Inter Offered Manchester United Playmaker Juan Mata as Pursuit of Monaco’s Keita Balde Continues

​​Serie A giants ​Inter have reportedly been offered the services of ​Manchester United’s Juan Mata, whilst their pursuit of Monaco forward Keita Balde continues. 

As reported by ​gianlucadimarzio.com, Luciano Spalletti is targeting the Senegal international, who has been of interest to the Italian club ever since his days at Lazio. 

Antonio Candreva could be used as a makeweight in any potential deal, with a loan swap being the most possible option reported. 

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However, all involved parties are yet to give the green light on such a deal that would see Balde return to Italy. 

Aside from the pursuit of Balde, Inter have the option to take Mata to San Siro as Jose Mourinho looks to offload the Spaniard having deemed him surplus to requirements. If sold, Mourinho will have dispatched of the former Valencia man at both ​Chelsea and United. 

The biggest news coming out of Milan is regarding Inter’s strong interest in signing Luka Modric from ​Real Madrid, with the Croatian set to hold talks with Florentino Perez over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Perez has attempted to fend off interest in the World Cup Golden Ball winner by placing a staggering £750m price tag on the former ​Tottenham man’s head, although the 33-year-old may be enticed by the ongoing project at Inter amid a stunning summer transfer window. 

Inter have already announced the high profile signings of Radja Nainggolan, Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah and others as Spalletti looks to make a charge for the Serie A title, with their ambition certainly sure to impress any of their potential targets. 

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Balde only arrived in Ligue 1 last summer in a big money move, but Inter’s need for a dynamic wide man may see his stay in France cut short with a return to Italy very much on the cards. 

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Inter’s Hopes of Securing Real Madrid’s Luka Modric Move Boosted as Suning Offers to Help Pay Wages

​​Inter’s hopes of signing Luka Modric from ​Real Madrid have received a huge boost after the club’s parent company Suning offered to help pay the Croatian’s wages.

Inter manager ​Luciano Spalletti has confirmed the Nerazzurri’s intentions to sign Modric before the transfer window closes at the end of August, but Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns looked like a significant stumbling block.

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However, ​Corriere dello Sport claims that Suning has offered to sponsor the deal by paying a percentage of Modric’s wages which would allow Inter to complete the move without breaking any rules.

The offer is not without conditions. For one, Modric would become the global face of Suning’s brand. Secondly, he would stay at Inter for four years before ending his career at Jiangsu Suning, the Chinese Super League club owned by the same company.

Though this seems a little unorthodox, it could become commonplace under FFP rules as clubs will go to extreme lengths to get the players they need to compete.

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It is thought that a significant chunk of Cristiano Ronaldo’s €30m-a-year Juventus salary will be earned through sponsorships with FCA, the company controlled by Juventus’ owners the Agnelli family.

Suspicions about Modric’s future at Real Madrid were further raised on Monday as the Croatian was not seen reporting for first team duty with the other players who played in the World Cup final, Raphael Varane and Mateo Kovacic.

Real have clarified that this was all above board and they knew about it, but it will certainly do nothing to quell speculation about Modric’s future.

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Luka Modrić the Key to Possible Three-Way Deal Between Champions League Giants

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić is the key to unlocking a major domino effect this transfer window which could see in-demand Lazio star Sergej Milinković-Savić and Inter’s João Mário also secure moves ahead of the new season, according to reports.

The chaos of the transfer window is showing no signs of slowing down and Croatian international Modrić has supposedly told his employers that he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabéu this summer.

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The 32-year-old, who was awarded with the Golden Ball for his performances at the World Cup, is pushing for a move to San Siro and Inter boss Luciano Spalletti even confirmed that he was “dreaming” of signing Modrić this summer.

It is clear that a player like Modrić would be important for anyone, let alone for us,” Spalletti said about the rumoured move. “I keep dreaming with the fans.”

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is eager for Modrić to stay in the Spanish capital next season, although a deal for the midfielder to leave is not believed to be impossible.

The confusion with the transfer, however, comes with who Real Madrid are chasing as the Croatian’s replacement. 

A report from Sport Mediaset (via Globoesporte) claims that Los Blancos want Serbian international Milinković-Savić to come in if Modrić leaves – something which will involve dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo’s super-agent, Jorge Mendes, once again this summer.

The deal then gets all the more complicated as Lazio are eyeing Inter’s Mário as a direct replacement for Milinković-Savić.

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All three clubs will have to reach some sort of an agreement with their targets before sanctioning a sale, making this kind of deal (similar to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi’s moves back in January) all the more difficult.

What’s more, Cope claim that it is actually Modrić’s teammate Mateo Kovačić who is pushing for a move to Inter this summer, after just three years away from San Siro.

Real Madrid also want to keep Kovačić in their squad next season but the 24-year-old has become frustrated by his lack of playing time at the Santiago Bernabéu, with the Austrian-born midfielder ready to call it quits despite having three years left on his current contract.

It is not mentioned how Kovačić’s involvement in the three-way transfer could affect the speculative deal between Real Madrid, Lazio and Inter. 

However, with the Italian transfer window closing two weeks before it does in Spain, it would appear that this mega-deal will struggle to get over the line ahead of the new league season.

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Tottenham Midfielder Rejects Inter Move & Prepares to Enter Final Year of Current Contract

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembélé has rejected the chance to join Serie A giants Inter this summer in favour of entering the final year of his contract in north London, according to reports.

The Belgium international has been linked with a move to San Siro throughout the transfer window, with the Nerazzurri keen on partnering new signing Radja Nainggolan with his compatriot next year.

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It was claimed that a £20m fee had been agreed between both clubs for the move to go through. However, the Daily Mail confirm that Dembélé will instead see out the remainder of his contract despite falling down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino.

The 31-year-old made an impressive 39 appearances across all competitions last season acting as the engine of Spurs’ midfield, but saw less game time as the campaign went on, with manager Pochettino instead putting his faith in the defensive Victor Wanyama.

Dembélé, an Eredivisie winner from his time with AZ Alkmaar, has spent six years with Tottenham following a £17m switch from London rivals Fulham.

The experienced midfielder has gone on to make 236 appearances for the club since his arrival in 2012, scoring 10 goals and claiming 11 assists.

Dembélé has earned a reputation in the Premier League for being one of the toughest players in the top flight, but it is suggested that the physicality of the division is becoming too much for the left-footed midfielder.

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Instead of securing a move this summer, however, it appears that Dembélé is happy to see out the remainder of his contract in a bid to keep his options open over his next move in 2019.

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5 Internazionale Youngsters Who Could Make Their First Team Breakthrough in 2018/19

After a last day comeback victory against Lazio in Serie A, Inter can once again call themselves a Champions League side. 

Down 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico with 12 minutes to play, I Nerazzurri won a penalty. Captain Mauro Icardi levelled with the spot-kick and Matias Vecino went on to score the crucial winner. 

It was a goal that tied Inter with their opponents on 72 points, and more importantly – put them at the top in the head-to-head standings. After ten nerve-jangling minutes, the black and blue of Milan secured 4th in the table. 

As a new season draws near, the 2018/19 Serie A awaits. Even with coach Luciano Spalletti adding reinforcements such as Radja Nainggolan and Kwadwo Asamoah, Inter’s now extended schedule will call for extreme squad depth.

If they are to challenge Juventus and Napoli for the Scudetto, a strong rotation is vital – good thing Inter have talent in abundance. Here are five youngsters who could make their first team breakthrough in 2018/19.

1. Xian Emmers

Son of Belgian international Marc, Xian Emmers looks to live up to his father’s name by playing in two World Cups with his nation. The young midfielder has some way to go, but he’s making the right strides. 

Since his transfer from Genk in 2015, the 19-year-old has progressed through the Primavera sides. Starting against Chelsea in the ICC, Emmers showed plenty to build on with some great passages of play. 

Talking to InterTV after a pre-season win against his hometown team Lugano of Switzerland, Emmers spoke about the match and his new role in defensive midfield, saying: “It is the first match and it went well as we won 3-0. The most important thing is to get into the rhythm ahead of the upcoming matches.

“I struggled a bit in the beginning but then it went much better. I will do whatever the coach asks me to do.

A youthful player with bags of potential, it should be interesting to see how many first team appearances Emmers makes this season. 

2. Ryan Nolan

The story of Limerick-born Ryan Nolan is without doubt an interesting one. Spending the last two years with Inter, the centre-back made his first team debut against Lugano in last month’s friendly. 

Fluent in Italian, the Irishman played 18 times in last term’s Primavera 1 championship run. Moving to Spain at the age of eight, Nolan represented Murcia based side Torre Pacheco in his early career.

Speaking in an exclusive ‘Let Me Introduce’ feature with InterTV, the defender explained his move to Milan: “Coming to Italy was very important to me because I knew I had to improve defensively, as that’s my position.

“In Italy, you learn a lot about tactics and defending. I only wanted to join Inter. Then one day my agent called me to say the club wanted me.

“I said yes to Casiraghi immediately before I’d even called my parents. I called my mum and dad straight after that and I was delighted.” 

Following in the footsteps of previous Irish greats like Robbie Keane and Liam Brady, Nolan becomes the third of his countrymen to play at Inter. Already joining first team training sessions, his career path could mature into a compelling tale.

3. Eddy Salcedo

Born in Genoa to Colombian parents, young Eddy Salcedo is Inter’s newest starlet. Arriving into the world on October 1st 2001, the now 16-year-old made his Serie A debut last term with his hometown team. An 81st minute substitute against Sassuolo, the schoolkid’s domestic bow made him the sixth youngest player to ever start in the Italian first division.

Not many footballers have made a first professional outing by the age of 16, but Eddy Salcedo seems to be something special. Joining I Nerazzurri on a season-long loan with a €15m purchase option, the teenager will look to cut his teeth at the Giuseppe Meazza. 

It is clear that Salcedo has the raw potential to be one of Italy’s next global stars. Six goals in 24 Primavera 1 have highlighted the left winger’s attacking instincts. 

 

Quick and agile, Salcedo has made a name for himself with a blossoming career. Likely an investment for the future, it’s not too far-fetched to think we’ll see Salcedo make a meteoric rise comparable to that of Kylian Mbappe’s. 

4. Yann Karamoh

Signed from Caen on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy, Yann Karamoh was supposed to be ‘one for the future.’ In his mind, he’s one for now. Born in the Ivory Coast, the striker started at age eight with Parisian team Racing Colombes 92. 

Karamoh’s agent, Oscar Damiani, spoke to FCInter1908 about his client’s development and happiness since the transfer from France, saying: “He can play in many positions and he is improving, also thanks to Spalletti, who is fantastic in always dedicating a lot of time to him.  

“Yann has put on at least four kilos, he is building himself from a muscle mass point of view and you can see the benefits of this in how explosive he has become.

“These are the fruits of the hard labour put in at Appiano Gentile…Now, all he is lacking is a bit of continuity.”

Clearly behind Mauro Icardi in the pecking order, Karamoh will hope for substitute appearances and Coppa Italia game time. However, if the Argentine was to pick up an injury, it’s doubtful the 20-year-old would be fazed about leading the line.

5. Gabriele Zappa

Another of Inter’s rising stars is right-back Gabriele Zappa. Born in the nearby city of Monza, the defender has progressed through the youth groups at I Nerazzurri, impressing in both the U-17 B and Primavera 1 leagues.

A member of the squad that completed a notable treble, Zappa has won the Italian Campionato, Viareggio and Supercoppa at his age level. 

After appearing twice in Inter’s pre-season ICC tour, the fullback will look to push on into first team contention this season. With coach Spalletti currently adopting a 3-4-1-2 formation, Zappa may need to show positional adaptability in his game if he hopes to progress.

Via InterTV, Zappa talked about his previous year and the upcoming matches, saying: “I finished the year in the best way with the championship, then maturity. 

“I had a few holidays but when the call for pickup arrived I was very happy. You compare yourself with high level players. I’m happy with how it is going, we hope to continue like this.” 

Under contract until 2021, the fullback will hope his performances were enough to show his manager that he’s ready for a full time promotion to the first squad.

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Man Utd Target Ivan Perisic Reveals Desire to Play Abroad & Speaks on Potential Bayern Move

Ivan Perisic’s potential move to ​Manchester United has seemed to be on the cards for an eternity, but the Croatian forward has now added further fuel to the fire, hinting to Croatian media that he would be open to a move to a ‘top club’ if he were to leave Inter.

Perisic signed a long-term deal with ​Inter last year, and enjoyed yet another excellent season in Milan, before going one further and setting the world alight with his World Cup performances, starring as Croatia went on an unlikely run to the final.

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When asked about his future, he told Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti: “Last year I signed new five-year deal with Inter, I enjoy great status at the club.

“It is true Inter has not had the results it should have since 2010, there were some problems, bad decisions, but somehow I feel we are on the right way to return to old glory.

“I heard some clubs want me but they have to talk to my club and only after that could I join the negotiations and decide. If I was to change club, it could only be to a top league and top club. I’d like to play in England and Spain but I don’t know if there is enough time left.

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Asked about his relationship with Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac, he said: “He had very big influence on me, I played great for Croatia under him and I congratulate him on everything he has done in Germany and signing for ​Bayern. If they want me, they know where to find me!

“Only God knows what will happen in future, I am happy at Inter but we all know anything is possible in football.”

At 29, and just off the back of scoring in a World Cup final, it’s hard to imagine a better opportunity arising for Perisic to get such a move over the line, and Inter may be keen to cash in in order to fund a ​move for Perisic’s Croatian team-mate Luka Modric.

United would certainly consider themselves a club of the ‘top’ variety, and with all that in mind, could be primed to finally make their move – especially with ​Anthony Martial’s frequent flirting with the exit door.

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Julen Lopetegui Dismisses Inter’s Chances of Signing Luka Modric & Admits He Will Continue in Madrid

​Internazionale coach Luciano Spalletti and ​Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui have commented on the future of Los Blancos midfielder Luka Modric amid interest from I Nerazzurri. 

Spalleti admitted that Inter are ‘​doing what they can’ to secure the Croatian’s signature, but Lopetegui has ‘no doubts’ that Modric will continue to be a Madrid player.

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Speaking after ​Inter’s 1-0 win over Lyon in the International Champions Cup, Spalletti said (​via Marca): “The club is doing what they can to bring it about [signing Modric].

“I am dreaming of it like all the Inter fans, he would be fundamental for any team including ours. We are ready for whatever happens.

“Still there are days to go during the transfer window and I hope something happens.”

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Such optimism may be flawed as Real president Florentino Perez stated last week that he would not consider selling Modric for anything less than a whopping €750m – equal to his release clause in his contract. 

However, ​Modric is now expected to meet with Perez this week to discuss his future at the club, and Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has stated that Perez will only come to his final decision over a potential sale during the decisive meeting between the pair.

Il Giornale reports (via ​Football Italia) that Inter are preparing an offer totalling €40m – an initial €15m loan fee, followed by the option to sign him permanently next summer for a further €25m.

For his part, Lopetegui seems unfazed about the transfer rumours surrounding the 32-year-old star.

“I talked to him after his excellent World Cup and we entrusted him to return, on the 8th, to start working to see if he can be on August 15 in the first big goal of the season,” Lopetegui said, via ​AS.

“I told him that he is a player that I am passionate about, I love him and he knows it…He will be happy playing football, as he already was, at Real Madrid.

“Luka is a Madrid player and will continue to be, I have no doubts. We have enjoyed it and we will continue enjoying it.”

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Tottenham Reportedly Closing in on Signing Inter Midfield Star as Transfer Window Deadline Looms

​​Tottenham are said to be closing in on a deal to sign ​Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as the transfer window deadline looms.

Maurcio Pochettino’s side are yet to make a single signing this summer despite the manager previous suggesting that Spurs need to ‘be brave’ in the transfer market. Various contract extensions have been handed out to first team regulars, but that is as far as any transfer activity has gone for the north Londoners.

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However, according to a report from Corriere dello Sport (via ​TeamTalk), they are now closing in on a deal for Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic. Spurs are looking to bring in the Croatian for a deal worth around £44m.

It is being reported that Inter are willing to offload Brozovic as they look to raise funds for their own transfer plans as they look to build a squad capable of both competing in the Champions League and for the Serie A title.

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Brozovic has been with I Nerrazurri since 2015 after joining from Dynamo Zagreb and has since gone on to become an important component in the midfield at the San Siro.

The 25-year-old also played an important role  for Croatia as they reached the World Cup earlier this summer, fitting seamlessly into the midfield alongside Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. 

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If the reports from Italy prove to be accurate then Brozovic will be an astute signing for Spurs, if his performances for both Inter and Croatia are anything to go by. But with the transfer window closing imminently then both clubs will have to act fast if they are to complete the deal in time. 

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Milan Skriniar Insists His Future Is in Inter’s Hands Amid Rumours of Manchester United Interest

​​Internazionale defender Milan Skriniar says he is happy to remain at the club, but that his future is very much in their hands, amid rumours that ​Manchester United are preparing an offer for the Slovakian.

Speaking in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Sport 360), Skriniar admitted he was flattered to hear of interest from United but insisted he was not about to force a move away from San Siro.

“Man United? It’s nice to know that you are appreciated by other big clubs in Europe but I’ve never thought to leave the club,” said Skriniar. “The future depends on the club and I accept whatever they decide.

“New contract? My agent is in talks with chiefs of the club, it’s not done yet, let’s see what happens.

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In the interview Skriniar also ruled out ever leaving to join Inter’s Italian rivals AC Milan or Juventus.

The Slovakian star joined Inter from fellow ​Serie A side Sampdoria last summer and has earned a sterling reputation at the club, becoming renowned as one of the finest young centre-backs in Europe.

United have made signing a new centre-back this summer their rop priority, having already signed a new midfielder in Brazilian Fred and young right-back Diego Dalot from Porto.

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The club have been heavily linked with ​Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld but the clubs have struggled to settle on a deal for the player so far, with negotiators Edward Woodward and Daniel Levy believed to be some way apart in their valuations of the Belgian.

United have also been linked with a move for ​Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, who impressed at the World Cup with Colombia.

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Luka Modric Set for Crunch Talks With Real Madrid Chief to Make Final Decision Over Inter Switch

​Luka Modric is expected to meet with ​Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for crunch talks next week, as his future at the Bernabeu comes under increasing speculation following ​Inter‘s pursuit of the Croatian star.

Modric, 32, emerged as a shock target for the Italian giants as their summer rebuild sees them continue to poach talent from across Europe, with the Real Madrid man the latest to have seemingly had his head turned. 

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While earlier reports claimed Perez had ​slapped an eye watering €750m price tag on the World Cup Golden Ball winner, Italian journalist ​Gianluca Di Marzio has stated that he will only come to his final decision over a potential sale during the decisive meeting between the pair. 

The report claims Modric wants a new challenge and is seeking to end his six-year association with Real, where the strong relationship with the Real chief will see him have his wishes granted through a gentleman’s agreement – should he fail to have his mind changed. 

Perez is therefore crucial to any potential deal with the Nerazzurri as his astronomical valuation of the midfielder will need to be reevaluated for Inter to make the transfer a reality before the end of the month. 

Di Marzio claims the Serie A side have already established contact with Modric’s representatives and are confident that they can offer personal terms which will satisfy the midfielder’s demands.

However, journalist Melchor Ruiz, via ​The Partidazo of Cope on Twitter, is of the view that Modric has not informed Real of his desire to leave the club, instead the club have received all information from the Italian media. 

Furthermore, he claims the midfielder nor his representatives have yet to make contact with Inter.

The latest twist in the story, however, comes from ​Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla who claims a change in stance from Perez to allow Modric to leave following his €750m declaration could open the door for other players to seek an exit. 


None more so than Marcelo who was subject to an approach from Juventus earlier in the window after their need for a left back increased with Alex Sandro tipped for the exit door – not to mention his close friend Cristiano Ronaldo having sealed a move to Turin last month. 

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