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Thursday December 16 2010
Report: Milan strike Cassano deal

Adriano Galliani admits interest in Antonio Cassano, as there are reports Milan have already agreed a deal.

Today the tribunal ruled that Sampdoria could not terminate his contract, but the player will be suspended without pay until February 1 2011 and then see out the rest of his contract with halved wages.

The decision was made because the blazing row with President Riccardo Garrone was “a moment of madness” and not part of a wider problem, read the verdict.

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Thursday December 16 2010
Genoa's Boateng blunder

He scores, he assists, he sings Michael Jackson classics in the dressing room. Antonio Labbate on how Genoa must be ruing their decision to let go of Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng

Of all the players Genoa signed during the summer, one has undoubtedly shined brighter than the rest. Unfortunately for the inconsistent port club, Kevin-Prince Boateng is turning out to be a revelation in the Rossoneri stripes of Milan rather than the Rossoblu halved shirt of the Grifone.

Acquired for a fee of around €5m from Portsmouth in the summer, Boateng was wastefully undervalued by the Marassi outfit. Then boss Gian Piero Gasperini seemed indifferent to his arrival and owner Enrico Preziosi declassified Boateng from a footballer to a mere transfer asset.

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Wednesday December 15 2010
Milan derby for Cassano

Both Milan and Inter are preparing to battle it out to sign Sampdoria playmaker Antonio Cassano in the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old Italy international is awaiting the arbitration panel's verdict on his dispute with Sampdoria and expects a decision today.

Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone has asked that Cassano's contract be rescinded after a falling out in late October.

Cassano hasn't played since and his time at the club appears to be over.

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Wednesday December 15 2010
Van Basten sees Ibra likeness

Marco Van Basten admits that 'every now and again' he sees a bit of himself in Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Yesterday Van Basten's former Coach Arrigo Sacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he feels Ibrahimovic is worth just as much to this current Milan side as he was to the club in the late `80s and early `90s.

Ibrahimovic has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances this season, but his willingness to sacrifice himself for the team has been remarkable.

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Wednesday December 15 2010
Pippo will finish career with Milan

Pippo Inzaghi has revealed his intention to end his career with Milan, but in the meantime hopes to be back playing before the end of the season.

The veteran striker suffered a serious knee injury earlier in the campaign, which required surgery and it was initially thought that his season was over.

Interviewed on Kalispera, Inzaghi said: "I hope to return before the end of the season. Jose Mourinho calls me every three or four days to check on my condition.

"I will close my career in red and black."

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Tuesday December 14 2010
Ibra is like Van Basten, says Sacchi

Arrigo Sacchi feels Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn't necessarily better than Marco Van Basten, but adds that he certainly isn't worth any less as a player to Milan.

This morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport has a picture of Ibrahimovic on its front page pulling on a mask of Van Basten, suggesting that they are in fact one and the same.

"I don't believe it's right to judge whether Ibra or Marco is better," Sacchi wrote in his column. "I would be less objective having coached Marco and benefited from his extraordinary ability.

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Tuesday December 14 2010
Agent: 'Ronaldinho likes Brazil move'

Ronaldinho's agent confirms the Milan bench-warmer could leave in January. “Returning to Brazil would allow him to win the two titles he's missing.”

The Rossoneri star is struggling to get a game under Coach Max Allegri and started just one of the last eight official outings.

“Football evolves in such a rapid fashion,” agent and brother Roberto de Assis told Jogo Aberto.

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Tuesday December 14 2010
Ranieri: 'Beat Milan to change season'

Claudio Ranieri feels a victory over leaders Milan on Saturday “would set up a truly interesting campaign” for Roma.

The Giallorossi have fallen off the Scudetto pace in recent weeks, but have high hopes for their last game of 2010.

“A victory would bring us closer to those who are ‘reachable' and set up a truly interesting campaign,” said the Coach.

Milan are on 36 points followed by Juventus, Napoli and Lazio on 30. Roma come next on level terms with Parma on 26 points.

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Tuesday December 14 2010
Galliani slams Europa League exits

Adriano Galliani has blasted Juventus, Sampdoria and Palermo. “Italy will have three Champions League spots and we can thank the Europa League sides.”

Italy has been in a battle with German football for several years over who deserves a fourth qualification place in the top competition.

Serie A's position in the UEFA rankings will drop because Juve, Sampdoria and Palermo are all out of the Europa League in the group phase.

Napoli will find out tomorrow against Steaua Bucharest if they are also crashing out of the tournament.

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Tuesday December 14 2010
Milan's jump in class

James Horncastle explores the reasons why Massimiliano Allegri's Milan look likely to end a six-year wait for the Scudetto

The omens are certainly good for Massimiliano Allegri. In 24 years under Silvio Berlusconi every Italian tactician that he has shrewdly appointed has tasted instant success, winning a piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet back at the club's offices on Via Turati. The likes of Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello and Alberto Zaccheroni all delivered the Scudetto in their first full season at the helm, while Carlo Ancelotti arguably went one better and lifted the Champions League.