Inter midfielder Borja Valero has reportedly convinced coach Antonio Conte, who is prepared to offer him a new deal at San Siro.
The former Fiorentina man has stepped up after the lockdown and has been praised by Conte for his contribution in the absence of key members in midfield.
Il Corriere dello Sport claims the coach wants to have the Spanish playmaker available in 2020-21 and the offer of a new deal should arrive shortly for Borja Valero.
The 35-year-old has appeared 19 times in Serie A this term and has contributed two goals.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s two Serie A games, as Atalanta visit Dejan Kulusevski’s Parma and Inter take on Napoli.
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We begin at 18.30 UK time (17.30 GMT) at the Stadio Tardini, where Kulusevski tries to earn Parma a third straight win and do it against his former club, even if he barely played for them.
Atalanta are still unbeaten since the lockdown and are aiming for 100 Serie A goals this season, not to mention second place.
At 20.45 UK time (19.45 GMT), Inter aim to defend that silver medal position against on form Napoli, just weeks after the Partenopei knocked them out of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
Dries Mertens is suspended, so Arkadiusz Milik should lead the attack against Romelu Lukaku’s Nerazzurri.
Hellas Verona ended their winless streak by thrashing sorry SPAL with an early Samuel Di Carmine brace and Marco Davide Faraoni header.
The Stadio Bentegodi side had lost momentum in recent weeks after securing mid-table safety, but wanted to bow out with a good result in their final home game of the season.
Di Carmine immediately pounced on poor defending to score twice, then Faraoni added a third after the restart.
Simone Inzaghi wants Lazio to face Hellas Verona ‘in the best possible way’ after securing a top four slot. ‘We have reached our main objective.’
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“We know this is a tough game and we are up against a Verona side who have done so well this season, but we’ll try to put in a strong performance, regardless of the situation in the table,” Inzaghi told Lazio Style Channel.
“We have reached our main objective, a top four finish. There are still three rounds to go, so we’ve got to end it in the best possible way.”
The injury crisis is starting to ease after it hit a peak in the defeat with Juventus, but remains an issue for the Lazio coach.
“I have a few decisions to make, we have to see how some have recovered from the last game and today’s training session. Francesco Acerbi, Adam Marusic, Denis Vavro and Danilo Cataldi probably will travel with us, but are not in great shape.
“The others will be ready, except for suspended Manuel Lazzari, while Senad Lulic, Stefan Radu and Lucas Leiva are out for the rest of the season.”
Mayor of Bagno a Ripoli Francesco Casini has claimed ‘the Florentines understood the importance’ of Fiorentina’s and patron Rocco Commisso’s plans and will start building the new sports centre ‘in short time’.
Fiorentina and the superintendence met to discuss the club’s plans for a new sports centre in Bagno a Ripoli and the mayor confirmed that the building will commence to help the club take a ‘qualitative leap’.
“The Florentines understood the importance of Fiorentina’s and Commisso’s plans,” he told Radio Bruno. “The President is an ambitious person with clear ideas.
“The Sports Centre and the new headquarters of the club will be built in Bagno a Ripoli in short time.
“I believe that there will arrive great surprises in the market and sporting level, which is what we are most interested in.
“We must not forget that the theme of infrastructure is the point of a team’s qualitative leap forward.”
Brescia coach Diego Lopez was happy with the performance against SPAL and claimed the Rondinelle ‘can’t give up’ on salvation.
A brace from Jaromir Zmrhal cancelled out Bryan Dabo’s opener and helped Brescia claim all the spoils in 2-1 win at the Rigamonti on Sunday.
With 12 points left to play for and nine points to safety, it’s a tall task for Lopez’ men, but the coach will never stop believing.
“We can’t give up. This must transmit,” he said at a press conference after the game. “We must go there [to Lecce] and play the game.
“There are ways and ways to lose. It will be difficult to stay up, but we must fight until the end. Today, we could have lost it, but we kept it in play.”
The Uruguayan revealed he was already thinking about Lecce after the final whistle.
“Us coaches have only one evening to think about what we have done. Wednesday will be extremely important.
“The staff must work hard for the match against Lecce.”
Lecce sit four points behind safety themselves and a defeat to Brescia can give Genoa the opportunity to pull further away from the relegation zone.
Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero warns they are ‘not sacrificial lambs’ to hand Juventus the Scudetto this evening. ‘We want to win.’
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The Bianconeri will be mathematically crowned Champions of Italy if they get three points this evening, having already fumbled that opportunity with a 2-1 defeat to Udinese on Thursday.
“We are not sacrificial lambs for anyone, nor are we already on our summer vacation,” Ferrero told Libero newspaper.
“I wish to make that clear to anyone who considers the three points guaranteed for Juventus. Nothing could be further from the truth! We want to continue the run of victories we had in recent weeks.
“We are going to Turin to play our game and we want to win. It’s one thing to beat a team around the relegation zone and quite another to defeat the champions of Italy.
“Beating a side like Juve on their own turf, that would really be special and Samp making a statement.”
Crotone have been promoted into Serie A after their 5-1 hammering of Livorno, joining Benevento in the top flight next term.
This will be only their third ever campaign in Serie A, after finishing 17th in 2016-17 with an extraordinary comeback under coach Davide Nicola, then 18th position in 2017-18.
The team from Calabria secured second place in Serie B with 19 wins, eight draws and nine defeats.
Pippo Inzaghi’s Benevento had booked their spot several weeks ago and are currently 28 points clear of Crotone.
The Pitagorici had to wait until this evening to celebrate after their 5-1 win away to Livorno, as Spezia’s failure to get all three points at Cremonese proved decisive.
The third and final promotion spot will be awarded via play-offs.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma took a private helicopter to meet agent Mino Raiola in Monte Carlo, it’s reported, where they’ll discuss Milan contract renewals.
According to Calciomercato.com and Pianeta Milan, the pair were whisked away from the Milanello training ground this afternoon, having played in last night’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta.
It’s believed they were going to meet Raiola, who represents both the star players.
Ibrahimovic’s contract only runs to the end of this season and he had seemed certain to leave until the decision to stick with coach Stefano Pioli.
Now he is reconsidering his options and Calciomercato.com maintain the offer on the table is a salary worth €4m per season, whereas Ibra wants €6m.
Pianeta Milan are confident Ibrahimovic will commit his future to the Diavolo.
As for Donnarumma, his contract is due to expire in June 2021 and it remains to be seen if he’d ask for a release clause, particularly if Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The 21-year-old already has 201 appearances under his belt for Milan and last night saved a Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty, marking his first start as captain.
Juventus clinched their ninth Serie A title in a row with this 2-0 win over Sampdoria, despite Cristiano Ronaldo missing a penalty and some injury worries.
The Bianconeri needed a victory and found it tough going in the first half, particularly after Danilo went off with a knock to the head and Paulo Dybala picked up a muscular problem.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in stoppages by finishing off a Miralem Pjanic free kick routine.
Samp had several chances after the restart, but Federico Bernardeschi got the rebound from an Emil Audero save.
Morten Thorsby saw red for two bookable offences and Ronaldo had the chance to close the gap on Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile, but blasted his penalty on to the crossbar.
Nonetheless, CR7 dived into the Scudetto celebrations at the final whistle.