NEWS

Benfica are reportedly pressing hard to pick up Milan midfielder Bryan Cristante this summer, despite an initial offer apparently being rejected.
Lazio have reportedly agreed terms with Udinese over the transfer of full-back Dusan Basta, agreeing to pay a total sum of €6m.
La Repubblica report that Sampdoria are ‘working hard’ to fend off interest from Germany in Shkodran Mustafi.
England’s World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow with youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believed to have suffered knee ligament damage.
Italy will this evening fly out from Rome to Rio de Janeiro to begin their World Cup campaign in earnest.
Gianluigi Buffon has compared Andrea Pirlo’s ‘genius’ to that of Roberto Baggio and made clear Italy’s match with England is ‘not a play-off’.
Juventus’ first-choice recruitment to strengthen at full-back this option is reportedly Torino and Italy’s Matteo Darmian.
Uruguay continued their warm-up to the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Slovenia in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Marco Verratti has insisted that Italy will be ready once the World Cup comes around.
Giorgio Chiellini has apologised for Italy’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg on Wednesday evening.
Mattia De Sciglio has conceded that Italy need to improve in attack if they are to have a good World Cup.
England have drawn their second pre-World Cup friendly being held 2-2 by Ecuador in Miami.
Cesare Prandelli has claimed that he is not reading too much into Italy’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg on Wednesday.
Luigi Di Biagio was pleased with the performance of his Italy Under-21 side this evening.
Mario Balotelli’s agent has insisted that rumours linking him with a move to Galatasaray are ‘a hoax’.
Claudio Marchisio’s early header was cancelled out late on by Maxime Chanot, as Italy could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg.
Torino President Urbano Cairo has claimed that Alessio Cerci is worth as much as Mehdi Benatia.
Luis Muriel’s agent has confirmed the player’s own assertions that Roma and Fiorentina are interested in his services.
Alex and Jeremy Menez are set to sign for Milan from Paris Saint-Germain, but reports indicate that Ignazio Abate could go the other way.
Valencia midfielder Seydou Keita has indicated that he is in ‘advanced talks’ with a few clubs regarding a move.
Udinese have confirmed that Andrea Stramaccioni has been appointed as their new Coach on a two-year deal.
Cesare Prandelli has made eight changes to the side that drew with Republic of Ireland, as Italy prepare to face Luxembourg this evening.
Italy’s Under-21s have beaten Montenegro in today’s friendly encounter at Castel di Sangro.
Torino are hoping to replace Ciro Immobile with Livorno striker Paulinho, it has been reported this evening.
Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted that England have ‘absolutely no chance’ of winning the World Cup.
Palermo boss Giuseppe Iachini has admitted that he would love to have Alessandro Matri for next season.
Rafal Wolski can’t believe that Fiorentina teammate Giuseppe Rossi has been omitted from the Italy World Cup squad.
Sky Sport Italia are reporting that Milan have completed the signing of Alex from Paris Saint-Germain.
Luis Muriel has confirmed that he could well be on his way to Roma or Fiorentina next season.
Andrea Barzagli is still struggling with a fever and will miss Italy’s game with Luxembourg this evening.
It has been announced by the FIGC that goalkeeper Antonio Mirante will remain with the Italy squad as they head to Brazil.
Reports in the Turkish media are that Galatasaray have made an offer of €20m for Milan’s Mario Balotelli.
Milan are reportedly considering making a bid for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic.
Former Italy Coach Marcello Lippi is hoping Mario Balotelli can replicate the form he showed at Euro 2012 in this summer’s World Cup.

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