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Wednesday July 17 2019
Fede, don't be hasty

Federico Chiesa has every top club interested, but Giancarlo Rinaldi assures there are plenty of reasons to stay at Fiorentina for one more season.

In church congregations across Florence, they have been saying the same prayer every Sunday for months. Others have been rubbing the nose of the famous wild boar bronze Il Porcellino in the heart of the city in the hope of good fortune. The more practical have beseeched new owner Rocco Commisso to break the bank in order to fulfil their wish. But the end goal of all this supplication has been the same - to keep Federico Chiesa at Fiorentina for at least another season.

But why should the player commit to the cause?

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Tuesday July 16 2019
De Ligt charmed by new Old Lady

Considering the wealth of offers on the table from the world’s biggest clubs, Elio Salerno explains why Matthijs de Ligt chose Juventus.

Matthijs de Ligt has become a household name over the last 12 months, despite the fact he’ll only turn 20 next month. Since his debut for Ajax in 2016, de Ligt’s rapid rise to the top of European football has been well documented.

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Monday July 15 2019
Forza, Sinisa

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall pays tribute to a Serie A icon after news that Sinisa Mihajlovic is battling leukaemia.

“I respect the illness. I cannot wait to go to hospital and start the fight. I have no doubts I will win this battle.”

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Sunday July 14 2019
Lukaku perfect for Inter

With Inter continuing their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, Vilizar Yakimov sees the Belgian as the perfect fit for both Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez.

The start of Inter’s summer mercato has been nothing short of remarkable. The Nerazzurri made a serious statement with Antonio Conte’s appointment shortly after the 2018-19 season ended and they haven’t taken a step back since then.

Snapping up a defensive lynchpin like Diego Godin on a free transfer surely looks like a bargain, while the arrival of two of Italy’s brightest midfield talents in Stefano Sensi and Nicolò Barella also speak clearly about the conviction of the Nerazzurri project.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Atalanta squatters at San Siro

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall knows allowing Atalanta to play Champions League games at San Siro makes sense, but still feels wrong.

Perhaps it’s the decommissioning of ‘battleship San Siro’ that has triggered such contempt. What could make the news that one of the world’s greatest stadiums, is to be demolished and be rebuilt, worse? Both representatives from Inter’s Curva Nord and Milan’s Curva Sud were up in arms this week as it was announced that Atalanta would play their Champions League games in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. For them, it is certainly salt into a very raw wound, but for Italian Football and Le Dea, it seems an absolute must.

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Friday July 12 2019
Toro charge towards Europe

With Torino unexpectedly given a shot at the Europa League, Jay Cassano evaluates where the squad needs to improve.

Milan's exclusion from European football as a result of their Financial Fair Play settlement means Torino gets to take their place. In truth, missing a season of the Europa League won't have much impact on Milan's fortunes given their strong revenue base while they try to become a Champions League squad once again. But for Torino, it represents a significant upswing in fortunes. This windfall sets the Granata up to continue building on the strong work they've done in recent seasons.

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Thursday July 11 2019
Everybody loves Jordan

Jordan Veretout has become the hot property of the summer transfer window, something Fiorentina fan Giancarlo Rinaldi was really not expecting.

If you asked Fiorentina fans who the most transfer-tempting player in their possession was last season, not many would have put his name top of the list. The majority might have suggested the most obvious - Federico Chiesa - a souped-up Ferrari of a footballer. Others could have pointed you in the direction of their bulldozing defensive 4x4 - Nikola Milenkovic. Few were likely to have taken you towards Jordan Veretout - the reliable but rather unspectacular people-carrier at the back of the showroom.

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Wednesday July 10 2019
Introducing Pau Lopez

Pau Lopez becomes the eighth most expensive ever shot-stopper, so Massimo Nuzzo outlines the strengths and weaknesses of Roma’s new sweeper-keeper.

It’s safe to say the main priority for new Roma director of sport Gianluca Petrachi was finding a goalkeeper to replace the disastrous Robin Olsen. Despite that failed experiment, the Giallorossi have again gone for a foreign shot-stopper with no Serie A experience in Real Betis ‘keeper Pau Lopez.

Not only are many fans not familiar with the 24-year-old, but he also becomes the most expensive goalkeeper ever signed by the club at around €28m and the eighth costliest in football history, on a par with Manuel Neuer.

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Tuesday July 9 2019
Inter hard-line stance is risky

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall appreciates Inter’s new hard-line disciplinary stance, but it could backfire on Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte and Beppe Marotta were united, they were clear and what is more they delivered a message. Hard work and discipline were the most important values in this new regime, winning comes second. For the likes of Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, there was no mincing of words, they were, in no uncertain terms, up for sale. This hard-line approach may seem radical, and it is, especially for Inter. There are reasons behind it, but is it a decision that could come back to haunt them?

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Monday July 8 2019
A different Milan with Theo

New Milan purchase Theo Hernandez brings characteristics suited to Marco Giampaolo’s football, explains Sam Wilson.

The first official summer signing has already been announced at Milan, as they paid €20m to snap up Real Madrid’s Franco-Spanish left-back Theo Hernandez.

Milan’s left-back option has been primarily Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez, who played the majority of the Rossoneri’s games last season. Theo Hernandez and Rodriguez, however, are fundamentally different players.

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