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Leicester set to sign Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet for €20m

Belgian agrees five-year deal with LeicesterRodgers still has not signed Maguire replacementLeicester are set to complete the signing of the Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet for €20m (£18.4m). The 25-year-old Belgian has agreed a five-year contract wi…

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When Serie A title races captivated the world

Juventus are cruising to their eighth straight title but Serie A was not always so predictableBy Chris Weir for The Gentleman Ultra“We thought that we had already won the Scudetto, but that is not the case,” shrugged Max Allegri a few weeks ago after J…

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The great golden oldie goalscorers in Italian football

Fabio Quagliarella scored in 11 straight games this season, continuing a long tradition of evergreen strikers in Serie ABy Ramez Nathan for The Gentleman UltraFabio Quagliarella made a little bit of history this season. He scored in 11 consecutive game…

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European roundup: PSG beat Amiens to stay unbeaten, Juventus win in cup

• PSG go 13 points clear in Ligue 1 after 3-0 away win• Juve, Milan and Lazio into Coppa Italia quarter-finalsParis Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said his side’s 3-0 victory over ten-man Amiens was “deserved” as they extended their lead at the to…

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Manolo Gabbiadini to move from Southampton to Sampdoria for £10.8m

• Striker returns to Italy after unhappy spell at St Mary’s• Gabbiadini made explosive start at SouthamptonManolo Gabbiadini has agreed to rejoin Sampdoria for €12m (£10.8m) and so end an unhappy spell at Southampton. The 27-year-old striker will fly t…

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Cristiano Ronaldo doubles up for Juventus but VAR denies Sampdoria

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, the second goal a contentious penalty, to give Juventus a dramatic 2-1 win over Sampdoria who had a stoppage-time equaliser chalked off following a long VAR review. Related: The 100 best male footballers in the world 2…

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Genoa and Sampdoria give wounded city a brief window of escape | Paolo Bandini

For one evening the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was a world unto itself in a city still recovering from the Morandi bridge disaster The noise rolling down from the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was cacophonous, but TV microphones still picked up Ivan J…

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Quagliarella caps bad night for Napoli as Juventus set Serie A pace | Paolo Bandini

Never before in this era of domestic domination have they established sole possession of first place so early in a campaignTime to release the confetti, pass out the champagne and discover what clunky social media pun Juventus have planned to follow on…

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Sampdoria sign Ronaldo: Vieira completes £6.2m move from Leeds

• England Under-21 midfielder signs five-year deal• Vieira becomes fifth English player to sign for SampdoriaRonaldo Vieira has become the latest England youth international to move overseas after completing his £6.2m move to Sampdoria.The 20-year-old …

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Arsenal complete £26.5m signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira

Player’s arrival from Sampdoria delayed after World CupTorreira will wear Mesut Özil’s number 11 shirtArsenal have made their fourth signing this summer under new manager Unai Emery by completing a €30m (£26.5m) deal for Sampdoria’s Uruguayan defensive…

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Arsenal agree £26.4m deal to sign Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira

• 22-year-old defensive midfielder discussing five-year deal• Arsenal offered extra €5m to beat off competition from NapoliArsenal have agreed a £26.4m (€30m) deal to sign the Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and were discussing personal terms with …

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The best kits in the last 50 years of Serie A

The Gentleman Ultra writers and readers pick their 15 favourite Serie A kits while (just about) managing to stay friendsItaly has always been a home to style and some of the world’s finest sportswear manufacturers, so picking the top 15 kits in Serie A…

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Can Benevento stay up after Massimo Coda’s golden spell against Sampdoria? | Paolo Bandini

After collecting a point from their opening 18 matches, have Benevento turned their luck around courtesy of the resurgence of a journeyman striker?Sampdoria were seeing witches on Saturday. So was everyone else in Italy, to be fair. This was the weeken…

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Youthful Sampdoria trying to turn ‘sci-fi’ Champions League fantasy into reality

Marco Giampaolo is playing down talk of special season for a Sampdoria side flying high with a dynamic midfield trio of young 20-somethings at its heartDon’t call it fake news. If you ask the Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, the idea that his team mi…

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European roundup: Paco Alcácer double helps Barcelona beat Sevilla

• Barcelona four points clear at top of La Liga after 2-1 victory• Sampdoria beat Genoa 2-0; Edinson Cavani hits 100th Ligue 1 goalPaco Alcácer was Barcelona’s match-winner, his double helping the La Liga leaders to a 2-1 home success over Sevilla for …

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer LeverkusenInternazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his h…

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José Mourinho says Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic is a ‘genius’ after debut

• Midfielder plays 45 minutes in 2-1 win friendly win over Sampdoria
• Manager praises player but hits out at Phil Jones’s Uefa ban

José Mourinho has labelled his new signing Nemanja Matic “a genius” after the midfielder made his Manchester United debut in Dublin.

Matic started for United in their 2-1 friendly win over Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium following his £40m switch from the Premier League champions, Chelsea.

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Shades of Zlatan: Patrik Schick’s £26m Juventus move caps a meteoric rise

The Czech Republic striker, who has been likened to Ibrahimovic, has flown on Juve’s jet from the Under-21 Euros to seal a transfer from Sampdoria

“Right now, Patrik doesn’t have the muscles, but you can just imagine him in two or three years,” enthused the 2003 Ballon d’Or winner Pavel Nedved this month. “He reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he was like that when he came to Juve. He didn’t have the muscles either.”

As meteoric rises go, it is hard to beat the story of Patrik Schick. The 21-year-old Czech Republic forward was having a medal on Thursday to seal a €30m (£26.4m) transfer from Sampdoria to Nedved’s former club Juventus. Thirteen months ago he had just returned to Sparta Prague from a loan spell at Bohemians – the third-best-supported team in the Czech capital and the club where the 1976 European Championship-winning hero Antonin Panenka is the honorary president.

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Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona survive early Valencia shock

• Barça win 4-2 after Eliaquim Mangala scores and is then sent off
• Runaway leaders Juventus and Bayern Munich win 1-0

Lionel Messi scored twice as La Liga champions, Barcelona, saw off a persistent Valencia, who had Eliaquim Mangala sent off in the first half, to win 4-2 and stay on the heels of the leaders, Real Madrid.

The Manchester City loanee Mangala stunned the Camp Nou by heading Valencia in front in the 29th minute but Luis Suárez soon cancelled out this opener following a quick throw-in by Neymar. The Uruguayan then won a penalty when he was hauled down by Mangala, who was sent off for a second booking.

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Juan Cuadrado rocket drives Juventus past Internazionale in Serie A

• Leaders six points clear of Napoli after 1-0 win over Inter
• Marco Parolo scores four in Lazio’s 6-2 defeat of Pescara

A spectacular piledriver from Juan Cuadrado gave Juventus, the Serie A leaders, a 1-0 win over Internazionale to end a run of seven successive league wins for their opponents in a pulsating end-to-end match.

Marco Parolo scored four goals in Lazio’s 6-2 win at the basement side, Pescara, while Milan’s season continued to nosedive as they were booed off the San Siro pitch following a 1-0 home defeat against Sampdoria.

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