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Sunday January 21 2018
Agent hints Verdi to Napoli in June

Simone Verdi refused a January transfer to Napoli in order to remain at Bologna, but his agent hints he’s got a deal in place for June.

The winger was seen as the number one choice to reinforce mid-season, having already worked with Coach Maurizio Sarri at Empoli, so his snub was a big surprise.

“It’s unacceptable to criticise a player who decides to conclude his growth process before joining a big club. He turned down the chance to triple his wages by giving an immediate response,” agent Giovanni Branchini told Radio Deejay.

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Sunday January 21 2018
Ilicic: 'Every game starts even'

Josip Ilicic warns Serie A leaders Napoli that “every game starts at 0-0” as they go head-to-head in Bergamo today.

It kicks off in Bergamo at 11.30 GMT, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“It’s a fundamental game for us, as we want to confirm our progress after the victory over Roma,” the midfielder told Mediaset Premium.

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Sunday January 21 2018
Mertens: 'Rest did me good'

Dries Mertens assures “the rest did me good” ahead of Napoli’s very difficult trip to Atalanta this morning.

It kicks off in Bergamo at 11.30 GMT, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“We worked well and intend to get the result. Fortunately, the break allowed us to all work together and prepare for today,” the striker told Mediaset Premium.

This is the first Serie A match back since January 6, as there was a two-week break.

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Sunday January 21 2018
Line-ups: Atalanta-Napoli

Leaders Napoli are without Marek Hamsik due to flu symptoms in this difficult trip to Atalanta, as Andreas Cornelius partners Papu Gomez.

It kicks off in Bergamo at 11.30 GMT, follow the build-up and action from all nine Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

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Sunday January 21 2018
Jorginho close to Napoli renewal

It is reported that midfielder Jorginho is close to signing a new contract to remain at Napoli until 2022.

The Italy international joined the Partenopei from Verona in 2014 and has since established himself as a key player at the San Paolo.

According to Il Mattino, the 26-year-old is set to be rewarded for his consistent displays with a new deal that will see his wages doubled.

The Italian daily claims terms have been agreed between the player and the club, with Jorginho to earn €3m per season in addition to bonuses.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Gasp: 'Inter were fallen giants'

Atalanta Coach Gian Piero Gasperini reveals he almost joined Napoli in 2011 and doesn’t consider his brief spell at Inter to be with “a big club.”

The tactician is earning so many plaudits for Atalanta’s performances in Serie A, the Europa League and Coppa Italia, but his career took a bizarre turn in 2011 when lasting just six competitive matches on the Inter bench.

“I never really had the chance to be the Coach of a big club,” the 60-year-old said in the Corriere dello Sport.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Sampaoli scouts Serie A players

Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli will be in the stands for Atalanta-Napoli and Inter-Roma to watch several stars in action.

According to Tuttosport, the tactician has two Serie A games planned for his Sunday viewing.

He’ll be in Bergamo to watch Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez play for Atalanta against Napoli at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia.

Sampaoli will then travel to Milan for that evening’s showdown between Inter and Roma.

The Argentines in action should be Mauro Icardi and Giallorossi defender Federico Fazio.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Iachini: 'Nobody leaves Sassuolo'

Sassuolo Coach Beppe Iachini assured “nobody will leave, but we will bring someone in for the defence” ahead of their match with Torino.

It kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“We have prepared well against a strong and experienced opponent,” said the tactician in his Press conference.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Spalletti: 'Nothing decisive yet'

Luciano Spalletti assures it’s “too early” for Inter-Roma to be decisive for fourth place and won’t rule them out of the Scudetto race either.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Agent: 'No Giaccherini pay cut'

Emanuele Giaccherini’s agent confirmed the Napoli winger would “very happily join Chievo and negotiations continue, but won’t lower his salary.”

The Italy international has barely played since arriving from Sunderland in the summer of 2016.

“We had close contact with (Chievo director) Romairone and would very happily join Chievo,” agent Furio Valcareggi told Radio Crc.

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