NEWS
Tuesday June 28 2011
Criscito explains Napoli snub

Domenico Criscito has revealed the reasons why he chose to join Zenit rather than hometown club Napoli.

The defender completed his move to Russia yesterday despite the fact that Genoa had previously agreed a deal with the Azzurri.

"It would have been a dream for me to join Napoli," he told Sportitalia. "The San Paolo is one of the few stadiums that excites me.

"However, I didn't like some of the words of President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who said that I must join the club because the Azzurri jersey is a religion.

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Monday June 27 2011
Genoa turn to Mantovani

Genoa will make a move for Andrea Mantovani of Chievo Verona once they sell Domenico Criscito over the summer.

The latter is expected to leave Marassi, with Zenit now favourites to land him after the Rossoblu initially did a deal with Napoli.

Genoa will thus need a replacement for the Italian international and Mantovani is a possible target.

The 26-year-old will be sold this summer if a bid of at least €5m is received for the former Torino player.

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Monday June 27 2011
Zenit announce Criscito swoop

Russian giants Zenit have confirmed their capture of Genoa and Italy left-back Domenico Criscito.

In a note on their official website, Luciano Spalletti's club have netted the player on a five-year deal.

The left-back, who has also played for Juventus in the Italian top flight, will join Zenit on July 8.

It was thought that Criscito would be joining Napoli this summer after the Azzurri did a deal with the Marassi outfit.

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NEWS
Monday June 27 2011
Gasperini to be handed Palacio

The chances of seeing Rodrigo Palacio join Inter have increased after Gian Piero Gasperini took charge at San Siro.

The Argentine was already being linked with a move to the Nerazzurri and Gasperini, who replaced Leonardo as boss on Friday, is unlikely to object to his arrival.

Gasperini coached the South American at Marassi before the tactician was substituted at the helm by Davide Ballardini in the past campaign.

Talks between both clubs are yet to be finalised though after Goran Pandev refused to be involved in the deal.

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Monday June 27 2011
Genoa reveal Criscito fee

Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi has revealed how much Domenico Criscito was sold to Zenit for, while he's made it clear that Rodrigo Palacio can leave too.

Criscito completed his switch to Russia today after the player failed to agree personal terms with Napoli.

"Criscito wanted to join Napoli, he really wanted to, but then there are economical aspects to take into consideration," Preziosi told Radio CRC.

"The boy wanted to leave and we decided to make him happy. We sold him to Zenit for €11m in the end."

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NEWS
Sunday June 26 2011
Criscito 'accepts' Zenit switch

Domenico Criscito has reportedly shaken off his doubts and will complete the move to Zenit St Petersburg.

Genoa had agreed a fee with Napoli worth €12m, but the deal collapsed this week when the player failed to settle on personal terms.

Inter were also suggested as an option, but it seems that Criscito has accepted the move to Zenit.

He is set to sign a four-year contract worth €2m per season.

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NEWS
Saturday June 25 2011
Criscito: Napoli, Zenit or Inter

Domenico Criscito's agent denied the Napoli move collapsed due to money, but reports now push him from Zenit to Gian Piero Gasperini's Inter.

Genoa had agreed a fee with Napoli, but the failure to find a deal on personal terms saw the defender back on the market.

“A professional evaluates every aspect of a club before making a move,” agent Claudio Pasqualin told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Saturday June 25 2011
'Gasp is better than Mourinho'

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi fired Gian Piero Gasperini, but is confident “he'll have a long era at Inter. He's better than Jose Mourinho.”

Gasp spent four and a half years at Marassi before he was sacked midway through this season and has now signed on to replace Leonardo.

“Inter took Gasperini, who is one of the best Coaches in Europe,” Preziosi told Radio Radio.

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Saturday June 25 2011
Official: Milan sign El Shaarawy

It is now finally official: Milan have signed Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa in exchange for Alexander Merkel plus cash.

The move had been known for several weeks, but could not be completed until the 17-year-old had finished his exams.

“AC Milan announce they have bought Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa in a co-ownership deal and have sold to Genoa, again in a co-ownership agreement, Alexander Merkel,” read a statement on the club website.

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Friday June 24 2011
Criscito to Napoli still possible

Domenico Criscito could still complete a transfer from Genoa to Napoli, his representative has underlined.

It seemed as if the move was off after Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis yesterday suggested that the Neapolitan wouldn't sign for his hometown club.

"The President's words surprised me," noted agent Alessandro D'Amico. "The negotiations have certainly not ended.

"Talks are going brilliantly between myself and Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon," he continued.

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