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Saturday October 15 2016
Insigne stands by Gabbiadini

Lorenzo Insigne trusts a home defeat to Roma “cannot be decisive” for Napoli’s season and stands up for Manolo Gabbiadini.

Edin Dzeko’s brace and Mohamed Salah secured a 3-1 result at the Stadio San Paolo, sending the Giallorossi into second place.

“We were unlucky, as Roma were closed up at the back and countered with Salah, but it could’ve ended differently,” Insigne told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Saturday October 15 2016
Another new Napoli

Maurizio Sarri has been trying to lower expectations and Arkadiusz Milik’s injury has certainly done that, writes Susy Campanale.

In an odd sort of way, Maurizio Sarri might see the bright side to Arkadiusz Milik being ruled out for four to six months. Losing their top scorer and heir to Gonzalo Higuain inevitably knocks down the expectations of a Scudetto push, something the Coach has been trying to do since he took charge.

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Thursday October 13 2016
Mertens new Napoli centre-forward?

Maurizio Sarri could be planning a tactical revolution, as Dries Mertens was used as a centre-forward in training ahead of Napoli-Roma.

It’s second against third on Saturday at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Arkadiusz Milik ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament on international duty and is therefore out of action for four to six months.

Manolo Gabbiadini is expected to lead the attack this weekend, but there are other options.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Mertens: 'My Napoli with Insigne'

Dries Mertens hopes he can “play together” with Lorenzo Insigne for Napoli and Arkadiusz Milik’s injury means he may well get that wish.

The Partenopei were shaken last night by Milik’s injury on international duty with Poland, reportedly a partial ACL tear that will require four months on the sidelines.

As Manolo Gabbiadini is not a genuine centre-forward and often struggled in that role, Mertens and Insigne could flank Jose Callejon as a False 9.

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Saturday October 8 2016
Insigne wage row with Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne’s position at Napoli is increasingly tense, as his wage demands are €2m per year off what is being proposed.

The striker is under contract until June 2019 and currently negotiating an extension.

According to multiple reports, the player’s entourage wants €4.5m per year.

That is a huge leap from the current €1.8m per season salary.

More importantly, it is also massive compared to the wages on offer: €2.5m per year.

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Thursday October 6 2016
Saviano: 'Insigne and Zlatan in Gomorrah!'

Roberto Saviano is a big Napoli fan and said he could cast Lorenzo Insigne and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Gomorrah. “They’d be perfect!”

First a book, then film and now an internationally-acclaimed series, Gomorrah covers the organised crime syndicates in Naples, commonly known as the Camorra.

“I really like Maurizio Sarri, as he’s rough, disciplined, almost military. The Coach he reminds me of the most is Zdenek Zeman,” Saviano told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday September 18 2016
Insigne: 'I only ever wanted Napoli'

Lorenzo Insigne is enjoying the new-look Napoli and commits his future to the club. “I love this jersey and these club colours.”

The Partenopei are temporarily top of the table awaiting today’s results after beating Bologna 3-1 last night.

“We give our all in every game and will try to go as far as possible,” Insigne told Rai Sport and Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday September 9 2016
M&M flavour of the month

Napoli needn’t worry after losing Gonzalo Higuain as Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik have already struck up a sweet partnership, explains Livio Caferoglu.

Napoli’s decision to reinvest less than half of the €94m they recouped for Gonzalo Higuain raised eyebrows, given the striker had accounted for almost 50 percent of their goal output in Serie A last season. More so was the profile of player they had targeted in Arkadiusz Milik, a player whose reputation rode on the back of a single campaign and had been criticised for lean spells.

Two games in, however, and the Partenopei may have been right all along. Right in also giving Dries Mertens a long-awaited chance to establish himself as the other M in M&M.

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Sunday September 4 2016
Insigne renewal still distant

Napoli still can't find a deal for the renewal of Lorenzo Insigne, even as everyone else will get new contracts.

The Neapolitan fantasista rose in prestige enormously last year, and he feels entitled to a raise in his €1.1m salary.

Unfortunately talks didn't really work out over the summer, and he is not in a very strong position right now, as his condition of form appears to be lagging behind that of his alternative Dries Mertens.

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Thursday September 1 2016
Ventura should return to roots

With Italy set to play France under a new Coach, Mina Rzouki asks what Giampiero Ventura should keep from Antonio Conte’s era. 

Embarrassed, deflated, beaten, Juventus were shambolic when a certain Antonio Conte came to town. Having finished in seventh place for two seasons in a row, the Old Lady of Turin had lost her glow, the absolute right to dominate and intimidate. Conte may have once been her Captain, a heroic player who fought for every win, but what was the 4-2-4 man going to bring to a side that needed so much bravery and skill to succeed?

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