Italian Report Claims That Bayern Munich Have Accepted a Bid From Inter for Arturo Vidal

​Bayern Munich are said to have accepted a loan offer from ​Inter for their Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Vidal joined Bayern back in 2015 from ​Juventus and has since gone on to become a first team regular for the German giants, helping them to win three consecutive Bundesliga titles whilst playing in the heart of the midfield. However, a string of injuries during the 2017/18 season restricted him to just 22 league appearances.

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Bayern were said to be ​willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old and now it seems as though they have accepted a bid from Inter. According to Italian news outlet ​SportMedia Set, Inter have proposed an inital loan deal which will later become permanent for €20m.

Vidal’s contract is set to expire next summer but Bayern will seek to extend his contract prior to the loan move should Inter choose not to make the deal permanent. Once that contract is signed, he will be allowed to make the move over to I Nerazzurri.

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The loan deal will allow Luciano Spalletti’s men to avoid certain Financial Fair Play regulations which would have restricted them from making a permanent move this summer. 

Vidal would join a host of new signings who have recently arrived at the San Siro including Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah, Radja Nainggolan and Lautaro Martínez. Inter are set to compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2012 after finishing fourth in Serie A.

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If they are able to secure the signing of Vidal then they will be making a real statement, not only to their Serie A rivals, but also to the rest of Europe.


Inter Manager Luciano Spalletti Reveals He Has No ‘Spare Parts’ in Appeal for More Signings

​​Internazionale manager Luciano Spalletti has urged his club to make yet more signings ahead of the new season.

The Italian side have made five additions to their squad this summer, namely Radja Nainggolan, Lautaro Martinez, Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah and Matteo Politano.


However, their squad still lacks depth and according to ​​Gazzetta dello Sport, Spalletti is desperate to make further improvements to his side before the European transfer deadline at the end of August.

“Transfers? We don’t have many spare parts right now,” Spalletti said. “I’d like to make it known that we’ve played a lot with the same players, without those who are injured and have been with their national teams.”

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Spalletti also offered his comments on his side’s potential move for Croatian full-back Sime Vrsaljko, who is supposedly close to joining I Nerazzurri from ​Atletico Madrid.

“It’s the speed in implementing quality that makes the difference. Vrsaljko? There are no problems, the club have a plan in mind and we have to wait.

“It seems clear to me that the market isn’t over yet. Whoever finishes top of our league has two teams for when you go to play in the cups, which take away your energy, or after two or three days, when you have to change six players.

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“Then there are injuries. We need another goalkeeper, Icardi’s deputy… That’s how it goes, so we’re working towards it and we’re close to completing our squad.”

Inter managed to qualify for this season’s Champions League on the final day of the 2017/18 ​Serie A season, narrowly pipping Lazio to fourth place in the division.


Bayern Munich Reportedly Open to Selling Star Midfielder Arturo Vidal Amid Inter Interest

​Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has reportedly been told he can leave Bavaria this summer, as speculation surrounding a potential move to Inter increases.

I Nerazzurri have been heavily linked with the 31-year-old – who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United over the years – and it now appears that the German outfit will be willing to sell the midfielder, but only if the price is right.

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It looks set to be a summer of change in Munich, as Vidal joins German defender Jerome Boateng in a list of players that are surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena. Inter have now been given the go-ahead to make a bid for the Chilean, according to the Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia).

Vidal is not unfamiliar with the Serie A, having played for Juventus for three years before making his move to Bayern in 2015, where he played 91 times for La Vecchia Signora, scoring 28 times.

His current record in the Bundesliga is equally as impressive, scoring 14 times in 79 appearances for Sterns des Sudens, however he is set to no longer be one of the first names on the team sheet at the Allianz Arena next season.


Vidal would represent yet another high profile signings at the San Siro this summer. The club have already secured the services of Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma, as well as Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.


Fulham and West Ham Rivalling Serie A Clubs for Lille Full-Back Kevin Malcuit

​​Premier League clubs ​Fulham and ​West Ham are battling alongside ​Serie A giants ​Inter and ​Napoli for the signature of Lille full-back Kevin Malcuit.

The 26-year-old had an impressive year for the Ligue 1 side last year, making six assists in 23 games, a total bettered only by PSG’s Dani Alves and Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe, who both registered seven set-ups for goals. 

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​And according to France Football, London duo Fulham and West Ham have both expressed a desire to sign the Frenchman who only signed for Lille twelve months ago. 

The Cottagers are looking for a replacement for Ryan Fredericks, who moved across London to the West Ham on a free transfers, while one of the Hammers’ back-up options for Fredericks – Sam Byram – looks set to move to ​Nottingham Forest. 

The right-back has been linked with a move to Inter in the past, but I Nerazzuri are reportedly close to completing a deal for ​Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, which could mean that Malcuit would no longer be targeted. 

Napoli are also in the hunt for a right-back, having released veteran defender Christian Maggio on a free transfer earlier this summer, so could also make a move for the right-back in the coming weeks.

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Malcuit started his career at Monaco in 2010, before dropping down the divisions to the third tier of French football, playing for Vannes (on loan) before joining Frejus Saint-Raphael on a permanent deal.

The defender then rose back through the French footballing hierarchy, joining Ligue 2’s Chamois Niortais in 2013, before making a big career move to Saint-Etienne in the country’s top-flight. He played for Les Verts in the Europa League last season against ​Manchester United, before moving to Lille last summer for £8m.


Inter Close in on Signing of Sime Vrsaljko as Deal Is Agreed in Principle with Atletico Madrid

​​Sime Vrsaljko enjoyed a remarkable season of success during the 2017/18 campaign, starring at right back for ​Atletico Madrid as the Spanish giants finished as runners-up to ​Barcelona in La Liga and winning the Europa League, before going on to reach the World Cup final with Croatia this summer.

Despite suffering defeat to France in the final in Russia, Vrsaljko’s stock has certainly risen in the past 12 months, and his consistently reliable performances for both club and country have reportedly seen the defender attract interest from other clubs around the continent.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, via ​Football-Italia, a deal has now been struck for Vrsaljko to make the switch from La Liga to Serie A, where the Croatian had previously played for Sassuolo, as it is said that ​Inter have agreed a move with Atletico in principle for his services.

The deal would apparently see the 26-year-old move to the San Siro on an initial one-year loan deal for a fee of €8m, with the option to buy Vrsaljko on a permanent basis next year for a further €18m.

It is said that the move is already agreed in principle and could be finalised imminently. The move comes as something of a surprise, with Vrsaljko having largely established himself as Atletico’s first choice right back in recent times ahead of Spanish veteran Juanfran.

Diego Simeone’s side have so far enjoyed a busy summer of business which has seen the Europa League winners secure the signing of Thomas Lemar from Monaco and the recently completed acquisition of Gelson Martins from Sporting CP; while Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez have also signed fresh terms to commit their futures to the club.

Vrsaljko’s departure from the Wanda Metropolitano would create a void on the right-hand side of Simeone’s defence, although Atletico’s loss is certainly Inter’s gain, as the Italian giants are in need of a new right back this summer.

Luciano Spalletti’s side missed out on bringing Joao Cancelo to the San Siro on a permanent basis, following a loan spell with I Nerazzurri last season, with the Portuguese full back opting instead to complete a big-money switch to Inter’s domestic rivals Juventus.

Vrsaljko’s arrival would therefore provide a timely boost to Spalletti’s plans ahead of the upcoming season, as Inter look to build upon a fourth-place finish in Serie A last term and assume their place in the Champions League once again in the upcoming campaign.


Manchester United Want to Land Ivan Perisic Before Sanctioning Anthony Martial Exit

​​Manchester United are willing to let Anthony Martial leave the club, but they are not prepared to let the sale go through until they have signed a replacement forward.

​The Mirror claims that the man at the top of United’s shopping list is still Ivan Perisic, despite ​reports last week claiming that ​Inter had raised his asking price to 80m in an effort to stave off interest.

United reportedly want to fund a move for Perisic by selling Martial for 70m, though it seems unlikely that there will be any takers at that price for a player who scored just nine Premier League goals last season.

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Their attempts to sell the 22-year-old are further complicated by their refusal to listen to offers from Premier League rivals, despite Tottenham and Chelsea both being mentioned among the interested parties.

Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are likely to provide the interest from abroad, and it is understood that Martial would favour a return to his home country by signing with Les Parisiens.

Martial flew home from United’s tour of the USA this week to join his partner Melanie Da Cruz, who gave birth to the couple’s second child in Paris.

United were close to signing Perisic last summer before pulling out of the deal when Inter raised his value by 10m at the eleventh hour.

After a year in which he has helped the Nerazzurri back into the Champions League and was part of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final, his value has understandably skyrocketed.

The English transfer window closes on August 9 this summer, the day before United start the Premier League season with a home game against Leicester.


Italian Giants Discover Opening Games After Serie A Release Fixture List for 2018/19 Season

The Italian Serie A have released their official fixture list ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, which has understandably piqued the interest of many fans given Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer move to Juventus.

The former Real Madrid man is keen to start the first match of the season for I Bianconeri and will possibly make his debut in an away fixture against Chievo on August 19, the day the league’s curtain raises. The champions will face Lazio the following week, with a showdown against last season’s runners-up Napoli coming at the end of September.

Napoli will play their second match against Juve on March 3, 2019, but will kick their season off with two big games, the first on opening day against Lazio and the second against AC Milan. They will also face off against Fiorentina after playing their third match away to Sampdoria.

Milan, meanwhile, are set to open their campaign at home against Genoa and will host AS Roma after their match against Napoli. They will face rivals Inter in the Milan derby on August 21, with the second derby coming up on March 17 next year.

Inter look to have an easier start to next season. They play their opening match against Sassuolo, followed by fixtures against Torino, Bologna, Parma and Sampdoria. What is expected to be their first test will be in the match that follows – a clash with Fiorentina.


Juve will end their season with a match against Sampdoria, while Milan willl face SPAL on final day. Napoli end their campaign with a game away to Bologna and Inter are to host Empoli in their last.

The full Serie A fixture list could be found here.


Inter Reportedly Close to Signing Atletico Madrid Right Back Sime Vrsaljko in €25m Deal

​Atletico Madrid and Croatia right back Sime Vrsaljko could be on the verge of a surprise €25m switch to Italian giants Inter.

Vrsaljko played a crucial role in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, and was a solid part of Atletico’s imperious defence during the 2017/18 season. 

His market value has increased as a result of his performances for both club and country – and it appears Inter are willing to meet Atletico’s asking price.


According to Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia and Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter are close to agreeing a loan deal worth €8m with an option to buy for €17m in the future.

It’s understood that whilst Atleti have no intention of letting their star right back leave, the player himself is keen on the move, thus forcing the Spanish club’s hand. 


Vrsaljko has played in Italy before – for Sassuolo – and appears to favour a move back to the country where he made his name.

Atletico’s reputation for having a fearsome defensive unit is unlikely to be effected by the sale of the Croatian, with plenty of options to take his place including veteran Juanfran. But the sale would signal that the club was unable to hold onto one of their most valuable assets, something that the side from the Spanish capital will want to avoid in future.


Jetsetters: 9 Footballers Who Have Never Played Professionally in Their Home Country

There are few borders when it comes to football, with players from all over the world practically unlimited in their ability to play in any nation on the planet.

Sometimes, players will leave their homes at a young age and never return, meaning they actually don’t turn out for domestic clubs before heading abroad.

Here’s a look at nine international jetsetters who never played professionally in their respective home countries…

9. Ryan Giggs

Cardiff-born Ryan Giggs spent his entire career at Manchester United after joining the club as a 14-year-old and retiring 26 years later at the age of 40, as one of the most decorated individual players in the history of the sport.

Giggs had earlier played in the junior ranks at Manchester City after leaving his native Wales as a young child when his father’s rugby career saw the whole family move to England.

8. Ivan Rakitic

Strictly speaking, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has played professionally in his ‘home’ country as he was born and raised in Switzerland, getting his break at Basel, for whom he played just under 50 games between 2006 and 2007.

But Rakitic, who has also turned out for Schalke and Sevilla to date, has never played for a club in Croatia, the country he represents at international level.

7. Robbie Keane

The journeyman career of Robbie Keane saw him play for 11 different clubs in England, Italy, Scotland, the United States and most recently India, but never professionally in his native Ireland, where soccer is behind gaelic football and hurling in the national sporting psyche.

Keane left Ireland a few days before his 16th birthday to join the youth ranks at Wolves, favouring the midlands club over Liverpool because the path to the first team was clearer.

6. Didier Drogba

Born in Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba was first sent to live in France by his parents at the age of just five, joining his uncle, a professional footballer. And, despite a short return home, it was in France where his journey to becoming a player himself began.

After time at several amateur youth clubs, Drogba finally settled at Le Mans and went pro with the first team at the age of 20. A late bloomer, he joined Chelsea from Marseille six years later.

5. Park Ji-sung

South Korean hero Park Ji-sung bypassed the country’s K-League when he was first starting out as a young player, jumping from collegiate level at Myongji University, where he was already a national team player, straight to the J-League in neighbouring Japan in 2000.

Park joined Kyoto Purple Sanga, earning a move to Europe with PSV Eindhoven a year after an impressive World Cup campaign and later joining Manchester United.

4. Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o was only 15 years of age when he left his youth team in his native Cameroon to join Real Madrid in Spain. He played seven times for the first team in total in amongst several loan spells, before making his real breakthrough at Real Mallorca.

Barcelona snapped up the star marksman in 2004, winning two Champions League titles with the club. He later won a third with Inter, before spells with various clubs in England and Turkey.

3. Antoine Griezmann

There is still plenty of time for Antoine Griezmann to play for a French club one day, but for now the 2018 World Cup winner and Atletico Madrid star is happy in Spain, the country where he has spent his entire professional career to date.

A young Griezmann was rejected by several French clubs as a result of concerns over his size and stature, leading him to leave for Spain at the age of just 14 to join Real Sociedad.

2. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure was originally schooled at Abidjan-based club ASEC Mimosas in his homeland and was just one of many young talents who left Ivory Coast for Belgian club Beveren in the early 2000s, making the first appearance of his senior career against Genk in August 2001.

Toure had a trial with Arsenal in 2003, instead choosing to go to Ukraine, and later winding up at Monaco and Olympiacos, before Barcelona and Manchester City made him a superstar.

1. Lionel Messi

The story of Lionel Messi’s journey from his home town of Rosario in Argentina to the Barcelona at the age of 13 is one that had been told time and time again as the living legend continues to firmly cement his place in the pages of football history.

Barcelona were initially reluctant to sign a foreign player so young, but after being issued an ultimatum their faith has been repaid with a club record 552 goals and 32 trophies.


Manchester United Join Italian Giants in Race to Sign Out of Favour Bayern Munich Midfielder

Inter and ​Manchester United are both in the hunt for Arturo Vidal’s signature after ​Bayern Munich granted the midfielder permission to leave the club this summer, according to reports. 

Vidal, 31, is one of nine central midfield players on Bayern’s books and speculation over his future intensified after he was left out of the club’s pre-season squad for their tour of the United States earlier this week. 

According to Chilean publication ​emol, Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevichm is already in Munich for negotiations after both Inter and United expressed an interest in his services following news of his uncertain future with the Bundesliga giants. 

Felicevich is the same agent who orchestrated Alexis Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to Old Trafford earlier this year. 

The Nerazzurri are known to be eager to bolster their midfield ranks and have recently been ​linked with making an official offer for the Chile international, while United remain in the hunt for reinforcements to compete across four competitions. 

While Vidal has long been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena after three years with the club, Bayern boss Niko Kovac has insisted that his absence from the squad is due to nothing more than him struggling with an injury. 

The report clams the Chile international’s representatives expect developments over a move to transpire over the coming week.

Vidal – who has helped lift six pieces of silverware with the club – made just 17 league starts for Bayern last season after a series of injuries disrupted his third campaign with German outfit.