Dortmund Offer West Ham Target & Former Chelsea Star Andre Schurrle to Serie A Heavyweights Inter

​Former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has been offered to Inter by Dortmund in news that is likely to disappoint West Ham United who had identified the German international was one of their winter targets.

Reports claim that the Hammers were looking to secu​re Schurrle on a loan deal to bolster their squad options. However, it now appears that the World Cup winner could be Italy-bound.


A combination of injuries and indifferent form has seen Schurrle remain firmly on the fringe of Dortmund’s first team and now the time seems right for the Bundesliga side to finally listen to offers for the 27 year old.

According to Sky Italia (reported via InsideFutbol) Hammers’ boss David Moyes still considers the German an attractive addition especially with his previous Premier League experience at Stamford Bridge, but he now faces stiff competition from the Milan giants to secure a deal.

Nevertheless all is not lost, the Nerazzurri are yet to make a definitive decision on whether to sign him and with their precarious financial position regarding the rules on ‘Financial Fair Play’, Inter would only be able to offer a loan deal rather than a permanent transfer.

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This caveat may provide the opportunity for the Hammers to strike and offer Schurrle the chance to revive his career with a deal that is more long-lasting in an environment that he is already familiar with, which could prove a more alluring proposition than a move to Italy. 


Arsenal Join Race to Sign £97m-Rated Striker as Gunners Brace Themselves for Summer Exodus

Arsenal are frantically looking to shortlist replacements for Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, with Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi the latest player to be considered in north London.

The prolific Argentine striker has been linked with a move away from the San Siro for a number of years, with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea all believed to be leading the race for his signature.

However, Arsenal are the latest side to seriously consider a move for the Inter captain and could prepare an offer that would see the Gunners smash their current transfer record, according to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio.

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It has recently been reported that the 24-year-old, who has scored 18 goals in the Serie A this season, had passed a secret medical with Real Madrid ahead of a proposed transfer. However, the ​Nerazzurri were quick to rubbish the rumours that were fueled by Spanish media.

If clubs are interested in signing Icardi, a deal would likely be completed during the January transfer window. 

Icardi has a release clause that is active for clubs outside of Italy until the summer, with Inter able to demand a near world record fee for the striker as early as next season.

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Although it is almost certain that Icardi is a target for Arsenal, a deal to bring the striker doesn’t make much sense under Arsène Wenger’s current system. 

Having brought Alexandre Lacazette to the club just a few month ago, a move for Cristian Pavón or Malcom – both of whom have rumoured as replacements for Alexis – seems the more likely avenue Arsenal will take.


Inter Brand Notorious Rumour Merchants as ‘Fake News’ Over False Icardi Real Madrid Medical Story

​Mauro Icardi’s representatives have rubbished the stories of the forward having a medical with Real Madrid, as has been reported by Spanish source Diario Goal.

The publication made sensational reports of the Argentinian meeting with Madrid’s medical staff for a secret medical in Milan this week, and of course several other news outlets picked it up and ran with it.

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Sources from the player’s camp, however, have staunchly denied the rumours of the Inter man undergoing any such procedure.

As ​Football Italia report, there is a €110m release clause in the player’s contract, but it only comes into play in the summer, so he would cost more if he were to leave the San Siro in January.

The forward’s entourage have even gone as far as referring to Gol as ‘fake news’ as a result of their unfounded claim.

Inter, meanwhile, have no intention to sell the striker, who has bagged 18 goals in 20 Serie A appearances this season. They are believed to be considering a new contract with a higher release clause. And Icardi’s previous statements indicate that he will sign, with the player stating publicly that he ​would like to remain with the Nerazzurri.

Last week, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio claimed to be unmoved by Madrid’s interest.

“We are not worried,” Ausilio said to Mediaset Premium. “Aside from the fact there is a clause that is valid for abroad until July, Mauro and us want to stay together and achieve our objectives.” 

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“I won’t rule out that, without any appointments set right now because he has a very long contract, we could in future sit down and talk about something different.”


Inter ‘Paying Attention’ to Deulofeu Barca Situation Ahead of Potential January Loan Swoop

​Inter Milan are ‘paying attention’ to Gerard Deulofeu’s situation at Barcelona following the £142m arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

Club director Piero Ausilio was quoted by ​Football Espana as he commented on the growing links over a possible loan switch to San Siro for the former Everton starlet.

Deulofeu is facing less time on the pitch for La Blaugrana after Coutinho rocked up at Camp Nou over the weekend, and would do well to find regular first-team football elsewhere.


Ausilio stated that the winger was one potential player that Inter were looking at, though he tried to temper expectations by also stating that his side hadn’t made a formal bid for the Spain Under-21 international’s services.

He said: “There have been no formal offers for Deulofeu, but we are paying attention to the situation. If there are the conditions to try something, we know the characteristics we are looking for. Deulofeu could be the right profile, but he isn’t the only one.”

Deulofeu only rejoined Barcelona from Everton last summer after the current La Liga leaders opted to activate the buy back clause they had insisted upon in his Toffees contract.

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The 23-year-old moved back to Catalonia for around £8m but has found minutes on the pitch extremely hard to come by under Ernesto Valverde this term.

Deulofeu has featured 16 times for Barca this season and, whilst 11 of those appearances have come from the start, only six have been made in Spain’s top flight.


Indeed, Deulofeu hasn’t started a league match since the 2-0 win over Malaga in late October and has spent the past few weeks recuperating from knee ligaments that he strained in training at the start of December.

Deulofeu was available for selection for the 3-0 victory over Levante on Sunday, but his absence from the match day squad has only further increased speculation over his time in north east Spain.

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Inter, who are also said to be looking at signing Jiangsu Suning’s Ramires and Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij, could yet bring Deulofeu to Italy if they can strike a deal with Barca.


Inter Face Transfer Heartache as January Deals for Ramires & De Vrij Suffer Setbacks

​Inter Milan could miss out on two key transfer targets with moves for Ramires and Stefan de Vrij looking more likely to collapse than go through.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Football Italia) has reported that Inter boss Luciano Spalletti is still desperate to bring Ramires to San Siro in the January window, and had hoped that a six-month loan spell could be tied up soon.

However, Suning Group, who own both Inter and Ramires’ current club Jiangsu Suning, have concerns over feeling UEFA’s wrath if they sanction the deal.

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The club’s Chinese billionaires fear that any transfer that sees Ramires move to I Nerazzurri from the Chinese Super League outfit would lead to raised eyebrows at UEFA’s headquarters, and could even lead to an investigation over a conflict of interests.

Spalletti has been forced to publically deny that he will bring any players in during January due to potential Financial Fair Play issues, but it won’t stop the Italian press from linking his Serie A title challengers from signing news players.

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Meanwhile, de Vrij’s supposed free transfer switch from Inter’s Italian rivals Lazio has apparently had the stoppers put on it over Suning’s desire to slow negotiations down for the time being.

The centre-back, who was rumoured to be on Liverpool’s radar before they signed Virigl Van Dijk for £75m, is in the final six months of his contract at Stadio Olimpico and is free to leave for nothing in the summer.

However, de Vrij’s camp could turn their attentions to other possible destinations due to Inter’s supposed – and baffling – ploy to stem further talks from taking place.

Reports earlier in the winter window seemed to claim that de Vrij had already agreed to pen a four-year contract with Inter after shaking hands on a pre-contract agreement.

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It is unclear if those plans are still in place after this latest development, but the Dutch international won’t hang around to see if Inter keep to their word with his future up in the air.


Bitter Premier League Rivals Set to Battle it Out for £30m Rated Shakhtar Star Fred This January

​Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger look ready to lock horns again as they attempt to lure Brazilian attacking midfielder Fred to their respective clubs this January.

That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that as well as ​Manchester United and Arsenal, other big clubs such as ​Atletico Madrid and ​Inter Milan are interested in the the 24-year-old, but that the English clubs are expressing the strongest interest.

Fred has shone for Shakhtar Donetsk since his move from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013, making 90 appearances for the Ukrainian side with a return of nine goals.

He has also won six caps for the Brazilian national side, and now appears ready to make the jump to join a bigger team.

It appears that Fred himself would make ​Manchester City his first choice, with the Brazilian thought to be a huge fan of manager Pep Guardiola.

His chances of first team football may be more likely at ​Arsenal or United, however, with City already boasting a huge array of attacking midfield talent in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

Shakhtar had reportedly initially been reluctant to sell one of their best players, but with interest being shown from huge clubs around Europe, it appears they are now resigned to losing Fred at the right price.


Fred has been in trouble in the past, and was banned from football for one year having tested positive for diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in the Copa America in 2015.

Due to the Ukrainian winter break this meant he only missed four months of domestic football, however, and he now appears to have put the incident behind him and has continued to be an influential player for Shakhtar.

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Fiorentina 1-1 Inter: Nerazzurri’s Winless Run Continues After Injury Time Equaliser

The 100th league goal of ​Mauro Icardi’s career couldn’t stop Inter’s winless run in Serie A stretching to five games, as a late Giovanni Simeone equaliser denied Luciano Spalletti’s side a scrappy win. 

The result means that Inter could drop down to fourth at the end of the weekend, with Napoli and Juventus moving closer to creating a true two-horse title race. 

Fiorentina started the game by far the brighter of the two sides, young forward Federico Chiesa missing one golden chance when he swiped at a loose ball first time – oblivious of his clear path to goal.

The home side dominated possession in the first half and created the better of the chances, with Inter reduced to taking potshots from distance in order to give Marco Sportiello anything to do in the Fiorentina goal.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring though, Icardi racing in at the near post to head a free kick goalwards. Sportiello made a good save but could only parry the ball straight into the Argentina striker’s path and – with no defenders tracking the run – was helpless to keep out the rebound.

The match was a much more even one than the reverse fixture on the opening weekend of the season, which saw Inter streak into a 2-0 lead before the break before adding the final touch to a 3-0 triumph shortly afterwards. 

The difference between the games was more down to Inter’s shortcomings than much in the way of improvement from La Viola, who failed to take advantage of some excellent positions in the attacking half before opening up at the back to allow Inter in at crucial times. 

Samir Handanovic was called into action a couple of times late on, once to tip over a spectacular bicycle kick from Khouma Babacar, and looked as though he had done enough to earn his side three vital points until Simeone struck in the 91st minute after some penalty box pinball. 




Inter Plan €50m Move for Serie A Wonderkid With Napoli Also Keeping Tabs on La Viola Winger

Inter Milan are looking to join SSC Napoli in the race to sign Federico Chiesa from Italian rivals ACF Fiorentina, according to TuttoNapoli.

The 20-year-old winger, who has been given a €50m price tag by his club, has previously attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain.

Chiesa featured for La Viola in their 1-1 draw against Inter on Friday, playing the full 90 minutes to make his 18th appearances of the season. 

An early second-half header from Mauro Icardi looked to be enough to give the Nerazzurri all three points at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, before a last-gasp equaliser from Icardi’s compatriot, Giovanni Simeone, brought the game back onto level terms.

The young winger was electric for Fiorentina last season, making 36 appearances across all competitions. This campaign, the Italian U21 international is already just one goal away from matching his tally last season and is rightly attracting interest from across Europe.

Chiesa is one of the many players in modern football who are facing an uphill battle to make a name for themselves in the game, with the 20-year-old’s father, Enrico Chiesa, setting a high standard during his long career.

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Enrico, who predominantly played through the middle as a centre-forward, had successful spells with Fiorentina and Sampdoria as well as registering 17 first-team appearances for the Azzurri


Real Madrid Ready to Chase a ‘Number Nine’ in January to Boost Attacking Options

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ready to welcome a new striker to the Bernabeu as he looks to add depth to the squad and competition for the famed BBC front-line, particularly fellow countryman and known favourite Karim Benzema.

According to Marca, Real are seeking a player who primarily ‘adds presence and threat in the box’.

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Both the Spanish publication and L’Equipe in France have named Mauro Icardi, a player long linked with Real already, as being on the radar for Zidane and the Madrid hierarchy.

The Inter Milan captain has scored 17 times in 19 Serie A games so far this season and would certainly be the obvious choice when it comes to filling the ‘number nine’ long term.

The problem, Marca highlights, is that Icardi is tied down to a lengthy contract in Milan – due to run until 2021 – and the Nerazzurri are trying to extend it longer still. The potential price quoted is €100m, which would put the Argentine among the most five most expensive players ever.


Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, scorer of a world leading 56 goals in 2017, is another target. He would also come with an enormous price tag and there are doubts over how he might adapt to Spanish football, famously so different to England.

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is also an option. Marca points out the problems he has had with his ears – the German complained of dizziness during a particularly loud Champions League encounter against Besiktas earlier this season.

Alexis Sanchez, available as a free agent at the end of the season, or for likely less than €40m this month, completes the possible targets. It may be that the former Barcelona star is more attainable if only because current club Arsenal would probably rather sell to Real than help strengthen domestic rivals Manchester City.

Despite his potential problems, Marca names Werner as the most likely to join Real in January.


Inter Boss Plays Down Interest in Man Utd Star as Report Claims Player Isn’t Interested Either

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s future at Manchester United is up in the air after various reports claimed he would – and would not – be leaving for Inter on loan.

Confusion reigns supreme in both Milan and Manchester on Friday morning after three seperate reports all alleged that the Red Devils outcast was either on the cusp of moving to San Siro or would be staying at Old Trafford.

BBC Football reporter Simon Stone kicked the rumour off as he took to Twitter to claim that Inter wanted to prise Mkhitaryan away temporarily, but that Jose Mourinho’s side were only interested in selling the Armenia international.

​ESPN, however, carry quotes from Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spalletti, who remarked that the Serie A giants would not enter any race to land the 28-year-old due to the fact that they couldn’t afford him.

Spalletti stated: “Mkhitaryan, [Javier] Pastore and then… you see? You need €30-40m to buy them. We don’t have it. It’s no use beating about the bush – I’ve been told that we can’t spend €40m, so there’s no point even talking about it.

“Maybe you could have an exchange of players on loan, but then you would need, for example, Manchester United to want one of our players, but you’ve both got to have the same intentions.

“Everybody has to align with this FFP and nearly everybody needs to bring in more money.”

Spalletti’s last quote about needing to stay within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules seem to have put a mocker on any possible deal to lure Mkhitaryan to Italy.

Additionally, ​talkSPORT report that Mkhitarayan himself isn’t interested in the move either, preferring instead to fight for his place in Jose Mourinho’s team at Old Trafford.

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The ex-Dortmund star has ‘no interest’ in departing the Premier League for Italy’s top flight, and Inter could now turn their attentions to other targets.

One of those on Inter’s shortlist is said to be Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu, who could find game time in Catalonia hard to come by with the rumoured £140m signing of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

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Mkhitaryan has only recently worked his way back into the United fold after a huge falling out with Mourinho back in late November.