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Tuesday August 20 2019
Make the right move, Maurito

Napoli are tailor-made for a clinical finisher like Mauro Icardi and all roads lead to the San Paolo, but Giancarlo Rinaldi fears he’ll waste this too.

As a failed former striker of mediocre repute, there are few things I find more frustrating than watching talent go to waste. Most of us - spectators, supporters or scribes - have harboured some dreams of swapping places with the stars who set foot on the fields of Serie A, La Liga or the Premiership. To watch gifts like those given to Mauro Icardi being apparently frittered away has the horrible feeling of seeing your best bottle of Barolo going glug-glug-glugging down the drain.

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Monday August 19 2019
Llorente prefers Napoli, but Icardi...

Multiple sources in Italy claim Fernando Llorente is closer to Napoli than Inter or Manchester United, but it all depends on Mauro Icardi.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker is a free agent and can therefore sign for a new club even after the September 2 deadline.

Both Sportitalia and Sky Sport Italia are confident Llorente is in direct talks with Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti and intrigued by the project at the Stadio San Paolo.

It would be a return to Italy after his time with Napoli’s arch rivals Juventus.

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Monday August 19 2019
Wanda: Icardi not joining Monaco

Mauro Icardi’s agent-wife Wanda Nara has broken her silence to confirm that the Inter striker will not be joining Monaco.

Monaco have reportedly offered to sign Icardi for €65m plus bonuses for Icardi, while putting a €12m salary on the table.

However, Wanda told TyC Sports: “He won’t be going to Monaco.”

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Sunday August 18 2019
Monaco in for Icardi?

Monaco are reportedly new contenders for Mauro Icardi, offering €65m plus bonuses for the Inter striker and a €12m per year salary.

The Argentine is increasingly backed into a corner at San Siro, as the Nerazzurri have frozen him out, he continues to reject Napoli and hold out for Juventus, even though it’s becoming more and more unlikely Juve will be able to go in for him.

According to Rai Sport, there is another intriguing development with an offer from AS Monaco, who have had a disastrous start to their Ligue 1 campaign.

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Sunday August 18 2019
Dybala to meet with PSG?

Paulo Dybala’s representatives will reportedly meet with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, as his Juventus future remains in doubt.

La Joya turned down moves to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, largely due to issues over his image rights and commission to his agent.

He scored a stunning goal in last night’s friendly win at Triestina and sent a message to the club and fans, celebrating by pointing to the name on the back of his jersey and patting the J badge on his chest.

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Sunday August 18 2019
Napoli set Icardi ultimatum

Napoli have reportedly given Mauro Icardi until Wednesday to accept a transfer, but the Inter striker is still waiting for Juventus.

The Partenopei would find it relatively simple to agree terms with Inter at €60m plus bonuses or with Arkadiusz Milik going the other way and around €10m.

The main sticking point, as it has been all summer, is that Icardi is refusing to leave for anyone except Juventus.

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Sunday August 18 2019
Galliani: Wanda victim of 'machismo'

Adriano Galliani claims Wanda Nara is a victim of ‘machismo’ in football, hopes Inter and Milan can reign again and would take Max Allegri over Jose Mourinho.

Wanda has come in for heavy criticism as Icardi’s wife and agent, with many blaming her for the striker’s fall from grace at Inter.

However, Galliani told Corriere della Sera: “The Icardi saga has been amplified by the machismo that governs the world of football.

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Sunday August 18 2019
Mancini makes Serie A predictions

Roberto Mancini feels Juventus are ‘by far’ the best team in Serie A, Inter need ‘a bit of time’ to catch up with Napoli and that Milan can be ‘surprise packages’.

Mancini gave his Serie A predictions to Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday, also passing judgment on Atalanta ahead of their Champions League debut and showing his support to Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic as he continues his battle with cancer.

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Sunday August 18 2019
More Icardi woe for Inter

Mauro Icardi is reportedly still holding out for Juventus as it emerges Wanda Nara is demanding Inter let him train with the first team.

Gazzetta dello Sport bore on its Sunday front page that Napoli were working on a deal to swap Arkadiusz Milik with Icardi.

However, its transfer expert Nicolo Schira has since followed up that the Partenopei are still ‘Plan B’ as Juve remain his desired destination.

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Saturday August 17 2019
Napoli try to convince Icardi

Napoli have offered €60m plus bonuses for Mauro Icardi and could even include Arkadiusz Milik in a swap deal, but the player remains hesitant.

Icardi has rejected all options other than Juventus so far this summer, even after he was frozen out of the Inter squad and told publicly on several occasions that he was not part of their plans.

Now the situation around Icardi has changed considerably over the last few days and that gives Napoli a very big opportunity to convince him.

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