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Lazio’s Ciro Immobile set to join an exclusive club as the highest-scoring player in Europe this season

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In a decade dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the underrated Italian is near assured of winning the European Golden Shoe for the continent’s top scorer.

From Messi, to Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Braut Haaland, nobody in Europe has managed to keep pace with the Naples-born player.

Immobile overtook Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski with his 35th goal against Brescia midweek, and will close his campaign against Napoli on Saturday.

Juventus star Ronaldo, on 31 goals, is four behind before the Serie A champions’ final game against Roma in Turin, in which he may not even play with the Champions League looming.

It would not be the first time that 30-year-old Immobile has topped the Serie A goal-scoring charts, having won the ‘Capocannoniere’ twice before in 2014 and 2018.

But he would become just the third Italian winner of the European Golden Shoe after Roma’s Francesco Totti (26) in 2007 and Luca Toni for Fiorentina in 2006 (31).

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Another two goals on Saturday would also see him surpass Gonzalo Higuain’s Serie A record of 36 goals, set playing for Napoli in the 2015-16 season.

“I am only sorry that I cannot celebrate these numbers with the fans,” said Immobile, nicknamed ‘King Ciro’ in the capital, but whose career before arriving in Rome had been erratic.

Success has not followed onto the national team, where he has scored ten goals in 39 games, taking the brunt of criticism after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Immobile started his career at Juventus, where he made just three appearances before a breakthrough loan season in 2011-2012 at Pescara where his 28 goals lifted the Serie B side into the top flight.

 

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Inter challenge Roma for Smalling

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Inter are ready to make their own offer to Manchester United for Chris Smalling, as Roma are forced to stall by the takeover, but the asking price is over €20m.

 

The defender spent this season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico, with the Giallorossi paying a substantial percentage of his salary.

He has made it clear that he wants to continue his experience in Italy and even remained in the Peninsula for his summer vacation.

Roma had seen their €15m offer rejected, as Manchester United are holding out for at least €20m.

They probably will be able to increase it once Dan Friedkin completes the takeover of the club from James Pallotta later this month.

Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Inter are ready to dive in and make their own proposal for Smalling.

The Nerazzurri already have a strong rapport with Manchester United following deals for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

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Man Utd name their price for Smalling with Roma ‘desperate’ to seal transfer

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Manchester United will reportedly demand £20million for Chris Smalling with Roma desperate to seal a permanent deal for the defender.

 

Centre-half Smalling, 30, is back with United after his season-long loan deal with the Serie A side expired.

But Roma are keen to take him back to Italy after an impressive campaign with the player said to be interested in making the switch.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still a fan of the 31-cap England international, and United are seeking a swift resolution to his future, report The Sun.

Smalling has two years left on his £130,000-a-week Old Trafford deal, with Roma paying a significant portion of his wages during his time in the Italian capital.

And Smalling is reportedly willing to take a sizeable pay cut in order to seal a permanent switch.

Roma have so-far offered only £15million for Smalling, which United have rebuffed.

Solskjaer is keen to add another defender to his ranks, with Marcos Rojo looking likely to leave the club.

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Smalling would be down the pecking order if he stayed at the club, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof the first-choice pairing and Eric Bailly and Phil Jones the back-ups.

Rojo is reportedly attracting interest from across Europe after a proposed transfer to Everton collapsed last summer.

Smalling signed for United from Fulham 10 years ago and has made 323 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and the Europa League.

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Juventus ‘Irritated’ By Maurizio Sarri After He Refused To Stop Smoking Even While Struggling With Pneumonia

Jack Kenmare in FootballLast updated 8:37 AM, Thursday August 29 2019 GMT+1Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly ‘irritated’ by manager Maurizio Sarri after he ‘refused to stop smoking’ despite being diagnosed with Pneumonia. The 60-year-old, who averages around four packs of cigarettes a day, missed the club’s first league game of the season against Parma on Saturday…

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Juventus ‘Irritated’ By Maurizio Sarri After He Refused To Stop Smoking Even While Struggling With Pneumonia

Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly ‘irritated’ by manager Maurizio Sarri after he ‘refused to stop smoking’ despite being diagnosed with Pneumonia.

The 60-year-old, who averages around four packs of cigarettes a day, missed the club’s first league game of the season against Parma on Saturday after club doctor’s advised him to take a rest.Sarri’s condition has improved ‘sufficiently’ in recent days but Juventus are still concerned about their manager’s smoking habits.

In fact, it is believed that they are ‘irritated’ and would prefer him to stop while being treated for the infection, according to news agency Ansa via Football Italia.Sarri was pictured holding a pack of cigarettes while outside his home this week, which prompted the Italian side to be displeased with the former Chelsea boss. So how many does Sarri really smoke on a daily basis?

According to reports, the Italian gets through 80 cigarettes a day. That means if he’s awake for 16 hours then Sarri will smoke five an hour. That is a cigarette every 12 minutes.The guys over at Dream Team worked out that if a pack costs £11.50, then the Chelsea manager smokes £46 of his salary every day, which works out at a hefty £1,400 every month.

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But back in June this year, the Italian confessed to smoking 60 a day and admitted his habit is getting out of control. “I smoke 60 a day, which is probably a few too many,” he revealed to La Nuova Riviera via Football Italia.”I don’t particularly feel the need to smoke during games, but straight afterwards it really is necessary,” he added. “I had back problems tormenting me for weeks, but I feel much better now.”After signing a three-year deal at Juventus, the 60-year-old accepts that he’ll have to win over some fans considering his ties with Napoli.”I arrive with scepticism, just as I did with all my other clubs,” he said at his unveiling.”I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results.”For three years [at Napoli] I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110%, but we still couldn’t do it. I will now give everything for this club.

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