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Sunday June 21 2020
Marotta: 'Lautaro never asked to leave'

Inter director Beppe Marotta confirms Lautaro Martinez is wanted by Barcelona, but ‘he has never expressed the desire to leave. Never. I am very optimistic he’ll be with us next season.’

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“Lautaro Martinez is the focus of other clubs’ attention on the transfer market, everyone knows this,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday June 21 2020
Arthur now open to Pjanic exchange

Multiple sources claim Arthur Melo is opening up to a Juventus transfer, in exchange for cash plus Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona, but a deadline looms.

The deal arguably would’ve been done weeks ago had Arthur not dug his heels in and refused to leave Camp Nou.

However, after Barcelona tried to explain to him that he wouldn’t get much playing time, as confirmed by the few games we’ve had since the lockdown ended, it appears as if they’ve been able to convince him.

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Sunday June 21 2020
De Jong at risk for Barca-Napoli

Barcelona could have a decimated midfield when they face Napoli in the Champions League, as Frenkie de Jong picked up a calf injury.

Although the second leg of that encounter won’t be until early August, having drawn 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, there are already some concerns for the Blaugrana.

A statement today confirmed De Jong has a tear to the soleus of his right leg and “the evolution of the injury will condition the player’s availability.”

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Sunday June 21 2020
Juve: Jorginho no, Emerson maybe

Juventus continue discussions with Chelsea, as while Miralem Pjanic won’t swap places with Jorginho, the Bianconeri are still targeting Emerson Palmieri.

According to Calciomercato.com and SunSport, the Premier League side turned down the option of a player exchange for Jorginho, as they would prefer to receive €40-50m in cash.

There is more leeway when it comes to full-back Emerson, as Tuttosport point out he is not a regular in Frank Lampard’s team and could therefore be allowed to leave this summer.

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Friday June 19 2020
Gattuso: 'Napoli must move on'

Gennaro Gattuso has urged Napoli to already forget winning the Coppa Italia, warned Barcelona ‘it won’t be a holiday’ and calls Marcello Lippi his ‘reference’. 

Despite winning the first major trophy of his managerial career on Wednesday night, Gattuso now wants Napoli to prove they can build on beating Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final.

“The games against Lazio, Inter and Juve were tough,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Inter stand firm for Lautaro and Alexis

Inter are standing firm on Lautaro Martinez and Barcelona won’t pay up, while the Nerazzurri could also keep Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, there are only two ways in which Barcelona could sign Lautaro Martinez.

The first is to pay the €111m release clause, the second is €90-95m cash plus a player chosen by Inter.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Setien: 'Napoli difficult opponents for Barca'

Barcelona coach Quique Setien was impressed by Napoli’s Coppa Italia victory against Juventus. ‘They are strong opponents and it won’t be easy for us.’

The first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, but the return was postponed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Tebas 'barely noticed' Ronaldo exit

Liga President Javier Tebas claims they ‘barely noticed’ Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus and Serie A. ‘Only Leo Messi is different, he’s the best player in history.’

Ronaldo and Messi had duelled for the Spanish title at Real Madrid and Barcelona for many years, but CR7 moved on to Turin in 2018.

“It certainly irritated the Real Madrid fans, but his absence was barely noticed at a league level, because the Liga brand transcends individual players,” Tebas told RAC1.

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Monday June 15 2020
New European dates revealed?

The Champions League is set to resume with Juventus and Napoli ties on August 7-8 at their original venues ahead of a Final Eight in Lisbon.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the second legs of Juventus-Olympique Lyonnais (0-1 agg.) and Barcelona-Napoli (1-1 agg.) will continue to be played in Turin and Catalonia.

After that, the Final Eight ties will take place in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and kick off on August 12 for the next 11 days, with the quarter-finals on August 12-15.

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Monday June 15 2020
Napoli set €100m price tags on Koulibaly and Fabian

Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz are being linked away from Napoli, but President Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed he will only listen to the right offer.

The Senegalese defender Koulibaly has been targeted by the giants in Europe, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly chasing the centre-back.

The influential midfielder Fabian has emerged as a mark for the two Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent weeks but De Laurentiis insisted that he doesn’t have to sell either of them unless he will get the right amount.

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