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Saturday June 15 2019
Laxalt and Castillejo for sale

Milan are eager to sell several players they signed last year, including Diego Laxalt and Samu Castillejo, with Newcastle and Valencia interested.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, new directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban are hard at work dismantling the side put together by Leonardo.

Laxalt cost €17m to sign from Genoa a year ago, but managed only 29 competitive appearances, most of them off the bench, contributing one assist.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Official: Torino purchase Aina

As expected, Torino have activated their €10m option to buy wing-back Ola Aina on a permanent basis from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old spent this season on loan in Serie A with 32 Serie A appearances, one goal and three assists.

The Nigeria international impressed under Coach Walter Mazzarri and Toro had confirmed several months ago they intended to activate the €10m option.

“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Ola for his services and we wish him the best of luck for the next stage in his career.”

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NEWS
Monday June 10 2019
Toro confirm Aina deal

Torino President Urbano Cairo has announced that his club have signed full-back Ola Aina from Chelsea on a permanent basis for €10m.

Aina spent last season on loan at Torino, and Cairo confirmed his club had honoured their right to purchase the 22-year-old, despite Chelsea’s apparent counter-option.

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NEWS
Sunday June 9 2019
Torino take Lyanco off the market

Torino are refusing to sell Brazilian defender Lyanco, despite reported interest from Napoli, Roma, SPAL and Genoa.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Coach Walter Mazzarri wants the centre-back to stay with the Granata and considers him off the market.

The 22-year-old is currently with the Brazilian U23 squad, who are competing in the Toulon Tournament in France.

Toro splashed out €7m to sign the defender from Sao Paulo in 2017, and he has made just 10 appearances for the club.

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NEWS
Sunday June 9 2019
Roma 'swap' Cangiano for Petrachi

Roma could end up handing youth team player Gianmarco Cangiano as compensation for poaching Torino director of sport Gianluca Petrachi.

The situation is somewhat awkward, because Petrachi has already started working for Roma, albeit in an unofficial capacity.

He was spotted at the airport returning from a meeting in Madrid with Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca’s representatives.

His contract with Torino runs to June 2020 and he had hoped a simple letter of resignation would suffice, but the Granata want some form of compensation.

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BLOG ITALIA
Saturday June 8 2019
Our Big Fat Greek Victory

This was as close to a perfect Italy performance as we’ve seen for many years and Giancarlo Rinaldi is relishing the Athens triumph.

If a Coach is measured by his ability to get his more surprising decisions right, Roberto Mancini is definitely a man on the up. There were those who thought this first mildly testing away tie might trip up his resuscitation of the Azzurri. They will have to wait until at least another game to puncture the feel-good factor he has begun to inflate Italian chests.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Belotti: 'Playing for Italy a dream'

Andrea Belotti confessed it’s “a dream” to be back in the Italy line-up after he was left out for several months.

Il Gallo had been dropped by Coach Roberto Mancini during a period of poor form, but made an impact in the 3-0 win away to Greece with an assist for Nicolò Barella’s opener.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Roma revamp backroom staff

Roma are reportedly clearing out their backroom staff with Federico Balzaretti dropped in favour of Antonio Cavallo and Gianluca Petrachi.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the revolution behind the scenes continues apace, as Monchi and his co-workers are being replaced.

Petrachi is already working as their new director of sport, even travelling to Madrid for face-to-face negotiations with new Coach Paulo Fonseca, even though he is still technically under contract with Torino.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Probable line-ups: Greece v Italy

Ciro Immobile might not even be on the bench when Italy visit Greece this evening, as Fabio Quagliarella or Andrea Belotti complete the trident attack.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off in Athens at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

This is the toughest test yet of Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri after they swept Finland and Liechtenstein aside.

Greece are second in the group, having beaten Liechtenstein and held Bosnia-Herzegovina to a 2-2 away draw.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Mancini: 'Italy have attacking options'

Roberto Mancini is keeping his options open in attack as Italy visit Greece in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier. “The key will be stopping them getting into their rhythm.”

It kicks off in Athens at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The predicted line-ups remain in the air, as the centre-forward in his 4-3-3 formation could be Andrea Belotti, Fabio Quagliarella or even Federico Bernardeschi as a False 9.

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