Del Piero: Don’t pressure Italy
Alessandro Del Piero is encouraged by Italy’s start to the World Cup, but warns against placing expectation on the squad.
‘Al Jazira in for Paulinho, but…’
Aldo Spinelli has confirmed that Livorno are talking with Al Jazira over Paulinho, but also lists Stoke City and ‘a couple of other English clubs’ as interested.
‘Astori open to Inter, but…’
Davide Astori’s agent says the Cagliari man welcomes interest from Inter, but says talks with them, Roma and Milan won’t happen just yet.
Arsenal ‘contact Balotelli agent’
The Daily Mail are encouraged by Mino Raiola’s words and continue to link Milan’s Mario Balotelli to Arsenal.
Prade: No Barca Cuadrado bid
Fiorentina’s Daniele Prade has updated on negotiations to sign Juan Cuadrado outright and denied links with Barcelona.
Roma ponder Criscito move
Roma are reportedly considering making a move for Domenico Criscito, despite a high asking price from Zenit St Petersburg.
De Jong: Happy at Milan
Nigel de Jong has looked to clarify that he is ‘happy at Milan’ and is not intending to leave the club this summer.
Higuain ‘assures Napoli’
As Gonzalo Higuain reportedly assures Napoli in light of continued Barcelona links, Aurelio De Laurentiis and Rafa Benitez reach agreement.
Italy adjust training, diet
Italy have adjusted their training schedule and diet as part of preparations for earlier World Cup kick-offs with Costa Rica and Uruguay.
Castellacci: Buffon a true champion
Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci has praised Gigi Buffon for his positive attitude to his recent injury issue.
€40m for Candreva, €18m for Lulic
La Repubblica report that talks with Juventus have seen Lazio name their prices for Antonio Candreva and Senad Lulic.
M’Vila ‘agrees Inter terms’
Yann M’Vila is reported as having agreed terms with Inter and it is now down to the Nerazzurri to do so with his club Rubin Kazan.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Capello: 'Good Russia reaction'
Russia Coach Fabio Capello looked on the bright side of a 1-1 draw with South Korea. “The reaction was important.”
Capello scrapes Korea draw
Fabio Capello’s Russia scraped a 1-1 draw with South Korea after Igor Akinfeev’s astonishing howler.
M'Vila: 'I am here for Inter'
Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila is in Italy and confirmed he is “here for Inter.”
Herrera: 'Mexico cope with anyone'
Coach Miguel Herrera believes Mexico proved a point by holding Brazil. “We can cope with any team in the world.”
Ochoa: 'Game of a lifetime'
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa admits it was “the performance of a lifetime” to hold out Brazil.
Scolari: 'Brazil respected Mexico'
Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was full of praise for Mexico after they held his side to a goalless draw.
Halilhodzic rues Algeria defeat
Algeria Coach Vahid Halihodzic blamed bad luck, the referee and lack of fitness for their 2-1 defeat to Belgium.
Ochoa locks Brazil out
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa performed stunning saves to earn a 0-0 draw with Brazil, putting both on four points.
Line-ups: Russia-South Korea
Fabio Capello’s Russia begin their World Cup campaign against South Korea tonight.
World Cup over for Coentrao
Portugal defender Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out of the World Cup after being stretchered off against Germany.
Italy changes for Costa Rica?
Italy could make three changes to the side that beat England when facing Costa Rica on Friday and move Matteo Darmian.
Valbuena confirms Fiorentina talks
France talent Mathieu Valbuena’s agent confirms “there are serious talks with Fiorentina” and two Turkish clubs.
Wilmots thanks Belgium subs
Belgium Coach Marc Wilmots admits “substitutes changed the game” after fighting back to beat Algeria 2-1.
Cuadrado 'happy' at Fiorentina stay
Colombia star Juan Guillerme Cuadrado admits he is “very happy” that Fiorentina decided to buy him outright.
CONI want spray and technology
CONI President Giovanni Malagò believes Serie A should adopt vanishing spray and goal-line technology.
Marca: 'Higuain to Barca for €55m'
Marca continue to maintain Barcelona can sign Gonzalo Higuain, but that Napoli’s price-tag is €55m.
DDR: 'No expiry date in sight'
Daniele De Rossi commented on the end-date for his Azzurri career and revealed a hidden social media presence.
De Rossi: 'Healthy fear of Costa Rica'
Daniele De Rossi said Italy should have “a healthy fear” going into their clash with Costa Rica, as he’s familiar with Recife.
Brazil bring Ramires into the attack for injured Hulk as the hosts go head-to-head with Mexico.
De Rossi defines Italy midfield
Daniele De Rossi insisted he is “not irreplaceable” in the Italy squad and described their “complementary” midfield.
Giaccherini on Roma and Italy
Emanuele Giaccherini says he is happy in England but hinted today that he may be open to a move to Roma this summer.
Udinese announce Belmonte signing
Udinese have announced they have signed defender Nicola Belmonte, who was out of contract at previous club Siena.
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