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    Cristiano Ronaldo scores with assist from Aaron Ramsey as Juventus open Serie A season with 3-0 win vs Sampdoria

    CRISTIANO RONALDO began where his record-breaking last season left off by clinching Juventus’ 3-0 opening-day win over Sampdoria in boss Andrea Pirlo’s first match.
    And it was Aaron Ramsey who teed up Ronaldo’s late goal, suggesting the Arsenal legend can make up for his patchy debut campaign in Serie A.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo fires home Juventus’ third goal late on against Claudio Ranieri’s SampdoriaCredit: Reuters

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    Ronaldo scored late in the 3-0 win to give Andrea Pirlo a win in his first match as a managerCredit: Reuters

    Former Atalanta winger Dejan Kulusevski grabbed a debut opener early on.
    But Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria defended well for the rest of the first period and created reasonable chances after the break.
    That all changed, though, once Leonardo Bonucci doubled the champions’ lead on 78 minutes, pouncing on a rebound when Weston McKennie’s shot was saved.

    Ronaldo’s fine finish then made up for him hitting the bar earlier as the home side impressed in their first match since Maurizio Sarri’s sacking as manager in August.
    Sampdoria can feel slightly hard done by to lose so heavily.
    But they had no-one in front of goal like Ronaldo.

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    Juventus goal-taker Cristiano Ronaldo takes the congratulations of goal-maker Aaron RamseyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Aaron Ramsey notched an assist to reward Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo for starting himCredit: AFP or licensors
    The ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United frontman, 35, ended last term with Juve’s highest individual tally for a season – 37 goals.

    And on the way he reached 50 Serie A strikes quicker than any player before, needing just 61 matches.
    This time out, his match-sealer against Sampdoria rewarded Juventus’ dominance after they spluttered over the line in the title race last month.

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    Leicester confirm Cengiz Under loan transfer after teasing fans with hilarious Undertaker tweet

    LEICESTER CITY have completed the loan signing of Roma winger Cengiz Under – after teasing fans with a hilarious tweet.
    The Foxes shared a picture of a hat and leather jacket made famous by WWE legend The Undertaker on the King Power pitch… just 30 minutes before announcing they had taken Under for the 2020-21 season.

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    Leicester City have signed Cengiz Under on loan for the season from Roma

    They also added the umlaut – the double dots – over the letter “u” in their Twitter bio for good measure to emulate the 23-year-old’s surname.
    It is understood the East Midlands outfit have the option to make the transfer permanent next summer.
    The star has spent the last three seasons in Serie A and will join up with his new team-mates ahead of tonight’s clash against Burnley.

    Under already knows one familiar Foxes face as he is a team-mate and the “best friend” of Caglar Soyuncu.
    The pair are international pals for for Turkey, with Under making his debut four years ago and earning 21 caps.
    Speaking to LCFC.com, Under said: “I can’t wait to go to Leicester and start training.
    “I’ve always wanted to play in England and this is a great opportunity to play in the Premier League.

    “I will try to help my team-mates on the pitch and off the pitch and I believe that I can improve my performance every day. I think I am fast and can create lots of chances for my colleagues.

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    The Turkish international is best friends with Foxes defender Caglar SoyuncuCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Wrestling hero The Undertaken made the hat and leather jacket combination iconic and led to the brilliant tweetCredit: Handout

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    “I feel very good because my best friend plays for Leicester City.
    “I am very happy to be able to play with Caglar and I always watched Leicester’s games because of him.”
    Under joined Italian giants Roma from Istanbul Basaksehir in 2017 and became the youngest Turkish player to score in the Champions League when he made his debut in February 2018.
    Like Soyuncu, he is a product of the Altinordu youth system and progressed to their first team before earning his Basaksehir move.
    A year later, though, he was snapped up by Roma and has scored 17 goals in 88 appearances, reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
    And Brendan Rodgers will be desperate his new signing – who follows Timothy Castagne through the door at the King Power this summer – hits the ground running.

    Under took to Twitter to show his appreciation to both Roma and Leicester

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    Leicester had some fun on their Twitter account on Sunday morning

    – 88 Roma apps- 17 Goals- 12 AssistsTurkey winger Cengiz Ünder joins Leicester City on a season-long loan from the Serie A club 🦊 pic.twitter.com/i2iXNXwCXi
    — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 20, 2020

    The right-wing area was somewhere the Foxes needed to strengthen and Under is expected to replace Ayoze Perez out wide.
    Under also took to Twitter to thank both his parent club for the opportunity to advance his career as well as Leicester ahead of his new venture.
    He wrote: “Three years ago, when I walked into this door, I came to show a great challenge.
    “During my time here, I loved not only AS Roma, but also the city of Rome, the culture, the people of this wonderful city.
    “I’m sincerely thankful to all of fans for the love and support that shared with me since my first moment here.
    “After our unique time together, I have a new challenge ahead of me.
    “Thanks to Brendan Rodgers, all the staff and management, for trusting me in this new chapter. I can’t wait to reflect my passion to the field.”

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    Juventus ‘contact Everton over Moise Kean loan transfer return’ but Toffees only want to sell 20-year-old forward

    JUVENTUS are reportedly interested in bringing Moise Kean back to Turin after a disappointing spell at Everton.
    The Toffees paid £25million to sign the striker last year, but his first season in England did not go to plan.

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    Moise Kean scored in Everton’s midweek win over Salford in the Carabao CupCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    According to Goal, the Serie A champions are chasing a loan deal for Kean, 20.
    However, Everton are said to prefer an outright sale and will demand an obligation to buy if he leaves on loan.
    Carlo Ancelotti has asserted that the Italian will be a first-team player for Everton this season.

    After only scoring twice in 2019/20, Kean netted in his side’s beating of Salford in the week having come off the bench against Tottenham.
    And Ancelotti believes the youngster will compete with Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his lone striker role.
    The Everton boss, 61, told reporters: “I know that for a striker it’s important to score. Not for me, it’s important to have a good performance.
    “I think he played a good game, he was involved in a lot of offensive situations, he scored the penalty. But I don’t know how he felt after the penalty.

    “Honestly he had a good performance in my opinion, he could have scored before.

    “But Moise Kean is a player that we count for the season, this is for sure. As central strikers we have Dominic who’s doing well, and we have him.”
    Juventus are undergoing something of a squad revamp this summer, flogging aging stars Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain.
    Edin Dzeko is set to arrive from Roma in the coming days to provide a foil to Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
    Piedmont-born Kean joined the Old Lady at the age of ten and became the club’s youngest-ever debutant in November 2016.
    Despite netting six consecutive goals for club and country in the spring of last year, he was allowed to leave for the Premier League.

    The move was quickly criticised by Kean’s father, who felt he was too young to leave Italy.
    Biorou Jean told Centro Suono Sport last year: “Sending my son to England was a mistake, because he’s still too young.
    “He’s not feeling good at Everton, I didn’t like this transfer.
    “I hope he can come back to Italy as soon as possible, I hope he goes to Rome, but the important thing is that he comes back here.”

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    Juventus make transfer record loss on Gonzalo Higuain after releasing £75m striker to join Inter Miami on free

    JUVENTUS have made a record £75million loss on striker Gonzalo Higuain, after they allowed him to join Inter Miami on a free transfer.
    The Argentine joined the Old Lady from Napoli for what was, at the time, a record fee for the club.

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    Inter Miami have unveiled Gonzalo Higuain as their latest recruit

    But four years on, they’ve let him leave for nothing, just to get his £270,000-a-week salary off the wage bill.
    This ranks as the biggest loss ever made by a club on a transfer, as pointed out by journalist Richard Jolly.
    Higuain, 32, now joins up with David Beckham’s Inter Miami, MLS’ newest franchise.

    The ex-Real Madrid forward was signed by Juventus after an astonishing spell with Napoli.
    Higuain bagged 91 goals in 146 games for Juve’s Serie A rivals.
    And this tally included a record-breaking 36 in just 35 league games in his final season at San Paolo.
    He initially hit the ground running at Juventus too, bagging another 36 in his first season in Turin.

    But his importance began to wane at Allianz Stadium.

    And when Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Real Madrid in 2018, Juventus tried to flog their former star attacker.
    He initially moved to AC Milan on loan, scoring six times in 15 appearances – before finding himself at Chelsea in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign.
    His five goals in 17 games at Stamford Bridge were largely forgettable, however, with two coming in one game against Huddersfield.
    Following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Juve upon his return, Higuain was given an unlikely reprieve with the Italian giants.
    But eight strikes in 32 Serie A games later, and with Sarri having been given the boot, Higuain has finally said his Juventus goodbyes for good.

    He joins an Inter Miami side struggling badly at the bottom of MLS’ Eastern Conference.
    Becks’ team, featuring ex-Stoke winger Brek Shea and Scotland international Lewis Morgan, are bottom of the table having won just two of their 11 games under coach Diego Alonso.
    But with Higuain now among their ranks, they will expect to swiftly add to their measly tally of just nine goals scored.

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    Higuain had an underwhelming spell at Chelsea in 2019Credit: Reuters

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    Man Utd outcast Chris Smalling wanted by Inter Milan in season-long loan transfer with obligation to buy as Roma stall

    MANCHESTER UNITED outcast Chris Smalling is wanted by Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.
    The 30-year-old England defender is not part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for this season.

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    Inter Milan want to sign Man Utd defender Chris Smalling

    He is being forced to train away from the main Red Devils squad, as talks over a transfer continue.
    And Inter have now joined rivals Roma in chasing the centre-back, who wants a return to Italy.
    The Nerazzurri are prepared to pick-up his £120,000-a-week wages for the entirety of his 12-month loan deal.
    And SunSport understands there will also be an obligation to buy Smalling at the end of the move.

    Roma are still trying to land the ex-Fulham ace after his successful spell with the club last year.
    But they are growing frustrated with negotiations and are NOT willing to pay his full weekly wages.
    It is understood Smalling – contracted at United until 2022 – is desperate to return to Serie A, but could be forced to stay in England with Fulham interested.
    Conte has snapped-up a number of Premier League stars in recent years including Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young.

    However, Inter are looking to offload defenders before making a move for Smalling, to raise funds.
    Diego Godin is closing in on a switch to Cagliari while Milan Skriniar is being eyed in a £60m move by PSG.
    Elsewhere, it emerged today United youngster James Garner has joined Watford on a season-long loan.

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    Dele Alli ‘wanted by PSG and Inter Milan’ with Tottenham star left out of Europa League squad after Mourinho bust-up

    DELE ALLI is being chased by Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan amid rumours of a rift with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, reports claim.
    The England international started Sunday’s Premier League opener against Everton.

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    Alli had a disappointing season opener against EvertonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But manager Mourinho hooked him at half-time as Spurs slumped to a dismal 1-0 defeat to the Toffees.
    And the Portuguese, 57, then dropped Alli from his travelling party altogether as Tottenham faced Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
    While Spurs managed to squeeze past the Bulgarian minnows late on, questions persist over Alli’s future in North London.

    According to the Mail Alli, 22, has long been on PSG’s radar – while Antonio Conte at Inter Milan has been an admirer since witnessing his exploits first-hand while Chelsea manager.
    Agreeing a deal in the wake of Covid-19 may be tricky, however, with Alli having been valued at £100million by Spurs chiefs not long ago.
    But should Tottenham decide to let him ago, they would prefer to flog him abroad so as to not strengthen a Premier League rival.
    It had been suggested that Alli could be included in a deal to bring Gareth Bale back to Tottenham.

    But Spurs managed to agree a loan for the Welshman without including their No20.

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    Conte witnessed Alli’s class first hand while manager of ChelseaCredit: EPA

    Rumours have been rife that Alli has fallen out with Mourinho, with ex-England international Gabriel Agbonlahor claiming that the pair had a bust-up prior to the Everton match.
    But Mourinho himself played down any such issues after the Everton defeat.
    He said: “Dele is a very polite guy, very calm. He’s a bit introspective, when you think a lot about things.
    “The way he reacted was Dele. It was quiet, sad, but in the end, after the game, he was just one of many.
    “And I never saw from him in here with myself, with the other players, everybody at the club, I never saw a strong reaction. A good boy. A really good boy.”

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    Edin Dzeko agrees terms with Juventus ahead of £15m transfer leaving Luis Suarez in limbo

    EDIN DZEKO has agreed terms with Juventus ahead of a £15million switch from Roma.
    The Serie A side are set to sign the 34-year-old instead of Luis Suarez – even though the Barcelona star sat his Italian language exam today.

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    Edin Dzeko will replace Gonzalo Higuain at JuventusCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    According to Goal, Dzeko will join Juventus on a two-year deal worth £7m-per-year.
    He was put up for sale by Roma as the club wanted to get his salary off the books.
    Dzeko – who joined Roma permanently in 2016 – scored 19 goals last season.
    Juventus have picked the ex-Manchester City star to replace Higuain instead of Suarez.

    Suarez has been linked to the Italian club since Ronald Koeman told him he was surplus to requirements at Barcelona.
    The Nou Camp side are even willing to pay off part of his contract to get him out of the door.
    He fuelled speculation that he was set to join them as he arrived for his Italian language exam today.

    The striker, 33, would have had to pass the citizen level B1 Italian test for his move to Turin to go through.

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    Ronald Koeman has told Luis Suarez he is no longer needed at the Nou CampCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Dzeko and Suarez were Maurizio Sarri’s top two targets as he looked to replace Higuain.
    Juventus have paid out a whopping £17m to cancel the former Chelsea striker’s contract.
    The Argentine star, 32, is expected to complete his move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami this week.

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    Juventus CANCEL Gonzalo Higuain’s contract at cost of £17m with striker set to confirm Inter Miami transfer this week

    JUVENTUS have paid £17million to cancel Gonzalo Higuain’s contract.
    The 32-year-old forward is expected to complete his move to Inter Miami this week.

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    Juventus have paid £17million to cancel Gonzalo Higuain’s contractCredit: EPA

    Juventus have released a statement to confirm Higuain’s time in Turin is up.
    It read: “There were many battles together, many goals scored, with many often decisive.
    “Now the paths of Gonzalo Higuain and Juventus go their separate ways.

    “Pipita, after winning his third Scudetto, has officially taken off his Black and White shirt.
    Higuain’s contract with Juventus was not set to expire until 2021.
    But Andrea Pirlo told the striker that he did not feature in his plans.
    Juventus forked out £75.3m to sign him from Napoli in 2016 – and have now paid £17m to allow him to leave.

    The club’s statement confirmed: “Juventus Football Club announces the mutual termination of the contract with the player Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain.

    “This operation generates a negative economic effect of approximately €18.3m on the 2019/20 financial year due to the residual value write-down of the registration rights of the player.”
    Higuain is now set to join David Beckham’s new side on a free transfer – which will make him the highest-paid player in the MLS.
    The Argentine ace is already in America to finalise his move to Inter Miami.
    Club coach Diego Alonso said: “Gonzalo Higuain is finalising his negotiations with us and we hope to have an official announcement this week.”

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