Four-time world champions Germany have been dealt a big blow following the news that key defender Jerome Boateng will miss their crucial UEFA Nations League clash with France on Tuesday as a result of an injury.
The Bayern Munich centre-back picked up the injury during the humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League meeting on Saturday night.
World champions France host Germany at Stade de France later this week and the Germans will be without Boateng due to a calf injury.
The 30-year-old endured a frustrating ninety minutes as Germany were torn to shreds by their hosts the Netherlands at the Johan Cryuff Stadium in Amsterdam.
Jerome Boateng was one of the players picked out for blame by the local media in Germany.
The former Manchester City defender was chastised alongside Bayern Munich teammates Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller for their respective performances against the Dutch team.
Virgil Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the history of world football and he proved his worth by getting the first goal for the Netherlands on the half-hour mark before second-half goals from Memphis Depay and Giorginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the comprehensive victory for the hosts.
Juventus In Talks With Man Utd For Quality Attacker
Italian Serie A champions Juventus have reportedly opened talks with Manchester United over one of their players.
This is according to popular Italian news outlet Tuttosport which revealed that Juventus are in talks to sell petite attacker Paolo Dybala.
Juventus are said to be in talks with two clubs.
The Italians have been in negotiations with French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and English club Manchester United for the aforementioned player.
Dybala has not resolved his future at Juventus since the Old Lady appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.
Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this summer after just one season with the west London giants.
The Italian tactician has penned a three-year deal at Juventus until the end of the 2021/22 season.
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Paolo Dybala is still on holidays after his exertions for Argentina at the recently concluded COPA America tournament in Brazil.
Hosts Brazil emerged as champions while Dybala and Argentina finished the tournament in the third position ahead of immediate past champions Chile.
Brazil won the tournament on home soil after a 3-1 win over surprise finalists Peru.
Paolo Dybala is expected to return to Juventus in the coming days after his holiday.
The rest of the Juventus are in the United States at the moment for the International Champions Cup (ICC).
Inter Milan Offer Tempting Swap Deal For Romelu Lukaku
Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan have offered a tempting swap deal in their chase of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.
This is according to the latest reports coming out of the Italian media.
Romelu Lukaku has emerged as the top transfer target for Inter Milan who are keen to end the Serie A dominance of rivals Juventus.
Italian champions Juventus sealed an eighth straight league title at the end of last season as the likes of Inter Milan, Napoli and AS Roma.
New Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has requested for the signing of the aforementioned Lukaku as he tried to build a squad capable of usurping Juventus at the top of the Italian football.
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Conte wants Lukaku to be the man to lead his frontline in the new season but the financial demands from Manchester United could prevent a deal.
Inter Milan have had several bids turned down by Manchester United who want to recoup the money spent on him.
The Red Devils spent £75m to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton in 2017.
The latest bid from Inter Milan is a swap deal of €65m plus Nerazurri winger Ivan Perisic who has previously been linked with Manchester United.
The latest bid form Inter Milan was confirmed by Calciomercato.
Liverpool Midfielder Casts Doubt On Contract Extension
Liverpool midfielder James Milner has thrown his future at the club into serious doubts after he admitted that he could leave the club at the end of the new season.
James Milner and Liverpool are currently on the preseason tour of the United States (US).
The veteran Liverpool midfielder spoke to reporters about his future at the club as he revealed that senior Reds officials were not ready to sit down for a new contract when he reached out to them last season.
James Milner is the assistant Liverpool captain, while compatriot Jordan Henderson is the club skipper.
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He became a Liverpool player in the summer of 2015 when he joined the club on a free transfer from Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 33-year-old has contributed immensely to the recent successes recorded by Liverpool in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
He scored seven goals and also added seven assists in 45 games for Liverpool in all competitions last season as the Reds emerged as the Champions League winners via a 2-0 win over fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
In total, James Milner has scored 22 goals and also provided 36 assists in 177 games for Liverpool in all competitions over a four-year period.
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