Giuseppe Marotta has commented on his contract extension with Inter till 2027 and more in an interview: “There’s no regret because it was a positive performance. We gave continuity to our recent past. It’s a good omen to fight for an important objective."
Atalanta drew praise for their offensive additions after cashing in on Rasmus Hojlund last summer, but their newcomers haven’t kept up the good form after a strong impact early on. El Bilal Touré quickly suffered a massive thigh injury. Gianluca Scamacca and Charles De Ketelaere have been hit-or-miss as of late.
Benoit Badiashile was the most recent addition to the Milan shortlist for the defense following Pierre Kalulu’s major thigh injury. The Frenchman recently made his seasonal debut and had a few blunders against Newcastle United, as Chelsea lost 1-4. The Rossoneri want him on loan with an option to buy.
Juventus have taken an interest in Georgyi Sudakov and are concocting a plan for January, but the talent is in high demand, as Arsenal, Barcelona, and a few other sides are tracking him as well. The competition fuels Shakhtar Donetsk’s requests, complicating the Bianconeri's plans.
Inter have been keeping tabs on Piotr Zielinski, whose Napoli contract runs out at the end of the season. They had new contacts with his camp to learn about the cost of the potential addition. Even though he’d eventually join them in a Bosman move the signing would still be pretty expensive.
Dusan Vlahovic had a colorful celebration after scoring against Inter on Sunday, bagging his first goal in two months after losing minutes primarily because of a back problem. The striker showed his jersey number and silenced the critics following his successful strike.
Napoli were successful in a difficult road game in the first game with Walter Mazzarri on the bench, as they eked it out versus Atalanta thanks to a late misplaced pass by Marco Carnesecchi and Elijf Elmas’ finish on a feed by Victor Osimhen.
Bologna might add a striker in January, and they are interested in Roma’s Sardar Azmoun, who hasn’t played much so far at Roma. While they plot to keep Joshua Zirkzee, they could move on from his backup Sidney Van Hooijdonk. The two forwards would also be able to team up.
The Lazio brass hasn’t come out to publicly defend Maurizio Sarri after his latest outburst, but they have done it behind the scenes. Director Angelo Fabiani spoke with the squad on Sunday after the dismal loss to Salernitana. Claudio Lotito was more incendiary in some private remarks.
Several teams, including Juventus, Milan, and Inter, have taken notice of Claudio Echeverri, who turned heads during the recent U-17 World Cup. He had a hat-trick versus Brazil. A host of suitors have already lined up ahead of the next transfer windows, with Real Madrid leading the race.
Paulo Dybala had one of his best performances of the season against Udinese, scoring his first goal since mid-September. He missed a few games with a knee injury and needed time round into shape afterward. His camp and Roma have been in talks to extend his contract, but there’s no agreement yet.
The strong performances have quieted the chatter and the criticism around Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll remain at the helm long-term. Corriere dello Sport’s director Ivan Zazzaroni stated that the gaffer would leave at the end of the season.