NEWS

Torino are reportedly working on extending Alessio Cerci’s contract and could reach agreement very soon.
Italy’s players will reportedly be given a cooling hand as part of their World Cup preparations, to combat weight loss in the Brazilian heat.
Milan are reported as once more open to offers for Mario Balotelli and suggested as considering a swap proposal involving Radamel Falcao.
Massimo Moratti has admitted that ‘every now and then’ he thinks of a player he’d like to sign for Inter, but that he only offers advice now.
Marcello Lippi says he sees a ‘psychological similarity’ between Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad and his that won the 2006 World Cup.
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Julio Cesar admits “the pressure would’ve been enormous” had Brazil failed to beat Croatia in the World Cup opener.
Cristiano Ronaldo was distraught after limping off with a knee injury, putting the Portugal hero at risk against Germany.
Daniel Osvaldo said he’s “happy not to be involved in this farce” after Brazil’s controversial win over Croatia.
Croatia Coach Niko Kovac was furious with the referee. “If that’s how we start the World Cup, we may as well go home now.”
Neymar bagged a brace – including a controversial penalty – as Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 despite a Marcelo own goal.
Mattia De Sciglio will miss the England game, but remain in Brazil with Italy’s World Cup squad after a muscular injury.
Gianluca Vialli believes Mario Balotelli has “earned his starting spot” for Italy in the World Cup against England.
There are reports Mattia De Sciglio could be ruled out of the World Cup, so Christian Maggio, Manuel Pasqual and others are on alert.
Defender Gary Cahill believes England are “definitely ready for the game” against Italy on Saturday night.
Stefano Pioli is officially the new Coach of Lazio after Edy Reja resigned.
Neymar leads the way as hosts Brazil begin the World Cup against Croatia with Inter's Mateo Kovacic.
There are fears Mattia De Sciglio suffered a calf strain, so Giorgio Chiellini could play left-back against England.
Mattia De Sciglio is in hospital for tests after sustaining a calf injury in training, putting him at risk for Italy-England.
Andrea Barzagli sees “the same hunger” in the current Italy side as in 2006, but admits “we’ve conceded too many goals.”
Andrea Barzagli insists Italy’s ageing team does not fear England youngsters, but gave clues on Daniele De Rossi’s role.
Andrea Barzagli confirmed Italy will “keep the ball on the ground” against England and he respects Wayne Rooney.
It’s reported Inter have agreed terms with Yann M’Vila and are working out the final details with Rubin Kazan.
Adriano Galliani is won over by new Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi, whose “enthusiasm is contagious.”
There are reports the Arena Sao Paulo has lost electricity after a generator fire and is not ready for tonight’s World Cup opener.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini told Inter they’ll need to pay €17m for Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez.
Milan confirm they have turned down a €3m offer from Benfica for Italian-Canadian midfielder Bryan Cristante.
Marco Verratti took part in full training today, suggesting he’ll be fit to start Saturday’s Italy-England clash.
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini is horrified by the state of the pitch in Manaus. “I hope it doesn’t ruin Italy-England.”
Cesc Fabregas has officially joined Chelsea, with bad knock-on effects for Napoli’s Javier Mascherano bid.
Verona striker Luca Toni has confirmed he is staying with the Scaligeri for at least another year.
It is reported that Stefano Pioli is set to sign a two-year deal to become the new Coach of Lazio.
Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual is targeting a place in the Champions League for the Viola next season.
Former England international Paul Scholes wants England to go for the jugular in their World Cup campaign.
It has been announced that Sara Bjorn Kuipers will referee Saturday’s World Cup Group D match between Italy and England.

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