Bayern Munich Director Refuses to Budge on Asking Price for Winger Douglas Costa

​Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has reiterated that Brazilian winger Douglas Costa will only be allowed to leave if the clubs that are interested in signing him meet his asking price. 

Juventus, Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked to the 26-year-old trickster, but none appear particularly keen to shell out the rumoured £44m fee that the Bavarians are demanding for him. 

Juventus have ​reportedly bid £35m for Costa, and are far from keen to bid any higher, with their focus on retaining the services of key men like Alex Sandro, amidst interest from Chelsea respectively. 

Speaking to ​Bild, Hoeness revealed that the asking price was decided on by Bayern Director of Football Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and that “If someone pays the sum Rummenigge is asking for, then Douglas Costa will change club.”

Despite often being considered amongst Europe’s elite wingers, Costa has seen himself play something of a reduced role under Carlo Ancelotti, only featuring 23 times in the Bundesliga last season, and only completing the full 90 minutes on eight occasions. 

If a true impasse has been reached, Max Allegri and the Old Lady could turn to Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi, who is both younger than Costa, and likely to be cheaper.

There may still be a potential destination in Italy for the Brazilian however, as ​Gazzetta reports that Inter are interested in him, as new Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spalletti looks to get his feet under the table.

Former Inter Star Wesley Sneijder in Talks With City Rivals AC as Dutchman Prepares to Leave Turkey

Wesley Sneijder could be set for a return to Serie A, with ​Sky Sports Italia claiming that the former Inter Milan star could now be prepared to join city rivals, AC. ​

Sneijder is not expected to sign a new contract at his current club Galatasaray and wants to return to Italy. Talks broke down with Sampdoria, but now AC Milan have emerged as frontrunners.

Sneijder began his career at Ajax when he broke into the first team in 2002. He was part of the Ajax side that lifted the Eredivisie in 2004 and won two Dutch cups in 2006 and 2007. 

Sneijder was signed by Real Madrid in 2007 and immediately became a hit with the supporters as he scored a winning goal in the Madrid Derby on his debut. He lifted the La Liga title in his first season, but injury and form would lead to a frustrating second season. 

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu in 2009 would lead to Sneijder’s departure to Inter Milan. It would prove to be a good move for the Dutchman as he won the Champions League in his first season at the San Siro. 

Sneijder scored during the 3-1 semi final 1st leg win over Barcelona and would play a starring role in 2-0 final win over Bayern Munich, which ironically was played back at Sneijder’s former home ground in Madrid. 

Sneijder left Inter Milan in 2012 after struggling to impress new manager Andrea Stramaccioni. The Dutchman has since spent the last five seasons at Galatasaray making 173 appearances in all competitions scoring 45 goals. 

He has won the Turkish Super Liga twice and helped Galatasaray to best ever campaign in the Champions League when they reached the quarter-finals in 2013, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Real Madrid. 

It seems though that the 33-year old is ready to leave Turkey and could a move back to the San Siro, albeit with AC rather than Inter, be on the cards. 

Inter Milan Weighing Up Move for Tottenham Flop and Roma Defender Federico Fazio

​Inter Milan could move for Roma centre-back Federico Fazio, according to reports, emanating from Italy. 

The Argentina international failed to make a positive impression at Tottenham and was subsequently loaned out to Roma, who have since made the temporary move permanent and signed the 30-year-old for €3.2m.

However, Tuttosport via ​Football-Italia believe the former Sevilla defender does not suit new Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco’s style of play and could be forced out of the club soon after joining permanently.

Inter, who are looking to return to the top of Italian football after many seasons of mediocrity, are looking to improve their back line and Fazio represents a low cost option after moving to Roma for just €3.2m.

Brazilian defender Miranda made 32 Serie A appearances for Inter last campaign and was frequently paired with either Chilean Gary Medel or former Granada centre-back Jeison Murillo as the Nerazzurri finished seventh in the league, conceding 49 goals.

Whether a move to Inter would entice Fazio remains to be seen, given that Roma finished second in Serie A last season and will be competing in the Champions League next campaign, a competition Inter have been absent from for the last few years.

Fazio made 37 Serie A appearances for Roma during the 2016-17 season, scoring twice and contributing an assist.
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Inter’s only signing so far this summer has been Torino’s Daniele Padelli, while the likes of Caner Erkin, Juan Jesus, Ever Banega and Gianluca Caprari have all left on permanent deals.

Inter Make Enquiry About Availability of Young Chelsea Defender Andreas Christensen

Internazionale are understood to be pursuing a possible move for Chelsea’s young Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen.

Christensen hasn’t figured much for the Chelsea first-team but has impressed during his two-year loan spell away from the club with Borussia Mönchengladbach, and according to Sky Italia (via ​Football Italia), Inter are keen on the defender.

Inter Milan have been in touch with #Chelsea to let them know about their interest in Andreas Christensen. [Sky Italia]
— Chelsea HQ  (@Chelsea_HQ) July 3, 2017

The Danish international joined Chelsea back in 2012 from Brondby to link up with the Blues’ youth side. 

He spent three years playing for Chelsea but only played 12 minutes for the first-team. However, his loan spell in the Bundesliga has attracted the attention of a few clubs around Europe.

Now, Christensen has returned to Stamford Bridge, but it is still unsure as to whether he will remain with the club ahead of the new Premier League season. 

Central defender and club captain John Terry officially left the club when he signed for Aston Villa, but Antonio Conte’s intentions for Christensen are still unclear.

It appears more likely the Chelsea boss will sign a more experienced star in the mould of Virgil van Dijk or Leonardo Bonucci rather than give the youngster a chance in the first team.

It appears Inter haven’t made a formal offer for the 21-year-old but with money to burn the Serie A heavyweights are certainly interested in acquiring the young Dane’s services this summer.

If Conte and Chelsea can cash in on Christensen, he may be moved on like many other young players before him at Stamford Bridge.