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Probable line-ups: France-Italy

Roberto Mancini is set to make several changes to his Italy side for the friendly against World Cup contenders France, including Federico Chiesa and Bryan Cristante. It kicks off in Nice on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). The Azzurri beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Monday in Mancini’s debut, with Mario Balotelli and Andrea…

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Probable line-ups: France-Italy

Roberto Mancini is set to make several changes to his Italy side for the friendly against World Cup contenders France, including Federico Chiesa and Bryan Cristante. It kicks off in Nice on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). The Azzurri beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Monday in Mancini’s debut, with Mario Balotelli and Andrea…

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Darmian set for Juve medical

Matteo Darmian will undergo a medical to complete his €12m transfer from Manchester United to Juventus, claim Sportitalia. The full-back was spotted in Milan today and is expected to have his medical tests tomorrow in Turin. A deal has been worked out several days ago worth a total of €12m. It is a return to…

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Allegri or Pochettino for Madrid?

Following Zinedine Zidane’s shock resignation, Real Madrid are targeting Mauricio Pochettino or Juventus Coach Max Allegri. Zizou won his third consecutive Champions League trophy last week, beating Liverpool 3-1 in the Final, and wrote his name in the history books. Perhaps aware it was difficult to top that run, he chose to walk away this…

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Marcano: 'Chose Roma for history'

New Roma defender Ivan Marcano explains he chose the Giallorossi for their “remarkable history” and philosophy of football. The centre-back signed a three-year contract with option for a fourth today, arriving as a free agent from FC Porto. “I am very happy to be here and excited too. I can’t wait to start playing,” Marcano…

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Deschamps: 'Balotelli among best'

Didier Deschamps expects Italy to be “motivated” against France and believes Mario Balotelli “is one of the best European forwards.” The friendly kicks off in Nice tomorrow at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) and the 35,500-seater arena is sold out. “I am very satisfied with what we’ve seen so far, though there are other steps…