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Why Serie A Clubs Need To Take The Europa League Seriously

The group stage of the Champions League and Europa League concluded with all the six Serie A teams advancing to the knockout stages. AS Roma finished third in their group and as a result were ‘relegated’ to Europe’s second tier competition, the Europa League. While the exit was definitely a disappointment, for the sake of Italy’s coefficient it could be a blessing. A move down to the Europa League will not yield the same financial package or prestige rewards but it presents an opportunity to improve their club ranking which might allow them to move from Pot 4 to 3 or maybe even 2. The other benefit if they go deep into the competition is that it will yield more co-efficient points. Portugal surpassed Italy briefly for one year which in turn gave them better seeding for the draws this term, however the way the ranking system works, Italy will return to number four at the end of this year […] Read more »

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Chelsea Target Juan Cuadrado To Replace Andre Schurrle Or Mohamed Salah – Report

Chelsea are preparing a £26.8m move for Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado Chelsea are launching a bid to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina as they anticipate losing either Andre Schurrle or Mohamed Salah. Cuadrado, a Colombia international winger, has a release clause of £26.8million and Fiorentina do not wish to negotiate for less. Jose Mourinho knows Schurrle and Salah both want to leave as they grow frustrated with their lack of regular game time but he will not authorise the sales without bringing another player in. Schurrle is wanted by Wolfsburg and is keen to leave Chelsea. Salah has also been linked with a move away from the club with Roma and Inter Milan both interested. Fiorentina have cut short the loan of Chelsea’s Marko Marin, who joined Anderlecht on Tuesday, and have asked about Salah themselves though the Egyptian favours a move to Roma. Chelsea are also awaiting a £23million offer from Wolfsburg for Schurrle but are holding out for a […] Read more »

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Chelsea and Liverpool Chase Mauro Icardi – Report

Reports Suggest Chelsea and Liverpool are in a £32m battle to poach Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan. Mauro Icardi has already become one of Inter’s key men and has 19 goals in 40 games for the Nerazzurri since moving from Sampdoria in 2013. However, he has been repeatedly linked with an exit to raise funds if Inter fail to qualify for the Champions League again. According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are now the favorites to take Icardi to the Premier League, even though Liverpool were interested first. The 21-year-old is a former product of the Barcelona youth academy. Despite only playing two full seasons of first-team football to date, Icardi has already become one of the most feared marksmen in Serie A and a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Icardi is lethal in front of goal, capable of dispatching half-chances with his right foot, left foot or head. He is a true penalty-box poacher, frequently finding a […] Read more »

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Inter Milan Have Made Statement Of Intent With Janaury Signings

Inter Milan have been very busy in the transfer market so far with the loan signings of German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski from Arsenal and Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich. Newly appointed manager Roberto Mancini was vocal about the lack of wingers in the Inter squad when he took over from Walter Mazzarri in Novemmber. At this point no one can blame Erick Thohir of not backing the new manager and these two quality additions might well help the Nerazzurri make a charge towards the third place after a desperately poor start to this campaign. Xherdan Shaqiri At the age of 23, Shaqiri has already played 41 games on the international stage and has the best years of his career ahead of him. A versatile player who has the experience of playing on either flank as well as behind the front man, Shaqiri’s signing represents the club’s biggest signing of intent since winning the UEFA Champions league […] Read more »

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Lukas Podolski: ‘Wenger Showed Lack Of Respect’; Arsenal Boss Denies Accusation

Podolski accuses Arsene Wenger of not showing respect following his departure to Inter on loan from Arsenal. Podolski, 29, joined Arsenal from Cologne in 2012 for £11 million. The German international failed to find a place for himself in the starting line-up and has now left on loan for Inter Milan. The forward claims that while leaving the club, Arsenal boss Wenger did not even call or say goodbye to the departing player. Speaking to the Sun, Podolski said: “He [Wenger] said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye. I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him. But it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important. Maybe he had other problems with me.” Podolski, who made just two starts for Arsenal this season, neither of which came in the Premier League, said that he was happy in North London but lack of opportunities led to him exiting the club on loan. […] Read more »

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Arsenal Forward Lukas Podolski Arrives In Milan To Complete Inter Move

Lukas Podolski inches closer to a move away from Arsenal after travelling to Italy to hold talks with Inter Milan. The German international is expected to complete a loan move to the Serie A side. Podolski, 29, was pictured arriving at the Linate airport in Milan on Friday evening, where he was greeted by a large number of Inter fans. The forward was seen sporting an Inter scarf. He said: “I can’t express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me in my years in London.” “Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I’ve loved every minute playing for Arsenal and I hope I have left my mark on the club and fans alike. Hopefully we shall meet again.” The World Cup winner has failed to start a single Premier League game for Arsenal this season and missed the New Year’s Day defeat at Southampton due to a ‘tight groin’. Podolski […] Read more »