NAPOLI NEWS

Gianluca Vialli is looking forward to “the most evenly-balanced Serie A season of the last 10 years. Juventus weakened and Milan have the strongest defence.”
Luca Toni believes Douglas Costa can inspire Gonzalo Higuain to Capocannoniere status. “He’s one of the four best centre-forwards in the world.”
Lazio President Claudio Lotito confirms “Milan offered €35m for Keita Balde Diao, West Ham €32m and Napoli €30m. Juventus bid €15m – it’s extortion.”
Andrea Barzagli admits Leonardo Bonucci was “very important” for Juventus, but not like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
After 83 days without calcio, Serie A gets back underway tomorrow for the 2017-18 season.
Alessandro Del Piero asks people to “trust” him when he says Juventus remain favourites for the Scudetto.
Ahead of this weekend’s Serie A kick-off, Football Italia looks at the crucial fixtures for the top sides, and it’s a big season for Milan.
Leonardo Pavoletti has been left out of Napoli’s squad due to “sudden family problems”, but reported Newcastle United target Rafael is in.
Marco Borriello is heading towards Spal, so Cagliari aim to replace him with Napoli outcast Leonardo Pavoletti.
Juventus director Beppe Marotta claims they “made an offer we consider fair to Lazio, so we have withdrawn” their interest in Keita Balde Diao.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent says Juventus never approached his client - “with no clause there’s no discussion to be had with Napoli”.
Ahead of this weekend’s Serie A kick-off, Football Italia looks at the crucial fixtures for each of the top sides, and today it’s the turn of Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli.
The referees have been announced for the first weekend of Serie A, with Paolo Tagliavento taking charge of Inter-Fiorentina.
Leonardo Pavoletti could stay at Napoli until January, as he doesn’t want to join Deportivo Alaves.
Keita Balde Diao is “exasperated” with Lazio and was not told of any Juventus offer, let alone from another club, said his agent. “The club will pay the consequences.”
Lucien Favre explained why Nice changed tactics to take on Napoli and insists a 2-0 first leg defeat “still gives us hope” for the Champions League.
Jorginho reveals Dries Mertens left him the penalty as Napoli beat Nice 2-0 in the Champions League play-off. “I felt confident.”
Raul Albiol was pleased with Napoli’s victory over Nice, as “if we concede fewer goals than last season, we can aim higher in Serie A and Europe.”
Maurizio Sarri felt Napoli “did the best we could at this stage of the season and are lacking sharpness” after beating Nice 2-0.
Dries Mertens warns a 2-0 win over nine-man Nice “isn’t bad, but considering the game, it was too little to show” for Napoli.