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Goran Pandev is close to a Serie A return with Genoa after six months with Galatasaray.
Beppe Marotta said Max Allegri “proved the doubters wrong” at Juventus, but admits the Scudetto is “obligatory.”
Milan Channel announced Alessio Cerci will join them in an exchange of loans with Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid.
Fiorentina will ask Chelsea to terminate Marko Marin’s season-long loan spell six months early.
Alessio Cerci is “evaluating the best solution” with Atletico Madrid, but has “not refused or signed for” Inter or Milan.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio wants Serie A reduced to 18 teams by 2016 and backed Antonio Conte’s Italy plans.
Roberto Mancini confirmed Inter “might have to sacrifice some big players to reach other targets” and explained his comeback.
Lassana Diarra’s agent has confirmed Inter represent “a more than interesting opportunity for him.”
Udinese forward Luis Muriel told papers in Colombia that he is “very close to Sampdoria, they are an ideal destination.”
Roma are close to taking Vlad Chiriches from Tottenham on loan with option to buy in January.
Ghanaian and English papers claim Chelsea are prepared to pay £24m for Juventus man Kwadwo Asamoah in January.
While Inter requested Lukas Podolski, it’s reported Arsenal offered them Yaya Sanogo instead.
Croatia international Ivan Strinic confirmed “I am about to become a Napoli player” after his contract with Dnipro expires.
Newell’s Old Boys forward Ezequiel Ponce has reportedly chosen to join Roma next summer rather than Tottenham.
Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti was spotted visiting the Leeds United training ground this week.
Max Allegri dropped hints that Juventus will try to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich. “A trequartista wouldn’t go amiss.”
It’s reported Parma have agreed a deal for Albania international Andi Lila from Pas Giannina.
Sinisa Mihajlovic said he accepted the Sampdoria job because he felt “indebted” to the club and was moved to tears by his squad.
Ex-Inter, Parma and Fiorentina striker Adriano has resumed his playing career in France with Le Havre.
Inter are closing in on Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, who confirmed there is “no interest” from Napoli.
Inter have offered €2m to Arsenal plus a further €6m at the end of the season for Lukas Podolski.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mario Balotelli’s agent offered the Liverpool outcast to Inter, but the fans are in revolt.
Alessio Cerci is holding up the swap deal with Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid as he’d prefer Inter to Milan.
It’s reported Lassana Diarra has passed his medical with Inter and will sign as soon as he extricates himself from Lokomotiv Moscow.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Milan have formally announced that talks are “advanced” to exchange Alessio Cerci with Fernando Torres at Atletico Madrid.
Cagliari have officially appointed Gianfranco Zola as their new Coach after sacking Zdenek Zeman.
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Captain Francesco Totti says that the Scudetto race is still open, provided Roma stop with the ‘blunders’ in the second half of the season.
Fiorentina are apparently looking for suitable offers for ‘keeper Neto, but Roma are not willing to consider Alessandro Florenzi in exchange.
Stephan El Shaarawy admits it's harder to score when in a negative mindset, but affirms that playing for Milan is his dream.
Reports indicate that Inter may already have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Lukas Podolski.
Stephan Lichtsteiner is on the verge of renewing with Juventus, with courtship from Manchester United turned down at least until the summer.
Paul Pogba sees Juventus’ limits as ‘all a matter of mindset’ and says if they can exploit Borussia Dortmund’s weaknesses, ‘something special can happen’.
Veteran Coach Arrigo Sacchi says that Juventus are a better team than Roma, and that the latter will need to do ‘something exceptional’.

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