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Sunday December 3 2017
Milan need Andre Silva

Andre Silva can’t get a start despite Nikola Kalinic’s struggles, proving the Portugal star has been misused at Milan, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Another new Milan era begins today with Gennaro Gattuso replacing Vincenzo Montella. Big decisions must be made and one of them is giving Andre Silva more of a role in Serie A.

There’s no doubt Milan haven’t had the start they had hoped for in the 2017-18 campaign after splurging north of €200m on nearly a dozen new names this past summer. Currently, the Rossoneri find themselves in seventh place on 20 points, trailing Roma by 14 for the fourth and final Champions League spot they sought to obtain under new ownership.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Nani: 'Can't wait for Rome Derby'

Luis Nani is enjoying life at Lazio and “already has goosebumps” for the Derby della Capitale with rivals Roma. “The Scudetto is possible.”

The Portugal international was a surprise late signing this summer and, after recovering from injury problems, has already made his mark with the Aquile, scoring one goal and one assist in six appearances.

“We are not in our current position as a fluke, but we need to stay up there and nothing about that will be easy,” Nani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday October 14 2017
Mirabelli denies Petkovic meeting

Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli called reports of a meeting with Switzerland Coach Vladimir Petkovic “science fiction.”

Swiss newspaper Blick claimed that while Mirabelli was in Lisbon to bring Ricardo Rodriguez and Andre Silva back to Milan with a private jet after the World Cup qualifier, he was also there for talks with Petkovic.

“Me in Lisbon for Petkovic? Science fiction,” wrote Mirabelli on Twitter.

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Monday October 9 2017
WC Play-Offs: Italy's likely opponents

Italy are top seeds for the World Cup play-off draw and are likely to face Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece or the Republic of Ireland.

Although the Azzurri were already guaranteed to be one of the eight best runners-up, a 1-0 victory in Albania on Monday evening ensured they are in Pot 1 for the draw on October 17.

As things stand, Italy are top seeds along with Croatia, Denmark and either Portugal or Switzerland.

The second seeds, unless something dramatic happens, are expected to be Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Greece and Northern Ireland.

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Sunday October 8 2017
Barcelona scouting Andre Silva

Barcelona were scouting Milan and Portugal centre-forward Andre Silva for a future transfer bid, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 21-year-old contributed a goal and an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo in last night’s 2-0 World Cup qualifier against Andorra.

Spotted in the stands was Barcelona director Robert Fernandez, sparking speculation.

The Spanish paper claims he was there to view Andre Silva and Sporting CP talent Gelson Martins.

Milan signed Andre Silva from FC Porto over the summer for €38m plus bonuses.

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Saturday October 7 2017
Andre Silva shines for Portugal

Milan striker Andre Silva scored a goal and provided an assist for Portugal today, so now has 11 in 16 senior caps.

The 21-year-old hitman was the star of the show as Portugal earned a 2-0 victory away to Andorra.

The deadlock wasn’t broken until Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench in the second half and met an Andre Silva assist.

Silva then added a second goal himself in the final stages, taking his career total to a hugely impressive 11 goals in 16 senior caps.

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Friday October 6 2017
Italy await play-offs place

Italy are not yet guaranteed a spot in the 2018 World Cup play-offs, let alone the status of seeds in the draw, so could be paired with Portugal or Croatia.

The Azzurri were held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin on Friday evening, as Spain crushed Albania 3-0 to lock down first place in their group.

Only the best eight runners-up make it into the play-offs, which will be played next month over two legs.

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Monday September 4 2017
Milan set international record?

Milan currently have 17 players on international duty for their respective countries, which is reportedly a club record.

According to Calciomercato.com, the feat is a sign of the “quality and international pedigree” that Milan brought in over the summer.

The website believes the international break has allowed some of the Rossoneri’s players to “find goals and confidence”, with Andre Silva and Ricardo Rodriguez both finding the back of the net on Sunday.

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Thursday August 31 2017
Lazio pay €26m for Portuguese pair?

Lazio will reportedly pay as much as €26m for Portuguese teenagers Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao.

According to O Jogo, only “small details” need to be ironed out for the transfers to go through.

Jordao, who turns 19 in October, is a Portugal Under-20 midfielder, who joined Braga from Leiria last summer.

Neto, meanwhile, is a left winger, aged just 17, and represents the Seleccao at U18 level.

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Wednesday August 30 2017
Cancelo has ligament strain

Inter have confirmed Joao Cancelo suffered a strain to his medial collateral ligament, and will be evaluated “week-by-week”.

The full-back only joined the Nerazzurri last week in a loan deal with Valencia, but he picked up a knee injury while on international duty with Portugal.

“Joao Cancelo was this morning subjected to medical and instrumental examinations at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Rozzano after the injury sustained in Portugal training yesterday.

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