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COPPA ITALIA: FIORENTINA TO FACE JUVENTUS

Fiorentina will take on Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-finals for a place in the final of the competition this season after they saw off hosts Atalantain a five-goal thriller during their quarterfinal tie in Bergamo on Thursday night. Serbian international striker DusanVlahovicof Juventus will have to chance to immediately face his former team Fiorentinatwice apart from their league meeting later this season. Fiorentina and Juventus are due to face each other in the league for the second and last time this season on the final day. For Coppa Italia, the first leg between the two teams is at ArtemioFranchi Stadium in Florence on March 2, while the second leg is at the Allianz Arena in Turin on April 21.

NAPOLI EYEING TWO BUNDESLIGA TALENTS - REPORT

Italian top flight leaders Napoli are said to be on the trail of two talents from the German Bundesliga. According to II Correiredello Sport (CdS), Napoli want to sign Borussia Moenchengladbach star Florian Neuhaus and Augsburg central defender Felix Uduokhai.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to strengthen his first team squad despite the excellent start to the new season. The team from Naples is sitting at the top of the table ahead of title rivals AC Milan on goal difference. Both Napoli and Milan have 32 points each after 13 league games. Defending champions Inter Milan are not far from the top two teams with 28 points from their first 13 games. The aforementioned trio are seen as the only ones with genuine title credentials in the Italian Serie A this season.

NAPOLI JOIN THE RACE TO SIGN ARSENAL FORWARD

Italian Serie A outfit Napoli have become the latest club to join the race in the quest to sign France international attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar from Lyon, according to multiple reports from various sources. The French midfielder is under the radar of some of Europe's big clubs and has earned the recognition he is currently getting after the scintillating series of performances he had for the French club last season. Arsenal were said to be the frontrunners for the midfielder's signature but it looks like they have fallen out of line to seal his transfer and now other clubs are beginning to go ahead of the Gunners in the queue.

NAPOLI LOSE BERTRAND SIGNING TO LEICESTER CITY

Leicester City have beaten Napoli to the signing of Ryan Bertrand, and the left-back is set to sign a two-year deal with the Foxes in the coming days. The former England international star was a free agent after leaving Southampton at the end of last season as both him and the South Coast club failed to reach an agreement over the extension of his contract. Bertrand left Southampton as one of their best players and continued to build his reputation as one of the best left-backs in the league but he was believed to be demanding too much at the St Mary's and he will now start next season at the King Power Stadium after deciding against moving to the Stadio Olimpico.

NAPOLI EYEING MOVE FOR LAMELA

TottenhamHotspur winger Erik Lamela is attracting serious interest from one of the biggest clubs in Italy according to the latest reports in the media. Napoli are one of the biggest clubs in Italy and they are said to be interested in the Argentine national team player.

The specific report from Corrieredello Sport claimed that Napoli see Lamela as the replacement for star forward Lorenzo Insigne if the Italian international leaves the club this summer. The long-term future of Insigne at Napoli is in serious doubts with the winger yet to sign a new deal at the club. Insigne has a contract at Napoli that runs out next summer meaning that he has one year left on his contract.

Napoli have a big decision to make on the player on whether to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free next summer if he does not pen a new deal.

NAPOLI: STRONG FINISH MIGHT KEEP GATTUSO

Napoli manager GennaroGattuso might still be in the dugout at the club when the new season starts in August according to the publication from the stables of La Repubblicain Italy. It was revealed that a strong finish to the season could aid Gattusoto sign a new deal at the club.

Gattuso and Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis didn't see eye-to-eye in the winter when the club was going through a rough patch but things have changed since the return to fitness of the club's key players. Under the watchful eyes of Gattuso, Napoli are one of the form teams in the Italian Serie A over the last two months and are favourites to secure a Champions League spot that was unlikely during the winter time.

With the current football season coming to an end, there's only one thing that comes to the mind of football fans and it is the fact that the transfer window is closing in on us quickly. Clubs across Europe are now compiling their lists of the players they would like to sign already so that they do not have to waste so much time when the window finally opens.

One of the latest transfer rumours currently making the rounds is the one that sees Premier League duo Chelse and Arsenal battle Napoli for the signing of impressive and highly-rated young star Kaio Jorge. The superb Brazilian young talent has been attracting a lot of interest from various clubs due to his outstanding abilities and will likely cause a bidding war between those clubs in the summer.

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HERRERA TARGETS ANOTHER WIN OVER NAPOLI

Midfielder Yangel Herrera was one of the heroes for Granada who took a giant step towards the round of 16 in the Europa League following the win over Napoli at home. The Venezuelan player opened the scoring for Granada at the Estadio de Los Carmenosbefore fellow South American star Kenedy added a second goal in two minutes. Kenedy had capitalised on some sloppy play from Napoli attacker Marco Politanoto double the advantage for the hosts on 21 minutes.


The damage was done to Napoli in just two first half minutes thereby leaving the Italian Serie A giants on the blink of elimination ahead of the second leg in Naples. Napoli will have to score three goals without reply in the second leg at home if they want to move past Granada into the round of 16 without extra time or penalties. A Granada goal in the second leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie means that Napoli will need to score four goals to qualify for the round of 16 of the competition.

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