Fiorentina’s forward overtures for Jonathan Ikone show where they aspire to be

Samuel Moutoussamy of FC Nantes competes for the ball with Jonathan Ikone of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille OSC and FC...

Recent reports claim Fiorentina – sixth in Serie A so far this term – are close to snatching a shrewd mid-season acquisition next month: Lille’s French winger Jonathan Ikone at just €15m (£12.75m), the sort of cut-price fee they’ll be hoping propels them into serious European challengers, as opposed to the frequent pretender tag they’ve long beld in Italy. Continue reading

Gianluigi Donnarumma renewal talks rumble on; Milan target Mike Maignan

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 18: Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Genoa CFC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 18, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Claudio Villa./Getty Images)

Milan vice-captain and first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has just two months left on his existing deal, though is no closer to a formal contract renewal per Italian reports. They’ve offered €8m annually (£6.9m) but his agent Mino Raiola hasn’t accepted their proposal – with Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan on their radar as a possible replacement and he’s interested.  Continue reading

Stade Rennais 0-1 Lyon: Terrier’s late strike snatches all three points

Substitute striker Martin Terrier’s 87th-minute winner snatched all three points for a Lyon side who battled their way to an important, slender away victory.

The result sees them close the gap on second-placed Lille to just a point ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, while ensuring they returned to winning ways after a frustrating few weeks in the Champions League. Continue reading