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Friday September 18 2020
Serie A Week 1 referees

AIA has announced the referees for Serie A Week 1, with Marco Piccinini overseeing Juventus-Sampdoria and Federico La Penna the match official for Milan-Bologna.

The new season is upon us and Serie A has officially announced the referees for the matches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The 36-year-old Piccinini oversees his 22nd Serie A match when Juventus host Sampdoria in their first competitive game with Andrea Pirlo at the helm.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Okaka all set for Fenerbahce

Udinese forward Stefano Okaka is on the verge of a transfer to Turkish side Fenerbahce worth almost €6m.

According to Sportitalia, the player has agreed personal terms on a contract worth €3m per season plus bonuses.

The two clubs are still working out the finer details of the move, but it is believed they will eventually reach an agreement for €6m.

The 31-year-old striker only joined Udinese from Watford in January 2019, initially on loan and then on a permanent transfer.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Official: Verona sign Barak

Udinese midfielder Antonin Barak passed his medical with Hellas Verona, completing the move on loan with obligation to buy.

The 25-year-old Czech Republic international joined Lecce in January on loan, making 16 appearances in which he scored two goals and assisted one.

This will be a permanent transfer, even if the books will only show it as a loan until June 2021.

The option to buy is obligatory, spreading out the cost of the operation over two seasons.

Barak joined Udinese from Slavia Prague in the summer of 2017 for €3m.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Gravina wants to freshen up Serie A

The FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has proposed a new format for Serie A, with ‘three phases and a Final Eight for the Scudetto’.

Gravina insists the interest fades with the current format and admitted he works to change the championship and keep it ‘fascinating every week’.

“I’m working on a three-phase championship, with a Final Eight for the Scudetto,” Gravina told Il Corriere dello Sport.

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Wednesday September 16 2020
FIGC propose transparent masks and social distancing to reopen stadiums

The FIGC presents their proposal to the governments for the reopening of stadiums in Italy, including transparent masks and social distancing of at least 2.25 metres.

La Repubblica reveals the Federcalcio has prepared a document for the Italian government to evaluate, hoping to reopen stadiums by mid-Ocotber.

The report claims the FIGC’s idea is to include an obligation for the public to wear transparent masks, to be recognisable by the police.

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Tuesday September 15 2020
OFFICIAL: Molina joins Udinese

Udinese have officially announced the arrival of Nahuel Molina Lucero on a free transfer from Boca Juniors.

The 22-year-old reached an agreement with the Friuli in January and left Boca Juniors when his contract expired.

The versatile Argentine normally operates at right-back and a right-winger, but can be used on the left when needed.

“Nahuel Molina is Udinese’s third reinforcement in this transfer window,” the club wrote in a statement.

“The Argentine joins the club on a contract until June 30, 2025.”

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Tuesday September 15 2020
Report: Roma in De Paul talks

Roma have reportedly contacted Rodrigo de Paul’s agent, hoping to convince the Udinese playmaker to move to the Olimpico.

Tele Radio Stereo claims the Giallorossi are in talks with De Paul’s representatives, hoping to beat Leeds United to the chase.

The Argentine reportedly rejected a move to Zenit St Petersburg because he wants to stay in Serie A and Roma could offer him an opportunity in the Italian capital.

The report underlines that Leeds remain in pole position, but Roma are prepared to offer him an alternative in Italy.

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Monday September 14 2020
Arsenal free agent for Udinese

Udinese have reportedly agreed personal terms with German midfielder Tolgay Arslan after experiences in Turkey.

The 30-year-old is a free agent after his spells with Besiktas and Fenerbahce.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Fanatik, he has accepted their proposal and is already in Udine for his medical.

His former clubs include Hamburger SV and Aachen.

Arslan made 21 appearances for Fenerbahce last season, scoring two goals with one assist.

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Sunday September 13 2020
Serie A 2020-21 Season Preview

This is not a normal season or transfer window, so this will not be your usual Serie A preview for the 2020-21 campaign.

COVID-19 has transformed the dates for league and European football, even postponing Euro 2020 to June 2021. The Serie A campaign kicks off on September 19, yet the summer transfer window won’t close until October 5, so everything is in a state of constant flux until that deadline has passed.

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Saturday September 12 2020
Report: Zenit in for De Paul

Udinese playmaker Rodrigo de Paul reportedly waits for an offer in Serie A, amid interest from Zenit St Petersburg and Leeds United.

In recent weeks Leeds United have been linked with the Argentine midfielder and Calciomercato.com claims Zenit have approached the Friuli in the last few hours.

The report reveals the midfielder has decided to wait, hoping to receive an offer from the Italian giants.

He has been mentioned as a possible target for Juventus and Napoli, but the Serie A sides must reportedly hurry to keep him in the League.

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