Gianluigi Buffon has sensationally returned Juventus just a year after leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain.

Buffon had suggested he could take a year off after rejecting a deal for a second season in the French capital.

A new one-year contract with the Serie A champions will instead take Buffon beyond his 42nd birthday.

When he does eventually retire, Buffon will not just be remembered for his electric reflexes and passionate Italian national anthem-singing.

The Juventus stopper also has a way with words that suggests he will not be short of job offers when he does decide to hang up his gloves.

Here, we pick out some of our favourite Buffon quotes from throughout his long and distinguished career.

 

BUFFON ON… DIETS

"My worst vice is gluttony. I try to keep myself under control because I'm an athlete, but once a week I like to pig out and act like a normal person."

BUFFON ON… CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

"Losing on penalties in 2003 was very painful, but since I was only 25, I was fairly calm because I was convinced I'd win many more. That's the exuberance of youth. I was so close to winning it on that occasion; they missed three penalties in that final - I saved two of them. Strange things happen. It wasn't meant to be and we weren't good enough. In sport and life, those who deserve it more probably end up getting their rewards."

BUFFON ON… MANAGEMENT

"The pitch is the most beautiful part of the game; it gives you emotions which bring meaning to life. So, I wouldn't like a role as [a club] coach, with the day-to-day nature of it. I wouldn't rule out a role as national coach; you'd still get the emotion of the pitch but with the time and the freedom to devote to other things."

BUFFON ON… CARS

"Maybe I'm the only footballer who isn't interested in cars. My Lancia Y gets me around."

BUFFON ON… MESSI

"Messi is an alien that dedicates himself to playing with humans. The only hope is that this Saturday [Buffon was speaking before the 2015 Champions League final] he will be from earth, like the rest of us."

BUFFON ON… AGEING

"Even at 80, if suddenly no goalkeeper would be there, they should call me – I would train briefly and then jump in."

 

BUFFON ON… MBAPPE

"He was born in 1998, right? I had already taken part in the World Cup in France before he was born. This is the joy of life, the great thing about lasting for a long time. You get to meet kids who weren't even born when you already had a good chunk of your career behind you.

"The other day, I worked out that I managed to connect practically three generations. I used to play with those born in the 1950s and 60s, then I'll end up playing against those born after the year 2000. It's an enormous stretch of time.

"It's stimulating knowing that you're facing the future Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Maybe in 10 years, when I have hung up my gloves, they will be the seasoned champions and I'll have the memory of playing against them at the start of their careers."

BUFFON ON… GOALS

"I scored lots of goals, and when a kid gets lots of goals it's the nicest thing in the world. Then you grow up, become stupid and become a goalkeeper, right? Then you just let goals in."

BUFFON ON… RONALDO

"The striker who caused me all kinds [of trouble] was Ronaldo, the Brazilian one. He was the perfect player, as he had power, speed, intuition, technical skills and quickness. He was a jaw-dropping player. It seemed like he was created in a lab."

BUFFON ON… RETIREMENT

"How do I imagine my last ever game? Maybe I'll go out like [Zinedine] Zidane, headbutting someone on the pitch!"

BUFFON ON… RESEARCH

"I don't watch penalties in my hotel room. I watch naughty videos."

BUFFON ON… MENTAL HEALTH

"To the fans it does not matter a damn how you are. You are seen as the footballer, the idol, so no one thinks to stop and ask you: 'Hey, how are you?'

"The problem was if I had said: 'I am going away for two months to get better' I would have been finished. Because every time after that, if I had failed with a save or whatever, I would have been reminded of that period. I just couldn't allow myself to go away for two or three months to get better.

"But I did see a psychologist and that helped me enormously. But it was something I had to re-evaluate. I thought psychologists were people who rob, figuratively of course, money from the insecure. But they are not. They are people who are there to help you and if you find a good psychologist, they will allow you to talk about everything and open up, without the slightest of fears, and that is no easy thing."

BUFFON ON… SQUAD NUMBERS

"I chose 88 because it reminds me of four balls and in Italy we all know what it means to have balls: strength and determination. And this season I will have to have balls to get back my place in the Italy team."

BUFFON ON… VAR

"You told us that VAR would be used in clear-cut incidents where there were mistakes, but now you are even checking the replays for a trodden toe or a finger in an ear. It's no longer football… it's turning into water polo. It takes too long. I didn't celebrate when we were awarded a penalty because six minutes had passed."

BUFFON ON… HIS GOAL

"More than 25 years ago I made my vow: I swore to protect you. Look after you. A shield against all your enemies. I've always thought about your welfare, putting it first even ahead of my own.

"I was 12 when I turned my back on my goal. And I will keep doing it as long as my legs, my head and my heart will allow."

 

BUFFON ON... MICHAEL OLIVER

"The team gave its all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.

"Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish. On top of that, if you don't have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, having your drink and eating crisps.

"You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating."

Buffon spoke after Oliver gave Real Madrid a late penalty that saw them knock Juve out of the Champions League. He was later punished by UEFA.

Gianluigi Buffon has completed a return to Juventus, a year after leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain.

Buffon departed Juve for PSG, ending a 17-year stay, but was unable to dislodge Alphonse Areola as the club's regular first-choice goalkeeper.

And after turning down a second season in the French capital, the former Italy goalkeeper is heading back to Juve.

Buffon has agreed a one-year deal with the Serie A champions, which will take him past his 42nd birthday.

A return to the Bianconeri had been mooted for several weeks, with second-choice goalkeeper Mattia Perin reportedly set for a move, and club great Buffon has joined up with Juve again to compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the starting spot.

A Juve statement read: "After a year away from Turin, Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Juventus, penning a one-year contract which will tie him to the club until 30 June 2020.

"It was May 19, 2018. That was the day when there were tears in everyone's eyes - when Gigi said goodbye to Juventus, it's fans and vice-versa. It was the bidding of a farewell to someone who was more than just a captain, but a legend and a symbol of the club.

"Probably each of us hoped, and in the end, knew that the yarn that united us for so many years was not destined to break. And that was the case.

"After a year with Paris Saint-Germain, Gigi has officially returned to Juventus."

Buffon added: "I wanted to greet you once again, I am happy to have returned home and to have the opportunity to again embrace you and to be embraced by you.

"This is one of the most beautiful and happiest days of my life. Today I received the confirmation that life is incredible and it's always worth dreaming."

During his single year in Paris, Buffon won a Ligue 1 title but failed in his quest to claim Champions League glory as PSG were knocked out by Manchester United.

He made 17 league appearances as he and Areola shared responsibilities between the posts, yet the 41-year-old was unable to make himself the undisputed first choice.

Buffon returns to Juve 18 years after his first move to the club from Parma set a new record – at the time – for the most expensive goalkeeper ever, costing €51million.

Gianluigi Buffon arrived at Juventus to undergo a medical ahead of a stunning return to the club he left 12 months ago.

Serie A champions Juve shared footage on social media of goalkeeper Buffon greeting fans and signing autographs outside their health facility.

The 41-year-old former Italy international is tipped to sign a one-year deal in Turin, where he enjoyed astonishing success from 2001 to 2018.

Buffon, who won nine Scudetti with Juve, moved to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2017-18 campaign but parted ways with the French outfit after just one season, having struggled to keep Alphonse Areola out of the line-up.

Signed from Parma almost two decades ago, World Cup winner Buffon made an emotional final appearance for Juve during the last game of the Serie A season in May 2018.

The legendary keeper somewhat overshadowed the club's Scudetto celebrations, embracing team-mates on his way off the pitch and completing a lap of honour as play continued during the match against Verona.

Adrien Rabiot is eager to become the latest Frenchman to leave his mark at Juventus after joining the Serie A champions on a free transfer.

Juve announced Rabiot's arrival on Monday following the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.

The 24-year-old is the latest in a long line of French players to have represented the Italian giants, following in the footsteps of Michel Platini, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram and Paul Pogba.

And Rabiot is out to create his own history in the famous Bianconeri strip, telling a news conference on Tuesday: "Juventus has a great history of many great French players and I hope to leave my mark too. 

"Juventus is a great and very prestigious club with a great history. From what I have seen, they are a step [closer] from being at the top in respect to PSG."

Rabiot was linked with a number of other clubs after it had become clear he would leave PSG, with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona also being touted as possible destinations.

But the former Toulouse loanee, who will wear the number 25 shirt from next season, is pleased with his decision to join Juventus and is ready to potentially battle compatriot Blaise Matuidi for a starting spot in midfield.

"Everything was finalised a little while ago, we found an agreement in a bit of a rush," he said. 

"Juventus contacted me in the past and the right moment arrived to come here. After seven years in Paris, I am ready to play in Serie A and I will do so with the same determination that I have always had. 

"I haven't had the opportunity to talk to [head coach Maurizio] Sarri yet, but everyone from Juve has left a great impression on me."

He added: "My preferred position on the field is in the left midfield spot, but I can also play in a two-man midfield. I am at the disposal of the coach. 

"There is a lot of competition here, even with Blaise Matuidi, but it doesn't change anything regarding my relationship with him. It's normal."

Adrien Rabiot admits the opportunity to play alongside "great champion" Cristiano Ronaldo and sage advice from Gianluigi Buffon influenced his decision to sign for Juventus.

French midfielder Rabiot joined his new club on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain on Monday.

The 24-year-old reportedly rebuffed interest from Manchester United and described Juventus as a "step up" from Ligue 1 champions PSG as he faced the media for the first time in Turin.

Part of the allure, Rabiot revealed, was the prospect of calling Portugal superstar Ronaldo a team-mate.

"I had the chance to grow up playing with top players, which helped me a lot," Rabiot said.

"Ronaldo is a great champion. The chance to play with him definitely had a bearing on my decision.

"But I know the whole dressing room is packed with world-class players and a positive spirit."

Rabiot's seven seasons in PSG's first team saw him rub shoulders with current Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Bianconeri great Buffon, who spent the past 12 months at Parc des Princes.

Buffon, now a free agent, has been linked with a return to the Serie A champions and played a crucial role in guiding Rabiot towards Allianz Stadium.

"Gigi spoke to me a lot about Juventus and his opinion matters a lot," the six-cap France international said.

"He knows the club very well and told me many interesting things.

"He told me that if I wanted to take a step forward in my career I had to choose Juve, so I did. I have a lot of respect for him and I listened to him.

"Juve is a very prestigious club with great experience in Europe. They often reach the last stages.

"As I see it, I'm at a club which is clearly at a higher level of PSG, which is what inspired me a lot to make this choice."

Rabiot will wear the number 25 shirt. The length of his contract has not been confirmed.

Slowly but surely, Neymar's return to Barcelona appears to be getting closer.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, is heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou, two years after his world-record €222million switch to the Ligue 1 giants.

Amid reports of talks between Barca and PSG, steps continue to be taken for a possible return for Neymar.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR'S FATHER MEETING WITH BARCA

Neymar's father and his lawyer are set to meet Barcelona representative Andre Cury on Tuesday, according to Esporte Interativo.

The report says Cury, who was involved in Neymar's sale, will put forward Barca's point of view.

If those talks go smoothly, Barcelona would only need to seal negotiations with PSG for a deal to be done.

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- Christian Eriksen said last month he wanted a fresh challenge away from Tottenham amid links to Real Madrid, who are reported to be chasing a central midfielder. Marca report one of Eriksen's lawyers will meet with Madrid this week to find out their intentions.

- Gonzalo Higuain's future is unclear after Chelsea opted not to exercise their purchase option on the Juventus forward. Now, Tuttosport report Atletico Madrid could be interested in Higuain.

- Frank Lampard's dream return to Stamford Bridge is a done deal. The Mirror report the England great has agreed a three-year deal to become Chelsea manager, with confirmation expected in the next 48 hours.

- As they prepare to potentially make room for Neymar and Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona are expected to sell at least one player, with Ousmane Dembele linked with a move away. Kicker report the LaLiga champions have put the France attacker up for sale.

- Manchester United continue to try to get a deal done for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, United have reached an agreement with Fernandes and must now finalise a deal with the Primeira Liga outfit. Staying at Old Trafford, Gianluca Di Marzio reports Inter are set to resume talks with United regarding Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday.

- Nicolas Pepe is expected to leave Lille amid links to some of Europe's top clubs. In good news for Liverpool, L'Equipe report the forward – who scored 22 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 – is keen on a move to Anfield.

Claudio Marchisio has left Zenit after just 10 months with the Russian Premier League club.

The 33-year-old moved to Saint Petersburg last September after a 25-year association with Juventus.

However, the midfielder has managed just nine league appearances in Russia in the past 10 months and it was confirmed on Monday that his contract has been cancelled.

"The club can confirm that Claudio Marchisio's contract has been mutually terminated," Zenit said in a statement.

"Zenit would like to thank Claudio for his time with the club and wish him all the best for the future."

Marchisio is a seven-time Serie A champion with Juve and has 55 caps for Italy.

Zenit won the domestic title for the sixth time last season, finishing eight points above Lokomotiv Moscow.

Adrien Rabiot is close to finalising his anticipated move to Juventus and will join an esteemed tradition with the Serie A champions in the process.

A contractual dispute contributed to the French midfielder being frozen out of first-team affairs at Paris Saint-Germain last term and he was linked to a host of European heavyweights.

But Juve got their man, as they so often have when it comes to securing high-class free transfers in an ever-inflated market.

With Wales international Aaron Ramsey also arriving for no fee following an 11-year stay at Arsenal, we look at other players who have run their deals down to join the dominant force in Italian football.

 

ANDREA PIRLO

World Cup winner Pirlo was used sparingly during his final season at AC Milan in 2010-11, reaching a decision with the club that he would depart at the end of the campaign. But the Rossoneri failed to build on their title triumph and Pirlo joined Juventus, where he won the Scudetto the following season. He lifted the league title in the three seasons after that, too, before moving to MLS.

PAUL POGBA

With Pirlo starring in a deeper role in Turin, 2012 signing Paul Pogba was given license to roam. The Frenchman had not been trusted with a first-team role at Manchester United and it cost the Premier League giants, who splashed out a club-record £89.3million on Pogba four years and four Serie A titles later. In terms of return on the pitch and in monetary terms, this was a superb deal for Juventus, who have continued to dominate since Pogba's mixed and much-debated second coming at Old Trafford.

KINGSLEY COMAN

While not quite the same success as Pirlo or Pogba on the field, Coman was another Juventus signing that proved an economic victory. Running down his contract at PSG - albeit not as tempestuously as Rabiot - the winger moved to Juventus and impressed enough in 15 Serie A appearances to earn a move to Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions paid €7m for a two-year loan in 2015, making the deal permanent for €21m, although injury woes have hindered Coman of late.

SAMI KHEDIRA

With Pirlo and Arturo Vidal departing in 2015, Khedira was tempted to Juventus by the promise of regular match action. The Germany international has helped to maintain the Bianconeri's dominance in Serie A ever since and he recorded the best scoring season of his career in 2017-18 with nine league goals in just 26 matches. The fitness woes that have often dogged the midfielder returned last term, when he was also treated for a heart condition.

DANI ALVES

Alves arrived at Juventus from Barcelona as a veteran option for the 2016-17 season. He stayed for just that single campaign, yet his impact was huge. Massimiliano Allegri's men won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, with Alves scoring in the final of the latter. Most notably, although ultimately disappointingly, the Brazilian helped to steer Juve to the Champions League final. They were beaten by Real Madrid, but he had been inspired against Monaco in the last four.

EMRE CAN

Khedira's struggles throughout 2018-19 were not so keenly felt due to the presence of his international colleague Can, who penned a four-year deal after leaving Liverpool. The midfielder started in 20 of his 29 Serie A appearances and chipped in with four goals.

Juventus have announced they have agreed a deal to sign free agent Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot left Paris Saint-Germain following the expiration of his contract and is rumoured to have signed terms worth €7million per year in Turin.

Juve did not disclose any details about the France international's deal, but he will be presented to the media on Tuesday.

Rabiot had been linked with a number of high-profile clubs - including Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona - after being frozen out by PSG in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign as his contract wrangle rumbled on in public.

He revealed in June he had opened talks with Juve over a possible move and an agreement has now officially been reached.

The 24-year-old won five Ligue 1 titles with PSG in his seven years in their senior ranks.

Juve, who appointed Maurizio Sarri as Massimiliano Allegri's successor, have already added ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to their squad ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, the Wales international also joining on a free transfer.

It is July 1, meaning players who had run down their contracts at former clubs are now officially free to move.

Some, such as Aaron Ramsey, Diego Godin and Adrien Rabiot have already signed with new clubs, while the likes of Ander Herrera seem to have transfers all but finalised.

However, there are plenty of players yet to have secured their next destination.

 

Aaron Ramsey

Wales international Ramsey called time on his 11-year stay in February, signing a pre-contract agreement with Serie A champions Juventus.

While Massimiliano Allegri was in charge when Ramsey agreed to join, it is Maurizio Sarri who will have the midfielder at his disposal for the upcoming season and, after an injury-hit end to 2018-19, the 28-year-old will be eager to quickly cement his place in the Bianconeri's starting XI.

Diego Godin

A mainstay in Atletico Madrid's defence since 2010, Godin announced his departure from the Wanda Metropolitano in May.

Inter were always favourites to sign the 33-year-old and that deal was officially announced on Monday, with the Uruguay international penning a three-year contract at San Siro.

Adrien Rabiot

France midfielder Rabiot did not play for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 due to a dispute over his contract situation.

The 24-year-old has now officially left the Ligue 1 champions for their Serie A counterparts Juventus, who announced an agreement on Monday.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery

After defining an era at Bayern Munich, Robben and Ribery have officially left the Allianz Arena.

Ribery has been linked with a move to the A-League, while PSV are one of the clubs to have declared an interest in Robben. However, neither of the veteran wingers have found a new home yet.

Ander Herrera

Manchester United tried in vain to keep hold of former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera, who made 132 Premier League appearances after joining the club in 2014.

A move to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to go through in the first week of July.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge was a key figure in Liverpool's title challenge in 2013-14 but injuries have gradually taken their toll on the forward, who managed four goals from 27 appearances in all competitions last season.

Divock Origi usurped Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp's first-choice back-up striker and the 29-year-old is now on the lookout for a new club, with Rangers – managed by Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard – reportedly leading the chase for his signature.

Mario Balotelli

Former Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan striker Balotelli signed a six-month deal with Marseille in January and went on to score eight Ligue 1 goals.

The 28-year-old has not extended his stay at Stade Velodrome, though, and a return to Serie A is an option, with Parma having confirmed their interest.

Chelsea have confirmed Gonzalo Higuain has left the club, with the Europa League winners opting not to extend his loan from Juventus or pursue a permanent deal.

Higuain spent the second half of 2018-19 at Stamford Bridge but scored only five goals in 14 Premier League appearances, with his form contributing to the striker being left out of Argentina's squad for the Copa America.

The 31-year-old previously hit 36 league goals in the 2015-16 Serie A season for Maurizio Sarri's Napoli and he will be expected to team up with the Italian again after the coach's switch from Chelsea to Juve.

Chelsea had the option to pay €18million (£16.1m) to extend Higuain's loan for another 12 months, while the Blues could have also purchased the forward from Juve for €36m.

Higuain, who previously signalled he hoped to stay at Chelsea, has been linked with a move to Roma but his brother and agent Nicola tweeted on Sunday that he will not play for a Serie A club other than Juventus next term.

Chelsea announced the exit of five players at the end of their contracts on Monday, with Higuain followed by former captain Gary Cahill out of the club, along with Rob Green, Eduardo and Kyle Scott.

But the future of Mateo Kovacic remains undecided as the Croatia midfielder, who was with the Blues on loan from Real Madrid last season, was not mentioned in the club's statement.

Reports claimed over the weekend that Chelsea inadvertently appeared to confirm Kovacic has signed on a permanent deal by publishing an interview with the midfielder on the club's mobile app.

Chelsea are unable to buy players until the end of January 2020 due to a transfer ban imposed by FIFA following an investigation into the club's signing of under-18 players.

But as Kovacic is already registered at Stamford Bridge under the terms of his loan agreement, Chelsea are able to push through a permanent deal for the 25-year-old.

Chelsea lost star player Eden Hazard to Madrid last month but earlier this year brought in United States forward Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund as a replacement.

Adrien Rabiot is undergoing his medical at Juventus, the Serie A champions have confirmed.

France midfielder Rabiot is set to join Juve from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Rabiot arrived in Turin over the weekend and the club announced on Monday he is having a medical.

Juve are reportedly set to give Rabiot a five-year contract paying €7million per season.

Rabiot, who refused a place on France's standby list for last year's World Cup, has been linked with a host of top European clubs.

Manchester United were among the teams reportedly keen on the 24-year-old, but Juve look set to land the player.

Rabiot will join Aaron Ramsey among Juve's midfield options under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Wales midfielder Ramsey also joined the club on a free transfer after running down his Arsenal contract.

Lautaro Martinez has impressed at the Copa America and the forward could end up being team-mates with Lionel Messi at more than just international level.

Martinez, 21, has scored in back-to-back games to lead Argentina into a semi-final against rivals and hosts Brazil at the Copa.

The Inter forward seems to have caught the eye of Barcelona, who have enquired about his services.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA LOOKING AT MARTINEZ

According to Radio La Red, Barcelona have contacted Martinez's agent to express their interest.

A move would see Martinez team up with Messi – who is yet to hit top form at the Copa America – at club level.

But Barca are also linked with moves for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and PSG forward Neymar, so Martinez may just be a back-up option.

 

ROUND-UP

- Neymar is heavily linked with a return to Barcelona , but it seems Paris Saint-Germain may not let the star go so easily. Telefoot report PSG are still unwilling to let Neymar go. Meanwhile, Marca say Kylian Mbappe wants Neymar alongside him at the Parc des Princes.

- Real Madrid are expected to sign another midfielder heading into 2019-20, with Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen linked. But AS report Madrid have made an offer to Ajax star Donny van de Beek, who apparently has eight proposals from top European clubs.

- Tottenham may finally get their man. The Daily Mail reports Spurs are close to an agreement to sign midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth up to £64million (€71.7m).

- Manchester United appear to be leading the race for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Liverpool and Spurs have distanced themselves from the Portugal international, according to the Daily Express, and La Gazzetta dello Sport say United have had a £35m (€39.2m) bid rejected.

- Leonardo Bonucci continues to be linked with a Juventus exit ahead of the Serie A champions' expected signing of Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt. An apparent target for PSG, Bonucci has also become an option for Manchester City, according to The Sun.

Luca Pellegrini has completed his switch from Roma to Serie A rivals Juventus in a deal that sends Leonardo Spinazzola the opposite direction.

The 20-year-old left-back passed a medical on Sunday having agreed terms on a four-year deal.

Juve announced a fee of €22million will be paid to Roma over the course of three years for Pellegrini, with the transfer of Spinazzola to cost Roma €29.5m across the same period.

Pellegrini made 12 appearances on loan at Cagliari during the second half of 2018-19 and will now compete against Alex Sandro for a starting spot at Allianz Stadium.

Italy international Spinazzola was loaned out seven times by the Bianconeri and leaves having played 10 Serie A games across his seven years in Turin, all coming last season.

At Roma, where the 26-year-old has penned a four-year contract, he could be considered a possible replacement for the Inter-linked Alessandro Florenzi.

The swap deal concludes a busy Sunday of transfer activity for the two clubs, with Roma sanctioning the €36m sale of defender Kostas Manolas to Napoli.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot arrived in Turin ahead of his free transfer to Juventus, while Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt has also been heavily linked with an €80m switch to the Serie A champions.

 

Gonzalo Higuain wants to remain at Juventus for the remaining two seasons of his contract, according to the striker's agent and brother Nicola Higuain.

The former Argentina international joined from Napoli for €90million in 2016 and scored 40 goals over the course of consecutive Scudetto triumphs.

But the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last July prompted an intended season-long loan for Higuain to AC Milan, with an option for the Rossoneri to buy at the end of the campaign for €36m.

Higuain would end 2018-19 by concluding a different loan spell at Chelsea, where just like at Milan he underwhelmed.

Despite those struggles at Stamford Bridge under his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who will take charge of Juventus next term, the 31-year-old is keen to prove his worth in Turin once more.

"Higuain in Italy will play only for Juventus," Nicola Higuain tweeted.

"Two years of [his] contract remain and will be respected. Happy Sunday to all."

Roma have been linked with a move for Higuain, who announced his retirement from international football in March this year.

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