Serie A Duo Among Host of European Clubs Keeping Tabs on Promising Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin

?Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan are among a host of European clubs keeping tabs on the promising Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, according to ?Gazzetta. 

The 19-year-old made his international debut on Saturday in Ukraine’s 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia off the back of a number of impressive performances for club side Zorya Luhansk both domestically and in the Europa League. 

As a result, clubs from around Europe are said to be interested in Lunin, with Italian sides Juventus and Inter heading a lengthy queue that consists of the likes of Liverpool, Watford, RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg and Real Sociedad all allegedly vying for his signature. 

Juventus and Inter appear to be showing the strongest interest show far though, and with their first choice ‘keepers Gianluigi Buffon and Samir Handanovic 40 and 33 years old respectively, they both see Lunin as a long-term replacement. 

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Lunin only joined Zorya Luhansk at the beginning of this season from fellow Ukrainian side Dnipro, but has already made 53 first team appearances in what has been a rapid rise for the 19-year-old, making his full debut for Ukraine after only three appearances for the Under-21 side previously. 


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Azzurri Officials Reportedly Lining Up Andrea Pirlo to Become Assistant Italy Manager

?The Italian FA are supposedly lining up Andrea Pirlo to become the assistant boss of the men’s national side – something he’ll consider if one of Antonio Conte or Carlo Ancelotti gets the manager’s job.

The star hung up his boots last year after a final stint with New York City FC in the United States, and is widely considered one of the game’s greatest ever midfielders.

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In total he made 756 appearances at club level and scored 73 goals, and he earned 116 caps at international level.

Pirlo, dubbed l’architetto (The Architect) by his teammates in the national setup, was always considered a highly intelligent footballer, and surely has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the table in a management role.

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As reported by the ?Gazzetta dello Sport, the IFA recognise Pirlo for the kind of individual he is and want him on board in a backroom role.

?Under-fire Chelsea boss Conte has been linked with a return to the Italy job – held for the moment by caretaker boss Luigi Di Biagio – for some time, and knows all about Pirlo with the pair having worked together at Juventus and the national side.

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Pirlo could also be tempted if Ancelotti is named manager. The 58-year-old has been out of a job since he was sacked as Bayern Munich manager in September after a poor start to the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign.

Italy are in need of a strong character capable of re-establishing the team as a powerhouse nation once again, after the bitter disappointment of missing out on this summer’s World Cup under Gian Piero Ventura.

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Italian Legend & FIGC Sub-Commissioner Reveals New Italy Boss is Set to Be Named on May 20th

?Italy are set to name their new coach on May the 20th, according to FIGC sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta. 

I Azzuri have yet to appoint a new tactician after sacking Gian piero Ventura following their bitterly disappointing 2018 World Cup play-off loss against Sweden in November.

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Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been put in charge on a temporary basis for this week’s friendlies against Argentina and England, a trip to Wembley on Tuesday night will hope to bring a better result for Italy after failing to a 2-0 defeat against Argentina yesterday. 

“We will tell you the name of the new coach on May 20” revealed Costacurta in a press conference. (via Football Italia)

“If we have the opportunity to get someone better than Di Biagio, and I don’t think there are many, then we will.”

Amongst the front runners to be named the new Italian boss are Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri. Huge names for a huge task at hand, trying to restore Italy to the pinnacle of international football, which is where they belong. 

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With Italy going through a turbulent period it has been suggested that appointing Luigi Di Biagio, a promising young coach who has managed the Under-20 team as well as the Under-21 team currently, is the best option for long term stability and success. 

It is clearly an idea the Italian Federation are thinking about with Costacurta declaring “Di Biagio is a coach who has improved year by year climbing the ranks within the federation. It’s very likely that he will either be the new CT or enter into the staff of the new coach”

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Inter Eye €35m Double Deal With Argentine Giants Ahead of Midfield Makeover

Inter Milan are hopeful of securing a €35m deal with Boca Juniors that would see midfielders Nahitan Nández and Gonzalo Maroni move to San Siro, according to Tuttosport (via Calciomercato).

The Nerazzurriare hoping to bolster their squad this summer and are also expected to shift out a number of players before the start of next season, with the likes of João Mário and Marcelo Brozovi? potentially deemed surplus to requirements in Milan.

Versatile midfielder Nández was strongly linked with a move away from La Bombonera in January, just five months after his €3.4m move from CA Peñarol during the summer. 

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However, Boca Juniors were adamant that the Uruguayan midfielder was not for sale during the winter transfer window.

The Argentine side now appear resigned to losing the 22-year-old this summer after he has been attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs, and Nández has been slapped with a €25m price tag.

Inter are also weighing up a move for attacking midfielder Maroni, who has been given a €10m valuation after recently breaking into the Boca Juniors first team.

The 19-year-old has made just six appearances for Boca’s senior squad, scoring one goal in a Superliga Argentina match against Arsenal FC last season.

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Although Inter are set to face competition for their signatures this summer, the Nerazzurri could find themselves in pole position after entering in negotiations with Boca Juniors last year.

The two clubs have a good relationship after promising striker Facundo Colidio swapped Buenos Aires for Milan last summer in a €7m deal, signing a contract at San Siro until 2020.


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Stefan De Vrij Stalls on Inter Move As Barcelona Prepare to Join Race for Dutch Defender

?Stefan De Vrij’s expected end-of-season move to ?Inter could be scuppered by ?Barcelona, who have launched a new proposal for the Lazio defender, according to ?La Gazzetta dello Sport.

De Vrij’s contract at the Stadio Olimpico expires this summer, leaving him free to join another club. It has been expected for a while that he will join Inter, but is now stalling on that deal in the hope that Barcelona well cement their interest in the form of a contract offer.

Barcelona may be the more attractive proposition and would be able to offer De Vrij the more lucrative contract, but he is more likely to be a regular starter at Inter than at the Nou Camp.

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Much could depend on whether Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League. They currently occupy the last qualification spot in ?Serie A, but are only one point clear of De Vrij’s Lazio.

I Biancocelesti are chasing a first Champions League campaign since 2007-08, but a run of just two wins from their last eight league matches has handed the initiative to Inter. With the two sides meeting in Rome on the final day of the season, it could be a race which goes right down to the wire.

De Vrij is a Dutch international and played 89 minutes of the Netherlands’ ?1-0 defeat to England on Friday. He has made 34 appearances for the Oranje, and scored his first international goal against Spain at the 2014 World Cup.


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