Jeison Murillo Nearing Serie A Exit as Valencia Prepare Deal for Inter Milan Defender

Valencia are reported to have agreed a €13m deal with Italian giants Inter Milan for defender Jeison Murillo.

As reported by ​Football Espana via Superdeporte, the centre-back, who has been linked with an exit from Serie A throughout the summer, had been approached in recent days by both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. However, these advances came too late in the day as the Colombian is settled on a move to La Liga.

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​Things came to a head as Los Che raised their bid for the Colombian to €13m plus bonuses, after their initial €10m bid was rejected with Inter initially insisting on a €15m fee. Following this agreement, the defender is expected to sign a five year contract in the coming days.

The Colombia international has previously spent four seasons in Spain including stints with Cadiz, Las Palmas and Granada, before he moved to the Milanese giants in 2015. Therefore it is understood that he is most comfortable with a return to the La Liga. 

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Despite featuring 68 times for the Nerazzurri across his two seasons, Murillo’s future looks uncertain following the arrival of Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria.

Valencia, meanwhile, have moved to pre-emptively strengthen their own back line, with the additions of Aymen Abdennour, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Vezo and Ezequiel Garay all consistently linked with moves away from the sleeping giant.


Man Utd’s Move for Perisic Receives a Boost as Martial Reportedly Agrees to Go the Other Way

José Mourinho may have found a way to secure the signing of long-term target Ivan Perišić. 

Inter Milan’s star has been on the Portuguese manager’s radar for some time and now Mourinho understands that he’d have to include Frenchman Anthony Martial in any potential deal, with the ex-Monaco wonderkid willing to test himself in the Serie A.

There had been talk this summer that Martial could leave Old Trafford, with a reported £40m being enough to convince United to sell. However, the Red Devils are deciding whether to kill two birds with one stone and include Martial as leverage in a move for Inter’s Perišić, according to ​​​Calciomercato​.

​​Speaking prior to the arrival of Nemanja Matić at Old Trafford, Mourinho fueled transfer speculation by talking about the potential of a fourth signing at United, stating: “Another one, an attacking player, especially that can play through the wings to give me more attacking options but I never speak about players that belong to other teams.”

Mourinho had appeared to be against the idea of Martial leaving Old Trafford this summer, however, even on a short-term basis. The 21-year-old Frenchman is highly thought of in Manchester and after impressing in pre-season, this could be a stand out season for Martial who is seeking a spot in the French national team for the 2018 World Cup.

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Swapping a great deal of money, plus one of the most exciting young players in Europe for Perišić doesn’t appear to make any sense to most football fans. 

At 28, the Croatian’s best days are almost behind him and offers little in the way of longevity for Manchester United. 


Arsenal Offer Caen More Money Than Italian Giants for Promising Starlet Yann Karamoh

Arsenal have offered Ligue 1 side Caen more money than Italian giants Inter for 19-year-old Yann Karamoh, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. 

Di Marzio claims that the Gunners have offered the ‘new Kylian Mbappe’ a higher salary than Italian giants Inter Milan.


The Gunners and their north London rivals Tottenham have both been linked with a swoop this summer for the Caen forward who scored 5 goals in 35 appearances in his first season in professional football.

With Lucas Perez seemingly on his way out of the Emirates stadium just a year after joining from Deportivo La Coruna, Arsene Wenger is said to be keen on signing the youngster to bolster his attacking options for this season.

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Perez is set to join Turkish outfit Fenerbache after a frustrating first season on the fringes in London, and this has led to Wenger turning his attentions to the Ivorian, after he impressed in Caen’s outstanding campaign as they finished seventh last season.

Despite heavy interest from the Premier League, Di Marzio says that Karamoh “has made his mind up regrading a move to the San Siro,” and is destined to join Inter at some point.

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The French U21 international has one year remaining on his current contract and Caen are reluctant to sell one of their main assets, but could be forced to cash in on him in the January window, if they are able to resist the temptation of Inter until then.


Sikh Referee Racially Abused Online After Officiating Chelsea’s Pre-Season Defeat Against Inter

​Kick It Out are investigating racial abuse directed at Sikh referee Sukhbir Singh after he took charge of Chelsea’s pre-season defeat against Inter last weekend.

​Sky Sports have reported that the official was the victim of the vitriol of fans angry with his performance in the friendly.

Singh awarded a contentious penalty against Chelsea in the first half after a challenge by Cesar Azpilicueta on Inter forward Stefan Jovetic, and Michy Batshuayi saw a late goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the 2-1 defeat.

A number of social media users made racist comments about the referee while the game was in progress, some of which had not been taken down as of Tuesday.

Football’s anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Outhave been contacted by people expressing concern over the comments.

The organisation’s reporting officer is investigating the matter and “liaising with relevant authorities”.

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Kick it out claim that they have “been made aware by members of the public concerned by the comments directed” towards Singh.

It is not the first time Singh has faced criticism for a performance, although the abuse was far less extreme on previous occasions.

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The Singaporean official was accused of being in favour of India – the country of his origin – when they played against Afghanistan in the SAFF Championship final in 2011.


Matias Vecino on the Brink of Joining Inter After Passing Tuesday Medical

​Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino is nearing a move to Inter Milan, having passed a medical on Tuesday.

Vecino has been at Fiorentina for the past four years, but will now seek a new adventure with the San Siro side, beginning next season.

Inter’s ​official website released images of the player undergoing the routine checks, with the club’s official Twitter account posting an interview after the procedure was complete.

“This is a very special day, as it means a lot to arrive at a club like Inter,” Vecino said. “Now I can’t wait to get started training, knowing my teammates and starting this new adventure.

“Coming to a club like Inter certainly means something important. I have been in Italy for a few years now, but I think I can give more and will try to do that at Inter. I always gave my best at Fiorentina, so I think we parted on good terms.

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“It is important that a coach wants you in his team. My secret, if it is one, is that I always sacrifice myself for my teammates, as that is more important than quality.

“I always played as a central midfielder, but the coach will decide where I fit best.”

Vecino registered four goals and five assists in 38 appearances for Fiorentina last season, and will hope to up those tallies as Inter look to challenge for the Serie A title after a barren spell of seven years.


Man Utd Reportedly Getting Closer to Sealing £48m Deal for Inter’s Ivan Perisic

Manchester United are nearing the completion of a £48m deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, according to the Daily Star

Jose Mourinho had previously outlined his transfer targets for the remainder of the summer’s transfer window, citing his club’s need for a midfielder and winger. United went some way to satisfying Mourinho’s needs by recently securing the services of former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic for a reported fee of £40 million. 

The Red Devils have now focused their efforts on signing a winger as Gareth Bale was again linked with a move to Old Trafford. However, the Galactico’s agent Jonathan Barnett rejected the notion that Bale is looking to depart Real Madrid. 

And now, Mourinho has ‘urged’ chief-executive Ed Woodward to complete a deal for Perisic instead. In fact, it is said that the Portuguese favors adding Perisic to his squad over Bale.

Despite Inter boss Luciano Spalletti suggesting otherwise, negotiations between United and the Nerazzurri are ongoing. Furthermore, the 20-time English league champions believe progress is being made in the aforementioned talks.

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Perisic, unlike most roaming wide-men, favors turning defenders towards the byline, rather than coming inside. The Croatia international also has a particular penchant for sending crosses into the penalty box, something none of United’s wingers – apart from Antonio Valencia – possess. Such a playing style bodes well for a potentially lethal Romelu Lukaku and Perisic combination when taking into account the former’s significant aerial presence.

Moreover, Perisic has demonstrated immense versatility over the course of his career. The attacker impressed in an unfamiliar role on the right side of a front three during the European Championships, while also being able to operate through the middle. 

United will begin their competitive campaign with a UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid, before hosting West Ham in the Premier League.


Matías Vecino Set for Inter Medical as €24m Transfer Fee Agreed With Fiorentina

Dynamic midfielder Matías Vecino has a medical scheduled with Inter Milan on Tuesday ahead of his €24m move from Fiorentina, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 25-year-old has been on the books in Florence since 2013 and is contracted at the Stadio Artemio Franchi until 2021, however, Vecino will complete his move to the San Siro this week. 

The player developed his game with loan spells at Cagliari and Empoli, has been a key part of the Tuscany-based side’s midfield over the last two seasons, racking up 61 Serie A appearances out of a possible 76. 

Although the Uruguayan international has managed just five goals and five assists over the last two seasons, his passing ability and defensive work have made him an ideal target for Luciano Spalletti.

Inter have fallen behind their city rivals AC Milan in the summer transfer window, with both sides desperate to regain their place amongst the European elite. Having already completed the signing of Borja Valero for £4.7m, Vecino looks set to join his former Fiorentina teammate with the Nerazzurri next season.

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​​Inter have some catching up to do this summer if they want to keep tabs with their city rivals. Although an influx of players is still yet to happen for Inter Milan, getting their hands on former AS Roma boss Spalletti is a statement of intent that they plan to fight for Champions League qualification next season.


Gareth Bale Preferred to Ivan Perisic as Man Utd Look to Turn Up Heat in Pursuit of New Winger

Jose Mourinho is targeting a winger to purchase, after reportedly close to completing a £40m deal for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

However, according to the ​Telegraph, Mourinho’s winger of choice is not the much-speculated Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, but Gareth Bale of Real Madrid.

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Following the singing of Matic by the Portuguese coach, it is now understood that the ‘special one’ wishes to supplement his purchase of a new striker, midfielder and centre-back by adding an attacking wide-man to the squad.

Although Inter’s Perisic is certainly being touted as a potential buy, the Milanese club are playing hard-to-get regarding negotiations, as striking a deal for the Croatian continues to prove a challenge.

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Although Bale’s Madrid are proving equally as difficult to deal with, they appear to be the preferred option as if the Spanish side can secure a replacement for the Welshman, a deal may still be possible before the transfer window closes.

Currently in the La Liga giant’s sights is the Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe, who could make the move to Los Blancos for a bank-breaking fee, but is also being jealously guarded by his parent club.

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If a move for the 18-year-old French forward does materialise, then the way could be clear for Gareth Bale to complete a sensational move to Old Trafford. As with many stories reported during this transfer window though, the saga could continue until the final day.


Inter Milan Captain Mauro Icardi Eyes Champions League Success Under Luciano Spalletti

Argentine hitman Mauro Icardi believes that new manager Luciano Spalletti can bring European success back to the San Siro, despite the ever widening gap there appears to be in the Serie A, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Nerazzurri finished 29 points behind champions Juventus last season, with surprise package Atalanta also ending the season ahead of Inter by an impressive 10 points. Icardi, however, is confident that under Spalletti, Inter can return to the Champions League.

I didn’t know him much. I’ve seen that with him Roma was playing very well and [Cristian] Ansaldi, who he’s known at Zenit, has said nice things about him to me. He likes to play nice football and has the ideas to make it happen. He’s changed the team’s atmosphere,” Icardi said. 

There have been some behaviours I didn’t like, especially during the week. Spalletti has immediately understood it and we’re looking to improve in many aspects. It’s fundamental to be more positive, having another spirit. We needed someone like him. [Stefano] Pioli had just arrived that he’s given us positive values, we followed him winning 9 games out of 10 and then there’s been the drop. Spalletti is changing that, distractions are prohibited.”

The Argentine then went on to speak about returning to the Champions League with Inter, understanding that there is a significant gap to close before the Nerazzurri return to Europe’s elite competition.

“Playing in Champions League. Inter must play it for their story, we can’t stay out of it,” Icardi added. “The gap was very large last year and we have to try to reduce it with Juventus, but also with Roma and Napoli. Even without [Leonardo] Bonucci, Juventus remain the team to beat.”

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I don’t like making promises but I can tell you that I and the team will try to do better than last year. We want to be in the Champions League.”

Icardi is one of the most talented forwards in European football. The Argentine has been constantly linked with a move away from the San Siro after Inter’s fall from grace in the league. With previous issues involving Inter Milan Ultra’s, Icardi appears to have buried the hatchet at the San Siro and is ready to take Inter forward as captain.


PHOTO: Inter Milan Star Ivan Perisic Teases Man Utd Fans With a Carefully-Planned Instagram Story

​Might we have seen the biggest indicator yet that Ivan Perisic is off to Manchester United this summer? Judging by an image he uploaded to his Instagram Story we might well have.

The Croatian winger has been involved in one of the summer’s longest-running transfer sagas, with United and Inter seemingly locked in negotiations over the fee he would be moving for.

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The Italians have slapped a €50m price tag on his head, and have already fended off a couple of bids for the 29-year-old as they hold out for as much money as possible.

It would seem that that is the only thing standing in the way of the transfer – Perisic is said to be hugely keen on making the switch to Old Trafford, and rather cryptically, he uploaded an image to his story with the word ‘#Manu’ accompanied with a praying and heart-eye emoji.

The image, admittedly, was of his young daughter who’s name is Manuela, but it certainly does seem intriguing how he used the praying hands emoji to go right next to the hashtag – he had to know what he was posting and the buzz that it would cause.

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So far United have added Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku to their ranks, and manager Jose Mourinho fully expects to add a few more signings before the window shuts in a month’s time.

The club look set to sell Marouane Fellaini to Galatasaray after terms and a fee were agreed, meaning a central midfielder is probably high on the priority list – Nemanja Matic of Chelsea is supposedly on the brink of a £40m move to the Theatre of Dreams.