Mauro Icardi: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

​Ever since Antonio Conte arrived at Inter, it has been abundantly clear that Mauro Icardi has no future at the club.

However, as we often see with deals of this magnitude, signing him is easier said than done. With the delay in negotiations, a number of sides have been given the chance to involve themselves, since strikers of Icardi’s pedigree don’t hit the market all too often.

So, when all is said and done, where will he end up? Let’s take a look.


Mauro Icardi

Could ​Icardi actually remain with ​Inter? 

It seems like that’s what the Argentine actually wants to do. He took to ​Instagram to reveal that he is currently in the process of building a new house in Milan, describing the city as ‘home’. Does that seem like the move of a man who plans on leaving?

Unfortunately for Icardi, it looks like Conte wants rid of him as soon as possible. Once you cross the boss, there’s not usually any coming back.

Likelihood rating: 1/10

AC Milan

UC Sampdoria v Juventus - Serie A

If remaining in Milan is key for Icardi, then a move to cross-town rivals ​AC Milan might be the only option.

A recent report from ​Il Giornale suggests that the Rossoneri are ready to take advantage of his wish to remain in the city by trying to strike a deal for Icardi. However, a deal would certainly not be easy.

Firstly, Icardi would have to be prepared to deal with the fan uproar if he made the move, and Inter would have to be willing to strengthen their fiercest rival. Don’t say never, but surely this would have to be the last resort for Inter.

Likelihood rating: 3/10



With Icardi’s future up in the air, Monaco were touted as a potential landing spot for the controversial Argentine.

The Ligue 1 side are looking to bounce back from an utterly shambolic season, and a move for Icardi would certainly help their cause. Unfortunately, his wife and agent, Wanda Nara, recently insisted that ​Icardi won’t be going to Monaco. Well then.

It seems Monaco know that, because they have brought in ​Leicester City’s Islam Slimani on loan. A move for Icardi could still resurface if the right offer arrives, but Monaco fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.

Likelihood rating: 3/10


Gianluca Mancini

Now we’re onto the serious contenders. With fears that 33-year-old Edin Dzeko can’t go on forever, it is thought that Roma are incredibly keen on recruiting Icardi.

They may have tied Dzeko down to a new contract, but that doesn’t mean their pursuit is over. Roma have been trying to thrash out a deal all summer, but Inter’s asking price is thought to have proven problematic.

As the window nears its end, Inter may be forced to accept a lower bid for their striker, but that’s only if another side doesn’t come in with an acceptable offer beforehand.

Likelihood rating: 6/10​


Carlo Ancelotti

​Like Roma, ​Napoli are incredibly keen on Icardi, who has proven to be one of the ​Serie A’s most reliable marksman. In their pursuit of the Scudetto, someone like him could be the missing link.

It seems like club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is well aware of that and is prepared to spend big on Icardi to partner him with ​Dries Mertens in attack – not least because it would stop Icardi from joining ​Juventus.

Unfortunately for Napoli, it looks like Icardi has his heart set on a move to Turin. However, if an offer from Juventus doesn’t arrive, the Partenopei would likely be in pole position.

Likelihood rating: 7/10



It’s no secret that Icardi is keen on moving to the league champions, and the feeling appears mutual as Juventus have long been interested in acquiring the Argentine. Those two factors make the Allianz Stadium a likely destination for Icardi.

Having missed out on ​Lukaku, who took Icardi’s place at Inter, the 26-year-old looks to be their only real option, and Juventus don’t often take no for an answer when it comes to transfers.

The only thing which might scupper this move is Inter’s insistence that Icardi will never play for Juventus. There’s even talk of an ‘​anti-Juventus alliance’ being formed by a number of Serie A sides to prevent that from happening, but Inter may ultimately have no choice but to do business with Italy’s dominant force.

Likelihood rating: 9/10 


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Admits Alexis Sanchez Could Leave Man Utd Amid Inter Interest

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Alexis Sanchez could leave the club this summer following his side’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.

Sanchez is expected to join Inter following a disastrous move from Arsenal to Old Trafford, the Chilean managing just five goals in 45 appearances for the Red Devils, with a medical with the Serie A club ​slated for Tuesday.

​Now, speaking after Anthony Martial’s thumping finish and Ruben Neves’ stunner ensured United left Molineux with a point, Solskjaer has revealed ​Sanchez could leave before the window closes for good throughout Europe.

He said: “Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance…some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens. Can’t update you more than that.”

Solskjaer’s declaration comes just ​days after the former striker said he still counts on Sanchez as part of his squad, backing the former Barcelona ace to come good at the club.

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez wasn’t involved in United’s Monday night clash with Wolves as ​United were pegged back by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Martial’s cool finish had given the visitors the lead, but Neves’ stunning curler ensured the points were shared.

​Paul Pogba also saw a penalty saved by Rui Patricio, prompting some social media reaction as to whether Marcus Rashford – who scored a spot kick against Chelsea last week – should’ve taken it instead. But that’s besides the point, as United have bigger problems than players missing penalties. No, really, they do. Scott knows, right Scott?

Cheers mate.​​


Alexis Sanchez’s Inter Earnings Revealed as Man Utd Prepare to Subsidise Huge Wages

Inter are expected to pay Alexis Sanchez just €4m during his soon-to-be confirmed loan spell, with Manchester United set to subsidise the majority of his earnings.

A switch to the Nerazzurri looks a near certainty after Sanchez was left out of United’s squad to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessing after the game that ​the Chilean could be on his way out.

Alexis Sanchez

​His extraordinary wages at ​United were thought to be a huge problem for ​Inter so, according to ​Alfredo Pedulla, the Red Devils have agreed to pay €8m of the €12m ​Sanchez will be owed between September and the end of the season.

Inter will not be asked to pay any loan fee and will only need to pay €4m in wages, but Pedulla claims United accepted that because the ​Serie A side want to sign Sanchez permanently at the end of the season for between €12m and €15m.

Should they choose to do so, Inter would be prepared to offer Sanchez a base salary of €4m, which could rise to €6.5m based on performance-related bonuses.

That’s a significant reduction on the €14m-a-year Sanchez earns at Old Trafford, but it is a clear indication of his desire to bring his United nightmare to an end.

The Serie A side are now simply waiting for United to give the move the green light, which is not expected to take much longer, so Sanchez could arrive in Milan as early as Tuesday night to finalise the move.

Should he make the expected switch to Italy, it would bring an end to Sanchez’s torrid time in Manchester. 

Alexis Sanchez

Since making the switch from ​Arsenal back in 2018, the Chilean has managed just five goals in 45 appearances. He has looked nothing like the winger who starred for Arsenal before the move, and his huge wages have often left fans expecting far more from him.

With Solskjaer putting his faith in the likes of ​Anthony Martial, Daniel James and ​Marcus Rashford, it appears that there is no place for Sanchez at Old Trafford anymore, so the Chilean will soon join up with former United teammate ​Romelu Lukaku in Italy.


The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time

For ten weeks, we at 90min ranked the top 50 greatest managers of all time. 

In those weeks, we at 90min published 100 articles on these managers, wrote the guts of 100,000,000,000 words (roughly) on these managers, and told some of the most incredible stories in the beautiful game’s history. 

So now, here is a rather long list detailing every single one of these managers’ storied careers. 

50) Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa

By Ben Carter

Taking influence from Rinus Michels’ totaalvoetbal, as well as Argentine pioneers César Luis Menotti and Carlos Bilardo, Marcelo Bielsa is still to this day one of the most well-renowned managers in football history.

That’s come not only as a result of his tactics on the pitch, but Bielsa’s antics off it too. Legend has it he once pulled a grenade out and threatened to pull the pin when he was confronted by a group of Newell’s Old Boys ultras at his house.

Marcelo Bielsa: El Loco’s Journey From Argentina to Footballing Immortality in Europe

Marcelo Bielsa: The Argentina Manager’s All-Time Best XI

49) Vic Buckingham

Vic Buckingham

By Jack Spedding

The greatest manager you’ve probably never heard of. The Londoner was a true pioneer of total football and a key factor in a rise of the great Johan Cruyff.

Buckingham is renowned as lauded as a hero on the continent, but his ideologies came too early for a stubborn English fan base who thought it was their way or the highway.

Vic Buckingham: How an Englishman Discovered Johan Cruyff & Pioneered Total Football

Vic Buckingham: The English Manager’s All-Time Best XI

48) Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri

By Toby Cudworth

One of the most charismatic managers in the history of the game, Claudio Ranieri will forever be remembered as the man who achieved the impossible with Leicester. Favourite for relegation going into the 2015/16 season, a change of emphasis, mood and direction at the club, led by Ranieri, soon transformed the Foxes into fairytale title contenders as the Premier League’s big boys endured a dramatic fall from grace. 

Once regarded as a loveable tinkerman, Ranieri’s title win changed the landscape of English football forever – making the Italian one of the greatest managers of all time.

Claudio Ranieri: A Ridiculed Tinkerman Who Masterminded One of Football’s Greatest Ever Achievements

Claudio Ranieri: The Tinkerman’s All-Time Best XI

47) Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson

By Jude Summerfield

Nicholson was responsible for Tottenham having any kind of golden age. His immense man-management played a major role in transforming Spurs from a team languishing sixth from the bottom in the First Division into title winners less than three years later. Winning eight major trophies in his 16-year managerial spell, including a double in 1960/61, Nicholson is rightly heralded as ‘Mr Tottenham’, his soul and ethos still prevalent at the club this day.

Bill Nicholson: Mr Tottenham Hotspur, the First Double Winning Manager of the 20th Century

Bill Nicholson: The Tottenham Legend’s All-Time Best XI

46) Sven-Goran Eriksson

Bari v Lazio X

By Chris Deeley

Do you start with Lazio, and the impossible Scudetto? With his England spell – the most successful of the 21st century until Gareth Southgate turned up with his waistcoat and winning smile? With seven trophies in three and a half years in Italy? 

No. You start; you must start, you’re contractually obliged to start, with the shagging. Whatever it was about the Swede – charm, smooth lines, a whopper whose legend has never been told – his greatest cultural impact will remain his astonishing way with women. 

The man looked like a nerdy Mr Burns. His life should’ve been impossible…and yet.

Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Scudetto Winning Shagger Who Never Solved the Lampard-Gerrard Conundrum

Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Former Lazio Manager’s All Time Best XI

45) Sir Alf Ramsey

Alf Ramsey

By Wilf Dutton

By those he knew best, Sir Alf Ramsey was regularly described as somewhere between an ‘enigma’ and a ‘lone wolf’, a fact he was publicly proud of. “I should be hard difficult to get to know,” he said in an ESPN documentary. Maybe so. But he was also known, both in his playing and coaching career, as ‘The General’.

So, enigmatic and a wholehearted leader of men – check. But he was also a pioneering tactician, with his ‘Wingless Wonders’, and an ardent disciplinarian, who emitted pure professionalism with every breath. That sounds about right for the only English manager ever to lift the World Cup, right?

Sir Alf Ramsey: The Man Behind the ‘Wingless Wonders’ & England’s Sole World Cup Triumph

Sir Alf Ramsey: The World Cup Winer’s All Time Best XI

44) Antonio Conte


By Toby Cudworth

Winner of domestic league titles in both Italy and England, there is no doubting the credentials of current Inter manager Antonio Conte. The former heartbeat of Italy’s midfield has worked with some of the best players to grace the modern game, but his success owes much to his reinventing of the 3-5-2 wheel. 

Charged with reviving Juventus’ fortunes after the Calciopoli scandal, Conte led La Vecchia Signora to three consecutive Serie A titles – before impressing his philosophy upon an arguably average Chelsea side, winning the Premier League in his first year in charge.

Antonio Conte: An Astute Tactician Whose Perfectionist Philosophy Reinvented the 3-5-2 Wheel

Antonio Conte: The Fiery Italian’s All-Time Best XI

43) Sir Kenny Dalglish


By Ed Alexander

King Kenny will forever rule the hearts of Liverpool supporters. Sure, his record of 169 goals in 502 appearances as the Reds’ go-to forward made him a beloved figure at Anfield, as did his 13 years of loyal service. And yes, the three First Division titles – plus a trio of domestic cups – that he delivered whilst coaching the side were mightily well received amongst fans. 

However, it was his stoic, brave, inspiring leadership in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster that make Dalglish a genuine legend on Merseyside. The Scot also enjoyed success at Blackburn Rovers and Celtic – via an ill-fated stint at Newcastle United – but Anfield is undoubtedly his spiritual home.

Kenny Dalglish: The Beacon of Light in Liverpool’s Darkest Hour

Kenny Dalglish: The King of Anfield’s All-Time Best XI

42) Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri

By Jude Summerfield

Antonio Conte laid the foundations for Massimiliano Allegri, but the levels he took Juventus to during his five-year spell in Turin could not have been predicted prior to his arrival. However, success at AC Milan did hint at greater triumphs down the line, and Allegri realised that with an incredible five Serie A titles in a row. 

The Champions League proved illusive, but the Italian giants are in immaculate shape to win Europe’s most coveted club competition sooner rather than later thanks to Allegri.

Massimiliano Allegri: The Masterful Tactician Who Won Serie A Five Times in a Row

Massimiliano Allegri: The Six-Time Serie A Winner’s All-Time Best XI

41) Sir Bobby Robson

Bobby Robson, Manager of Barcelona

By Will Imbo

Sir Bobby Robson is arguably the most revered and fondly remembered manager in English football history. He came within a whisker of winning the World Cup with England in 1990, and enjoyed incredible success with the likes of Ipswich Town, Barcelona and Porto. But that’s not the reason he’s so highly regarded.

For Robson was also so much more than a football manager. He was a warm and kind soul, a mentor, an entertainer, a trailblazer, a fighter – a legend. Few people have ever had the impact he made on so many people in the world of sports, nor the success he enjoyed at so many different clubs in numerous countries.

Make no mistake – we will never see the likes of Sir Bobby Robson again.

Sir Bobby Robson: A Footballing Colossus Whose Fighting Spirit Ensured an Immortal Legacy

Sir Bobby Robson: The Legendary Fighter’s All-Time Best XI

40) Luis Aragones

Spanish national football team coach Lui

By Chris Deeley

The most important manager in the history of the Spanish national team and one of Atleti’s all-time greats, the 30+ year gap between Aragones’ first major title and his last speak of a coach who was able to tweak and reinvent himself with an innate tactical understanding. He made Fernando Torres into Fernando Torres.

He saw David Villa and helped craft him into Spain’s greatest ever striker. He was also, notably, a bit racist. His comments about Thierry Henry early in his Spain tenure went down in history – and if it feels gratuitous to mention it in every profile of him? Well, we wouldn’t have to if he hadn’t said racist things.

Luis Aragones: Spain’s Most Important Manager, the Atleti Rock and the Modern Father of Tiki-Taka

Luis Aragones: Spain’s Most Important Manager’s All-Time Best XI

39) Herbert Chapman

Herbert Chapman,Mr Foster

By Ross Kennerley

Naturally, throughout the development of a sport, there will be figures whose roles in its progression will be classed a true innovators. However, when the topic of ‘innovators’ is mentioned, it would be a crime to have Herbert Chapman’s name not in the discussions. His methods and tactics were revolutionary, and not only did he outsmart the rest of English football with the creation of his own ‘W-M’ formation, he led two sides to unparalleled success. 

Firstly with Huddersfield and then with a mid-table Arsenal, Chapman rewrote the handbook on football management. Implementing previously unseen training techniques and taking on more responsibility than those before him, he set the astronomically high benchmark for what a professional coach in England needed to be.

Herbert Chapman: One of Football’s Great Innovators & Mastermind Behind the ‘W-M’ Formation

Herbert Chapman: The Yorkshire Tactician’s All-Time Best XI

38) Carlos Alberto Parreira

Carlos Alberto Parreira

By Tom Gott

No manager has ever understood international football quite like Carlos Alberto Parreira, and his record six appearances at the World Cup proves it. The motivational Brazilian often took on near-impossible jobs, in an attempt to bring the world together over a mutual love of football.

Leading the likes of South Africa, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates was never going to be easy, but Parreira was solely responsible for some of the greatest moments in the sporting history of each nation.

However, the crowning moment of his career came in charge of Brazil, as Parreira led the Selecao to glory in the 1994 World Cup.

Carlos Alberto Parreira: The International Specialist Who Never Shied Away From a Challenge

Carlos Alberto Parreira: The World Cup Hero’s All-Time Best XI

37) Franz Beckenbauer


By Robbie Copeland

Der Kaiser is best remembered for his glittering playing career, but he achieved more in his 12-year management spell than most will in a lifetime. His larger than life personality and organised style drilled Germany into becoming World Cup winners in 1990 and he would later lead Bayern Munich to domestic and European glory.

Franz Beckenbauer: The German Giant Whose Playing Career Overshadowed His Managerial Genius

Franz Beckenbauer: Der Kaiser’s All-Time Best XI

36) Viktor Maslov

By Tal Robinson 

Viktor Maslov’s name has become one of the lesser known footnotes of football history, however his brilliance can still be seen to this day. The 4-4-2 formation that he pioneered is still in wide use, and his pressing tactics continue to shine in the best teams around the world. Maslov was one of the fathers of modern tactical thinking, and his influence should be celebrated and known by every football fan who loves the game.

Viktor Maslov: Soviet Pioneer of the 4-4-2 & the Innovator of Pressing

Viktor Maslov: Dedushka’s All-Time Best XI

35) Rafael Benitez


By Toby Cudworth

There are few managers over the past 35 years who have been able to break Barcelona and Real Madrid’s stranglehold of La Liga. Radomir Antic, Diego Simeone and Javier Irureta each achieved the feat once, but only one man has had the guile, wisdom and tactical knowledge to defeat Spain’s heavyweight duo twice in that time – the grossly underappreciated Rafa Benitez. 

A future Champions League winner for Liverpool, the Spaniard is famous for his methodical and pragmatic approach to management, as well as the ability to raise the games of all those who play under his stewardship.

Rafa Benitez: The Conquerer of La Liga Who Masterminded That Comeback in Istanbul

Rafa Benitez: The Likeable Spaniard’s All-Time Best XI

34) Zinedine Zidane


By Jamie Clarke

Zidane has had comfortably the shortest career to date of any manager on the list and that is a testament to the impact he has made on the game in such a short spell. Under Zizou in 2017, Real Madrid became the first club to retain the Champions League in 27 years. 

One year later, the Frenchman became the first manager *ever* to win three consecutive European Cups with the same club – a feat we may never see repeated again. Now back at the club with whom he has had such success, Zidane will hope to add to his legend.

Zinedine Zidane: Cataloguing the Frenchman’s Transition From Midfield Magician to Managerial Maestro

Zinedine Zidane: The French Magician’s All-Time Best XI

33) Luiz Felipe Scolari 


By Jamie Clarke

Scolari is perhaps the most Hollywood movie-worthy manager on the list because in the Brazilian, you would usually get one of two extremes. The outstanding or the appalling – though more often the former than the latter. 

Much of his success can be credited to his enigmatic style, with his ability to inspire his players proving to be as important as his tactical prowess. As a manager he was by no means a remedy for all ills, but when his methods worked, they worked brilliantly and his World Cup triumph with Brazil in 2002 is evidence of this.

Luiz Felipe Scolari: How the Enigmatic ‘Big Phil’ Succeeded as Much as He Failed on the Big Stage

Luiz Felipe Scolari: Picking Big Phil’s All-Time Best XI

32) Jupp Heynckes


By Jack Spedding 

The mastermind behind Bayern Munich’s 2013 treble winning side, arguably the most complete European club outfit of the 21st century.

The German was relentless in his pursuit of tactical perfection, and his methods have been universally praised by almost every great player he has managed in his illustrious career.

Jupp Heynckes: The Legendary Manager Who Masterminded ‘the Greatest Bayern Side Ever’

Jupp Heynckes: The German Master Tactician’s All-Time Best XI

31) Vicente Del Bosque


By Andrew Headspeath

While Del Bosque’s style and tactics will never be poured over like Arrigo Sacchi, Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, he was a master of the most human elements of football. He made his players feel happy, trusted and confident. He facilitated an environment where they could be at their best together, with little room for ego and pressure. Tiki-taka, after all, was as much about the team over the individual as anything else.

Del Bosque won everything worth winning and it never looked particularly difficult. He was a subtle, master conductor of the greatest orchestras, always keeping the focus on his delighted performers, shunning any spotlight of his own. 

Vicente del Bosque: The Unluckiest Manager in the World Who Led Spain to Immortality

Vicente del Bosque: The Moustachioed Mister’s All-Time Best XI

30) Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

By Toby Cudworth

Arsenal are a club steeped in history and traditional, but one man has become synonymous with everything they stand for over the last two decades. That man is Arsene Wenger. At the helm for 22 years, Wenger redefined and reinvigorated the Gunners by introducing a slick, attacking brand of football, whilst demonstrating great knowledge of the transfer market to bring in talented youngsters who he would transition into world class players. 

Winner of the league and cup double on two occasions, the Frenchman then achieved the unthinkable – becoming ‘Invincible’ as Arsenal went the entire 2003/04 Premier League campaign unbeaten.

Arsene Wenger: A Pioneering Who Became Invincible at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger: The Legendary Arsenal Manager’s All-Time Best XI

29) Udo Lattek 

Fussball: Samba Soccer Charity

By Tom Gott

Remembered as perhaps the finest manager in Bundesliga history, Udo Lattek knew nothing other than winning. During his career, Lattek managed an incredible eight league titles, leading both Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach to domestic glory.

His intellectual and motivational approach to management often left many questioning his credentials, but wherever Lattek went, success tended to follow.

It wasn’t just league success which made Lattek so great, as he even etched his name into European folklore as well. He won the 1974 European Cup with Bayern, the 1979 UEFA Cup with Gladbach, and the 1982 European Cup Winners Cup with Barcelona, making him one of just two men to lift all three – and the only to do so with three different clubs.

Udo Lattek: The Bundesliga Icon Who Shattered European Records

Udo Lattek: The Inspirational Leader’s All-Time Best XI

28) Jock Stein

By Robbie Copeland

When Stein took over Celtic in 1965 they were at one of their lowest ever ebbs. Within two years they were European champions and by the time he left to take over Scotland 12 years later they had won the league 10 times under in his tenure. Yet perhaps his greatest accomplishment is the influence he had over Sir Alex Ferguson, his international assistant, who describes him as the greatest ever.

Jock Stein: The Man Who Guided Celtic to Historic Heights & Mentored Sir Alex Ferguson

Jock Stein: Big Jock’s All-Time Best XI

27) Vittorio Pozzo

Italy's national soccer team poses with

By Jack Gallagher

Vittorio Pozzo is one of the greatest managers of all time because he is the only manager in history to win two consecutive FIFA World Cups.

That’s pretty good. Maybe too good to be 27th on this list…until you hear about the accusations of match-fixing – Benito Mussolini’s influence on the outcome of World Cup games – and a certain Nazi salute incident in 1938…

…Then maybe Pozzo’s ranking makes a bit more sense. 

Vittorio Pozzo: Metodo, Mussolini, Meazza & the Difficult Memory of a Two-Time World Cup Winner

Vittorio Pozzo: Il Vecchio Maestro’s All-Time Best XI

26) Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

By Andrew Headspeath

One of the very best coaches, working right now, Jurgen Klopp has been so successful due to his knack for taking talents and squeezing something extra out of them that no-one else even knew was there.

He ended Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance (for a while anyways), brought Liverpool back to the very top of the European game, and has made every player he’s ever worked with better. A true modern great.

Jurgen Klopp: The Early Years at Mainz 05 Where He Sealed His ‘Greatest Achievement’

Jurgen Klopp: Mr Heavy Metal Football’s All-Time Best XI

25) Mario Zagallo 


By Ross Kennerley

It became the bane of Brazilian football. A mission to somehow get a one of the most talented group of footballers the world has ever seen all singing from the same hymn sheet. One would argue that moulding the likes of Pele, Tostao, Rivellino and Jairzinho into a formidable force is more a joy than and assignment, but it had yet to crafted successfully. Mario Zagallo did that. 

And, not only did he thrive under that pressure, he blossomed in it, with the 1970 Brazil World Cup team often revered as the greatest of all time. ‘Jogo Bonito’ was forged under his guidance, and Brazil as we know it owe a significant degree of gratitude to the habitual World Cup winner. Two triumphs as a player and two as a manager, Zagallo is the World Cup.

Mario Zagallo: Habitual World Cup Winner & Sculptor of Brazil’s Joga Bonito Era

Mario Zagallo: Velho Lobo’s All-Time Best XI

24) Bela Guttmann

Bela Guttmann

By Chris Deeley

You always know you’ve made it in life when you’ve got an entire curse named after you. That’s when you’re a ‘someone’. True to Guttmann’s words – or alleged words, it’s always hard to tell whether these sort of perfectly fitting lines are apocryphal or not – Benfica haven’t won a single European Cup in the 50+ years since they refused to give him an improved contract. 

Bela Guttmann. Two-time European Cup winner, Holocaust survivor, man who nailed dead rats to management’s doors, qualified dance instructor. Nomad. Gamechanger.

Bela Guttmann: The Dance Instructor Who Changed Football Forever (and Managed…Just Everyone)

Bela Guttmann: The Proto-Mourinho’s All-Time Best XI

23) Valeriy Lobanovski

By Jack Spedding

Second only to Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of managerial trophy collections, the former Soviet scientist was the first trailblazer when it came to sports science and bringing in the idea that the team is the star, not the individual.

With the exception of Lev Yashin, there may not be a name more synonymous with Soviet football than Lobanovskyi, who created the dominant Dynamo Kiev side of the late 20th century, and he is considered a national icon in Ukraine.

Valeriy Lobanovskyi: The Scientist Who Dominated Football in the Soviet Union

Valeriy Lobanovskyi: The Soviet Scientist’s All-Time Best XI

22) Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal

By Jamie Spencer

Louis van Gaal had the honour of managing four of the most famous clubs in history during his career – Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United – and he won trophies with all of them.

The Dutchman has famously fallen out with plenty of people over the years, but his greatest strength was his faith in young talent. So many modern legends, including Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Xavi, Carles Puyol Andres Iniesta, made their senior debut under Van Gaal, while he proved so influential for others like Frank de Boer, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller.

Louis van Gaal: The Stubborn Master Who Won 15 Major Trophies at 4 of the World’s Greatest Clubs

Louis van Gaal: The Mercurial & Enigmatic Dutch Master’s All-Time Best XI

21) Otto Rehhagel 

Fussball: EM 2004 in Portugal Finale POR-GRE 0:1

By Jamie Spencer

With a career split into two distinct chunks, Otto Rehhagel was the great German coach humiliated in his own country by failure at Bayern Munich, who went on to transform Greece into the most unlikely European champions in history.

Rehhagel made his name in Germany in the 1980s and early 1990s when he guided Werder Bremen to two Bundesliga titles, two DFB Pokals and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. He turned Kaiserslautern into national champions after his Bayern disaster, but it was with Greece where his greatest achievement came – stealing the show with pragmatic brilliance at Euro 2004.

Otto Rehhagel: The ‘King’ Who Turned 150/1 Greek Outsiders into Champions of Europe

Otto Rehhagel: The ‘King’ Who Conquered Europe’s All-Time Best XI

20) Tele Santana

Tele Santana

By Tom Gott

When you think of Brazilian football, chances are you will think of joga bonito – ‘the beautiful game’. Whilst Tele Santana did not found this movement, his time with Brazil was certainly behind its rise to prominence.

During his two separate spells with the Selecao, Santana may not have won any silverware, but he is credited with forming some of the greatest international sides in history. His 1986 side were fantastic, but his 1982 squad was something else. His love for attacking football quickly infected the nation, and Brazil still pride themselves on their free-flowing attack to this day.

Even at club level, Santana helped transform Sao Paulo into one of the world’s finest teams, winning back-to-back Intercontinental Cups in 1993 and 1994.

Tele Santana: The ‘Joga Bonito’ Icon Who Helped Brazil Rediscover Their Love of Football

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19) Bill Shankly 

Bill Shankly

By Robbie Copeland

Put simply, Liverpool would not have the domestic or European legacy they herald today without the remarkable rebuilding process they underwent in Shankly’s 16 years at Anfield. 

His enthusiasm for the job and belief in the club restored an average second division side to the top flight and won the league three times before stepping down, leaving his long-term assistant Bob Paisley to take Liverpool into the next step of their evolution in the 70s.

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Bill Shankly: The Liverpool Godfather’s All-Time Best XI

18) Ottmar Hitzfeld

Fussball: Borussia Dortmund

By Ross Kennerley

It’s a title bestowed upon you that is achieved through no less than total dedication, loyalty and a burning desire to give your heart and soul to the cause. Ottmar Hitzfeld earned legendary status, not once, but twice, with the two biggest clubs in German football. 

Firstly at Borussia Dortmund and then Bayern Munch, the man’s supreme marshalling of his troops ultimately meant he obliterated all the competition on a march towards the upper echelons of German football. Brushing aside those in his way, he won everything with Die Borussen, before eventually repeating the feat in Bavaria. On a one-way trajectory towards Bundesliga royalty, Hitzfeld now stands in a league of his own.

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Ottmar Hitzfeld: Der General Who Dominated Germany’s All-Time Best XI

17) Miguel Munoz 

By Andrew Headspeath

In the history of the best club there has ever been, Miguel Muñoz is quite probably Real Madrid’s best ever manager.

The former European Cup-winning player navigated what should have been a perilous transitional period to transform the ageing Galacticos of Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano into the youthful Ye-Ye’s (named after the Beatles chorus in She Loves You) of Amancio and Pirri, while keeping them at the very apex of Spanish and world football. 

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Miguel Muñoz: Real Madrid’s Greatest Ever Manager’s All-Time Best XI

16) Fabio Capello

AC Milan Coach Fabio Capello

By Ben Carter

A far cry from how his most recent spells as a manager will be remembered, Fabio Capello not only helped to create one of Italian football’s best-ever teams but he also helped to make Calcio exactly what it is today.

Capello brought tremendous success to AC Milan – even more so than Arrigo Sacchi – while also lifting silverware almost everywhere he went across Europe.

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Fabio Capello: The Serial Serie A Winner’s All-Time Best XI

15) Brian Clough

Brian Clough and Peter Taylor

By Ed Alexander

Arrogant, disrespectful, obnoxious…Clough had many insults levelled at him. The issue is, ‘Old Big Head’ didn’t care in the slightest. In his own words, he was the best manager in the business; his time at Nottingham Forest suggests he may well be right. 

He won the First Division with Derby County in 1972, though no silverware came Clough’s way when coaching Hartlepool United, nor Brighton. It was worse at Leeds United, where – without the aid of trusty assistant Peter Taylor – the Yorkshireman was sacked after just 44 days. Clough then redeemed himself as he got Forest promoted to the top-flight. On their return, he took them to a maiden English crown. And then he secured back-to-back European Cups, the only side from these shores to ever achieve such a feat.

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14) Nereo Rocco

Jimmy Greaves,Nereo Rocco

By Wilf Dutton

Italy is to football management as America is to basketball, pretty much. Which goes some way to explaining why Nereo Rocco is unlikely to be the first name uttered during a quick fire round of categories. But he should be. The great pioneer of Catenaccio – that greatly misunderstood tactical discipline – was in many ways a simple man. He enjoyed food, drink and company (usually in excess). 

But he was also a complete innovator, coaching with a ‘genius-like pragmatism’, as the great Italian journalist Gianni Brera described it. But even that could be seen to embolden the myth that his AC Milan sides were dourly defensive. Rocco was a winner, there’s no doubt, but he was also not dull in doing so. And, while you may not be that clued up on him, all of your favourite managers are and, if they coincided with his time in the game, they were probably taught a lesson or two in real time.

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Nereo Rocco: The Milan Legend’s All-Time Best XI

13) Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti

By Andrew Headspeath

‘The Diva Whisperer’, football’s great avuncular uncle, Carletto’s legacy (beyond winning a boatload of trophies) is his man-management skills.

From Milan to Madrid to Munich, it seems almost no-one has a bad word to say about Ancelotti. He is the manager the very best love to play for.

His detractors might say he has been in right place at the right time (with the right squads) but Ancelotti’s great trick is managing the highest of high profile names of the last two decades and nearly always getting the very best out of them. Having the best team on paper, as football history shows, doesn’t always guarantee success. Having Ancelotti as your manager pretty much does.

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Carlo Ancelotti: The Diva Whisperer’s All-Time Best XI

12) Sir Matt Busby

Matt Busby

By Jamie Spencer

Sir Matt Busby did nothing short of build the modern Manchester United, creating a legacy that paved the way for all of Sir Alex Ferguson’s success and one that still serves the club to this day.

Busby took over a club in 1945 that had narrowly avoided bankruptcy twice in just 43 years, where there was a new focus on developing young players at a time when it wasn’t the norm.

His ‘Busby Babes’ were revered, but from the ashes of the tragic Munich Air Disaster in 1958 rose a team that would become the first English club to win the European Cup 10 years later.

Sir Matt Busby: The Man Who Built the Modern Manchester United

Sir Matt Busby: The Legendary Scot Who Built Modern Man Utd’s All-Time Best XI

11) Marcello Lippi 

Head coach of the Italian team Marcello

By Ben Carter

Perhaps even more important to the development of Italian football than Capello, Marcello Lippi put the groundwork in throughout the 1990s with Juventus most notably, but also punching above his weight initially at Napoli.

Lippi, with a cigar protruding from his lips, was then reaping the rewards of his work when he took over the Italian national team, ending Gli Azzurri’s 24-year wait to be crowned as world champions in 2006.

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10) Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley

By Robbie Copeland

Shankly aimed the bow for Liverpool’s dominance throughout the 70s and 80s, but Paisley was the razor-sharp arrow that followed through and conquered all of Europe. 

He adapted Liverpool’s tactics for a new era, and although his management career lasted just nine years, he won the league six times, the European cup three, and averaged 2.2 major trophies per season – making him the second most successful manager of all time.

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Bob Paisley: Liverpool’s Humble Genius’ All-Time Best XI

9) Jose Mourinho 

Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

By Tom Gott

Love him or loathe him, Jose Mourinho has proven to be one of the most influential managers in football history.

After taking Europe by storm by winning the 2003/04 Champions League with Porto, Mourinho has picked up a stunning amount of silverware with Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United, picking up six league titles across a ten-year spell.

Capable of masterminding a strategy to subdue even the strongest opponents, Mourinho has made a career out of constructing dominant sides, and there are few managers capable of stopping him.

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Jose Mourinho: The Legendary Portuguese Tactician’s All-Time Best XI

8) Helenio Herrera 

Helenio Herrera

By Ed Alexander

Psychological warfare is so commonplace in the world of modern football that it is difficult to imagine the sport without it. Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and many others would like to think they are the masters of such battles, but they are all mere pretenders to Herrera’s throne. 

The eccentric Argentine-turned-Frenchman was the first to bring focus onto the mind-set of players: both his own, and those of rival clubs. Herrera was a brilliant man-manager, using motivational words and scathing attacks to help his teams fulfil their potential and unarm opponents. Without his pioneering methods, Inter would never have lifted consecutive European Cups, whilst he was similarly important to the mid-20th-century glory enjoyed by both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

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Helenio Herrera: The Peerless Pioneer’s All-Time Best XI

7) Ernst Happel 

Ernst Happel

By Jamie Clarke

Happel questioned everything football had taken for granted, helping him to revolutionise the game and inspire the era of ‘total football’ in the 1970s. Always willing to question his own opinions as much as anybody else’s, the rebellious Austrian was one of the first to opt for a three-man midfield in an era where the 4-2-4 formation prevailed. 

Not just an innovator, Happel was a winner too and is one of only six managers to win the European Cup with two clubs and the *only* manager to lead three different clubs to the final of the competition.

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6) Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruijff

By Jamie Spencer

It’s not a stretch to call Johan Cruyff the single most important person in the history of football for the impact he had as a player, coach, general figurehead and pioneer.

Cruyff nurtured several of the Dutch legends of the 1980s while at Ajax and later built the ‘Dream Team’ at Barcelona that dominated Spanish football and won the European Cup in 1992, a perfect blend of home-grown talent and world class stars.

But he was so much more; a true visionary who saw the value of implementing a single way of playing at every level of a club and insisted Barcelona launch the academy that became La Masia.

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5) Giovanni Trapattoni 

Giovanni Trapattoni

By Jack Gallagher

The most successful Italian manager of all time.

That says it all really. 

Trapattoni isn’t fondly remembered by Republic of Ireland fans, but Juventus fans do remember him rather fondly, for winning well, everything in the most golden of eras for La Vecchia Signora.

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4) Pep Guardiola 


By Jude Summerfield

La Liga winner, Bundesliga winner, and Premier League winner. There aren’t many managers nowadays who can boast that record, but Pep Guardiola can. 

From learning from Johan Cruyff to playing a major role in the development of players like Lionel Messi, David Alaba and Raheem Sterling, Guardiola has proved it’s possible to both realise a club’s lofty ambitions while simultaneously improving a core group of players. His work has changed the managerial landscape in the modern era and his standard is the one to beat.

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3) Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels

By Wilf Dutton

The most influential football manager the world has ever seen, with the greatest moniker for a sporting style that persists today: Total Football. There’s no greater legacy to leave than that. A style of football that was, and is, so lauded, it is deemed to encompass everything that’s great 

about the game. It is the game in its purest, most charming form. And Rinus Michels was the man who packaged it into the European Cup-winning, European Championship-triumphing formula it became. He was its architect, and he has influenced every other sporting edifice that has come after him.

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2) Arrigo Sacchi


By Jack Gallagher

“Football is born in the brain, not in the body. Michelangelo said he painted with his mind, not with his hands. So, obviously, I need intelligent players. That was our philosophy at Milan. I didn’t want solo artists; I wanted an orchestra. The greatest compliment I received was when people said my football was like music.”

Arrigo Sacchi wanted his teams to play fluid football that made their adoring audiences gasp in awe of what they were witnessing; between 1987 and 1991, his team did just that.

The conductor of the single greatest club team the world has ever seen, Sacchi changed calcio forever by winning with beautiful football.

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1) Sir Alex Ferguson


By Jamie Spencer

Manchester United simply wouldn’t be Manchester United without Sir Alex Ferguson. His exemplary record of 28 major trophies in 27 years at Old Trafford speaks for itself, on top of 10 major trophies he had earlier delivered at Aberdeen.

It famously took Fergie a little while to see his work come to life at United, but he was responsible for refocusing a club that had become lost, realigning it with the blueprint laid out by Matt Busby and making it the undisputed giant of English football once more.

More than anything else, Ferguson’s longevity made him the greatest of all time, building team after team and continuing to win and win in a way that will never be repeated.

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Alexis Sanchez Could Undergo Inter Medical on Tuesday as Man Utd Exit Nears

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez could fly to Italy and undergo a medical with Inter as early as Tuesday ahead of completing a loan deal to exit from Old Trafford.

Sanchez has been a major disappointment since joining from Arsenal in January 2018 and has scored only five goals in the 18 months since.

Alexis Sanchez

The 30-year-old is yet to feature this season after an injury sustained at the Copa America was a further setback to an already delayed pre-season, although United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had insisted twice this month that the Chilean is part of his plans.

But it emerged over the weekend that talks with Inter about a season-long loan with an option to buy for around €15m were ongoing. Sky Italia also reported Sanchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, has been negotiating a deal with United on behalf of Inter. The general understanding is that United will have to pay up to half of the player’s wages.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has further reported that the potential loan has accelerated since Sanchez decided on Inter over other options on the table – he has previously been linked with Juventus, AC Milan, Napoli and Roma – and he could arrive in Milan on Tuesday.

Alexis Sanchez

That mean a medical and putting pen to paper on a contract to finalise the deal.

Inter have already signed Romelu Lukaku from United this summer after eventually securing a £73m deal for the Belgian striker earlier this month following weeks of talks.

Further buzz has it that Sanchez will wear the number seven shirt at Inter. The jersey has been vacated at San Siro by youngster Yann Karamoah, now on loan at Parma, with Sanchez famously wearing the digit at United, Arsenal and for the Chile national team.


Sanchez’s loan departure from Old Trafford will be the start of the end of an expensive mistake for the club. It will leave Solskjaer with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Juan Mata and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as his main attacking options.


Wanda Nara Insists Mauro Icardi Will Not Be Moving to Monaco This Summer

​Mauro Icardi’s future remains up in the air as Inter continue to negotiate his exit, but his wife and agent Wanda Nara has insisted that contrary to reports this week, he won’t be going to Monaco.

The Argentine forward’s relationship with the club has long passed breaking point after he was stripped of the captaincy earlier this year, and he is reported to have been told by Inter that he is welcome to stay if he wishes – he just won’t be involved with the first team. 

They have fielded interest from Juventus, Napoli and Roma in his signature, but are believed to be reluctant to sell to another Serie A club – especially Juventus, who the player himself ​desperately wants to join


They have had limited interest from outside of Italy, with ​Manchester United briefly in the picture before the English window closed, while Monaco had also emerged as a potential destination amid speculation surrounding Radamel Falcao’s move to Galatasaray. 

But Nara, whose stubborn involvement in contract negotiations is thought to be at the heart of the melodramatic fall-out between club and player, has denied that a move to the French principality is on the cards, telling Argentine outlet ​TyC: “He will not go to Monaco.”

The French club may instead look to Daniel Sturridge as a potential alternative should Falcao leave, as they are reported to have ​made a last-gasp offer to snipe the former Liverpool man away from Trabzonspor. 


​Inter, meanwhile, are already planning for life after Icardi. Having already landed Romelu Lukaku, they are ​looking at the quartet of Arkadiusz Milik, Fernando Llorente, Alexis Sanchez and Ante Rebic to further boost their striking options. 


Serie A 2019/20 Season Preview: Title Contenders, European Hopefuls, Promoted Sides & More

After another long summer dominated by transfer rumours and international football, the Serie A is finally back this weekend and it looks likely to be one of the most exciting seasons yet. 

Juventus, of course, start as favourites, but will be looking over their shoulders at Napoli and Inter, who are now making world-class signings of their own. The top four race is also expected to be tight, with as many as five teams all competing for a Champions League place. 

So, with the 2019/20 season fast approaching, here is a preview of what lies ahead. 

Title Contenders​



​It was business as usual at the Allianz Stadium last season, with ​Juventus easily trumping their nearest rivals to secure an eighth consecutive Scudetto. Of course, when you dominate that easily and for so long, simply winning isn’t enough.

The writing seemed to be on the wall for Massimiliano Allegri for much of the latter half of 2018/19, especially after Juventus’ exit from the ​Champions League – so there was little surprise when Allegri left the club to make way for the more attack-minded Maurizio Sarri. 


La Vecchia Signora have bought big and smart this summer. Conscious of their ageing defence, Juventus splashed the cash on Mathijs de Ligt, who proved himself to be one of the best centre-backs in Europe last season, while fellow centre-back Merih Demiral was brought in after an impressive spell with Sassuolo. They also secured the signatures of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot following the expiry of their contracts at their previous clubs.

With a new, exciting manager and a strengthened squad, it looks more than possible that Juventus will once again be lifting the Serie A trophy come May. 


Under the stewardship of Luciano Spalletti, ​Inter had finally found some consistency, finishing in the Champions League places for the last couple of seasons. The Inter hierarchy, however, felt perhaps that they had outgrown Spalletti and – with the intent of re-establishing themselves as one of Europe’s top sides – replaced him with Antonio Conte.

Inter, like Juventus, have bought big and smart. The signing of ​Romelu Lukaku was a coup for the club, while also bringing in one of the world’s best defenders in Diego Godín. I Nerazzurri also signed Nicolò Barella, the young midfielder one to keep an eye on this season. 

The departure of Ivan Perišić and the fact that Mauro Icardi is still on their books are the only negatives in what has been a good summer for Inter. They certainly aren’t expecting to win the title this season but they will be looking to put the pressure on Juventus. 


The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at the Stadio San Paolo last season didn’t really change much. ​Napoli never really looked like winning the title, neither did they look like dropping out of the top four. 

Still, Ancelotti’s track record and Napoli’s strengthening of their squad is a reason for optimism. The defensive pairing of Kostas Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly will be the stuff of nightmares for strikers next season, while the imminent arrival of Hirving Lozano adds more depth to their already deadly attack.  


Napoli, of course, are not the favourites for the Scudetto but if there’s anyone that can put an end to Juventus’ domination this season, it’ll be them. 

European Hopefuls

Atalanta palyers celebrate


Atalanta’s remarkable rise from mid-table nobodies to a Champions League side will be a story fondly remembered by calcio fans for years to come. Indeed, Gian Piero Gasperini has transformed La Dea into a team feared by all in ​Serie A.

For once, Atalanta have managed to keep hold of their best players, while also adding more quality to their squad. It will still be a difficult task for them to repeat last season’s exploits, especially with the burden of the Champions League, but there’s no reason why they can’t do it.

AC Milan

The Rossoneri were agonisingly close to finishing in a Champions League spot last season, missing out by just a single point in the end. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway though, as a court ruling was them thrown out of European competition for violating FFP regulations. 

Despite the departure of Gennaro Gattuso, who performed well last year considering the circumstances, it’s been a decent summer for Milan – signing young, exciting players such as Rafael Leão and Theo Hernandez. With this in mind, alongside the fact they won’t have to play midweek anymore, Milan fans will be hoping they can break into the top four next season. 


James Pallotta’s policy of selling Roma’s star players backfired on them last season, with the Giallorossi finishing sixth and missing out on the Champions League entirely just one year after reaching the semi-final in that competition. 

It’s hardly been an inspiring summer. The appointment of Paulo Fonesca was underwhelming, while the sales of Kostas Manolas and Stephan El Shaaraway – two of the few Roma players who actually performed well last season – bode poorly. The future looks bleak for Roma, and they’ll be lucky if they get a Champions League place this season. 


Winning the Coppa Italia was the only highlight in a disappointing season for Le Aquile, finishing eighth in a season where they really should’ve been pushing for the top four.  

There’s reason for Lazio fans to be positive though. They’ve retained the services of Sergej Milinković-Savić after a summer of speculation while making cheap, clever signings such as Manuel Lazzari, Jony and Denis Vavro. If Lazio can rediscover their goalscoring touch, this might just be the season where they reach the Champions League. 

Promoted Sides

Brescia Calcio v Benevento Calcio - Serie B


Back in Serie A for the first time since 2011, Brescia look like a side capable of establishing themselves in the top flight for years to come. As well as pulling off a coup by bringing Mario Balotelli back to his hometown, they’ve also retained prospect Sandro Tonali and Serie B top scorer Alfredo Donnarumma. 


Former Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani led Lecce to back-to-back promotions to secure a place in Serie A for the first time in eight years. They’ve bolstered their squad, but Lecce will likely endure a difficult season as they look to avoid relegation. 

Hellas Verona

Hellas Verona underwhelmed in Serie B despite having one of the strongest sides in the division, finishing fifth. They won promotion through the play-offs though, and replaced the coach who got them there with Ivan Jurić, a man who was sacked three times by the same club in the space of two years. 

10 Notable Transfers​


Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal to Juventus (free transfer)

Diego Godín – Atlético Madrid to Internazionale (free transfer)

Gianluigi Buffon – Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus (free transfer)

Kostas Manolas – Roma to Napoli (€34m)

Luis Muriel – Sevilla to Atalanta (€18m)

Mario Balotelli – Marseille to Brescia (free transfer)

Mathijs de Ligt – Ajax to Juventus (€75m)

Nicolò Barella – Cagliari to Internazionale (loan with obligation to buy)

Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United to Internazionale (€65m)

Theo Hernandez – Real Madrid to AC Milan (€20m)


Sergej Milinkovic Savic

Juventus sealing their ninth consecutive Scudetto almost feels inevitable. While Napoli and Internazionale are now capable of putting more pressure on Juventus, it is the Turin side who will likely come out on top.

Atalanta, Roma, Milan, Lazio and Torino should all be competing for fourth spot and given the lack of difference in quality between those five sides, it’s tough to predict. 

Lecce and Hellas Verona will find it difficult to stay up this season, while Udinese, Genoa, SPAL and Brescia may also find themselves battling relegation.


Inter ‘Agree Terms’ With Alexis Sanchez & Hope to Strike Deal With Man Utd

​Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez has agreed personal terms over a move to Italian side Inter – providing the two clubs can strike a loan deal for the 30-year-old attacker.

The Chilean international looks destined to end his miserable spell at Old Trafford, just over 18 months after his arrival from Premier League rivals Arsenal in 2018. 

Romelu Lukaku,Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez looks set to follow in the footsteps of former Man Utd teammate Romelu Lukaku – one of his closest allies at Old Trafford before he left the club to join Inter this summer in a deal worth around £70m. 

​Int​er are desperate to bring in a new forward, and since transfer target Edin Dzeko has signed a new contract with Roma, ​Gianluca Di Marzio reports that I Nerazzurri have turned their attention to Man Utd’s troubled forward. 

Di Marzio confirms that an agreement has been reached between the player and Antonio Conte’s side, and Sanchez is now waiting for the two clubs to sign off on the deal.

It appears, according to Fabrizio Romano, that the move will be a loan deal, and that the player has agreed to it.

Roma previously made a move for Sanchez, but according to ​the Mi​rror, the winger refused the transfer despite I Giallorossi coming to an agreement with the Red Devils.

The former ​Barcelona man clearly plays no part in ​Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the coming season, and his massive wages only add to the complications of his time in Manchester. 

Inter will be hoping to get this deal over the line, and help Sanchez recapture his scintillating form of previous seasons. 


Inter’s Option to Buy Fee for Alexis Sanchez Revealed as Man Utd Ponder Decision

​The details of Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Internazionale have been revealed with both the Italian club and the player now awaiting Manchester United’s final say on the matter.

It’s been nothing short of a miserable 18 months for the Chilean since he completed his much-anticipated move to Old Trafford from Arsenal, with just five goals in 45 outings falling way short of the expectations set upon him when he made the switch in January 2018.

His ill-fated spell in the north west looks to be coming to an end, however, as it was ​reported on Saturday that terms had been agreed between the 30-year-old and the Nerazzurri about swapping the ​Premier League for ​Serie A.

Details of the deal in place have now come to light, as ​Fabrizio Romano confirmed it will be an initial season-long loan deal with an option to buy for €15m in June 2020. It’s added that ​Sanchez spoke with both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and club officials of his desire to leave the Red Devils after falling down the pecking order under the Norwegian.

One sticking point in ​United‘s efforts to release Sanchez from the wage bill were his astronomical wages. Signed as part of a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, that allowed United to offer the forward a ridiculous pay package, currently sitting at around £500,000-a-week.


Such salary demands had put potential suitors off making a move for the former Barcelona winger, but it has been revealed that the Red Devils will cover ‘part’ of the cost of those wages in a desperate bid to rid themselves of the misfiring Chilean.

With just United’s seal of approval left to have a total agreement, it is likely the deal should go ahead as the move will lift some of the huge financial strain the club has put on itself by giving Sanchez such ridiculous terms.

If the move is completed as expected, then Sanchez will join up with former teammate Romelu Lukaku at ​Inter, who left Solskjaer’s side this summer to make the permanent move to Antonio Conte’s side.


Romelu Lukaku Appears to React to ‘Overweight’ Reports With Fresh Instagram Post

​Since his move to Inter on August 8 – and perhaps even before then during his time with Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku has come under quite heavy criticism for his weight. 

In a possible response to all the chit-chat surrounding his body, Lukaku has sent a post onto Instagram showing that he certainly does not skip leg day.

Mainly propelled from Gary Neville ​tweeting about it upon the Belgian’s move, there has been a lot of speculation about Lukaku’s shape – with rumours circulating that the striker will miss the opening Serie A game of the season because of it. 

As ​​Corriere dello Sport are reporting, and Tancredi Palmeri is tweeting, it is believed Inter are requesting Lukaku to be under 100kg, with the 26-year-old 4kg over. 

Despite the photo showing Lukaku’s very powerful muscles, the caption would point towards that he may not be quite match-ready just yet. 

The Belgian had missed a lot of preseason due to injury, which would no doubt have hampered his progress as he tries to get to full fitness.

Given Antonio Conte’s demanding management style, and his refusal of anything but maximum effort, it is very unlikely that Lukaku would have been signed if they did not believe that he could regain full fitness and get in his best shape. The Belgian is reported to have been training extra sessions to reach the desired level.

As he says in an interview with Otro (via ​Football Italia), the striker said of how it is ‘real work’ at Inter. He said: “In England, it’s a lot of work, but here it’s real work!”

When asked about the food in Italy, he simply sighed and said “salad”.