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A-League review: Western United's Alessandro Diamanti problem

It's Monday, so here's the good, bad and ugly from Round 11 in the A-League.

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Diamanti, and the Importance of Being Earnest

Players like Alessandro Diamanti not only need to express themselves on a football pitch, but need to feel as though they are required to by their coach. Western United's 1-1...

A-League clubs can't match Melbourne City's Cahill wages - Kevin Muscat

Alessandro Diamanti
The Victory's deal with Alessandro Diamanti, who made 16 appearances for Atalanta last season, fell through without FFA support.

Melbourne Victory aren't sure whether other A-League clubs can afford to sign high-profile players to rival Melbourne City's acquisition of Tim Cahill.

Football Federation Australia knocked back the Victory as the A-League heavyweights sought to use the same "guest player" pot of funding on Italy international Alessandro Diamanti.

Diamanti, 33, represented Italy at Euro 2012, scoring the winning penalty to knock out England, but was deemed not high-profile enough to access FFA funding.

"We were...

Watford manager: Alessandro Diamanti will bring sparkle to attack

Substitute Alessandro Diamanti curled home a superb free-kick to put Italy back ahead
Diamanti has been training with Watford for more than a week.

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has said he believes incoming forward Alessandro Diamanti will inject pace into his Hornets side.

Diamanti has been training with Watford for more than a week but his move -- understood to be a season-long loan -- from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande is unlikely to be completed in time for him to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

"It is difficult for Saturday,...

By ESPN Staff

Juve target Bologna's Diamanti

Juventus are back in the transfer market after Emanuele Giaccherini's pending move to Sunderland - and Alessandro Diamanti tops their wishlist.

Alessandro Diamanti will be key for Bologna this season
Diamanti could be on his way to Juve

However, Diamanti's club, Bologna, have warned that they will not wait until the end of the transfer window for an offer.

Giaccherini, 28, is on the verge of completing a move to the Black Cats, with the two clubs in agreement and Juve coach Antonio Conte resigned to losing the...