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Tuesday April 14 2020
Only in Serie A: Fiorentina touchline brawl

Few can forget the moment when Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi physically attacked his player Adem Ljajic in the dugout, as Livio Caferoglu describes a unique clash.

One of the biggest criticisms of modern-day football is player power, the notion of how footballers seem to get their own way, even it comes at the expense of their coach. Delio Rossi suffered that fate in May 2012, when he was sacked by Fiorentina, but not before assaulting one of his own players in full view of everyone during a match.

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Wednesday May 29 2019
Besiktas buy Ljajic from Torino

Torino have officially sold Adem Ljajic to Besiktas for €6.5m after his loan spell in Turkey.

The 27-year-old Serbia international had made the move on loan last summer for €1.25m with an option to buy at the end of the season.

This evening, Besiktas released a statement confirming they have exercised that option for €6.5m.

He has contributed nine goals and 14 assists in 33 competitive appearances for Besiktas.

Ljajic spent much of his career in Italy with Fiorentina, Roma, Inter and Torino.

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Thursday May 9 2019
Ljajic to make Serie A return?

Besiktas forward Adem Ljajic could reportedly return to Serie A with Bologna this summer.

According to Corriere della Sport, Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic would like to work with Ljajic again.

The Serb has spent the majority of his career in Italy with Fiorentina, Roma, Inter and Torino, only joining Besiktas last summer.

He has put a slow start to his spell in Istanbul behind him, scoring eight goals and providing 10 assists in 29 appearances this season.

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Saturday September 1 2018
Mazzarri: 'Zaza raring to go'

Walter Mazzarri confirms Simone Zaza is “raring to go” for his Torino debut against surprise leaders SPAL.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Granata were beaten only at the last minute by an Edin Dzeko volley for Roma, then fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a point at San Siro against Inter.

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Friday August 31 2018
Zaza takes Torino 11

Simone Zaza has changed his Torino shirt number from 91 to 11 after M’Baye Niang and Adem Ljajic were sold.

Niang went to Rennes on loan with option to buy last night, with Ljajic joining Besiktas this afternoon.

Torino released a statement confirming this had freed up Number 11 and allowed Zaza to take over.

This is possible because neither Zaza nor Niang have yet played in the two Serie A games so far this season.

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Friday August 31 2018
Official: Ljajic joins Besiktas

Besiktas have officially signed forward Adem Ljajic from Torino on loan with a reported obligation to buy.

The deal was confirmed by Besiktas on their official Twitter account, which now bears a header photo of the Serb in the club’s jersey, accompanied by ‘Adem Ljajic, #cometobesiktas’.

Furthermore, ItaSportPress explains ‘more than 500’ fans of the Turkish champions waited for the ex-Fiorentina, Roma and Inter attacker at Istanbul Ataturk airport on Friday.

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Friday August 31 2018
Ljajic set for Besiktas

Torino attacker Adem Ljajic is expected in Istanbul this afternoon to complete a transfer to Besiktas.

ToroNews and Gianluca Di Marzio’s website agree Besiktas are finalising a loan with an obligation to buy for Ljajic, who was spotted at Milan Malpensa airport on Friday morning.

The Serbian appears to have boarded the TK 1878 flight to Istanbul, which is scheduled to land at 12:00 BST.

The former Roma and Inter ace, who turns 27 next month, scored 18 goals and assisted 24 in 65 appearances for Toro.

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Tuesday August 28 2018

Cairo: ‘I’d keep Ljajic but…’

Torino President Urbano Cairo calls Adem Ljajic “one of those players I’d always keep”, but admits the Serbian might want to leave.

The playmaker has been heavily linked with an exit before the end of the transfer window, despite Granata fans insisting he should stay.

“If we were to be deprived of Ljajic it’d only be due to him being unhappy,” Cairo explain on Radio 24.

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Monday August 27 2018
Ljajic considers Besiktas offer

Torino forward Adem Ljajic is in negotiations for a transfer to Besiktas, on loan with option to buy at the end of the season.

The Serbia international is not an integral part of their plans after the arrival of Simone Zaza and Roberto Soriano on transfer deadline day in Italy.

According to Cuore Toro, a proposal has arrived from Besiktas and it is currently only a loan deal with option to buy.

There are other sides interested, including Fenerbahce, and Torino would prefer to sell him outright.

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Sunday August 26 2018
Ljajic and Niang on way out

Torino forward Adem Ljajic is considering offers from Besiktas and Fenerbahce, while his teammate M’Baye Niang prefers France.

The Granata signed Simone Zaza and Roberto Soriano on transfer deadline day, so are eager to whittle down the squad while other countries still have their markets open.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Ljajic is leaning towards Turkey with proposals on the table from both Besiktas and Fenerbahce.

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