Italy prime minister Giuseppe Conte revealed all of Serie A's Week 26 fixtures, including the blockbuster showdown between Juventus and Inter, could be postponed due to coronavirus fears.

The outbreak of coronavirus in Italy forced four top-flight matches to be postponed over the weekend, including Sunday's clash between Scudetto hopefuls Inter and Sampdoria.

Italy's move came as part of preventative measures against the spread of the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 which originated in China, after two people died and dozens more reportedly tested positive.

Now, upcoming fixtures across Italy's leagues are in doubt, with Serie A leaders Juve scheduled to host Inter in Turin on March 1.

"I don't think that in just one week we'd be able to slow down the contagion so much that we could resume sporting events," Conte told Rai.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and will evaluate. We'll see the evolution of the contagion and evaluate postponing all next week's matches."

Juve are a point clear atop the table following Saturday's 2-1 victory away at bottom side SPAL.

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 1,000th career appearance with a goal, scoring in an 11th consecutive top-flight match – matching a feat previously achieved by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.

In-form Lazio were also in action on Saturday and edged Genoa 3-2 to extend their unbeaten streak to 20 games, while Inter are six points off the pace with a game in hand.

Barcelona signed Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes and Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao on transfer deadline day, but both players must wait for their chance to shine at Camp Nou.

Fernandes will join Quique Setien's squad from Palmeiras in July after a €10million package was agreed for the 21-year-old, who has played for the Brazil Under-20 team.

Braga accepted a €31m offer from Barca for 20-year-old forward Trincao, and he will also formally join the Catalan club's ranks at the end of the season.

Both players have agreed five-year contracts, the Blaugrana announced, with Fernandes' contract including a €300m buy-out clause and Trincao's deal showing a €500m clause.

Braga will take Barca's 18-year-old striker Abel Ruiz on loan until the end of the season and then make the deal permanent for €8m, with the LaLiga club having a buy-back option.

Barca were not the only Spanish club busy in the market though, with Celta Vigo signing striker Fyodor Smolov on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow until the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid re-signed Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco, almost two years after he left to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang. The 26-year-old joined until the end of the season on loan.
 

STAYING PUT

Deadline day was as notable for the deals that looked to have fallen through as those that were completed.

Paris Saint-Germain ruled out allowing Edinson Cavani to leave, as a host of clubs fancied taking the Uruguayan off their hands, while Chelsea refused to let France striker Olivier Giroud depart Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham were among the clubs keen on Giroud, but Jose Mourinho looked like missing out on the striker he wanted to strengthen a front-line depleted by the loss of injured England captain Harry Kane.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale would not be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

Manchester United remained linked with Bournemouth forward Joshua King, but time was running out for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to add new faces to his Old Trafford squad.

United made one signing, but it was a low-profile deal as England Under-20 goalkeeper Nathan Bishop arrived from third-tier Southend United.

Arsenal brought in defender Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton.

In Scotland, champions Celtic shipped out Scotland international Lewis Morgan to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, who are part-owned by David Beckham.

Belgian side Genk allowed attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi, son of Romanian great Gheorghe Hagi, to join Scottish giants Rangers on loan.
 

KOUAME, DUNCAN IN

Serie A transfer activity was dominated by Fiorentina, who signed Ivorian forward Christian Kouame from Genoa, initially on loan. The deal will be made permanent at the end of the season.

They also brought in Ghanaian midfielder Alfred Duncan from Sassuolo in a similar deal, a loan with an obligation to buy.

Reports in Italy said Kevin-Prince Boateng was set to leave Fiorentina among the incomings, with Besiktas his destination. Turkish giants Besiktas also snapped up 18-year-old Croatian midfielder Ajdin Hasic from Dinamo Zagreb on permanent terms.

Atalanta agreed a loan deal with Nice, acquiring defender Adrien Tameze from the Ligue 1 outfit with a purchase option.

World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi cut short a season-long loan from Roma to Galatasaray, returning to his French homeland with Rennes on a six-month loan with an option for a further year.
 

HERTHA BUSY

In the Bundesliga, Emre Can left Juventus for Borussia Dortmund on Friday evening, initially on loan until the end of the campaign but with a €25m fee agreed for a potential permanent transfer.

Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin followed up Thursday's signing of Krzysztof Piatek by prising 20-year-old Brazilian winger Matheus Cunha from table-toppers RB Leipzig, for whom he scored nine goals in 52 games.

Hertha managing director Michael Preetz said on the club's website: "We wanted to increase the quantity and improve the quality up front, which we have been able to do with the Piatek and Cunha transfers."

Leipzig also offloaded Austrian midfielder Stefan Ilsanker to Eintracht Frankfurt. He spent four-and-a-half years at Leipzig, joining them in the second tier.

Werder Bremen signed striker Davie Selke on an 18-month loan from Hertha, the 25-year-old returning to the club where he began his professional career.

Kick-off for the Serie A clash between Hellas Verona and Genoa was delayed by 15 minutes because the lines to mark the penalty areas were not straight.

The teams were made to wait to get the game under way at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on Sunday while the lines were re-painted by groundstaff.

Originally scheduled to start at 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT), kick-off was pushed back to 18:15. 

Verona went into the game 13th in Serie A, eight points clear of the relegation zone and 18th-placed Genoa.

Mattia Perin has left Juventus for former club Genoa on loan and will be joined at the Rossoblu by Valon Behrami, who signed on a free transfer.

Perin, 27, came through Genoa's academy and spent five years as their first-choice goalkeeper before joining Juve in 2018, but he is back on a loan deal reportedly until the end of the season.

Juve are said to have spent approximately €15million on his transfer in June 2018 and he made nine appearances during his first campaign, playing back-up to Wojciech Szczesny.

But Gianluigi Buffon returned to Juve ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, resulting in Perin becoming third-choice at the Bianconeri. As such, he has failed to make an appearance in any competition this term.

Serie A confirmed the deal has gone through as a loan, though neither club has revealed any further details about the move.

Behrami – who had been training with Genoa – has also joined the club, arriving on a free after his contract with Swiss club Sion was terminated by mutual consent in October.

The former Switzerland international, 34, has spent much of his professional career in Italy, representing Lazio, Hellas Verona, Fiorentina, Napoli, Udinese and Genoa, whom he first joined in 2003 from swiss side Lugano.

Sebastiano Esposito spoke of his gratitude to team-mate Romelu Lukaku after his Inter strike partner allowed him to take a penalty he then converted in an historic appearance against Genoa.

With Lautaro Martinez suspended amid a host of other absences, 17-year-old Esposito made his first Serie A start for Inter on Saturday in an emphatic 4-0 home win that put Antonio Conte's men top of Serie A.

He was the youngest player to begin a Serie A game for the club in the 21st century and then became their second-youngest league scorer when he netted a 64th-minute penalty.

With Inter two goals ahead, designated spot-kick taker Lukaku – who inspired the win with two goals along with an assist for Roberto Gagliardini - accepted Esposito's request to hand the ball over, allowing the youngster to fire past goalkeeper Ionut Radu.

"I found myself in sync with Romelu right away, he's a fantastic person who's always looking to help me," Esposito, who celebrated the goal with his mother, said to Sky Sport Italia.

"He reassured me a lot by saying that everything would go alright and I'm so happy to have scored. 

"It's been a fantastic week, I can't lie, I didn't sleep a lot thinking about how this game would go. I'd like to thank the team, the coach, the club and Romelu especially for the goal. 

"He's a fantastic person and an extraordinary player. He told me to be sure of myself when I stepped up to strike the ball and to score.

"I'm happy with the win and with the faith that the coach has shown in me, now the more difficult part is coming and we'll need to work hard. 

"All of the sacrifices I've made are now bearing fruit and I hope that I can continue on this path because there's still a lot of work to be done."

The comprehensive victory by a depleted Inter side was a timely one after a three-game winless run that included their Champions League group-stage elimination.

Conte said: "We didn't need to wait for this game to say that the team has grown in every aspect.

"The difficulties faced have made the squad more responsible and meant that everyone has been involved. This shows that we've always had the right attitude and that includes those who have played less.

"We put in a brilliant performance despite all the difficulties and players missing. Gagliardini, Matias Vecino and Borja Valero made themselves available even though they weren't in the best condition.

"When you have these players who put the team ahead of everything, you can be pleased regardless of the result. Now, we need to keep it up and keep surprising people."

Sebastiano Esposito made history while Romelu Lukaku got two goals and an assist as a depleted Inter thumped Genoa 4-0 at home to ensure they will end 2019 top of Serie A.

Inter scored twice in 99 seconds just after the half-hour mark set up the emphatic win at San Siro on Saturday, Lukaku netting a header that was followed up by a Roberto Gagliardini strike as Antonio Conte's men moved above Juventus on goal difference.

At 17, Esposito became Inter's youngest player to start a Serie A match in the 21st century as Conte shuffled his pack due to a host of absentees and the teenager made sure of victory with a second-half penalty, before Lukaku – who had allowed him to take the spot-kick – struck once more.

Former Inter midfielder Thiago Motta is likely to lose his job as Genoa boss after his uninspired side were left with only two wins from 17 league games heading into the festive break.

Esposito had the first chance as he forced a low save from Ionut Radu, who then had to produce an even better stop from a looping Gagliardini header.

There was little Radu – who is on loan at Genoa from Inter - could do to prevent the opener, though, Lukaku stooping to power in Antonio Candreva's right-wing cross from eight yards.

The goalkeeper got a hand on Gagliardini's 12-yard strike but could not prevent it from crossing the line after a deflection off Cristian Romero, Lukaku having shown good strength to set up his team-mate.

Samir Handanovic made his first save from Antonio Sanabria but Inter got a 64th-minute penalty when Kevin Agudelo tripped Gagliardini and Esposito did the rest, powering a low strike beyond Radu to become the club's second youngest league scorer.

Lukaku's second was the pick of the goals, the striker collecting a pass from Candreva, cutting inside from the right and arrowing an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

 

What does it mean? Inter back on track despite absences

Inter had Lautaro Martinez and Marcelo Brozovic suspended, while Alexis Sanchez, Nicolo Barella and Kwadwo Asamoah were all injured, with Stefano Sensi just fit for bench.

Considering they came into the game winless in three across all competitions and having crashed out of the Champions League, they will be thrilled with a comprehensive victory. On the three previous occasions the Nerazzurri have had 42 points after 17 matches, they have won the league.

Lukaku steps up for Inter

With Martinez out, Lukaku produced a fine display in attack and could have easily ended with a hat-trick had he opted to take the penalty or converted a great chance just after the break. Gagliardini also enjoyed an impressive outing.

Romero struggles in defence

Romero struggled along with most of his Genoa team-mates as he was outmuscled by Lukaku ahead of the second goal and then deflected Gagliardini's effort in as he tried to make up for it. 

Just after the interval, Radu somehow saved Lukaku's effort, which had only come about after Romero cleared the ball straight into his path.

What's next? 

After the break, leaders Inter will return to action with a testing match away to Napoli on January 6, a day after Genoa host Sassuolo.

Antonio Conte says Inter cannot use injuries as an excuse as they aim to finish the year top of Serie A.

Inter are winless in three games across all competitions, crashing out of the Champions League and being leapfrogged by champions Juventus in the table.

Alexis Sanchez, Stefano Sensi, Nicolo Barella, Roberto Gagliardini, Antonio Candreva and Kwadwo Asamoah are all expected to miss Saturday's home game against Genoa.

Conte indicated he will give players every chance to recover in time for the match but he is not going to gamble on players' fitness ahead of the mid-season break.

"There is still a [training] session to go. We will not take risks," he told reporters on Friday. "We have Brozo [Marcelo Brozovic] and Lautaro [Martinez] suspended too.

"We are short on players but will give our all. We will not use this as an excuse. We will give everything we have, I am sure. The fans will play their part too against Genoa.

"I was worried about the situation in the past. We have had lots of players out and it has not been easy. I have had to always rely on the same players. I could not rotate my squad. But let us get to the break and then we will see."

Inter being without on-loan forward Sanchez has been particularly key, the Chile international having been out of action for two months.

"The injury was a real blow to Sanchez and for us," Conte added. "In this time, I have always had to rely on Lautaro and [Romelu] Lukaku.

"They have always been available and have done a good job. [Sebastiano] Esposito has also grown as a player too. But Sanchez cannot wait to get playing again.

"He is very competitive, he is chomping at the bit. We will need to respect the recovery time. The medical staff will keep us posted. I am certain he will be back soon and he will help us."

Asked to reflect on his time at the club so far going into the break, Conte said: "The more time goes by, the more I am part of the club. We have been working hard and giving our all.

"There have been challenges and difficulties along the way so far, but I knew it would not be easy and that this was the start of the process.

"We are all working hard to take this club far and to the top again. We need to leave our mark, as I have often said in the past.

"That does not necessarily mean trophies. It means laying solid foundations as a club. It means instilling the right work ethic and culture."

Maurizio Sarri admitted Juventus missed the quality of Miralem Pjanic in their dramatic victory over Genoa.

Juve were without the injured midfielder and striker Gonzalo Higuain for Wednesday's Serie A clash at Allianz Stadium, which they edged 2-1 through a 96th-minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Italian champions were held 1-1 by Lecce last weekend and were heading for another draw after Christian Kouame cancelled out Leonardo Bonucci's opener.

But sluggish Juventus found a last-gasp winner after Ronaldo won and scored a penalty in a game that ended with both sides reduced to 10 men.

Victory lifted Juve a point above Inter at the top of the table and Sarri was pleased that his side found a solution in the absence of some key men.

"We are speaking about players who are unavailable," he said at his post-match news conference. "We need to focus on those who can play. 

"We played with [Paulo] Dybala and Ronaldo and [Federico] Bernardeschi behind them. Then with Douglas Costa and two very offensive midfielders. 

"We missed Pjanic's quality, of course, and his rhythm, because he moves the ball fast and our play gets faster. 

"Gonzalo is a player that in the last 40 minutes of the game is always in the box more than the strikers we had today. But we had solutions."

Pjanic picked up a knock against Lecce but avoided any serious damage, meaning he could be back in contention for Saturday's Derby della Mole against Torino.

Douglas Costa and Aaron Ramsey also returned from lay-offs as second-half substitutes in midweek, but Sarri is being cautious over their fitness.

"Ramsey is not completely fit and Douglas only trained twice," the Italian said. "Both are not ready for the 90 minutes. 

"I was worried about Ramsey today, but he reacted well until the end. Anyway, I don't think we need to think about who is missing."

Cristiano Ronaldo was delighted with the way Juventus kept persisting in a nervy 2-1 win against Serie A strugglers Genoa on Wednesday.

Both sides ended with 10 men and it looked like they would share a point after Christian Kouame's bizarre goal cancelled out Leonardo Bonucci's opener in Turin.

Genoa's Kouame shot the ball with his right foot into his trailing left leg, producing a wicked deflection that wrong-footed Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and appeared as if it may earn Thiago Motta's side a draw.

Ronaldo had a 92nd-minute goal disallowed after VAR ruled he was offside, but he still had time to be the hero, winning and then scoring a controversial late penalty.

"I am very happy," Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.

"[It was] a very difficult match against an organised team but we are Juventus, the motto is to [fight to] the end.

"We are very happy with the three points. We created a lot and we deserved it.

"Inter ahead in the standings was an extra stimulus."

Ronaldo's late spot-kick saw Juventus replace Inter at the top of Serie A – Maurizio Sarri's men one point clear.

Genoa had to play more than 40 minutes with 10 men after Francesco Cassata was given his marching orders in the 51st minute for another foul on Paulo Dybala.

Both of Cassata's yellow cards came for challenges on Dybala.

Referee Antonio Giua levelled things up at the Allianz Stadium in the 87th minute, when Juventus substitute Adrien Rabiot was given a second yellow card.

Many sides would have sat back and taken a point from there, but Juve kept persisting as Ronaldo produced a typical dose of late drama.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 96th-minute penalty as champions Juventus scraped to a 2-1 Serie A win over strugglers Genoa on Wednesday, in a game that both sides ended with 10 men.

Genoa looked set to earn a hard-fought point in Thiago Motta's second game in charge after Christian Kouame's freak goal had cancelled out Leonardo Bonucci's 36th-minute header.

Both sides had a men sent off in the second half, Genoa's Francesco Cassata and Juve's Adrien Rabiot given their marching orders, before Ronaldo took centre stage.

The Portuguese first had a 92nd-minute tap in ruled out by VAR for offside. But that was far from the end of the drama, and there was still time for Ronaldo to fire a sluggish Juve to victory, as the striker himself won the decisive penalty following a coming-together with substitute Antonio Sanabria - VAR this time going in his favour after the spot-kick was checked by the officials.

 

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Juve coach Maurizio Sarri had said in the build-up that his side were suffering a "mental issue" in front of goal and they barely threatened in a tame first 30 minutes against a team with the worst defensive record in the league.

A stunning save from Ionut Radu eventually denied Paulo Dybala the opener and that chance finally woke Juventus up from their slumber, as Bonucci soon broke the deadlock.

The defender was aided by Radu's decision to come off his line in an attempt to collect Rodrigo Bentancur's corner, the goalkeeper beaten to the ball by Bonucci, who simply nodded into an empty net.

Parity was restored within five minutes, though, thanks to Kouame's slice of accidental glory.

Aiming at goal with his right foot, the Ivorian managed to kick the ball into his trailing leg, the deflection subsequently wrong-footing Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in his 513rd league appearance for the Italian giants, which saw him equal Alessandro del Piero's club record.

Juve ramped up the pressure after Cassata's 52nd-minute dismissal - for a second yellow card - and Federico Bernardeschi then forced an excellent save from Radu with an effort from distance, before Ronaldo tested the shot-stopper from a corner.

Home substitute Douglas Costa fizzed a long-range effort agonisingly wide before Rabiot was given his marching orders - a foul on Sinan Gumus earning him a second yellow - but the hosts still found a way in the dying stages to claim the points, thanks to a spell of VAR-heavy drama.

Initially, Ronaldo scored and celebrated before his goal was disallowed for offside, but then a debatable penalty followed and the Portuguese star stepped up to thump home and send Juventus back to the top of the Serie A table.

 

What it means

Juventus remain the only unbeaten side in Serie A and victory takes them back to the top of the table, one point ahead of Inter. Genoa are just one point above the bottom three in 17th.

 

Dybala's star turn

Juventus were far from their fluent best, meaning Dybala really stood out in an excellent performance.

The Argentina star struck fear into Genoa every time he got the ball, his creativity and ability on the ball particularly eye-catching.

 

Cassata pays the price

Genoa's game plan when Dybala got the ball was obvious: foul him.

Cassata brought Dybala down twice in the first three minutes and was booked for the second, leaving him walking a tightrope for the remainder of the contest.

And the 22-year-old could not help himself, given a second yellow card in the 51st minute for pulling back ... Dybala.

 

What's next?

Juventus visit Torino for a much-anticipated derby on Saturday, while Genoa go in search of successive Serie A home wins for the first time since September last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Juventus' squad for their Serie A clash with Genoa, but Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic miss out through injury.

Portugal superstar Ronaldo was rested for Juve's trip to Lecce on Saturday, a decision that backfired as the Italian champions were held to a 1-1 draw.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri defended his decision to overlook Ronaldo for selection but has recalled the 34-year-old for Wednesday's home match against Genoa.

However, there is no place in the 22-man squad for Higuain, who came off worse in an aerial collision with Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel late in the match.

Pjanic has featured in every competitive game for Juve this campaign, meanwhile, but will miss out against Genoa after pulling up last time out, though the club have confirmed he did not suffer any muscular damage.

Aaron Ramsey is back after missing Juve's last three squads with a muscle injury, while Douglas Costa is also in contention following a seven-week absence.

Sarri's side trail Serie A leaders Inter by two points ahead of Wednesday's game in hand at Allianz Stadium.

Juventus are dealing with a "mental issue" when it comes to scoring, according to coach Maurizio Sarri, who has been left disappointed by the lack of goals so far this season.

Sarri's unbeaten side sit top of Serie A, though they hold a slender lead over second-place Inter, whose only defeat came against the Bianconeri.

Juve drew 1-1 with Lecce on Saturday as the decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo backfired, Gonzalo Higuain, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi particularly wasteful.

Though they have conceded just eight goals in league action, the reigning champions are the lowest scorers in the the top four as they prepare to host Genoa on Wednesday.

"We are adapting to a new style of football, so it's only natural that it will take a little while to perfect. We can improve a great deal and are on the right track," Sarri told a pre-match news conference.

"The feeling is that we still have some more room for improvement and important potential to express ourselves.

"We have a very low average of shots finding not just the net, but the frame of the goal. In my view, it's more of a mental issue than anything else.

"I expressed my fear with the players about that and we'll try to prepare some training exercises to help, but we also need to be more determined in front of goal.

"We are still the best defence in Serie A. This league has changed, the average goals of all the teams has gone up and in general it is a more prolific competition.

"Besides, lately we conceded pretty much exclusively from penalties, so we need to keep an eye on those situations."

Juve could take on Genoa without Miralem Pjanic and Higuain after they suffered injuries against Lecce, though Douglas Costa may possibly make a return to action in the midweek fixture.

"Pjanic does not have a muscular lesion, but we'll see how he does. Yesterday, he was not in a condition to play," Sarri added. 

"Higuain had a violent knock to the head and was not in good shape yesterday, he had stitches and was shaken up, but again we'll see the situation today. If Higuain can't make it, then it's very unlikely we can make a 4-3-3 work.

"Costa is returning after 45 days out and only had one training session with the squad, but we'll see if he's able to play a few minutes."

Juventus have confirmed Miralem Pjanic did not suffer a muscle injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Lecce.

Playmaker Pjanic – who has featured in every competitive game for Juve this season – pulled up sharply and left the field gingerly 67 minutes into the clash at Stadio Via del Mare.

Examinations on Monday did not show any muscular damage for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international, with the club confirming the 29-year-old took part in a personalised session in the gym.

Gonzalo Higuain also undertook a gym session after requiring a stretcher at full-time of Saturday's game.

Higuain came off worse in an aerial collision with goalkeeper Gabriel but played on, with Sarri confirming the striker was conscious and lucid despite having to be carried from the pitch after the final whistle.

Douglas Costa – who has not played since the 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on September 14 – took part in full training, while Aaron Ramsey participated in in a section of the session after missing out on the past three matchday squads.

Juventus are back in Serie A action on Wednesday when Genoa travel to the Allianz Stadium.

Genoa appointed former midfielder Thiago Motta as head coach in his first senior role, it was announced on Tuesday.

Last week's 5-1 Serie A thrashing at the hands of Parma prompted 19th-placed Genoa to sack Aurelio Andreazzoli and turn to Motta.

Motta returns to Genoa, where the former Italy international spent the 2008-09 season as the club qualified for the Europa League.

The 37-year-old had been coaching the Paris Saint-Germain Under-19s side since ending his playing career with the Ligue 1 champions in 2018.

Motta won league titles and the Champions League with Barcelona and Inter before heading to PSG in 2012, where he won 18 trophies in six years.

He will lead Genoa for the first time when the Italian struggles host Brescia on Saturday.

Genoa have lost five of their last six Serie A matches to be a point adrift of safety after eight rounds.

Thiago Motta appears set to become the new Genoa head coach following the departure of Aurelio Andreazzoli.

The Serie A side announced they had sacked Andreazzoli on Tuesday, two days after a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Parma left them 19th in the table.

"In the next few hours, news on the make-up of the technical staff will be announced and a presentation news conference will be held for the media," Genoa said in a statement.

Motta is expected to be named as Andreazzoli's replacement in what would be his first head coach job since he retired from playing in 2018.

The former Italy international has been coaching the Paris Saint-Germain Under-19s side since ending his playing career with the Ligue 1 champions.

Motta won league titles and the Champions League with Barcelona and Inter before heading to PSG in 2012, where he won 18 trophies in six years.

He spent the 2008-09 season with Genoa, helping them to qualify for the Europa League.

The 37-year-old was quoted by Tuttomercatoweb as saying he is "ready to get going" after arriving in Genoa on Tuesday.

Genoa, who won only one of their first eight Serie A games of the season, host Brescia on Saturday before travelling to champions Juventus on October 30.

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