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Italy football probe over false visas for young Africans

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Rome (AFP) – Italian police are investigating football clubs for allegedly getting young African players false papers in a probe that could involve Serie A teams, national media reported Thursday.

The inquiry centres on AC Prato, which plays in the Lega Pro league, amid suspicions managers “favoured the illegal entry into Italy of African minors, some of whom were then sold to superior clubs,” the Gazzetta dello Sport said.

Italy football probe over false visas for young Africans

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Rome (AFP) – Italian police are investigating football clubs for allegedly getting young African players false papers in a probe that could involve Serie A teams, national media reported Thursday.

The inquiry centres on AC Prato, which plays in the Lega Pro league, amid suspicions managers “favoured the illegal entry into Italy of African minors, some of whom were then sold to superior clubs,” the Gazzetta dello Sport said.

Juve’s Bonucci in shock Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci is joining AC Milan in a shock move from Italian champions Juventus, the San Siro side announced on Friday.

“Bonucci in Milan,” the buying club reported on their official website, alongside pictures of the smiling defender being enthusiastically welcomed by Rossoneri supporters.

Juve’s Bonucci nears shock AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci is on the verge of a shock transfer to AC Milan from Italian champions Juventus after he arrived in Milan on Friday.

Bonucci has won six successive Serie A titles with Juve but is close to finalising a move to Milan that Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport says is worth 40 million euros ($45.

Juve’s Bonucci nears shock AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci is on the verge of a shock transfer to AC Milan from Italian champions Juventus after he arrived in Milan on Friday.

Bonucci has won six successive Serie A titles with Juve but is close to finalising a move to Milan that Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport says is worth 40 million euros ($45.

Bayern Munich rubbish reports of Cristiano Ronaldo swoop

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich on Monday rubbished reports they are set to swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo - with the German giants’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting it’s pure fantasy.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid star has threatened to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

Bayern Munich rubbish reports of Cristiano Ronaldo swoop

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich on Monday rubbished reports they are set to swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo - with the German giants’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting it’s pure fantasy.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid star has threatened to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

Ronaldo’s Real rage genuine or a cunning ploy?

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Madrid (AFP) – Enraged by Spanish tax authorities and a perceived lack of support from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is threatening to leave the European champions, but is it genuine or part of a greater ploy?

Ronaldo’s departure from Real, reportedly a given according to a Portuguese newspaper, triggered an avalanche of speculation over the potential destination of the world’s highest-paid athlete.

Ronaldo’s Real rage genuine or a cunning ploy?

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Madrid (AFP) – Enraged by Spanish tax authorities and a perceived lack of support from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is threatening to leave the European champions, but is it genuine or part of a greater ploy?

Ronaldo’s departure from Real, reportedly a given according to a Portuguese newspaper, triggered an avalanche of speculation over the potential destination of the world’s highest-paid athlete.

Fast-rising Mbappe puts Europe on alert

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Paris (AFP) – At just a tender 18 years of age, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe is already turning heads around Europe after tormenting defences throughout France and scoring against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Champions League.

With 16 goals in 30 appearances for the French league leaders this season, including nine in his past eight games, the teenage prodigy is drawing plenty of comparisons to former France star Thierry Henry.

Fast-rising Mbappe puts Europe on alert

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Paris (AFP) – At just a tender 18 years of age, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe is already turning heads around Europe after tormenting defences throughout France and scoring against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Champions League.

With 16 goals in 30 appearances for the French league leaders this season, including nine in his past eight games, the teenage prodigy is drawing plenty of comparisons to former France star Thierry Henry.

Inter owners fly in to elect de Boer successor

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Milan (AFP) The Chinese owners of Inter Milan have flown in to choose a successor to Frank de Boer after the Dutch coach's unceremonious sacking earlier in the week.

Inter face Southampton in a must-win Europa League clash later Thursday when the club's youth team coach, Stefano Vecchi, will take over on an interim basis.

Real Madrid to buy back Morata from Juventus

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Rome (AFP) Real Madrid will exercise their right to buy back the contract of their former player Álvaro Morata from Juventus, the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday.

"Real Madrid have informed JuventusFC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the playerÁlvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane," the Madrid club said in a brief statement.

Real Madrid to buy back Morata from Juventus

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Rome (AFP) Real Madrid will exercise their right to buy back the contract of their former player Álvaro Morata from Juventus, the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday.

"Real Madrid have informed JuventusFC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the playerÁlvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane," the Madrid club said in a brief statement.

Chelsea

Antonio Conte agrees deal in principle to become Chelsea boss

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Chelsea target Paul Pogba agrees pre-contract with Barca

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English Premier League

Inter New Shirt Sponsor Deal Shows How Poor Serie A Is

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Inter Milan have hailed on their website that Pirelli have agreed to continue their shirt sponsorship of the Serie A side for another five years.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter will receive €9m a season plus a series of bonuses depending on performance.

Putting those bonuses to one side, Inter then will receive €45m over the five years.

Gennaro Gattuso House Raided As Part Of Serie A Betting Scandal

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The home of AC Milan legend and 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso was raided by police this morning in the latest betting match-fixing twist.

The Cremona based investigators, as part of their next step in their lengthy inquiry, have placed the Milan legend under investigation for alleged wrongdoing.

Man City Prepare £34m Bid for AC Milan Forward Stephan El Shaarawy: Nightly Soccer Report

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Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Manchester City are preparing a £34million bid for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

The 20-year-old striker scored 16 goals in 37 appearances for Milan in 2012/2013. And according to the reports in Italy, Manchester City are keenly interested in trying to sign the centre-forward who they reportedly showed an interest in signing as early as January.

Inter Milan

Roberto Mancini: There’s no point talking about third

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Even Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has given up hope of a third-place finish following Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Cesena.

After the draw Inter find themselves eighth in the standings and nine points behind third-place Lazio, who play at Torino on Monday.

"A victory would have seen us climb to 39 points with 11 rounds to go," Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Lukas Podolski Voted Second-Worst Serie A January Signing

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has been voted the second-worst signing of the January transfer window in Serie A this season.

A poll conducted by Gazzetta dello Sport found that Milan forward Alessio Cerci (46%) was the only player to receive more of the vote for the worst signing of the window than Podolski (36%) , which is fairly damning for the Germany international.

Transfer Rumors

United have striker bid rejected

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Manchester United have had a bid for Palermo's striker Paulo Dybala turned down, according to the Serie A club's president Maurizio Zamparini.

Zamparini told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport that he had rejected a bid from United for the Argentinian, insisting that he's worth more than €40m (£31m), though he added he would speak again about Dybala with United "in six months.

Italian Club Moves In For Newcastles’ Top Young Target

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There was some good news in Italy on Tuesday, that Newcastle were strongly interested in top French U21 forward Mbaye Niang, and the report in Gazzetta dello Sport said that Newcastle were trying to get the 18 year-old on loan to Newcastle for next season. Mbaye Niang 18 year-old French forward Mbaye Niang signed [.

Serie A

Juventus CEO Opens Door To Vidal Transfer To Manchester United

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Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for weeks now, and after denying he was going nowhere, Juventus appeared to soften that stance on Monday when the club's CEO Giuseppe Marotta is said that they will only sell Vidal if the midfielder asks to to go.

AC Milan Set to Sack Clarence Seedorf and Replace Him With Filippo Inzaghi, Say Reports

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If reports in Italy's three sports papers Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosportare to be believed, AC Milan is going from one legendary player to another as manager. The club looks to chop and change managers again by replacing Clarence Seedorf with Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi who is currently managing the Rossoneri's youth side.

Massimiliano Allegri Confirms He Will Leave AC Milan At End of Season

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AC Milan managerMassimiliano Allegri has confirmed that he will leave the Serie A club at the end of this season.

Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport:

"Of course this is my last Christmas at AC Milan.

"I do not know who will be the new coach, that is a problem that does not concern me.

Mario Balotelli Missed Meeting With Italy’s Immigration Minister To Discuss Racism Because He ‘Preferred To Sleep’

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Given that he's involuntarily become the poster boy of Italian football's struggle against racism, Mario Balotelli was penciled in to meet with the country'sMinister for Integration, Cecile Kyenge, earlier this week to discuss the state of the nation and their little prejudice problem.

European Soccer

Friday Kickoff: PSG and Real Madrid battle for Pogba; Wilshere “very down” from injury; and more

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French midfielder Paul Pogba could be the most sought after transfer target of the summer.

Both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have made the 20-year-old Juventus man their No. 1 target this summer, and according to a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport, PSG presidentNasser Al-Khelaifi has already met in person with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

Thursday Kickoff: Prandelli could remain Italy manager; Özil back in Arsenal squad; and more

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Cesare Prandelli is expected to discuss his future with the Italian National Team next month, but he may have already made up his mind.

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, Prandelli has decided to accept a four-year contract extension from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Monday Evening Ticker: Guarin, Vucinic set for shock switch; Barca unveil Camp Nou plans; and more

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Juventus' midfield just got even more talented.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Serie A leaders are in the final stages of completing a transfer that would send forward Mirko Vucinic to Inter Milan in place of midfielder Fredy Guarin. The Colombian international nearly moved to Chelsea earlier this month only for the English club to decide to sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica instead.

Thursday Kickoff: Juventus chase Lamela; Del Bosque backs Casillas; and more

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Erik Lamela's disappointing start in the English Premier League could be over after just six months.

After making a £30 million (nearly $50 million) move from AS Roma to Tottenham last August, Lamela has struggled to settle in London, and is reportedly being chased by a number of clubs in Italy, including Juventus.

Tuesday Kickoff: Prandelli wants Rossi-Balotelli partnership; Costa withdraws from Spain squad; and more

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Italy National Team head coachCesare Prandelli is planning on going with a new striker partnership when his side take on Germany in Milan on Friday.

With the return to fitness after two serious knee injuries and his red-hot scoring form for Fiorentina, Prandelli told reporters in Italy that he'd like to start Guiseppe Rossi alongside Mario Balotelli for the match against the Germans.

Sunday Ticker: Balotelli could be sold for right price, Messi ties La Liga record, and more

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As each day passes, it seems more likely that the Mario Balotelli experiment at Manchester City will be coming to an end.

A.C. Milan is interested in making a bid for the the 23-year-old Italian, though according to a report from Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, Manchester City are holding out for a £31 million transfer fee.

Real Madrid

Napoli Don't Seem to be Done Yet

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Napoli are continuing their steadfast trek toward building the squad that can win the Scudetto and challenge in Europe as they still chase Leandro Damiao, they've made an offer for Paris St-Germain's young Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, and, according to reports in the Italian media, are eyeing Alexis Sanchez.

Leonardo Vows That PSG Will Spend Big Again This Summer

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Financial Fair Play? What is that? That appears to be the attitude of Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo who says that his club will buy big again this summer.

PSG is closing in on its first Ligue 1 title in 19 years and after an impressive Champions League run, further spending is expected this summer from the club's Qatari owners ahead of another assault on the Champions League next season.

The Rest

Will Inter send redundant players to D.C. United? Maybe someday.

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Erick Thohir, owner of D.C. United and Inter, is talking about sending players to MLS.

These are the kinds of rumors that I hoped to be hearing from the minute that Erick Thohir bought Inter Milan. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper, Erick Thohir's new idea for the team is to try and send any of the players that are redundant but that he cannot sell during the January window to D.

Starlet on the move?

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Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that promising United youngster, Adnan Januzaj, has become a serious target for Italian giants, Juventus.

The Serie A side are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray but have grown frustrated by the Turkish clubs refusal to drop their asking price.

Ever Wondered What Swansea Boss Garry Monk Would Look Like As Harry Potter? Gazzetta Dello Sport Are Here To Help… (Photo)

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If you've ever lost days just wondering what Swansea boss Garry Monk would look like dressed as Harry Potter then wonder no longer; Gazzetta dello Sport are here to help!

On the cover ofthe Italian paper's Euro supplement, Gazzetta have mocked up Monk as Potter declaring he, Willy Sagnol, Rui Vitoria and Roger Schmidt to beEuropean football's "New Wizards"as part of a feature on this season'sflock of young"surprise package" managers.

Report: USMNT to face Iran in friendly match

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For only the third time ever, the U.S. Men's National Team could be taking on Iran in an international friendly match.

According to a report in Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, the two nation's soccer associations have agreed to take part in a four team tournament, that will reportedly also involve a country from Europe and from South America.

Genoa youth coach in full military attire caught spying on Sampdoria ahead of derby

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Ahead of Sunday's Derby della Lanterna, tensions between Genoa and local rivals Sampdoria tuned into a clandestine military operation. At least for one man.

According to Reuters, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Sampdoria fans spotted rustling in the nearby trees during a training session on Friday and notified the staff.