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Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini confirms Napoli and Chelsea came closer than Inter to Nicolò Barella, but “it’ll take more than €50m.”
Ciro Immobile has fired blanks in his last nine Italy games, but statistically his negative influence seems to spread across to the team.
The biggest problem Italy need to confront is with goals, not scoring more than once in a competitive match since June 2017.
Fabio Quagliarella could end his Italy exile 3,048 days after his last appearance and become the oldest ever player to score for the Azzurri.
Italy are set to give Moise Kean and Cristiano Piccini their first senior Italy starts, while Finland miss two key players in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier.
Today's headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Lautaro Martinez and Hakan Calhanoglu were on target for Argentina and Turkey, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal stalled with Ukraine.
Finland captain Tim Sparv singled out Marco Verratti as the Italy player to watch. “I really admire his style and physicality.”
Milan have not activated an option to buy for 10 years, but could break that negative streak to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea.
Simone Inzaghi discussed ending the Lazio season on a high and his own early career struggles both as a player and a Coach.
Paolo Maldini still can’t believe Milan lost the 2005 Champions League Final to Liverpool. “We dominated for 110 minutes out of 120,” but got their revenge in 2007.
Italy are expected to start Moise Kean, Ciro Immobile and Federico Bernardeschi in attack for their Euro 2020 qualifier with Finland.
Inter and Manchester City are reportedly ready to bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
FIGC President Gabriele Gravina slammed the door on reports Serie A are negotiating to play a game in China, as it’d probably be the Italian Super Cup.
Inter chief medic Professor Piero Volpi gave updates on Mauro Icardi, Stefan de Vrij and Radja Nainggolan.
Giorgio Chiellini believes Roberto Mancini has brought “a sense of calm, faith and enthusiasm” to Italy ahead of their Euro 2020 match with Finland.
Roberto Mancini hints Moise Kean could start for Italy in their Euro 2020 qualifying opener with Finland. “Our real objective begins.”
Juventus, Milan, Inter and Roma will participate in the 2019 International Champions Cup this summer.
Serie B is “ready to introduce VAR” from this season’s promotion play-offs and relegation play-outs, claims President Mauro Balata.
Napoli face competition from Manchester United for PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, it’s reported.
Alessandro Florenzi is set to miss Roma’s Serie A clash with Napoli on March 31 with a calf injury.
Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan has explained how his four-year spell at Cagliari helped shape him as a player. “I became a man in Sardinia.”
Finland CT Markku Kanerva has conceded that while his side will face Italy with the intention of winning, he would take a draw.
Christian Vieri says Roberto Mancini is the right CT to bring through Italy’s next generation. “After 10 years, I saw them play good again.”
Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan believes he has been unfairly criticised this season. “I’ve had so many injuries…”
Franck Kessie could lead Milan’s exits this summer after reportedly taking exception to his fine for rowing with Lucas Biglia during the Derby d’Italia.
Duvan Zapata’s agent has confessed that the Atalanta striker would join Inter. “Which player wouldn’t like to play for them?”
Paulo Dybala has reiterated his commitment to Juventus by affirming he wants fans to ‘see the sacrifices I make to make them happy.’
Napoli are sweating over the fitness of Piotr Zielinski after Poland confirmed he had a back problem.
Roberto Mancini believes Italy must move away from the mentality of ‘the final result being more important than how we get somewhere.’
Andriy Shevchenko has proclaimed Krzysztof Piatek as his ‘heir’ at Milan. “He has incredible instinct and scored goals of a great striker.”
Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta admits he is given ‘more freedom’ by Brazil but insists Gennaro Gattuso is playing him in his best position.
Serie A executives are reportedly in talks with China’s main state broadcaster to hold a League match in the country.
Fabian Ruiz is considered a doubt for Napoli’s next match against Roma after the midfielder reportedly contracted swine flu.
Daniele Rugani is reportedly close to signing a new contract with Juventus, which would take him through to 2023.