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Sunday September 6 2020
Ranieri leaves U21 squad

Fiorentina defender Luca Ranieri has left the Italy U21 squad, replaced by Luca Pellegrini for Tuesday’s match in Sweden.

The Azzurrini started the season with a 2-1 friendly win over Slovenia, but begin competition proper with the European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.

Coach Paolo Nicolato reduced his squad to 23 players going into the trip to Kalmar, where they will fly out tomorrow morning.

Ranieri has left due to injury, but is replaced by Juventus full-back Pellegrini, who steps in from the senior Italy squad.

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Sunday September 6 2020
Suarez wants to make Barca pay

Luis Suarez is reportedly determined to ‘punish’ Barcelona for pushing him out, but that could in turn delay his transfer to Juventus, opening up the Edinson Cavani option.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Calciomercato.com, the Uruguay international is furious at being shoved aside by new coach Ronald Koeman, who it’s rumoured told him to find a new club during a 90-second telephone conversation.

He still has a year left on his contract, with an option to extend by another season, so wants to make the Blaugrana pay every penny.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Montero: 'Pirlo has Zidane's charisma'

Sambenedettese coach Paolo Montero trusts Andrea Pirlo will be a success as the new Juventus coach. ‘He’s so intelligent and has Zinedine Zidane’s charisma.’

Pirlo was originally hired as the Juve Under-23 tactician, but was promoted to the senior role only a week later, to replace sacked Maurizio Sarri.

“As a fan, it was unexpected,” confessed ex-Bianconeri defender Montero to Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Morata potential for Juventus return?

All signs point to Luis Suarez, but agent Giovanni Branchini claims Juventus will bring back Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid.

The Bianconeri are seeking a new centre-forward, as Gonzalo Higuain is negotiating an early termination by mutual consent.

Multiple sources in Spain and Italy suggest Suarez has agreed personal terms for a two-year contract worth €10m net per season, plus an option for a third year.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Romero: 'Atalanta one of Italy's best'

Cristian Romero believes joining Atalanta on loan from Juventus was ‘the right choice for me, as they proved they’re one of the best sides in Italy.’

The defender was purchased by Juve for €26m in 2019, but loaned back to Genoa in order to continue his development.

Now he has been given to Atalanta on a two-year loan with option to buy for a total of €18m plus bonuses.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Reports: Suarez has chosen Juventus

After Marca, now Mundo Deportivo also claim Luis Suarez has agreed a two-year contract with Juventus, while Barcelona will receive a nominal fee.

Suarez and Arturo Vidal, who is in talks to terminate his contract early so he can join Inter, were reportedly told to train separately from the rest of the team by new coach Ronald Koeman.

There are now multiple reports in Spain and Italy that Suarez has agreed terms with Juventus.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Pjaca scores in Juventus friendly

Juventus tested a 4-3-3 formation in a 1-0 friendly win against the Bianconeri U-23 team, with Marko Pjaca scoring the only goal.

New coach Andrea Pirlo has also been working on a potential return to three at the back, but stuck with Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 in this 60-minute run-out.

Right-back Juan Cuadrado was given more freedom to push forward, at which point the defence moved to three.

According to reports, Arthur Melo played in front of the defence in what used to be Miralem Pjanic’s role.

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Saturday September 5 2020
PM Conte: 'Fans in stadiums inopportune'

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte shot down calls to allow season ticket holders into Serie A games as ‘inopportune’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are growing appeals to allow at least 1,000 supporters into stadiums, especially after Napoli, Parma and Sampdoria had similar numbers in the stands for pre-season friendlies.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Ronaldo ruled out by bee sting

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly out of the Portugal game against Croatia, due to the effects of a bee sting.

The Ballon d’Or winner is not part of the squad for this Nations League match and has been out of training for a few days.

It’s reported the infection in his right foot, which he is treating with medication, was caused by bee sting.

“I am very doubtful that he will be 100 per cent OK,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos in his press conference.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Marca: Suarez agrees Juventus terms

Marca maintain that Luis Suarez has agreed personal terms with Juventus worth €10m per season net once he breaks free of Barcelona.

Like Arturo Vidal heading towards Inter, Suarez has been told to find himself another club and forced to train separately from the rest of Ronald Koeman’s team.

He is negotiating to terminate his contract by mutual consent with less than a year left to run on the deal, although there was an option to extend until 2022.

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