Hapal: ‘Skriniar may leave’

Slovakia CT Pavel Hapal has revealed Inter defender Milan Skriniar admitted coach Antonio Conte has not ‘not spoken much to him lately’.

The Nerazzurri defender has been linked with a move to Tottenham in recent days and Slovakia coach Hapal has revealed the centre-back ‘may be leaving’.

“He said his coach has not spoken much to him lately,” Hapal said, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

“He may leave, but he knows he’s in the club’s plans and that he should stay at the Nerazzurri.

“As for us, he is ready. He trains well and, in my opinion, there won’t be any major problems.”

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Lega announce Keita move to Sampdoria

The Lega Serie A have officially announced Keita Balde’s move from AS Monaco to Sampdoria.

The player is currently in home isolation, but the official website of the Lega Serie A has confirmed the contract has been registered.

The Senegalese 25-year-old has contracted coronavirus and his return to Italy has been pushed due to the quarantine period.

Keita has played for Lazio and Inter, and will move to Sampdoria on loan with an option to buy next summer.

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Inter without Nainggolan at Benevento

Antonio Conte must cope without Radja Nainggolan against Benevento, as the Inter midfielder is out with a sore throat.

The Nerazzurri have announced Nainggolan’s absence due to pharyngitis and must prepare for the match against the Streghe tomorrow without the Belgian.

Nainggolan’s future at the club is still uncertain, as Cagliari continue to chase their former captain and will, according to Calciomercato.com, try until the transfer deadline on October 5.

The 32-year-old replaced Nicolò Barella after 74 minutes with the Nerazzurri under 2-3 against Fiorentina last weekend, and was on the pitch when Romelu Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio scored the goals to help Inter start the season with a 4-3 win at San Siro.

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Mancini: ‘Uncertain Scudetto race’

Roberto Mancini believes Juventus face an ‘uncertain’ and open Scudetto race from Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma and Atalanta.

The Italy coach spoke at an awards ceremony and was asked about the 2020-21 title race.

“Juve remain the most complete squad, but I believe it really will be an uncertain campaign and open to far more Scudetto challengers,” said Mancini.

“I am thinking of Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma, but also Atalanta, who could confirm their status among the top teams.”

The Bianconeri have won nine Serie A titles on the trot, but are now under debutant coach Andrea Pirlo.

“Pirlo was praised after the first win and criticised after the draw with Roma, but I doubt it’ll frighten him. He has the necessary experience to know that in football opinions are overturned every three days, especially in Italy.”

There are now 1,000 fans allowed into stadiums in Italy, with plans to open up to 25 per cent capacity next month.

“Football belongs to the people. Athletes might get used to doing without the support of the crowd, but it’s not the same thing in an empty arena with nobody there to entertain.

“The clubs also suffer financially, so I think the time has come to reopen the stadiums.”

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Inter welcome Darmian, stall Ranocchia

While Parma confirm Matteo Darmian is heading to Inter, it’s reported the Nerazzurri are stalling Andrea Ranocchia’s move to Genoa.

We are into the final week of the transfer session and several changes are expected in Antonio Conte’s team.

Darmian starts for Bologna in this evening’s Emilia-Romagna Derby with Parma, but director Marcello Carli admits it could be his final game for the Ducali.

“Everyone knows full well there is this situation with Inter, so we’ll see if it’s his last game or the penultimate match,” Carli told Sky Sport Italia.

However, another move is stalled, as Sky Sport Italia claim Inter have suddenly put the brakes on Ranocchia’s switch to Genoa.

It’s suggested they are concerned at being left short-staffed at the back, especially if Milan Skriniar is sold to Tottenham Hotspur or PSG.

Inter want to take a few days to consider the situation before giving the all-clear for Ranocchia to leave.

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Maresca ref for Lazio-Atalanta

Fabio Maresca will officiate the midweek Serie A game between Lazio and Atalanta, while Francesco Fourneau takes Benevento-Inter.

These are the rescheduled Week 1 fixtures, which were postponed because Atalanta, Inter and Spezia needed extra time to start their 2020-21 campaigns.

They all ended the 2019-20 season only a few weeks ago due to European or Serie B promotion play-off commitments.

Lazio-Atalanta will be officiated by Maresca, with Gianpaolo Calvarese in the VAR booth for this potential Scudetto showdown.

Benevento-Inter goes to Fourneau, with Luigi Nasca as his VAR.

Udinese-Spezia has Alessandro Prontera as the referee, with Luca Pairetto in the VAR seat.

They all kick off on Wednesday September 30.

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Highlights: Inter 4-3 Fiorentina

Inter’s first Serie A game is already a contender for match of the season, as there were so many twists and turns, not to mention fantastic goals and inspired passes, in this 4-3 win over Fiorentina.

There was no shortage of drama at San Siro, as Christian Kouame put the Viola in front after three minutes, Lautaro Martinez scored one and forced an own goal to turn it around.

Franck Ribery turned on the style with two magnificent assists to send Gaetano Castrovilli and Federico Chiesa on goal, while Dusan Vlahovic really should’ve made it 4-2 for Fiorentina.

Instead, Inter completed a last-gasp comeback through Romelu Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio, with substitutes Achraf Hakimi, Arturo Vidal and Radja Nainggolan all playing their part.

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EDF: ‘Radja wants Cagliari return’

Cagliari boss Eusebio Di Francesco claims Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan wants to return to Sardinia and ‘we want him back too’.

Nainggolan helped Inter beat Fiorentina 4-3 last night, but Di Francesco is hopeful of reuniting with his former Roma protégé before the transfer window shuts.

“Godin’s already here and I’m happy about that, then there’s Radja who wants to be back here,” he told Radio Rai.

“Nainggolan wants to come back and we want him back too, but we’re also weighing up other options.”

The 32-year-old played for Cagliari between 2010 and 2014, before returning on loan last season.

The Rossoblu, for their part, have already done business with Inter in 2020-21, signing Diego Godin.

Midfield competition is fierce on the blue side of San Siro, with Arturo Vidal recently arriving and N’Golo Kante still being pursued by Antonio Conte.

However, Calciomercato.com warns Inter will only entertain a permanent transfer for Nainggolan and will not accept any less than €12m.

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Report: Inter drop Skriniar demands

Inter have reportedly lowered their demands for Milan Skriniar as Antonio Conte admits the Tottenham Hotspur target could be sold for ‘a big offer’

The deal seemed to be drifting as it was reported on Friday that there was huge disparity between the two sides in their valuation of the defender.

That was followed by Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio appearing to rule out a transfer, but Skriniar was dropped for the 4-3 win against Fiorentina and Conte took a different stance on the matter.

“For me, he’s part of the project,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game.

“It was a technical decision to play D’Ambrosio instead. We have lots of games coming up and he’s still at my disposal.

“I don’t know what would happen, however, if we received a big offer for him. We know the financial situation we’re in and we’re open to any solution.

“He’ll play like he always has.”

According to The Sun, the Nerazzurri have dropped their valuation to £45m (€49.3m) and could even go to £35m (€38.4m) as they look to fund a deal for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Until now, Jose Mourinho’s side have only been prepared to offer €30m (£27.4m) plus players in exchange.

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D’Ambrosio: ‘Inter subs change the game’

Danilo D’Ambrosio saw Inter ‘wanted to win at all costs’ in the 4-3 thriller with Fiorentina, but above all ‘we have the quality to come off the bench and change the game.’

It was a topsy-turvy Serie A opener for the Nerazzurri, who were 3-2 down until the 86th minute and won 4-3 with his header.

“Winning is always important, naturally we do everything to win without suffering too much, but this game started badly,” D’Ambrosio told DAZN.

“We did well to turn it around, proved that we want to fight for every point and have the quality to come off the bench and change the game.

“We got the victory because we wanted to win at all costs.”

The fact Achraf Hakimi, Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Radja Nainggolan all came off the bench shows how much Inter have strengthened.

“Every time we step on to the pitch, we have to give 100 per cent and I am happy to sacrifice myself for the team. My main job is trying to prevent goals, but if I can get a few at the other end, that’s a bonus.

“Last season we reached the Europa League Final and were one point off Juventus, so our plan is to improve this year and do even better.”

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