Benfica Set to Win Race for Signature of Inter Forward Gabigol on Season-Long Loan Deal

Benfica have reportedly won the race for the signature of Inter forward Gabriel Barbosa – ‘Gabigol’ – ​who is set to join the Portuguese club on a season-long loan deal. 

21-year-old Gabigol was touted as one of the finest young talents in world football but had a disappointing debut season with Inter, and as such the forward has looked elsewhere for regular game time and has been subject to interest from the likes of Sporting and FC Porto.

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However, according to reports from ​O Jogo the 21-year-old is close to a move to Benfica after the Portuguese club agreed to a season-long loan deal for the forward, where they are also set to only pay one-third of his salary – with Inter to subsidise the remainder of his income.

Benfica are also set to have an option to buy Gabigol for €25m at the conclusion of his season-long contract, if he impresses during his time at Estádio da Luz.

With the terms of a contract seemingly agreed, the Brazilian forward is set to leave San Siro for at least one season as he looks to live up the high expectations placed upon him following his move to Italy last summer.

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The 21-year-old’s debut season in the Serie A resulted in a measly nine appearances from the bench, which returned one goal in a total 113 minutes for the entirety of the 2016/17 season. 

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Betting Company Form Official Partnership With Top Serie A Side Inter Milan in First of a Kind

​This week, FC Internazionale have announced on their official club website that they have formed a partnership agreement with renowned betting company Bwin

This organisation will now become the first ever betting company to form an official partnership with a professional football club, where the contract will last between the beginning of this season until 2022. 

This agreement will create a new dimension of football betting, with pitch side LED screens promoting live odds to fans during Internazionale matches this season. This new revelation has already been tested within the opening game of the season in a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina. 

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Bwin’s partnership with the Nerazzurri will prove to be fruitful for Internazionale fans in particular, as the betting site will allow supporters to analyse and evaluate the odds presented by Bwin in conjunction with statistics, promotions and special offers. 

Michael Gandler, Chief Revenue Officer of FC Internazionale, has revealed that he is ‘delighted to have reached a partnership agreement with an international brand of Bwin’s size and prestige’. The Chief Revenue Officer then goes onto say that both Bwin and FC Internazionale are united by their desire for growth and development; whilst also stating that he hopes that this new partnership leads to a future full of success and innovation. 

On the other hand, a member of Bwin’s Italia board of Directors, Moreno Marasco, has described their new official partnership to be a ‘privilege’ and hopes that this collaboration will portray the companies closeness with the world of sport and it’s values.

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Highly Rated Italian Youngster Alessandro Bastoni Joins Internazionale From Atlanta

It has been reported on the official Internazionale website that young prospect, Alessandro Bastoni, will join Internazionale from Atlanta for a undisclosed fee.

The ball-playing centre back who has been likened to the same playing style of Leonardo Bonucci, has joined the Milan side but will return to Atlanta on a two-year loan deal for first team football. 

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The Nerazzurri first took notice of the hot prospect as he made in his full professional debut against Pescara in the Coppa Italia, in which Atlanta managed to keep a clean sheet.

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In addition to this, he has been capped at every level for his national team, from under-15’s to under-18’s. 

Furthermore, his physical stature will be an advantage for the young Italian as he’s more likely to be included within first team fixtures, which will be detrimental to his development as a footballer. 

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Leading Journalist Claims Inter Are Stepping Up Their Bid to Sign Caen’s ‘Next Mbappe’

​Inter Milan have reportedly advanced talks to sign Caen youngster Yann Karamoh, according to leading Sky Sports journalist ​Fabrizio Romano.

Earlier in the transfer window it was believed that Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were chasing the 19-year-old, who has been dubbed the ‘next Kylian Mbappe’.

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However, the Italian giants have now advanced talks to sign Karamoh as they look to strengthen their attacking options following the departure of former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetić to AS Monaco.

The France U21 international gained interest in his breakthrough season last year as he hit the net five times and provided four others on his way to helping Caen survived relegation to Ligue 2 by just one point.

While Caen are in no hurry to sell the newest product of a youth academy which has produced notable players such as Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and former France U21 international Lenny Nangis, the club would supposedly part with the player for just £9m.

In a recent interview with ​Goal, when talking about his future Karamoh stated: “If I had the choice, I would go to a club where I would play … I want to go to a club where I could continue to evolve to mature in two or three years.”

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And it is understood that the Nerazzurri match these ambitions, with head coach Luciano Spalletti telling ​Tuttosport that he wants to bring in the Frenchman and have him learn of current stars Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perišić.

Inter may have scored 72 goals in Serie A last season, but Spalletti has made signing a new striker a top priority for the club.

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West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna Refuses to Leave as Part of Swap Deal for Inter Ace

Internazionale are still looking to add strength to their defence as the window draws to a close and are targeting West Ham’s Italian centre-back Angelo Ogbonna.

Inter are also prepared to offer highly-rated Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in a swap deal for Ogbonna, according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio. However, the West Ham defender is making the move difficult with his reluctance to leave.


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Brozovic played 26 times for Inter last season, scoring five goals from his preferred central midfield role.

The Croatian is only 24-years-old and, despite failing to fully win over the Inter bosses and fans at San Siro, had reportedly also attracted the interest of Arsenal earlier in the window.

West Ham are also looking to make further signings before Thursday night’s deadline, after a disappointing start to the season, which has seen them lose all of their first three games, while conceding 10 goals.

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Hammers fans had been optimistic ahead of the new season after securing moves for high-profile targets Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic.

However things have yet to work out as planned and manager Slaven Bilic is keen to make further additions as his position comes under threat after the poor start.

Brozovic is a player that interests Bilic, with the manager knowing of him from his days as Croatia boss.

However, Ogbonna is reportedly not keen on a move to San Siro as he wishes to stay in London, while Inter may refocus their efforts on trying to push through deals for Shkodran Mustafi and Eliaqium Mangala instead.

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Inter Make Improved Offer for Gunners Star Ahead of Proposed Return to Serie A

Shkodran Mustafi could be set to quit Arsenal, just 12 months after moving to the Emirates in a £35m transfer from Valencia.

The German international has attracted serious interest from Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti and with Arsène Wenger understood to still be unsure on if Mustafi has a future in north London, the World Cup winning defender could make a late summer switch to the San Siro.

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Inter are prepared to offer Arsenal a loan fee of £4.6m to take the 25-year-old off their hands this season, however, should Mustafi play in 50% of Inter Milan’s games during this campaign, the Nerazzurri would be obligated to buy the defender for £23m, according to Sky Sports.

Arsenal have come under heavy criticism since their 4-0 defeat at Anfield. Despite a shortage of players in defence, the Gunners allowed Gabriel to join La Liga side Valencia. Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal is currently being used as a makeshift centre-back by Wenger, while Héctor Bellerín and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also being used out of position in the Arsenal back line.

Even with the Gunners mulling over a move for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, the north London side can’t allow any more defensive players to leave the club if they want to restore their Champions League status. 

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Although Arsenal fans can forget about the worrying performances on the pitch for two weeks during the international break, uncertainty surrounding the future of Mustafi, Oxlade-Chamberlain and star man Alexis Sánchez is a major cause for concern amongst Gooners.

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Monaco Announce Signing of Former Man City Striker Stevan Jovetic on Contract Until 2021

​Monaco have signed Stevan Jovetic from Inter Milan with the striker signing a contract which will run until 2021.

Jovetic, who has previously had spells at Manchester City, Sevilla and Fiorentina, becomes Monaco’s latest summer signing, with the Ligue 1 champions already swooping for Youri Tielemans, Jordy Gaspar, Diego Benaglio and Rachid Ghezzal earlier in the window.


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Jovetic told Monaco’s ​website: “I’m very happy to be here. AS Monaco is a big club that played in the semi-finals of the Champions League and won the French Champion title last season. There are some great players on this team. That’s why I chose AS Monaco.” 

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev added: “We are very happy to welcome Stevan Jovetic to AS Monaco. He has evolved in the biggest championships and has the experience of the highest level. 

“At 27 years old, he is a great player who is mature. We are convinced that he will find here all the conditions to fully express his talent.”

After a disappointing spell at Manchester City, where he scored 11 goals in 39 appearances, Jovetic joined Inter Milan on loan before making the temporary move permanent.

However, the 27-year-old failed to make much of an impact at the San Siro and joined Sevilla on loan earlier in 2017, scoring seven goals in 22 appearances for the La Liga side.

Jovetic will now hope to play alongside Radamel Falcao up front for Monaco as they look to defend their Ligue 1 title despite selling a number of their key first-team players.

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Inter Pursue Loan Deal for Shkodran Mustafi But Arsenal Look to Recoup £35m Paid Last Summer

Internazionale’s are attempting to secure a late loan deal for Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi according to reports, but the Gunners would prefer to sell outright and recoup the £35m they paid for the German centre back last summer.
As reported by ​The Mirror, the Nerazzurri are pushing for a loan deal but Arsenal are not keen. However, the Italian giants may be prepared to include a clause to make the deal permanent next summer. 

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​​Talk of Mustafi’s potential London exit has only been intensified by the 25-year-olds benching on the weekend, as he failed to see any action despite the likes of Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal enduring torrid games as Arsenal were thumped 4-0 by Liverpool.

It has been a turbulent summer already in North London, with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez refusing to sign new contracts, fellow rebel Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seemingly on his way to crosstown rivals Chelsea, and the likes of Gabriel Paulista and Wojciech Szczesny already having departed.

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Furthermore, in the next few days it is expected that Kieran Gibbs, Lucas Perez, Mathieu Debuchy and Joel Campbell could join Mustafi in leaving the club, with no known incoming’s to be on the way.

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Croatia Coach Declares Man Utd Target Is ‘Happy’ at Inter Ahead of Expected New Contract

Manchester United’s summer-long pursuit of Inter winger Ivan Perisic appears to finally be over after the player’s international coach, Ante Cacic, declared him to be ‘happy’ ahead of an expected new contract in Milan.

United’s interest in Perisic first became apparent in March of this year when Jose Mourinho visited Croatia during the month’s international break.


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For a time, it was believed that Perisic was keen on making the switch to Old Trafford, but an unwillingness to meet Inter’s asking price – believed to be around £50m – and an unwillingness from the Serie A club to negotiate eventually saw proceedings reach an impasse.

Perisic is now with the Croatian squad ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kosovo and Turkey early next month and Cacic clarified the player’s transfer status at a press conference.

“I spoke to Ivan Perisic, he is happy at Inter. [Luciano Spalletti] appreciates him and they are preparing new contract for him,” the coach explained.

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United had been targeting four signings this summer, not including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and a true ‘winger’ had been the ideal fourth acquisition after the earlier captures of centre-back Victor Lindelof, striker Romelu Lukaku and holding midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Mourinho, though, took steps to warn against no further additions recently.

“Unless something happens that puts us in the market again,” he said just over a week ago in response to media questioning on the subject of further transfers.

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Whether United look to another winger in the final days of the transfer window remains to be seen. The boss can at least rest in the knowledge that his current squad is in fine form at the start of the new Premier League season after three successive wins and clean sheets.

United have scored 10 goals in those three games so far, with six different goalscorers contributing to the tally after Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini each found the net during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leicester.

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Inter Target Spurs Star on Loan as Ideal Replacement for Recently Departed Kondogbia

Inter Milan are looking to replace one powerful French midfielder with another after identifying Moussa Sissoko as a potential loan signing, according to Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol.

The Tottenham man hasn’t really hit the ground running in north London and most fans would prefer to see him leave permanently, however, convincing the Nerazzurri to spend £30m on Sissoko would be a tough task for anyone.

Geoffrey Kondogbia left the San Siro this summer in favour of a temporary switch to Valencia. The former AS Monaco midfielder signed for Inter in 2015 in a deal worth €36m, however, he has failed to live up to expectation during his first two years in Italy.

Tottenham’s Sissoko joined the club just 12 months ago in a crazy deadline day deal. His impressive performances at Euro 2016 appeared to cover over his constant underperforming over the last three years with Newcastle, and Spurs beat Everton to his signature in a deal that has since risen to £32m.

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Kondogbia had a mixed start to life at Valencia. Making his debut at the Santiago Bernabéu, a lapse in concentration allowed Marco Assensio to fire in the opening goal for Real Madrid. 

The Frenchman was later involved in another goal, this time for Valencia, by firing the ball past Keylor Navas to give Valencia a 2-1 lead. Asensio then found the back of the net again to level the score and the game finished 2-2.

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