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Napoli walking off in face of racial abuse wouldn't be a 'defeat for football' -- it would be a victory

Napoli reiterated last week that they fully support coach Carlo Ancelotti and his threat to order his team off the pitch the next time one of their players is racially abused by supporters without adequate action being taken. This comes after Italian Deputy Prime Minister (and Minister of the Interior, therefore the person technically in charge of policing and security) Matteo Salvini said he was against stopping or abandoning matches in instances of racial abuse, because it would amount to "a...

Nico who? Meet Nico Barella, the Cagliari youngster at the top of Juventus and Chelsea's wishlists

Nico Barella has only scored one goal this season but his influence in midfield for Cagliari is undebatable.
Nico Barella has only scored one goal this season but his influence in midfield for Cagliari is undebatable.

If Nicolo Barella saw a bunch of coffee stained papers down the local bar or a bundle of well-thumbed and dog-eared sports dailies in the common room at Cagliari's Assemini training ground last week, the likelihood is he would have spotted his name and image front and centre. It was hard to miss.

Last Thursday, the blonde midfielder, who turns 22 at the start of February, was splashed all over the pink front page of La Gazzetta dello Sport. Then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday it was Il Corriere...

Transfer Talk: Gonzalo Higuain close to Maurizio Sarri reunion at Chelsea

With Gonzalo Higuain enduring an inconsistent season at Milan, the FC crew assess whether he is worth the price for top-four hopefuls Chelsea.
Mark Ogden joins the panel to answer your tweets on Liverpool's FA Cup defeat, Man United's transfer targets, bold predictions for 2019 and more.
The FC crew question if Mauricio Pochettino is preparing himself for a new job, after voicing his concerns with Tottenham's lack of transfer activity.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.

TOP STORY: Higuain set for Sarri reunion

Marca in Spain claim that Chelsea are close to signing Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is keen to add a striker to his squad this month with Alvaro Morata possibly returning to Spain.

But Chelsea seem close to pulling off a...

Why Ronaldo gives Juventus a real shot at winning the Champions League

It was a scene reminiscent of Muhammad Ali. An empty highway in the middle of the desert in the dead of night, the way ahead lit only by the headlights of Cristiano Ronaldo's entourage as he set off on a brisk run.

As old rivals for the Ballon d'Or attracted controversy in the Gulf for ordering a €1000 steak dress in gold leaf, a cut of meat that "Salt Bae" personally sliced, seasoned and fed to Franck Ribery, the five-time winner of that award was instead associating with The Greatest,...


January Transfer Tracker: Rumours, signings, departures for Europe's top clubs

With the winter transfer window open across Europe, see which players have left which clubs and where they are headed with our transfer tracker.

The transfer window is open for only a month, but that does not mean it will be any less busy. Check out when all the major windows will close here and view all completed transfers.

See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below:



Top rumours: Denis Suarez (Barcelona);...

Nicolo Zaniolo's rapid rise making Roma look brilliant as Inter, Fiorentina rue letting him slip

AS Roma rebounded after last weekend's defeat to Juventus with a convincing 3-1 win over in-form Sassuolo.

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco likes to remind journalists of the times they looked up from their notepads and laptops in unison and said to one another: "This guy is crazy."

The first such incident was when they got wind of him changing formation and going to a back three before the second leg of Roma's Champions League quarterfinal against Barcelona last season. What followed was one of the sporting moments of 2018: the comeback known as the "Romantada," which had fans dancing in the streets...