Inter vs Empoli: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

​​Inter take on Empoli in each side’s final game of the Serie A season at San Siro on Sunday as I Nerazzurri look to secure a top four finish.

This game is the pick of the Serie A games to watch with both teams desperate for points to achieve their desired finishes to the 2018/19 campaign. Inter are battling for Champions League qualification next year while Empoli are staving off relegation at the foot of the table.


Check out 90min’s preview of Sunday’s clash below.

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off​ ​Sunday 26 May
​What Time Is Kick Off ​19:30 (BST)
​Where Is it Played San Siro
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Premier Sports 1
​Referee? ​Luca Banti

Team News

Sime Vrsaljko is ​Inter’s only certain absentee, while Stefan de Vrij is a doubt. However, you can expect some changes to be made after Inter lost 4-1 to Napoli last week.

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi looks set to start over Lautaro Martinez after being introduced around half-time last weekend and Matias Vecino could be used in the midfield over Roberto Gagliardini. 

Empoli will likely field an unchanged side from the team that beat Torino 4-1 with Rade Krunic unlikely to return from injury this week.

Predicted Lineups

Inter ​Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi.
​Empoli ​Dragowski, Maietta, Silvestre, Dell’Orco, Bennacer, Di Lorenzo, Pajac, Acquah, Traore, Farias, Caputo.

Head to Head Record

Inter have a strong record against the Azzurri, having won the last five meetings between the sides, four of which Empoli failed to score in.

Milan Skriniar

The last meeting between these two sides came in December last year when Inter emerged as 1-0 winners in Tuscany after a 72nd minute strike from Keita Balde Diao.

Empoli’s last point against Inter came back in 2015 in a 0-0 draw, but they’ll need more than just the one point to guarantee safety on Sunday.

Recent Form

When it comes to form Empoli have the edge, having won their last three to lift themselves out of the relegation places, including wins against Fiorentina and Sampdoria.

Inter are coming off the back of a crushing defeat to Napoli and have only won one in their last five matches. They’ll be desperate to finish the season with all three points in their final game.

With Inter in desperate need of a win and Empoli’s surprisingly strong form in the relegation battle, this game could go either way and goals are to be expected with both teams participating in 4-1 scorelines last time out.  

Marko Pajac

​Here’s how each team has performed over their last five matches:

Inter Empoli
​Napoli 4-1 Inter (19/5) ​Empoli 4-1 Torino (19/5)
​Inter 2-0 Chievo (13/5) ​Sampdoria 1-2 Empoli (12/5)
​Udinese 0-0 Inter (4/4) ​Empoli 1-0 Fiorentina (5/5) 
​Inter 1-1 Juventus (27/4) ​Bologna 3-1 Empoli (27/4)
​Inter 1-1 Roma (20/4) ​Empoli 2-4 SPAL (20/4)


​Empoli have been in great form and will give everything to take all the points. However, they’re lacking in attacking threats to cause too many problems to the Inter backline.

Inter need a win to make the top four and in front of a packed out San Siro they should have enough to get the job done.


​This game should be one to expect goals with the result eventually going Inter’s way and Empoli facing relegation.

Prediction: Inter 3-1 Empoli


Romelu Lukaku: 6 Reasons Why Manchester United Must Sell the Forward to Inter

​When Man Utd announced they had poached Romelu Lukaku from the hands of Chelsea during the summer of 2017, fans around the globe were overjoyed with what was perceived as a stellar piece of business. United had signed a proven Premier League goalscorer and straight from under the nose of a rival – does it get any better than that?

Well, yes, in fact it does – you can get a player who is actually worth £75m rather than introducing a striker who in all honestly isn’t up to the task at the world’s biggest club. 

With speculation over Lukaku’s future amid reported interest from Inter, let’s breakdown the six reasons why the Belgian should be sold this summer. 

He Just Isn’t Good Enough!

Romelu Lukaku

Let’s not beat around the bush, Romelu Lukaku is not good enough to be Man Utd’s number nine.

Yes, he may be Belgium’s top scorer, but he isn’t in that elite bracket of strikers that the likes of Sergio Aguero and Robert Lewandowski are a part of. 

His goal scoring stats aren’t good enough – 12 in the league this season and 16 in 2017/18. His link up play is average due to an erratic first touch, and his hold up play is poor for a player of his size and strength.

One of those areas has to be top class to make it work for the Red Devils, and unfortunately Lukaku fails to excel in any. 

Lukaku Has Stunted Marcus Rashford’s Evolution

Phil Jones,Romelu Lukaku,Marcus Rashford

Lukaku has directly, and indirectly, stunted the growth of potential superstar Marcus Rashford. 

Due to Lukaku’s actual presence in Manchester, as an out and out number nine, Rashford has had to adapt his game in order to gain regular playing time; being forced out wide for the majority of his Man Utd career. 

Lukaku’s poor form has also had a direct effect on Marcus Rashford.

With the forward seemingly being able to hold up the ball effectively, Rashford has very rarely even got a chance to utilise his blistering pace when it could be so effective: on the counter attack. 

Recent Quotes Show This Is a Move He Wants

Both Lukaku and his agent have stated publicly that he wants to play in Italy. 

Speaking to on ​Sky Italia’s Lord of Football, the striker said“Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream. I hope to be able to play sooner or later, even if at the moment I am focused on the United.”

Why would you say this during a Premier League season, playing for Manchester United, when you have been less than impressive the majority of the time?

It looks like seeds were being planted in order to alert Serie A sides that he’s looking for a way out. 

Money, Money, Money! 

Ed Woodward

Man Utd paid £75m for Lukaku in 2017. 

He is 26 years old, with three years left on his contract, and although his status as an elite striker has been somewhat dented over the last two years, he would still attract a large transfer fee.

Ed Woodward would be hoping to recoup most, if not all of the £75m he forked out for the striker, and in today’s climate that isn’t unachievable

​Reports this week claim Inter have tabled an initial offer of around £30m plus ​Ivan Perisic, which adds up to a total valuation of around £65m – not far off what United paid. This seems like a large amount for a player who has been out of form and out of favour under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Take the money while the interest is hot.

Style of Play


When you think of a Romelu Lukaku goal what springs to mind?

A winding solo run?

A 30-yard screamer?

A quick turn and shoot?

A first time volley?


I’m pretty sure you think of a header – or a scrappy pile up in the box resulting in a toe poke into the top corner.

These are not the types goals a Manchester United striker should exclusively be scoring. Therefore with Lukaku up top, first thought is give it to Ashley Young to lump an aimless ball into the box.


If United are to start winning titles again they need to veer away from this tedious build up play and attack with pace and purpose. And with Lukaku in the starting XI, this will not happen.

New Look United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

With Ole at the wheel there have been highs, lows and differences of opinion, however one thing has remained the same: the players.

If Ole is going to actually rebuild ​United and enforce a style and personality to his side, he must get rid of the dead wood and that starts now, with Romelu Lukaku.

There is outside interest, the player has faltered in his commitment to the club and most importantly he has not performed to the standard expected. The rebuild starts with selling ​Lukaku to Inter and in doing so sending a message to the rest of the squad.

Bring in fresh, hungry, youthful talent and lay the foundations for a return to the glory days. 


The Bulls**t-O-Meter: Ranking How Ridiculous May’s Transfer Rumours Really Are

It has been a season well and truly packed with transfer ridiculousness, and we are now on the cusp of a summer which promises to build on that, and blow every transfer record that has ever existed into pieces. 

Depending on who you believe, as many as five major European clubs are overhauling their entire squads as a knee-jerk reaction to differing levels of success. This, as you should really expect at this stage, has sprouted no shortage of rumours and speculation, and very little of it takes any time to account for logic or reason.

So, with that in mind, there has never been a better time to bring the old Bulls**t-o-Meter out of the cupboard for the ​first time since January, and use it to make sense of a select few from the raft of ‘news’ that has come to fore over the last four weeks or so. Never, I say. 

Fair warning: ​Manchester United are a recurring theme throughout, so we’ve made one or two adjustments to suit them. 

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech,Zakaria Labyad,Noussair Mazraoui

Linked Clubs: Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, various others

It’s hard to really pick a standout performer from the Ajax side who won the Eredivisie and went to the semi-finals of the Champions League, only to be kicked firmly in the nether region by Lucas Moura. Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Dusan Tadic have all been worthy contenders, but no player has contributed to more goals than Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech. 

21 goals and 24 assists in all competitions has seen the 26-year-old linked with a cavalcade of clubs, and given that he is heavily reported to have a release clause of around £26m in his contract, it is looking near certain that he will move on this summer. 

Who will win the race remains to be seen. ​Arsenal are a strong shout given his relatively low cost, while ​Bayern will throw money at him. ​Liverpool don’t seem as likely given they currently have every midfielder in the Premier League on their books, but you never know. 

Possibility of Future Transfer: Nailed On

Likelihood of Summer Move: Through the Roof

Manchester United’s Chances: Probably not too bad if they want him


Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Aaron Wan-Bissaka,Ryan Fraser

Linked Clubs: Manchester United, Tottenham

The Crystal Palace right-back has had a stellar breakthrough season, but as we all know by now, the smaller clubs in the Premier League are not allowed to have nice things. 

The South London club will likely hold out for an exorbitant fee for the latest success story from their youth academy, given that he is probably their best player not called Wilfried Zaha and is contracted for another couple of years, but you can’t help but feel the writing is on the wall over a summer move.

Possibility of Future Transfer: Nailed On

Likelihood of Summer Move: Strong

Manchester United’s Chances: Realistic


Matthijs de Ligt


Linked Clubs: Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool

Ajax’s baby-faced Goliath has been talked about as one of the up-and-coming defensive talents on the continent for a while now, but this season he has taken steps towards fulfilling his potential that few ever foresaw this early on in his career. 

His performances, so worthy of the captain’s armband he wears at just 19 years old, have driven Ajax on to new heights, but unfortunately for them, the only whiff of bulls**t surrounding this one comes from some of the clubs who remain in the picture.

Liverpool have already ruled themselves out, and United are interested in him in the same way I’m interested in Scarlett Johansson, but we’ll see where he ends up. Probably Barcelona, though.

Possibility of Future Transfer: Very Strong

Likelihood of Summer Move: Very Strong

Manchester United’s Chances: *cry-laughing emoji*


Philippe Coutinho


Linked Clubs: PSG, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool

It’s been a rough 15 months or so for Philippe Coutinho. Once one of the Premier League’s most highly rated stars, the Brazilian cost Barcelona £142m last January, and he has only gone on to become a scapegoat for the teams shortcomings. I mean, they’re on course to finish the season with just the domestic double, and he’s only contributed the 11 goals and 5 assists to that. 

You can’t blame him for wanting out, and it does seem as if Barca want to sell, so this seems some way from impossible, though the nature of any potential move will take some agreeing on. 

Bizarrely, Chelsea have reportedly ​become the front-runners to offer him a Premier League return, so that could be an interesting story to follow. It most likely won’t be, but it could be. 

Possibility of Future Transfer: Strong

Likelihood of Summer Move: Moderate

Manchester United’s Chances: Absolutely none but still better than most of these, somehow


Romelu Lukaku


Linked Clubs: Inter 

A brand spanking new one here. Reports have emerged claiming that Antonio Conte, who looks a cert to take over at Inter in the foreseeable, will make Romelu Lukaku one of his first signings, and the club are prepared to offer ​€30m plus perennial Manchester United target Ivan Perisic to make it happen. 

Logically, it makes sense for all parties really. United want to raise funds for a squad overhaul, and Lukaku, one of the hottest strikers in the world as recently as last summer, has endured a poor season, brief resurgence in Ole’s initial honeymoon period aside. Inter will want a new talisman to replace Mauro Icardi when he (probably) leaves, so it all adds up. 

There are quite a few moving parts, however, and the story is still in its infancy, so it’s far from a given. Also, it would involve Inter spending money, so that is a problem in itself.

Possibility of Future Transfer: Moderate

Likelihood of Summer Move: Moderate

Manchester United’s Chances: Eh…


Leroy Sane


Linked Clubs: Bayern Munich

This one is not dissimilar to the above. It’s a relatively new story, only coming to light since the end of the season, with the rumour being that Bayern are seeking a young, world class winger to inherit the legendary legacy left behind by Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. 

Just like Lukaku, it makes sense from the buying club’s perspective and it is similarly too early to call just how much might be in it. Where the two diverge, however, is that City don’t seem at all likely to be willing to sell. 

With Bayern needing a squad rebuild, putting all their eggs in one basket with what would surely need to be a huge fee for Sane would perhaps not be wise.

Possibility of Future Transfer: Moderate

Likelihood of Summer Move: Lukewarm

Manchester United’s Chances: Behave


Kylian Mbappe 


Linked Clubs: Real Madrid

There is probably something in there somewhere about Real Madrid’s interest in Kylian Mbappe, who has netted 32 goals in 28 Ligue 1 games this season, but such is the overwhelming volume of reports surrounding their transfer business that it is difficult to believe most of them are founded. 

There is also the small matter of the brain-melting fee PSG would demand for their services. They paid north of £100m for him two years ago (or one year ago technically) and he has since won a World Cup and scored 59 goals at club level, so it would surely take a fee that dwarves the current world record the Parisians spent on Neymar.

It’s Real Madrid we’re dealing with here, however. You can never rule it out.  

Possibility of Future Transfer: Moderate

Likelihood of Summer Move: Not really likely unless Real Madrid do the most Real Madrid thing in Real Madrid history

Manchester United’s Chances: A stretch even in Ed Woodward’s wildest fantasies


Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Linked Clubs: Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, PSG

Bale has been linked with an exit from Real Madrid every summer since he signed for them back in 2013, and this year is unfortunately no different.

To be clear, we don’t doubt that he is actually likely to leave this time around, which is the only thing that stops him taking a place further down the list. What the meter detects, however, is that the actual stories that have arisen surrounding him this month carry probably carry no weight whatsoever. 

The latest is that he is ‘certain’ to move to one of Tottenham or Liverpool. You know, Tottenham who are frequently linked to no avail just because they are Tottenham, and Liverpool who famously won’t be spending a lot of money this summer, and wouldn’t even have a place for Bale in their first XI. Do they even try at this point?

Possibility of Future Transfer: Very High

Likelihood of Summer Move: Strong

Manchester United’s Chances: Sigh.


Felipe Anderson

Felipe Anderson

Linked Clubs: Liverpool, Real Madrid

West Ham’s newest talisman enjoyed a solid first season in England, scoring ten goals in 40 appearances in all competitions, and has been linked fleetingly with Real Madrid and a little more heavily with Liverpool. 

It is incredibly difficult to believe either of those sides is genuinely interested, however. Real have more exciting, established targets on their radar, and Liverpool as most outlets can’t seem to grasp, will not be spending big money this summer – certainly not on a guy who isn’t on the level of their first choice front three. 

It seems likely both clubs have had scouts at a West Ham game at some point and rumours have spiralled from there, or whatever. But in any case, no.

Possibility of Future Transfer: High

Likelihood of Summer Move: Feeble

Manchester United’s Chances: Their level, so decent


Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala

Linked Clubs: Manchester United

You were worried he wasn’t going to make the list, weren’t you? Well fear not. The day he actually leaves Juventus will be a sad day, for it will mark the end of a first ballot hall of fame Bulls**t-O-Meter career. 

The Dybala rumour mill truly never fails to deliver. Speculation over his future at Juventus arises year after year, and at one time or another he’s been close to moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City depending on who you believe. 

This time around, it’s United who get the treatment, and are reported to have ‘held talks’ over a deal I can confidently say will not happen. Unless it does, then I’ll look silly. 

Possibility of Future Transfer: Moderate at best

Likelihood of Summer Move: Tenuous

Manchester United’s Chances: Non-existent 



6 of the Most Inter Signings That Could Happen This Summer

​Summer is upon us with transfer rumours aplenty.

While most top European sides aim to pluck a gem out of obscurity or sign a world-beater with his best years ahead of him, Inter tend to head down a different route.

A club steeped in rich history and arguably at their peak one of the finest sides in European football, they’re famed for some rather questionable acquisitions in recent years.

Much like children who only want what their siblings have because they themselves don’t have it, there is a tendency to over assert themselves in the market and go gung-ho to scoop a player up who nobody really wants.

Expect such deals to fly in this summer. Because, not matter who is at the helm, eyebrows will be raised from Milan to Manchester.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Utter rubbish for two seasons but in with the slightest chance he could recapture the form of previous years abroad? Count ​Inter in.

Whoever you support in whatever league you watch, take comfort knowing you don’t have a player on your books who could go down as a worse signing than ​Alexis Sanchez. What makes this an enticing opportunity for Inter is that he was good two seasons ago, therefore must still be good now, right?

Well, no. Anyone in their right mind wouldn’t go near Sanchez with a rusty bargepole at this point, given his astronomical wage packet and the simple fact that he’s a shadow of his former ​Arsenal self (that being an insult to shadows). Thus, it is tailor-made for the Nerazzurri to swoop in and offer ​United a two-year loan deal for the 30-year-old ageing dog whisperer.

Juan Mata


Deemed one of the nicest men in football (I haven’t met him but that’s the general consensus), the Spaniard does honest and enlightening ​weekly blog entries and helped launch ​the Common Goal charity for crying out loud. What a dude.

Personality traits aside, Mata is calling time on is United career, and probably the ​Premier League, this summer at the age of 31. Naturally gifted, there’s no questioning his talent, so should really have a few suitors willing to dress him up in their clubs’ kits.

It goes without saying though that it probably won’t be one of Europe’s elite. However, as aforementioned, Inter will be scared that happens and their inner FOMO will force their hand towards offering him a sumptuous wage packet on a five-year deal. With no previous experience of ​Serie A, he really fits the bill for a San Siro switch.

Jerome & Kevin-Prince Boateng


Somewhere in the upper echelons of San Siro is probably a set of Inter officials hoping that there is a potential BOGOF deal looming here. Brothers must surely come as a two-for-one deal, right? Or similarly there could very well be a monumental cock-up in the recruitment process and the wrong one turns up.

Either way, Kevin-Prince knows the area well, having turned out for ​Milan during an initial four-year spell (which doesn’t seem to matter anymore) so the 32-year-old would slot right in. I mean, he’s on loan at ​Barcelona, so he must be good. 

His younger brother still has unquestionable talent, despite being frozen out of the German national setup, and his vast experience of earning hefty sums of money will put him in good stead as his career fades out in Italy.



Wanted by other clubs, not a regular starter in his side’s first XI, knocking on 31-years-old. Check, Check, Check. 

Inter have the chequebook already prepped for a two-year loan deal with 300 add-ons and additional performance-related fees. All of this isn’t to say Willian is by any means a bad player though, far from it, yet his current situation at ​Chelsea screams ‘Inter’ more than a 32-year-old Felipe Melo circa 2015.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

“Remember that time he ripped us a new one in the Champions League and ended Maicon’s career? Let’s get him!”

Every club in Europe (barring ​Real Madrid & Barcelona) would chew your hand off to have a player of ​Gareth Bale’s quality on their books. The thing is, nobody can actually afford him. With three years left on his Los Blancos deal, the financial muscle needed to take him of Zinedine Zidane’s hands would be astronomical.

However, there is always the opportunity of paying his £350k-a-week wages over the course of a two-year loan deal that effectively bankrupts the club because, heck, why not? 

Philippe Coutinho


There is something in the water in the blue half of Milan that makes people believe they can reignite careers. In the case of Coutinho, Inter threatened to hamper his before it ever got started. Very much a bench warmer during his time at San Siro, ​Liverpool swooped in and unearthed an attacking gem that earned them a substantial amount of money.

Currently being lambasted by Blaugrana fans and Spanish press alike, it appears his days are dwindling in Catalonia. It is set up for a fairytale (and extremely expensive) two-year loan deal back to Italy, in which case Inter can claim he was merely a baby bird stretching his wings before coming home to nest.


Inter Table €30m Plus Ivan Perisic Bid for Romelu Lukaku as Antonio Conte Is ‘Confirmed’ as Manager

​Inter have put their summer plans into action now that Antonio Conte has been ‘confirmed’ their new head coach, with the club tabling a €30m plus Ivan Perisic bid for Romelu Lukaku

Luciano Spalletti had been widely tipped to be relieved of his duties in the coming days in place of the former Chelsea boss, who has put Romelu Lukaku high on his list of priorities as soon as he takes the reins.

​​Sky Italy reporter ​Fabrizio Romano claims the deal for Conte was agreed ‘three weeks ago’, this despite ​Inter still being in the running to claim a ​Champions League place in the league. They currently sit fourth with one round of fixtures still to play. 

Now the deal is agreed, the Italian has acted quickly in his efforts to land ​United‘s Lukaku, offering cash plus former target for the club Ivan Perisic in a bid to land the Belgian forward, according to journalist ​Tancredi Palmeri.

Lukaku is a player Conte has long-admired, having tried to sign him from Everton two years ago before the Belgian opted to move to the Red Devils. In offering €30m plus Ivan Perisic, it sets Lukaku’s valuation at around €65m, less than the initial £75m United paid to secure his services.

Another, more surprising, name on Conte’s wishlist is Nigerian utility man Victor Moses, according to ​Sky. Moses is still on the books at ​Chelsea, but lost his place in the side following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, and has been on loan at Fenerbahce since January, netting three times in 13 league outings.

Marcus Rashford’s form has seen 26-year-old Lukaku struggle for a place in the starting XI this season. However, the striker has still scored an impressive 42 times in 96 appearances for the club. The forward has previously expressed his desire to play in Serie A, claiming playing in Italy would be a ‘dream’ during an interview.


Thomas Partey: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

​This summer promises to be one of the busiest in recent memory for Atletico Madrid. 

Defensive stalwarts Diego Godin and Juanfran are on their way out, while Lucas Hernandez has sealed an €80m move to Bayern Munich. Star man Antoine Griezmann has also announced his intention to leave, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen on midfielder Rodri.

Another player Diego Simeone could lose is Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian midfielder has had an impressive season which has attracted interest from a number of big name clubs. While Simone wants to keep him, Partey has a €50m release clause and Atletico would be powerless to prevent him leaving if it’s met.

Here we take a look at the clubs that have been linked with Partey and how likely a transfer to each side actually is.


Radja Nainggolan

Inter are the side that have been most strongly ​linked to Partey in recent weeks as they look to revamp the midfield. 

The Nerazzurri are set to appoint ​Antonio Conte as manager and the Italian will no doubt have been given budget assurances from the club’s Chinese owners. Partey’s agent, Daniel Jimenez, has already been flirting with Inter, referring to them as a ‘top club’.

The move depends on whether Inter seal Champions League football next season. The club sits fourth going into the final Serie A matchday, but their Milan rivals are just a point behind and failure to beat Empoli could mean they miss out. 

Funding a deal for Partey would prove difficult without Champions League qualification, and the midfielder will be looking to play in Europe’s premier club competition himself next season. However, if Inter finish in the top four, a move is definitely on the cards.

Likelihood rating: 7/10 (if Inter qualify for the Champions League)


Unai Emery

The Gunners are another side that have been linked with Partey as Unai Emery looks to build on his first season at the club.

The Spaniard solved some of Arsenal’s long standing midfield issues by signing Lucas Torreira last summer. The impressive Uruguayan has added grit alongside Granit Xhaka, who has also improved. However, Xhaka remains inconsistent and is far from a fan favourite, while Aaron Ramsey’s departure to Juventus now leaves the club short in the middle.

Partey would definitely improve Emery’s midfield options, but any transfer would likely be too costly. Emery reportedly has just £40m to work with this summer, a sum that doesn’t even match Partey’s release clause.

​Arsenal will prioritise strengthening in defence and the wide areas in this window. A move for Partey looks unlikely at the moment.

Likelihood rating: 4/10

Manchester United

Paul Pogba

​United are set to undergo a squad overhaul following a woeful season, and the centre of midfield is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities. 

Big money summer signing Fred has disappointed, while Ander Herrera is leaving and Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Nemanja Matic also endured a poor season and Solskjaer’s side are desperate for more quality in the middle.

Partey’s energy and ability to break up play would certainly be a welcome addition to a midfield which has often been accused of coasting its way through games, and United have the financial means to get the deal done. 

Solskjaer’s immediate attention seems to be on Newcastle’s ​Sean Longstaff (weirdly), but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the club bring two midfielders in. A move for Partey makes sense, particularly if there are further departures from Old Trafford.

Likelihood rating: 6/10



​Juventus are another club set for a busy summer following Max Allegri’s departure and a disappointing Champions League exit in 2018/19.

The Old Lady’s midfield endured a particularly difficult season, with the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can failing to hit top form.

Aaron Ramsey’s arrival will help remedy those issues, though the club could look to bring in further reinforcements. Sami Khedira had another injury-stricken campaign and underwent knee surgery in April, leaving the team short of options.

However, Juve will prioritise adding creativity to the midfield this season, with the club reportedly looking to sign Lazio’s ​Sergei Milinkovic-Savic

Likelihood rating: 1/10



This definitely makes sense on paper. PSG really struggled in midfield this season, with centre-back Marquinhos deployed there for much of the campaign.

Adrien Rabiot barely played due to a contract dispute and is on his way out of the club, while January signing Leandro Paredes has so far failed to make his mark on the team.

PSG look to have already secured Ander Herrera on a free transfer from United, but the French club are still looking for reinforcements in the middle. 

While Partey would add the strength and running that is lacking in the PSG midfield, the club are focusing on securing the signing of ​long-term target Allan and would likely only move for Partey should they fail to convince Napoli to sell.

Likelihood rating: 2/10


Transfer Rumours: Mata to Newcastle, Camarasa Wanted by Duo, Inter Baulk at Darmian Fee & More

The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will produce any text, such as the entirety of William Shakespeare’s works – or yet another Manchester United transfer rumour.

Although this time, for a change, it’s about players leaving Old Trafford. It doesn’t stop there though, oh no, and we’ve also got some rumours coming out of Spain and Germany to keep things fresh.

So without babbling on any further, here’s your roundup all of things transfer related for today.

Rafael Benitez Keen on Juan Mata Reunion 

Juan Mata,Rafael Benitez

As is clearly abundantly evident, unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite some time, Benitez isn’t blessed with a shedload of money in the north east. The deciding factor on whether he opts to stay with ​Newcastle hinges on Mike Ashley’s willingness to unzip his Sports Direct trackie bottoms and splash a bit of cash.

Well, either way, ​​The Sun claim Benitez fancies a one particular player who would be available for diddly squat this summer, as Mata’s ​United contract is set to expire. He can’t get too carried away though, as if the Magpies were to lure Mata to the north east it would break certain club policies of signing players over 26. Furthermore, the Spaniard would be asking for considerable wages to switch to St. James’ Park.

Benitez worked with Mata when he managed Chelsea during the 2012/13 season and is eager to add his creative spark to his squad.

Wolves & West Ham After Cardiff’s Spanish Loan Signing

Victor Camarasa

It didn’t end well for Cardiff this season, as relegation was confirmed to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The one player who seemingly caught the eye, however, wasn’t even one of their permanent players. Victor Camarasa was the club’s joint top scorer with five goals during the 2018/19 season, enough to prompt duo ​Wolves and ​West Ham to fancy bringing the Real Betis player back to the ​Premier League.

His one-year loan stint in Wales seems to have done him some favours according to the ​Daily Mail, with a possible return to England on the cards.

Inter Unsurprisingly Don’t Agree With Manchester United’s Valuation of Matteo Darmian


For the 100th time there are suggestions that Darmian might return to Italy with ​Inter, yet again, willing to offer the right back a one-way ticket out of his miserable four-year stint at Old Trafford.

​FC inter News state that the Serie A outfit are back in towards 29-year-old Darmian who has mustered just 14 league appearances in the past two seasons.

Naturally, United are keen on a refund for the player they paid £12.7m for but the €10-12m they’re asking for is double Inter’s valuation. Poor, poor Darmian, although with the player earning €3m net maybe he could fund the move himself? Ha, fat chance.

Arsenal Eyeing Goalkeeping Reinforcements With Unknown Bundesliga 2 Player

Markus Schubert

Hats off if you had heard of Markus Schubert before you just read his name, because you clearly know too much about football. Or, you are a Dynamo Dresden fan.

Petr Cech’s departure from not just ​Arsenal but playing football entirely is just one match away, and Unai Emery is keen on making a swift move to replace the legendary Czech by scooping up the 20-year-old on a free transfer, according to ​Bild.​ Schubert has run down his deal with Dresden therefore offers the Gunners with the kind of move that suits their pitiful transfer budget.

Highly regarded in his native Germany, the goalkeeper made 43 appearances for the second-tier side this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in the process.

Barcelona Toying With the Option of Filipe Luis as Jordi Alba Backup


Blessed with talent across the pitch, it’s hardly like ​Barcelona need to go gung-ho in signing players worth upwards of £60m. Except, they already have, and, it looks likely that they will again.

​Well, either way, there is no need to spend any more money in transfer fees if 
​Sport are to be believed – with the club are mulling over the free signing of Filipe Luis who is set t leave ​La Liga rivals ​Atletico. The Brazilian left back is out of contract with Los Rojiblancos and seeking a new challenge, so bench warming at the Camp Nou might tickles his tastebuds.

Alba is unquestionably the number one but, even at 33 years old, Luis would offer the Spaniard a chance for a rest every now and then after several seasons of solid displays in the top leagues.

Bayern Munich Have ‘Agreement in Principle’ for Everton’s Forgotten Man Henry Onyekuru


​Everton are crying out for a talented, goalscoring forward, but have seemingly failed to see what is right in front of them. 

Onyekuru joined from Eupen back in 2017 for £7m before immediately being sent on loan to Anderlecht. There, he netted ten times before Galatasaray took note of the Nigerian’s ability and he joined them for the 2018/19 campaign.

He has torn it up in the Super Lig, netting 12 league goals in 26 games, showcasing a real eye for goal. Now, Kewse Sports’ ​Colin Udoh claims ​Bayern have an ‘agreement’ to sign the player and that a deal is ‘close’. You don’t get pinched by the Bundesliga champions if you’re rubbish, yet still Marco Silva would prefer to persist with Cenk Tosun up front. Go figure. 

Watford Striker Offered Huge Wages to Join Schalke

Dodi Lukebakio

​Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio has garnered some attention after successful loan stint for Fortuna Dusseldorf this season.

11 goals in 23 outings is a fair return for the 21-year-old Belgian, as fellow German side Schalke are looking to offer the winger a deal with significant financial benefits. SportBild, as relayed by ​Sport Witness, claim Die Knappen have ‘promised’ to blow his current €500k-per-year wages out of the water and attempt to lure him to Gelsenkirchen with a basic salary that could reach €5m.

Watford are after a €20m fee to part with the player they brought in from Anderlecht, which could act as a slight stumbling block for the Bundesliga side, however.


Inter Home Kit 2019/20: Nerazzurri Release New Strip for Next Season

​Inter have officially revealed their new Nike home kit for the 2019/20 season which pays tribute to a classic Nerazzurri away kit worn 30 years ago.

The kit launch was revealed on the ​club’s official website featuring players from Inter’s women’s team, and will be worn by both the men’s and women’s sides from the start of next season.

Describing the new kit, Inter’s press release said: “The club’s new jersey takes inspiration from the classic away kit the Nerazzurri wore in the 1989/90 season, with a band of diagonal stripes stretching across the chest and stylishly intersecting the traditional vertical black and blue lines.

“Diagonal stripes were also a key element of a former club crest used between 1978 and 1988, and here they form the focal point of a shirt which is beautifully framed by a white V-neck collar and white trim on the sleeves.

“The kit is completed by black shorts and colour blocked socks – half black, half blue – taken directly from the neck of the Biscione, an enduring club symbol.

Commenting further on the new design, Senior Design Director of Nike Apparel Pete Hoppins added: “Inter has an incredible home identity, so the challenge was to execute their iconic stripes in a modern and disruptive way, while also respecting their rich tradition.

“We looked back at the iconic diagonal stripes used on the away jersey in 1989 as well as the old club crest and it led us to this very classic design with a break of diagonal stripes across the chest.”

The shirt will be available to buy from the club’s official merchandise site, as well as Nike’s official website. 

The ​Nerazzurri will hope that the new kit will be on display during next season’s Champions League, with Luciano Spalletti’s occupying the fourth and final qualifying spot currently with just one game of the season remaining.


Argentina Officially Announce 23-Man Squad for 2019 Copa America

​Argentina have officially announced their 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa America in Brazil this summer.

Head coach Lionel Scaloni initially revealed a 40-man squad for the tournament, but he whittled that number down to 23 on Tuesday.

The biggest omission from the squad is ​​Inter’s ​Mauro Icardi, who has been left out of the squad after missing a large portion of the season following a public falling out with the club. That, coupled with the fact that the striker has struggled for form since coming back into the side, has left Scaloni with little choice other than to leave him out.

Similarly unsurprising is the inclusion of ​Lionel Messi, who brought his temporary hiatus from international football to an end in March. He’ll no doubt be desperate to end his long wait for a trophy with Argentina after agonisingly missing out in the previous two Copa America finals.


There are also inclusions for a handful of Premier League players, including Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi, Watford’s Roberto Pereyra and Tottenham defender Juan Foyth.

This is the first time Aguero has been called up to represent the national side since Scaloni took over the reigns following La Seleccion’s disappointing World Cup campaign, so it remains to be seen how big a role he will end up playing in Brazil.

Argentina have been drawn in Group B  against Colombia, Paraguay and guest nation Qatar and will get their tournament underway on June 15.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Renzo Saravia (Racing), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Angel Di Maria (PSG), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Guido Rodriguez (Club America)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Matias Suarez (River Plate)


Transfer Rumours: Lukaku to Inter, Malcom to Dortmund, Real Madrid Hesitate Over Jovic & More

It will come as no surprise to learn that the summer transfer window is going to be a busy one – at least it will be if all the various rumours actually come to fruition.

We’ve got big money moves for some of the biggest clubs in Europe to discuss, a spanner in the works for Real Madrid’s plans to sign Luka Jovic and, most importantly, transfer news involving Carl Jenkinson.

Here’s the latest edition of the transfer rumour mill.

Carl Jenkinson Deemed Surplus to Requirements By Arsenal​

Carl Jenkinson

No one really understands why Carl Jenkinson is still lingering about at the Emirates in the first place, but the right-back’s time with ​Arsenal appears to be coming to an end this summer.

TEAMtalk are reporting that Arsenal have spoken with the right-back and are happy for him to seek pastures new this summer. If any bids do come in for the 27-year-old, Arsenal will not stand in the way and, given that his current deal expires next year, you can understand why the Gunners are looking to sell him as soon as possible.

Playoff finalists ​Aston Villa are said to be the leading candidates to land the full back, but their interest may hinge on whether they are able to overcome Derby at Wembley next week.

Liverpool Join the Race to Sign Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser’s future remains rather uncertain and his current contract situation has provided some encouragement for a host of top teams who are looking to bolster their attacking ranks this summer.

The ​Bournemouth winger has been a top target for Arsenal for quite some time but, according to ​The Sun, they’ll face some stiff competition from ​Liverpool this summer. The Cherries aren’t willing to part ways with Fraser too easily, but they’ll be well aware that his current deal expires next summer, so they may be forced to consider a generous bid.

The Sun claim that £30m is likely to be enough to twist Bournemouth’s arm, but they also suggest that Liverpool’s interest is with a view to snapping him up on a free deal next summer. 

Borussia Dortmund Eyeing Up Move for Barcelona’s Malcom

Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira

​Borussia Dortmund already know that Christian Pulisic is leaving for Chelsea, so finding a suitable replacement will be at the top of their wishlist for the summer transfer window.

After the successful signing of ​Barcelona outcast Paco Alcacer last year, BVB are once again looking to the fringes of the Blaugrana’s squad for inspiration. ​Sport are reporting that Dortmund have been keeping tabs on Malcom for quite some time and are seriously considering a move for the 22-year-old – although it is unclear whether it will be a loan offer or a permanent bid.

Barcelona are well aware of the fact that Malcom will be widely sought-after and they may be more willing to let the Brazilian leave for the Premier League in order to make a profit on the 41m they paid last summer.

Atletico Madrid Express Interest in Giovani Lo Celso and Mario Fernandes


​Atletico Madrid look set for an extensive overhaul this summer, with the likes of Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Juanfran all heading for the exit door.

Reinforcements are already being lined up and, according to Spanish journalist ​Antonio Ruiz, Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and CSKA Moscow right-back ​Mario Fernandes have been added to Atletico’s summer portfolio.

Lo Celso only recently joined Betis on a permanent deal when the Spanish outfit triggered an option to buy clause in his loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain, but that fact hasn’t distracted Atletico from remaining interested.

Real Madrid Hesitate Over Luka Jovic Fee

Luka Jovic

Various reports suggested that ​Real Madrid had already agreed a deal to sign Bundesliga hotshot Luka Jovic last week, but it now appears that Los Blancos are starting to hesitate over the signing.

Spanish television channel ​El Chiringuito claim that Real Madrid are now saying no to the asking price of 100m for the Serbian striker, which could potentially open the door for Barcelona to make an approach.

Despite this, Spanish journalist Sergio Valentin has commented on the matter, writing on ​Twitter: “I’ll just say one little thing: the players play where they want. Jovic wants to play at Real Madrid.”

Romelu Lukaku’s Name At the Top of Inter’s List


Romelu Lukaku has previously expressed his desire to play in Italy and it now appears that his wishes may be coming reality a little sooner than expected.

​Inter are already planning for next season – despite having not yet qualified for the Champions League – and are in contact with Lukaku’s representatives over a potential deal. Inter are looking for a replacement for the troublesome Mauro Icardi and ​FCInterNews are reporting that CEO Giuseppe Marotta has identified Lukaku as his top target. 

Inter may well present €20-30m plus Ivan Perisic as a potential bargaining chip to secure the deal and ​Manchester United are looking increasingly likely to allow the Belgian striker to make the move over to Milan.