Alberto Aquilani moves closer to Fiorentina deal

The agent of Alberto Aquilani claims a deal is in place with Liverpool to take the midfielder to Fiorentina.

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani linked with Fiorentina

Fiorentina winger Valon Behrami hopes to see Alberto Aquilani join the Serie A outfit this summer.

No Fiorentina interest in Aquilani says agent

The agent of Alberto Aquilani has brushed aside speculation linking the player with a move to Fiorentina this summer.

Clichy ramps up his wages at Manchester City after Wenger’s refusal to pay

Arsenal's Gael Clichy will hugely increase his wages with a move to Manchester City but has also resolved to leave north London because he doubts Arsène Wenger's desire to keep him.

Fiorentina angered by Manchester United swoop for Pierluigi Gollini

Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has taken a swipe at Manchester United for convincing Italy Under-17 goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to leave the Tuscan outfit for Old Trafford.

Napoli's president mocks Mancini over plan to sign Lavezzi

Roberto Mancini has said he needs another striker, regardless of Carlos Tevez's decision on his own future, and has admitted that he is an enthusiast for Napoli's striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, though the Italian club's president yesterday ridiculed any pretensions Manchester City may have to buy the 26-year-old.

Gaël Clichy on verge of £7m move to City in new blow to Wenger

Manchester City finally began their summer's transfer business yesterday, moving towards a £7m deal for Arsenal's Gaël Clichy – yet another player who has been taken from under Liverpool's noses.

Inter appoint Gasperini as new coach

Inter Milan have confirmed Gian Piero Gasperini will be the club's new manager next season.

Gasperini leading candidate for Inter Milan job

Former Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has emerged as the leading candidate to take over at Inter Milan and a decision is due before the weekend, club president Massimo Moratti said today.

Shoe mogul comes to the rescue of Italy's cultural treasures

La Scala opera house has become the latest Italian cultural landmark to benefit from the largesse of Diego Della Valle, of Tod's luxury leather goods.

The man behind the scarf: 'With refs...ooof, he was awful'

Ian Herbert talks to Sven Goran Eriksson and David Platt and learns that Roberto Mancini's outward calm is only half the story

City optimism in short supply as Tevez heads for hamstring scan

Meanwhile, transfer talk resurfaces with Inter keen on £30m deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic banned for swearing at linesman

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for three games for swearing at a linesman, Serie A said today, as it handed down a second hefty suspension on the Swede in two appearances.

Mourinho rails at 'hypocrites' over fixture bias for Barça

Jose Mourinho, the Real Madrid coach, has lashed out at what he called the "hypocrites" who did not agree with his complaints that the La Liga calendar was unfair on his side and favoured Barcelona over other clubs.

Shoe tycoon helps to foot the bill to save Pompeii with €25m gift

An Italian shoe magnate is preparing to step in and help to save the ancient site of Pompeii from disintegration, following last year's headline-grabbing collapses in key buildings.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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