River Plate starlet to miss time due to Mononucleosis; status for Argentina’s World Cup qualifying fixtures next month in doubt

River Plate will be without one of their key players for the next few weeks, as their starlet will miss some time due to Mononucleosis.

The club announced that Gonzalo Montiel is out due to Mono, and there’s no timetable for when the 24-year-old will return to the pitch. However, his status with Los Millonarios isn’t the only thing in question.

In March, the Argentina National Team will return to action for two fixtures in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. … Read the rest

Sarri nears coming off Juventus wage bill after meeting

With the coronavirus pandemic eating into their finances, Juventus will want to remove as many redundant people from their wage bill as they possibly can.

Maurizio Sarri didn’t agree with them over terminating his current deal and he has been placed on leave since.

While not managing any team, the former Chelsea boss has continued to earn his salary as normal.

However, Juventus might be free from that burden soon, with a recent report claiming that Sarri has held talks with a new team.

Corriere Fiorentino via Football Italia reports that the former Napoli manager met with executives from Fiorentina regarding their managerial position.

After losing Federico Chiesa to Juve at the start of the season, La Viola has been struggling despite having Franck Ribery in their squad.

They have fired Beppe Iachini and replaced him with Cesare Prandelli, but their results haven’t gotten better.

They are now considering Sarri … Read the rest

CONMEBOL reveals the winnings that South American clubs can earn in this years’ Copa Libertadores

The Copa Libertadores qualifying rounds are underway, but CONMEBOL has released how much clubs will earn at each stage of the South American competition.

Brazilian media outlet TNT Sports relayed the comments made by Gonzalo Belloso, Deputy General Secretary of Football and Development Director at CONMEBOL, in an interview with Argentine radio La Red

When it comes to the total amount of money that the South American clubs will share among the clubs will exceed $200-million, approximately $230-million.

Each home game amounts to $1-million in the group stage … Read the rest

Competition for Juventus’ Bundesliga target is intensifying

Germany has given the world some of the best midfielders in history and the next big midfield star that could come out of the European nation is Florian Neuhaus.

He currently plies his trade with Borussia Monchengladbach, but it is only a matter of time before a top team signs him and Juventus wants to be that team.

A report in England via Calciomercato says the Bianconeri are one of several teams that want to sign him.

However, Juve is facing serious competition for his signature with English champions, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and AS Monaco also looking to sign him.

He has caught the attention of his suitors by some of his fine performances for the Champions League campaigners.

They were in the same Champions League group with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, yet they reached the round of 16 where they will face Manchester City.

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“I want him out” – These Liverpool fans fume as “dumb” Reds player appears to like Everton star’s Instagram post after derby embarrassment

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has risked the wrath of the Reds fanbase by appearing to like an Everton star’s Instagram post – which includes a picture of him celebrating at Anfield.

As if the Reds’ shocking form of late, which has essentially ended their defence of the Premier League title, was not bad enough, Jurgen Klopp’s men were nothing short of dire in Saturday’s 2-0 Merseyside Derby defeat.

It was the first time they’ve lost to their rivals on home soil in the 21st century, and considering the current mood around the club, it came at the worst possible time.

As has this pretty inexcusable action from Roberto Firmino, which has seen him like an Instagram post shared by Everton star and international teammate Richarlison, where he can be seen celebrating after scoring early on in the contest.

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Juventus cruise to impressive win to keep tabs on the league leaders

Juventus have earned a 3-0 win over Crotone in what could have been a bigger scoreline, as they close the gap to five points between them and Inter Milan.

The match started rather evenly, Crotone were relatively solid in limiting space in the final third, and the Old Lady were not enjoying the opening 30 minutes.

In fact the counter-attack of the visitors was looking the most dangerous, but that tide took a turn.

The final 15 minutes of the opening half could have seen the home team go into the break with a four-goal cushion, but Ronaldo only managed to score the middle two of those chances.

The Portuguese’s first goal came from a perfectly weighted cross from Alex Sandro, and the second came from Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful shot from range, which happened to be parried into the path of Aaron Ramsey, who then meets the in-running CR7 who … Read the rest

River Plate starlet reveals that contract extension talks with the club are in their advanced stages

As River Plate ventures into its 2021 season, one of the storylines that will shadow the club is the future of striker Rafael Santos Borré, whose contract expires in June. 

The 25-year-old scored in River Plate’s most recent fixture, and it’s where TNT Sports (via Marca Claro), where he discussed his future with Los Millonarios. The Colombian international revealed some behind-the-scenes information as he made it known that negotiations with the Argentine side are in their advanced stages.

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How Pirlo and Fagioli could have ended up at Crotone instead of Juventus 

Juventus will face Crotone in their next league game with Andrea Pirlo as their manager and Nicolò Fagioli possibly starting.

They made Pirlo the manager of Juve in the summer and it seems that the Bianconeri beat Crotone to his appointment.

This is because Crotone sporting director Beppe Ursino recently revealed that he had the former midfielder lined up as their next manager after they were promoted to Serie A.

He claims that their current manager, Giovanni Stroppa, had several admirers because of his impressive work with them and he had lined up Pirlo as a replacement should any team poach Stroppa.

He also revealed that they wanted to sign Fagioli, but Juve preferred that he remain in Turin and continue his development at the club.

The young midfielder has since earned a first start for the Bianconeri and could play some part against I Pitagorici.

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Boca Juniors reach an agreement to extend their starlet left-back for two more season

Frank Fabra’s contract with Boca Juniors was due to expire, but Xeneizes supporters can now put any fears of the Colombian international departing to rest.

The Argentine side announced the extension of the 29-year-old as the agreement will see Fabra remain with Boca Juniors through December 2023. The left-back has made 101 appearances for the club, where he’s scored eight goals and 13 assists.

Extending Fabra is a controversial topic considering that the left-back received a red card during the second-leg fixture in the Copa Libertadores semi-final against Santos.

Nonetheless, … Read the rest

Report: Juventus passed the chance of signing Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé is only 22-years-old, and yet he has arguably become football’s most valuable player.

The Frenchman rose to the scene ever since he was a 16-year-old player at Monaco.

Paris Saint Germain were quick to take note, as they sealed the signing of the then-teenager for an incredible figure that reached 180 million euros.

Nonetheless, these numbers can be considered as a bargain at the moment.

The young striker guided France towards the World Cup trophy in 2018, and his immense abilities are rising with every season.

Last Tuesday, Mbappé picked apart the Barcelona defenses when he scored a hattrick in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

However, things could have turned out differently for the young man.

According to Tuttosport (via ilBianconero), Juventus made an approach to sign the Frenchman from Monaco back in 2016.

The source adds that the principality side asked … Read the rest