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Mario Balotelli Unveiled At Brescia

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli revealed his mother cried when he told her he was joining hometown club Brescia and insists he has no fear of failing on his return to Serie A after an absence of three years.

Balotelli was born in Palermo but moved to Brescia at the age of two, and his adoptive family still lives there although his father died in 2015.

Speaking at his first news conference on Monday, Balotelli says,

“I probably spent more of my career abroad than in Italy. My Mum cried when I told her I had the possibility of coming to Brescia! I asked what she thought and she was just crying. She’s very happy.

Maurzio Sarri Is Suffering With Pneumonia

Maurizio Sarri is the new Juventus coach

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia and may be unable to take his place in the dugout for his club’s opening Serie A match against Parma on Saturday.

The tactician was taken ill last week and required medical treatment on several occasions, including just before their traditional pre-season in-house friendly with the youth team in Villar Perosa.

He then didn’t make the trip to Triestina for a 1-0 friendly match on Saturday evening.

“Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa today where he coordinated the work of his staff,” read a statement.

Juventus Tell Emre Can He Is Not Needed

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Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich could reportedly make a late swoop for Emre Can after Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri told the midfielder he is not needed.

Following the summer arrivals of both Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot, Juventus now have seven senior midfielders, and it is widely expected that at least one will be sold before the summer transfer window closes.

Juventus have tried to offload both Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi, but have failed to find any sides capable of lodging acceptable offers for either player, so they have been forced to try and sell another player.

Inter Milan Star Most Valuable Serie A Player

Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan

The Football Observatory has updated their list of the most valuable players in the world and surprisingly the most valuable player in Serie A plays for Inter Milan and not Juventus.

The list values Inter striker Romelu Lukuku as the 15th most valuable player in the world at €125.2m, which is €35m more than Inter paid for the former Manchester United star.

Trailing Lukuku are Juventus stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala at €118.1m and €108.2m respectively.

In total, 14 Serie A stars made the top 100 list with Napoli leading with 4 players, followed by Inter and Juventus with 3, AC Milan 2, and Fiorentina and Roma with one each

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Inter, Napoli and Roma have reportedly formed an anti-Juventus alliance to stop the Old Lady from signing Mauro Icardi.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the three sides have put on ‘a united front’ to strengthen their respective attacks and ensure Juve miss out on Icardi.

The newspaper talks up a three-way striker deal, which would see the Icardi join Napoli, Arkadiusz Milik head to Roma and Inter snap up Edin Dzeko.

However, it is warned the chain reaction will only be triggered if Icardi makes the first move and signs for Napoli.

Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku aimed a dig at Manchester United by claiming training is harder under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

The striker completed a £73million switch to the San Siro last week after it became clear opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be limited.

Conte told the Inter board Lukaku was his top target even before taking the job and has been working on improving the 26-year-old’s fitness.

‘It’s hard – it’s different’ Lukaku said. ‘In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.’

Is Alexis Sanchez Heading To Serie A?

Alexis Sanchez wants a Manchester United escape over the next fortnight in pursuit of first-team football.

The Chilean, who trained with the United squad on Wednesday, has made just four Premier League starts since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over last December.

Solskjaer insisted last week that he expects Sanchez to stay at Old Trafford but the 30-year-old has an eye on Italy before the European transfer window closes on September 2.

Sanchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, met with Juventus earlier in the summer, while Napoli and AC Milan also hold an interest.

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The transfer window may have shut in the UK, but across the rest of Europe, teams are jostling to get their last-minute deals done.

With the transfer window not closing in Italy until 31 August, there is still plenty of time for some big names to move on.

This summer has not been short of a saga or two, and the likes of Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala find themselves with precious little time left to force the move they want.

With business still to be done, then, here’s a look at 4 of the biggest deals that could yet happen before the window shuts.

Ivan Perisic has joined Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Serie A side Inter Milan on an initial one-year loan deal for €5 million.

The 30-year-old Croatia international could then join the Bavarians permanently in June 2020 as the German side have an option to buy in the deal.

The Bavarian giants moved for Perisic after failing to seal transfers for top targets Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.

Perisic previously spent time in the Bundelsiga with Borussia Dortmund between 2011 and 2013 before joining Wolfsburg until his departure for Milan in 2015.

Inter Milan are prepared to ditch Mauro Icardi from their first team for the remaining two years of his contract as the dispute between the two parties continues to rumble.

The striker has been in a contract wrangle with the Serie A side for most of the year, but along with his wife and agent Wanda Nara appears to have decided to stay at the club before leaving on a free in 2021.

However, Inter are set to dig their heels in over the dispute and are ready to completely freeze the Argentine out of their first team-plans for the duration of his contract, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.