mistake, the Serie A is loaded with top level talent.
Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli are just a few of the superstars currently plying their trade in Italy, but it's not only these established stars that are lighting up the league, there is an incredibly talented contingent of youngsters coming through the ranks.
Bianconeri Continue Derby della Mole Dominance is a post from: Serie A Weekly Bianconeri Continue Derby della Mole Dominance is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus wrapped up a late win over Torino in the Derby della Mole with goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio. Victory over their city rivals means Juventus only need one more point to clinch their second consecutive Scudetto next.
Manchester United, it seems, have a penchant for the comic as well as for the dramatic (the drama is normally induced by some staggering ineptitude, but drama remains) when it comes to the transfer window and it appears as the club and David Moyes have decided to step it up a notch this month.
The United manager clocked up enough airmiles in recent weeks to grant himself a life worth of discounted flights, as him and members of his staff flew around Europe to scout different targets which may or may not arrive (the latter is alarmingly probably than the former).