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Monday July 29 2019
Verratti agent: 'Pepe price excessive'

Nicolas Pepe is set to join Arsenal for €80m and Marco Verratti’s former agent insists Napoli were right to pull out. “The price is excessive.”

The Lille attacking winger had been in advanced negotiations for a move to Napoli, with his agents flying in by helicopter for talks, but Arsenal offered better personal terms and agreed to pay the large commission for his representatives.

“Pepe plays in a puppet league where the only team is Paris Saint-Germain,” Verratti’s former agent Donato Di Campli told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Monday July 29 2019
Verratti: PSG, sell Neymar if...

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has urged Paris Saint-Germain to sell Neymar if he wants to leave the club.

Speculation is rife that Neymar is looking for a way out of PSG, and he would have even sounded out Juventus as a possible destination if a return to Barcelona proves unattainable.

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NEWS
Saturday July 27 2019
Line-ups: Inter v PSG

Inter start Nicolò Barella, Stefano Sensi and Ivan Perisic in their friendly against Marco Verratti and Kylian Mbappe’s PSG.

The game kicks off in Macau for the International Super Cup at 12.30 UK time (11.30 GMT).

Coach Antonio Conte has again chosen Perisic for a striker’s role alongside youth team player Sebastiano Esposito, as Mauro Icardi has been frozen out and Lautaro Martinez is still away after the Copa America.

Radja Nainggolan is not even on the bench, as he is considering transfer offers.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday June 12 2019
Azzurri adjusted to beat Bosnia

Roberto Mancini is developing a clear Italy identity, but Elio Salerno explains the CT also made key tactical changes to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Italy maintained their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualification as they secured a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group J, but as expected, they were made to work for it.

Following the 3-0 victory in Greece, Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini chose to make three changes to his starting XI for Tuesday night’s game. Gianluca Mancini stepped in at right back while Federico Bernardeschi and Serie A Capocannoniere Fabio Quagliarella were introduced to freshen up the attack.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Verratti: 'Azzurri achieved nothing yet'

Marco Verratti “hasn’t forgotten” his partnership with Lorenzo Insigne, but warns Italy have “achieved nothing” after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder completed the turnaround from an Edin Dzeko opener, as Lorenzo Insigne scored a sensational volley and then set him up for the winner.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Euro 2020: Insigne turns Bosnia around

Lorenzo Insigne scored a stunning volley and set up Marco Verratti’s winner to overturn Edin Dzeko’s opener, as Italy beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.

This was their fourth consecutive victory in qualifying, with 13 goals scored and only one conceded, as they stay three points clear at the top of Euro 2020 Group J.

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Monday June 10 2019
Ancelotti: 'Understand Sarri pain'

Carlo Ancelotti understands why Napoli fans are unhappy at Maurizio Sarri potentially joining Juventus, but “this is a profession.”

It’s widely expected Sarri will announce his departure from Chelsea after just one year and return to Serie A for Napoli’s bitter rivals.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Verratti: 'Jorginho like Thiago Motta'

Marco Verratti said Italy teammate Jorginho “really reminds me of Thiago Motta, the way he plays it simple, but makes the team tick.”

The Azzurri dominated in Athens for last night’s 3-0 victory over Greece, continuing their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

“We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but made the team tick,” PSG midfielder Verratti told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Verratti: 'If Italy played like this...'

Marco Verratti believes if Italy had played with their current approach, they would’ve “without doubt” qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

The Nazionale dominated Greece 3-0 in Athens to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying, winning all three by scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

“It was a good performance, as we defended well, kept possession and I think it was a great victory,” the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told Tuttomercatoweb.

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BLOG ITALIA
Saturday June 8 2019
Our Big Fat Greek Victory

This was as close to a perfect Italy performance as we’ve seen for many years and Giancarlo Rinaldi is relishing the Athens triumph.

If a Coach is measured by his ability to get his more surprising decisions right, Roberto Mancini is definitely a man on the up. There were those who thought this first mildly testing away tie might trip up his resuscitation of the Azzurri. They will have to wait until at least another game to puncture the feel-good factor he has begun to inflate Italian chests.

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