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Monday August 17 2020
Report: Martinez opens for Viola

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez is reportedly open to discuss with Fiorentina, who are hoping to lure the 31-year-old to the Artemio Franchi.

Calciomercato.com claims Franck Ribery will be used to help lure the veteran to Florence, as coach Beppe Iachini has asked for more experience and leadership in the squad.

Martinez’ contract with Die Roten expires in June 2021 and is looking to revive his career after having struggled to convince Hans-Dieter Flick at the Allianz Arena this season.

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Sunday August 16 2020
Bologna expect Hickey choice

Bologna, Celtic, Bayern Munich and Lyon are all waiting for a decision from Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Bologna had presented their proposal months ago, even giving him a guided tour of the training facilities.

However, there is extremely strong competition for the right-back, who turned 18 in June.

He can also play in the centre of defence and as a left-back.

Celtic and Bayern Munich were already in the running, while now Champions League semi-finalists Lyon have stepped forward with an approach.

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Sunday August 16 2020
Bayern, Spurs or Leeds for Perisic

Bayern Munich are negotiating to buy Ivan Perisic from Inter after his loan, but Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United are also interested.

Perisic has been one of the key figures in taking Bayern to the Champions League semi-finals, having found the net against both Chelsea and Barcelona.

He spent this season on loan in Germany at a cost of €5m with an option to buy for a further €20m.

That deadline passed, so now the clubs are negotiating for €10-15m to make it permanent.

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Saturday August 15 2020
Failure is a fine line

The Champions League has again proved itself to be unpredictable and perhaps Juventus can re-evaluate the ‘failure’ tag when compared with Manchester City, writes Susy Campanale.

Maurizio Sarri was much-maligned for saying Juventus directors would be ‘amateurs’ to judge him on one Champions League match, but he was ultimately right. The decision to sack him had already been made, regardless of the result with Lyon. That’s just as well, because the 3-1 victory over Manchester City proved Juve were hardly the only victims of Rudi Garcia’s ruthless side.

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Saturday August 15 2020
Rummenigge: 'Bayern and Inter dream winners'

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says it’d be ‘a dream outcome’ this season for Bayern Munich to win the Champions League and Inter the Europa League.

He is currently the President of Bayern, but spent an intensive period of his playing career at San Siro with the Nerazzurri.

“I saw that Inter are doing very well in the Europa League and deservedly beat Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-final,” Rummenigge told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday August 15 2020
Fiorentina focus on Javi Martinez

Franck Ribery is reportedly trying to convince Javi Martinez to leave Bayern Munich and join him at Fiorentina.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the defensive midfielder is ready to leave Germany after eight years and try a new experience.

He turns 32 next month and is under contract with Bayern until June 2021.

Martinez only managed 24 competitive appearances for the Bundesliga champions so far this season, partly due to a series of muscular injuries.

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Saturday August 15 2020
Inter's Messi dream just got more realistic

With Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, reports of Lionel Messi being ready to move on for a new experience at Inter are flaring up again.

Last night’s Champions League quarter-final exit was ‘rock bottom,’ as Gerard Pique put it, and will prompt radical changes both on and off the field.

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Saturday August 15 2020
Pochettino favourite for Barcelona bench

Mauricio Pochettino, who has also been linked to the Roma job, has reportedly met with Barcelona President Josip Bartomeu to replace Quique Setien.

The change of coach seems inevitable after an historic 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich last night.

According to Catalunya Radio, Pochettino has already been contacted with a view of taking over the Blaugrana bench.

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Friday August 14 2020
Bayern want to keep Perisic

Bayern Munich are preparing to negotiate with Inter to keep Ivan Perisic at the Allianz Arena.

The Croatian winger moved on loan with an option to buy ahead of the season and has impressed in Munich.

Perisic wants to stay with the Bavarians, but the Bundesliga champions are reportedly trying to haggle on the price set last summer.

Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Bayern will meet with Inter after the European Cups this month.

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Sunday August 9 2020
Setien: 'Napoli one of the best in Italy'

Barcelona coach Quique Setien praises Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli as ‘one of the best teams in Italy. They are a really difficult team to steal the ball from.’

Although the Partenopei had more possession and twice as many shots on goal, it was the Blaugrana who emerged 3-1 winners on the night, going through to the Champions League quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate.

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