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Inter Milan braced for January interest in Skriniar.


Inter remain determined to convince Milan Skriniar to sign a new contract, 𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 understands, but are braced to receive bids for his services in the January transfer window.

The centre-back is in the final six months of his contract and is now free to discuss a free transfer for the end of the season, and 90min has previously reported that nearly every European giant is interested in his services.

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United are expected to offer contracts to Skriniar but the biggest complication for Inter could be offers to sign the Slovakia international immediately in January.

Indeed, long-term admirers Paris Saint-Germain, who tried and failed to land Skriniar last summer, remain interested in the 27-year-old and see him as an ideal replacement for Sergio Ramos, who is being targeted by Al Nassr for an ambitious link-up with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Should Ramos be lured away, PSG would be open to making a move to sign Skriniar in January but they may have to fend off rival interest from Liverpool, who are exploring their options following the news that Virgil van Dijk’s hamstring injury is worse than first feared.


Intermediaries have reached out to Inter to discuss the possibility of a January transfer to Anfield, and while Inter want to keep Skriniar, they would consider parting ways with the defender this month if he refuses to extend and approaches a free transfer at the end of the season.

Selling Skriniar now would allow Inter to keep hold of right-back Denzel Dumfries, who is also a target for Chelsea and Tottenham.

However, January offers could spark a bidding war among the sides keen to land Skriniar on a free transfer, and the centre-back may opt to accept a lucrative move in the summer instead of an immediate switch.

Despite the outside interest, Inter’s first priority is to convince Skriniar to re-sign, but CEO Beppe Marotta recently admitted that the Serie A side face a real battle to get a deal done.

“We are negotiating with his representatives, because we believe Milan deserves to be part of our squad in the present and the future. We presented an offer to him and hope to soon reach a conclusion,” he told DAZN.

“I am always optimistic in life, but in this case I am also realistic. We know that we can do a lot, but we cannot achieve the impossible.”




UCL: Away Bayern not ready to argue in 2 strike victory against Milan.


Bayern Munich kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win at Inter on Wednesday evening.

Die Roten were dominant from start to finish at San Siro, while the Nerazzurri already face an uphill battle in the ‘group of death’ that also contains Barcelona.

Summer signing Andre Onana had to be at his best to deny Joshua Kimmich early on, parrying away a low drive from the midfielder.

The two sides went back and forth in the opening exchanges, with Danilo D’Ambrosio forcing Manuel Neuer into a save, while Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller came close for the visitors.

Bayern took a 25th-minute lead when Kimmich picked out Leroy Sane, who rounded Onana and poked the ball home.

Alphonso Davies and Muller again went close for the Bavarians in a scramble before the break, but Bayern’s lead stood at one at the interval.

Inter came flying out of the traps after half-time, with D’Ambrosio and Edin Dzeko wreaking havoc but little in the way of chances.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men responded with a flurry of mayhem themselves and were rewarded when D’Ambrosio ‘s shanked effort off the line ended up in the back of his own net.

Bayern will feel aggrieved they didn’t add a third to round off the evening, but nevertheless return to Germany victorious.




Tottenham signs Ivan Perisic on free transfer from Inter Milan.


Tottenham Hotspur have signed Croatia international Ivan Perisic on a free transfer, the Premier League club announced Tuesday.

The 33-year-old will join the north London side when his contract at Inter Milan expires at the end of June after agreeing to a two-year deal.

“We are delighted to announce the transfer of Ivan Perisic,” said a Spurs statement.

“The vastly experienced Croatia international will join the club on 1 July following the expiration of his contract at Internazionale and has agreed on a deal that will run until 2024.”

Perisic worked with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte in Italy, with the duo winning the 2020/21 Serie A title together at Inter.

But he has turned down a new contract to stay at the San Siro in order to move to England.

Perisic has also won league titles in Germany — with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich — while also scoring in a World Cup final for Croatia.

A versatile player, Perisic can be deployed as a left wing-back, winger, second striker or attacking midfielder.

His arrival marks a change from Tottenham’s usual transfer policy of signing younger players with a sell-on value and is a sign of their growing confidence in Conte.

Perisic bid farewell to Inter fans with an Instagram message that acknowledged his time wearing this “glorious jersey” had come to an end.

He added: “It was an unforgettable learning experience for me as a player and for my whole family

“To the team, the staff, to all the employees but most importantly to the fans: you will always have a special place in my heart.”

Tottenham finished fourth in the recently concluded Premier League season to qualify for next term’s elite European Champions League




After beating Udinese, Inter not “taking eyes off” AC Milan.


Inter Milan still have a say in this season’s Serie A title race after winning 2-1 at Udinese to stay two points behind league leaders AC Milan.

Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez made sure that the champions bounced back from Wednesday’s traumatic defeat at Bologna and stayed on the heels of their local rivals who earlier were fired to a 1-0 win over Fiorentina by Rafael Leao.

Milan need seven points from their final three games to snatch the Scudetto from their local rivals as they have the better of the two league derbies with Inter, meaning the seven-time European champions would stay ahead of Inter should they end up locked on the same points.

However, Sunday’s match was the toughest left in Inter’s run-in, while Milan have to play Verona and Atalanta in their bid to secure the crown.




And Simone Inzaghi’s side dealt well with a tricky team who had rattled in 17 goals in their six games in April, taking the lead in the 12th minute through Perisic’s header and doubling their advantage seven minutes before half-time.

After Martinez was denied Edin Dzeko made the most of contact from Pablo Mari’s lunging tackle and earned his team a penalty, which thwacked against the post by Martinez before the Argentine nodded in on the rebound.

Ignacio Pussetto pulled one back for the hosts after Gerard Deulofeu had crashed a free-kick off the woodwork, but Inter held on to claim the points.

– Leao keeps Milan top -Portugal forward Leao struck with eight minutes remaining against Fiorentina to ensure Milan are still favourites for a first Scudetto since 2011 and unleash a wave of relief at a packed San Siro.

“It’s the best moment of my career as a player,” Leao told DAZN after his 10th league goal of the season.

Until Leao scored it had looked to be a frustrating day for the hosts, Olivier Giroud missing the first of a series of good chances with 15 minutes on the clock when he somehow fluffed his dinked finish wide after being slipped perfectly through by Franck Kessie.


Nerves started to get to the home fans after a series of misplaced passes in good positions curtailed promising attacks, and the huge crowd had their heads in their hands two minutes after the break when Leao smashed over from close range after being fed by Giroud.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was introduced in the 65th minute in an attempt to force the winner, and after Mike Maignan saved Arthur Cabral’s 76th-minute header Leao made it party time.

He collected Viola goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano’s awful kick, charged towards goal and slotted home a finish which could be crucial to an enthralling title race.

– Juve eye Champions League -Leonardo Bonucci put Juve on the brink of Champions League football with a double in their 2-1 win over Venezia which also dealt a huge blow to the survival hopes of Serie A’s bottom team.

Italy defender Bonucci struck in each half at the Allianz Stadium to put Juve 10 points clear of fifth-placed Lazio, who occupy the Europa League spot, while Roma are a further point back in sixth ahead of their home match with Bologna later on Sunday.

Anything but a win for Jose Mourinho’s Roma will confirm Juve’s place in Europe’s top club competition.

“We needed the win to make sure that the last three games aren’t too difficult,” said Bonucci to Sky Sport Italia.

Venezia are six points behind Cagliari, who sit just outside the relegation zone, and have a game in hand on Thursday at in-form Salernitana




Chelsea prepared to let go of Romelu Lukaku.


Chelsea are prepared to let their club record signing Romelu Lukaku leave the club this summer, with Inter and PSG interested in the Belgian, Noble Reporters Media understands.

The Blues paid a staggering £97.5m to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge in 2021 – the number nine spent three years there between 2011 and 2014 – but having scored just five Premier League goals this season, he has clearly not lived up to expectations.

Now not even a regular fixture in Chelsea’s starting XI under Thomas Tuchel, Noble Reporters Media understands that the Blues manager is keen to cut the club’s losses and sell this summer.

The interested parties in taking Lukaku off Chelsea’s hands include Inter, who are very much open to the forward returning to San Siro – where he previously enjoyed a fantastic two-year spell in which he scored 64 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions.

With Inter still owed a huge chunk of the £97.5m fee the Blues agreed last summer to bring the forward back to England, the finances required to make any deal possible are very much within I Nerazurri’s means.

The main sticking point for any move back to Inter is PSG’s interest in Lukaku. Sources have confirmed to 90min that the Ligue 1 giants have already been in contact with the 28-year-old’s representatives over a potential summer move to Parc des Princes. PSG would obviously have little trouble matching Lukaku’s current Chelsea contract terms, or paying any sort of fee for that matter.

Les Parisiens are keen to revamp their final third options this summer and, as 90min reported in February, are also eyeing a blockbuster move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that Inter are also eyeing a revamp of their striking options, and are open to allowing Lautaro Martinez move on this summer. The hugely talented forward is of interest to Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham – all of whom held talks with the player’s agents last year and have remained in contact since.

The replacement for their star Argentine forward is likely to be another Argentine forward: Paulo Dybala.

The 28-year-old failed to agree terms with Juventus over a new contract and, as such, is set to leave Turin this summer. 90min have been told that Inter are locked in talks with Dybala and his representatives and are interested in partnering him up with Lukaku at San Siro next season.




Inter Milan chief reveals his long desire for Messi


Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has described signing Lionel Messi as “a desire everyone has” amid reports linking the Barcelona superstar to the Serie A club.

However, the Inter chief downplayed the speculation, insisting that “no Italian team is capable of carrying out such an operation”.

Messi has entered the final year of his contract with Barcelona, and appears to have become increasingly unhappy recently at the club where he has spent his entire career.

The Catalan giants are in a state of turmoil having lost the La Liga title, and six-time Ballon D’Or winner Messi has been particularly outspoken on several occasions.


It has led to suggestions the 33-year-old will look to take on a new challenge having spent his entire career at Barcelona.

His father and agent, Jorge, has also moved his business interests to Milan, further fuelling speculation.

And the transfer talk ramped up on Tuesday when a picture of Messi’s image being projected onto Milan’s duomo cathedral went viral on social media.


But Marotta appeared to laugh off speculation that the Argentina star could join Inter.

“Messi on the cathedral? It wasn’t my idea,” the Inter chief told NobleSports.

“It reminds me of football from the past with such situations. We are talking about an icon, a great player, a desire that everyone has.”

Marotta said it would be “extraordinary to see such a champion at Inter”, adding: “It’s fantasy football, a utopian situation.


He admitted that signing Messi would be a huge boost to the club, but insisted that financial fair play rules would make such a move extremely unlikely.

“Our football [in Italy] needs a lift,” said Marotta. “Champions raise the value of the Italian brand and football. If we could consider ours to be a championship in which the great champions come and stay, it would be better.

“No Italian team is capable of carrying out such an operation unless extraordinary factors arise related to the shareholders, and therefore the actual owners.

“Let’s not forget that we must respect FFP [Financial Fair Play]. This year, Covid-19 has ensured that there is some flexibility, but afterwards the rules will have to be respected.”

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Perisic for Sanchez , Inter plans swap deal with Man utd


Inter Milan could offer midfielder Ivan Perisic to Manchester United in a bid to keep on-loan forward Alexis Sanchez permanently, according to reports in Italy.

Sanchez joined the Serie A giants on a season-long loan deal in August and has scored four times and provided nine assists so far in the campaign.

United are believed to be reluctant to agree a deal that would allow Sanchez to play when Inter’s Europa League campaign resumes against Getafe on August 5, but Inter could attempt to resolve the issue by signing the striker for a fee of around £18million.

Boss Antonio Conte is considering suggesting Croatia star Perisic as a swap option for Sanchez, according to Football Italia.


Despite winning the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich this season, Perisic’s loan spell at the German champions, which cost them around £4.5million, is not expected to become a full move.

United were linked with Perisic when Jose Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford and Sanchez’s Serie A suitors are hoping that successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also be interested.

Sanchez is still the second-highest earner at Old Trafford as United are contributing £300,000 towards his pay each week, leaving them keen to remove him from their wage bill.

Perisic has scored four times and set up six goals in his 22 league appearances for Bayern this season, adding a goal and three assists in the Champions League despite only playing more than half an hour twice in Europe.

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Conte supports Inter Milan’s trick to sign Messi


Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte was asked about Lionel Messi following his side’s 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Saturday.

Antonio Conte has described talk of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi’s possible arrival at Inter Milan as “fantasy football”, but he did welcome the transfer links.

Messi’s future has dominated headlines in 2019-20 amid speculation the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is ready to quit Barça at the conclusion of his contract next year.

Messi Sr’s reported house purchase fuels Inter rumours
Linked to Inter previously, reports of Messi’s father buying a house in Milan this week fuelled more rumours about a stunning switch to San Siro.


Inter head coach Conte was asked about Messi following the Nerazzurri’s 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Saturday and he told reporters: “We’re talking about fantasy football, situations that at the moment cannot be linked to Inter. For many reasons.

“I don’t think there’s a madman in the world who wouldn’t want Messi. But that kind of situation really is very, very, very far from Inter, from what we are doing and what we are trying to build.

“We need to create a solid base, and then maybe… I repeat, this is fantasy football; however, I like the fact that when fantasy football is involved, the team that is linked to it is always Inter.”

Lukaku grabs brace in Inter win over Genoa
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Conte’s Inter returned to winning ways at Genoa following consecutive draws.


Alexis Sánchez – on loan from Manchester United – continued his fine form with a goal of his own as Inter moved second in the table, a point clear of Atalanta and four adrift of leaders Juventus with two matches remaining.

Conte’s former club Juventus can seal their ninth successive Scudetto against Sampdoria on Sunday.

“I think that so far we have 76 points, which is good, but I am sure it’s not enough to win,” Conte said.

“Therefore the league will be won by someone else. At the same time, we must have the determination to finish as high as we can.”

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Italian Media strongly believe Messi would join Inter


Italian Media strongly believe Messi would join Inter


Inter are dreaming of Lionel Messi and there is confidence in Italy that the club could pull off such an operation.

The No.10’s current Barcelona contract runs until 2021 and reports in Italy are claiming that he could switch blue and red for blue and black next summer.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter’s Chinese ownership are determined to push for Messi.

“It is possible and Suning are preparing for a lengthy pursuit of Messi,” a headline in the newspaper reads.

The fact that Jorge Messi, the player’s father, is moving to Milan is also sparking transfer chatter – even if this relocation is said to be for business reasons.

Juventus’ acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo is said by La Gazzetta dello Sport to be one of Inter’s motives as they are determined to respond.

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Officially : Inter signs Madrid’s Hakimi potentially


Inter have officially signed full-back Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid in a deal that could rise to €45m.

A statement on Inter’s official website reads: “Achraf Hakimi is offically an Inter player.

“The Moroccan, who was born in 1998, has joined the Nerazzurri on a permanent basis from Real Madrid and has signed a contract which will last until 30 June 2025”

Hakimi will earn a reported €5m in each of those five years.

The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after wide defenders after two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 12 goals and provided 17 assists in 72 appearances.


He was also part of the Madrid squad that won the Champions League – Los Blancos’ third on the trot – during the 2017-18 campaign.

Although being born in the Spanish capital, Hakimi is a full Morocco international with already 28 caps under his belt.

Coming in at a cost of €40m plus €5m in bonuses, he becomes the most expensive defender in Inter’s history.

Hakimi primarily plays on the right-hand side but is more than capable of filling in on the opposite flank.

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Cavani Links with United despite Atletico,Inter and Newcastle’s interest

Cavani’s future continues to be up in the air, and that means he’ll continue to be linked with a move to Manchester United.


The 33 year old’s contract at PSG expires at the end of June and he’s of interest to several clubs. Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe reports Inter Milan, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are in the picture as potential destinations.

Cavani will not ‘rule out’ moving to Old Trafford, and the same goes for other options on the table. The French newspaper states Manchester United have been interested since January, which makes some sense given their search for a striker at the time.

PSG priced Cavani out of a move in the winter market, with it being reported at the time they asked Atletico Madrid for as much as €30m to sign the Uruguayan. The failure of that transfer reportedly angered Cavani, and it may well be that he’d prefer Atletico should they make another attempt this summer.


Manchester United need to decide what to do regarding Odion Ighalo, and whether they even need a new striker given Marcus Rashford will be fit for the start of next season.

If they do want to sign a short term option, and if Cavani would accept a short contract, then he could be a solution.



Chelsea eyes Icardi as PSG argues over €70m purchase option

Chelsea have reportedly joined the race for Inter striker Mauro Icardi, as PSG continue to haggle over the €70m purchase option.


The forward spent this season on loan in Paris at a cost of €13m, scoring 20 goals in 31 competitive games.

There is a €70m clause to make the move permanent, but Paris Saint-Germain are trying to negotiate a discount, seeing the €50m plus €10m in bonuses offer rejected.


Juventus and Napoli are both eager to bring Icardi back to Serie A, while Manchester United had until now been the only real Premier League interested party.

Now Sun Sport claim that Chelsea are also in the running for the 27-year-old Argentina international.

~Mauro Icardi

He came up through the Barcelona youth academy before moving on to Sampdoria, joining Inter for €13m in the summer of 2013.

Icardi scored 121 goals in 219 Serie A games, along with 30 assists.



Inter rejects PSG’s Mediocre bid for Icardi

Inter have reportedly rejected an initial PSG offer of €50m plus €10m in bonuses for Mauro Icardi, as they want at least €60m plus €10m in add-ons.


The striker is currently in Paris on loan with an option to buy worth €70m, but the Ligue 1 champions are asking for a discount, especially after their season was shut early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, an initial €50m plus €10m bonuses proposal has been turned down.

The asking price will be €60m guaranteed along with at least €10m in add-ons, most of which will be relatively simple to activate, so the eventual sum will come out at close to €70m.

~Mauro Icardi

PSG already paid €13m for the one-season loan and covered his salary, which he repaid with 20 goals and four assists in 31 competitive games.

Juventus and Napoli are reportedly ready to welcome Icardi back to Serie A, but if PSG were to purchase the player and immediately sell him to another Italian club, Inter would pocket an extra €15m.





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Lautaro has a lot to learn at Barcelona – Stoichkov

Lautaro Martinez will learn a lot at Barcelona amid growing speculation the Inter star is set to join the Liga champions, according to Hristo Stoichkov.


Stoichkov played for Barca across two spells – winning five La Liga titles and the European Cup among other honours – and he told TyC Sports: “Martinez has great ability.

“He’s going to learn a lot at Barcelona. He has a great teacher like Luis Suarez. And he will have a good understanding with [Lionel] Messi, [Antoine] Griezmann and [Ousmane] Dembele.

“He likes to compete a lot, not just score goals. He’s growing every day. I think he’s proving that this year.

“The question is not whether he can play or not, the important thing is to compete. He has to train, he has to get into this style of play. I spent eight years at Barcelona playing both left and right [wing].

~Lautaro Martinez

“Everyone is a substitute and a starter; it depends on how you train during the week.”

Not everyone thinks Martinez should switch Inter for Barcelona, however, with Fabio Capello warning the Argentine star he’d likely only be a substitute at Camp Nou.


“Lautaro Martinez is a very good player,” Capello told El Larguero. “He has everything – a lot of quality, very fast moves and also he’s very good when he shoots on goal.

“Going to Barcelona and becoming a starter with Luis Suarez there is difficult. I think it is better to be a starter at Inter than a substitute at Barcelona.”

Racing’s president of youth football Adrian Ruben Fernandez recently revealed Messi has called Lautaro about playing for Barca and believes a move will happen sooner rather than later.

“Messi called him and wants him by his side soon, I have no doubt,” Fernandez told Sport. “For that reason, the deal to sign him is almost there.

“I know things will go well in Barcelona and that Lautaro will be an excellent replacement for Suarez. He’s the ideal heir. Thanks to Barca he will continue to grow as a player and a man.”





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Barca And Inter Close On Finalising Lautaro’s Deal


Barcelona are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Inter for forward Lautaro Martinez.


Barcelona are seemingly getting closer to landing Lautaro Martinez. The Inter star continues to be linked with a move to Camp Nou, where he could play alongside Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi more regularly.

It appears an agreement has almost been reached.

Barcelona and Inter almost aligned
Barcelona and Inter are finalising a deal for Lautaro Martinez, according to the cover of Sport.

The report says the clubs are going to agree a deal of close to €60million plus two players – midfielder Arturo Vidal and either Nelson Semedo or Emerson.

Sport also reports Barça and Martinez have a verbal agreement for a four-year deal.





Inter join race for Timo Werner whose price could drop to €50m if RB Leipzig don’t win the Bundesliga, but the Nerazzurri face competition from Liverpool for the German international.


The San Siro outfit have allegedly targeted Werner as the ideal replacement should Lautaro Martinez move to Barcelona this summer.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, his release clause will drop from €60m to €50m if the club doesn’t win the League this year.

Die Roten Bullen are currently third in the German Bundesliga, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by five points, and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

But the newspaper points out that Liverpool, who are coached by the 24-year-old’s compatriot Jürgen Klopp, are prepared to fight the Nerazzurri for the Germany international’s signature.



‘Lautaro likes challenges & that’s what Barca would be’


Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has been urged to jump at the chance to join Barcelona by his former coach at Racing, Diego Cocca.


Martinez, 22, is widely viewed as Barca’s prime target as a long-term replacement for striker Luis Suarez, who turned 33 in January and is only contracted until next year.

Barca are said to be keen to strike a deal for Martinez at a much lower cost than his reported €111 million (£97m/$121m) release clause, with the Catalans rumoured to be prepared to sell Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti to raise funds or include one or two of those players as part of their offer to Inter.

Despite the potential obstacles in such a deal, Cocca, now coach of Rosario Central, is in no doubt that Martinez should take the opportunity to play alongside compatriot Lionel Messi.

Recalling a youngster with such a high level of professionalism when he handed him his debut as a teenager in November 2015, Cocca told Sport: “I was surprised.

“The level of maturity, he was a professional player, he interpreted, he understood, he wanted to see pictures, to work on his weaker foot, to work on everything that made things complicated for him.

“Most boys at that age try to hide their flaws, and he just wanted to improve. There, we started to glimpse that he was going to do something very important.

“Knowing Lautaro, he’s a boy who likes challenges and surely that’s what going to Barcelona would be for him.

“I tell you what I think: logically, Lautaro is the protagonist and he has the last word. He’s clearly at a very important team like Inter, but it doesn’t happen every day that Barca come looking for you and he can play with the best footballer in history, outside of the national team, and share all these days with him.


“There is no way I would pass that up.”

Martinez has scored 11 goals in 22 Serie A appearances this season, having formed a formidable strike partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

Antonio Conte’s side were third in the table, nine points behind leaders Juventus but with a game in hand, when the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.



Inter could get €180m from sales of Argentine duo Lautaro & Icardi


Inter could get €180m from a possible double sale of their Argentine stars Lautaro Martinez and Mauro Icardi.


Barcelona have been linked with Lautaro in recent months and are allegedly not giving up on a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

But Lautaro has a buy-out clause of €111m in his current deal at San Siro and reports in both Italy and Spain have claimed the Blaugrana have tried to include players in an effort to reach the required value set by his contract.

The €111m release clause must be triggered this summer and adding that loanee Icardi will return from his stint at Paris Saint-Germain, the Nerazzurri could potentially make well over €180m if both players end up elsewhere.

~Lautaro Martinez

Tuttosport highlights that Icardi will add between €70m to €85m on the total amount and depending on where he ends up, having been linked with a host of clubs, including league leaders and title rivals Juventus.

The newspaper claims Conte would like to keep Martinez at the Giuseppe Meazza, but if he decides to move to Barcelona, the money could be spent wisely and used to add more depth to the current crop.



Valero believes Eriksen ‘only needs time’ to flourish for Inter


Borja Valero believes Christian Eriksen ‘only needs time’ to flourish for Inter and that ‘it’s better if Lautaro Martinez stays’.


Valero began by passing judgment on Inter teammate Marcelo Brozovic, who has become a crucial component for the Nerazzurri in recent seasons.

“In the three years I’ve been playing for Inter, he has grown a huge amount,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Over time he realised how strong he was and took possession of a new role, as a ‘regista’. He can grow further.”

Eriksen failed to record a goal or assist in his domestic appearances before the coronavirus break, but the Spaniard has every faith in his ability to shine.

“Eriksen arrived midseason. He played for Tottenham the week before, and a week later he changed league, country, language, training: it’s not easy.


“The stop came just as he was hitting form. He has everything to succeed at Inter, he only needs time.”

Finally, the veteran advised Lautaro Martinez to ignore interest from Barcelona and help the Beneamata’s project ‘take off’.

“We have a very important project here, which is for all to see. For it to take off, it’s better if he stays.”



Inter ‘still to decide whether or not to permanently sign Sanchez & Moses’

Inter have several decisions to make when it comes to the futures of several players with the club according to a report in today’s print edition of Il Giornale.
Inter must make decisions on the future of on loan trio Victor Moses, Alexis Sanchez and Cristiano Biraghi and also have to decide whether or not they will take up the option to extend Ashley Young’s contract by another season, which reports elsewhere in the media have suggested the club will.

The Nerazzurri also have to prepare themselves for the event that players out on loan are not purchased outright by their loan clubs, namely Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic, Radja Nainggolan and Joao Mario.

Icardi, Perisic and Joao Mario are out on loan at Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively and if those clubs take up their options to buy the players permanently, Inter will make over €100 million.


Lautaro’s father: My son has reached the top due to his positive mentality

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez’s father Mario Jose Martinez has shared his belief that his son has achieved what he has so far in his brief career thanks to the positive mentality that he has.
The 22-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most promising young players out there at the moment and in the past few weeks and months he has drawn very strong links with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, who reportedly see him as their number one target and the ideal long term successor to Luis Suarez.

“I think he has reached the top due to his positive mentality,” Martinez senior remarked in an interview with Spanish news outlet Marca.

“Since he was a child he had clear goals, he had the dream of playing at the top of football. He always goes step by step and has short-term goals in mind and knows that everything is based on commitment, respect and humility.”

Lautaro joined Inter in the Summer of 2018 from Superliga Argentina side Racing Club and is under contract with Inter until the end of the 2022/23 season.

This season the Argentine national team player has made 30 appearances across all competitions to date, in which he has scored 16 goals and provided four assists.


Barcelona counter-attack for Lautaro Martinez

Inter Milan’s objective is not to retain Lautaro Martinez but to make his sale more profitable. The player wants to leave, that’s his intention, and Barcelona are the best placed for him.

The battle will be tough and the Italians are not going to make things easy. Inter president Steven Zhang is looking for the formula to get rid of the 111 million euro clause on his head, valid between July 1-15. That’s the most any club would have to pay for the 22-year-old, who has a lot of potentials.

Lautaro’s contract runs until June 2023. They want to raise his salary and as a consequence, the years on the deal. Their first offer was not accepted to Zhang has come back again. He’s offering virtually a salary raise of 100%, from 2m euros to 4m, but with the condition that the 111m euro release clause is eradicated.

The problem for Inter is that Barca have more financial muscle. Lautaro is seen as a key target, with a similar profile to Luis Suarez. So at Barca, like in a game of poker, they may be interested in ‘calling’ the raise.

The Catalans are offering around seven million euros a season for five seasons, which is a big offer. Ideally, they’d like to trade players with Inter too: Alena and Semedo are good choices.


Jan: Solskjaer set to call for Sanchez’s return to United ..

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bemoaned the “difficult” nature of the January transfer window and hinted at a possible Manchester United return for Alexis Sanchez.
Solskjaer could not provide an update on the pursuit of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and while there is still a chance the Portugal international can arrive at Old Trafford with a deal still to be done within the two clubs, United have less time to complete a move before Friday’s deadline.

United remain some way apart on what they are willing to pay and what Sporting want for the 27-year-old – but Old Trafford chiefs are keen not to repeat the mistakes of previous windows and will not panic buy, fuelling a chance they will not make a signing before Friday’s deadline, reports NobleSport
“I haven’t got any updates for you on transfers,” Solskjaer said. “I haven’t got anything to say now.

“If there is something out there, then the club are pursuing that and looking at it. It is difficult this window – it’s always been. I can’t remember how many good deals that we’ve brought in in January.
“Henrik (Larsson)… Nemanja (Vidic) and Patrice (Evra) – they were two good ones.

It’s hard, it’s very hard because the clubs don’t want to lose their best players.”
‘Sanchez will prove you wrong’
Two years ago United made a major swoop in January by signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, but the Chile forward struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances before joining Inter Milan on loan last summer.

Despite allowing him to leave the club, Solskjaer suggested the former Barcelona forward could still make a success of his United career when his loan to Serie A finishes at the end of the season.
“Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong,” Solskjaer said following a question from the media.

After watching his side produce one of their most disappointing displays of the season in a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley last week, Solskjaer insisted the club needed “quality” signings.
However, with just three days until the January transfer window closes, United’s only reinforcements look set to come in the form of players returning from injury.

Key midfielders Scott McTominay (knee) and Paul Pogba (ankle) have both been out since December, but could be in line for February returns.
“It’s hard to put timescales on long-term injuries because they also need the training before they’re injury free,” Solskjaer said.
“Paul’s had his cast off and Scott’s took his braces off, so at least now they can start doing some work on the grass soon.”

‘Perfect performance needed at City’
The midfield duo’s absence adds to the already-difficult task United face as they travel to local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final trailing 3-1.
City led 3-0 after a dominant first half at Old Trafford, but United produced a stronger display after the break to keep the tie alive going to the Etihad.

United overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s Champions League round of 16, and Solskjaer has urged his players to call upon that experience.
“It looked like it was over at half-time [of the first leg] because the second part of that first half they outplayed us for a while,” Solskjaer said.

Alexis Sanchez.

“Now we’ve got to go into memory bank and think PSG, because we’ve done it against good teams before and it gives us some hope, and the game in December of course gives us hope that we can do something there.
“It has to be a perfect performance to win by two goals against such a good team away from home.”


Tottenham’s Eriksen move to Inter Milan ..

Inter Milan have completed the signing of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham for a fee of around £16.9m.

The 27-year-old Denmark midfielder has signed a contract until 30 June 2024.

Eriksen told Spurs in the summer he wanted a fresh challenge with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

After a hoped-for move to Spain failed to materialise, Eriksen began the season with Spurs and played 28 times in all competitions this season.

Inter currently sit second in Serie A, three points behind leaders Juventus

Meanwhile, Tottenham have made midfielder Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move from Real Betis permanent, completing a £27.2m transfer.


Lazaro’s loan move to Newcastle, a success

Newcastle have completed the signing of Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter, with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by under Antonio Conte this season, making just four appearances in Serie A after moving to Milan from Hertha BSC last summer.

But it’s the north east of England where he’ll be based for the next five months, with Newcastle confirming in an announcement on their official website that a deal has been done for Lazaro to join the club on loan.

A club statement said: “Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the signing of Austria international Valentino Lazaro on loan for the remainder of the current season.”

Lazaro added: “I’m very happy to be here and can’t wait to meet all my teammates, get out on the training pitch and hopefully get a lot of victories in the future.

“I’ve only heard great things about the club. I’ve had good talks with the coach so I feel very happy to be here now. Those conversations convinced me that this is the right place for me to come.”

Head coach Steve Bruce said: “Valentino is a quality player who’ll add to us in attacking areas of the field, where we need to improve. He can play in a few positions but he is a natural winger with an excellent delivery.

“We have worked hard to get him ahead of other clubs, so I’m delighted with what we’ve done. Along with Nabil Bentaleb, he’ll give us strong options.”

The option to buy is thought to be around the €23.5m mark, with the loan costing Newcastle €1.5m.

The former Red Bull Salzburg midfielder, who primarily operates on the right hand side, will provide much needed additional cover for Steve Bruce’s Magpies, with a host of injury problems depleting his squad over the course of the season.

Valentino Lazaro

Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett are out for the remainder of the season, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton are among a number of players who have been carrying knocks over the past few weeks.

Despite that, Newcastle have performed admirably throughout the campaign, defying pre-season expectations to sit comfortably in mid-table after putting together a string of impressive results.