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Monday May 28 2018
Balotelli the obvious choice

Mario Balotelli returns to the Italy squad after four years out and Richard Hall believes the Azzurri have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Mario Balotelli being invited back in to Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri squad is an obvious choice. Why wouldn’t it be? Before words like ‘Maverick’ and terms like ‘upsetting the balance’ are used, have a look at the situation. Italy are not at the World Cup. They, one of football’s most prestigious nations, have failed miserably to even compete in the World’s biggest football competition.

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Sunday May 27 2018
Dzeko: ‘I was close to Milan’

Roma striker Edin Dzeko admits his dream growing up “was to play for Milan”, and that he came close to joining them in 2009.

The Bosnian has spent the past three seasons in Serie A, winning the Capocannoniere crown in the 2016-17 season, but he could have been in Italy far sooner.

“When I was playing for Željezničar, my dream was to play for Milan,” Dzeko told Face TV.

“After winning the title with Wolfsburg I was very close to Milan, but the Germans didn’t want to let me go.

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Sunday May 27 2018
Argentina can't ignore Icardi

Mauro Icardi was not included in Argentina’s World Cupsquad, but Vilizar Yakimov argues that Jorge Sampaoli was wrong to leave out the Inter captain.

Мauro Icardi has simply been one of the deadliest strikers in Europe throughout the last couple of seasons. 29, 24, 16, 22 - those are the number of Serie A goals that the Argentinian scored in the last four years,and yet he has managed just three appearances for his country during this period.

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Saturday May 26 2018
Coric arrives for Roma medical

Ante Coric has arrived in Italy to undergo his Roma medical and complete the transfer from Dinamo Zagreb for €7m plus bonuses.

The 21-year-old midfielder already has three senior caps to his name and had in the past been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Coric was photographed at Fiumicino Airport in Rome this afternoon on a Croatia Airlines flight from Zagreb, via Split.

He was accompanied by his father and his attorney and will meet with Roma director Monchi this weekend to finalise the transfer.

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Saturday May 26 2018
Man City must raise Jorginho bid

Italian papers claim Manchester City have made a €45m offer for Jorginho, but it’s far below Napoli’s €60m asking price.

The midfielder has long been a target for Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri’s departure makes it more likely he’ll move on this summer.

According to La Repubblica and the Corriere del Mezzogiorno, negotiations promoted a formal offer of €45m from Manchester City.

The player would also earn approximately €4m per year in his contract.

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Thursday May 24 2018
Sarri wants Napoli trio at Chelsea

If Maurizio Sarri takes over at Chelsea, they’ll also go for Raul Albiol, Elseid Hysaj and Piotr Zielinski, all with release clauses at Napoli.

According to Sportitalia, the tactician’s entourage held a seven-hour meeting with Chelsea today, working out the basics of a two-year deal.

This would include paying the €8m release clause in Sarri’s contract, which is still necessary, despite Napoli firing him yesterday to make way for Carlo Ancelotti.

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Thursday May 24 2018
Jorginho agent confirms Man City talks

Jorginho’s agent confirmed “Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk, but we’ll have to see if Carlo Ancelotti wants him or not.”

The midfielder is hot property on the transfer market this summer and has been given a €60m price-tag.

“Ancelotti was a real surprise, but football is dynamic and you turn over a new page quickly,” Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“Today Jorginho is a Napoli player, he has not signed anything with anyone and Napoli have not negotiated a deal with anyone.

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Thursday May 24 2018
Man City in Jorginho talks

Manchester City have reportedly had talks with Napoli for €60m-rated midfielder Jorginho, though if Maurizio Sarri goes to Chelsea, things could change.

The Italo-Brazilian completed more passes than any other player in Serie A this season and is the fulcrum of the Partenopei midfield.

With Sarri exiting and new boss Carlo Ancelotti coming in, it’s reported Jorginho is one of those players who could leave.

According to Sportsmail, Manchester City have had ‘positive’ discussions with Napoli for Jorginho.

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Tuesday May 22 2018
Why did Milan fail FFP parameters?

UEFA rejected the FFP settlement agreement with Milan because of concerns over Yonghong Li’s debt to Elliott Management and a lack of revenue.

“The Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has decided to refer Italian club AC Milan to the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB for breach of the Financial Fair Play regulations, in particular the break-even requirement,” read the statement.

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Monday May 21 2018
Jorginho agent: ‘I’ll meet with Napoli’

Jorginho’s agent calls Pep Guardiola “an excellent Coach” and will meet with Napoli “by May 30”.

The midfielder is wanted by Manchester City, and his representative has previously confirmed he’ll go to the Etihad if the English champions can find a deal with Napoli.

“Jorginho is at an important point in his career, also with the national team because [new CT Roberto] Mancini has faith in him,” Joao Santos admitted on Radio Crc.

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