'Serie A to 18 teams by 2016'
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio wants Serie A reduced to 18 teams by 2016 and backed Antonio Conte’s Italy plans.
Mancini: 'Inter sacrifice top stars'
Roberto Mancini confirmed Inter “might have to sacrifice some big players to reach other targets” and explained his comeback.
Agent: Inter 'opportunity for Diarra'
Lassana Diarra’s agent has confirmed Inter represent “a more than interesting opportunity for him.”
Muriel: 'I am close to Samp'
Udinese forward Luis Muriel told papers in Colombia that he is “very close to Sampdoria, they are an ideal destination.”
Chiriches close to Roma
Roma are close to taking Vlad Chiriches from Tottenham on loan with option to buy in January.
Chelsea 'bid £24m for Asamoah'
Ghanaian and English papers claim Chelsea are prepared to pay £24m for Juventus man Kwadwo Asamoah in January.
Arsenal suggest Sanogo for Inter
While Inter requested Lukas Podolski, it’s reported Arsenal offered them Yaya Sanogo instead.
Strinic: 'I'm going to Napoli'
Croatia international Ivan Strinic confirmed “I am about to become a Napoli player” after his contract with Dnipro expires.
Roma beat Spurs to Ponce
Newell’s Old Boys forward Ezequiel Ponce has reportedly chosen to join Roma next summer rather than Tottenham.
Pavoletti given Leeds tour
Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti was spotted visiting the Leeds United training ground this week.
Allegri requests Shaqiri
Max Allegri dropped hints that Juventus will try to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich. “A trequartista wouldn’t go amiss.”
Parma for Albanian Lila
It’s reported Parma have agreed a deal for Albania international Andi Lila from Pas Giannina.
Mihajlovic: 'Indebted to Sampdoria'
Sinisa Mihajlovic said he accepted the Sampdoria job because he felt “indebted” to the club and was moved to tears by his squad.
Adriano signs for Le Havre
Ex-Inter, Parma and Fiorentina striker Adriano has resumed his playing career in France with Le Havre.
Lucas Leiva close to Inter
Inter are closing in on Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, who confirmed there is “no interest” from Napoli.
Inter ask Arsenal for Podolski
Inter have offered €2m to Arsenal plus a further €6m at the end of the season for Lukas Podolski.
Balotelli 'offered to Inter'
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mario Balotelli’s agent offered the Liverpool outcast to Inter, but the fans are in revolt.
Cerci rejects Torres exchange
Alessio Cerci is holding up the swap deal with Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid as he’d prefer Inter to Milan.
Diarra passes Inter medical
It’s reported Lassana Diarra has passed his medical with Inter and will sign as soon as he extricates himself from Lokomotiv Moscow.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Milan confirm Torres-Cerci swap!
Milan have formally announced that talks are “advanced” to exchange Alessio Cerci with Fernando Torres at Atletico Madrid.
Official: Cagliari appoint Zola
Cagliari have officially appointed Gianfranco Zola as their new Coach after sacking Zdenek Zeman.
Merry Christmas from Football Italia
Everyone at Football Italia wishes you a Merry Christmas this year. We will be taking a mini winter break before returning soon.
Totti: ‘Roma fight to the end’
Captain Francesco Totti says that the Scudetto race is still open, provided Roma stop with the ‘blunders’ in the second half of the season.
Roma reject Florenzi-Neto swap
Fiorentina are apparently looking for suitable offers for ‘keeper Neto, but Roma are not willing to consider Alessandro Florenzi in exchange.
El Shaarawy: ‘Serenity to score’
Stephan El Shaarawy admits it's harder to score when in a negative mindset, but affirms that playing for Milan is his dream.
Inter agree Podolski deal?
Reports indicate that Inter may already have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Lukas Podolski.
Lichtsteiner renewal imminent
Stephan Lichtsteiner is on the verge of renewing with Juventus, with courtship from Manchester United turned down at least until the summer.
Pogba: ‘I always want to win’
Paul Pogba sees Juventus’ limits as ‘all a matter of mindset’ and says if they can exploit Borussia Dortmund’s weaknesses, ‘something special can happen’.
Roma ‘completely lacking in defence’
Veteran Coach Arrigo Sacchi says that Juventus are a better team than Roma, and that the latter will need to do ‘something exceptional’.
Mancini: ‘Good chances for Cerci’
Roberto Mancini is optimistic about Atletico Madrid striker Alessio Cerci landing at Inter, and discusses other prospects for the mercato.
Roma eye Aston Villa’s Benteke
With striker Mattia Destro's departure again up for discussion, Roma are reportedly looking at Christian Benteke to replace him.
Torres to fund Destro bid?
Milan may reportedly use the money saved from the departure of Fernando Torres to fund a move for Roma's Mattia Destro.
‘Cerci? Nothing for now, but...’
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani denies that an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for Alessio Cerci, but is enigmatic about the future.
‘Inter can win just like City’
Roberto Mancini says Inter can ‘return to victory’ just as Manchester City did, whilst it would be ‘an honour’ to someday manage Italy.
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