NAPOLI v INTER MILAN Stadio San Paolo, Naples Sunday 8th March, 2015, 19:45 GMT *** Champions League chasers Napoli will be aiming to bounce back from defeat to Torino as they welcome Inter. The Partenopei have managed to close the gap on second-placed Roma to four points after going on a positive run of just two defeats in six matches, and are now serious contenders to challenge Rudi Garciaa s side for the runner-up spot. Rafael Benitez has declared his unhappiness after slipping 13 points adrift of leaders Juventus, but considering the injuries the squad has had to deal with, it has to be said they have done quite well. With the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Juan Zuniga having been sidelined through injury, Napoli have still managed to create a number of chances in their fixtures and have played some attractive football. It is a positive that Benitez did touch on after last weeka s 1-0 defeat to Torino, […]

Fabio Cannavaro, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, has been hand a 10-month jail sentence for breaching orders to keep out of his property after it was seized by authorities. Former Parma, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid defender, Fabio Cannavaro, who is now coach of Chinese league side Guangzhou Evergrande, has been undergoing investigation for tax invasion. According to reports, the Italiana s villa has been confiscated for suspected abuse of building regulations, involving failing to secure planning permission from the local council to carry out works to the house, the garden and pool. Fabio Cannavaro, his wife Daniela Arenoso, and his brother Paolo, who plays in Serie A for Sassuolo, were acquitted over the planning permission allegations, but convicted for breaking a police seal and entering a property illegally. It is reported that the three were caught swimming in the swimming pool of the said property. All three have been handed a 10-month jail sentence for […]

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that he would love to have Yaya Toure at the club and has pleaded to his Sporting Director to try and sign the midfielder. The Ivorian was signed by Mancini in 2010, when the Italian was in charge of Manchester City, for a fee of around A?24m and he turned out to be a key player for them in the following years as he helped his side to their first title in 35 years after City won the FA Cup. Toure then helped his side clinch the Premier League under Mancini after they won in dramatic fashion in 2012. Speaking to Sky Sport24, Mancini said, “Yaya Toure? Piero Ausilio [Inter’s sporting director] – put your hand in your pocket! “I had Yaya at Manchester City and I think he is one of the best players in the world. “It’s not easy, though, because he’s at Manchester City, so it’s up to him and […]

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 a relegateda to Europea s second tier competition, the Europa League. While the exit was definitely a disappointment, for the sake of Italya 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 […]

Chelsea are preparing a 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 A?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 Chelseaa 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 A?23million offer from Wolfsburg for Schurrle but are holding out for […]

Reports Suggest Chelsea and Liverpool are in a A?32m battle to poach Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan. Mauro Icardi has already become one of Intera 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 Europea 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 […]

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, Shaqiria s signing represents the cluba s biggest signing of intent since winning the UEFA […]

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 A?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: a He [Wenger] said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye. I dona 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.a 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 […]