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Napoli wins Coppa Italia
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Napoli wins Coppa Italia in penalty kicks

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Napoli won the Coppa Italia in penalty kicks after a nil-nil match against Juventus on Wednesday.

The win was Napoli’s sixth and first since 2014, and gives manager Gennaro Gattuso the honor of winning it as a player and coach. He claimed the 2003 Coppa Italia with AC Milan.

Lorenzo Insigne, Matteo Politano, and Nikola Maksimovic made Napoli’s first three kicks and Arkadiusz Milik sealed the deal in a 4-2 win.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Gianluigi Buffon was the easy Man of the Match over 90 minutes but was denied another piece of silverware when Paulo Dybala and Danilo missed Juve’s first two penalties.

The 42-year-old goalkeeper looked set to write a fairytale after making an amazing save in stoppage time as part of a seven-save day.

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t his usual self but certainly not the problem for Juve. He had one shot saved and two attempts blocked.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Alexis targeted by Inter, Chelsea in for Maksimovic

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Frank de Boer hasn’t been at Inter Milan very long, but the new Serie A manager is reportedly lining up a massive move for an Arsenal star.

Inter is reportedly prepared to make a near $89 million move for Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez as the team looks to compete with Juventus, who has dominated Italian soccer over recent years.

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Sanchez, 27, has two years remaining on his current contract with Arsenal and has notched 42 goals in 93 appearances for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger‘s side has been linked with several attacking moves this offseason, but the team has failed to live up to lofty transfer expectations, which has even provoked attention from former player Thierry Henry as he expressed his displeasure with the club on Sunday.


It seems as though Chelsea could be ready to skip out on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after a unique situation has opened up with a Torino player.

Nikola Maksimovic has reportedly left Torino after not getting his way in a potential transfer to Napoli this summer. The Italian side is said to have blocked the transfer, but now with the defender having skipped out on training recently, a move to Chelsea could very much be in the works.

[ MORE: DeAndre Yedlin being targeted by Hull City, Derby County ]

With Maksimovic seemingly not moving to Napoli during this transfer window, Koulibaly will likely remain at Napoli.

The 24-year-old Serbian has made 66 appearances for Torino since completing a move to Serie A from Red Star Belgrade back in 2013.


Alexandre Lacazette got off to a flying start for Lyon over the weekend, bagging a hat-trick in the side’s Ligue 1 opener.

His future at the club remains very much up in the air, though, with Arsenal still reportedly very much targeting the in-demand forward. When asked about leaving the club on Sunday, Lacazette differed answering questions for the most part, while offering a wry smile when asked if there were offers on the table.

The Gunners have already made at least one offer to Lyon for Lacazette, with the French club rejecting the chance to let their player go.