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Tuesday July 25 2017
Finding Bernardeschi's place

Juventus one of the hottest talents in Italy, writes Jack Stevens, but where does Federico Bernardeschi fit in?

As the hearts of Florentines worldwide ache with the news of Federico Bernardeschi’s transfer to Juventus, the question for Juventini remains: Where does the 23-year-old fit?

Born and raised in the heart of Tuscany, Bernardeschi’s rise to fame in Viola colours wasn’t straightforward. A fractured ankle in 2014 and a spell at Crotone set the foundations for the player Juventus paid €40m for.

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Friday July 14 2017
Valero: ‘I had to leave Fiorentina’

Borja Valero writes an open letter to Fiorentina fans after his transfer to Inter - “there was nothing I could do”.

The midfielder joined the Nerazzurri earlier this month, having fallen out with Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino, with the Spaniard essentially claiming he was forced out.

“I have a lot of people to thank, and I want to start by thanking my teammates of all these years,” Valero wrote in a letter published in La Repubblica.

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Friday June 30 2017
Borja Valero's goodbye

Borja Valero would be a good signing for Inter, writes Chloe Beresford, but is he being forced out of his beloved Fiorentina?

With the Corriere dello Sport having reported that Borja Valero will finalise his move to Inter next week, fans of the Nerazzurri should be happy that they appear to have acquired a quality player for the centre of their midfield. The Spaniard arrived in Serie A from Villarreal back in 2012, and would bring the exact leadership skills that the Milanese giants have been sorely lacking of late.

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Sunday June 18 2017
Fiorentina: 'Sousa point of no return'

Fiorentina director Carlos Freitas awaits developments from Federico Bernardeschi and Nikola Kalinic, then confirms the moment Paulo Sousa had to leave.

The Viola failed to qualify for Europe and parted company with Coach Sousa when his contract came to an end.

“Fiorentina will be active on the market and we have to build a team suitable for Europe. In the last five years, we’ve been in Europe four times and want to get back there,” director of sport Freitas told the Corriere Fiorentino newspaper.

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Saturday June 10 2017
Capello, Zambrotta, Brocchi at Jiangsu

Fabio Capello is expected to sign as new Coach of Jiangsu Suning and will be joined in China by Gianluca Zambrotta and Cristian Brocchi.

The sister club to Inter had been in negotiations with Paulo Sousa, but failed to agree terms with the ex-Fiorentina boss.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia, among others, Capello has accepted the bench in Jiangsu and will be joined by some very familiar faces.

His staff will include 2006 World Cup winner Zambrotta and former Milan caretaker manager Brocchi.

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Friday June 9 2017
Jiangsu move for Capello?

Inter’s sister club Jiangsu Suning have reportedly switched their attentions to Fabio Capello after failing to agree terms with Paulo Sousa.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, “economic problems” in Jiangsu’s negotiations with Sousa emerged at the 11th hour.

Although talks will resume on Friday, the newspaper claims the Chinese club have wasted no time in opening dialogue with Capello.

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Thursday June 8 2017
Mazzarri no to Jiangsu and Palace

Walter Mazzarri reportedly turned down the Jiangsu Suning job, which is now going to Paulo Sousa, and isn’t impressed with Crystal Palace either.

According to Calciomercato.it, the former Napoli and Inter Coach is looking for a more ambitious position after his one season in the Premier League with Watford.

He was first approached by Chinese club Jiangsu Suning – the sister club to Inter – but turned them down and instead Sousa has flown out for negotiations.

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Wednesday June 7 2017
Sousa lands for Jiangsu job?

Ex-Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa has seemingly landed in China ahead of becoming the new Coach of Inter’s sister club, Jiangsu Suning.

FCInterNews.it is circulating a picture that appears to be of Sousa and Jiangsu officials at Nanjing airport.

The Chinese club, also owned by Suning Group, turned to the Portuguese after they were knocked back by Italy CT Giampiero Ventura.

Sousa has since been replaced at Fiorentina by Stefano Pioli, who will be formally presented on Wednesday.

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Tuesday June 6 2017
Jiangsu Suning want Sousa

Paulo Sousa has been offered the job of Coach by Chinese club Jiangsu Suning after Giampiero Ventura turned it down.

The Portuguese tactician is out of contract after two years at Fiorentina.

He had said this week that he planned to remain in Italy, but the proposal from China might be too tempting.

Jiangsu Suning are owned by the Suning Group, who also run Inter.

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Sunday June 4 2017
Fiorentina prepare for Pioli

Stefano Pioli should be announced as the new Fiorentina Coach within the next 72 hours after terminating his Inter contract.

The former Lazio tactician was only brought in at San Siro at the end of October, but was fired in April.

Still under contract, Pioli has been negotiating a termination by mutual consent, including outstanding wages, so that he can sign for another club.

According to Quotidiano Sportivo, a deal has been reached and he will be free to join Fiorentina next week.

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