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Giuseppe-RossiFears are growing that Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi may need another operation on his right knee after tests showed only a slight improvement in the player’s condition.

A routine examination on a muscular injury Rossi, 27, picked up recently revealed that the knee which was operated on last January was showing signs of having been overburdened. He was told to rest for a week before further tests would be carried out to see whether the knee had improved after a rest.

Those tests took place on Monday, and they showed a “clinical improvement” in his knee, albeit “confirming the overburdening” first seen on Aug. 18, according to a club statement.

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Roma-fansMedhi Benatia’s big money move from AS Roma to Bayern Munich has again served to highlight how well the Serie A club has performed in the transfer market in recent seasons.

Twelve months after arriving at the Giallorossi from Udinese for €13.5 million, Benatia is joining Bayern for an initial €26 million. A profit of €12.5 million is nevertheless a fraction of the €30.5 million they earned from buying and selling Marquinhos.

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Super Mario is returning to the Premier League as Liverpool have signed AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli for £16m.

Balotelli announced the move this morning in Milan telling reporters before training:

“This will be my last day at Milanello.”

The £16m transfer fee means that Milan will take a £3m loss on a player who scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Serie A club since joining in January 2013.

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Giuseppe-RossiFiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi is set to miss his team’s Italian Serie A opener at Roma on August 30 with a knee problem. The Italy international hurt his right leg in training last week, although tests have ruled out more serious damage.

A statement from Fiorentina read:

“The tests done have excluded any muscle injuries in his thigh. However, the exams did reveal signs of excessive pressure being put on his right knee. The player will rest and receive appropriate treatment for at least seven days before undergoing further tests.”

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Rafael-Benitez-NapoliNapoli coach Rafael Benitez has warned his side not to underestimate Athletic Club when the two sides meet in tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League play-off in Naples.

The Italians host the Basque outfit at the San Paolo stadium hoping to take an advantage heading into the return leg in Spain on 27 August. Napoli, who finished third in Serie A last season and lifted the Coppa Italia, are considered favourites to reach to the group stages for the third time but Benitez has warned his players to expect a difficult tie against Los Leones.

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inzaghi-milanFilippo Inzaghi has pledged that AC Milan fans will see a “different team entirely” to the side that was plagued by mistakes during an underwhelming preseason campaign.

The Rossoneri finished eighth in Serie A last season, missing out on European football for the first time since 1998-99, and responded by installing Inzaghi as coach in place of Clarance Seedorf.

However, a 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday evening was just the latest in a string of worrying preseason results: Milan were also beaten 3-0 by Olympiakos, 5-1 by Manchester City and 2-0 by Liverpool, with their only respite coming in a 3-0 victory over Chivas.

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ConteThe stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

An FIGC statement read:

“President (Carlo) Tavecchio and Antonio Conte spoke directly by phone this morning to define the final aspects of the collaboration that will bind Antonio Conte to the FIGC until 31 July 2016.

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AC Milan's dressing areaAC Milan have made a formal offer of £3 million for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, as the Italian giants look to make the Moroccan’s loan spell a permanent one.

Taarabt spent the second half of last season at the San Siro and is not keen on a return back to west London, as Harry Redknapp prepares his side for life back in the Premier League.

The explosive midfielder was left out of the club’s tour to Germany last month and is surplus to requirements at Loftus Road. AC Milan have been on the 25-year-old for some time, but wanted the R’s to lower their asking price for the Morocco international, a request the club have now obliged.

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We analyse the performances of Juan Guillermo Cuadrado from the 2013/14 Serie A season.

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According to reports out of Italy, Juventus have told Manchester United that they want €48m plus two United players, one of them Javier Hernandez, for Arturo Vidal.

CNN and BeIn Sport reporter Tancredi Palmeri broke the story on Twitter:

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Palmeri reported that United are stepping up their attempts to sign the Chile international midfielder by offering somewhere between €45m and €48m (around £35.7m to £38.1m). But Juventus are now demanding that sum of cash plus two players, one of them ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

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