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Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza thanked Antonio Conte for his Italy debut and has “ambition” for a big club.
Serie A is closed for business until 2015, but when it resumes there will be 11 players suspended.
Mattia Perin’s agent feels he’ll stay at Genoa until the end of the season, “unless a club comes with the right offer,” after Liverpool and Juventus interest.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Pepe Reina is cheering on his old Napoli teammates in today’s Super Cup with Juventus.
It’s the Italian Super Cup as Juventus pit Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo against Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and Jonathan de Guzman.
Massimo Moratti can see “a very different harmony” at Inter since Roberto Mancini replaced Walter Mazzarri.
Marcello Lippi said he will only get back into management for an international team “in the Euros.”
Walter Zenga said he “won’t close the door on anyone” after reports he’ll replace Zdenek Zeman at Cagliari.
Norberto Neto’s agent replied to Fiorentina patron Andrea Della Valle’s criticism. “He wants to be 300 per cent sure.”
Lazio can feel proud they rejected offers for Felipe Anderson, said his agent after a brace against Inter.
Sky Sport Italia claim Liverpool are stepping up their interest in Genoa and Italy goalkeeper Mattia Perin.
Genoa have reportedly picked up former Valencia midfielder Tino Costa on an initial 18-month loan from Spartak Moscow.
Amid interest from Roma and Inter, Genoa have reportedly affirmed that they are uninterested in moving on Diego Perotti this January.
With several top performances over the weekend when the top three returned to normality, Dave Taylor selects his best XI in matchday 16.
Max Allegri is expected to run a strongest possible Juventus XI in a 4-3-1-2, whilst Napoli must pick between Marek Hamsik and Jonathan de Guzman.
The Gazzetta dello Sport report that Zdenek Zeman has been sacked by Cagliari and that only confirmation from the club is now due.
Napoli are linked with Aston Villa full-back Aly Cissokho, whose move to Milan famously collapsed because of his teeth.
Torino President Urbano Cairo hinted at interest in Genoa striker Mauricio Pinilla and Cesena’s Gregoire Defrel.
English papers continue to insist Manchester United will offer €38m for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.
Rafa Benitez confirms Napoli received offers for Jose Callejon, but “never took them into consideration.”
Lazio and Juventus are fighting Inter for the signature of Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic.
Antonio Di Natale explains why he committed his career to Udinese, snubbed Napoli and is targeting Roberto Baggio.
Roma are reportedly trying to talk the Ivory Coast and Mali into releasing Gervinho and Seydou Keita for the game with Udinese.
After Fiorentina confessed “it’s not looking good” for Norberto Neto’s contract, the goalkeeper could join Roma or Liverpool next month.
Reports are gaining momentum that Cagliari will sack Zdenek Zeman to bring in Walter Zenga today.
Aurelio De Laurentiis says Napoli are not waiting around for Rafa Benitez. “If he doesn’t like our project, we’ll continue without him.”
Adriano Galliani believes Milan have turned a corner this season. “We used to always lose against the big clubs.”
Roberto Mancini denied Inter want Aaron Lennon from Tottenham, but confirmed Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva “could help us.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Tottenham are open to loaning Vlad Chiriches to Roma in January.
Rafa Benitez has faith Napoli can beat Juventus in today’s Italian Super Cup, but will “evaluate” his contract extension.
As Roberto Mancini admits Alessio Cerci is a target, it’s reported Inter have begun negotiations with Atletico Madrid.
Arturo Vidal would rather Juventus face Napoli without Gonzalo Higuain in the Italian Super Cup today. “He’s fantastic.”
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Stefano Pioli insists Lazio did not fall back in the second half, but rather Inter “pushed very hard and Mateo Kovacic’s great goal changed the game.”
Roberto Mancini insisted tactics were not key to Inter’s 2-2 draw with Lazio, but there is “fear” when playing at San Siro.

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