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Rossoneri Round-up for 19 January: Napoli reportedly reject Milan’s loan offer for Diawara

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If you believe the headlines, Milan’s Leonardo isn’t close to being done in this transfer window.

It’s being reported that Milan wanted to sign Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the loan, but Napoli wants cash up front for any deal for the 21 year-old, despite him only making 10 appearances this season for Napoli.

If any other transfer shenanigans take place between now and the end of the window, Milan could go back for this deal in January, but this might be a signing that will be coming in the summer.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

A deal to send Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek to Milan and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea is all but set. [AC Milan Offside]

Inter Milan are reportedly close to signing Nicolo Barella from Cagliari. [Serpents of Madonnina]

Napoli is upset after Kalidou Koulibaly had his two-match ban for a red card upheld after being racially abuse against Inter, and I don’t blame them one bit. [Football-Italia.net]

World Football Links

Can Liga MX and the Mexico national team both be successful at the same time? [FMF State of Mind]

UNAL Tigres bringing defender Carlos Salcedo back to Mexico from Eintracht Frankfurt is a pattern of things being good for Tigres that aren’t necessarily good for the Mexican national team. [FMF State of Mind]

The Montreal Impact are set to open the season with up to six games on the road. [Mount Royal Soccer]

Norwich City beat Birmingham City to go back to second place in the Championship. [BBC.com]

It’s not “wage bill restrictions” that are holding Arsenal back from spending money, it’s the ownership. [The Short Fuse]