Cagliari confirm EDF, call Asamoah

After announcing Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a new contract, it’s reported Cagliari will also bring in Kwadwo Asamoah.

The Sardinians are in the relegation zone after six consecutive Serie A defeats, seven including the Coppa Italia.

Nonetheless, after today’s 1-0 loss to Genoa, Cagliari released a statement confirming coach Di Francesco had signed a new contract that expires in June 2023 rather than 2022.

It is a big show of faith in the tactician, who was sacked by Sampdoria a couple of months into last season.

That’s not all, as Sky Sport Italia report Cagliari are also on the verge of signing veteran wing-back Asamoah as a free agent.

The 32-year-old Ghana international is a familiar face in Serie A from his time with Udinese, Juventus and Inter.

He terminated his contract with the Nerazzurri by mutual consent on October 5.


Watch: Inter’s new badge leaked

Inter’s new crest has accidentally been leaked by Nike, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Inter are going through a rebrand and will change their crest in the coming months.

Fans have been creating concept badges over the last few months, but apparently it was Nike that accidentally leaked the new crest of the Nerazzurri.

La Gazzetta dello Sport and Il Corriere della Sera report Inter’s technical sponsor tweeted the picture of some new Inter merch with the new crest on it.

The tweet was removed after a few seconds, but not quickly enough to avoid screenshots.

The new crest appears to be developed around the letters I and M – for Inter Milano – but it can also be read “I’m” to strengthen the legacy between the club and their fans, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Click here to watch the evolution of the Inter badge through the years.


How long could Conte be suspended for?

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Antonio Conte could face a lengthy ban after ‘almost clashing physically’ with referee Fabio Maresca in the tunnel.

Inter were held to a 0-0 draw by Udinese on Saturday, and both Conte and Lele Oriali saw red at the Dacia Arena.

“We had a disagreement over the amount of stoppages awarded,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“The referee booked me and then chose to send me off. I thought four minutes weren’t enough, in the circumstances. Then the referee makes his decisions and we have to accept them, even if we do not agree with those decisions.”

According to several reports in Italy, the row between the coach and the match official continued in the tunnel.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Conte ‘almost clashed physically’ with the referee inside the tunnel with the duo divided by some Inter players.

The pink paper reports Conte is likely to be banned for more than one game.

The article of the Sports Justice Code that refers to the case is the No. 19 (penalties for executives and members of clubs).

It states that a team member can be suspended for “one or more games” adding that “in case of conduct of particular violence or gravity the suspension is not less than four matches.”


Gotti: ‘Udinese didn’t stop playing’

Udinese coach Luca Gotti insists they weren’t overly-defensive in the 0-0 draw with Inter. ‘We didn’t stop playing our football.’

The Friulani played their second consecutive draw, having held Atalanta to a 1-1 result in Wednesday’s rescheduled Week 10 fixture.

“The lads did really well in both matches, as we were under pressure yes, but didn’t stop playing our football,” Gotti told Sky Sport Italia.

The coach hauled midfielder Tolgay Arslan off after just 33 minutes.

“Arslan was doing well, but he was already on a yellow card and had risked a tackle that could’ve been a second booking, so I didn’t want to risk going down to 10 men so early in a big game.”

Despite some strong performances against the big clubs, Gotti continues to deal with on-going reports he could be fired.

“I struggle to know what to say when asked about these things. It’s obvious any coach whose team isn’t high up the table will be under pressure. It’s a law of football and I accept it.”


Highlights: Udinese 0-0 Inter

Inter pushed forward constantly, but couldn’t find a way through Udinese, as Juan Musso and the offside flag denied Lautaro Martinez.

The Nerazzurri had the opportunity to snatch the title of Winter Champions on goal difference, as Milan lost to Atalanta, but were pegged back to a 0-0 draw.

Lautaro Martinez had the best scoring opportunities, but was flagged offside when hitting the net, then kept out by a sensational Musso save when pouncing on the Rodrigo Becao back-pass.

A spectacular Nicolò Barella volley also flashed just wide, while Rodrigo De Paul came closest for the Friulani.

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