NEWS
Thursday May 28 2020
Lokomotiv won't buy Joao Mario

Lokomotiv Moscow have reportedly decided against buying Joao Mario from Inter, but Sporting CP, Olympique Marseille and Real Betis are interested.

According to Sport-Express in Russia, the club has informed Inter it won’t be activating the €18m purchase option after his one-season loan spell.

The 27-year-old was signed from Sporting CP in 2016 for €40m, but never really made an impact at San Siro.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Montella and Eriksson up for Marseille

Vincenzo Montella and Sven-Goran Eriksson are among candidates to take the Olympique Marseille job, suggest newspapers in France.

Director Andoni Zubizarreta officially left this week, with coach Andre Villas-Boas widely expected to follow suit, as the Ligue 1 side completely revamps its leadership.

According to La Marseillaise, President Jacques-Henri Eyraud has already contacted several tacticians who could potentially take over for next season.

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NEWS
Wednesday April 29 2020
Balotelli: 'I could've joined Juventus'

Mario Balotelli confesses he was on the verge of joining Juventus after Manchester City. ‘It would’ve been smarter for me, but I followed my heart to Milan.’

The Brescia striker rarely gives interviews, but sat down with a friend on Instagram Live during the lockdown today.

“Adriano Galliani wanted me at Milan. After Manchester City, I was going to Juve and was ok with that, but then Galliani got in the way and when I heard Milan were involved, I lost it,” Balotelli told Er Faina.

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NEWS
Sunday April 26 2020
Thauvin: 'Not leaving Marseille'

Roma transfer target Florian Thauvin announced he has no intention of leaving Olympique Marseille. “I fought to come back and you think I’d leave straight away?”

The 27-year-old is only under contract until June 2021 and missed practically the entire season due to a series of ankle operations.

However, he spoke about the rumours of Roma interest during an Instagram Livestream chat with Malik Bentalha.

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NEWS
Saturday April 25 2020
Thauvin back on Roma radar?

Olympique Marseille winger Florian Thauvin is reportedly on Roma’s list of desired reinforcements for next season.

Thauvin has scored at least 15 goals in his last three campaigns for Marseille, but he has played just twice in 2019-20 due to a serious ankle injury.

Now, Gazzetta dello Sport claims Roma are hoping to capitalise on that by paying less than €20m for his services.

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Tuesday April 14 2020
Astonishing Milan director allegations

Former Milan director Paolo Taveggia reveals an incredible series of anecdotes, including a row over bribing referees with Real Madrid, spotting another referee partying with Red Star Belgrade directors and accusing Marseille of attempting to poison them.

Taveggia was organisational director from 1986-93, the height of Silvio Berlusconi’s Grande Milan that dominated Italian and European football.

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NEWS
Sunday February 16 2020
Ghoulam snubbed Napoli transfers

Faouzi Ghoulam reportedly turned down January moves to Marseille, Lille and Newcastle United, as he wants to prove himself at Napoli.

The Algeria international has been out of action since October due to injury, but is back in the squad for today’s trip to Cagliari.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the 29-year-old had been put on the transfer market in January by his club.

It’s claimed there were proposals from Olympique Marseille, Lille and Newcastle United, but the left-back was not interested.

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Thursday January 16 2020
Ghoulam to Lille?

Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam could be on his way back to Ligue 1 and agent Jorge Mendes is in ongoing talks with the club about a proposed move to LOSC Lille.

Il Mattino has claimed that the sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has been looking for a club that could take their player off their books, even if it’s only a loan deal for the remainder of the season.

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Monday December 23 2019
Report: Marseille want Ghoulam

Faouzi Ghoulam could leave Napoli in the January transfer window, with Olympique Marseille interested in the left-back, reports La Repubblica.

The Algerian has struggled to regain the form he showed prior to rupturing his ACL against Manchester City in the Champions League two seasons ago.

Ghoulam has been in and out of the starting XI ever since, as he’s tried to make his way back to full fitness.

Now, La Repubblica writes Partenopei boss Rino Gattuso has asked the club for a new left-back to give competition to regular Mario Rui.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
Balotelli opens Brescia era

After 1,228 days, Mario Balotelli will play in Serie A again tonight when Brescia host Juventus, so Emmet Gates wonders what version of the striker we’ll see.

Mario Balotelli is back, again. Three years after his last spell in Serie A with Milan that ended in a solitary goal from 20 games, Italy’s prodigal son has returned. This homecoming is a little different, as he’s returned to where the Balotelli story began, to Brescia.

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