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Having finally secured a return to the Champions League, Inter head into 2018-19 looking to consolidate and build.

The Nerazzurri moved quickly in the transfer market, signing Stefan de Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah on free transfers, as well as promising Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez.

Arguably the biggest signing of the summer so far though is Radja Nainggolan, a favourite of Coach Luciano Spalletti who has been one of Serie A’s best midfielders in recent years.

The public declarations are all about cementing that top four place, but some fans dare to whisper of the Scudetto.

Milan go in to the Serie A season with less expectation than last season, but seemingly in a far more stable position.

The Rossoneri spent over €200m on transfers last summer, with fans dreaming of a tilt at the Scudetto.

Owner Yonghong Li’s financial capacity soon came into question though, and he has been ousted by hedge fund Elliott Management.

The aim will still be to return to the Champions League under Gennaro Gattuso, and these are five games which could prove crucial in deciding whether or not that happens.

After a record-breaking seventh Scudetto in a row, Juventus are dominating Italian football like no side before.

The Bianconeri have won the Coppa Italia in each of the past four seasons too, so there’s no question that the neutrals want to see the Old Lady dethroned.

Juve aren’t resting on their laurels though, signing reigning Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo in one of the biggest transfers of the summer.

Here are five games which could prove crucial as the champions look to make it eight.

Napoli go in to the 2018-19 season after a summer of change, most notably Carlo Ancelotti replacing Maurizio Sarri on the bench.

The Partenopei amassed 91 points last season but still weren’t able to pip Juventus to the Scudetto, leading President Aurelio De Laurentiis to turn to one of the world’s most successful Coaches.

The past three seasons have been based around ‘Sarrismo’, Sarri’s trademark style, and it’ll be interesting to see how they react now he and the crucial cog in his machine, Jorginho, have decamped to Chelsea.

Here are six fixtures which could define Napoli’s season.

Roma president Jim Pallotta has criticised Barcelona for acting ‘unethically and immorally’ in their signing of Brazilian winger Malcom – and suggested they should send them star player as compensation.

The club seemed to have a deal sewn up with Bordeaux for 21-year-old Brazilian winger Malcom – to the extent that they confirmed the deal on , and Roma fans were gathered at the airport to welcome the player.

However at the 11th hour Barca swooped with a £45m bid which blew Roma’s offer out the water, and Malcom failed to board his chartered private plane to Rome.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident Cristiano Ronaldo’s prolific scoring will continue in Serie A.

The 33-year-old Ronaldo will have little time to gel with his new team-mates after sitting out the club’s pre-season tour of the United States in order to recover from the World Cup.

He is instead due to join the squad upon their return to Turin, leaving Allegri with only training sessions to integrate the forward.

The Bianconeri boss declined to reveal his tactical plans for the Portugal star when quizzed on his best position, insisting only that adapting would be no problem for the Champions League’s all-time top scorer.

Juventus manager Beppe Marotta has distanced the club from rumours over Leonardo Bonucci’s return, insisting “we have a full squad, especially in defence.”

Reports from various Italian papers and TV channels had suggested that Milan and Juve were working o

“It all started because we cordially met with Leonardo [Milan’s general manager] and studied some things,” Marotta explained to Sky.

“He told us what Bonucci was thinking, and he spoke well of his years at Juventus. Milan only told us what the player feels.

Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti assures “Mauro Icardi is staying at Inter”, and will renew his contract when the transfer window shuts.

The striker has a €110m release clause in his contract, but it’s only valid for foreign clubs, and only in the first two weeks of July.

That clause can no longer be activated this summer, and the Nerazzurri’s VP says the Argentine will be staying at San Siro.

“Mauro is staying at Inter, he’s very happy with us,” Zanetti told Fox Sports Argentina.

“As soon as the transfer window shuts we’ll negotiate and renew his contract. He’s very happy with us.

Leonardo was officially presented as AC Milan’s new director on Thursday, replacing Massimiliano Mirabelli, and spoke to the media at Casa Milan about his initial reaction to joining the club, including what needs improvement.

“I will have a role linked to what Milan produces, the team, I accepted the proposal because above me I saw interest in the world of football, a structure of young people who want to do,” he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to make his Serie A debut for Juventus away to Chievo, while the release of the league’s fixtures has handed AC Milan a daunting start.

Juve are aiming to win the title for the eighth year in a row and Ronaldo could be set to appear at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on the weekend of August 18.

The Portugal captain could then make his home league debut for Juventus, who sealed a deal worth €112million to buy Ronaldo from Real Madrid, a week later against Lazio.