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He is one of the hottest young strikers in world football, and Inter Milan have beat them all to the signing of Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez.

Speaking to La Radio de Linea on Wednesday, Martinez’s agent Beto Yaque announced that Inter would look to pair him with another striker – without namechecking Mauro Icardi – and how the Nerazzurri ‘burned’ Borussia Dortmund.

“He’ll have an €111m release clause with Inter, and they’ll build their team around him,” revealed the representative.

“That’s what the Inter executives told us. The Coach would like to play with two strikers, and one of them will be Lautaro.

Fiorentina president Mario Cognigni has announced plans to rename the club’s training ground after Davide Astori.

Centre back Astori, who was Fiorentina’s captain, died in his sleep earlier this month at the age of 31 following a cardiac arrest.

The club retired his No 13 shirt and will now train at Centro Sportivo Davide Astori, but Cognigni has promised even more initiatives to honour the ex-skipper.

“The past week has been particularly difficult and I want to thank everyone for their shows of affection and understanding we received during this painful period,” Executive President Mario Cognini told Mediaset Premium.

Italy’s interim coach Luigi Di Biagio says the door is still open for maverick striker Mario Balotelli.

Despite scoring regularly for Ligue 1 side Nice, Balotelli was once again overlooked for this month’s friendlies.

The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the French side this season.

‘Numbers and goals are important for forwards but they have to be linked to a certain type of performance,’ Di Biagio told reporters at the team’s training camp outside Florence.

‘I have looked, judged and decided… I will continue to follow him and we will see what he does in the next few months.’

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has openly admitted the Italian giants have made Liverpool midfielder Emre Can their ‘primary objective’ in the summer.

The Serie A side have made no secret of their desire to take the German, who will become a free agent in the summer.

Can is yet to sign a new deal with Liverpool, and has been linked with Juve throughout the course of the campaign.

The situation remains unclear, with Can in recent weeks confirming he would only be concentrating on the ongoing season, before permitting his agent to sort out his future once the summer window opens.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi truly led from the front as he blew Sampdoria away on Sunday afternoon. The Argentine scored four goals as his side thumped their Serie A rivals 5-0.

Ivan Perisic added the other but the match will belong to Icardi’s brilliant display – who passed two century marks in style.

Ending the day with 103 goals in his Italian league career, the 25-year-old became the sixth-youngest player in Serie A history to score 100 or more.

The players ahead of Icardi on the list are: Giuseppe Meazza, Silvio Piola, Giampiero Boniperti, Felice Borel and Jose Altafini – all legendary footballers.

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Roma-fansRoma are looking to build on last season’s second-place finish, and fans now know who they will be facing each matchday of the new campaign.

The Giallorossi open the campaign away to Atalanta, before hosting Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico in the first home game of the campaign.

The first Derby della Capitale of the season comes on November 19, while Roma will not meet reigning champions Juventus until the weekend of December 23 – with the Stadio Olimpico scheduled for the penultimate weekend of the season on May 13.

Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar describes perspective new Nerazzurri signing Ramires as ‘an animal in a good sense.’

Inter are reported to be close to securing a deal to bring in the former Chelsea midfielder, who currently plays for sister club Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League.

And Cesar, who has played with Ramires while on international duty with Brazil, believes the 30-year-old will prove a valuable addition to Luciano Spalletti’s squad.

“He’s an animal, in a good sense,” free-agent Cesar said.

According to reports in Italy, Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the deal to sell AC Milan to Chinese investors last year was inflated for money-laundering purposes.

Milan prosecutors reportedly want to know if the €740 million paid to Silvio Berlusconi to buy out the seven-time European champions was overvalued in a deliberate move to bring large sums of money into Italy from abroad, the newspaper said.

Italian prosecutors have denied that they have opened an investigation into the sale of Milan saying:

Chelsea have started the search for their new manager with Antonio Conte almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The three frontrunners to replace Conte are Juventus coach Max Allegri, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.

Here is a look at the careers and achievements of the three bosses in the frame for the Stamford Bridge job.


Age: 50 Nationality: Italian Current club: Juventus (contracted until 2020)

Previous clubs: Aglianese, Real SPAL, Grosseto, Sassuolo, Cagliari, Milan

Inter’s six game winless streak has seen them slump to third, two points ahead of Roma who have a game in hand, and been bounced out of the Coppa Italia by AC Milan.

Alarm bells are ringing from Milan to Nanjing as Inter’s season, which promised so much 45 days ago, threatens to go up on smoke.

Things are so bad that Inter Director Walter Sabatini is traveling to China with two goals. To return with midfielder Ramiris plus €25-30m that can be used during this transfer window.