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Leonardo Bonucci’s lawyer explains why he refused a plea bargain in the betting trial. “He hasn’t done anything, so what was he supposed to admit?”
Juventus and Napoli prepare to battle in the Italian Super Cup on Saturday, but meanwhile they tussle on the transfer market for Brazilian starlet Wallace.
Milan’s attempt to take Edin Dzeko on loan has faltered, as Manchester City want only a €31.5m permanent deal, it’s reported.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis mocked Antonio Conte, Juventus, the 'infantile' FIGC and Federico Balzaretti ahead of the Italian Super Cup in Beijing.
Palermo player Nicolas Bertolo could be in big trouble after he was allegedly arrested for driving under the influence and attacking a policeman.
Inter and Manchester United have reportedly lost out on Lucas Moura after PSG leapt to the front of the race.
Genoa were unlucky to lose against Spaniards Levante, while Novara and Reggina tripped up Torino and Catania.
Zdenek Zeman is still not happy even after Mattia Destro and Federico Balzaretti scored on their debuts in Roma’s 13-0 win. “We could’ve done better.”
Massimiliano Allegri already said this would be ‘Year Zero’ for Milan, as “it’s the start of a fascinating challenge. Kaka? He can play in front of the defence!”
The First Round of the Coppa Italia has been played with plenty of surprises, as Albinoleffe, Treviso and Gubbio crashed out, but Vicenza hit six.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly in talks with club President Silvio Berlusconi over the possibility of Gazprom investing in Milan.
Fiorentina could add Corinthians midfielder Ralf and Hoffenheim striker Ryan Babel to their rapidly-growing team this week.
In New York for a friendly against Real Madrid on Wednesday, Adriano Galliani will speak to Real Madrid about bringing Kaka back to Milan with him, but Jose Mourinho could scupper the deal.
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Mattia Destro got a brace and Federico Balzaretti was also on target as Roma demolished Austrian side Irdning 13-0.
Alberto Aquilani, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Borja Valero got their debuts as Fiorentina beat Aris Salonika 2-1 today.
Roberto Mancini insists “it’s pretty unlikely” Edin Dzeko will leave Manchester City, but “I don’t think” Robin Van Persie will join either.
Napoli prodigy Lorenzo Insigne reveals what it’s like to play for your hometown club. “It’s different to playing football in any other town. Football saved me.”
Udinese continue to stutter in pre-season, although they held Schalke 04 to a creditable draw today.
Vice-President Edoardo Garrone admits “Sampdoria fans ask me in the street why Antonio Cassano isn’t coming back, but we have to look ahead.”
With Leonardo Bonucci facing a potential ban of three-and-a-half years, Juventus are targeting Cagliari defender Davide Astori.
Sampdoria have named their shirt numbers for the 2012-13 season, as new buy Maxi Lopez gets the prestigious 10.
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi confirmed talks with Lazio over numerous players, including Andreas Granqvist, Juan Pablo Carrizo and Francelino Matuzalem.
Sebastian Giovinco hopes to get the Number 10 jersey and admits it is “strange” for Juventus to play without Antonio Conte on the bench.
Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester City, United Milan and Inter are locked in a transfer merry-go-round involving Robin Van Persie, Edin Dzeko, Alessandro Matri and Lucas Moura.
Mattia Destro is confident Roma “will certainly have a great season. It’s easier to score goals with Zdenek Zeman.”
Massimiliano Allegri was impressed with Milan’s Boston performance when defeating Deportivo Olimpia. “The game went exactly as it should have.”
Napoli have named their squad for the Italian Super Cup encounter with Juventus in Beijing, including Edinson Cavani.
Adriano Galliani warns “Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement” for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, so Milan are looking elsewhere.
There are reports Douglas Maicon could remain at Inter with a new contract that includes lower wages.
In last night’s friendlies Bologna, Chievo, Parma and Atalanta secured wins, but Cagliari fell to a surprise defeat.
Massimo Carrera was on the Juventus bench for the first time as Antonio Conte faces a potential 15-month ban. “It was our last chance to practice.”
Lazio vented their fury at “unfair” Manchester City for poaching player Vlad Marin. “Roberto Mancini acted dishonestly. That’s no way to behave.”
Juventus have named their 27-man squad for the Italian Super Cup against Napoli in Beijing, including Leonardo Bonucci.
Lazio lost another pre-season friendly, this time 1-0 to Galatasaray, but there were some improvements in the performance.

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