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2016-10-napromaheaderThere’s little doubt as to the top match as Serie A returns from the latest international break, with Napoli and Roma meeting for the seventh Derby del Sole since the start of 2014. The two have emerged as the greatest threat to Juventus’ dominance in Italy at present, and a victory for either side on Saturday afternoon could be crucial to keeping touch with the Old Lady, who are already four points clear.

perisic-statsAccording to Calciomercato, Inter winger Ivan Perisic wants to leave at the end of the season. The 27-year-old only joined Inter from Wolfsburg in 2015 but has asked his agent to begin looking for a new club to move to next summer.

Perisic reportedly has a strained relationship with new manager Frank de Boer and has ambitions to play in the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri failed to qualify for Europe’s top club competition last season, and have endured a mixed start to the current campaign.

In addition, Perisic is thought to be irritated by his salary, with new signing Gabriel Barbosa earning more than he does.

Geoffrey-KondogbiaInter Milan manager has given high praise to Geoffrey Kondogbia by comparing him to compatriot and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

However, it hasn’t all been rosy between the pair. Back in September, De Boer criticized Kondogbia for his performance in Inter’s 1-1 draw with Bologna.

As a result of Kondogbia’s underwhelming display, the defensive midfielder was substituted in the 28th minute of the match.

But De Boer seems to have forgiven the Frenchman and claimed that he can also reach the top of the game.

‘Kondogbia is like Pogba,’ De Boer said.

‘They play the same position.

maldini-ac-milanAC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has rejected an offer to be technical director of the Serie A club, he said on Facebook on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old said he would have had to share the role with Massimiliano Mirabelli, who has been appointed sporting director, but has yet to take up the role.

“Milan has always been a matter of heart and passion for me” Maldini posted on Facebook.

“My history, my father’s history and my children prove it. No one can take this bond with the Rossoneri colours away from us.

arek-milikNapoli have confirmed that Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik will be out of action for the next six months after rupturing his ACL during Saturday’s night’s 3-2 win over Denmark.

An initial diagnosis was made in Poland, then he flew to Rome today for a specialist visit at the Villa Stuart clinic. These tests confirmed there is a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

It was originally believed to be a partial tear, which would’ve made the recovery process closer to four months, but Napoli’s tests showed the ligament is totally severed.

leonardobonucciIt looks like Roman Abramovich and Chelsea are to give Antonio Conte what he has been asking for since he arrived at Stamford Bridge. A world class defender.

The late arrival of David Luiz did not impress Conte and it looks like Chelsea are going to make Juventus an offer they cannot refuse. Cesc Fabregas plus £50 million for centre-half Leonardo Bonucci.

Conte knows Bonucci well from their mutual time in Turin and his arrival would allow Conte to switch to his preferred three centre-half system.

ciro-immobileLazio striker Ciro Immobile secured all-three points for Italy in Macedonia as his brace inside the final 15 minutes helped the Azzurri come from behind to win in Skopje.

The visitors took the lead in the first half after Torino forward Andrea Belotti guided home a corner for his first international goal, but they sat on their lead before Ilija Nestorovski and Ferham Hasani struck in quick succession to give the hosts the advantage.

They couldn’t hold on, though, as Immobile’s neat finish levelled matters before he headed home the winner in stoppage time.

james-rodriguez-rmAccording to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter has an €85 million bid for Real Madrid star James Rodríguez accepted by the Spanish club over the summer, but the Colombian was not interested in moving from La Liga to Serie A.

According to the newspaper, who has been in China this week meeting with representatives of Suning, despite spending big in the summer transfer market to bring in João Mário (40 million euros), Antonio Candreva (22M), Éver Banega and Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’ (27.5M), Inter president Zhan Jindong still wanted to make a statement signing. A world class player, whose arrival would let everyone know that Suning were serious about returning Inter to a European powerhouse. That signing was to be James Rodríguez.

LaziofansItaly striker Ciro Immobile netted a brace as Lazio won 3-0 at Udinese to move third in Serie A.

Lazio took the lead in the 28th minute when Immobile headed in at the near post and the visitors doubled the lead nine minutes into the second half when Keita was played into the right side of the penalty area and dinked the ball over goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

Immobile wrapped things up with a well-worked third goal in the 61st minute, slotting into the bottom right corner after cutting into the left side of the penalty area.

totti-pictureHow do you know you have made an impact as a footballer? Your image on the front of the latest video game? Your own range of boots? A position or skill named after you? Not bad.

But how many football players are the subject of a tribute comic from Disney on their birthday? That’s special. And that’s exactly what happened to Francesco Totti.

The AS Roma captain is 40 on Tuesday and to celebrate, Italy’s popular Topolino (Mickey Mouse) magazine featured a character called Papertotti, a combination of a duck and the veteran attacker, on the cover.