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    Jose Mourinho to be handed £60m summer transfer warchest by Roma to lead club back into Champions League

    ROMA will hand incoming boss Jose Mourinho a £60million warchest as they eye a Champions League return.That’s according to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, with Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio reported targets.
    NINTCHDBPICT000652698184-2Credit: PA
    It’s also claimed ex-Spurs chief Mourinho has identified players he is ready to offload, especially in defence.
    That rearguard shake-up could see exits for Brazilians Bruno Peres and Juan Jesus, Argentinian Federico Fazio and Italy left-back Davide Santon.
    A new stopper is thought to be high up Mourinho’s list of priorities.
    Calciomercato believe third-choice Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Switzerland No1 Yann Sommer are in contention.
    Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, 43, has also been mentioned as he prepares to leave Juventus this summer.
    Mourinho’s Portuguese compatriot Patricio could be in the frame too, following three impressive years with Wolves.
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    The 92-cap star’s contract runs out next year.
    And at 33, his £8.6million valuation would not deter Mourinho.
    Further forward, versatile England ace Dier has been the Spurs player most commonly linked with a Mourinho reunion.
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    Man City have four-man transfer list to replace Sergio Aguero in summer including Erling Haaland and Harry Kane

    ERLING HAALAND and Harry Kane are just two names on Manchester City’s four-man shortlist to replace Sergio Aguero in the summer.The Citizens legend will depart the Etihad after ten trophy-laden years when his contract expires at the end of the season.
    Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is believed to be a summer target for Manchester CityCredit: Getty
    Tottenham’s Harry Kane is another potential option to replace Sergio Aguero at the EtihadCredit: AFP
    SunSport understands the 32-year-old is close to agreeing a deal to join Barcelona, though he may be forced into taking a £100,000-a-week cut from the £250k-a-week wages he currently earns.
    Pep Guardiola has been tasked with finding the perfect replacement for the Argentine marksman to compete with Gabriel Jesus up top.
    And according to The Times, the Spaniard will be backed in his pursuit of a new centre-forward, with four players being indentified.
    Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland is claimed to be on City’s shortlist following another superb season in Germany.
    The 20-year-old banged in a double against RB Leipzig on Thursday to help BVB win the German Cup to bring up an astonishing 39 goals for the campaign.
    Haaland boasts a release clause of £65million that can be triggered next year, with Dortmund seeking £130m to sell him this summer.
    Tottenham’s Harry Kane is another option, though the England skipper is likely to cost in the region of £150m.
    It is believed that City will only make a move for the 27-year-old should Guardiola demand the ex-Leyton Orient loanee’s signing.
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    The other two players on City’s radar are said to be Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva.
    Martinez has been instrumental in helping Inter win their first Serie A title since 2010 having fired in 16 goals in 36 Italian top-flight matches.
    And Silva has also enjoyed a fruitful campaign for the Bundesliga outfit, having found the back of the net 25 times in 30 league outings.
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    Both Martinez and Silva would prove to be cheaper alternatives to Haaland and Kane.
    City are also in advanced talks to sign Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes as Guardiola looks to bolster his backline.
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    Jose Mourinho ‘wants to bring Gianluigi Buffon to Roma on free transfer and take 43-year-old’s career into 26th season’

    JOSE MOURINHO wants to sign legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for Roma, according to reports.The iconic Italian, 43, is available on a free transfer at the end of the season and will enter his 26th season as a pro if he decides to carry on playing.
    Jose Mourinho wants to sign Gianluigi Buffon for Roma
    The Special One will take charge of the Serie A side this summer and is looking to sign a new goalkeeperCredit: PA
    Buffon recently announced he will leave Juventus this summer when his contract expires.
    And the veteran goalie admitted he is not sure whether to retire or continue playing.
    Should Buffon decide not to hang up his gloves just yet, he is set to have plenty of options to choose from.
    And one of those is Juve’s Serie A rivals Roma, according to TuttoSport.
    SunSport columnist Mourinho is looking to strengthen his goalkeeping department when he takes over from Paolo Fonseca.
    And the Portuguese boss is said to have highlighted the reliable Italian.
    Buffon has played 684 times for Juventus during two spells, with his first lasting 17 seasons.
    Before he joined Juventus in 2001, Buffon built his reputation in 220 games for fellow Italians Parma.
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    And the 2018-19 campaign saw him play 25 times for French side Paris Saint-Germain before rejoining Juve.
    As a result, Buffon has won numerous club trophies, including ten Serie A titles, one Ligue 1 title and five Italian Cups.
    Buffon was also capped a staggering 176 times by Italy and played a key role in their triumph at the 2006 World Cup.
    He is said to have offers on the table from several clubs around Europe including Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, Eintracht Frankfurt and Galatasaray.
    Greek side Olympiacos and Ukrainians Dynamo Kiev are the other teams said to have sent proposals.
    Elsewhere, Roma have also been linked with a move for Man Utd outcast Sergio Romero.
    The goalkeeper has not played a single minute for the Red Devils this season and is certain to leave in the summer when his contract expires.
    Romero, 34, is an Argentina international but also has an Italian passport.
    Him and Mourinho are said to have had an excellent relationship when the Portuguese boss was in charge at Old Trafford.
    And Romero put his stunning £3.5million mansion up for sale in March – all-but confirming he will leave.
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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum vows to persuade Juventus star to return to Sporting Lisbon amid Man Utd and PSG transfer links

    CRISTIANO RONALDO’S mum Dolores has vowed to persuade her son to make a spectacular return to Sporting Lisbon.The superstar is being heavily linked with a move away from Juventus and his mum made the assurance as she celebrated Sporting’s first league title in 19 years.
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum Dolores has vowed to get him to return to Sporting Lisbon
    Dolores (left) made the promise from her balcony during celebrations
    Thousands of Sporting fans took to the streets as their team claimed the Primeira Liga for the first time since 2002.
    But the mood turned violent as supporters clashed with riot police who fired rubber bullets after fans broke down metal barriers keeping them at bay.
    Earlier in the evening on Tuesday, the Portuguese outfit pipped Porto to the title with a 1-0 win over Boavista.
    And Ronaldo’s mum Dolores was jubilant.
    She posted a video of herself on her Instagram story dancing and singing.
    And she was also spotted on her balcony – which was draped in Sporting flags – late into the night celebrating.
    Fans had gathered outside her building and were chanting and shouting.
    Ronaldo, 36, started his career at Sporting before moving to Manchester United and the supporters started singing his name.
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    Ronaldo is on the verge of leaving JuventusCredit: Alamy

    The singing died down and a voice was heard shouting up to the balcony before Dolores yelled back: “I’ll talk to him [Cristiano] to bring him back.”
    Ronaldo’s whole family support Lisbon based Sporting and his sponsorship with Nike could help facilitate a move back if he leaves Juve this summer.
    The Portugal captain reportedly earns £14.7million-a-year to be the footballing face of the sportswear giants after signing a ten-year deal worth £147m in 2016.
    Record reports that with Nike replacing Macron as the club’s kit supplier next season the link could help facilitate a stunning return for Ronaldo – who left the club in 2003.
    Ronnie is on the verge of leaving Juventus and has reportedly been isolated by the Old Lady dressing room as his team-mates believe he has too much freedom.
    Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim tensions are boiling over in Turin after the Portuguese missed training on Monday.
    He was allowed a day off to collect his new £1.4million Ferrari Monza from the supercar manufacturer’s base in Maranello.
    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was accompanied by Juventus’ President Andrea Agnelli and Exor Chairman and CEO John Elkann.
    Such a privilege is described as upsetting Ronaldo’s Old Lady pals, who were hauled in after they lost 3-0 to AC Milan on the weekend.
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    Everton star Moise Kean lined up to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus if they miss out on Champions League

    JUVENTUS are reportedly lining up a shock move for Everton hitman Moise Kean – to replace club talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo’s future at the Allianz Stadium was thrown into doubt after it became mathematically impossible for Juve to win the Scudetto.
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with Juventus is currently up in the airCredit: Rex
    Juventus are reportedly eyeing up a Moise Kean as one of two replacements for RonaldoCredit: Getty
    The Portuguese could opt to end his time in Turin if the Old Lady – who are currently fifth in the Serie A table – miss out on Champions League football.
    And according to reports, the Juve top brass are preparing for life without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner by lining up a bid for Kean.
    That’s according to Tuttosport, who claim the Serie A big boys will look to sign two new strikers if Ronaldo – who has a year left on his current contract – leaves for pastures new.
    Juventus sold Italy international Kean to Everton two years ago for an initial fee of £25million.
    The 21-year-old, however, is currently on a season-long loan with French champions Paris Saint-Germain – where he’s scored 16 goals in 39 appearances.
    In addition to casting doubt over Ronaldo’s future, Juve’s poor season has heaped huge pressure on manager Andrea Pirlo.
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    But club vice-chairman Pavel Nedved insists neither man will leave Turin this summer.
    In an interview with Italian outlet Striscia la Notizia, he said: “Pirlo and Ronaldo will stay at Juventus.
    “There are some difficulties, but we’ll fight until the end.”
    The under-pressure Pirlo has vowed to fight until the very end, saying: “I have undertaken this job with a lot of enthusiasm, there are difficulties but my work goes on and I am available.
    “I think I can do better and be able to get out of it, together with the team.
    Cristiano Ronaldo has a year left on his current contract with JuventusCredit: Alamy

    “We have to look forward, I will continue to do my job as long as I am allowed.
    “We had actually started fairly well in the match, but we lost our way and this was the final result.
    “It’s difficult to explain now. There were many components that didn’t work.”
    Nedved and Pirlo’s comments came just a few days before PSG star Neymar seemingly urged Ronaldo to end his career with the Ligue 1 giants.
    The Brazilian told GQ: “I want to play with Cristiano RonaldO.
    “I have already played with great players, like [Lionel] Messi and [Kylian] Mbappe, but I haven’t played with Cristiano Ronaldo yet.”
    Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates will be back in action on Saturday evening, welcoming newly-crowned Italian champions Inter Milan to the Allianz Stadium.
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    Man Utd interested in Cristian Romero transfer with Atalanta defender joining Sven Botman and Jules Kounde on shortlist

    MANCHESTER UNITED have added Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero to their transfer shortlist, according to reports.The Red Devils are said to be keen on the 23-year-old along with Lille star Sven Botman and Sevilla ace Jules Kounde.
    Man Utd have added Cristian Romero to their transfer wishlistCredit: Rex
    The Red Devils have been keen on signing Jules Kounde for some timeCredit: Getty
    United are eager to sign a new partner for captain Harry Maguire and the trio are their most-wanted, according to Sky Sports.
    Romero is on loan at Atalanta from Juventus.
    And although they are expected to make the deal permanent in line with the £21.5million obligation to buy clause, Atalanta are said to be willing to sell this summer for £34m.
    Having secured Edinson Cavani for another season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is free to focus his search for a defender.
    SunSport exclusively revealed in March that United were eyeing up a move for Kounde to pair him alongside Maguire.
    The 22-year-old has had another outstanding season in Spain, helping his side to fourth in LaLiga and closing in on securing a Champions League spot.
    He is also said to be available for £50m.
    Sevilla had originally wanted around £70m up front for the former Bordeaux ace, with clauses and add-ons included on top of that.
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    Lille centre-back Sven Botman is also on United’s shortlistCredit: Getty

    Kounde was close to joining rivals City last year, but a £65m-plus move collapsed at the last-minute over Nicolas Otamendi being part of the deal.
    It is believed he has an £87.4m release clause inserted into his £70,000-a-week Sevilla contract which runs until 2024.
    United would be willing to at least double those terms if he was to join, alongside incentives for appearances, clean sheets and winning trophies.
    At Lille, Dutchman Botman has been on the radar of Europe’s biggest clubs for some time.
    Liverpool were keen on the centre-back in January but the Ligue 1 side were desperate to hold on to him until at least this summer which could open the door to United.
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    Inter Milan 3 Roma 1 LIVE REACTION: Conte’s side dominate Roma in comfortable San Siro victory – latest updates

    INTER MILAN made it an extra-celebratory night at the San Siro by beating Roma 3-1 thanks to goals from Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino and Romelu Lukaku.
    RESULT: Inter Milan 3-1 Roma
    Inter Milan XI: 97 Radu, 37 Skriniar, 13 Ranocchia, 33 D’Ambrosio, 36 Darmian, 23 Barella, 77 Brozovic, 8 Vecino, 14 Perisic, 9 Lukaku, 7 Sanchez
    Roma XI: 87 Furzato, 2 Karsdorp, 23 Mancini, 24 Kumbula, 18 Santon, 55 Darboe, 4 Cristante, 11 Pedro, 7 Pellegrini, 77 Mkhitaryan, 9 Dzeko

    Follow ALL the build-up and action with our live blog below…
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    That’s all from us tonight, as goals from Matteo Brozovic, Matias Vecino and Romelu Lukaku saw Champions Inter to a 3-1 victory over Roma.
    Henrik Mhikitaryan scored for the visitors to make it 2-1 after half an hour, and Roma did create plenty of chances in the second half.
    They couldn’t make them pay though, as Achraf Hakimi put the ball on a plate for Romelu Lukaku in stoppage time to seal all three points for the Nerazzurri.
    It’s the first time Antonio Conte has beaten Roma since 2015 and ends a run of six consecutive Serie A draws between the sides.
    Next up for Conte’s side is a mouthwatering clash away at Juventus on Saturday, before they finish the season away at Udinese a week later.
    Roma meanwhile have the derby game with Lazio on Saturday, and finish the season away at relegation threatened Spezia.
    That’s all for tonight though.
    Thanks for joining us, it’s been a pleasure.
    STAT ATTACK
    Inter have registered 88 points so far in this season’s Serie A.
    Only once have they done better in their history, posting 97 points in the 2006/07 season.
    Two wins from their final two games would see the Nerazzurri finish on 94 points.
    ALL SMILES
    It was all smiles between former Manchester United man Romelu Lukaku and former Manchester City man Edin Dzeko at full time.
    Lukaku got himself on the scoresheet tonight, while Edin Dzeko was unlucky not to.
    He saw one effort crash off the post and saw another fly just wide of the post.

    AS IT STANDS
    Here’s what that result means for the league table.
    Champions Inter stay top while Roma’s slim hopes of European football are gone.
    It’s been a disappointing campaign for Paulo Fonseca’s side.
    He has just two games left as Roma boss before Jose Mourinho takes over in the summer.

    MATCH STATS
    Here’s a look at the match stats from tonight’s game.
    Roma managed more shots and the same number of shots on target as the hosts, but it was Inter who made their chances count.
    The game may have gone a different way if Edin Dzeko hadn’t seen his second half strike cannon off the post.

    RED HOT ROM
    Romelu Lukaku nets in stoppage time to score his 22nd Serie A goal of the campaign.
    Credit: AFP
    Credit: Reuters
    Credit: Reuters
    DECIDER
    How about this for a counter attack.
    Romelu Lukaku seals the three points for Antonio Conte’s side after a textbook counter attack from the Serie A Champions.

    AT WHAT COST?
    Inter may have won the game, but at what cost?
    Lautaro Martinez, who came on for Alexis Sanchez in the first half, was substituted in the second half and did not react well.
    He had a heated disagreement with Antonio Conte on the touchline.
    Credit: Reuters
    Credit: Reuters
    PEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
    THAT’S FULL TIME!
    INTER 3-1 ROMA!
    THE CHAMPIONS MARCH ON!
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    91. CLOSE!
    Edin Dzeko spins away from Skriniar and tries a low curling effort with his left foot from the edge of the box.
    He can’t quite wrap all of his foot around it and sees the ball drift just wide of the post.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    90. Roma throw bodies forward and lose the ball, allowing Inter to break.
    There’s still plenty of work to do, but some excellent first time football sees Hakimi through on goal.
    He’s got Lukaku bursting forward for company and squares the ball across goal for the Belgian striker to slam home and seal all three points!
    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!
    GAME OVER!
    ROMELU LUKAKU SEALS THE THREE POINTS!
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    88. Roma substitutions.
    Darboe and Karsdorp are off for Carles Perez and Bruno Peres.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    87. BRILLIANT DEFENDING!
    Karsdorp curls in an excellent cross in from the right, begging to be headed in.
    It looks for all the world that El Shaarawy is going to nod in from close range, but Ranocchia comes flying out of nowhere to head behind!
    That is an unbelievable clearance!
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    85. NO PENALTY!
    It doesn’t look like Darboe has made any contact on Pinamonte, who goes down very theatrically.
    The Roma man is lucky to get away with his pass though, it was straight into the path of Pinamonte but the substitute couldn’t finish.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    84. Darboe plays the ball straight into the path of Pinamonte on the edge of his own box.
    Pinamonte fires an effort over the bar before going down under a challenge from Darboe who is scrambling back.
    The referee signals for a free kick but VAR will have a look at this one…
    VAR REVIEW!
    INTER MILAN ARE SCREAMING FOR A PENALTY!
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    83. Poor effort.
    Ashley Young is the man to take it, but sends his effort flying over the bar.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    81. Roma yellow card.
    Karsdorp is into the book for a foul on Hakimi on the edge of the Roma box.
    This is in a dangerous position for a shot on goal, about twenty yards out, just to the left of the goal.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    80. Ten minutes left to play in Milan.
    Roma still look the more likely to score the third, but Inter are very dangerous on the break.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    78. Lautaro Martinez, who came on late in the first half for the injured Alexis Sanchez, is NOT happy to be replaced.
    He sends a water bottle flying as he walks off the pitch.
    Antonio Conte responds with some words of his own.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    77. Substitutions.
    Bryan Cristante is off for Gonzalo Villar for Roma.
    Ashley Young and Andrea Pinamonti are on for Darmian and Martinez.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    76. Mkhitaryan drives forward for Inter and looks to his left and right for some options.
    He holds onto it and is just about to pull the trigger from the edge of the area but is stopped by a perfect sliding challenge from Skriniar.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    75. The Inter corner doesn’t come to anything as the clock ticks into the final fifteen minutes of action.
    INTER 2-1 ROMA
    74. Hakimi gets himself in a dangerous position again on the right hand side as he collects a through ball from Darmian.
    He crosses the ball this time, low and across the face of goal, but it’s blocked behind again.
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    Watch Cristiano Ronaldo score 100th Juventus goal and become only player ever to hit a century with three clubs

    CRISTIANO RONALDO has become the first player to score 100 goals at three different clubs as he reached a century of strikes for Juventus on Wednesday.Ronnie, 36, bagged the second goal for Andrea Pirlo’s men in a 3-1 win against Sassuolo this evening to reach the incredible landmark.
    Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th Juventus goal tonight – and became the first man to reach a century with three different clubsCredit: Reuters
    Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 100th goal for Juventus! 🙌A comfortable and much-needed two goal cushion for Pirlo’s side going in to half time 👏 pic.twitter.com/SGUdip8Pfw— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) May 12, 2021

    Ronaldo latched onto a looping header as he approached the Sassuolo box from the right in the 44th minute.
    He used his right foot to control the ball and knock it round an oncoming defender.
    And Ronaldo finished off the effort with a clever left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the Sassuolo goal.
    It means the Portugal legend has now reached the 100 club for Juventus in just three seasons.
    And in doing so, Ronaldo has become the only player to score a minimum of 100 goals for three different clubs.
    The striker netted 118 goals at Manchester United before plundering 450 for Real Madrid.
    Ronnie’s strike rate at Juve is much better than his record at United, where he managed just 27 goals in his first three years.
    But neither compares to Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid, where he scored 146 goals in the first three campaigns.
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    Gigi Buffon saves Berardi’s penalty! 🖐The legendary goalkeeper’s time at Juve may be coming to a close, but he’s still making a major impact in a big game for the Bianconeri ⚫⚪ pic.twitter.com/t166tPNIuD— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) May 12, 2021

    Tonight’s win for Juventus sees them keep pace in the race for a top four finish, with Napoli a point ahead while both AC Milan and Atalanta are three clear with two games remaining.
    The game got off to a nervy start when Juventus gave away a penalty in the 14th minute, but Domenico Berardi’s effort from the spot was saved by outgoing goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
    Adrien Rabiot then fired Juve ahead in the 28th minute before Ronaldo’s strike made it 2-0 before the break.
    Sassuolo found a way back in with half an hour remaining when Giacomo Raspadori hit the target.
    But Paulo Dybala settled Juventus nerves when his 66th minute strike made sure of the 3-1 result.
    Adrien Rabiot opened the scoring in a 3-1 win against SassuoloCredit: Reuters
    Paulo Dybala also scored to keep Juve in touch with the top four raceCredit: AFP
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