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Sunday June 24 2018
Napoli turned down Witsel

Napoli reportedly turned down Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian as part of an exchange deal for Marek Hamsik.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis explained the situation to reporters this week, but kept the names of club and player a secret.

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Sunday June 24 2018
World Cup: England hit Panama for six

England go head-to-head with Belgium for top spot in the group after Harry Kane’s hat-trick in an historic 6-1 demolition of Panama.

Gareth Southgate’s side thanked a Harry Kane brace for their last-gasp win over Tunisia and Ruben Loftus-Cheek stepped in for injured Dele Alli, but Panama used the same XI that lost 3-0 to Belgium.

The Central Americans wasted a golden opportunity on the counter after four minutes with Anibal Godoy’s horrible mis-kick. Instead, John Stones was allowed a free header on a corner to give England the lead.

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Saturday June 23 2018
Mertens feels 'support from Italy'

Napoli star Dries Mertens is enjoying the 2018 World Cup with Belgium and can “feel the support even from Italy.”

The Red Devils have booked their spot in the Round of 16 after beating Panama 3-0 and Tunisia 5-2.

“We are playing well and want to continue like this, as the important thing is that we’ve secured our place in the next round,” Mertens told the Corriere dello Sport.

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Saturday June 23 2018
Napoli in Meunier chase

Napoli, Valencia and Sevilla have contacted Paris Saint-Germain for their Belgium international Thomas Meunier, it’s reported.

Paris United claim that the 26-year-old right-back is hot property on the transfer market.

Although his priority would be to remain at PSG, he expects more playing time after five goals and seven assists in 34 competitive games.

Meunier is impressing in the World Cup for Belgium, who crushed Tunisia 5-2 today to qualify for the Round of 16.

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Saturday June 23 2018
World Cup: Belgium hit fifth gear

It was a hugely entertaining clash in Moscow, where Belgium emerged 5-2 winners over Tunisia with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard’s braces.

The Red Devils were still buzzing from their confident opening victory over Panama, including a spectacular Dries Mertens volley, while Tunisia were unlucky to lose in stoppages to England.

Within five minutes, Eden Hazard was clumsily felled by Syam Ben Youssef right on the penalty area line and the referee pointed to the spot. The Chelsea man converted it himself to give Belgium the earliest of leads.

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Thursday June 21 2018
Lazio in for Boyata?

Lazio are reportedly considering Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata as an alternative to Francesco Acerbi.

The Biancocelesti need a new centre-back, as Stefan de Vrij is joining Inter on a free transfer.

It was expected that Acerbi would be the man to come in, but so far there has been little progress in talks with Sassuolo.

According to Il Messaggero, the Aquile are considering Boyata as a potential alternative, with his contract expiring next summer.

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Monday June 18 2018
World Cup: Mertens magic for Belgium

Napoli star Dries Mertens scored a stunning volley before the Romelu Lukaku brace as Belgium beat Panama 3-0.

The Red Devils started the tournament with great expectations and a squad packed with talent, including Mertens sporting a new blond hairstyle. There were no expectations at all around Panama, whose qualification for their first major competition was a huge shock.

It was a siege from the get-go. Mertens drew an early save, Roman Torres made a decisive tackle on Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard’s strike was parried at the near post.

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Thursday June 14 2018
Mertens refuses image rights

Dries Mertens reportedly refused to sign an image rights deal with Belgium for the World Cup, as Napoli already own the rights.

The Partenopei are famous for insisting that players hand over 100 per cent of their image rights before signing, where most clubs take just half.

According to VTM Nieuws, most of the Diables Rouges squad signed a contract last Friday to allow the Belgian federation to use their image for commercial purposes during the World Cup.

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Wednesday June 13 2018
Dembele meets Serie A trio

Mousa Dembele’s agents are in Italy for meetings with Napoli, Inter and Juventus, although Tottenham Hotspur want him to go to China.

There were reports today in RMC Sport and France Football that Spurs had accepted a massive proposal from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, said to be as much as €60m.

However, the 31-year-old Belgium international isn’t convinced and sent his representatives to speak with Serie A clubs.

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Monday June 11 2018
Juventus join Dembele race

Juventus have joined the race for €30m-rated Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The Belgium international turns 31 next month and has also been linked with Inter and Napoli, among others.

While the Nerazzurri made an initial offer for around €10m, it’s believed Juve will go far closer to the €30m asking price.

Dembele has been in England since 2010-11, first for Fulham and then Tottenham.

His contract is due to expire in June 2019.

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