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La Dolce Vita: Krzysztof Piątek to AC Milan and Nicolò Barella's Inter idol

Serie A is one of the best leagues in Europe for soccer, but it's also one of the best for gossip and news away from the pitch.

The January transfer window, then, is a time when Italian news outlets are in overdrive, covering the matchups on the pitch as well as the deals going on off it.

We've taken a look at some of the latest news and key quotes from the Apennine Peninsula.

Piątek primed to succeed at Milan

Krzysztof Piątek has passed his medical at Milan ahead of his $40million move from Genoa.

The deal for the Polish striker, once completed, will spark further transfer which will see Gonzalo Higuaín join Chelsea, opening the door for Álvaro Morata to leave for Atlético de Madrid.

Former Poland international Zbigniew Boniek, who played in Serie A for AS Roma and Juventus, believes his compatriot will be a big hit at San Siro.

“He has everything to succeed. He’s a good lad, intelligent and he’s advised well,” Boniek told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“For me Piątek is someone who can play for any team in the world. He won’t struggle to make the step-up, I’m sure of it.

“Of course, no-one says anything if you don’t score for two or three games at Genoa but maybe at Milan they’ll put you on a timer. Still, he’ll be able to adapt.”

Ancelotti in it for the long haul at Napoli

Napoli could be ready to offer Carlo Ancelotti an extension to his current deal despite the former AC Milan boss only arriving in the summer.

I Partenopei are currently second in the league, and look like the only side capable of challenging Juventus, but they went out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage.

Despite that early exit from Europe’s premier continental competition, the club’s owner, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has been impressed with the Italian head coach and is set to offer a contract extension.

According to Naples-based news outlet Il Mattino (via Football Italia), De Laurentiis has ‘a clear and very ambitious project’ and wants Ancelotti to be a big part of it.

Ancelotti’s son Davide, who is currently an assistant coach, could also be part of it and they consider the 29-year-old as a potential head coach further down the line.

Juve's best still to come

Some less encouraging news for Napoli is that Juventus, who are currently nine points clear of them at the top of the table, are not yet at their best.

That’s according to midfielder Emre Can, who arrived at the club on a free transfer from Liverpool last summer.

After his side’s 3-0 win against Chievo on Monday, the German told Sky Italia: “We can improve in a lot of situations, especially when we press high, but we work for that every day in training. Of course, we can improve a lot.”

Can scored the second goal in the convincing win, which was his first for the club.

Barella's Inter idol

Nicoló Barella is one of the most in-demand players in Europe at the moment, but for now the 21-year-old remains at his home-town club, Cagliari.

He recently reignited the transfer rumours, however, when asked who his soccer idols were when growing up.

He showed great taste by singling out former Inter great, Dejan Stankovic, commenting: “I loved his determination as a child. I still remember his great goal from midfield.”

This has naturally led to stories that his preferred move would be to Inter, but there are, and will be, a number of offers in the table for the young midfielder.

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