Franck Ribery says the affection he feels for Fiorentina has justified his decision to shun transfer interest from the Premier League.

The former France international was linked to Sheffield United and clubs in the Middle East after leaving Bayern Munich as a free agent at the end of last season.

Fiorentina won the race for his signature and have reaped the benefits, with winger Ribery named Serie A's Most Valuable Player for September following a string of standout performances for Vincenzo Montella's side.

"I had other contacts, in England and also in Italy, but there was a spark with the Fiorentina executives," Ribery told Corriere della Serra.

"When I agreed to come to Florence I couldn't know that it would be love at first sight, but that's how it has been since the evening of the presentation. That night was special and I will always carry it with me.

"Speaking with [sporting director Daniele] Prade and [consultant Joe] Barone, even with coach Montella, I felt warmth and confidence in me."

The 36-year-old departed Bayern at the same time as long-time team-mate Arjen Robben, who decided to retire aged 35.

"I don't know," Ribery responded when asked how much longer he might have left in the game.

"I came here because I'm hungry and I want to be able to win something. But the future cannot be foreseen."

Where will Fabian Ruiz be playing by the end of January?

Napoli will be hoping Fabian remains at Stadio San Paolo.

However, LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are determined to bring the former Real Betis midfielder back to Spain.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID SURPASS BARCA IN BATTLE FOR FABIAN

Madrid have moved ahead of Barca in the race for Napoli star Fabian and want to sign the midfielder in January, according to Marca.

Fabian has attracted plenty of interest since swapping Betis for Serie A side Napoli, where the Spaniard has starred since his €30milion arrival in 2018.

Barca have been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, but rivals Madrid have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue.

 

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- While Fabian is of interest, Tuttosport says Barca are eyeing Inter star Lautaro Martinez, who has a €111m release clause.

- There is plenty happening at Camp Nou. Mundo Deportivo reports Barca are willing to let Ivan Rakitic and Carles Alena leave in January. Barca are also reportedly not interested in signing a new centre-back as they trust Jean-Clair Todibo or Ronald Araujo, with Marca saying right-back is an area they are looking to strengthen.

- According to Corriere dello Sport, Fiorentina are targeting in-demand Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali. The 19-year-old has been linked to Juventus and Manchester United.

- AS claims Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in January, before his contract expires at the end of the season.

Hakan Calhanoglu's time at AC Milan could be coming to an end, with Calciomercato reporting the struggling Serie A side may sell the 25-year-old. Calhanoglu has struggled for consistency since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017.

Barca are lining up an approach for PSV sensation Donyell Malen, according to Sport. It comes as AS reports Ernesto Valverde's side are set to hand contract extensions to Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Nelson Semedo.

Marco Giampaolo's time at AC Milan could already be over and the Serie A giants are considering replacements.

Milan overcame Genoa for their third win in seven league games this season, but they are still struggling in 13th in the table.

Giampaolo's stint at the helm at San Siro may be over already after just over three months in charge.

 

TOP STORY – MILAN CONSIDER GIAMPAOLO'S FUTURE WITH PIOLI, SPALLETTI FAVOURITES

Milan are leaning towards sacking Giampaolo despite the win over Genoa, according to CalcioMercato.

SempreMilan reports the club almost sacked Giampaolo at half-time, when the side were trailing before fighting back.

According to Sky Sport, former Inter coaches Stefano Pioli and Luciano Spalletti are favourites for the Milan job.

 

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- Looking to strengthen in January, Manchester United sent scouts to watch Lyon forward Moussa Dembele against Saint-Etienne on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail. Dembele came off the bench for struggling Lyon in the 1-0 loss.

- Juventus and Inter look set to battle for the Serie A title and they could be fighting elsewhere too. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Italian giants are set to fight to sign Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa and Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali.

- Leicester City are looking for a replacement for Ben Chilwell as they prepare for clubs to bid for the left-back, according to The Sun, which links Manchester City and Chelsea with £50million moves for the England international.

- Out to improve their defence, Arsenal are targeting Wolves centre-back Willy Boly, according to The Sun. A France youth international, Boly joined Wolves from Porto, initially on loan before the move was made permanent last year.

- Newcastle United could make a move for Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall in January, The Sun reports. Worrall, 22, is coming out of contract at season's end and the Premier League club could land him on the cheap in early 2020.

Franck Ribery has been named Serie A's Most Valuable Player for September following a sterling start to his Fiorentina career.

The experienced former France international moved to Florence from Bayern Munich as a free agent and has taken little time to adapt to Italian football.

After debuting against Napoli in August, winger Ribery scored his maiden Fiorentina goal with a well-judged volley in a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on September 22.

He had been given a standing ovation for a lively performance in the previous weekend's stalemate against Juventus and won another after starring and scoring in a brilliant 3-1 win over AC Milan at San Siro.

Ribery, 36, made five appearances in total in September, helping Fiorentina end the month in 10th.

Vincenzo Montella will hope the former Marseille man continues his fine form when La Viola entertain mid-table Udinese on Sunday.

Manchester City again have a headline act in FIFA 20's FUT Team of the Week, with Riyad Mahrez earning himself a spot.

Algeria international Mahrez had a stuttering first season at the Etihad Stadium, but in recent weeks he has found some consistency and played a vital role in Saturday's 3-1 win over Everton, scoring a fine free-kick and generally running the defence ragged.

It meant he took a top rating in the FIFA Ultimate Team, a week after City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne achieved the same feat.

The only other Premier League player in the starting XI is Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi - the young midfielder putting in a masterclass as Newcastle United were swept aside 5-0 on Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and Duvan Zapata of Atalanta lead the attack after both got a goal and an assist at the weekend.

Below, we have the full squad of in-form cards now up for grabs.

FUT Team of the Week

GK: Thomas Strakosha (Lazio) - 84

CB: German Pezzella (Fiorentina) - 82

CB: Daley Blind (Ajax) - 85

CB: Salif Sane (Schalke) - 83

RW: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - 86

CM: Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco) - 82

CDM: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) - 84

LW: Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) - 84

CAM: Santi Cazorla (Villarreal) - 84

ST: Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) - 84

CAM: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) - 86

SUBSTITUTES

GK: Alban Lafont (Nantes) - 82

RWB: Matt Doherty (Wolves) - 82

CM: Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow) - 82

CM: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin) - 81

LW: Alexandru Mitrita (New York City) - 81

ST: Franco Jara (Pachuca) - 81

ST: Islam Slimani (Monaco) - 80

RESERVES

CB: Georg Margreitter (Nurnberg) - 79

CAM: Yeison Guzman (Envigado) - 76

LM: Kenta Nishizawa (Shimizu S-Pulse) - 73

ST: Ollie Watkins (Brentford) - 80

RW: Vladimir Rodic (Hammarby) - 76

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo is under significant pressure after his side lost their fourth game in six Serie A matches this season, marking their worst start to a campaign in 81 years.

The last time a Rossoneri side lost four of their first six games of a Serie A season was in 1938-39, and the only previous occasion it occurred was in 1930-31.

Anything other than a victory at Genoa on Saturday could prompt the club's directors to call time on Giampaolo's tenure after just seven league games in charge, with the club 16th in the table as they head to Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.

Giampaolo replaced Gennaro Gattuso as head coach at San Siro after the club finished fifth in Serie A in 2018-19, narrowly missing out on a place in this season's Champions League.

Paolo Maldini recognises AC Milan's situation looks "like a tunnel with no light" but insists the club will make no knee-jerk reactions in regards to head coach Marco Giampaolo.

The Rossoneri shambled their way to a 3-1 defeat against Fiorentina on Sunday, with Franck Ribery rolling back the years in a fine performance for the visitors against a Milan side who played for 35 minutes with 10 men thanks to Mateo Musacchio's red card.

It was Milan's fourth defeat in just six Serie A games under Giampaolo, who was brought in to replace Gennaro Gattuso, and there are already murmurings his position is under threat.

Andriy Shevchenko, former boss Massimiliano Allegri, Luciano Spalletti and Claudio Ranieri are all rumoured to be under consideration should Milan opt to make a change in the dugout.

Club legend Maldini, now Milan's technical director, accepted the performance against Fiorentina was unacceptable but said Giampaolo will have time to turn around their fortunes.

"We chose the coach, we will defend him, it is right to give him some time," he told Sky Sport Italia in quotes translated by Football Italia. 

"We knew there were some problems that we'd run into, although obviously we didn't expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory.

"Right now, it might look like a tunnel with no light, but as our coach said, the way out is with hard work. We knew that relying on a young squad, during the period when we are waiting for the coach to really become a leadership figure, there could be a risk of the pressure getting to them.

"Of course, it is the fault of the players, the club, the coach, everyone. Last season, we finished one point off the Champions League places and they always supported us.

"I think the fans were right this evening to protest. The responsibility is to be shared around, otherwise it becomes too much of a burden to bear."

Maldini pointed to the fact the season is still in its relative infancy, but conceded he was disappointed the performance levels failed to match those they showed in a 2-1 loss to Torino.

"We are only six rounds in, all is not lost. We know that in football, situations can turn rapidly," he added. 

"The worrying thing is that we saw such a downturn in performance from the Torino game on Thursday.

"Explaining such a big setback in performance over three days is difficult, unless you realise that was played in Turin and this is at San Siro.

"This is a very prestigious jersey with a lot of history behind it and some of the players are very young, not yet able to support the history of it. That can be difficult."

Marco Giampaolo took full responsibility for AC Milan's dismal 3-1 defeat to Fiorentina but vowed to continue at San Siro.

Franck Ribery rolled back the years with a sublime performance, scoring the last of Fiorentina's goals against a sorry Milan side.

Erick Pulgar and Gaetano Castrovilli were also on target, while Mateo Musacchio was sent off for Milan whose only solace was a first Rossoneri goal for Rafael Leao 10 minutes from time.

Before a ball had even been kicked on Sunday, Giampaolo's position was already reportedly under threat and – despite having been in charge for just six Serie A games – this latest capitulation will only add fuel to that particular fire.

But Giampaolo insists he will not throw in the towel so early in his tenure.

"I take responsibility, of course, but I go forward because I believe in my ideas," he told Sky Sport Italia in quotes translated by Football Italia. 

"The thing that annoyed me was the team looked like it turned up to San Siro without ever having a training session together. You can lose, but not like that.

"Up until three days ago, I liked the performance and saw good responses against Torino [in a 2-1 defeat]. 

"Tonight, the pressure got to them, they felt the absolute need to win and I told them to play with all the right ingredients to win, not waiting for events to happen. We had to create the events ourselves.

"Instead, the pressure weighed on us, we were tense, not reacting quickly enough and evidently feeling the pressure."

Giampaolo acknowledged that he needs to get more out of a Milan side who have lost four of their opening six Serie A matches.

"I have to get the best out of every player and make this team as much of a unit as possible," he added.

"If you can't play the Milan quality and style, then I have to try to make them more of a solid team and build on that.

"Doing things together helps you overcome difficulties. You share the load, you work together, you don't drown individually. That's what I told the team at half-time."

Franck Ribery says he may be advancing in years but on the pitch he still feels young after putting on a masterclass in Fiorentina's 3-1 win at AC Milan.

The veteran French forward scored his side's third goal at San Siro and he was applauded by the home fans after scoring and when substituted late on.

Ribery was a constant thorn in the side of a sorry Milan side, who were reduced to 10 men when the former Bayern Munich star was caught by Mateo Musacchio's rash challenge.

He may now be 36, but Ribery insists it is his love of football that inspires him to continue performing at such a brilliant standard.

"I am happy, when you play at San Siro, it's always special. It's a huge arena, so many fans," he told Sky Sport Italia in quotes translated by Football Italia.

"It's a bit difficult for Milan fans right now, but we put in a good performance and that's important for us.

"Yes, I am old, but I feel young on the pitch. Football is my life, I love it. I was hungry when I came to Fiorentina and it excites me to see the team doing so well.

"I came to help Fiorentina, the players and the fans. I am happy, but I need to work every day, every week to play the way I did tonight."

Ribery's mazy run was influential in winning the penalty from which Erick Pulgar opened the scoring and he linked brilliantly all game with Federico Chiesa, who himself helped set up Gaetano Castrovilli's goal and had a spot-kick saved.

"Federico is a good player, I always talk to him and he listens. It's important for him and for the team," Ribery added.

There was a huge roar from Fiorentina boss and ex-Milan coach Vincenzo Montella at full-time and he praised Ribery's timeless performance.

"I took Ribery off because I expected they'd give him a standing ovation," Montella said. 

"He is always in the game, always decisive, and has capabilities well beyond the norm, even if he doesn't have the change of pace he had five or six years ago."

Franck Ribery starred as Fiorentina piled more misery on the under-fire Marco Giampaolo with a resounding 3-1 victory over sorry 10-man AC Milan on Sunday.

Giampaolo is only six Serie A games into his Rossoneri tenure but a fourth league defeat in a lifeless performance will do little to quieten rumours his position is already under threat. 

The hosts trailed at the break thanks to Erick Pulgar's penalty and Mateo Musacchio's dismissal for a poor challenge on the sublime Ribery severely hit Milan's chances of salvaging a result. 

Gaetano Castrovilli scored a first Serie A goal to ensure the game was up for Milan and possibly Giampaolo, while a saved Federico Chiesa penalty preceded a deserved goal for Ribery and a Rafael Leao consolation late on.

Fiorentina threatened first when Ribery teed up Chiesa for a first-time shot that almost squirmed under Gianluigi Donnarumma, who eventually saved with his head.

It was Ribery's brilliance that led to the opener. The veteran's quick feet flummoxed Musacchio and, although his one-on-one shot was saved, Ismael Bennacer tripped Chiesa on the follow-up.

Pulgar clinically found the bottom-right corner from 12 yards and Milan were fortunate not to go two behind when Castrovilli's goal was ruled out, as Chiesa needlessly strayed offside.

The situation worsened 10 minutes into the second half when Musacchio was sent off - via a VAR review - for a rash, high-studs lunge on Ribery.

Fiorentina then doubled their lead through Castrovilli, who smashed home after Donnarumma could only parry Chiesa's cross.

Donnarumma ensured another reckless Bennacer challenge, this time on Castrovilli, was not punished as he saved Chiesa's spot kick.

But Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella celebrated a resounding three points against his former club when Ribery twisted and turned before drilling into the bottom-left corner, Leao's excellent solo effort to open his Milan account doing little to sour the visitors' delight.

What does it mean? San Sir-woe for struggling Giampaolo

It seems pretty harsh for a head coach to find himself under pressure just six competitive games into a job, but that's the very predicament Giampaolo finds himself in. Gennaro Gattuso has been linked with a shock return, while Luciano Spalletti and Claudio Ranieri are thought to be under consideration. Milan were devoid of ideas and static with the ball. Giampaolo needs more and fast.

Ageless Ribery marvels in Milan

He may now be 36 but Ribery is still an absolute Rolls Royce of a footballer. On countless occasions it appeared the ball was glued to his feet as he sauntered past defenders with ease time and again. The energy and movement of Chiesa, lined up alongside Ribery in Fiorentina's attack, meant the ex-Bayern Munich star always had an outlet and even the home fans applauded his late goal. A standing ovation followed when he made way for Rachid Ghezzal in the 89th minute.

Musacchio and Bennacer typify hapless Milan

There were several poor performances for Milan, but Mussachio had already been embarrassed by Ribery in the build-up to Fiorentina's first goal before his shoddy tackle on the veteran winger drew a deserved red. Bennacer gave away two penalties in an outing he will want to forget quicker than he might be allowed to.

What's next?

Milan need to quickly inject some spark into their season and will hope to do so at Genoa on Saturday. Fiorentina play a day later at home to Udinese.

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma claims the club's players are fully behind under-pressure coach Marco Giampaolo.

Milan are 13th in Serie A after three defeats in their first five games of the league season.

After an opening day defeat to Udinese, Milan won their next two games against Brescia and Hellas Verona but have since suffered back-to-back losses.

Last weekend they were beaten by city rivals Inter 2-0 in a San Siro derby and then on Thursday threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Torino.

Despite their predicament Donnarumma believes his team-mates are united behind Giampaolo ahead of Sunday's clash with Fiorentina.

"We are all with him," said the 20-year-old. “Giampaolo's a great coach. I'm sorry because against Torino we had a great game and we didn't deserve to lose.

"It's normal to struggle a bit at the start with new ideas and new players, but we should continue to follow him. We're all with him.

"After the first goal, we fell apart. We need to improve on this. If we'd remained compact, we would've been able to take the win home.

"However, we took a positive turn against Torino. We kept the ball throughout, so it burns to lose a game like that."

Donnarumma has urged Milan to ensure their clash with La Viola sparks an upturn in fortunes.

"There will be the game that marks a turning point and changes our season," he added.

"We are a young and very hungry team. We will have to play the game and attack them, it will take character on our part.

"Against Torino I saw the team give everything, I'm sorry for everyone, the fans included."

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has urged football to banish racism once and for all.

Infantino addressed his federation's annual awards ceremony in Milan on Monday, before presenting Lionel Messi with The Best FIFA Men's Player prize.

But first he addressed the disgraceful scenes during Atalanta's game against Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday.

The 2-2 draw at the Ennio Tardini was stopped for three minutes after Fiorentina defender Dalbert, on loan from Inter, reported racist abuse from the crowd to the referee.

"I want to say this here in Italy, in my country. Yesterday, again, we have witnessed in the Italian championship an example of racism," Infantino said.

"This is not acceptable any more. We have to say this. We have to say no to racism, in whatever form.

"No to racism in football, no to racism in society. But we don't have just to say it. We have to fight against it.

"We have to kick racism out once and for all in Italy and in the rest of the world. Out of football and out of society."

Striker Romelu Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants during Inter's 2-1 win at Cagliari earlier this month, while Hellas Verona denied Franck Kessie was racially abused by their fans during a 1-0 defeat to AC Milan.

Kessie slammed Verona's claims that the referee was the target of whistles as "unacceptable and disgraceful".

In September 2016, seven months after Infantino took office, FIFA disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring it had "completely fulfilled its temporary mission".

Maurizio Sarri believes Juventus were fortunate to come out of their Serie A match against Fiorentina with a point but was happy with his side's character.

Juve dropped points for the first time this season on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The visitors lost Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic to suspected hamstring and thigh injuries respectively before half-time and never really got going, with full debutant Franck Ribery the biggest threat for Fiorentina.

Although Sarri, who watched on from the sideline for the first time this season after overcoming a bout of pneumonia, pointed out injuries and a general lack of fitness had an impact on Juve's display, he accepts his side were not up to scratch.

"We didn't put in a good quality performance," Sarri told Sky Italia. "It was a very complicated situation, as Fiorentina played well and we used up all our substitutions with injuries and had no more fresh legs to introduce.

"With all those variables, we did well in terms of character to get a point out of it. We lost possession too many times, which may also be a consequence of physical issues.

"Playing in mid-afternoon in Florence when it's realistically still summer is tough for everyone.

"We had difficulty on a purely technical level and I am confident a team with less personality would've lost. That is the positive and certainly a valuable quality to have a team that can fight it out for a point even when not in great shape.

"We had five players at the Copa America and eight on the treatment table, so we have half the squad at a more advanced fitness level than the rest.

"It was a difficult situation to deal with and we needed some time to get them all to acceptable levels, but the good news is that we tend to finish games strong."

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa started up front for Juve, and Sarri suggested the trio needed to do more to get themselves into the game, as well as assist defensively.

"When the team defends deeper, we need the forwards to come back and help more," added the former Chelsea boss.

"It was evident after 30 minutes that this was going to be extremely difficult."

Maurizio Sarri watched on from the dugout for the first time but could not prevent Juventus' perfect start to the Serie A campaign coming to an end in a goalless draw at Fiorentina on Saturday.

Juve's head coach was absent for the wins against Parma and Napoli due to a bout of pneumonia but was on the sideline in Florence as his side failed to find a way through.

The visitors lost Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic to suspected hamstring and thigh injuries respectively before half-time and never really got going at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Fiorentina were without a point heading into this match - and without a Serie A win since February - but looked the more likely to score against a lacklustre Juventus, who move one point clear of Inter and Torino at the summit after playing a game more.

Franck Ribery was handed his full debut for the home side and fired in a low drive 16 minutes in that was saved by Wojciech Szczesny, who survived an earlier scare when his clearance ricocheted off Federico Chiesa and flew over the bar.

Fiorentina keeper Bartlomiej Dragowski kept out efforts from Blaise Matuidi and Pjanic in the space of a minute, but Szczesny was also kept busy at the other end as Dalbert came close with his back-post header.

The hosts continued to look the more likely to score in the early stages of the second half as Dalbert's angled drive was palmed away by Szczesny, moments before Gaetano Castrovilli scuffed wide from a good position.

Chiesa's deflected effort skimmed the crossbar 65 minutes in and Nikola Milenkovic then headed straight at Szczesny from a good position as the match finished scoreless, making it four top-flight away games without a win for Juventus.


What does it mean? Juve far from full flow

Juve's 4-3 win against Napoli followed a slender 1-0 victory against Parma on the opening weekend.

Kalidou Koulibaly's own goal may have rescued the champions last time out but there was no such luck today, giving the chasing pack a chance to capitalise on this first slip-up of the campaign.


Ribery still has it

Used as a substitute in Fiorentina's first two games, the two-week break gave Ribery a chance to reach peak fitness and he was very lively on his first start. 

The 36-year-old had a couple of efforts on target in the first half, created a glorious chance for Dalbert and left the field to a standing ovation 69 minutes in.


De Ligt needs time to adapt

Matthijs de Ligt struggled on his Serie A debut against Napoli two weeks ago and he again looked shaky at times here as Fiorentina took the game to their opponents - though Juve did at least keep a clean sheet on this occasion.

The Netherlands centre-back put Szczesny under pressure with a poor back-pass in the first half and was cautioned 35 seconds into the second period for bringing down Ribery.  


What's next?

Fiorentina visit Atalanta next Sunday and Juventus host Hellas Verona the day before, but first they travel to Atletico Madrid in four days' time for their opening Champions League group fixture.

When it came to Paul Pogba during the transfer window, Real Madrid and Juventus were the teams on everyone's lips.

Manchester United star Pogba was reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford in search of a new challenge.

However, another team were apparently poised to lure Pogba from the Theatre of Dreams…

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR STOPPED PSG FROM SIGNING POGBA

Neymar prevented Manchester United midfielder Pogba from moving to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Calciomercato.it.

PSG and United reportedly had an agreement in place for the transfer of Pogba, however, the Ligue 1 champions and their inability to offload Barcelona target Neymar stopped the deal.

The report says PSG were ready to pay €150million (£134m) for Pogba, who joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-record fee of €105m (£89m).

 

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Real Madrid have an agreement with Chelsea for midfielder N'Golo Kante. DefensaCentral claims Los Blancos have the first chance to buy the France star should he be made available at Stamford Bridge.

- In-demand Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo wants to leave the Croatian club in January or at the end of the season, according to Fichajes.net. The 21-year-old was linked with Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Valencia during the transfer window.

Juventus have not given up on signing Fiorentina and Italy forward Federico Chiesa, according to Calciomercato.it. The Serie A champions were keen to bring in Chiesa during the off-season but were unable to lure him from Florence.

- Sport says Paris Saint-Germain are beginning their remodelling job, with Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani facing uncertain futures. Silva and Cavani – who has been linked to incoming MLS outfit Inter Miami – are out of contract at the end of the season and are no guarantees to renew their contracts. Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingThomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa are available at the right price in January.

- Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has turned down a move to Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Mandzukic was linked to Manchester United prior to the transfer window closing.

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