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Tuesday May 3 2016
Serie A Team of Week 36

With both Napoli and Roma winning, the race for second spot looks like going down to the wire as Dave Taylor selects his top XI from Week 36

Francesco Bardi [Frosinone]

Despite conceding three goals, Frosinone may well have lost the game if not for Bardi’s blinding saves, including stopping Mario Balotelli’s penalty. He also tipped a deflected effort over the bar before stopping shots from Balotelli and Juraj Kucka while also finger-tipping Alex’s header to safety. Alert.

Kalidou Koulibaly [Napoli]

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Thursday April 28 2016
Agent: ‘Bayern want Koulibaly’

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent says “major clubs” like Bayern Munich want his client, but Napoli will decide his future.

The defender has been impressive for Maurizio Sarri’s side this season, and Partenopei legend Diego Maradona claimed this week that he’d be playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona if he was white.

“Bayern Munich?” Bruno Satin considered on Radio Crc.

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Wednesday April 27 2016
Napoli ward off Koulibaly suitors

Napoli reportedly want to fight off interest in Kalidou Koulibaly from Spain and England by doubling his salary in a contract renewal.

The 24-year-old has been one of the Partenopei’s standout performers this season and has been a regular for Maurizio Sarri, making 30 appearances in Serie A.

Il Mattino reports today that his form has not gone unnoticed, as Barcelona have made an enquiry and Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United are considering bids.

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Tuesday April 26 2016
Serie A Team of Week 35

After an exciting weekend when Roma scored a last minute goal against Napoli to hand Juventus the title Dave Taylor selects his best X1 from Week 35.

Gianluigi Buffon [Juventus]

Decisive in winning the points following several crucial stops especially his reactions to strikes from Federico Bernardeschi. Showed once again why scoring against him is like nailing jelly to a lamppost, also stopped the penalty and the subsequent follow up. Stupendous

Bruno Peres [Torino]

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Monday April 25 2016
Maradona: 'Napoli will sell Higuain'

Diego Maradona believes Napoli will sell Gonzalo Higuain this summer because “he cannot repeat a season like this.”

Higuain has scored 30 goals in just 32 Serie A appearances, almost double the tally of the next top scorer in the League.

“Observing the situation from the outside, I think Higuain will be sold to raise money,” Maradona told TV station Piùenne.

“He cannot repeat a season like this. He scored basically in every match, 30 goals. Knowing (President Aurelio) De Laurentiis, he will sell.

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Thursday April 21 2016
Inter suspended ban for racism

Inter have received a suspended one-match partial stadium ban for racist chants aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The incidents occurred on Saturday, but due to a technical problem the Disciplinary Commission only made its ruling today.

“The majority of the circa 6,000 spectators seated in the ‘secondo anello verde’ sector of the stadium aimed an insulting and racially discriminatory chant at the Napoli player wearing No 26,” read the statement.

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Thursday April 21 2016
Ancelotti asks for Koulibaly

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is said to be on Carlo Ancelotti’s wish-list for Bayern Munich next season.

The Senegal international has attracted a lot of attention for his performances at the San Paolo, including from France manager Didier Deschamps, who failed to realise he was ineligible for Les Bleus.

According to Calciomercato.com, Ancelotti has put Koulibaly on his shopping list for when he takes over Bayern Munich this summer.

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Tuesday April 12 2016
‘Koulibaly stays for Champions League’

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent says his client will stay at Napoli as long as they finish at least second.

The Partenopei are currently six points behind leaders Juventus, but have a four-point cushion over Roma in third.

“It’ll be an important game with Inter,” Bruno Satin said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli ahead of this weekend’s trip to San Siro.

“Roma’s draw was important, and now it’s important to get a successful outcome in Milan.

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Monday April 4 2016
Agent: ‘Koulibaly played badly’

Kalidou Koulibaly “is aware when he plays badly”, his agent says after the Udinese defeat.

The Partenopei’s Scudetto ambitions suffered a blow yesterday when they were defeated 3-1 by the Zebrette, allowing Juventus to stretch their lead to six points.

“Yesterday was a bit of ‘no’ for this Napoli,” Bruno Satin acknowledged on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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Monday March 28 2016
Napoli: €40m Koulibaly clause

Napoli are planning a new contract for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with a buy-out clause of €40m.

The 24-year-old has shown marked improvements in his game over the past two years, and President Aurelio De Laurentiis is thinking of adjusting his salary.

According to CalcioNapoli24, a new contract is being drafted for Koulibaly that will see his payments increased from €800,000 per season to €1.6m.

In addition, and in response to increased international attention, the contract will include a buy-out clause of €40m.

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