Mauro Icardi's Inter saga could be at an end after Paris Saint-Germain made the headline-grabbing move of transfer deadline day.

Frozen out by Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte, Argentina striker Icardi was facing a bleak few months until PSG came in and managed to complete an initial loan move.

PSG reportedly have an option to buy the 26-year-old for €70million, while the Ligue 1 champions also signed three-times Champions League winner Keylor Navas from Real Madrid in a deal that saw another goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, move in the other direction on loan.

Serie A was a hive of activity on Monday, while plenty of Premier League players took the opportunity to move elsewhere – the window for incomings having closed in England's top flight last month.

Roman holiday for Mkhitaryan as Fiorentina aim for renaissance

Roma completed loan moves for Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Atletico Madrid striker Nikola Kalinic, but there was a youthful edge to Fiorentina's late spree.

Wantaway Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan will now ply his trade at the Stadio Artemio Franchi alongside Algeria winger Rachid Ghezzal – a loan signing from Leicester City.

The Viola also paid Fluminense in the region of €14m for Pedro, another player to replenish Vincenzo Montella's squad after Giovanni Simeone joined Cagliari on loan with an obligation to buy over the weekend.

Simone Verdi has joined Torino in similar fashion, ending an unhappy spell at Napoli – where free transfer Fernando Llorente bolsters Carlo Ancelotti's options at centre forward.

Napoli are joined in the Champions League by Atalanta this season and Simon Kjaer will be on hand to bolster their defence following a loan from Sevilla, although Martin Skrtel's swiftly terminated contract preceded him leaving Bergamo for a one-year deal with Istanbul Basaksehir.

Matteo Darmian was the latest member of Manchester United's defensive surplus to switch to Serie A, the Italy international joining Parma on a four-year deal after Chris Smalling was loaned to Roma. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson made the considerably shorter trip to League One side Tranmere Rovers.

The road from Watford to Udinese is incredibly well travelled and striker Stefano Okaka is back after a loan at the Stadio Friuli last season.

 

Italian flavour to Bundesliga business

AC Milan secured Croatia winger Ante Rebic on a two-year loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, for whom Andre Silva will seek to reignite his career and serve as a suitable replacement for Luka Jovic over the same period.

Bundesliga pacesetters RB Leipzig also have a talented attacker seeking a kickstart after Patrik Schick joined on an initial loan from Roma.

Vincenzo Grifo returned to Freiburg on a four-year deal from Hoffenheim, who also loaned Leonardo Bittencourt to Werder Bremen.

Marius Wolf left Borussia Dortmund for Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan and BVB's rivals Schalke sold Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Rafinha on the move again as Hernandez and Bono conclude Sevilla's transfer frenzy

Had events panned out differently, this might have been the day Barcelona triumphantly welcomed Neymar back to Camp Nou.

As it was, a Brazilian left – Rafinha moving to Celta Vigo on loan after signing a contract extension with his parent club.

Barca have also agreed to sign 16-year-old midfielder Pedri from Las Palmas, who welcome back club stalwart Jonathan Viera on loan from Beijing Guoan for their Segunda promotion push.

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez and Morocco goalkeeper Bono were arrivals 12 and 13 of the window at Sevilla.

Maxime Gonalons was a loanee at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last season and has joined Granada on a temporary basis from Roma.

Almeria were another hive of activity, with Nottingham Forest's Arvin Appiah and Joan Munoz concluding their incomings.

Real Sociedad signed Monaco's Spain Under-17 international Robert Navarro and loaned Kevin Rodriguez to Leganes.

Chelsea duo Baba Rahman and Kenedy were loaned to Real Mallorca and Getafe respectively.

Galatasaray's deadline-day delight

Radamel Falcao followed a rapturous reception following his arrival in Istanbul by signing a three-year contract with Galatasaray, who also secured Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina and Brighton and Hove Albion forward Florin Andone on loan.

Gala's rivals Fenerbahce were not to be outdone entirely as they brought in Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo from Marseille on a four-year deal.

Sporting CP were already buoyed by keeping hold of the highly rated Bruno Fernandes, who will look to supply an attack reinforced by the loan arrivals of Jese from PSG and Yannick Bolasie from Everton.

Royal Antwerp snapped up Steven Defour after the playmaker's release by Burnley and also added Wesley Hoedt on a season-long loan from Southampton.

In Scotland, Celtic signed Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor, Manchester City teenager Jeremie Frimpong and Manchester United youngster Lee O'Connor – all on four-year deals. Rivals Rangers bought Ryan Kent from Liverpool for a fee that could reportedly rise to £7.5m.

Fellow Europa League contestants Qarabag secured former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on loan from Bournemouth.

Marco Giampaolo demanded an attacking improvement from AC Milan after a 1-0 defeat at Udinese in his first Serie A game in charge of the team.

Rodrigo Becao scored on his Serie A debut, with Giampaolo not selecting any of the Rossoneri's new signings in his XI on Sunday.

Giampaolo sent on new faces Ismael Bennacer and Rafael Leao from the bench, but Milan could not break down Igor Tudor's side at the Dacia Arena.

The former Sampdoria coach saw his side fail to record a single shot on target and he was in no doubt why Milan fell to defeat, despite seeking positives from the performance.

"The match speaks for itself and it's not good when AC Milan lose," Giampaolo told Milan TV. "I picked up on many things today, beyond that of just the result.

"The team tried to do what I asked of them, looking to impose themselves and take the game to the opposition. We must work on our offensive play because we struggled in that department.

"It's not just the lads’ responsibility but more a matter of specific characteristics. I must go beyond the result in understanding how we can be at our best. Maybe I asked them certain things but they have different characteristics.

"Up until now, the lads have shown me great willingness. I must now find the best solution according to the characteristics of certain matches."

Milan were denied a penalty when Alessio Romagnoli's header hit Samir on the arm, as no spot-kick was awarded following a VAR check.

"We're annoyed by the result, but my evaluations wouldn't be different if we'd have equalised from the penalty spot," Giampaolo added.

"I must make some serious analysis, looking to understand where the team must improve and what works well. I must be objective. It may be that they award the penalty for an equaliser but this wouldn't lead me to any different evaluations.

"When you lose, it's only right for there to be controversial issues, but we must focus on ourselves - looking to play better football than we did today and without losing sight of being protagonists. We'll only achieve this through hard work."

Rodrigo Becao scored a second-half header as Udinese inflicted a 1-0 Serie A defeat on AC Milan in head coach Marco Giampaolo's first competitive game with the Rossoneri.

Milan started without any of their new signings and looked devoid of attacking ideas for the majority of Sunday's match at Dacia Arena, where they fell to Becao's only goal of the game 72 minutes in.

Giampaolo's visitors failed to register an attempt on target in Udine, and Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma had been the busier of the two goalkeepers before the breakthrough moment in a contest that contained few clear-cut opportunities.

A first league defeat in five matches to Udinese means a losing start for Giampaolo, whose decision to omit each of his side's new signings backfired.

Milan's Alessio Romagnoli flicked the ball wide from a promising position and Udinese's Kevin Lasagna miscued a shot into the stands following a poor clearance from Donnarumma in the only openings of a quiet first half.

The biggest talking point before the interval came in stoppage time as Milan's Samu Castillejo appeared to deflect a cross with his arm, but VAR adjudged that the contact was made outside the box and no penalty was given.

Udinese's Rolando Mandragora fired in the game's first shot on target with 49 minutes played and Seko Fofana was the next to test Donnarumma with a curled strike a couple of minutes later. 

Donnarumma was becoming increasingly busy as he was also required to keep out Mato Jajalo's shot with an hour on the clock, and the pressure eventually told.

A minute after being brought off the bench, Rodrigo De Paul sent in an outswinging corner and Becao guided his header into the bottom-right corner on his Serie A debut.

Milan pressed for an equaliser, and were frustrated when a penalty appeal was rejected. The closest either side came to another goal was when Lasagna's shot was saved.


What does it mean? New signings must be integrated

Giampaolo revealed on the eve of the match he would only start the players available to him throughout the close season and as a result Milan had a familiar feel to them.

With Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic, Leo Duarte and Franck Kessie named on the bench, the visitors looked stale throughout the match and must massively improve if they are to break back into the top four.


Becao the difference

For all the talk of Milan's signings, it was one of Udinese's new boys who made the difference. Signed from Brazilian side Bahia during the close season, centre-back Becao made the most of some slack defending to score the only goal of the game. 


Borini sums up Milan's struggles

Milan fired no shots on target in the first half of a Serie A match for the first time since October 2018. Fabio Borini did little to influence play and was unsurprisingly the first visiting player to be replaced with an hour played. 


What's next?

Milan welcome newly-promoted Brescia to San Siro next Saturday and Udinese host Parma the following day.

Marco Giampaolo has asked for patience as he attempts to implement his vision at AC Milan.

Former Sampdoria boss Giampaolo took charge at San Siro after Gennaro Gattuso agreed to mutually terminate his contract in May.

The 52-year-old's reign starts with a visit to Udinese in Serie A on Sunday and Giampaolo wants to be given adequate time to stamp his authority on the club.

"This is a dream for me and a big opportunity for both myself and these players," he told a media conference.

"I am at an extraordinary club and I have a vision, an idea of where we want to go and the steps to get there. I need time to work with the players and this system, even if there are difficulties.

"Being at Milan is a privilege, something that few get to experience in their lifetime. Milan have millions and millions of fans all over the world and that's all you need to know for what this club represents."

Milan have added Rafael Leao, Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer during the close season but Giampaolo has suggested that the starting XI for Sunday's clash will largely be made up of players from Gattuso's reign.

"The work has been going as planned, although some players arrived later to training than others," he added.

"When the season begins, you have fewer training sessions at your disposal and those who weren't here from the start need more time to catch up. We already worked on the details with the squad throughout the summer, but others are a bit behind.

"We’ll play those who are in the best shape physically and in terms of their collective knowledge of the project. We might be leaving some very strong players on the bench, but right now I don't know what their conditions are.

"Ismael Bennacer wasn't too bad when he arrived and could play as a substitute late on tomorrow, while there will be time to introduce all the others. We need to bring everyone into the project."

Marco Giampaolo is the latest in a string of hopeful appointments by AC Milan in their bid to bring the glory days back to the red side of San Siro, and his tenure begins away to Udinese.

The Rossoneri have not finished in the top four since 2012-13 and have gone through numerous coaches in recent years, with Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Cristian Brocchi, Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso all failing.

Gattuso narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season and stepped down, with Giampaolo coming in as his replacement from Sampdoria.

Although Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paqueta showed promise after their January arrivals last term, Milan have only added Theo Hernandez and Rade Krunic to their squad this close season.

Few will expect a massive improvement considering the limited investment, though a relatively easy-going opening to the season – including games against promoted Brescia and Hellas Verona – might help give them the momentum they need to build up some positivity.

AC Milan's 2019-20 Serie A fixtures in full: 

August 25: Udinese v AC Milan
September 1: AC Milan v Brescia
September 15: Hellas Verona v AC Milan
September 22: AC Milan v Inter
September 25: Torino v AC Milan
September 29: AC Milan v Fiorentina
October 6: Genoa v AC Milan
October 20: AC Milan v Lecce
October 27: Roma v AC Milan
October 30: AC Milan v SPAL
November 3: AC Milan v Lazio
November 10: Juventus v AC Milan
November 24: AC Milan v Napoli
December 1: Parma v AC Milan
December 8: Bologna v AC Milan
December 15: AC Milan v Sassuolo
December 22: Atalanta v AC Milan
January 5: AC Milan v Sampdoria
January 12: Cagliari v AC Milan
January 19: AC Milan v Udinese
January 26: Brescia v AC Milan
February 2: AC Milan v Hellas Verona
February 9: Inter v AC Milan
February 16: AC Milan v Torino
February 23: Fiorentina v AC Milan
March 1: AC Milan v Genoa
March 8: Lecce v AC Milan
March 15: AC Milan v Roma
March 22: SPAL v AC Milan
April 5: Lazio v AC Milan
April 11: AC Milan v Juventus
April 19: Napoli v AC Milan
April 22: AC Milan v Parma
April 26: AC Milan v Bologna
May 3: Sassuolo v AC Milan
May 10: AC Milan v Atalanta
May 17: Sampdoria v AC Milan
May 24: AC Milan v Cagliari

Antonio Conte is back in Italian football and is charged with restoring the glory days to Inter after several years of underachieving.

The former Italy, Juventus and Chelsea coach represents a significant coup for Inter, who ditched Luciano Spalletti at the end of last season.

Inter only just scraped a Champions League spot on the final day of the previous campaign and are now nine years on from their most recent Serie A success.

The squad has been bolstered by some new arrivals, with Nicolo Barella, Stefano Sensi, Valentino Lazaro and Diego Godin among those to join, while Matteo Politano's purchase option was triggered and George Puscas returned from loan in the hope of having a squad role.

Despite the investment – and aside from the potential purchase of Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku – it is clear Conte has plenty of work to do.

They will be desperate to hit the ground running, but their opening seven fixtures offer plenty of challenges. All dates and times could be subject to changes for live broadcast and European commitments.

Inter's 2019-20 Serie A fixtures in full:  

August 25: Inter v Lecce
September 1: Cagliari v Inter
September 15: Inter v Udinese
September 22: Milan v Inter
September 25: Inter v Lazio
September 29: Sampdoria v Inter
October 6: Inter v Juventus
October 20: Sassuolo v Inter
October 27: Inter v Parma
October 30: Brescia v Inter
November 3: Bologna v Inter
November 10: Inter v Hellas Verona
November 24: Torino v Inter
December 1: Inter v SPAL
December 8: Inter v Roma
December 15: Fiorentina v Inter
December 22: Inter v Genoa
January 5: Napoli v Inter
January 12: Inter v Atalanta
January 19: Lecce v Inter
January 26: Inter v Cagliari
February 2: Udinese v Inter
February 9: Inter v Milan
February 16: Lazio v Inter
February 23: Inter v Sampdoria
March 1: Juventus v Inter
March 8: Inter v Sassuolo
March 15: Parma v Inter
March 22: Inter v Brescia
April 5: Inter v Bologna
April 11: Hellas Verona v Inter
April 19: Inter v Torino
April 22: SPAL v Inter
April 26: Roma v Inter
May 3: Inter v Fiorentina
May 10: Genoa v Inter
May 17: Inter v Napoli
May 24: Atalanta v Inter

Juventus will be going for a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title in 2019-20 and new coach Maurizio Sarri can begin plotting after the Old Lady's fixtures for the new campaign were revealed on Monday.

The Bianconeri strolled to league success last term, finishing 11 points clear of Napoli after looking in control at the summit for much of the campaign.

Nevertheless, that was not enough to keep Massimiliano Allegri in the job, as the coach and Juve's hierarchy opted to end their five-year association, with some arguing it was due to another Champions League failure.

Juve brought in Sarri just a year after he left bitter rivals Napoli for Chelsea and they have further strengthened their squad, winning the race for Matthijs de Ligt, while also signing Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral and club great Gianluigi Buffon.

Their fixtures for the new season are now confirmed, although they could be subject to changes for live broadcast and European commitments, and Sarri is set for a Napoli reunion a little sooner than he might have liked.

Juventus' 2019-20 Serie A fixtures in full: 

August 25: Parma v Juventus
September 1: Juventus v Napoli
September 15: Fiorentina v Juventus
September 22: Juventus v Hellas Verona
September 25: Brescia v Juventus
September 29: Juventus v SPAL
October 6: Inter v Juventus
October 20: Juventus v Bologna
October 27: Lecce v Juventus
October 30: Juventus v Genoa
November 3: Torino v Juventus
November 10: Juventus v AC Milan
November 24: Atalanta v Juventus
December 1: Juventus v Sassuolo
December 8: Lazio v Juventus
December 15: Juventus v Udinese
December 22: Sampdoria v Juventus
January 5: Juventus v Cagliari
January 12: Roma v Juventus
January 19: Juventus v Parma
January 26: Napoli v Juventus
February 2: Juventus v Fiorentina
February 9: Hellas Verona v Juventus
February 16: Juventus v Brescia
February 23: SPAL v Juventus
March 1: Juventus v Inter
March 8: Bologna v Juventus
March 15: Juventus v Lecce
March 22: Genoa v Juventus
April 5: Juventus v Torino
April 11: AC Milan v Juventus
April 19: Juventus v Atalanta
April 22: Sassuolo v Juventus
April 26: Juventus v Lazio
May 3: Udinese v Juventus
May 10: Juventus v Sampdoria
May 17: Cagliari v Juventus
May 24: Juventus v Roma

Antonio Conte's Serie A return with Inter will come at home to promoted Lecce, while Juventus' title defence starts with a trip to Parma.

Serie A announced the fixtures for the new campaign on Monday, with the 2019-20 season set to begin on August 25.

It has been an intriguing close season in Italy, with many of the country's top clubs changing coaches.

Conte is now at Inter and former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is back in Serie A with defending champions Juve after leaving Chelsea.

AC Milan swapped Gennaro Gattuso for Marco Giampaolo and Roma are now under the tutelage of Paolo Fonseca.

Sarri's new side begin by travelling to Parma, while Milan go to Udinese and Roma host Genoa on the opening weekend.

Matchday one fixtures in full

Cagliari v Brescia
Fiorentina v Napoli
Hellas Verona v Bologna
Inter v Lecce
Parma v Juventus
Roma v Genoa
Sampdoria v Lazio
SPAL v Atalanta
Torino v Sassuolo
Udinese v AC Milan

Udinese have announced the signing of Cristo Gonzalez from Real Madrid.

Gonzalez, 21, has agreed a five-year deal with the Serie A side, who are reported to have paid €1.5million.

Madrid are said to have included both a buy-back clause and a sell-on fee in the deal for the striker.

Gonzalez scored 21 goals for Real Madrid's reserves last term and hit his first senior goal for the club in a Copa del Rey win at Melilla.

Madrid, meanwhile, are closing in on the signing of midfielder Alberto Soro, according to Real Zaragoza president Christian Lapetra.

Soro will reportedly sign for Madrid in a €2.5m deal that could rise to around €5m, before returning to Zaragoza on loan.

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