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Wednesday June 3 2020
Marchisio: 'Couldn't betray Juve'

Claudio Marchisio joined Zenit St Petersburg because ‘I couldn’t betray Juventus’ and expects Serie A to get off to a better restart than the Bundesliga.

Marchisio signed for Zenit in September 2018 but retired from football a year later, having made just 15 appearances during his time in Russia.

When asked on Instagram why he did not move to another Serie A club, he admitted his ties to Juve were too strong.

“I couldn’t stay in Serie A, I couldn’t betray Juventus. That was the main reason,” he explained.

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Wednesday June 3 2020
Napoli look for Milik's successor

Napoli have, according to Il Mattino, stepped up their search for Arkadiusz Milik’s successor at the San Paolo, with two players in mind.

The Poland international’s future in Naples is uncertain, as his current deal expires in 2021 and the Partenopei could be forced to sell this summer.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis doesn’t want the forward to leave on a free transfer, a possible scenario next summer should the Azzurri keep him but fail to agree new terms with the 26-year-old.

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Sunday May 31 2020
Report: Jovic still Milan priority

Milan could reportedly rival Napoli for Sardar Azmoun this summer, but Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic remains their priority.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have shortlisted Azmoun, who has scored 14 goals in 29 games for Zenit St Petersburg this season and could be available for €25m.

However, it is warned they face competition from Napoli, who have already carried out negotiations for the 25-year-old.

Furthermore, La Gazzetta writes Jovic is still the Rossoneri’s preferred target to reinforce their attack.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Paredes: 'Juve wanted me in 2011'

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes has revealed Juventus tried to sign him nine years ago, but his agent rejected the move.

The Old Lady have been linked with the Argentine in recent months and the 25-year-old, who has played for Chievo, Roma and Empoli in Italy, has claimed he was close to joining Juventus as a teenager.

In an interview with TNT Sport, Paredes said: “In 2011, a Juventus director tried to buy me and told me he wanted me as back-up for [Andrea] Pirlo.

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Tuesday May 26 2020
Azmoun: 'I want new challenge'

Zenit St Petersburg forward Sardar Azmoun was coy on the rumours of a move to Napoli but revealed he ‘wants a new challenge’ after eight years in Russia.

Earlier this month, the Russian side denied that they're not willing ‘to negotiate with Napoli or any other club’, as the Iran international emerged in links with the Partenopei.

Now, the forward, who has scored 14 goals in 29 appearances this term, has revealed he is looking for a new adventure.

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Monday May 25 2020
Spalletti: 'I want to return'

Luciano Spalletti seems set for a return to football and insists he’s ‘ready to get back on the bench’, prepared to free himself from the contract with Inter.

The former Nerazzurri and Roma tactician has been linked with Newcastle in recent weeks and Sky Sport Italia has claimed Spalletti, who was replaced by Antonio Conte at San Siro last summer, has been taking English lessons.

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Wednesday May 13 2020
Zenit: 'Azmoun not joining Napoli'

Zenit St Petersburg are not interested in selling Sardar Azmoun to Napoli, calling speculation ‘a classic example of how agents are only out for themselves’.

It had been reported Napoli were preparing a €15m swoop for Azmoun, signing him as a replacement for Dries Mertens.

However, Zenit CEO Alexander Medvedev told championat.com: “We don't want to negotiate for Azmoun with Napoli or any other club.

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Sunday May 10 2020
Napoli 'move for €15m Azmoun'

Napoli have reportedly made their first moves for Zenit St Petersburg star Sardar Azmoun, who is rated at €15m.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli are ‘focusing’ their attentions on Azmoun - a long-term target - and see him as a possible replacement for Dries Mertens.

As for the Iran forward, the newspaper assures he is open to the switch and ‘feels ready’ to play in Serie A.

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Sunday April 19 2020
Acerbi: 'Doomed to fail at Milan'

Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi has confessed his spell at Milan ‘was over before it even began’ and that he is ‘crazy’ about Nicolo Zaniolo.

Acerbi joined Milan in the summer of 2012, just a week after Thiago Silva departed for Paris Saint-Germain, but he played just 10 times for the Rossoneri, in a stint marked by depression and alcoholism.

“I was already skidding before I joined Milan,” he said on Instagram.

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Saturday April 18 2020
Napoli battle for Azmoun

Napoli face competition from Atletico Madrid and West Ham United for Zenit St Petersburg’s Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun.

The Partenopei have been repeatedly linked with an offer for Azmoun, who is 25 years old and spent practically his entire career in Russia with Rubin Kazan, Rostov and since 2019 Zenit.

According to the Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper, Napoli will engage in a bidding war with Atletico Madrid and West Ham.

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