Napoli Reject Bayern & Inter Offers for Defender With President Unwilling to Sell Key Assets

Napoli’s highly sought after right-back Elseid Hysaj will not be leaving the club this summer, as club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has no intention of listening to transfer offers. 

The Albanian international has developed into one of the best full backs in Serie A, working his way through the youth ranks at Empoli before a £4m transfer to San Paolo brought him to the forefront of European football.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich lodged a £26.8m offer with Napoli to acquire the signature of Hysaj. However, De Laurentiis has rejected the move outright. Internazionale, in a bid to keep up with their big spending city rivals, matched Bayern’s offer although that too was unsuccessful, according to Football Italia.

Hysaj is 100% convinced of winning the Scudetto, if he wasn’t he’d have left Napoli,” claimed the player’s agent Mario Giuffredi in a recent interview. “He received a serious, concrete, real offer from one of the strongest teams in Europe, but he didn’t even consider it.”

Bayern’s interest in the defender has come after footballing legend Philipp Lahm decided to hang up his boots this summer. Although versatile youngster Joshua Kimmich has been used as a right-back, the natural midfielder isn’t a long term option in the eyes of Carlo Ancelotti.

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Having previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, the Albanian international looks set to stay at Napoli, as the club look to improve on their third place finish in the Serie A last season. 

With 20-year-old Adam Ounas the only new face in Maurizio Sarri’s side, Napoli will be desperate to hold onto Hysaj and other star players, such as Dries Mertens and Lorenzo insigne, in order to launch a title challenge next season.

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Inter Milan Thought to Be Preparing Bid for Spurs Midfielder Erik Lamela

​Reports in Spain are claiming that Inter Milan are ready to make an offer of €15m for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela.

Lamela was sidelined with a hip injury for the better part of last season, and it is quite likely that Spurs would be willing to cut their losses and move him on for a fraction of their initial outlay.

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Having spent €30m to bring him in from Roma back in 2013, they cannot expect to command a similar fee, but are said to be holding out for something in the region of €18m.

The €3m difference between the valuations could be worked out, though, especially if bonuses and add-ons come into play. However, there are concerns over the Argentinian’s fitness, and Inter could be trying to avoid risking to much on a player who may not be able to give them their money’s worth.

Marca (H/T ​Football Italia) are reporting that the Italian side have readied the aforementioned bid, having failed to land Javier Pastore from Paris Saint-Germain. 

With neighbouring rivals AC Milan recruiting a wealth of talent this summer, and Juventus continuing to improve on their squad, the figures at Inter are well aware of the fact that they cannot afford to fall behind. 

Signing new players has become paramount. The side have been languishing in an unfamiliar place on the Serie A table for the last few years and are desperate to compete with the top teams again.

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Signing Lamela would probably go a long way, especially if he can remain healthy. But some sort of compromise will have to be reached in order for them to pull it off.

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Tottenham Enter the Race to Sign Inter Milan Starlet Antonio Candreva

​Tottenham’s first summer signing could well be Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva but they will face competition from Chelsea to secure the deal. 

Candreva has spent his whole career in Italy, with Inter being the latest team he’s turned out for after a €22m transfer last summer from Lazio. A figure of €27.5m is believed high enough to move him away from the San Siro and according to ​The Daily Star, Chelsea are hoping £25m is enough. 

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With Tottenham offloading Kyle Walker to Manchester City, they will be looking for cover should Kieran Trippier get injured. Although Candreva is a winger, if Mauricio Pochettino was to play with wing backs he could play on the far right hand side of the midfield. This is a position he is no stranger to after having successfully demonstrated it at international level.

His ability to play in this position could explain why Antonio Conte is seeking his service. A possible alternative is Alex Sandro for Conte but he is looking increasingly more likely to sign a contract extension at Juventus.  

Candreva is now 30 and has three years left on his current contract, after being involved in 17 goals last season Inter’s apparent asking price does not seem too steep in the current climate.



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Leicester Set to Renew Interest in Sporting CP Midfielder Adrien Silva With €22m Offer

​Leicester are set to make a second attempt to sign Sporting midfielder Adrien Silva with a €22m offer.

According to Jornal de Notícias (via ​Sport Witness) the Foxes will face competition from Internazionale and West Brom.

The Baggies are reportedly very keen on the 28-year-old, although Inter are considered favourites to secure his signature.

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Neither of the offers are likely to be enough to meet Sporting’s demands, however, with reports claiming that the Portuguese club are demanding at least €30m.

Inter are expected to raise their offer to meet that estimation, but will face continued competition from the two Premier League sides.

Last summer Leicester made a €30m bid for Silva, which was rebuffed because it did not meet Sporting’s then valuation of €45m. Sporting have clearly now lowered their demands for the player, hence the reportedly imminent offer of €22m from Leicester.

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Reports in Portugal have also claimed that West Brom have seen a €26m offer rejected, which could leave Leicester with little prospect of their bid proving successful.

​The Leicester Mercury, meanwhile, claim that reports of interest in Silva could be wide of the mark due to the Foxes numerous midfield options, including the recent signing of Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra.

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​Inter Milan Target Serie A Title With Sensational €50m Approach for Bayern Munich Star Arturo Vidal

Internazionale look set to offer €50m for Bayern Munich’s midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal as Inter’s ambitious Chinese owners target league titles and Champions League football, according to reports in Italy.

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has reportedly stressed to Nerazzurri’s wealthy Chinese owners Suning that the San Siro club need to bring in a world class midfielder in order to challenge for the Champions League spots, and tackle Juventus’ dominance in Serie A.

According to a ​Calciomercato report, with bitter rivals AC Milan having already spent over £160m overhauling their squad this summer, Inter’s owners are anxious to prove that Le Beamatta can attract top signings with a move for Vidal.

The former Colo-Colo star has won back to back titles with Bayern Munich since his arrival in 2015, and his dynamic performances have prompted overtures from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Bayern are reportedly reluctant to sell the combative former Juventus midfielder, with Thiago Alcantara’s long term injury problems and Xabi Alonso’s retirement leaving Die Bayern short of midfield options, should he leave.

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Addressing rumours that the 30-year-old could leave the Allianz Arena this summer, Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti said;

“For Vidal, there is no way. He’s our player and I have a lot of confidence in him.

“I know there are rumours and we’re used to rumours. He’ll stay with us 100 per cent – I’m confident about that.”


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Inter Milan’s Spalletti Says Manchester United Target Perisic ‘Could Leave’ if Right Offer Is Tabled

​For a few weeks now, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic has been touted for a move to Manchester United, although talks have supposedly stalled as the two parties can not agree upon a suitable figure for the winger.

Inter’s boss Luciano Spalletti has no real intention of selling the Croatian international, however the former AS Roma manager – speaking at a media conference, via Four Four Two – claims that the 28-year-old could head for pastures new if an offer comes in to which the Serie A outfit are ‘satisfied’ with, a statement which could ready Jose Mourinho for one last substantial bid for his signature.

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“He is a fantastic player and if his future is totally up to me, I will definitely keep him,” he claimed.

“However, if an offer comes and the club are satisfied with the money, which will be used to invest in and strengthen the team, he could leave.”

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Competing with fierce city rivals AC Milan next term is sure to be top of the Nerazzurri’s agenda for the coming campaign and acquiring players as well as maintaining the current fold will be of paramount importance if they’re to do so.

The sought-after winger has been involved in Inter’s pre-season preparations to date, starting for the club during their 1-1 draw with the Bundesliga’s FC Schalke 04 on Friday.

Perisic was one of Inter’s most fruitful attacking outlets last term, netting 12 goals and offering 11 assists for his teammates, a record which Spalletti will urge the attacker to better next season, if he can stave off the Red Devils’ advances for now, that is.


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Inter Milan Move Closer to Signing French Talent Yann Karamoh Despite Host of PL Interest

Inter Milan have agreed terms with 19-year-old Caen winger Yann Karamoh and are now negotiating a deal with the French Ligue 1 team, according to Premium Sport. The deal is expected to be worth €10m. 

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​Last season, Karamoh scored five goals and completed four assists as he played a crucial role in maintaining Caen’s Ligue 1 status as they successfully fought against relegation. He also played twice within France’s under-21 squad as he progressed from the under-19s.

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He had previously been rumoured to be the subject of a bidding war between West Ham and Red Bull Leipzig. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic had been impressed with his attacking versatility, with his ability to play on both the left and right wings and also as centre forward.

Southampton and Newcastle United are both also interested in buying Karamoh’s services, with the Saints looking to be Inter’s main rivals for the player

In a recent interview with Goal he outlined what he was looking for in a potential new club.

He said: “If I had the choice, I would go to a club where I would play… I want to go to a club where I could continue to evolve to mature in two or three years”.

Inter Milan’s already strong attack, featuring Stevan Jovetic and Mauro Icardi, could limit his first team opportunities should the transfer be completed.

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Chelsea Take the Lead in the Race to Lure Fluminese’s 20-Year-Old Prodigy Richarlison

​Chelsea’s recruitment process still looks to be taking shape, and it’s emerged – due to a report published by Gianluca Di Marzio – that the Blues have supposedly taken the lead in the race to land Fluminese’s prodigal winger Richarlison.

Richarlison, 20, has been a target of Serie A clubs including Inter Milan, AC Milan and Sampdoria, but was allegedly expected to join Eredivisie giants Ajax in a move worth £12m after initially agreeing to a five-year contract at the Amsterdam Arena, according to Daily Mail.

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The Brazilian, in the midst of Ajax’s interest, has indeed made contact with Italian outfits Inter and Sampdoria, who are also closely tailing his services.

Although now it appears that the Premier League champions are in-fact in the driver’s seat for his sought-after signature, with the prospect of linking-up at Stamford Bridge proving to be all too tempting for the young winger.

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The attacker is highly adaptable and is able to deputise on either wing as well as at the spearhead of the attack in the number nine role.

Milan and Manchester United were also touted as viable destinations for the Brazil U20 international, however Richarlison’s agent Renato Velasco proceeded to douse the flames surrounding those two potential suitors in particular.

“Yes, there is interest from a few clubs in your country.” Velasco said to ​FCInterNews.it last week.

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“Inter and Sampdoria, yes, but not the Rossoneri, at least not right now.

“The truth is that he is ready to play for any club, big or small and there is a lot of speculation around him.

“He is talking about Italy, but also England and Holland.”



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Inter Boss Spalletti Puts Pressure on Brazilian Wonderkid to Prove Himself as Future Remains Unclear

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has put pressure on his talented young forward Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, to prove himself at the Serie A club. The prodigious Brazilian talent is widely regarded as somewhat of a wonderkid in world football, however the future of the player remains unclear as the youngster is yet to flourish at the highest level.

Speaking to the press following his side’s 1-1 pre-season match against Bundesliga side Schalke, via Football Italia, Spalletti faced questions regarding his take on the warm-up match, as well as the specific matter of Gabigol’s performance. When quizzed on the 20-year-old’s input to the game, Spalletti stated: Gabigol? Gabigol paid attention to what I asked of him, I know him well enough.

​​”There are games he’s played that I could go and see, but then training also counts, even friendlies. It’s the footballer who has to give the answers though, just like all the others”.

Judging by his comments, Spalletti is clearly open to giving the 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning player a shot at first-team football next season, despite rumours of Turkish side Fenerbahçe being keen on bringing the skilful forward in on a season-long loan. West Ham United are also believed to be in the running to sign the player, a deal which now seems unlikely.

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Assessing the general performance of the side, Spalletti seemed to be pleased with the promise his recently inherited side were showing, while acknowledging the desire for collective improvement:

I saw a lot of order from my team in the first half, there’s a lot of good raw materials that with proper preparation can lead to improvement. We lost possession at times, trying to force situations when we should have been keeping possession, but overall in terms of attitude and being a team we did well”.

Spalletti is yet to delve into the summer transfer market with the vigour shown by arch-rivals AC Milan, but has invested in the likes of Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria and Facundo Colidio from Boca Juniors. Gabigol could well end up spending the 2016/17 campaign on loan, but the player may relish his opportunity to impress his new manager during pre-season training and matches.


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Inter Director Reveals Man Utd Are Still Yet to Meet Valuation to Sign Croatian Winger Ivan Perisic

​Manchester United are yet to meet Ivan Perisic’s valuation, according to Inter’s technical director Walter Sabatini. 

Jose Mourinho’s men have been heavily linked with a move for Perisic all summer, with the Portuguese manager keen to add his versatile attacking style to his squad. 

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United have already brought in Victor Lindelof from Benfica and Romelu Lukaku from Everton, spending over £100m on the pair. The Red Devils are believed to have already tabled a £44m bid for the 28-year-old, but the deal has hit a snag as Perisic joined his teammates for their pre-season tour of China. 

And talking to ​Sky Sports Italia, Inter’s technical director Sabatini has insisted that no club is yet to meet their valuation of the player. 

He said: “You all know what we want, but the offer has not yet arrived.” 

Despite United tying up important deals for Lukaku and Lindelof, Mourinho is believed to be growing frustrated with the quantity of deals being completed at Old Trafford. 

​The Manchester Evening News are reporting that Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has not joined the club on their USA tour in order to tie up two more transfer targets – believed to be two of Perisic, Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham’s Eric Dier. 


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