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Thursday September 17 2015
Vazquez ‘would like to play CL’

Palermo’s Franco Vazquez reveals that he’d ‘like to play in an Italian Champions League team’.

The Italy international was linked with a move to Juventus in the summer but ended up staying with the Rosanero as his strike partner Paulo Dybala made the move to the Old Lady.

Vazquez told Gazzetta delllo Sport about his strong relationship with Dybala and objectives for the future.

“I’m at Palermo and want to give them everything, it’s not a given that I’m leaving,” said the 26-year-old.

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Wednesday September 9 2015
Juventus made Vazquez bid?

Juventus reportedly bid €17m for Franco Vazquez this summer, before the arrival of Hernanes.

The Bianconeri spent the summer looking for a trequartista, but failed in their pursuits of Schalke’s Julian Draxler and Mario Gotze of Bayern Munich.

Brazilian international Hernanes eventually arrived for an €11m fee on deadline day, but Calciomercato reports that a number of bids for Vazquez were also submitted.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
Zamparini: ‘Vazquez like Baggio’

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini can’t understand why Franco Vazquez doesn’t play for Italy more often, comparing him to Roberto Baggio.

Though he was born in Argentina, the 26-year-old has been capped twice by Azzurri CT Antonio Conte, but remained on the bench for wins over Malta and Bulgaria.

“Vazquez is like Baggio,” Zamparini told Andkronos.

“He provides fantasy, he’s the man for the final ball. I don’t understand why Conte doesn’t play him.

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Friday September 4 2015
Rigoni: 'Azzurri? I'd leap for joy'

Palermo midfielder Luca Rigoni is 'still hopeful' for a spot with the national team, whilst discussing Coach Giuseppe Iachini.

As Milan's Andrea Bertolacci struggled to create a spark in Italy's midfield in the 1-0 win against Malta, the question of who should flank Marco Verratti and Andrea Pirlo is being discussed, and Rigoni's excellent start to the season makes him a possible candidate.

“I came to Sicily at the height of my career, I needed new challenges,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport.

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Wednesday September 2 2015
Verratti and Pirlo against Malta?

It’s reported Italy will use Graziano Pellè, Antonio Candreva, Marco Verratti and Andrea Pirlo against Malta tomorrow.

Antonio Conte performed more experiments during training ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday evening.

According to the latest rumours, New York City FC man Pirlo will become the first ever MLS player to feature for Italy.

He’s expected to start in midfield with Andrea Bertolacci and Paris Saint-Germain star Verratti.

It’ll be a rare occurrence to see both Verratti and Pirlo together.

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Sunday August 23 2015
Iachini: 'Palermo not complete'

Coach Giuseppe Iachini admits Palermo are 'not complete' and discusses the situations of Franco Vazquez, Alberto Gilardino and Andrea Belotti.

The Sicilian side are up against Genoa in their Serie A opener today, at a point in which the team's transfer campaign is not finished.

“We're still not quite complete as a group,” Iachini admitted in his Press conference ahead of the game.

“But ours is a valid squad and we want to give everything we've got tomorrow,” he said.

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Friday August 21 2015
Vazquez makes Juve appeal

Palermo star Franco Vazquez admits he’d “like to join a more prestigious club” amid Juventus interest.

The forward was born in Argentina and plays his international football for Italy.

“I always like to challenge myself and prove what I can really do,” ‘Mudo’ Vazquez told a radio station in Argentina.

“This is why I’d like to join a more prestigious club, a team that is fighting for more important objectives.”

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Thursday August 20 2015
Zamp: ‘Vazquez can go next season’

President Maurizio Zamparini admits Palermo will have to sell Franco Vazquez - but not until next season.

The Italian international was one of the Rosanero’s star performers last season, striking up a formidable understanding with Paulo Dybala.

The Argentine has moved on, joining Juventus for €40m, and despite speculation Vazquez could follow, Zamparini insists he will spend one more season in Sicily.

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Wednesday August 19 2015
'Lazaar and Vazquez untouchable'

Palermo released a statement insisting Franco Vazquez and Achraf Lazaar are not for sale after links with Juventus and Monaco.

There were reports Juve had renewed their interest in Vazquez after giving up on Julian Draxler, while Monaco were expected to spend €10m on Morocco international full-back Lazaar.

On Wednesday evening, the Sicilian club took the unusual step of releasing a statement to address these rumours.

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Tuesday August 18 2015
Mkhitaryan or Vazquez for Juve?

Juventus are ready to give up on Julian Draxler, so focus on Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Palermo’s Franco Vazquez.

According to several sources on Tuesday night, including Sport Mediaset, the Bianconeri are running out of patience with Schalke 04 and their unshakeable €30m asking price for Draxler.

They are turning their attention towards other targets to fill that creative midfielder between the lines role.

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