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A journalist close to Jose Mourinho says Antonio Conte captained a Juventus team fuelled by EPO, and that the Portuguese has better hair.
The head of the Italian referees’ association, Marcello Nicchi, defends VAR - “out of 900 incidents, five mistakes have been made”.
Inter will reportedly struggle to find a deal for Ramires, as Walter Sabatini was unable to convince Suning Group to invest in January.
Ianis Hagi is set to join the team founded by his father Gheorghe, as Viitorul Costanta confirm they’ll meet Fiorentina’s asking price.
Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli says Gustavo Gomez won’t go to Boca Juniors - “we’ll probably give him to Udinese”.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte warns “I won’t forget” Jose Mourinho’s jibe about his ban for failure to report match fixing.
Cristian Brocchi reveals Gennaro Gattuso used to beat up his Milan teammates for stealing his mobile phone and sending “nonsensical messages”.
Juventus are reportedly interested in Matteo Darmian, but it’s unlikely he’ll leave Manchester United this month.
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is on course to beat Gonzalo Higuain’s 36 Serie A goals in 2015-16.
It’s reported Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam could return for the Atalanta game after the international break.
The Lega Serie A has announced no action will be taken against Cagliari for racist chanting, as the referee and observers didn’t hear it.
Former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi says he still loves the club “even if seeing them play with the wrong formation gives me a stomach ache”.
Benevento President Oreste Vigorito says three players will arrive in January, confirming Sandro is close to signing.
Mauro Icardi’s entourage have categorically denied the Inter striker took a medical with Real Madrid, as has been claimed in Spain.
Simone Verdi’s agent confirms the Bologna forward will decide on his future “as soon as he returns from holiday”, amid talk his club have a deal with Napoli.
On this day 118 years ago, Lazio were founded in the Piazza della Libertà by a group of nine Roman boys.
Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu wants Inter, but the Catalan club want a sale or loan with obligation to buy.
Carlo Ancelotti describes Gennaro Gattuso as “the soul” of his Milan side, as he wishes the Rossoneri Coach a happy birthday.
The French sports minister and the UNESCO director general condemn “in the strongest possible terms” the racism suffered by Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
It’s thought the FIGC is considering Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini for the position of Italy CT.
Today is the 40th birthday of Milan Coach Rino Gattuso, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.
Zenit St Petersburg Coach Roberto Mancini replies “I won’t rule it out” when asked if he could take over as Italy CT.
The Lega Serie A has confirmed the dates for the Coppa Italia semi-finals, with Atalanta-Juventus on January 30 and Milan-Lazio the following day.
It’s reported French youngster Zinedine Machach will be in Italy on Thursday to take his Napoli medical.
Today's front page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
It’s reported Benevento have completed the signing of former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all want Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to reports in England.
Torino were reportedly interested in Fabio Borini, but Milan told them in no uncertain terms that a deal is impossible.
Alexandre Pato says “Milan is my home” and would “think about it” if he got an offer to return to the club.
It’s reported Bologna’s Simone Verdi has accepted a move to Napoli, so he could sign for €24m in the coming days.
Inter flop Gabriel Barbosa has been named as the biggest ‘bidone’ of last year by an Italian website.
The Lega Serie A has announced the fixture changes up to Week 29, with the Derby della Mole an early Sunday kick-off.
Gennaro Gattuso praises Milan’s ability with the ball but “the problem is they don’t play as a team often enough”.
Milan reportedly want to include Boca Juniors’ Gonzalo Maroni in the deal for Gustavo Gomez.
Juventus reportedly sent scouts to watch Porto youngster Diogo Dalot, but he has a €20m release clause.