Fiorentina announce Jakovenko signing

The Viola revealed the signing of the well-travelled winger, who has signed a contract which will keep him at the Serie A club until 2016

Fiorentina announced the signing of winger Oleksandr Jakovenko on a four-year deal from Anderlecht on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old struggled to make an impact with the Belgian club initially, being loaned out for two seasons to fellow Belgian side Westerlo before another loan spell at OH Leuven last season.

The attacker has enjoyed an excellent campaign this season, however, notching up 38 appearances in all competitions and scoring nine goals in the process as Anderlecht retained the Belgian Pro League.

The Viola have moved quickly to sign reinforcements after their narrow miss at gaining qualification to the Champions League next season following AC Milan’s late win against Siena.

Instead, the Serie A side will compete in the Europa League next campaign under Vincenzo Montella and Jakovenko – who signed a contract until 2016 – will be part of that run.

De Laurentiis wants Napoli successor to show 'he has balls'

The eccentric Partenopei chairman believes he will be able to appoint a successor to the outgoing Walter Mazzarri soon but will not be pressed on any names linked with the job

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has insisted that outgoing coach Walter Mazzarri will be replaced shortly and wants his successor to prove “he has balls”.

Recently, De Laurentiis suggested the new coach’s name would begin with the letter ‘m’ but the film producer now seems to have broadened his search as to whom will take over at the San Paolo Stadium.

“The new coach will come in a short time. The main feature of the new coach will be that he must have a deep love for the Neapolitan way, that is crucial,” he said during a lively press conference.

“He must live in the area and also learn to speak the way of Naples. Tomorrow I will go to London, I’ll be back in Italy on June 16.

“I have heard the names: [Rafa] Benitez, [Manuel] Pellegrini, [Roberto] Di Matteo, [Jurgen] Klopp – who told me that was not available until 2016 – [Laurent] Blanc, [Didier] Deschamps. There are also Italians available, I had also thought of Luis Diego Lopez, but then I would have ended up insulting [Massimo] Cellino [Calgiari president].

“I do not want to make a team of young people to grow and then sell. I will also not let myself be influenced by formations in the choosing of the new coach. The new coach has to convince me that he has balls.”

Napoli finished second under Mazzarri this season but the coach parted ways with the Partenopei and is a favourite to take over at Inter should Andrea Stramaccioni be fired..

Higuain convinced he will join Juventus

The Argentine is on the verge of completing his transfer to the Turin side and will earn an estimated €6 million per year following the move

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By Kilian Caballero

Gonzalo Higuain is convinced that he will leave Real Madrid to join Juventus this summer, Goal can reveal.

The striker, 25, is edging closer to a Santiago Bernabeu exit having agreed a yearly wage of around €6 million with the Serie A giants, who stormed the Scudetto for the second consecutive campaign.

Juve sporting director Giueseppe Marotta has already confirmed that the Bianconeri are chasing the Argentine and now the only missing piece in the transfer, after days of negotiation, is a transfer fee with the Blancos.

Madrid want €25m though Antonio Conte’s side have only gone as high of €20m as of Wednesday, but an agreement is expect to be met in the next few days.

Higuain has made 188 appearances for the Madrid side, scoring 120 goals in the process.

Arsenal yet to make contact over Jovetic switch, claims Fiorentina sporting director

Daniele Prade insists the north London club have not made an approach for the 23-year-old Montenegro striker, before dismissing a possible move to Serie A rivals Juventus

Arsenal have not made contact with Fiorentina regarding a move for Stevan Jovetic, according to the Serie A’s sporting director Daniele Prade.

The 23-year-old striker is a long-term target of Arsene Wenger’s and the Gunners had opened preliminary negotiations a number of weeks ago before intensified their interest recently.

However, Prade has now claimed that Arsenal and Fiorentina are not discussing a possible €23 million move for Jovetic.

“With Arsenal we have not had any contact, it’s a route that does not exist,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The situation for the player will be resolved directly by the president Andrea Della Valle and we will see what happens.

“We would be happy for him to remain in Florence.”

Meanwhile, Fiorentina’s league rivals Juventus have confirmed interest in Jovetic but Prade has again insisted there have been no further developments.

He added: “I have not been authorised to speak to Juventus. If the club owners do not authorise me to do so, then I will continue along this path.”

Adriano extends Barcelona deal

The Brazilian has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Camp Nou until the summer of 2017 with a €90 million buyout clause

Barcelona utility man Adriano has signed a new contract with the Catalan club which will expire in the summer of 2017.

The Brazilian moved to Camp Nou in 2010 for a fee of €9.5 million and has since filled a variety of roles for the Blaugrana, most commonly in defensive positions.

His current contract was due to expire at the end of next season but the 28-year-old has committed his future to the club.

“Barcelona have agreed terms with Adriano to renew the player’s contract for four additional seasons, through June 30 2017,” a statement read.

“The agreement was reached this afternoon in Barcelona after club officals discussed terms of the contract extansion with the player’s representative.”

The contract includes a buyout clause worth a sum of €90m.