Liverpool sign Roma’s winger Mohamed Salah for £34m

Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp.

At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player.

Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Salah has “the perfect mix of experience and potential”, adding: “This is a really exciting signing for us.

“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.

“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.”

Salah will wear the number 11 shirt, with Roberto Firmino moving to number nine.

After only six Premier League starts following his £11m move, Salah had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter in a permanent move for about £15m last summer.

He was a key figure as Roma finished second in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.

Liverpool have already signed Chelsea’s 19-year-old striker Dominic Solanke, who was top scorer as England won the Under-20 World Cup and will join on 1 July.

That fee will be decided by a tribunal after he rejected a new contract at Stamford Bridge, with the fee expected to be about £3m.

Inter Milan makes Luciano Spalletti their New Manager on a two-year contract

Inter Milan names former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti as their new manager.

Spalletti guided Roma to second place in the Serie A last season before leaving on 30 May after 16 months in charge.

Inter offered Spalletti a two-year contract, effectively replacing Stefano Piolo on 9 May.

An Inter statement said Spalletti will take first-team training from 3 July with the three-time champions of Europe.

Last month, Inter Milan refused to comment on reports they were planning to offer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a deal to replace Pioli.

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri signed a new contract until 2020.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has signed a new contract with the club which will last until 2020.

Allegri’s has had a magnificent track record steered Juve to three successive Serie A titles, two Champions League finals and three Coppa Italia triumphs since replacing Antonio Conte in July 2014.
“Side by side, Juventus and Allegri have created history and legend,” said a Juventus statement.

“Now is the time to make the next step forwards together.”

It added: “Today’s agreement extends a working relationship that has seen the Bianconeri consolidate their position as Italy’s top team and also evolve into one of European football’s major forces.”

Francesco Totti Confirms Retirement

Roma Captain and legendary football player Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.

The 40-year-old has finally reached the end 24-year career and become a director at Roma, the only club he has played for.

Totti has achieved 307 goals in 783 appearances since making his Roma debut in March 1993 at the age of 16.

“I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.

“I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.

“From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”

Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.
The club’s new sporting director Monchi had already revealed Totti was to retire from playing at the end of the season – but the player himself had until now remained silent on the matter.

“There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year,” Monchi said in early May.

“Then he will continue as a director. I want him on my side because he is Roma and can teach me what Roma is,” the Spaniard added.

Juventus advance to the Champions League Finals

Juventus had a comfortable Semi-final win over Monaco to reach the Champions League final, their 2nd final in three seasons.

Juventus had a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, and extended their lead when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoreline.

Dani Alves doubled their lead and secured a comfortable victory.

Kylian Mbappe gave Monaco a goal in the second half, but the french side was unable to pull an unlikely comeback.

Juventus, who have not won this competition since 1996 and lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 final, will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on 3 June.

No club has scored more than a single goal against them in a Champions League game this season,

This is due to the excellent form of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defensive trio Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli.
Juventus have three games remaining in Serie A, Starting with second placer Roma on Sunday, 14th May. A draw will seal a sixth consecutive league title.

All is not lost for Monaco as they switch their focus to the domestic League looking to win Ligue 1. They are three points clear of Paris St-Germain with three games left and host Lille on Sunday.
SCORELINE

Juventus
Mandzukic (33′ minutes)
Dani Alves (44′ minutes)

Monaco
Mbappe (69′ minutes)

Barcelona 0-0 Juventus. Champions League, Barca Out

Juventus held their ground and produced an impressive defensive performance, to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Not giving Barcelona any room to score at the Nou Camp.

With an Aggregate of 3-0 from the first leg, Barca braced themselves for another hard fought match, but they failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat Paris St-Germain.

Lionel Messi, who had earlier been denied by Gianluigi Buffon, haphazardly took a shot over the bar while Luis Suarez and Neymar also wasted chances.
Juve’s Gonzalo Higuain fired tamely at Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Juan Cuadrado missed another chance but the final whistle was celebrated wildly by the champions of Italy, who have not conceded a single goal from open play in this season’s Champions League.

Juventus will join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday’s last-four draw (from 11:00 BST).

Manager Luis Enrique will leave his position at Barcelona this summer, failing to reach the semi-finals for a second successive season.

They will face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday (19:45 BST) their defeat will leave them six points behind Madrid.

Barca are also in the final of the Copa del Rey but even if his side beat Alaves on 27th May, they know that it will be a scant consolation if they fail to win La Liga following another disappointing European campaign.

Juventus 3-0 Barcelona. Champions League Quarter Finals. Dybala Lead the Charge

Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus dominated their Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona.

Dybala was able to score his two goals before the break, setting the momentum for Juve which left Barca unable to catch up.

Giorgio Chiellini steered home a header from a corner, ending the scoreline.

Recent games have showed us that Barca’s defensive weaknesses, as they were in losing 4-0 to Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie – must come back from a heavy away defeat to progress.

However, after their record-breaking achievement to overturn that deficit against PSG, they will retain hope heading into the return leg at the Nou Camp on 19 April.

The win means Juve, who have won their last 32 Serie A home games, are now undefeated in 18 European games in Turin.

With the second-best defence of any side in Europe’s top-five leagues and having gone 441 Champions League minutes without conceding, the Italians are well-equipped to avoid wilting under second-leg pressure in Spain.

What the managers said:

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri: “I want to congratulate the lads because, as a team, they did great.

“It isn’t easy overcoming a team like Barcelona, but we also dug deep to keep a clean sheet. That was fundamental for us.

“But we have to remain humble, keep our heads down and keep working. PSG scored four, and look what happened.

“In Barcelona, it will be different and we have to try and score a goal.”

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique: “We basically gifted two goals to Juventus in the opening half. As coach, for me it’s inexplicable how they were so much better than us.

“It’s like a nightmare. We’ve had very little luck of late, and now I can only hope that from tomorrow we get back on our feet.

“In the first half the players were determined, but we made the same mistakes from Paris, and that’s a problem. Our second half was much better. But I still have the opening half in my head, like a nightmare.

“Maybe it wasn’t [a repeat of] Paris, but it was like the third half from Paris.

“I’m an optimistic person. But I take responsibility for this. I’m the coach and the buck stops at me.

“If we play as well as we can, we can score fourgoals against anyone.”

Scoreline:

Juventus

Dybala (7′ minutes, 22′ minutes)
Chiellini (55′ minutes)

Barcelona