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Tuesday August 20 2019
Make the right move, Maurito

Napoli are tailor-made for a clinical finisher like Mauro Icardi and all roads lead to the San Paolo, but Giancarlo Rinaldi fears he’ll waste this too.

As a failed former striker of mediocre repute, there are few things I find more frustrating than watching talent go to waste. Most of us - spectators, supporters or scribes - have harboured some dreams of swapping places with the stars who set foot on the fields of Serie A, La Liga or the Premiership. To watch gifts like those given to Mauro Icardi being apparently frittered away has the horrible feeling of seeing your best bottle of Barolo going glug-glug-glugging down the drain.

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Monday August 19 2019
Serie A quintet in Argentina squad

German Pezzella, Rodrigo de Paul, Joaquin Correa, Lautaro Martinez and Paulo Dybala are all in the latest Argentina squad.

With Mauro Icardi again absent due to his lack of football for Inter and Lionel Messi serving a three-month international ban, Dybala and Martinez are two of only three recognised forwards called up by CT Lionel Scaloni.

The Albiceleste face Chile on September 4, before taking on Mexico five days later.

Meanwhile, Genoa defender Cristian Romero and Sampdoria midfielder Gonzalo Maroni have been included in the Under-23 squad.

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Tuesday August 13 2019
Ronaldo: 'The difference with Messi...'

Cristiano Ronaldo insists “the difference with Lionel Messi is that I won the Champions League with several clubs and I identify with this tournament.”

The Juventus star spoke to DAZN in a documentary for their ‘The Making Of’ series, with another clip released today.

He discusses his rivalry with Barcelona hero Messi and their constant battle to be considered the greatest of their generation.

“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” said CR7.

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Monday August 12 2019
De Rossi to make Boca debut

Daniele De Rossi is free to make his Boca Juniors debut after being called up for their cup tie with Almagro tomorrow.

De Rossi has yet to turn out for Boca since arriving on a free transfer last month.

However, former Roma midfielder is in their latest squad to face Almagro in the Copa Argentina.

There are also places for former Juventus striker Carlos Tevez and ex-Lazio forward Mauro Zarate.

Nahitan Nandez, on the other hand, is no longer on Los Xeneizes’ books after completing a move to Cagliari.

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Friday August 9 2019
De Rossi visits Maradona

Daniele De Rossi is continuing the Boca Juniors dream in Buenos Aires, as he visited Diego Armando Maradona at the legend’s home.

The Roma icon confessed he first became truly aware of Boca Juniors by watching old clips of Maradona, then deepened his affection for the club.

It was his dream to play at the Bombonera, so when Roma allowed his contract to expire, he accepted a new challenge in Argentina.

Maradona praised De Rossi for this decision and it eventually led to this fascinating meeting at El Pibe de Oro’s home.

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Tuesday August 6 2019
Tottenham unlikely to sign Dybala

Paulo Dybala is very unlikely to join Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United, claim Sky Sport Italia, so if he does leave Juventus, it’ll be for PSG.

Juve have been trying to push La Joya out of the squad this summer, but he is steadfastly refusing to let go of his spot in Turin.

Today Sky Sport Italia reported that Tottenham Hotspur had made a €70m proposal for Dybala, which the Bianconeri accepted.

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Saturday August 3 2019
Juve's Joya short-lived

Paulo Dybala arrived in a blaze of glory and certainly had some highlights, but Elio Salerno feels La Joya never quite delivered on his Juventus promise.

Rewind to June 4, 2015 where a baby-faced Paulo Dybala was in the process of completing his dream move to Italian champions Juventus from mid-table Serie A side Palermo. The transfer fee was sizeable for the then 21-year-old Argentine starlet, €32m payable over four years with potential for a further €8m in bonuses to be included.

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Friday August 2 2019
Newcastle close on Inter's Colidio

Inter youth team striker Facundo Colidio is reportedly on the verge of joining Newcastle United, although Leeds United are also interested.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Colidio is close to the Magpies on loan with option to buy, although Inter would retain a counter-option too.

Leeds remain on the outskirts ready to pounce if there should be any hiccups in negotiations.

Colidio is 19 years old and joined Inter from the Boca Juniors academy in the summer of 2017 for €9.5m.

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Friday August 2 2019
Icardi ready to sue Inter?

It’s open warfare between Mauro Icardi and Inter, as the club warned he won’t play a single minute, the striker only wants Juventus and could sue.

The moment Antonio Conte came in as Coach, it was confirmed Icardi and Radja Nainggolan were on the market and not part of the project.

While Nainggolan is heading towards his old club Cagliari on loan, the Icardi situation remains extremely tense and unpredictable.

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Wednesday July 31 2019
Lautaro: 'Conte wants hard work'

Lautaro Martinez appreciates new Inter Coach Antonio Conte’s approach. “To reach big objectives, you need to train hard.”

The striker has only just started pre-season training after an extended break due to Copa America duty with Argentina.

“I am very happy to be back and made the most of the time off to rest. Now I’m here and ready to face the season in the best possible way,” Lautaro told Inter TV.

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