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Monday July 15 2019
Forza, Sinisa

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall pays tribute to a Serie A icon after news that Sinisa Mihajlovic is battling leukaemia.

“I respect the illness. I cannot wait to go to hospital and start the fight. I have no doubts I will win this battle.”

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Monday July 15 2019
Seri agent: 'Fulham €24.5m asking price'

Jean Michael Seri’s agent confirms they would take Milan and Roma bids “into consideration,” while Fulham want €24.5m for the midfielder.

Seri is seen by both clubs as the alternative to Jordan Veretout, who Fiorentina are refusing to sell for under €25m cash.

“We know that there is a lot of talk about Milan for Seri. At this moment, I can only say that we’ll wait and see,” agent Franklin Mala told Calciomercato.com.

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Monday July 15 2019
Mihajlovic: 'Thank you to everyone'

Sinisa Mihajlovic wrote an open letter to thank everyone for their support after his leukaemia diagnosis. “I’ve run out of tears, now I am ready to fight. We’ll see each other soon.”

The 50-year-old Bologna Coach and former player revealed the news in an emotional Press conference at the weekend and messages poured in from all over the Calcio world.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Serie A friendly round-up

Lazio, Torino and Verona posted double-digits in preseason friendlies on Saturday, while Inter won on Antonio Conte’s unofficial debut.

Lazio thrashed Auronzo 18-0 at the home of their preseason camp, with Joaquin Correa and Luis Alberto bagging hat-tricks.

A group of Aquile fans also showed their support for Scudetto winner Sinisa Mihajlovic with the banner ‘Daje Sinisa’ following his leukaemia diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Torino got their Europa League qualifying preparations off to the perfect start with a 15-0 demolition of Merano.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Mihajlovic: 'Can't wait to fight leukaemia'

Sinisa Mihajlovic assured he will continue working as Bologna Coach while undergoing treatment for leukaemia. “I respect the illness. I cannot wait to go to hospital and start the fight. I have no doubts I will win this battle.”

The 50-year-old Serbian held a special Press conference in Bologna, having failed to follow his squad to the mountains for their pre-season training camp.

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Saturday July 13 2019
LIVE: Mihajlovic: 'I have leukaemia'

Sinisa Mihajlovic is holding a Press conference after news the Bologna Coach has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Live coverage HERE.

It is due to begin at 15.30 UK time (14.30 GMT) at the Casteldebole training ground.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Fiorentina open to Balotelli

Fiorentina are ready to welcome Mario Balotelli, claim reports, but he has to lower his €4m wage demands first.

Coach Vincenzo Montella spoke fondly of the striker this week and President Rocco Commisso has also hinted at interest.

Balo is a free agent after his Olympique Marseille contract expired, so the only issue would be personal terms.

According to La Repubblica, the Viola are eager to welcome SuperMario, but he must bring the €4m per year salary down first.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Mihajlovic to make statement on illness

Sinisa Mihajlovic will make a statement today after reports he could leave the Bologna job to battle a serious illness.

The Corriere dello Sport broke the story via Ivan Zazzaroni, a friend of the Serbian tactician who writes for the newspaper.

A Press conference has been organised for 16.30 local time at the Bologna base in Casteldebole.

Mihajlovic did not travel with the squad for pre-season training this week to Castelrotto in Alto Adige.

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Friday July 12 2019
Official: Gerson joins Flamengo

Flamengo have officially signed Roma midfielder Gerson for €11.8m plus 10 per cent of a future transfer fee after his loan spell with Fiorentina.

The Brazilian was determined to go back home and chose Flamengo ahead of all others, turning down moves to Genoa and Dinamo Moscow.

A statement from Roma this evening confirmed Gerson was sold to Flamengo for €11.8m plus 10 per cent of any future transfer fee.

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Friday July 12 2019
Milan and Roma still far from Veretout

Fiorentina are continuing to reject Milan and Roma offers for Jordan Veretout, reported to be €17m and €18m respectively, so both turn to Jean Michael Seri.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the negotiations are continuing with both clubs and the French midfielder remains out of pre-season training with his teammates, particularly as he was pelted with insults by the Viola fans.

It’s believed Roma are still in front with an offer of €16m plus another €2m in bonuses, compared to Milan’s €15m and €2m add-ons.

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