De Roon: ‘Atalanta improve every year’

Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon says Atalanta are eager to get back in action and feels the Orobici ‘improve every year’.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s men finished third in Serie A last season and reached the quarter-finals in the Champions League, something that obviously gives the players confidence ahead of the new season.

De Roon admitted they have had a ‘short holiday’, but the midfielder just wants to get back on the pitch.

“There’s a great desire to return, we have had a short holiday, but we are charged and ready to play,” De Roon told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have managed to improve every year. First, we thought fourth was the best, then we reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“Castagne left, but we bought four or five players and I have already seen two or three at work, and they are strong,” De Roon added.

“Then [Aleksei] Miranchuk will arrive and [Josip] Ilicic could return. We have a strong enough team.”

Josip Ilicic missed the last part of the season but has returned to the group and De Roon said they hope to have him back ‘as soon as possible’.

“Josip still needs some time, he is training, he’s not in his best shape physically. But he’s recovering.

“We hope to have him with us as soon as possible because we are even stronger with his qualities.”

Atalanta start with an away match against Torino on Saturday but De Roon wants to wait a few months to see where the Orobici are placed in the League before talking about a Scudetto battle.

“Juventus and Inter, and perhaps Napoli can play for the title,” he said. “We will see in three to four months how we are placed in the table.

“It would be great to repeat what we did last season.”

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OFFICIAL: Godin signs with Cagliari

Cagliari have officially announced Diego Godin’s arrival from Inter and have signed a three-year deal with the defender.

“Cagliari Calcio are pleased to announce the signing of Diego Godin from Inter,” the statement read.

“The Uruguayan defender has signed an agreement that ties him to the Rossoblu until June 30, 2023.”

Image credit: CagliariCalcio.com

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Report: Salcedo returns to Verona

Hellas Verona are reportedly on the verge of bringing Eddie Salcedo back to the Bentegoi, having reached an agreement with Inter.

The striker played 17 games for the Gialloblu last term and scored once for Ivan Juric’s side and Sky Sport Italia reports he will return on loan for 2020-21.

Verona have reportedly reached an agreement for a loan with an option to buy and a buy-back clause in favour of the Nerazzurri.

Salcedo, who turns 19 on October 1, moved from Genoa to Inter on a permanent deal for €8.60m from Genoa in July 2019, but has never played a competitive game for the first team at San Siro.

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Sileri: ‘20,000 fans could be allowed at the Olimpico’

Deputy Health Minister Pierpaolo Sileri believes Serie A could allow ‘up to a third of the stadium capacity’ back into the stands.

Serie A clubs have been allowed to have 1,000 spectators at games in 2020-21, but Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora revealed stadiums will gradually reopen from October 8.

The Deputy Health Minister believes one third of the stadium’s capacity could be filled and still be within the protocol.

“When two metres of safety are maintained, with precise rules, hugs are forbidden, with the use of masks and sanitisers,” Sileri said to Rai Uno. “Then I think we could allow up to a third of the stadium capacity to be filled.

“In the case of the Olimipco, for example, which can hold around 80,000 people, I think that we could allow around 20,000 to 25,000 fans to enter.”

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Report: Napoli consider Vecino

Napoli reportedly consider signing Inter midfielder Matias Vecino, who will be back from injury in November.

Il Corriere dello Sport reports Gennaro Gattuso wants the Uruguayan midfielder at the San Paolo this summer and the 29-year-old could be up for grabs.

He is currently recovering from injury reports suggested he would be dropped from the Champions League, since he won’t return to the pitch until November.

The newspaper reveals Napoli have entered talks with the Nerazzurri and are thinking about a loan deal with an option to buy for €12m.

Inter could ask for €18m, but Vecino seems set for a move away from the Beneamata. Antonio Conte has added Arturo Vidal to an already crowded midfield department at San Siro, after the Chilean completed a move from Barcelona yesterday.

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Report: Ranocchia meets with agents

Andrea Ranocchia’s representatives are in Milan to discuss the defender’s future, as Genoa, Parma and Sassuolo are being linked with the Inter defender.

Ranocchia, who arrived at Inter from Genoa in January 2011, could return to the Marassi before the transfer market closes on October 5.

SportItalia reports the 32-year-old’s representatives are meeting with the Nerazzurri to define the centre-back’s future.

Genoa are interested in bringing him back to Liguria, but Parma and Sassuolo have been mentioned too, according to the broadcaster.

Ranocchia spent six months as Sampdoria in 2016, before moving on loan to Hull City in January 2017 for six months in the Premier League.

The former Italy international, capped 21 times, has played 207 competitive games for the Nerazzurri, contributing 13 goals in the process.

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Sampdoria given Candreva price

Inter have asked for €3m to sell winger Antonio Candreva to Sampdoria, claim Sky Sport Italia.

The 33-year-old is a named target for the Blucerchiati, who confirmed they are ‘working on’ a deal.

It’s reported the Italy international will be allowed to leave for €3m, but there will be no discounts.

Candreva had been unconvinced by the idea of moving to Samp, but seems to have changed his mind following the negotiations.

His contract with the Nerazzurri only runs to June 2021.

Last season, Candreva made 40 competitive appearances for Inter, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists.

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Spezia sign Cagliari duo

Spezia have officially signed Diego Farias and Alessandro Deiola on loan from Cagliari, but are also working on other new deals.

The 25-year-old midfielder and 30-year-old forward completed the move this evening.

Going into their first ever Serie A season, Spezia are also in talks with Sampdoria for defender Julian Chabot.

They officially loaned defender Lorenzo Colombini to Novara.

Spezia are expected to secure Inter attacking midfielder Lucien Agoume on loan, along with Torino defender Koffi Djidji and Tommaso Pobega of Milan.

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Nainggolan talks for Cagliari transfer

Cagliari are in talks to bring Radja Nainggolan back from Inter, this time on a permanent basis for circa €12m.

The midfielder was in Sardinia from January 2010-14, then returned on loan from the Nerazzurri last season.

His wife, who is currently battling cancer, is from the island and the move was also in part to ensure she was closer to her family.

Now ex-Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has taken over the team and given Nainggolan even more reasons to make the move a permanent one.

With Arturo Vidal signing today, Inter no longer have room for the 32-year-old Belgium international.

According to various reports, including FCInterNews, Cagliari met Inter directors today to discuss the possibility of a transfer.

It’d be a loan for €3m with obligation to buy at the end of the season for another €9m.

The main issue is his salary, but Nainggolan is discussing a way of extending the deal so that the wages can be spread out over a longer period of time.

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Spezia snap up three players

Spezia have reportedly done a triple loan deal for Torino defender Koffi Djidji, Inter midfielder Lucien Agoume and Milan’s Tommaso Pobega.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the trio will be given regular playing time at the newly-promoted club.

Djidji already has plenty of experience, as the Ivorian centre-back is 27 years old, formerly of Nantes, and has been at Torino since 2018.

Agoume is an 18-year-old midfielder who moved to Inter from Sochaux last summer for €4.5m plus bonuses.

He is a star of the Inter youth team and made three senior appearances for the club too.

Pobega recently turned 21 and spent last season at Pordenone in Serie B, where he helped them to the promotion play-offs with six goals and four assists in 34 competitive games.

He signed a new and extended contract with Milan, so is loaned out to get more playing time.

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