Luciano Spalletti has issued the final squad list for the Ukraine game, where Italy will need to avoid losing to finish second and qualify for Euro 2024 directly without going through the playoff. The most notable exclusion is Domenico Berardi, who started against North Macedonia but had an underwhelming performance.
Italy gaffer Luciano Spalletti has issued his final call-ups for Friday’s game versus North Macedonia. Five players will watch the tilt from the stands since they can’t all be on the bench. Vicario, Colpani, who'll have to wait for his debut, Biraghi, and Kean miss out.
Davide Calabria was set to make his Italy return, but he bowed out after suffering a minor thigh problem against Lecce. Luciano Spalletti has called up two right-backs, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Matteo Darmian. The former has to serve a disqualification in Friday’s game versus North Macedonia.
Maurizio Sarri wants players ready to contribute right away as part of his plans to revamp the Lazio roster. They need to add depth following the Champions League qualification. Rather than bringing in youngsters, the gaffer prefers proven commodities. A few backups could be allowed to leave.
An Inter scout was spotted in the stands of the recent game between Club Brugge and Benfica to scout a few players, in particular Tajon Buchanan. The Canadian winger caught the Nerazzurri’s attention during the World Cup. He’s one of the main candidates to succeed Denzel Dumfries on the right flank.
Manuel Lazzari has penned a new contract with Lazio, as the club just formalized. The Biancocelesti won’t stop there, as Danilo Cataldi and Luka Romero are next in line. The management is also negotiating with Felipe Anderson. The officials are trying to identify the right piece for the left flank.
The break comes at an inopportune time for Lazio, which are hitting their strides. Coach Maurizio Sarri didn’t mince words about the unusual schedule and the Winter World Cup during the post-game presser: "It’s an insult to football. Somebody has to explain to me what Qatar gives to the sport."
With Chelsea and Manchester United tracking Denzel Dumfries, Inter are quietly considering possible replacements. Milan Skriniar is now closer to staying, so the Dutchman might be made available to help the team’s finances.
Juan Musso has not fully lived up to expectations this season, and Atalanta will consider partying ways with him in the summer. However, it will take a considerable offer. La Dea would be looking to recoup the €20M investment, if not even turn in a profit.
Lazio returned to winning ways in Serie A following a disheartening 3-0 loss to bitter rivals Roma by ensuring a 2-1 home triumph over in-form Sassuolo. Maurizio Sarri's men came out on top of Saturday's action-packed affair at the Stadio Olimpico to reignite their hopes of securing a top-six finish.
Atalanta are tracking some targets to replace Robin Gosens. They inquired about three options in particular. However, they might ultimately elect not to sign any new player in the final days of the January window. CEO Luca Percassi bid farewell to their ace: "He has given us a lot over the last few years."
Lazio can not sign new players unless they finalize some departures, and they are having trouble with the second part of the equation. Vedat Muriqi and Manuel Lazzari appear to be the main candidates to leave, but director Igli Tare and the agent of the fullback denied the buzz.