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Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A debut with Juventus can't overshadow long-term goals

Juventus are the unanimous pick from the FC crew to win Serie A, but not everyone is convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be player of the year.
On the eve of Cristiano Ronaldo's debut for Juventus, Mina Rzouki and Gab Marcotti discuss their expectations for him and how he will be deployed.
James Horncastle breaks down what he expects the Juventus XI will look like at Chievo after Max Allegri confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will start.

Juventus is all about Cristiano Ronaldo, at least to the outside world. The arrival of the Portugal international, who will make his debut Saturday against Chievo Verona (noon ET on ESPN+), suggests a keen desire to win every trophy Juve will challenge for this season, and bookies, fans and pundits around the world feel this could be a very special season for the Old Lady, having come so close in recent years.

However, if the Turin giants are to excel, they need all their players to fire from...

Troost-Ekong seals Udinese transfer

Nigerian international defender William Troost-Ekong has sealed a transfer to Serie A club Udinese from Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee, the Italian club confirmed on Friday. 

Speculation heightened around Troost-Ekong on Thursday regarding an imminent departure from the Turkish Super Liga side following the player's farewell message to the club on his Twitter handle, only days after scoring in the season opener against Fenerbahce.

The 24-year-old, who featured in all three group-stage games...

David Ospina joins Napoli on loan from Arsenal with option for permanent move

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has joined Napoli on a season-long loan, with the Serie A side holding an option to buy on a permanent basis next summer.

The Italian club announced Ospina's move on Friday, after Arsenal coach Unai Emery said last week that the Colombia international was free to leave.

While the deal is for a loan initially, Ospina has likely played his final game for the Gunners and Napoli have an option to buy him, reportedly for around €4 million.

Ospina was surplus to requirements...

Torino sign Simone Zaza on loan deal from Valencia

Torino FC have signed striker Simone Zaza from Valencia on a one-year loan with the obligation to make it permanent.

The move is worth €14 million in total.

The Italy international looked close to signing with Sampdoria earlier Friday, but Torino overtook the Genoa club on deadline day to secure the striker until 2023.

Of the deal, the 27-year-old Zaza told the club's website: "I'm very happy and wish to thank president [Urbano] Cairo and Torino because they have allowed me to fulfil my dream...


When does the transfer window close? La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1

ESPN FC's Craig Burley appreciates what Liverpool did in the summer transfer window, but feels Man United were disappointing.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley is "astonished" to see a club as big as Manchester United do so little in the summer transfer window.

The summer transfer window in 2018 is very different to past years. Rather than every major league bringing to an end its transfer business on the same day, Aug. 31, this year there is a staggered finish.

Here, we take a look at the transfer rules which govern each major European league.

In all cases, clubs are still able to sign players as free agents after the deadline, and as long as they are not officially attached to any club on Aug. 31. 

Premier League transfer deadline

The official...