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Tuesday February 6 2018
Napoli could regret rigidity

If Juventus pip Napoli to the title, the finger will be pointed at their inability to bring in much-needed cover during the January window, warns Jack Stevens.

The January transfer window provides a fresh opportunity for squads to improve and solidify their season ambitions. Inter, for example, secured the loan of Lisandro Lopez from Benfica after being desperately in need of defensive cover.

Napoli, despite flying high at the top of the table, are in undisputed need of cover for their forward players. Despite this glaringly obvious omission, they failed to sign a single player, and considering the need for them to maintain their momentum, their incompetence in the market could ultimately see the Scudetto slip from their grasp.

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Monday February 5 2018
Conte facing Chelsea sack?

Antonio Conte is in danger of being sacked by Chelsea, reports suggest, after tonight’s 4-1 defeat to Watford.

The former Juventus and Italy boss, who has been linked with a return to the Azzurri, was already under pressure heading into the match, and publicly demanded a vote of confidence.

However, his side were thrashed 4-1 at Vicarage Road this evening, and there is already speculation in the English media that this could be the end of the line for Conte.

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Saturday February 3 2018
Report: Chelsea ready to sack Conte

Antonio Conte could be sacked if Chelsea lose to Watford on Monday, according to the Daily Express, and replaced by Luis Enrique.

The tactician said this week that he was ruling himself out of the running for the Italy job because he has 18 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

However, poor results and an increasingly tense relationship with owner Roman Abramovich could see that deal terminated early.

Despite his protestations, it’s widely believed Conte intends to leave Chelsea at the end of this season regardless.

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Monday January 29 2018
Official: Deulofeu joins Watford on loan

Napoli and Inter target Gerard Deulofeu has joined English Premier League side Watford on loan until the end of the season.

The winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Milan from Everton, before Barcelona activated their buyback clause.

However, the arrival of Philippe Coutinho made him surplus to requirements, and the Spanish international was heavily linked with a return to Serie A.

This evening though the Catalan club have confirmed that their youth product will instead head to England for the remainder of the season.

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Monday January 29 2018
No Serie A return for Deulofeu?

Serie A clubs look set to miss out on Gerard Deulofeu as Watford are reportedly close to signing the former Milan winger.

The likes of Napoli, Roma and Inter had been heavily linked with a midseason swoop for Deulofeu, but Catalan-based RAC1 claims he is ‘approaching’ a move to Watford.

The radio station explains the Barcelona outcast “is one of new boss Javi Gracia’s objectives” at Vicarage Road but stresses an agreement for his transfer has yet to be reached.

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Sunday January 21 2018
Joao Mario against Inter loan proposals

It is reported that Joao Mario has rejected all loan moves put forward to him by Inter.

The Portugal international has been linked with a temporary switch to several clubs during this month’s transfer window – including the likes of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Everton, Watford and West Ham United.

However, FC Inter News claims that the midfielder is not attracted by the idea of a move to any of the aforementioned clubs.

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Friday January 19 2018
Joao Mario hesitates for West Ham

Inter midfielder Joao Mario is still not convinced by the West Ham United move and has asked until Monday to make a decision.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia, the Portugal international still hopes that a bigger club will come in with an offer.

As the 23-year-old already turned down Watford, he is now trying to buy some time before giving an answer to West Ham.

He cost €40m to sign from Sporting CP, but gets very little playing time and has not adapted to Serie A football.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Joao Mario reconsiders West Ham

Inter flop Joao Mario has changed his mind and is now open to joining West Ham United on loan with option to buy.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, the Portugal international has reconsidered his position.

He had originally turned down both Watford and West Ham, as he wanted a bigger club in the Premier League.

It seems as if the situation has now changed and Joao Mario is leaving the door open to the Irons.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Joao Mario rejects West Ham too

Joao Mario is increasingly irritating Inter chiefs by turning down loan moves to first Watford and now West Ham United.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Portugal international has rejected another temporary switch to the Premier League, as he is holding out for a bigger club.

He wants regular playing time to avoid missing out on the 2018 World Cup squad and is very rarely used at Inter, despite costing €40m to sign from Sporting CP in August 2016.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Joao Mario open to West Ham loan

Inter are still desperately trying to get Joao Mario a new club and the latest option is West Ham United.

According to RMC Sport radio, the Portugal international midfielder is in negotiations for a loan switch to the Hammers.

He isn’t exactly enthusiastic about the idea, but certainly more than previous attempts to send him to Premier League strugglers Watford.

Although Joao Mario was in the Portugal squad that won Euro 2016 and cost Inter over €40m to prise from Sporting CP, he has struggled to adapt to Italian football.

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