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Saturday August 17 2019
Juventus turn to Lyon's Dembele

With Mauro Icardi increasingly implausible, Juventus are turning their focus towards Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, claim French reports.

According to Soccerlink, Juve sent scouts to view the forward when Olympique Lyonnais beat SCO Angers 6-0 in Ligue 1 last night.

The 23-year-old is seen as an alternative to Icardi, who Inter have no intention of releasing to their bitter rivals.

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Saturday August 17 2019
Dzeko 'couldn't wait for Icardi'

Edin Dzeko surprised everyone by snubbing Inter and signing a new Roma contract. “He cannot wait for Mauro Icardi’s decision and he is loved here,” said his agent.

The striker’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but the Giallorossi would not sell for under €20m and eventually the Icardi refusal to join Roma or accept Napoli proved pivotal.

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NEWS
Saturday August 17 2019
Napoli throw everything at Icardi

With Edin Dzeko ruling Roma out, Napoli are throwing everything at Inter and Mauro Icardi to secure a deal, including image rights and player calls.

Roma effectively ruined Inter’s plans by signing Dzeko to a contract extension on Friday evening, meaning not only that the Nerazzurri cannot get their preferred target, but also that the options for Icardi are now even more limited.

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NEWS
Friday August 16 2019
Inter looking at Dzeko alternatives

With Edin Dzeko now off the table, Inter are looking to Fernando Llorente, Ante Rebic, Timo Werner, Alexis Sanchez or Arkadiusz Milik.

Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku had been the first names on Antonio Conte’s list, but the Bosnian signed a new contract with Roma to June 2022 this evening.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Nerazzurri have been working in the background on other candidates, just in case they couldn’t get Dzeko.

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NEWS
Friday August 16 2019
Dzeko changes everything on the market

Edin Dzeko’s surprise contract extension with Roma has a big knock-on effect for Inter, Napoli, Juventus, PSG, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

Dzeko had clearly been, along with Romelu Lukaku, the first name on Antonio Conte’s wish-list when he took over at Inter this summer.

His decision to commit himself to the Giallorossi until June 2022 effectively ruins the domino effect of strikers that had been expected to take place.

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NEWS
Friday August 16 2019
Icardi still has Inter hope?

Mauro Icardi is reportedly confident that Inter will bring him back into the fold if they cannot sign Edin Dzeko from Roma.

Antonio Conte has so far refused to give Icardi a second chance after the striker went in self-imposed exile last season following the club’s decision to strip him of the captaincy.

In the meantime, the Nerazzurri have brought in Romelu Lukaku to wear their No 9 shirt and are also working on a deal for Dzeko.

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Friday August 16 2019
Chiellini: Icardi 'fantasy football'

Giorgio Chiellini claims the idea of Mauro Icardi at Juventus is ‘fantasy football’ but assures Paulo Dybala does not need any special treatment. “He’s a big boy.”

Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has long set his sights on Icardi, but Chiellini confessed to having doubts about the arrival of the Inter striker.

“With all due respect to Icardi, the idea of him at Juve is fantasy football,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have some great forwards and we’re only thinking about our group.

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Thursday August 15 2019
Rivals 'form anti-Juve alliance'

Inter, Napoli and Roma have reportedly formed an anti-Juventus alliance to stop the Old Lady from signing Mauro Icardi.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the three sides have put on ‘a united front’ to strengthen their respective attacks and ensure Juve miss out on Icardi. 

The newspaper talks up a three-way striker scramble, which would see the Argentine join Napoli, Arkadiusz Milik head to Roma and Inter snap up Edin Dzeko.

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Wednesday August 14 2019
Paratici: 'Dybala interest and discussions'

Juventus director Fabio Paratici confirmed Paulo Dybala “interest and discussions,” but not that Daniele Rugani and Mario Mandzukic exits were imminent.

Coach Maurizio Sarri made the situation clear in a Press conference when complaining it was “embarrassing” that he had to cut six players from the current group for their Champions League squad.

While Matthijs de Ligt, Merih Demiral, Gianluigi Buffon and Danilo have come in, only Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Spinazzola and Moise Kean have left.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday August 14 2019
Dybala still has much to give Juventus

Juventus need to think twice before letting a talent like Paulo Dybala leave, as Anthony Barbagallo insists La Joya can shine for Maurizio Sarri.

The recent sales of Italian starlet Moise Kean and Portugal international Joao Cancelo suggests that Juve is heading in entirely the wrong direction. Selling young talents and keeping aged players like Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain means there is no future project in the works over at Turin. However, the bigger picture here is that the Bianconeri are slowly losing their identity.

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