Krzysztof Piatek’s Agent Provides Update on Polish Star’s Future Amid Interest From European Giants

The agent of Genoa’s highly-rated striker Krzysztof Piatek has revealed that there have been no formal offers for the Polish international, despite heavily reported interest from several of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The striker has averaged more than a goal a game in Serie A with nine in seven matches, and scored four times in his side’s Coppa Italia fixture against Lecce this season.

Genoa CFC v Lecce - Coppa Italia

The goalscoring form has caught the attention of many of Europe’s leading clubs, including ?Premier League side ?Chelsea who have been heavily reliant on Belgian winger Eden Hazard for both goals and inspiration this season.

Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich ?have their eyes on him too as they seek a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski, and it has been suggested the Bavarian side’s president Uli Hoeness is a huge admirer of the Genoa and Polish international striker.

Napoli’s president meanwhile has also spoken about their interest in the player and Piatek himself has ?opened up on a potential move to Barcelona, though the striker was keen to distance himself from rumours linking him with an immediate move away from Genoa. 

Piatek’s agent Szymon Pacanowski echoed the striker’s sentiments by insisting that despite tentative talks, no official offer has been made for the forward.

Genoa CFC v Chievo Verona - Serie A

?Speaking to CalcioNapoli24, Pacanowski confirmed: “Many clubs have contacted us, but there has been no formal offer. Many clubs have contacted us over the last few weeks, but I won’t name them.

“However, there has been no formal offer from any club, including Napoli.”

Whilst Pacanowski acknowledged the interest the striker was attracting, he was to quick to insist that Piatek would be willing to stay for the foreseeable future at Genoa. 

He added: “His value has certainly risen over the three months in Serie A, but right now we are happy to remain at Genoa.”

It had been reported that Piatek is Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s first-choice transfer target when the January window opens, particularly with both ?Alvaro Morata and ?Olivier Giroud currently misfiring for the Blues.

After a relatively quiet window of incoming transfers at Stamford Bridge in the summer, Chelsea are being tipped for a much more active role when clubs are allowed to negotiate at the start of the new year.


6 Things to Know About Man Utd, Liverpool & Chelsea Transfer Target Nicolò Barella

Nicolò Barella has attracted interest from a host of Europe’s elite after impressing for both Serie A side Cagliari and on the international stage with Italy, making him one of the world’s most coveted young players. 

The likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, in addition to Italian powerhouses like Juventus, Roma and both Milan clubs are all hoping to lure the 21-year-old midfielder away from the island of Sardinia. 

With his star showing no signs of dwindling and the battle for his signature only set to intensify, here are six things you ought to know about Barella.

6. A Newly Capped Italy International

Barella has had a rapid progression through the international age groups, first debuting for Italy’s Under-15s in 2012 before consistently playing above his age bracket from Under-16s all the way through to the Under-21 level. 

He amassed 52 appearances across all levels and was part of the silver medal winning Under-19 side at the 2016 European Championship, before being handed his senior debut last week; a year on from his first call up to the squad under Gian Piero Ventura. 

The midfielder duly impressed in his second outing a few days later having crowned Italy’s best player in their win over Poland.

5. Idolises a Serie A Legend

If you were wondering what Barella aspires to achieve throughout his career you may not need to look any further than the player he idolises: Inter and Lazio legend Dejan Stankovi?.

The now retired Serbian midfielder had a decorated playing career having secured six league titles, six Italian Cups, six Italian Super Cups, and a UEFA Champions League title.

Speaking about Stankovic he told La Nuova: “I have always admired his games, I tried to imitate him. Two years ago when he was second to Udinese, I shook his hand but I did not have the courage to tell him anything.”

4. Previously Likened to Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard

Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport previously compared the 21-year-old to a Liverpool legend, labelling him ‘the Sardinian Steven Gerrard’.

The comparisons emerged as a result of Barella’s versatility across the middle of the park, his vision, dead ball ability, technique and work rate – qualities which epitomised the former Reds skipper.

His goal return, however, is where he falls short of Gerrard having only found the back of the net on seven occasions throughout his Serie A career to date.

3. He Has a Preference for a Move to the Premier League

A plethora of reports have emerged in the last week over potential suitors for the midfielder, but it seems Barella may already have a preference for his next destination. 

“If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia. “Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!”

It is safe to say he would be spoilt for choice in England, but his love for basketball superstar LeBron James could play into Liverpool’s hands as he is one of the club’s stakeholders…

2. A Leader in the Making

Barella has risen through the ranks at Cagliari since joining the club at the age of eight and now finds himself as the club’s vice-captain. It’s a natural course of progression but, at 21 years old, it is an impressive feat nevertheless as he is the youngest player in the club’s history to have been handed the armband. 

He has taken on the responsibility of taking penalties and is their designated set-piece taker, and a player not shy of stepping up for the big moments will only make him more of an attractive prospect should his progress continue. 

1. He’s a Midfield Machine

As previously mentioned Barella is as versatile as they come in midfield, a visionary suitable for a creative role which also lends to his ability to read the game as the defensive linchpin.   

It is the latter which has seen him excel in Serie A so far this season as no other outfield player has made more recoveries than the 21-year-old (72), with only five players winning more tackles (16), while he is second to only one midfielder for interceptions.


Spain International Raves About Ross Barkley’s Midfield Performance For England

Spain international Marcos Alonso has raved about Ross Barkley’s performance for England during their impressive 3-2 win against his national side on Monday night.

The Chelsea teammates were on opposing ends as Gareth Southgate’s men ran riot in the first half, with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford adding to Raheem Sterling’s brace inside 39 minutes.  

Midfielder Barkley, who was starting his second England game in four days, played a pivotal role in the middle of the park alongside Tottenham duo, Harry Winks and Eric Dier. 

Southgate opted to play ?Barkley in a more advanced role than his midfield partners, and despite being on the other side, ?Alonso was impressed with what he saw from his club teammate. 

“He’s a great player,” said Alonso, as quoted by Chelsea’s official website. “He showed it not just last night but against Croatia (last Friday) too. 

“He showed that he can be a great player. I hope he keeps improving and that he helps us at ?Chelsea to stay near the top.”

Spain  v England  -UEFA Nations league

Chelsea are yet to taste defeat in eight Premier League matches under Maurizio Sarri this season, as the London club currently sit level on points with joint-leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in the table.

Barkley has played a hand in the Blues’ early-season performances, with the former Everton man playing seven matches, scoring one goal and providing the same amount of assists. 


Liverpool Enter Race to Sign Lorenzo Insigne Following Rumours of Chelsea Interest

Liverpool are reportedly keen on convincing star Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne to move to Anfield, amid rumours of growing interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp watched from the dugout as the Neapolitan forward scored a late winner against his side to inflict their first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio San Paolo on October 3.

SSC Napoli v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C

Rai Sport (via ?Sky Sportsreport that Liverpool have now entered the hunt for Insigne and are willing to battle it out with Chelsea to secure the Italy international’s signature. 

Insigne has enjoyed an impressive start to the season scoring seven times in just ten appearances and is on course to beat his season-best tally of 20 back in the 2016/17 campaign.

The 27-year-old was heavily linked in the summer with a move to Chelsea to reunite with his former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, but ended up staying in Naples.

Sarri recently heightened speculation that the Blues could make a move for Insigne when he spoke glowingly about his former talisman’s growing maturity and self-belief.

SSC Napoli v Benevento Calcio - Serie A

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, ?Sarri revealed: “Insigne is the best Italian player right now. His turning point was simply believing in himself, more and more. He shook off the uncertainty and the pressure of someone who is forced to be a protagonist of his hometown club. 

“If you think about it, this was just a matter of time. I don’t think it was an issue with his position; of course, if he plays closer to the goal as a striker, he’ll get more shots on target, because he has the quality.”


Spanish Report Claims Barcelona Could Be Lining up a Surprise Loan Move for Branislav Ivanovic

?A report from Spain suggests that Barcelona could look to bring in ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg in January, as emergency defensive cover.

After a successful nine-year spell with Chelsea, Ivanovic joined Zenit in 2017 and has since made 65 appearances for the Russian side. The veteran defender also featured at this year’s World Cup for Serbia, appearing in two of his country’s three group matches.


Accoridng to ?Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are eyeing up a loan move for the 34-year-old, following a raft of injuries to first team defenders Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and Sergi Roberto, leaving them thin on the ground when it comes to options at the back.

One of ?Barça’s top transfer targets, Ajax’s Matthjis de Ligt, will not be attainable in the January transfer window, which means the Catalan giants are being forced to consider alternative options in order to bolster their defensive ranks.

Ajax v AZ Alkmaar - Dutch Eredivisie

Ivanovic could be brought in, not only due to his extensive experience of playing at the highest level, but also because he will be eligible to play in the Champions League on account of the fact that Zenit have not featured in this year’s competition.

However, Ivanovic is not the only transfer target for Barca, with Getafe’s Dakonam Djene and Unai Nunez of Athletic Bilbao also reportedly shortlisted.

Barcelona’s sporting director, Ramon Planes, signed Djene whilst he was employed by Getafe and the Togolese international’s current contract contains a 35m release clause. Meanwhile, Nunez has only managed to make one appearance all season for Bilbao, despite featuring heavily during the 2017/18 campaign.