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Sunday December 8 2019
Liverani: 'Pandev still decisive'

Lecce coach Fabio Liverani is full of praise for former team-mate Goran Pandev ahead of their clash against Genoa. “The older he gets, the more decisive he becomes.”

The Giallorossi take on Genoa at the Stadio Via del Mare, kick off is at 11:30 GMT and you can read the match preview here.

Coach Liverani expects a difficult game against the Rossoblu, and is wary of his old Lazio team-mate Pandev.

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Sunday November 24 2019
Maran wary of Lecce threat

Cagliari coach Rolando Maran is expecting a tough game against Lecce, warning "they have already taken points off Juventus and Milan."

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

The Sardinians beat Fiorentina 5-2 a couple of weeks ago to fly into the top four, and Maran doesn't believe the break for international duty will have interrupted his side's rhythm.

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Tuesday August 27 2019
Mertens clear for Juve-Napoli

Dries Mertens has been cleared to play for Napoli against Juventus this weekend after avoiding punishment for his dive.

Mertens was accused of conning the referee as he won a penalty for Napoli during their 4-3 victory over Fiorentina, despite going down with little to no contact.

However, the FIGC ruled on Tuesday that the Federal Prosecutor would not review the Belgian’s act of simulation retrospectively.

Therefore, he is available to face Juve in Saturday’s Serie A showdown at the Allianz Stadium.

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Friday August 16 2019
Farias: 'Lecce an easy choice'

“Choosing Lecce was an easy decision to make,” confessed Diego Farias after completing the transfer from Cagliari.

The 29-year-old Brazilian spent the last six months on loan at Empoli, but has now moved to Lecce on loan with option to buy that becomes an obligation if they avoid relegation.

“Choosing Lecce was an easy decision to make. All the people I spoke to about Lecce told me it was a great city to live in and a club that does things right.

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Friday August 16 2019
Official: Farias joins Lecce

Diego Farias has officially joined Lecce on loan with conditional obligation to buy, while extending his Cagliari contract until 2022.

A statement on Cagliari’s website confirmed Farias’ season-long loan would become permanent if Lecce avoided relegation on their return to Serie A.

If the Salentini fail to stay up, he will revert to honouring his commitment with his parent club, which will have two years left to run.

The Brazilian forward, who turned 29 in May, has spent his entire professional career in Italy.

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Tuesday August 13 2019
Official: Farias to join Lecce

It is now official that Diego Farias will complete his transfer from Cagliari to Lecce in a deal reportedly worth €7m.

The 29-year-old Brazilian will undergo a medical tomorrow and sign the contract.

It’s due to be a loan with option to buy at the end of the season for a total of €7m.

However, as confirmed in the Lecce statement, it becomes an obligation to buy if the Salentini stay in Serie A.

Farias had also been heavily linked with Sassuolo and spent the last six months on loan at Empoli.

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Friday August 9 2019
Farias finally set for Lecce

Cagliari forward Diego Farias finally seems to be on his way to Lecce, on loan with option to buy for a total €6.5m.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia, the deal is practically done and will be completed over the weekend.

Talks have been going for several weeks, and although Sampdoria had shown interest recently, Lecce were always the favourites.

It is believed to be a one-season loan at a cost of €1.5m with option to buy for a further €5m.

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Wednesday July 10 2019
Cagliari agree Defrel terms

Cagliari have agreed terms with Roma to sign striker Gregoire Defrel for €12m, with Diego Farias heading to Lecce instead.

The 28-year-old forward was purchased from Sassuolo in 2017 for a total €20m, but sent out on loan to Sampdoria in 2018-19.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Cagliari have worked out a €12m deal with Roma and they are just waiting for Defrel to give the all-clear.

In turn, the Sardinians are ready to send striker Farias to newly-promoted Lecce following his loan spell at Empoli.

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Monday June 10 2019
Lecce confirm new arrivals

Lecce sporting director Mauro Meluso claims “seven or eight new players” will be signed this summer, while Colombian Brayan Vera is “arriving in the coming days.”

The Giallorossi were promoted back into the top flight for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, and they will need to strengthen their squad if they hope to extend their stay in the division.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Lecce close to Farias deal

Newly-promoted Lecce could make Cagliari’s Diego Farias their first major signing of the summer, for a fee of approximately €6m.

According to SportItalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, the Sardinians value their Brazilian forward at €7.5m, but the Salentini are only willing to offer €6m.

However, an agreement could be reached bridging the gap with bonuses.

The 29-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Empoli and scored four times in 16 matches with the Tuscan club.

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