Inter: Esposito out, Jurgens in

Inter are ready to loan striker Sebastian Esposito to Serie B side SPAL, but signed Hellas Verona record-breaking teenager Oliver Jurgens.

According to Sportitalia and others, SPAL directors were spotted entering the Inter HQ this evening and are in advanced negotiations to take Esposito on loan.

He needs more playing time to develop after the 18-year-old made 15 competitive appearances last term, scoring one goal.

A deal is also in the offing with Verona, as Hellas want to renew the loan for forward Eddie Salcedo.

In turn, Inter have reportedly signed Verona youth team player Jurgens.

The Estonian centre-forward only turned 17 in May, but has some astonishing statistics already.

Throughout his career so far, Jurgens has scored 96 goals in 63 games.

He spent time at the Roma youth academy before moving to Verona and before that was in Estonia with FC Nomme United.

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Commisso: ‘Chiesa won’t leave Italy’

Federico Chiesa ‘had offers from abroad, but he wants to stay in Italy,’ confirms Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso.

The attacking wide man turns 23 next month and was linked with clubs including Inter, Juventus, Milan, Manchester United, PSG, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

“I already said that if the right offer comes in, then Chiesa can leave,” Commisso told RAI Sport show 90 minuto.

“We have received offers from abroad, but nothing concrete, and he wants to stay in Italy.”

With a contract due to expire in June 2022, time is running out to find Chiesa a new club or extend his current Fiorentina stay.

Viola director of sport Daniele Pradè told Sky Sport Italia this weekend that Chiesa’s transfer value is “something more than €70m.”

There are simply no Serie A clubs prepared to pay that sum.

According to Calciomercato.com, he could be allowed to leave on loan with obligation to buy for €50m plus bonuses.

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EDF: ‘Right result for Cagliari’

Eusebio Di Francesco concedes Cagliari’s 1-1 draw away to Sassuolo was ‘the right result’ and is eager for Radja Nainggolan to return from Inter.

The Sardinians had taken the lead against the run of play through Giovanni Simeone, but a late Medhi Bourabia free kick snatched the point.

“The result is fair, although we had the chances to double our lead too and could’ve controlled the situation better,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“There are some regrets, but considering the overall match, it was the right result.”

It was a special debut for Di Francesco at the Mapei Stadium, where he first made his name at Sassuolo.

“I met up with many old friends, it was ultimately a point that everyone can be content with. We’re trying to improve in terms of technique and character, were a little stand-offish at the start with our pressing, allowing their passing players more time and space on the ball.

“Once we improved in the second half, we had the chances to win the game too.”

Cagliari aren’t finished with their transfer campaign yet, as Diego Godin will arrive from Inter and he might not be the only San Siro arrival.

“The club told me that Godin is close. We hope to also bring Nainggolan, to help these younger players to mature with the aid of his experience.”

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Vidal arrives ahead of Inter medical

Arturo Vidal has landed in Milan after agreeing his exit from Barcelona, and will have his medical with Inter on Monday morning.

The Chile international flew out today and arrived at the Linate Airport, where he was greeted by media and Nerazzurri supporters.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Barcelona eventually agreed to simply release Vidal for variable performance-related bonuses rather than the original €1m fee.

It is still a nominal sum considering Vidal’s contract expires in June 2021 and he is not part of new coach Rolando Maran’s plans.

The 33-year-old instead reunites with Antonio Conte, who has wanted to sign him since taking the Inter job a year ago.

They worked together at Juventus, Vidal scoring 34 goals with 19 assists in 111 appearances under Conte.

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Sampdoria: ‘Keita soon, waiting for Candreva’

Sampdoria director Carlo Osti confirms Keita Balde Diao should arrive from Monaco ‘over the next few days’ and they are waiting for Antonio Candreva’s decision.

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“We are expecting Keita over the next few days, as he needs to resolve some final issues with Monaco, but we have already agreed everything,” Osti told Sky Sport Italia.

The Blucerchiati have also been heavily linked with Inter winger Candreva and Dinamo Zagreb teenager Antonio Marin.

“Candreva is a player we like a great deal, but we are not the only club interested. It is up to the player and his agent to decide between the various offers and we are waiting to see what happens.

“Our interest in Candreva therefore slows down the pursuit of Marin, as his arrival or not depends on who we get in our wider roles, which in turn also affects the midfielders.”

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Report: Vidal to Inter on Sunday

Sky Sport Italia claim Arturo Vidal will be in Italy tomorrow for his Inter medical after agreeing a €1m exit from Barcelona, while Diego Godin goes to Cagliari.

Barcelona are content to let the Chile international midfielder leave for just €1m plus bonuses.

Vidal is expected to fly in tomorrow for a medical on Monday, when he’ll then sign a two-year contract.

Antonio Conte had been asking for a reunion with the former Juventus star since the moment he took the Inter job.

At the same time, Inter free up the money for Vidal’s salary by agreeing Godin’s transfer to Cagliari next week.

The story is also confirmed by Sportitalia and others in Italy, so Vidal is expected in Milan on Sunday.

The 33-year-old’s contract with Barcelona was due to expire in June 2021 and he was not part of new coach Ronald Koeman’s plans.

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Lautaro hat-trick in Inter friendly

Inter thrashed Serie C side Pisa 7-0 in this evening’s pre-season friendly, with a Lautaro Martinez hat-trick and Christian Eriksen brace.

Antonio Conte will not begin his Serie A campaign until next weekend, as the 2019-20 campaign only finished in late August with the Europa League Final.

Eriksen was used in a trequartista role behind Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, with Achraf Hakimi on the right wing and Ivan Perisic on the left.

It took five minutes to break the deadlock with Lukaku, left unmarked to tap in a Perisic cross at the back post.

Roberto Gagliardini finished off another good move, in which Lautaro Martinez had surged forward to set up Lukaku, laying it off for the midfielder.

Gagliardini returned the favour with his cross for Lautaro Martinez’s header, then Eriksen drilled in a daisy-cutter.

Lautaro Martinez then completed his hat-trick with two goals in three minutes, the first by running from midfield, shrugging off a defender and beating the goalkeeper at the near post, then he was at the far stick to meet a Hakimi cross.

The second half was considerably quieter and had only one goal, Eriksen completing his brace with a rare header on Danilo D’Ambrosio’s assist.

Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic (Radu 46); D’Ambrosio, Bastoni (Pirola 65), Kolarov; Hakimi (Dalbert 65), Barella (Agoumé 65), Gagliardini, Perisic; Eriksen; R Lukaku (Salcedo 65), Lautaro Martinez (Alexis Sanchez 65)

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Up to 1,000 fans in all Serie A games

The Italian Government has agreed to open up Serie A games to a maximum of 1,000 spectators until another review on October 7.

Several regional authorities in Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Lombardy had already passed individual rulings, so the pressure helped the Government and Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora to follow suit.

It stands to reason, because the current COVID-19 lockdown rules allow up to 1,000 people to attend open-air events, such as concerts and theatre productions.

Football is considered no different and therefore ought to receive the same treatment, although for now the Government ruling only covers Serie A games.

Fans can still ensure social distancing by keeping at least one metre apart, while they’ll also be asked to wear masks coming in and have their temperature checked.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the new ruling will be valid from today until October 7, at which point it will receive another revision based on the latest COVID data.

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OFFICIAL: Pinamonti back at Inter

Inter have officially brought back Italy Under-21 striker Andrea Pinamonti from Genoa on a permanent basis.

Pinamonti’s loan to Genoa became permanent for €19.5m just 17 days ago, but Inter retained a buyback option worth €20m.

Although they were initially reported to have passed that up, the Nerazzurri announced this evening that the 21-year-old was theirs once more.

Pinamonti played 34 times for the Grifone last season, scoring seven goals and providing two assists.

He becomes the second centre-forward to leave Genoa on Friday after Andrea Favilli, who signed for Verona.

Pinamonti, as per Sky Sport Italia, has penned a contract with Inter until 2024, worth around €2m net a season.

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Samp close to Keita & Candreva

Sampdoria are closing in on a double deal for Monaco winger Keita Balde Diao and Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Sky Sport Italia reports the deal is agreed and Keita will arrive tomorrow for his medical.

Whereas Sportitalia claimed Samp were paying €1m for a season-long loan with a €12m option to buy, Sky notes the option is instead worth €10m.

The 25-year-old is well-known to Serie A audiences, having previously played for Lazio and Inter.

Candreva, on the other hand, is a bolt from the blue after a proposed move to city rivals Genoa broke down just yesterday.

According to Alfredo Pedulla, Inter have already accepted a bid from the Blucerchiati, with Calciomercato.com stating the former were holding out for a fee of €3-4m.

Pedulla adds the Italy international has been offered a salary worth €1.6m plus bonuses which, while being half of what he currently earns, could be spread over three or four years.

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