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Italian champions Juventus were able to extend their lead at the top of Serie A to nine points over the weekend with a 3-1 win against rivals Internazionale at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. A goal from Swiss wide man Stephan Lichtsteiner on the quarter of an hour mark gave Juve a half time lead and they doubled their advantage just after the break when defender Giorgio Chiellini found the net. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal sealed the victory with more than half an hour left to play before Portuguese defender Rolando notched up a consolatory strike for Inter, who are now without a win in six outings since their Derby victory against Milan back in December.
Second placed AS Roma were unable to keep up the pressure on Juventus at the top of the table due to the wet weather in the Italian capital. Their match with Parma did get under way but a heavy downpour forced it to be abandoned so Roma now have a game in hand on the other clubs around them in the table. They didn’t have to worry about anyone catching them up from behind as third placed Napoli were well beaten by Atalanta in Bergamo and fourth placed Fiorentina fell to a 1-0 defeat at Cagliari. The big movers were Verona, whose 2-1 win away at Sassuolo allowed them to jump up three places to fifth. On Monday night Sampdoria ran out winners in the Genoa derby, beating their neighbours 1-0 with a first half goal from Argentine striker Maxi Lopez.
Ex-Arsenal beast set for AC Milan surprise, Flamini to Manchester City, Celtic-bound Senderos remaining in Italy?
After reports yesterday that Julio Baptisita’s transfer to Inter Milan had collapsed, it now seems that he could be heading for cross-city rivals AC Milan. If the deal goes through before the weekend, that should add some spice to the derby, due to be played on Sunday night. There’s also plenty of news at AC Milan regarding players with Arsenal connections…
The Italian media were rife with reports yesterday that a proposed deal between AS Roma and Inter Milan had floundered for Julio Baptisita, who spent an inconsistent season on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid back in 2006/07.
However, after initial suggestions a deal had been complete to take Baptista to Inter Milan, it now seems the deal is certainly off after Roma demanded the permanent transfer of on-loan defender Nicolas Burdisso as part of the compensation package.
It now looks like AC Milan could be ready to step in to offer AS Roma a deal for Baptista, who was once wanted by the club under the management of Carlo Ancelotti whilst he was still at Real Madrid. The move never came to fruition, because Ancelotti ultimately felt that the player wouldn’t bring enough versatility to the squad, a complaint that was frequently leveled at Baptisita during his time in North London.
However, the AC Milan management, now headed up by Leonardo, deem Baptista to be the right sort of player to try and dovetail with the like of Ronaldinho and Pato. Baptista has played a largely supporting role for Roma so far this season making 16 appearances, but only four from the start. Therefore he could represent ideal back-up to Marco Boriello, and potentially replace the departing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Another player with Arsenal links who appears to be on the verge of an AC Milan exit is Mathieu Flamini. He has been touted for a return to the Premiership with Manchester City, at least for the time being.
Roberto Mancini has been linked with various central midfielders in the transfer window including Fernado Gago at Real Madrid, but Flamini is available for transfer after failing to recreate the sort of tough tackling, all action performances he regularly used to put in for Arsenal. City are thought to keen on an initial loan deal before deciding whether to take the Frenchman on a permanent basis in the summer.
Meanwhile Philippe Senderos, the final player in this Arsenal/AC Milan collage, looks like he will be remaining in Italy, which conflicts with statements originating from Arsene Wenger yesterday. The Gunners-boss reckons that Senderos is on his way to the SPL, although Celtic have said they haven’t so far made a bid.
That new has encouraged various Serie A sides to take a look at the Swiss-stopper amongst which Genoa and Siena. Both have leaked goals alarmingly this season, with Siena going down to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of AC Milan last weekend, so could be keen on defensive re-enforcements.