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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:52 pm 
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Roma have signed Argentine midfielder Juan Iturbe from Verona for £17.4m.

Iturbe, 21, also linked with Juventus and AC Milan, scored eight goals in 33 games for Verona last season and has been compared to a young Lionel Messi.

He has signed a five-year deal and the fee could rise by a further £2m depending on performances.

Roma, who will play in the Champions League this season, have already signed former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, Urby Emanuelson and Seydou Keita.


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Roma president James Pallotta has insisted that he does not want star defender Mehdi Benatia to leave.

Benatia had seemed set for a summer move after being strongly linked with Manchester City and Chelsea earlier in the summer, and Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in recent weeks.

The player himself was reportedly keen to look for a transfer, but Pallotta appears to have no intention of selling.

"Benatia? I don't know if there was a communication problem, but I want to make it clear that he has never been for sale, we have never received offers nor are we entering into negotiations," said Pallotta.

"Mehdi is our player and he will be for this season, he is very important for us on and off the field."


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The Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi is facing up to five months out after undergoing yet another operation on his right knee.

The 27-year-old Italian international was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering strained ligaments in January but suffered a recurrence of the injury this week. A routine examination showed evidence of further damage and the former Manchester United striker was sent to see the specialist knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman in Colorado, who has ruled he must spend more time on the sidelines.

“The athlete will be monitored in Vail this week,” read a statement on the Fiorentina website. “At the end of the activity will begin physical therapy in New York, which will continue in Florence. Resumption of sports activity will be dictated by the specialist, which is estimated at around four to five months.”


Poor bloke had horrible luck with injury


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Micah Richards has outlined his reasons for leaving Manchester City and joining Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal.

The England international defender moved to the Italian club on transfer deadline day and was unveiled on Thursday.

The 26-year-old right-back, who has struggled with injuries in recent years, is determined to succeed with Fiorentina and has hailed their “very impressive” project.

“I have been a player for 12 years at City,” Richards told reporters. “In the past year, 18 months, I have not played as much.

“I had other offers, but the project at Fiorentina was very impressive. I believe that I can help us to achieve our goals, together with my team-mates.

“As you know, I had a serious knee injury. When I returned, (Pablo) Zabaleta had taken over my starting spot.

“I would have liked to have continued the adventure with City, I was also offered a renewal, but my objective was to try a new adventure in another European League.

“It was frustrating to stay on the sidelines. Zabaleta has played very well in recent years.

"With Roberto Mancini there was a lot of rotation with the full-backs, whilst with the new manager (Manuel Pellegrini) there was less space and for this reason I decided to leave.”

Richards has also revealed that he spoke to former Fiorentina players Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic (both now at City) and Stefan Savic, who joined the Serie A club from the Premier League champions in August 2012.

“I spoke with JoJo, Savic and Nastasic and they told me wonderful things about Fiorentina and Florence,” Richards added.

“As soon as I arrived I realised that they were right, the atmosphere is perfect to do well. I spoke with the staff at Fiorentina and they have told me that they want to invest in new talent. The club is going in the right direction.

“I have not spoken of clear objectives, we want to do well, perhaps in being able to qualify for the Champions League.

“I have always watched Serie A from the outside. The pace is less, but there is more on tactics and technique. On these things I hope to improve, making use of the work done with Roberto Mancini.”


There are other rumours about why he didn't feature at City of the Class A variety but we all know how those rumours start


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The United connection tearing Milan a new one at the weekend. :cool:

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Roma is looking good but just like last year ..will run out of gas against juve.. but they did get 85 points if they can get around 90-95 mark and juve slips they may catch on ..

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Juventus’s winning start to the Serie A season ended on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 draw at minnows Sassuolo allowing Roma, who beat Chievo Verona 3-0, to move within a point of the lead.

After six straight wins, the Turin team found it hard going against a determined and energetic Sassuolo who took the lead in the 13th minute. The Italy and former Juve striker Simone Zaza grabbed the opener, firing home a first time, left-foot drive, after the ball had ricocheted around the area.

The lead lasted just six minutes, though, as Carlos Tevez did well to keep the ball in play and feed Paul Pogba, the France midfielder equalising with a beautiful curling shot from the edge of the area. Juve went close twice just before the break with Sassuolo keeper Andrea Consigli pulling off a fine double-save to keep out efforts from Pogba and Tevez.

It was a combative but, for Juve, scrappy second half and in the end their coach, Massimiliano Allegri, had to be content with a point from the visit to his former club.

Roma bounced back from their controversial 3-2 defeat by Juve with a convincing display for their sixth win in seven games and the tone was set with an early goal from Mattia Destro. He got in front of his marker to meet a Miralem Pjanic corner with a fine angled diving header to open the scoring in the fourth minute.

Roma, who host Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, dominated the early stages and it was no surprise when they doubled their advantage in the 25th minute when Serbian Adem Ljajic latched on to a fine ball from Francesco Totti, cut in from the right and confidently drove home.

The game was over as a contest in the 33rd minute when Dario Dainelli pulled down Daniele De Rossi in the area and Totti smashed home the penalty. With an eye on the clash with Bayern at the Olimpico, coach Rudi Garcia took Totti off on the hour and not surprisingly Roma took their foot of the gas in the final half hour.

The Verona side showed very little ambition although they should have pulled one back in the 68th minute when Gennaro Sardi was left unmarked in the box but headed wide from a great position.

Juventus have 19 points from seven games while Roma are on 18 points. Internazionale host Napoli on Sunday while Fiorentina face Lazio in the pick of the games.


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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has announced he will be selling Chelsea target Paulo Dybala to the highest bidder this summer.

Dybala, 21, has attracted the attention of top European clubs, including Chelsea, PSG and Juventus, after scoring 11 goals in 17 appearances this season.

And Zamparini says the Argentine forward will be up for sale this year after he turned down a contract extension to remain at Palermo beyond the summer of 2016.

"I will sell him, I am almost certain of this," Zamparini told Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport. "(Juventus general director Giuseppe) Marotta told me that they are very interested in the player.

"They (Juve) are ready to negotiate. I have warned Marotta already that I've had so many offers for Dybala from half of the teams in Europe. Chelsea, PSG and other English and Spanish clubs."

Dybala is Palermo's leading scorer with 11 league goals while he has set up six others to help the Rosaneri climb to ninth in Serie A.

Palermo recently offered Dybala a three-year contract extension, with his wages increased to 9million euros per season, but the South American rejected the offer.

"We had an agreement with Dybala for 9million (euros a year) but the next day everything changed," Zamparini said.

"I was told that Dybala would no longer sign and that he now wanted up to 15million (euros) in wages. No way!"

The outspoken Zamparini believes Dybala, who moved to Palermo in 2012 from home club Instituto, is being badly advised by his entourage.

"This is the fault of those that surround him," Zamparini said. "They have made him lose all sense of reality.

"I had treated him like a son having spent 12million euros to acquire him. I will not speak to Dybala again. I will appoint a company to negotiate Dybala's sale."


If wants 15m euro a year as his salary good luck to him at current exchange rates that's around £225k a week for a kid who's had 1 good season.

He's highly rated and tipped as one of the next big things but clubs shouldn't be paying more than £20m for him.


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A former Roma club doctor believes Kevin Strootman’s latest injury problems have come about because previous surgery on his injured knee ‘did not go perfectly’, speculating that there may be ‘no way out’ for the Dutch midfielder.

Strootman, a long time target of Manchester United’s manager, Louis van Gaal, picked up the initial injury in March and underwent subsequent surgery which ruled him out of Holland’s World Cup campaign.

The 25-year-old returned to action with Roma in November but suffered a relapse in January, was forced under the knife again and with no time frame set for his return, may not play again this season.

Van Gaal reportedly remains interested in signing Strootman, provided he makes a full comeback, but Mario Brozzi, previously part of Roma’s medical staff, fears prolonged complications for the midfielder.

“My impression is that the surgery on Strootman’s ligament did not go perfectly,” Brozzi has told La Partita Perfetta on Gold TV. “I don’t know what happened to his knee, but his Cyclops syndrome results from a problem in the ligament’s position.

“The cartilaginous damage is determined by the extensive deficit. Now, if this is the situation, I see no way out. But it’s not up to me to say whether further surgery is needed.”


I'm assuming they don't have patient/doctor privelage in Italy as he really shouldn't be discussing another persons medical issues in public.


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Serie A club Parma have been declared bankrupt by a court in Italy but will be allowed to see out of the season.

The club's debts are estimated at nearly 75m euros (£54m).

Giampietro Manenti promised to clear the debts when he took over as chairman last month but he was arrested on Wednesday after being accused of involvement in a credit card scam.

The Italian league has allocated 5m euro (£3.6m) so the league's bottom club can fulfil their fixtures.

In the absence of Manenti, club officials Osvaldo Riccobene and Enrico Siciliano represented the club at a scheduled hearing, which lasted 10 minutes.

Riccobene said: "The club's creditors called for bankruptcy, which was accepted by the prosecutor."

Parma's season has long descended into farce. Players have not been paid this campaign, while they have had to do their own laundry, drive the team bus and go without hot water.

The club - who have changed ownership twice this season - have already been hit with a three-point deduction and been forced to postpone two matches. They are 16 points adrift of safety.

Parma, who are coached by former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Roberto Donadoni, were runners-up in Serie A in 1997 and won the Uefa Cup in 1995 and 1999, as well as the 1993 Cup Winners' Cup.


That's twice the club has gone through the ringer and it just highlights the shady sort of people that football attracts and it's the fans who'll suffer as they're not the first club to go to the wall. I think Fiorentina had to start from scratch about 10 years ago.


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Good to see the Milan clubs spending money again both of them falling away at the same time has made Serie A a piece of p*ss for Juventus for the last 2-3 seasons they've been miles ahead.

Roma/Napoli put up a fight but can't sustain it and both of them seem to be dropping away a bit again this summer.

Still think Juventus are miles ahead again next season.


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Cyril Théréau wakes up every morning with a kiss on his neck. The Udinese striker had it tattooed there in 2013, choosing an ink pattern in the shape of a lipstick mark as a tribute to his long-term partner, Natalie Rodela. But by the time he went to bed on Sunday evening, Théréau had rival supporters from Rome to Florence wishing they could plant a smooch on him as well.

He won their affection with a goal that sunk Juventus in Turin. Running on to a Panagiotis Kone cross in the 78th minute, Théréau swept the ball home to seal Udinese’s improbable 1-0 victory. The finish itself was unremarkable, but the result will go down in history. It is the first time Juventus have ever lost a season-opener at home, and also the first time that they have failed to score in one. More than that, this was a defeat that denied the Old Lady an opportunity to establish herself immediately as Serie A’s front-runner – a status she has enjoyed in recent years. Sunday marked the first time since November 2013 that Juventus finished a round of games in anything other than first place.

Udinese were fortunate to win, having spent much of the match with their backs to the wall. Théréau’s goal came from just their third shot, by which point the hosts had already attempted 19. If this were still the same Juventus side that won the double last year, then the result might have been dismissed as a blip – just one of those days when the ball refused to bounce the champions’ way.

And maybe that is all it will turn out to be. But in the context of the off-season’s overhaul, old certainties have disappeared. The departures of Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal were always going to be felt, but the sight of Leonardo Bonucci and Paul Pogba hoicking free-kicks off target in the first half provided a jarring reminder of exactly what had been lost.

A team that seemed so confident in the wake of its Supercoppa win over Lazio showed no such swagger here. Mario Mandzukic occasionally threatened up front, but there was no cohesion between the midfield and attack. Bonucci acknowledged that all was not yet flowing seamlessly, defining this as a “transition season” during his post-match interviews.

If such words carried a hint of concern, then the local press moved directly to panic. “Is [Juan] Cuadrado enough?” asked the front page of Tuttosport, in response to news that the Chelsea forward looks set to join Juventus on loan.

It is the sort of dilemma that many Serie A teams would love to have, and if Juventus were seeking reassurance on Monday morning, they might find it in the fact that most of the teams predicted to challenge them this season had similarly frustrating starts. Roma drew away to Verona, while Milan and Napoli lost to Fiorentina and Sassuolo respectively.

The lack of vim displayed by all of these clubs was striking. Roma struggled to get the ball to Edin Dzeko and needed a solo strike from Alessandro Florenzi to bring them level after they had fallen behind. Napoli faded after a bright start, giving up a one-goal lead amid protests from their manager Maurizio Sarri about the state of the pitch at the Mapei Stadium.

Milan were even more disastrous, failing to achieve even a single shot on goal during their 2-0 defeat at Fiorentina. At least they had the excuse of facing high-calibre opposition. The Viola have undergone a drastic overhaul of their own this summer, parting ways with Vincenzo Montella and subsequently trimming roughly a quarter off their player wage bill, while saying goodbye to the likes of Mario Gómez and Mohamed Salah (though not especially happily in the case of the latter).

Results in pre-season had been encouraging, Fiorentina beating both Chelsea and Barcelona, but preparations had subsequently been undermined by Joaquín’s apparent desire to move back to Spain. The winger was dropped at short notice from the team to face Milan.

Regardless, Fiorentina were everything that they had promised to be under their new manager Paulo Sousa – compact, aggressive and fast. Without undoing Montella’s preference for attractive football, Sousa has sought to make his team more direct in their approach.

The new mindset worked wonders here, Nikola Kalinic’s relentless attempts to run in behind the defence unsettling Rodrigo Ely so greatly that the Milan defender wound up being sent off after collecting two yellow cards inside the opening 36 minutes. His mistakes were punished further when Marcos Alonso brilliantly converted the free-kick that resulted from the latter of those offences.

Fiorentina did not let Milan back into the game after that, scoring a second goal from the penalty spot and holding their opponents without a shot on target. Sousa insisted after the game that his team could still get a lot better, too.

Back at Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri expressed a similar sentiment about his own team, pointing out that “Serie A is not a 100m sprint”. This is evidently true, and we would be wise to avoid sweeping conclusions, but history does also tell us that Serie A champions have typically got off to a fast start. Only four teams have ever lifted the Scudetto after losing their opening game.

Two of those, admittedly, were Juventus sides – those of 1932-33 and 1974-75. The other two were the Torino teams of 1942-43 and 1975-76, so perhaps it is just something in the air.

But after a weekend when Sampdoria put five past the newly-promoted Carpi, Stevan Jovetic marked his debut with an injury-time goal and Milan threatened to bring Mario Balotelli back in on loan, the most confident prediction we can make is simply that it ought to be an eventful ride.

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• Twenty-seven goals across the 10 games this week, and a few rather good ones along the way. Alonso’s free-kick remains my personal favourite, but Ryder Matos’s effort against Carpi wasn’t half bad either, while Antonio Floro Flores’s chest and volley off a Domenico Berardi chip is one of those that only seems to improve with repeat viewings …

• This Balotelli thing is going to end badly, isn’t it? I’d love to believe otherwise – I’ve always been a believer in his talent – but at the moment the whole move seems rather hard to fathom. Milan showed plenty of flaws against Fiorentina, but it’s hard to say if striker was one of them because in practice they weren’t ever getting the ball up to Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano with any regularity. The theory goes that Mihajlovic knows how to get the best out of Balo, having stayed close to him ever since they worked together while at Inter (Mihajlovic was Roberto Mancini’s assistant) but to me it just seems like a bad time to introduce another strong character to a squad that, more than anything, needs to be allowed to settle.

• “It’s too soon to talk about the Scudetto,” said Stevan Jovetic at the end of Inter’s win over Atalanta. Given that the Nerazzurri needed until the end of injury-time to beat opponents who finished 17th last year and played the last 20 minutes with 10 men, I’m inclined to agree.

• There’s something a little bit chaotic about Walter Zenga’s Sampdoria, which is befitting of the man himself – who managed to get sent to the stands after leaving his technical area one too many times to celebrate his team’s goals. The attacking partnership of Eder and Luis Muriel looks very good indeed when things click, but there were signs here – as in the Europa League collapse against Vojvodina – that this team is going to have problems at the back.

• Not a happy introduction to the top-flight for either Carpi or Frosinone, though the latter did snatch an early lead at home to what I’m expecting to be a good Torino team. Early impressions are that both teams do look overmatched – unsurprising given that their entire transfer campaigns have been built on free signings and loan deals – but Frosinone will at least be able to count (on Sunday’s evidence) on a vocal crowd at the Matusa. We’ll have to wait and see how Carpi get on in Modena’s comparatively cavernous Stadio Alberto Braglia.

• Yet another injury setback for Lazio ahead of their Champions League play-off second leg against Bayer Leverkusen, as Lucas Biglia follows Miroslav Klose, Filip Djordjevic and Federico Marchetti in being ruled out of Wednesday’s game. The good news is that new signing Ricardo Kishna looked sharp, scoring on his Serie A debut against Bologna, but this squad is looking awfully thin.

Results: Empoli 1-3 Chievo, Fiorentina 2-0 Milan, Frosinone 1-2 Torino, Inter 1-0 Atalanta, Juventus 0-1 Udinese, Lazio 2-1 Bologna, Palermo 1-0 Genoa, Sampdoria 5-2 Carpi, Sassuolo 2-1 Napoli, Verona 1-1 Roma.


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Milan Derby on BT Sport for those interested

0-0 but a good game

Really been impressed with Bacca really powerful CF can't believe PL side didn't take a chance on him


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1-0 inter (guarin)

Ballotelli is on one here been brilliant since he came on


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Jovetic and Guarin were good for inter. Medel at CB was gamble but it worked for inter.

Melo held that defense well and Kondogbia looks a very good player.

Adriano and Kucko were best player on the pitch for Milan. Adriano could have scored goal or 2 ...

Balotelli was busy ..shaking handovic .

It will be a open season in Serie , Juve looks lost after pirlo vidal departure and were lucky to get a point with bit of help from Referee as usual but they still have good enough players to bounce back. Inter have 3 /3 wins and Roma will be in a mix too. On the basis of first 3 games Serie A doesnt look like one horse title race.

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Yep Kondogbia was excellent he looks like a real player have to say not seen much of him before looks like he could be a star he's physically powerful and he seems to have a great touch and a skills on the ball as well looks like a player who can do whatever he wants with the ball.

Haven't seen them play but read a few bits saying Juve have struggled to adapt but I guess they're rebuilding quite a bit the midfield and attack has totally changed and maybe needs time to gel together but it's good for the league as for the last few years they've walked it from start to finish


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Kondogbia is 22 only and will only become better , Mancini wanted Toure initially but he was reluctant to move and his wages and transfer fee were obstacle. Barcelona were after him aswell but transfer embargo paved way for Inter and look like Mancini has found his Toure.

Well after calciopoli scandal there is a One team domination pattern in Serie A think Inter won 5-6 time in a row and now Juventus are looking for 5th straight title, in between those 2 team Milan won title once who broke down after selling major players. Lets see how season unfolds.

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Kondogbia is 22 only and will only become better , Mancini wanted Toure initially but he was reluctant to move and his wages and transfer fee were obstacle. Barcelona were after him aswell but transfer embargo paved way for Inter and look like Mancini has found his Toure.

Well after calciopoli scandal there is a One team domination pattern in Serie A think Inter won 5-6 time in a row and now Juventus are looking for 5th straight title, in between those 2 team Milan won title once who broke down after selling major players. Lets see how season unfolds.


Yeah I know a lot of clubs were looking at him but £35m was probably a bit to much of a gamble for a club like Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool who were in the market for that sort of player Utd went for the cheaper alternative in Schniederlin.

I think it's good for the Italian league to have the 2 Milan clubs looking strong again and spending money after a few years where the tap was turned off by owners as they attempted to stick to FFP. Napoli had a good side but couldn't quite be consistent enough to get the title same with Roma Juventus just became a winning machine and every year they got stronger and stronger but I think they've taken a brave move and rebuilt a lot in one summer. Tevez was a huge player for them last season he was the best striker in the league and could score goals from nowhere.

It'll be good to see a proper fight this year though it'll be a good thing for the league.


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Its early days in Serie A cannot say much about Milan but Inter Roma definitely looks like a good team who can lift the title. Tevez is a big miss for Juve as he was live wire and even Morata has just return from injury so its a big gamble season for Juve as their midfield and attack is rebuilt.

I think we went for league proven player in form of S`lin and Schweinstiger as we couldnt afforded attack and midfield to be rebuilt at the same time. If Kondogbia continues to progress he will be 50-60m player in 2 years time and would be interesting to see how he will fit in with Pogba in France setup.

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pakrooney wrote:

So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
on Rooney ,Jan 16th, ..and as they rest is history


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