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December 2016

Luiz Adriano agrees Spartak move
30.12 || webmaster

Milan striker Luiz Adriano has signed a contract with Spartak Moscow, and only needs to complete a medical to make the deal official.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the two clubs have agreed the deal which will save the Rossoneri €5m per season in salary until 2020.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Storari in AC Milan return?
30.12 || webmaster

Marco Storari could be heading to Milan as a backup goalkeeper for Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.

After joining Cagliari from Juventus in summer 2015, the almost 40-year-old has been criticised by fans this season. The Sardinians have conceded 42 goals in the league this term, and have by far the worst defensive record in Serie A.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Luiz Adriano 'happy to join Spartak'
30.12 || webmaster

The agent of Luiz Adriano confirms that the Milan striker would be happy to join Spartak Moscow.

Speaking to the Press, Gilmar Velosz also confirmed that such a deal could be imminent. The Brazilian has played just 121 minutes of football under Coach Vincenzo Montella this term, after having signed for the club in summer 2015 for a fee of €8m.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Montella: 'Supercoppa best moment'
30.12 || webmaster

Milan Coach Vincenzo Montella admits that winning the Supercoppa was his ‘best moment as a Coach.’

The Rossoneri triumphed over holders Juventus in Doha last Friday, with Mario Pasalic scoring the winning penalty in the shootout after the match finished 1-1.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan 'set to sign Deulofeu'
30.12 || webmaster

Milan are reportedly ‘very close’ to securing a loan deal for Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu.

According to La Repubblica, an agreement has been all-but reached for the 22-year-old former Barcelona man, who can also play in a forward role.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Agent: ‘AC Milan can’t afford Badelj’
30.12 || webmaster

Milan Badelj’s agent believes Milan can’t afford to sign his client in January.

The Rossoneri tried to sign the Croatian in the summer, but were unable to get a deal done with the Viola.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan consider Niang sale
30.12 || webmaster

AC Milan are starting to get interested in selling French player M'Baye Niang in order to raise transfer funds, according to the Latest Football News at Bethut.

Due to the delay of the takeover of the Milanese club by Chinese consortium Sino-Europe Sports the upcoming winter transfer window must be dealt it on a net basis.

The Rossoneri are looking to offload Luiz Adriano to Spartak Moscow to free up some cash but it seems the Brazilian won't be the only one leaving.

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella overlooked Niang for the whole minutes of the Italian Supercup and played only a few minutes during the last Serie A game against Atalanta. This comes on top of the dreadful performances during the past couple of games, topped with penalty misses against Roma and Crotone.

As such, the club is considering the sale of the Frenchman if any offer between €15m and €20m arrives.

However, the OK must not only come from Adriano Galliani and the current management but from the Sino-Europe decision makers as well.

Suso on renewal and Montella
27.12 || webmaster

Suso does not anticipate there will be any problems over signing a contract renewal with Milan.

The Spanish forward is reported to be on the verge of securing a new deal at San Siro, which will double his wages and see him tied to the Rossoneri until 2021.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Pasalic ‘has AC Milan at heart’
27.12 || webmaster

The agent of Mario Pasalic has hinted the player may wish to remain at Milan beyond the end of his loan spell.

The 21-year-old made a temporary switch to San Siro from Chelsea at the start of the season and, though he has had his fair share of injury problems of late, he scored the decisive penalty in the Rossoneri’s recent Supercoppa Italiana win over Juventus.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Suso close to AC Milan renewal?
27.12 || webmaster

It is reported that Milan forward Suso is close to agreeing a new contract at San Siro.

The Spaniard, who arrived at the Rossoneri from Liverpool, has been a revelation under Coach Vincenzo Montella this season.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Italian Supercup: Juventus 1:1 (3:4) AC Milan - goals/highlights
23.12 || webmaster



Galliani: 'AC Milan's most special trophy'
23.12 || webmaster

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani said he will “keep this trophy in my heart more than any other” after beating Juventus for the Supercoppa.

The final ended 1-1 in Doha after 90 minutes and had to be decided on a penalty shoot-out, as 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma parried from Paulo Dybala and Mario Pasalic converted the winner.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Bonaventura: 'A striker's goal!'
23.12 || webmaster

Giacomo Bonaventura had special dedications for the Italian Super Cup and joked he scored “a striker-style goal” as Milan beat Juventus.

The game ended 1-1 in Doha after 90 minutes with his header wiping out the Giorgio Chiellini opener, then the Rossoneri triumphed in a penalty shoot-out.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Montella: 'AC Milan deserved it'
23.12 || webmaster

Vincenzo Montella felt Milan “deserved to win in 90 minutes” after beating Juventus for the Supercoppa Italiana on a penalty shoot-out.

Jack Bonaventura had cancelled out the Giorgio Chiellini opener in Doha, but the sides could only be divided on spot-kicks.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Donnarumma: 'Dedicated to Berlusconi'
23.12 || webmaster

Gianluigi Donnarumma dedicated the Supercoppa Italiana triumph to Milan President Silvio Berlusconi after beating Juventus.

It ended 1-1 in Doha after 90 and then 120 minutes, but Donnarumma’s save on Paulo Dybala in the shoot-out proved decisive.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Italian Supercup: Juventus 1:1 (3:4) AC Milan - match report
23.12 || webmaster

Milan have won the Supercoppa Italiana after a 1-1 draw with Juventus, as Gigio Donnarumma’s penalty shoot-out save on Paulo Dybala proved decisive.

This was traditionally a clash between the Scudetto winners and Coppa Italia holders, but as Juve got both those trophies in 2016, their opponents in Doha were beaten Coppa Finalists Milan. The Rossoneri’s last piece of silverware was the Supercoppa in 2011, when Max Allegri was in charge. Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves and not 100 per cent fit Andrea Barzagli missed out, while Miralem Pjanic was preferred to Paulo Dybala. Milan had beaten Juventus 1-0 with a Manuel Locatelli scorcher in Serie A in October.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Damato to referee Supercoppa
19.12 || webmaster

Antonio Damato has been announced as the referee for Friday’s Supercoppa Italiana between Juventus and Milan.

The Serie A winners face the Coppa Italia runners-up in Doha this week, with the Bianconeri looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time in five years.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Galliani: ’No big signings for AC Milan’
19.12 || webmaster

Adriano Galliani can “categorically rule-out” any big names joining Milan in January, but Ascoli’s Riccardo Orsolini is an option.

The Rossoneri are in the midst of a takeover from Chinese consortium Sino-Europe Sports, but it has been delayed until March.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Montella: 'AC Milan used to finals'
19.12 || webmaster

Vincenzo Montella believes his Milan side have played like they are in a final already this season.

The Rossoneri take on Juventus in the SuperCoppa Italiana in Doha on Friday, and the Coach stressed that Max Allegri's men are not a one-man team.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Suso: From nearly man to number one
19.12 || webmaster

After a hugely disappointing three years at Liverpool, during which time he endured an indifferent loan spell at Almeria, Suso didn't exactly set the football world on fire during his early days at AC Milan. Just as it looked like the potential that clearly lies within him was going to go unrealised, everything has changed.

In fact, Suso has returned from a loan spell at Serie A side Genoa to emerge as the key man in the club's battle to return to the top of Italian football after three long years outside the European places, and the crushing disappointment of losing in extra time to Juve in the final of last season's Coppa Italia. AC Milan can currently be backed at 6/1 in the "Without Juve" market in the bet365 Serie A betting odds. They are at a more tempting price, from a punter's perspective, of 33/1 at the time of writing in bet365's Serie A outright market, but it would be wise to bear in mind Juve's current odds of 1/6.

In many ways, Suso's transformation has been nothing short of remarkable. New head coach Vincenzo Montella has transformed the player's fortunes since his arrival; now, he's not only earning himself a place in the Rossoneri starting 11, but really stamping his dominance as one of the very first names on the teamsheet.

Whilst it's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when Suso finally started to come good after so many letdowns and so much ridicule from certain quarters of the media, it might just be that we look back in years to come at his performance in the Derby della Madonnina and regard it as a significant turning point.

With Inter Milan ultimately bouncing back to earn a draw in an entertaining fixture, the match wasn't perfect from the team's perspective, but Suso scored a brace (including a sumptuous and memorable opening goal) and left 'The Goldfinch' proving to his critics that he really can deliver on the biggest of stages when it matters the most.

It will take the rest of the season before we can be sure that Suso can add a much-needed element of consistency to his game, but, as rumours continue to swirl about the future of Carlos Bacca, who has long been linked to a big money move to the Premier League, there is little doubt he is intent on making himself a true AC Milan legend for the ages, in the process turning himself into one of those players Liverpool will kick themselves for letting go prematurely.

Serie A is showing some real potential for drama this season, with Roma, Juventus and AC Milan all battling hard for the title. Maybe, just maybe, the fate of the Italian title this year will depend on whether a young man from Cadiz can prove himself to possess that tricky balance of world-class skill, with week-in, week-out consistency.

Montella: 'AC Milan deserved more'
18.12 || webmaster

Vincenzo Montella believes Milan “deserved more” than one point from recent games against Roma and Atalanta.

The Rossoneri were beaten 1-0 at the Olimpico on Monday evening and were held to a goalless draw tonight.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Serie A: AC Milan 0:0 Atalanta - match report
18.12 || webmaster

Milan were denied by two goal-line clearances and the woodwork, but Atalanta had their chances to in a foggy and frantic 0-0 draw.

Both sides had seen their excellent runs interrupted in recent weeks, the Rossoneri beaten by Roma in a head-to-head for second place and Orobici losing two on the bounce after winning nine and drawing one. Mati Fernandez, Riccardo Montolivo and Davide Calabria missed out, but Jack Bonaventura, Juraj Kucka and Luca Antonelli returned. Carlos Bacca was left on the bench in favour of Gianluca Lapadula. Atalanta had to do without Etrit Berisha, Alberto Paloschi and Abdoulay Konko.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Gianluigi Donnarumma Protects AC Milan's Legacy
17.12 || webmaster

Written by: Sharifa Sanderson

Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the most recognizable faces of A.C. Milan. The football star is known for his excellence in the goal and competing teams have not failed to notice. Punters right across the world make wagers based on whether the teenager will protect the goal for his team.

A.C. Milan is a leader in football. Donnarumma's ace skills have made him an important part of the team since he was launched by Sinisa Mihajlovic. The teenager comes through when his team needs him most, saving goals that threaten to tip the balance in favor of opposing teams. His 96th minute save in their match against Torino has only served to increase the popularity of this engaging and talented player.

Growing In Penalty Shootouts
When it comes to penalty shootouts, coaches Mihajlovic and Montella have seen the young keeper grow. When he first faced the stressful conditions of penalty shots, the goalkeeper was more likely to allow goals than save them. In less than a year, the probability of him losing goals has decreased dramatically. Chances are higher now that he will save goals and put Milan ahead. Home fans saw their dreams of winning the Torino match slipping away when the game went into overtime but Donnarumma helped his team to snatch victory under dramatic circumstances.

Optimal Height
Vincenzo Montella knows that Donnarumma's height is beneficial to Milan. At 6ft 5in, the player has a greater which which gives him a significant advantage in highly competitive matches. When he displays calm, he appears to fill the goal, reassuring punters who bet on a victory for A.C. Milan. With a dive to his left, he was easily able to parry a spot kick from Andrea Belotti.
His natural athleticism and physical height are matched by his internal strength. The rest of his team relies on him stand firm in the goal in all circumstances. He is never fazed by new circumstances and has thrived as a member of A.C. Milan. He has been compared to Buffon, who has advised him to mature quickly, working out what to avoid in the challenging world of football.

Pledged to Milan
Betting on Donnarumma to be a part of Milan for a long time may be safe. The goalkeeper has always liked the team and chose them although he had trials at both Inter and Juventus. His club is supporting his development, advising the media to give him time to continue developing as a player. Donnaruma is the youngest person to ever start as a goalkeeper in a Milan derby. He has not disappointed his fans or coach Mihajlovic. He has pledged his whole career to Milan.

Beloved By Fans
Fans of A.C. Milan has easily gravitated to the talented goalkeeper. Like Silvio Berlusconi, several fans like the addition of youthful energy to the team, trusting that the future of the team is secure. Donnarumma's humble lifestyle makes him a young player who other young men and women can emulate. Fans who like Slot machines and sports betting can stay up to date on the player's statistics and place bets on the latest games.

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Atalanta - line-ups
17.12 || webmaster

Milan: Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Kucka, Bertolacci, Pasalic; Suso, Lapadula, Bonaventura

Atalanta: Sportiello; Toloi, Caldara, Masiello; Conti, Gagliardini, Kessie, Spinazzola; Kurtic; Petagna, Gomez

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Bertolacci: 'Aggressive Atalanta'
17.12 || webmaster

Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci expects an “aggressive Atalanta” this evening in a head-to-head for European competition.

“It was a difficult start for me at Milan, but I want to leave that behind me,” Bertolacci told Milan TV.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Caldara 'flattered' by interest
17.12 || webmaster

Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara is eager for another goal against Milan today and is “flattered” by Juventus interest.

The 22-year-old has already bagged an impressive three goals in 10 Serie A appearances this season.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Sino-Europe ‘worth over €1tn’!
17.12 || webmaster

Three more names of those potentially involved in Sino-Europe Sports’ takeover of Milan have been revealed as the consortium is reportedly worth over €1tn.

Sino-Europe paid their second instalment of deposit on Tuesday, which took them up to €200m of the €520m agreed with Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest for the purchase of Milan.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Niang: 'No more penalties'
12.12 || webmaster

M’Baye Niang was distraught after his second consecutive penalty miss for Milan. “I’ll let Gianluca Lapadula take the next one.”

The striker saw his spot-kick saved by Alex Cordaz in a 2-1 win over Crotone, but it proved decisive in this evening’s 1-0 defeat to Roma.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Montella: 'AC Milan didn't deserve defeat'
12.12 || webmaster

Vincenzo Montella felt Milan “did not deserve” their 1-0 defeat against Roma, but won’t blame M’Baye Niang for the penalty.

Wojciech Szczesny saved a spot-kick from Niang in the first half, his second error in a row, and Radja Nainggolan secured the victory.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Serie A: Roma 1:0 AC Milan - match report
12.12 || webmaster

Scorer: Nainggolan 63 (R)

Radja Nainggolan’s screamer and a Wojciech Szczesny penalty save on M’Baye Niang gave Roma victory over Milan and second place.

These two sides were locked together in second place, so the winner would emerge as Scudetto contender to leaders Juventus. Kevin Strootman won an emergency appeal against his two-match ban and was therefore available, but Francesco Totti, Mohamed Salah, Leandro Paredes and Alessandro Florenzi missed out. The visitors had to completely transform their midfield, losing Giacomo Bonaventura, Carlos Bacca, Riccardo Montolivo, Davide Calabria and suspended Juraj Kucka. Ex-Roma man Andrea Bertolacci got his first appearance since sustaining a thigh injury in August.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Who should AC Milan look to recruit to boost their title hopes?
12.12 || webmaster

AC Milan are third in Serie A just on points with Roma and just four behind leaders Juventus. Milan have won four out of their past five games and head into the festive period in good form.

The Red and Blacks are already compiling their January shopping list and it includes a number of Europe’s big names. It’s no secret that over the past few years, AC Milan have underperformed but thanks to the new generation of young players at the San Siro, Vincenzo Montella’s men are back at the top. However, they still seem to lacking in certain aspects and that may hamper their season in the long run.

Thankfully, the January window seems to have come at right time for Montella. If the manager is to stick with his seemingly favoured, ambitious 4-3-3 formation then their attacking ranks definitely need bolstering.

The guys over at SBAT gave us their insight, and said that the one man who Milan seem to have their eye on and who may just be the perfect fit is Daniel Sturridge. The Liverpool forward is out of favour at Anfield having fallen behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order and may look to leave Merseyside for some regular game time. Sturridge has failed to find the net in the Premier League this term and it’s rumoured that Jurgen Klopp has already given the England international the go ahead to depart the club this winter. Milan would be a shock move for the 27-year-old but it’s one transfer not to rule out.

The 4-3-3 is to continue, Montella must invest in the wing to afford himself some more quality options in his squad. Balde Keita is a great young talent and has a huge future ahead of him, dubbed to become of Serie A’s best wingers. The 21-year-old is currently at Lazio and his arrival at Milan would definitely boost their hopes in qualifying for a Champions League spot. The Senegal international displays great versatility, particularly for his young age and is able to play both on the left and the right side. He’s can also play as a second striker if Montella fancies tinkering with his system. Keita currently managed to secure five goals and eight assists under his belt last season and a further three assists this term.

Serie A counterpart Ladislav Krejci is another winger who Milan should have on their radar. The Bologna man endured a tough start to the season with the 16th placed club but his talent is still very much evident. His instincts, obvious football brain, pace and brilliant first touch would make him a great asset at the San Siro. However, it is fair to say that the Czech, who fvaours playing down the left, is still adapting to Italian football, though that will not prevent him from improving this Milan team leap and bounds.

Elsewhere in midfield, Milan are said to be interested in Bournemouth loanee Jack Wilshere, though they would have to wait until the summer to swoop for him. The English international is said to be "coming round" to accepting the fact he has no long-term future at the Emirates and upon the conclusion of contract with the Cherries, it would be no surprise to see him leave the Premier League. And if Milan qualify for Champions League football, the offer may be too good to turn down.

Serie A: Roma vs. AC Milan - line-ups
12.12 || webmaster

Roma: Szczesny; Manolas, Fazio, Rüdiger; Peres, De Rossi, Strootman, Emerson; Nainggolan; Perotti, Dzeko

Roma bench: Alisson, Greco, Vermaelen, Juan Jesus, Mario Rui, Seck, Gerson, Spinozzi, Iturbe, El Shaarawy

Milan: Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Pasalic, Locatelli, Bertolacci; Suso, Lapadula, Niang

Milan bench: Gabriel, Plizzari, Zapata, Gomez, Ely, Antonelli, Vangioni, Poli, Mati Fernandez, Honda, Luiz Adriano, Sosa

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Suso: 'AC Milan deserve to be here'
12.12 || webmaster

Suso wants Milan to “prove to the whole world we are here because we deserve to be” ahead of the second place showdown with Roma.

“I think we’ve put in good performances against the big clubs and this evening is even more important because Roma are level on points with us,” the winger told Milan TV.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan investors revealed?
12.12 || webmaster

According to the latest reports, Chinese investors buying Milan include Huarong International, Industrial Bank, Bank of Guangzhou and China Zheshang Bank.

The names of the investors in the consortium, named Sino-Europe Sports, have been kept under wraps even for Milan President Silvio Berlusconi.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Second AC Milan deposit imminent?
12.12 || webmaster

Sino-Europe Sports’ second deposit of €100m in its protracted takeover of Milan will reportedly be confirmed on Tuesday.

MilanNews cites sources “close” to Fininvest and the Chinese consortium that there will be no problems with the latter’s second down payment of €100m.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Barca consider Bacca
12.12 || webmaster

Barcelona are said to be interested in unsettled Milan striker Carlos Bacca.

Whilst rumours have linked the Colombian to former club Sevilla, Spanish newspaper Diario Gol report that it is not only Los Rojiblancos that have their eye on the Milan frontman.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Montella: 'Lapadula changed his prospects'
5.12 || webmaster

Vincenzo Montella praised Gianluca Lapadula for “changing his prospects with hard work and sweat” after a tough Milan 2-1 win over Crotone.

The minnows had taken the shock lead at San Siro through Diego Falcinelli, then Mario Pasalic equalised and M’Baye Niang saw a penalty saved before a late Lapadula winner.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Lapadula: 'This is just the start'
5.12 || webmaster

Gianluca Lapadula was overjoyed at his first San Siro goal for Milan, squeezing past Crotone 2-1. “This is just the start.”

The Rossoneri had gone behind to a surprise Diego Falcinelli strike, then Mario Pasalic equalised and M’Baye Niang saw his penalty parried by Alex Cordaz.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Serie A: AC Milan 2:1 Crotone - match report
5.12 || webmaster

Scorers: Falcinelli 26 (C), Pasalic 41 (M), Lapadula 86 (M)

Gianluca Lapadula’s late goal snatched Milan’s 2-1 victory over Crotone after Alex Cordaz saved the M’Baye Niang penalty.

The Rossoneri needed a victory to stay in second place and within four points of leaders Juventus, but missed Carlos Bacca, Giacomo Bonaventura, Mati Fernandez, Davide Calabria and Riccardo Montolivo. Bottom of the table Crotone were without Aleksander Tonev, Djamel Mesbah and Claitos Dos Santos, so Bruno Martella stepped in.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

De Sciglio: ‘AC Milan mustn’t rush’
4.12 || webmaster

Mattia De Sciglio says Milan must show patience in their match with Crotone on Sunday afternoon.

The Rossoneri are heavy favourites at San Siro against the struggling Pitagorici as they look to consolidate their place in Serie A’s top three.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Nicola: 'Few AC Milan weaknesses'
3.12 || webmaster

Crotone Coach Davide Nicola concedes Milan “have few weak points, but our intention is to fight it out with our strengths.”

“We worked well during this week and know we are facing a quality side with few weak points, but our intention is to fight it out with our strengths,” said Nicola in his Press conference.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Bacca out of AC Milan - Crotone
3.12 || webmaster

Carlos Bacca has been sent home from the Milan training camp, as he’s not in the squad to face Crotone.

The Colombia international failed a fitness test in training this morning and will not even be on the bench for tomorrow’s game.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Montella: 'Crotone points same as Juve'
3.12 || webmaster

Vincenzo Montella reunites with old friend Davide Nicola as Milan host Crotone and warns “this is worth three points, the same as facing Juventus.”

The Rossoneri will be wearing special edition shirts featuring the Chapecoense badge and they will be sold after the game to raise funds for the Brazilian team that was almost wiped out in a plane crash.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan delays cut January spending
3.12 || webmaster

Milan seem set to receive another €100m deposit to delay closing until February 28, but that means no January transfer spending.

The date for the closing – the completion of the sale of the club to Chinese investors – is supposed to be on December 13, when there is a Board of Directors meeting called.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan confirm investor meeting
2.12 || webmaster

Fininvest and Sino-Europe Sports released a joint statement, but it’s reported today they finally revealed the list of Chinese investors in Milan.

This evening the two companies sent out a Press release confirming their meeting to discuss the current situation.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan shirts aid Chapecoense
2.12 || webmaster

Mauro Icardi’s Inter armband commemorates Chapecoense, while Milan face Crotone with special shirts whose profits will go to the Brazilian club.

The side was practically wiped out when their plane crashed in Colombia on the way to the Copa Sudamericana final with Atletico Medellin.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

AC Milan meet Chinese investors
2.12 || webmaster

President Silvio Berlusconi is confident Chinese buyers can take Milan “back to the top of world football,” but a meeting today discusses closing delays.

The sale negotiations continue to drag on, as the closing date has been set for December 13, but Berlusconi confirmed last week that it could be postponed by four to six weeks to allow for authorisation to come through from China.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Fiorentina wrangle for Gonzalo
2.12 || webmaster

Reports suggest that Fiorentina and Captain Gonzalo Rodriguez are apart by around €0.7m in negotiations over a new contract.

Tuttosport reports that the Argentinian has asked for €3.5m per season excluding bonuses, which is what the 32-year-old currently recieves in salary.

Read the rest on Football Italia.

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Crotone - match preview
2.12 || webmaster

High-flying AC Milan welcome minnows Crotone to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday hoping to keep pace with leaders Juventus at the top of the table. Vincenzo Montella’s side are currently four points off the top, and in Crotone, they face lowly opponents for the second weekend running after their trip to Empoli last time out.

Milan have exceeded expectations this season, and haven’t lost at San Siro since early September. With their great run of form, it won’t be a surprise to see the Rossoneri canter to a win. According to most bookmakers, the odds are stacked heavily against Crotone at 11.50, hence betting on a Milan win is a decision which is as easy as it gets.

The likes of Suso and Gianluca Lapadula have been in fine touch in front of goal which has seen the Diavolo sit level with second-placed Roma on 29 points. A win on Sunday afternoon would set them up nicely for their next league game: away at Roma.

In contrast, Crotone have failed to carry their Serie B form from last season into this as they find themselves struggling in the relegation zone. The Rossoblu have registered a single win all season, and collected only six points from their 14 games. Only a better goal difference than Palermo has kept them from hitting rock-bottom.

Crotone’s last visit—their only one—to AC Milan came a year ago, when they faced the Rossoneri in a fourth round tie of the Coppa Italia. On that day, the plucky Calabrian outfit—then a Serie B club—took their famous opponents into extra-time. However, two late goals from Giacomo Bonaventura and Mbaye Niang ensured a 3-1 Milan win.

Despite Milan being heavy favourites, it is worth noting that Crotone performed admirably in their previous trip to San Siro. Inter’s 3-0 win in early November was as flattering to the Nerazzurri as it was undeserving for Davide Nicola’s side.

With Juventus taking on fifth-placed Atalanta and Roma squaring off to fourth-placed Lazio in a derby, chances are high that a Milan win coupled with results elsewhere could make for a profitable weekend for the Rossoneri.

Going by both teams' recent run of results, it would take Crotone a display for the ages to upset the hosts. The last time Montella’s men faced a promoted side, they scraped through against Pescara in a 1-0 win. If Crotone manage to stop the in-form Suso, Lapadula and Bonaventura, they could spring a surprise. That, however, looks unlikely.





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