After years of success, Juventus hope the thing that will take them to the next level is to bring in three Manchester United players, with the Serie A champions contemplating a triple swoop for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic. Bruno Fernandes was interesting Manchesters City and United in the transfer window, the midfielder is now set to commit his future to Sporting.
With all the talk of Christian Eriksen trying to leave for any club in Spain, no one noticed that Lucas Moura had the chance to join Barcelona over the summer but the Catalans could not pay Spurs the proposed £45m fee. Maybe he was the Brazilian forward with Paris Saint-Germain on his CV that the Catalans really wanted and the whole Neymar thing was a smokescreen.
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Speaking of Eriksen … he could still be heading to La Liga in January as Atlético Madrid are interested in signing the Dane but it might be trickier to do the deal in real life than on Football Manager.
West Ham finally looked to have a competent striker in Sébastian Haller but this has spurred them on to find another. They are supposedly plotting a move for Juventus big man Mario Mandzukic, who could replace the Andy Carroll sized hole in the squad but also be fit enough to play some games.
There could be a Basque battle for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, as he’s attracting eyes from Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, if the Premier League club ever decide to sell the Spain international. One man set to stay at Chelsea is Callum Hudson-Odoi who after delaying longer than Crossrail, looks set to sign a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus, the king of Serie A, take on its biggest title challenger, Napoli, on Saturday in Matchday 2 of Serie A. Juve beat Parma 1-0 on the road to open up the season last Saturday, while Napoli pulled off a dramatic 4-3 win at Fiorentina with Lorenzo Insigne stealing the show. This was supposed to be Maurizio Sarri’s first match against his former team Napoli, but the Juve coach is expected to miss this game as he recovers from pneumonia.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Juventus vs. Napoli
Date: Saturday, Aug. 31
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Allianz Stadium
TV channel: None
Odds: Juventus -125 | Napoli +335 | Draw +245
Juventus: The 1-0 win to open up the season was a bit shaky in the sense that the attack wasn’t really clicking. Juve put just four of its 14 shots on frame. The passing was sharp but the end product wasn’t very good. Similar struggles against Napoli could see the team on the wrong end of an upset.
Napoli: Four goals in the opener will have this attack feeling confident, but the defense must be sharper. Kalidou Koulibaly was the top defender in Serie A last season, but he can’t do it by himself. Expect them to play much more defensively against a talented attack like The Old Lady’s.
Juventus vs. Napoli prediction
It’s a tight game late, but a set piece header from Cristiano Ronaldo is the difference.