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David Ospina joins Napoli on loan deal from Arsenal

• Italian club have option to sign goalkeeper on permanent basis• 29-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at ArsenalDavid Ospina has joined Napoli on loan with the Italian club having the option to buy the goalkeeper from Arsenal on a permanent b…

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri accused of trying to ‘dismantle’ Napoli squad

• Aurelio De Laurentiis says Sarri ‘wanted to take my whole team’• Napoli president ‘laid down law’ to Marina GranovskaiaNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that the club’s former manager Maurizio Sarri tried to “dismantle” the Italian team…

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Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho arrive at Chelsea to complete moves to club

• Sarri to replace sacked Antonio Conte as manager• Midfielder Jorginho chooses Chelsea ahead of Manchester CityMaurizio Sarri and Jorginho were at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening to complete their moves to Chelsea.Sarri is taking over as manager fro…

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Will former banker Maurizio Sarri reap dividends for Chelsea? | Paolo Bandini

The new coach at Stamford Bridge rarely surprised anyone with his tactics at Napoli, yet they often swept opponents asideAt last, Chelsea can see “a fumata bianca”. In the lexicon of Italian football journalism, that phrase – “white smoke” – is used to…

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Manchester City close in on £43m move for Napoli’s Jorginho

• Midfielder expected to complete transfer this week• City remain in pole position for £60m Riyad MahrezPep Guardiola hopes to sign Jorginho in time for the start of pre-season training on Monday, with Manchester City and Napoli close to finalising a d…

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Manchester City agree initial £43m fee with Napoli for Jorginho

• City hope to finalise deal in coming days• Italy international to sign five-year contractManchester City are close to completing the signing of Jorginho after agreeing an initial fee of €49m (£43m) with Napoli for the Italy midfielder.After weeks of …

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Chelsea closer to recruiting Maurizio Sarri – and Gianfranco Zola too

• Sarri increasingly confident deal can be reached with Napoli• Zola likely to join the head coach at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri is growing increasingly confident agreement will be reached between Chelsea and Napoli to smooth his appointment as head…

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Chelsea tell Maurizio Sarri they will not pay Napoli release clause

• Talks with Italian over two-year deal progressing well • Napoli play hard ball and Sarri’s lawyers consider legal optionsMaurizio Sarri and his legal representatives have been left to explore ways to extricate him from the final two years of his Napo…

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The Bandinis 2017: an exhaustive review of the Serie A season

A season of expected change in Italy ended in familiar fashion but Napoli’s title bid, Lazio’s resurgence and a host of young talent made for a memorable campaignThis was supposed to be a season of change in Serie A. VAR would put an end to the old pol…

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Chelsea sound out Maurizio Sarri over replacing Antonio Conte

Sarri leaving Napoli after guiding club to second in Serie AChelsea hierarchy continue to weigh up Conte’s futureChelsea will meet with Maurizio Sarri’s representatives on Friday, with the former Napoli coach a candidate for the manager’s job should th…

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Carlo Ancelotti replaces Maurizio Sarri as Napoli coach

•Former Chelsea and Bayern coach signs two-year deal•Sarri weighing up an offer from Zenit St PetersburgCarlo Ancelotti, the former Chelsea manager, has agreed to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli’s coach. The Italian, who has also managed Real Madrid a…

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Carlo Ancelotti replaces Maurizio Sarri as Napoli coach

•Former Chelsea and Bayern coach signs two-year deal•Sarri weighing up an offer from Zenit St PetersburgCarlo Ancelotti, the former Chelsea manager, has agreed to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli’s coach. The Italian, who has also managed Real Madrid a…

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Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri hints at exit amid Chelsea link

Sarri has been linked with the Chelsea jobNapoli finished second in Serie A with 91 pointsMaurizio Sarri has dropped a strong hint that his time at Napoli is drawing to a close amid reports suggesting he will leave the Serie A club.The 59-year-old coac…

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Football transfer rumours: Elseid Hysaj a target for Manchester United?

Today’s whispers are beach-body readyDespite doing everything to show that he is a man for the big occasion in helping his team reach a third successive Champions League final, Real Madrid are continuing their seemingly never-ending search for Keylor N…

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Juventus have Serie A (nearly) in the bag but the fight elsewhere is just hotting up | Paolo Bandini

The title will go to Juventus again after Napoli’s impressive season faded but the fight for Europe and to survive is set to go down to the wireFor the seventh season running, Juventus will be champions of Italy. The Scudetto is not officially theirs j…

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Juventus almost in seventh heaven as Napoli title bid comes undone | Paolo Bandini

The champions found a win from nowhere to heap pressure on Napoli, whose hopes were left in tatters at FiorentinaFino alla fine. Until the end. Those three words were chosen by Juventus supporters to be printed on the club’s shirts in 2014, a snippet b…

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Napoli’s Serie A title hopes in tatters after 3-0 defeat by Fiorentina

• Giovanni Simeone scored a hat-trick against 10-man Napoli• Milan beat Bologna 2-1 with help of VARNapoli’s dream of winning the Serie A title lies in tatters after they were humbled 3-0 by Fiorentina, for whom Giovanni Simeone scored a hat-tric…

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Fiorentina v Napoli: Serie A – live!

Latest updates from the 5pm (BST) kick-off in ItalyHiguaín hits late winner in thriller to beat 10-man InterFeel free to email Nick or tweet: @NickAmes82 12.31pm BST Serie A, eh? It’s where the drama is this season and I would say there is a fair chanc…

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The Fiver | The picturesque home of the world’s best pizza and ice cream

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When The Fiver’s gossip-mongering, tittle-tattling colleague The Rumour Mill resorted to cheap, lazy stereotype while making a quip about a potential Danny Welbeck move to Napoli some years ago, things…

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Napoli storm the palace to ‘seize power’ from Juve in Serie A title race | Paolo Bandini

‘Mamma miaaaa!!!’ described this 1-0 win best. Not since Maradona wore the shirt have Napoli known times like theseTell a story in two words. Diego Maradona did his best in the moments that followed Napoli’s stunning 1-0 victory over Juventus in Turin …