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Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has revealed the Serie A leaders are interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

The Argentine was replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as captain last week amid contract talks and refused to travel for their Europa League victory at Rapid Vienna a day later.

The club subsequently announced Icardi would miss the visit of Sampdoria on Sunday through injury and the 25-year-old watched his team-mates secure a 2-1 win from the stands.

Icardi’s current deal at the San Siro runs out in the summer of 2021 and Serie A rivals Juventus have made an initial enquiry.

Stillicidio is one of the great words in the Italian language. It describes a persistent annoying drip, the plip-plop noise that can cause distraction and irritation. It perhaps explains why the equivalent idiom in Italian for “the straw that breaks the camel’s back” is the drop that provokes a vase to topple over and shatter to smithereens.

Emre Can has welcomed the impending arrival of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, describing the Wales international as ‘a champion’.

Ramsey has penned a four-year deal with the Italian giants worth around £400,000-a-week and joins in the summer when his deal at Arsenal runs out.

Can, who himself swapped the Premier League for Serie A last season when he left Liverpool for Turin, believes the Wales midfielder is an astute addition.

Speaking to Tuttosport, Can said:

‘If he has played for Arsenal for all these years and has scored so many goals, then it means that he’s a champion.

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has blamed a break down in contract negotiations for Mauro Icardi’s recent woes in front of goal.

The Argentine talisman has failed to find the back of the net in his last seven Serie A appearances, his longest spell without a goal at Inter since joining in 2013.

Icardi once again struggled in his side’s 1-0 victory over Parma on Saturday night and Spalletti claimed afterwards that talks over a potential new deal were behind his poor performances.

According to Italy’s main football publications, he said:

Inter director Piero Ausilio explained why they stripped Mauro Icardi of the captaincy and reiterated it was his decision to pull out of the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna.

Inevitably, the pre-match interview was dominated by the Icardi situation, as the striker and former captain refused to take part.

“Luciano Spalletti spoke after meetings with the directors, so this is a shared decision by Inter as a whole,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.

“The reasons are serious and valid. We don’t need to explain anything else other than we evaluated it carefully and considered it with all due care.

Juventus have tabled an extraordinary offer for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah worth €50million (£44m) and Paulo Dybala.

According to Italian publication Tuttosport, who have the story on their front page on Thursday, the Italian champions are serious in their pursuit of the Egypt star.

Salah signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool last July and the terms do not include a release clause.

The 26-year-old has turned into one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017.

He scored 44 goals in his debut season as Liverpool reached the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid.

No team in Serie A does self-destruction better than Inter Milan as the Mauro Icardi saga took another twist as Inter boss Luciano Spalletti claimed that his best player ‘embarrassed’ Inter on the eve of their Europa League last-32 first leg against Rapid Vienna.

Icardi was stripped of Inter’s captaincy on Wednesday morning, before it emerged that the striker had made himself unavailable for the trip to Vienna.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of Inter’s Europa League tie, Spalletti has this to say about his former captain:

“Icardi? We’ll pursue the appropriate action in light of the positions that have been taken.

In a stunning move, Inter Milan have stripped Mauro Icardi of the captaincy, replacing him with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

The striker has worn the armband since the start of the 2015-16 season but Inter announced on Wednesday afternoon that he was being replaced amid difficult contract renewal talks with the Argentine.

There are also concerns that he will be tempted to leave the San Siro when it expires in summer 2021.

Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have also reported that Icardi will not be included in the squad for Inter’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

Eusebio Di Francesco praised Roma for their 2-1 victory over Porto, but warned the “worst mistake we could make” in the second leg would be to defend.

Nicolò Zaniolo had put the hosts 2-0 up with a brace within six minutes, but Adrian Lopez made the most of a ricochet to give Porto a potentially decisive away goal in this Champions League Round of 16.

“It’s a pity about the result, but I congratulated the lads for their solidity, for creating so many chances, allowing little at the back and choosing the right time to strike,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

As we covered yesterday, Aaron Ramsey has signed a staggering £400,000-a-week, pre-contract deal at Juventus that will net him £83 million over four years.

The Serie A giants confirmed on Monday that Wales international Ramsey had signed an agreement ahead of joining in the summer when his current deal with Arsenal expires.

But many have been scratching their head as to how the Italian giants can afford the move given the huge outlay to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

The Portuguese star blew the club’s wage structure apart having joined from Real Madrid and Ramsey will join him as one of Europe’s premier earners.