NEWS

Vincenzo Montella says Fiorentina are prepared for the “mini-tournament” with Milan for Champions League qualification.
Inter captain Javier Zanetti and his family received a private audience with Pope Francis I today, handing over a Nerazzurri jersey.
Lazio are sliding down the standings, so President Claudio Lotito had dinner with key players to motivate them.
Italy Under-21 side Coach Devis Mangia urged teams to give players like Lorenzo Insigne more space in Serie A.
Fabrizio Miccoli looks to have shaken off his injury, scoring four goals in a friendly ahead of Sunday’s clash with Inter.
Juventus are preparing an €18m offer for Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben, according to the Corriere dello Sport.
Italian international Marco Verratti is said to be the subject of a €25m offer from Real Madrid to PSG.
There are several reports that Napoli have won the race to sign Internacional star Leandro Damiao for £16m, beating Tottenham.
Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta flew in and said the current Viola side “are having a wonderful season.”
Luciano Spalletti brushed off reports of a job offer from Milan. “My return to Italy is impossible, as I am staying with Zenit.”
Palermo have rejected claims that Matias Silvestre could return to Sicily in the summer. “Inter have to sign him.”
Mariano Izco has extended his contract with Serie A side Catania, the club have confirmed on Thursday.
Giuseppe Rossi has moved closer to his comeback after he was given the green light to begin full training at new club Fiorentina.
Inter have dismissed quotes attributed to director Marco Fassone who was said to have confirmed the captures of Diego Laxalt, Hugo Campagnaro, Marco Andreolli, Ruben Botta and Mauro Icardi.
Lorenzo De Silvestri didn’t expect former club Fiorentina to be so good this season, but he has no regrets about his move to Sampdoria.
New Cesena President Giorgio Lugaresi has extended the contract of Coach Pierpaolo Bisoli.
Napoli had ambitions of winning the Scudetto this season, admits goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.
Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini doesn’t expect to celebrate Scudetto success at the end of Sunday’s derby against Torino.
Nicola Bellomo is ready to prove himself in Serie A, the Bari player’s representative has underlined.
Sergio Porrini has urged former club Juventus to spend big on two new players this summer – one in defence and one in attack.
Pescara Chief Executive Danilo Iannascoli has admitted they were on the verge of doing a deal with Napoli over Marco Verratti.
Sampdoria boss Delio Rossi says he is ready to shake the hand of Adem Ljajic this weekend – the Fiorentina player who he punched on the touchline last season.
Massimo Moratti has confirmed that Samir Handanovic will still be at Inter next season, but there will be no room for Alexis Sanchez or Leonardo.
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Marco Amelia has some regrets about Milan’s games against Fiorentina and Juventus, but he’s called for a win versus Catania this weekend.
Italian champions Juventus have remembered former player Andrea Fortunato on the anniversary of his death.
Angelo Palombo has underlined his desire to end his playing days in the Sampdoria shirt. “I didn’t even want to join Inter.”
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Robert Lewandowski made history when bagging all four goals as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League semi-final.
Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti said flop Mauro Boselli “is the symbol of those who arrived in January.”
Milan could use Urby Emanuelson as part of a transfer exchange for Kevin Strootman or Bruno Martins Indi.
Alvaro Pereira praised captain Javier Zanetti, insisting “there are no problems” at Inter, and brushed off Tottenham rumours.
Juventus, Fiorentina and Roma target Lisandro Lopez has announced it’s “not possible for me to continue” at Lyon.
The agent of Bayern Munich Coach Jupp Heynckes claims Juventus turned down a €45m offer for Arturo Vidal.
Giuseppe Rossi is close to making his Fiorentina debut after scoring a goal in today’s game between ranks.

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