Balo operation next week?
Milan’s Mario Balotelli will reportedly have an operation next week and could return after the winter break.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Samp set Montella deadline
Sampdoria told Fiorentina they’re prepared to give up on Vincenzo Montella and seek another Coach if the €3m demands aren’t reduced.
Inter eye Denis offer
Inter are linked with a January bid for Atalanta striker German Denis.
Mazzarri 'living in Manchester'
Former Inter Coach Walter Mazzarri “is living in Manchester with an English family and studying Premier League teams.”
Italy test 4-4-2 for Belgium
Italy tested out a 4-4-2 system in training today with Graziano Pellè partnering Eder.
'Inter offer for Serdar Aziz'
“Inter made a formal offer” to Bursaspor for Serdar Aziz, claims the centre-back’s agent.
Samp-Fiorentina summit for Montella
Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero and Fiorentina chief Mario Cognini are in negotiations for Vincenzo Montella tonight.
Destro sprains ankle
Striker Mattia Destro sprained his left ankle during training with Bologna today.
Belgium and Italy mark Heysel
There will be a series of initiatives before and during Belgium v Italy in Brussels to mark the 30th anniversary of Heysel.
Palermo players revolt
Palermo pledged to “punish” Enzo Maresca after he joined a player revolt on social media against Beppe Iachini’s sacking.
Masina joins Italy U-21s
Bologna full-back Adam Masina has been called up by the Italy Under-21 squad for Friday’s qualifier in Serbia.
Ballardini: 'Why I'm back at Palermo'
New Palermo Coach Davide Ballardini explains why he returned to replace Beppe Iachini and work with Maurizio Zamparini again.
Nainggolan: 'Roma forever'
Radja Nainggolan looks forward to facing Italy with Belgium on Friday, but admits he could “stay at Roma forever.”
Montella to cost Samp €3m?
It’s reported Fiorentina would accept €3m to free up Vincenzo Montella for the Sampdoria job.
Zamparini: 'Iachini didn't believe'
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini sacked Beppe Iachini “because he didn’t believe in the players and performances were shameful.”
Donnarumma: 'Buffon my idol'
Milan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma celebrates his Under-21 call. “My dream is to follow Gigi Buffon’s footsteps.”
'Brazil like Jorginho too'
Jorginho was snubbed by Italy Coach Antonio Conte and the Napoli midfielder’s agent warns “Brazil really like him too.”
Inter will play PSG in Doha
Inter announced a prestigious friendly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain in Doha on December 30.
Zenga: 'Samp didn't betray me'
Walter Zenga “does not feel betrayed” by the Sampdoria sack, but notes “I leave the team two points off Juventus.”
Pallotta: ‘Derby Roma’s best match’
Roma President James Pallotta says the Rome Derby win was their ‘best game of the season’ and wants a solution with the Ultras.
Viola: ‘Montella clause respected’
Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle says Sampdoria target Vincenzo Montella’s buyout clause ‘must be respected.’
Luiz Adriano: ‘Butterflies with Milan’
Luiz Adriano says he had ‘butterflies in the stomach to wear Milan’s shirt’ and that their goal is ‘to fight for the title.’
Okaka: ‘Conte ignores prejudice’
Stefano Okaka praises Italy CT Antonio Conte for his return to the national team: “He looks beyond prejudices and gossip.”
Bans for De Maio, Koulibaly
Genoa’s Sebastian De Maio and Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli have been suspended for one match after the weekend matches.
Montolivo: ‘Italy needs men’
Italy ‘need men and not just players’ according to Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo, who backs CT Antonio Conte’s selection.
Montolivo ‘hopes Pirlo is with Italy’
Milan's Riccardo Montolivo says he ‘hopes Andrea Pirlo is part of the Italy team’ after the New York City FC player was snubbed by ntonio Conte.
Mertens out for five weeks?
Napoli winger Dries Mertens has reportedly been injured on international duty with Belgium and could face four to five weeks out.
Official: Samp sack Zenga
Sampdoria have officially sacked Walter Zenga after less than half a year on the bench.
Agent: ‘Niang only wants Milan’
The agent of Milan forward M’Baye Niang says he ‘only wants Milan’ and that he ‘can play with everyone, no exceptions.’
Tare: ‘Tagliavento unapologetic’
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare criticises Rome Derby referee Paolo Tagliavento, but says ‘we can return to the standards of last season’.
Balotelli risks operation
Milan’s on-loan Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly at risk of needing an operation for his groin injury.
Vazquez: ‘Iachini exit an injustice’
Palermo star Franco Vazquez has called the sacking of Coach Giuseppe Iachini an ‘enormous injustice.’
Zamparini: ‘No Iachini chemistry’
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini says he sacked Coach Giuseppe Iachini today because ‘there was no chemistry any more’.
Juve to make Lukaku contact
Juventus will send a representative to speak with Everton about Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.
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