Anthony Martial Warned Off Move to Serie A by France World Cup Winner Emmanuel Petit

​Anthony Martial has seen chances limited at Manchester United since Jose Mourinho took over, but the Frenchman has been told to remain patient with the Red Devils – despite interest from Inter Milan – by compatriot Emmanuel Petit.

Petit, a former midfielder who represented both Chelsea and Arsenal in England, was part of the France team that won the World Cup in 1998. And like Martial, he played for AS Monaco before moving to the Premier League.

Petit is of the opinion that there’s too much uncertainty over Inter at the moment, and Martial would be much better off staying at Old Trafford.

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“Manchester United, they are building a team to play for the title this year,” Petit said to SFR Sport (via ​Goal).

“They will play the Champions League, he [Martial] will have playing time and the competitions will be long until the end of the year.

“So going to Inter which is under reconstruction, there are a lot of uncertainties at this level there. It’s a risk to take but I think he has the qualities to claim to play more at Manchester United.

“Whether it is on the left side or even in the centre, he has already shown that he has the instinct of a scorer.”

Martial came off the bench to score against West Ham on Sunday, helping United to a 4-0 victory over Slaven Bilic’s side, notching an assist as well.

New signing Romelu Lukaku registered a brace in his Premier League debut, while Paul Pogba also got on the score-sheet for the Red Devils, who are now huge favourites to win the title next year.


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Inter Target Man City Duo While Also Hoping to Tie Down Ivan Perisic to Contract Extension

​Serie A giants Internazionale are considering a raid on Manchester City for either Eliaquim Mangala or Jason Denayer. The Italian outfit have been forced back into the market after defender Jeison Murillo agreed to join La Liga side Valencia.

The City pair are out-of-favour at the club with manager Pep Guardiola ranking John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolás Otamendi ahead of them in the pecking order. Mangala was on the City bench on Sunday for their league opener, while Denayer didn’t make the squad.

According to ​Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter are now hopeful of signing one of the two center-backs, as well as agreeing a contract extension for long-term Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.

Denayer signed for City professionally in 2013, but has since failed to impress at the club. The 22-year-old defender struggled to find form last season while on loan at Sunderland. 

Mangala has also struggled during his time at City, arriving for a colossal £31.8m fee. If the defender is sold this summer the club will hope to recoup much of that original fee.

Inter are also reported to be interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s Aleksandar Dragovic, and Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth. A deal for Foyth is apparently very close and would not rule out a move for one of the other targets.

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A contract extension for midfielder Ivan Perisic is believed to be in the works after Manchester United failed to meet Inter’s asking price for the 28-year-old Croat.


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​​Inter will hold on to defender Jeison Murillo until a suitable replacement is found, the player will only then move to Valencia.

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Desperate Chelsea Reportedly Struggling to Agree a Deal to Sign Inter Milan Star

​Chelsea are reportedly struggling to get a deal over the line to sign Inter Milan star Antonio Candreva.

The Italy international has been sounded out by Antonio Conte as a potential transfer target following his claims that the squad is not up to scratch. Specifically, Candreva would provide competition for Victor Moses at right wing-back.

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Conte knows all about Candreva following his stint as Italy national team coach and believes he would be a good acquisition for the Blues before the transfer window slams shut in two weeks’ time.

The attacker was impressive for Inter in Serie A last season, scoring six goals and laying on 10 assists.

The ​Star reports that Candreva was wanted back in January, but the Blues’ approach was rebuffed by the Nerazzurri.

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According to ​Transfer Market Web, Chelsea are ‘having a hard time tracking the winger’ and could face a race against time to get the deal over the line before August 31.

Conte also remains in the hunt to sign Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil van Dijk and Danny Rose before the window closes.

The Blues were left stunned on Saturday after they were beaten 3-2 at home by Burnley and had Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off. The result prompted fans to call for reinforcements in the next two weeks or risk failure to challenge their Premier League title rivals this season.


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Inter Milan Midfielder Set to Keep Missing Training in Order to Force a Move to Valencia

Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will reportedly continue to miss training in order to force a move to Valencia. 

The 24-year-old missed training on Friday before Inter’s game against Real Betis and looks like he will continue to revolt.

As a result, he is not expected to be present at Pinetina on Tuesday, when Inter begin preparing for their Serie A opener against Fiorentina.

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Speaking to Sky Sports Italia after their one-nil win in pre-season Spalletti addressed the situation.

He said: “Kondogbia has been very disappointing and his behaviour does not reflect the person we know. He is damaging himself with this behaviour.

“He wants to go to Valencia on loan and save a bit on his wages, but he wants it too easy… When there is something you don’t agree on, you find a middle ground. Considering the money spent on him, it’s difficult.

“In my view, Kondogbia was given some bad advice, as this sort of attitude is just not part of his personality.

The Inter boss is not prepared to let him go for anything less than €30m but the fee causes an issue for Valencia. 

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Due to their financial situation, they are hoping to spread the cost by signing him on loan and paying at the end of the season.

Another alternative would be to give Inter a percentage of any future sale.

Southampton were also thought to be in the running to sign the versatile midfielder but their interest seems to have cooled after the acquisition of Mario Lemina from Juventus.

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Inter Boss Spalletti Insists Man Utd Target Ivan Perisic Wants to Stay with the Club

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has announced that his highly sought after winger Ivan Perisic is ‘determined’ to stay at the San Siro this summer – despite spending the entirety of summer linked with a move away from the club.

Perisic has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester United during this window, and while many expected Jose Mourinho to get his man, the Croatian remains with Inter, but Perisic’s boss Spalletti has insisted that the 28-year-old wants to stay with the club.

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“Perisic is determined to stay,” he told Sky Sports Italia (via the Mirror).

“There was a moment [when he considered moving], but then he spoke like a footballer who is interested in doing the right thing for his professionalism and he drew a conclusion.”

Jose Mourinho has had his say on the current situation regarding Perisic. Though he refused to mention any names, the Portuguese boss admitted that he would still like to add to his squad.

“I’m happy with my squad but I would like to have two more players – I never hide that,” Mourinho said.

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“One player would be a midfield player that gives me more options and balance to the team and our needs. Another one an attacking player, especially that can play through the wings to give me also more attacking options.


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​​“But I never speak about players that belong to other teams, I don’t like if any manager comes now and would say he would like one of my players, that’s not correct. I would like two more players but probably I only get one.”

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Chelsea Set to Make a Surprise Move for Long-Standing Man Utd Target Ivan Perisic

​Chelsea are looking to hijack Ivan Perisic’s expected transfer to Manchester United with a bid of their own as the transfer window enters it’s last two weeks. 

​The Mirror are reporting that Man United are set to make another bid for the 28-year-old after reportedly having a £39m bid rejected. United are looking to increase the offer to £48m but Antonio Conte wants the Croatia international to sign for the Blues after being impressed by him when Chelsea faced Inter Milan in Singapore in pre-season.

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Perisic emerged as a top target for Jose Mourinho early in the transfer window but United have failed to agree a fee with Inter for the attacking midfield player. 

Inter boss, Luciano Spaletti, said last month that Perisic is not for sale and that the player is very much a part of his plans going into the new season. But after scoring against them in pre-season, Chelsea are set to get in on the action and prepare a bid for Perisic as well. 

Chelsea are looking to complete several signings before the window closes – including Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and the Blues have been in negotiations with Juventus for left-back Alex Sandro. There is also interest from Conte’s side for Everton’s Ross Barkley. 


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Both United and Chelsea had contrasting opening day results on the weekend as the champions surprisingly lost at home to Burnley. 

United saw off West Ham with a resounding 4-0 victory – new signing Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace for the Red Devils. With Hazard out injured till next month and Fabregas suspended, Chelsea at the moment look the more desperate side to land Perisic.

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Inter Milan Manager Luciano Spalletti Claims Man Utd Target Ivan Perisic Wants San Siro Stay

Ivan Perisic wants to stay at ​Inter Milan despite interest from Manchester United, according to his manager Luciano Spalletti.

The Croatia international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho known to be on the lookout for another winger this summer, but so far a transfer is yet to materialise.

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Following a 1-0 friendly win over Real Betis, in which Mauro Icardi scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, Spalletti claimed Perisic is focussed solely on playing for Inter, despite persistent rumours of a potential move to the Premier League.

“Perisic is determined to remain,” Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia, as quoted by ​Goal. 

“He spoke like a player who wants to do well and be professional.”

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Perisic impressed last season, scoring 11 goals and contributing eight assists as Inter finished seventh, failing to qualify for European football.

Spalletti spoke less favourably about midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is yet to produce the form that made him an eye-catching talent during his time with Ligue 1 side Monaco.

He added: “Kondogbia has been very disappointing and his behaviour does not reflect the person we know. He is damaging himself with this behaviour.


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“He wants to go to Valencia on loan and save a bit on his wages, but he wants it too easy… When there is something you don’t agree on, you find a middle ground. Considering the money spent on him, it’s difficult.

“In my view, Kondogbia was given some bad advice, as this sort of attitude is just not part of his personality.

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Barcelona Prepared to Fight Man Utd for Inter Star’s Signature if Coutinho & Dembele Bids Fail

​Manchester United may have serious competition for the signature of Ivan Perisic if Barcelona decide to move for the Inter Milan star.

La Blaugrana are currently chasing top transfer targets Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, but if the Catalan giants are rebuffed in their advances for the pair, they could opt to turn their attentions to Perisic instead.

That is according to Spanish sports journalist Alfredo Pedulla anyway, who took to his Twitter account to make the claim that Barca would duke it out with United for the 28-year-old forward if deals for Coutinho and Dembele fell through.

Barcelona have seen big offers for the Liverpool playmaker and Borussia Dortmund forward rejected by their clubs as they look for viable alternatives to Neymar, who departed in a world-record £200m deal to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is keen to replace the Brazil superstar with another talented player, and had earmarked Coutinho and Dembele as the men to replace him.

However, a move for Perisic could be made by the Copa del Rey holders if they are unsuccessful in their pursuits of their number one choices – a factor could also force United’s hands if they still retain an interest in the Croatia international.

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Perisic has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League heavyweights all summer long, but Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is unwilling to match Inter’s reported £50m asking price for the winger.

Barcelona would, by contrast, be easily able to afford such a figure with Neymar’s money burning a hole in their pockets and, whilst his arrival would arguably draw less fanfare than Coutinho or Dembele, it would be a decent piece of business for the La Liga club.

Perisic has registered a not-too-shabby 26 goals and 22 assists in 112 games for I Nerazzurri, and his versatility in being able to play anywhere across the forward line would be a huge bonus to Barcelona’s tactics of playing with a fluid and dynamic attack.

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Perisic is currently contracted to Inter until the summer of 2020, and the Serie A club are believed to be in the process of trying to offer him better terms to keep him at the San Siro.

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Man Utd Edge Closer to Signing Inter Star as Italian Report Reveals Further Transfer Talks

​Manchester United are believed to be edging closer to finalising a deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perišić, with the player’s agent rumoured to have met with Old Trafford officials on Thursday with a view to bringing the move forward. 

The Red Devils have been pursuing the Croatian for a number of weeks, with Inter resolutely digging their heels in and refusing to negotiate a deal.

According to reports by Italian news outlet FCInterNews, via the Daily Express, the 28-year old’s agent Fali Ramadani discussed a possible move with the Premier League side yesterday, aiming to establish personal terms with the player ahead of a fresh transfer bid. Inter are thought to be determined to hold on to Perišić, with time to secure a replacement running out.

It now seems that Inter will attempt to coax Perišić into committing himself to the club with a lucrative contract extension, while United will try to lure the player in with a similarly dazzling contract, before offering the San Siro side a deal too good to turn down. Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has publicly expressed his desire to keep Perišić at the club despite United’s interest.

Manchester United have strengthened their squad significantly ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season. £76m signing Romelu Lukaku is set to lead the line for José Mourinho’s side, while robust midfield Nemanja Matić and promising centre-back Victor Lindelöf have added some well-needed bulk to what was previously a rather fragile looking starting XI.


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United’s interest in Perišić is certainly warranted, given the high levels of consistency and work-rate he possesses

The versatile attacker can play both as a winger or in a more central role, and has shown a real eye for goal in recent years. An experienced international with 16 goals in 56 appearances for Croatia, Perišić could prove an excellent signing for the Red Devils.

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Arsenal Set to Make a Move for Caen Starlet Following Failed Bid From Inter

​After Serie A side Internazionale saw an approach of £5.4 million rejected by Caen for the services of 19-year-old Yann Karamoh, Arsenal are now set to swoop for the young French-Ivorian.

According to ​Calciomercato, the Gunners will face competition from fellow suitors Saint Etienne, as competition for the youngster’s signature heats up.

While Inter also remain interested in acquiring Karamoh’s services, the Italians have had two initial offers rebuffed and may subsequently be willing to risk waiting until next summer when his contract expires with Caen in order to bring him to San Siro on a free transfer.

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Regarding the interest emanating from Inter, Caen club president Jean Fracois-Fortin said: “Inter made a fairly honest offer, considering the player had only a year left on his contract. We still have the hope of finding an agreement as soon as possible. This is the right project for him.”

While Inter’s hesitation could be a risky decision if either Arsenal or Saint Etienne were to push for a move to bring Karamoh to their club, it is believed that the France under 21 international’s preferred destination is with the Nerazzurri.

Throughout the 2016/17 campaign Karamoh was involved in nine goals for Caen, scoring five and assisting four from 35 Ligue 1 games.

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The young winger shone quietly in a season whereby compatriot Kylian Mbappe stole the headlines, seeing Karamoh go somewhat under the radar.

Interest in the starlet is likely to increase as his contract with Caen approaches its conclusion, subsequently Arsenal may have to move quick if they are to pen a deal for the young winger who has already made a bright start to his career, drawing comparison between himself and the aforementioned Mbappe. 

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