Inter to move for Mertens if Giroud stays at Chelsea

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Inter will turn to Napoli forward Dries Mertens if they are unable to prise Olivier Giroud away from Chelsea, it’s been reported. The Gazzetta dello Sport says the Nerazzurri have identified Mertens as a possible signing as he has yet to agree a new contract with his current club, and Inter are looking for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez. Alexis’ loan transfer from Manchester United will expire at the end of the season and Inter are unlikely to attempt to make it a permanent arrangement given the Chilean’s injury-hit campaign.…

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Milan fighting Serie A rivals for Silva signature

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Milan are ready to offer David Silva a contract when he leaves Manchester City but face competition from a number of their Serie A rivals. The Corriere dello Sport says Milan met with Silva’s agents at Casa Milan after Christmas, with Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara and Zvonimir Boban involved in the discussions. Boban has since left the club, while Maldini and Massara continue in their respective roles as technical director and director of football. It’s noted that Silva’s City contract is due to expire at the end of the season…

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Man Utd to use Pogba as bait for Juventus defender De Ligt

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Manchester United want to sign Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt and will offer Paul Pogba to the Serie A club to get him, it’s been reported. The Daily Star claims United have maintained their interest in De Ligt after contemplating a move for the Netherlands international last summer, when he left Ajax, but ultimately declined to compete with Juve and Barcelona for his services. It’s suggested that the 20-year-old has yet to settle in Turin, with injuries a factor. De Ligt has made 20 league appearances for the Old Lady…

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Barca to offer cash-plus-player deal to Inter for Martinez

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Barcelona will try to tempt Inter into selling Lautaro Martinez by including Junior Firpo in their offer for the Argentine, it’s been reported. The Daily Mail cites a claim from Catalan outlet Sport that says Firpo will be offered to Inter as part of the approach for Martinez, who is high on La Blaugrana’s wish list for the summer. If Martinez did join Barca, he’d become the latest player to represent both clubs – a group that includes the likes of Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo, Samuel Eto’o, who won…

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Mkhitaryan wants to make Roma move permanent

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan hopes to join Roma on a permanent basis after the end of his loan spell, but the Serie A club and Arsenal reportedly hold different valuations of the midfielder. The Daily Mail reports that Mkhitaryan, who moved to the Stadio Olimpico on a season-long loan at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, is settled in Italy and would be keen to remain at Roma for the long-term. It’s noted that Mkhitaryan’s first son, Hamlet, was born in early March in the Italian capital. However, the clubs are said…

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Serie A tips of the week: Eventually Juventus-Inter

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Football Italia Editor Susy Campanale takes you through the best Serie A bets of the week… As the Coronavirus scare takes hold, from now until April 3 all the games will be played behind closed doors, which effectively negates home advantage. That includes the Scudetto showdown between leaders Juventus and third-placed Inter, while Udinese-Fiorentina, Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL and Sassuolo-Brescia are also finally played a week late after some unforgivable faffing about threatened to ruin the entire season. So forgive the sense of deja vu, but it’s Week 26 again. Lazio have…

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Lecce vs. Milan Serie A Betting Tips and Preview

Lecce vs. Milan, Serie A

Milan are one of six Serie A clubs in the running for the final European berth and need to dispatch Lecce with sterner tests ahead. The Rossoneri will meet Roma, Napoli, Lazio and Juventus in four of their next five league matches, while the hosts sit just three points above the drop zone. Where and when: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce – 9 March, kick-off 19:45 Where you can see Lecce vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1 Last time: The Rossoneri thought they had won it late on through Krzysztof Piatek…

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Bologna vs. Juventus Serie A Betting Tips and Preview

Bologna vs. Juventus, Serie A

Second place Juventus visit Bologna knowing a win will take them back to the top of Serie A. The champions sit in the middle of a three-horse race with Lazio currently leading the way and Inter below them. Elsewhere, the Rossoblu are 10th, but face stern competition if they are to break in to the European places. Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 8 March, kick-off 17:00 Where you can see Bologna vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 2 Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic netted either side of…

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Inter vs. Sassuolo Serie A Betting Tips and Preview

Inter vs. Sassuolo, Serie A

Inter play their first Serie A match in three weeks with Sassuolo the visitors. Antonio Conte has watched on as Lazio have risen to the top of the standings and there is currently a whopping eight points separating the two sides. With champions Juventus also firmly in the mix, the former Chelsea boss will know anything less than a win is likely to spell the end for the Nerazzurri’s title hopes. Where and when: Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 8 March, kick-off 14:00 Where you can see Inter vs. Sassuolo: Premier…

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Serie A tips of the week: Isolated Juventus-Inter

Juventus vs. Inter, Serie A

Football Italia Editor Susy Campanale takes you through the best Serie A bets of the week… It’s an unusual weekend in Serie A, as the Coronavirus scare takes hold, meaning several games are played behind closed doors, which effectively negates home advantage. That includes the Scudetto showdown between leaders Juventus and third-placed Inter, while Udinese-Fiorentina, Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL and Sassuolo-Brescia are also going ahead without fans present. The outbreak has messed up the fixture list too, with four games called off last week. It all leads to Lazio having a huge…

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