NEWS

Milan transfer target Maxime Lestienne is on the verge of being bought by investors in Qatar who’d then loan him out.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini slammed his squad after a shock Coppa Italia exit. “We can’t play like this.”
Modibo Diakitè is reportedly ready to terminate his contract with Sunderland and return to Serie A.
Juventus are pushing hard for Lukas Podolski, but Roma could well intercept talks with Arsenal.
Milan and Tottenham target Mattia Destro told Roma fans “we’ll see” when asked if he will stay.
While Milan are linked with Marco van Ginkel, English media claim the Chelsea midfielder is closer to Lazio.
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz trusts the Champions League play-off with Napoli will be “a night to remember.”
The Mehdi Benatia saga drags on, as it’s reported Roma called off a Bayern Munich meeting until the offer is raised.
Juventus will scrap new yellow lettering on the back of their shirts after complaints they were illegible.
Luciano Moggi believes “Milan got the best end of the deal” in selling Mario Balotelli to Liverpool for £16m.
Fiorentina star Juan Guillermo Cuadrado admits “there’s time yet, but I don’t know what my future holds.”
Palermo boss Beppe Iachini “can only apologise” to the fans after a 3-0 Coppa Italia home defeat to Modena.
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Marcello Lippi trusts Antonio Conte can succeed on the Italy bench. “He has my same hunger for victory.”
Adriano Galliani said Mario Balotelli’s exit was “in the interests of the player, of Milan and of Liverpool.”
Benfica are in talks with Palermo for Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez, confirmed his agent.
Avellino have their own Luis Suarez situation after Gianmario Comi bit a Bari player during a Coppa Italia tie.
Napoli are leaning more towards Tottenham midfielder Sandro than Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.
Pippo Inzaghi said Milan will “gain in team spirit and hunger” with Mario Balotelli’s move to Liverpool.
There are reports Roma will sign Kostas Manolas when Mehdi Benatia moves to Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid offered Asier Illarramendi to Napoli, according to Il Mattino newspaper.
Cesena face Casertana in the Coppa Italia tonight and Coach Pierpaolo Bisoli warns “it’ll be like a Serie A match.”
Milan and Roma target Jackson Martinez assured reporters he will “always respect Porto even if 30 offers come in.”
Milan are reported to be in talks with Manchester City for Alvaro Negredo, who could well be loaned out.
It’s reported Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has already given the all-clear to join Juventus.
Milan and Juventus are considering the same targets: Radamel Falcao, Leandro Damiao, Fernando Torres and Fred.
Inter are reportedly lining up a proposal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, but must sell first.
Torino President Urbano Cairo joked about “stingy” Milan and confirmed a new overseas offer for Alessio Cerci.
Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi expects great things from Keisuke Honda. “I always said he was very underrated.”
Lazio debut in the Coppa Italia against Bassano today and Stefano Pioli warns they are “built to qualify for Europe.”
Ezequiel Schelotto’s agent confirmed he’ll complete the loan from Inter to Chievo “by Monday.”
Milan reportedly have a deal for Club Brugge talent Maxime Lestienne, the cheaper alternative to Alessio Cerci.
Copenhagen midfielder Franco Mussis will fly in for his Genoa medical today. “It’s a great opportunity.”
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Palermo are ready to sign Columbus Crew and Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez.

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