Italian Legend & FIGC Sub-Commissioner Reveals New Italy Boss is Set to Be Named on May 20th

​Italy are set to name their new coach on May the 20th, according to FIGC sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta. 

I Azzuri have yet to appoint a new tactician after sacking Gian piero Ventura following their bitterly disappointing 2018 World Cup play-off loss against Sweden in November.

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Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been put in charge on a temporary basis for this week’s friendlies against Argentina and England, a trip to Wembley on Tuesday night will hope to bring a better result for Italy after failing to a 2-0 defeat against Argentina yesterday. 

“We will tell you the name of the new coach on May 20” revealed Costacurta in a press conference. (via Football Italia)

“If we have the opportunity to get someone better than Di Biagio, and I don’t think there are many, then we will.”

Amongst the front runners to be named the new Italian boss are Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri. Huge names for a huge task at hand, trying to restore Italy to the pinnacle of international football, which is where they belong. 

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With Italy going through a turbulent period it has been suggested that appointing Luigi Di Biagio, a promising young coach who has managed the Under-20 team as well as the Under-21 team currently, is the best option for long term stability and success. 

It is clearly an idea the Italian Federation are thinking about with Costacurta declaring “Di Biagio is a coach who has improved year by year climbing the ranks within the federation. It’s very likely that he will either be the new CT or enter into the staff of the new coach”

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Inter Eye €35m Double Deal With Argentine Giants Ahead of Midfield Makeover

Inter Milan are hopeful of securing a €35m deal with Boca Juniors that would see midfielders Nahitan Nández and Gonzalo Maroni move to San Siro, according to Tuttosport (via Calciomercato).

The Nerazzurriare hoping to bolster their squad this summer and are also expected to shift out a number of players before the start of next season, with the likes of João Mário and Marcelo Brozović potentially deemed surplus to requirements in Milan.

Versatile midfielder Nández was strongly linked with a move away from La Bombonera in January, just five months after his €3.4m move from CA Peñarol during the summer. 

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However, Boca Juniors were adamant that the Uruguayan midfielder was not for sale during the winter transfer window.

The Argentine side now appear resigned to losing the 22-year-old this summer after he has been attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs, and Nández has been slapped with a €25m price tag.

Inter are also weighing up a move for attacking midfielder Maroni, who has been given a €10m valuation after recently breaking into the Boca Juniors first team.

The 19-year-old has made just six appearances for Boca’s senior squad, scoring one goal in a Superliga Argentina match against Arsenal FC last season.


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Although Inter are set to face competition for their signatures this summer, the Nerazzurri could find themselves in pole position after entering in negotiations with Boca Juniors last year.

The two clubs have a good relationship after promising striker Facundo Colidio swapped Buenos Aires for Milan last summer in a €7m deal, signing a contract at San Siro until 2020.

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Stefan De Vrij Stalls on Inter Move As Barcelona Prepare to Join Race for Dutch Defender

​Stefan De Vrij’s expected end-of-season move to ​Inter could be scuppered by ​Barcelona, who have launched a new proposal for the Lazio defender, according to ​La Gazzetta dello Sport.

De Vrij’s contract at the Stadio Olimpico expires this summer, leaving him free to join another club. It has been expected for a while that he will join Inter, but is now stalling on that deal in the hope that Barcelona well cement their interest in the form of a contract offer.

Barcelona may be the more attractive proposition and would be able to offer De Vrij the more lucrative contract, but he is more likely to be a regular starter at Inter than at the Nou Camp.

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Much could depend on whether Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League. They currently occupy the last qualification spot in ​Serie A, but are only one point clear of De Vrij’s Lazio.

I Biancocelesti are chasing a first Champions League campaign since 2007-08, but a run of just two wins from their last eight league matches has handed the initiative to Inter. With the two sides meeting in Rome on the final day of the season, it could be a race which goes right down to the wire.

De Vrij is a Dutch international and played 89 minutes of the Netherlands’ ​1-0 defeat to England on Friday. He has made 34 appearances for the Oranje, and scored his first international goal against Spain at the 2014 World Cup.

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Inter Set to Announce Agreement With Lazio Defender Stefan de Vrij Following Doping Case Acquittal

Inter will soon announce the signing of Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij from Serie A rivals Lazio, according to Calciomercato.

De Vrij was recently the  subject of a doping case but was cleared on Thursday after it was determined that he had a ‘Therapeutic Use Exemption’ for the corticosteroid found in a sample he submitted last month.


With his deal at Lazio set to expire at the end of the season, the 26-year-old is free to negotiate with other clubs. And as Calciomercato would have it, the defender’s destination is already set.

The Italian publication are reporting that a five-year deal worth €3.5m a season has been agreed over, and De Vrij will make the transition in the summer. 

The Netherlands centre back has been one of the most in-demand defensive players in Europe since the summer and it appears that Inter have beaten all other suitors to the player, who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt.

This deal does represent a great bargain for I Nerazzurri, as there is no need for a transfer fee. De Vrij, however, is set to earn a huge signing on bonus when he does make the switch. 

Inter’s announcement is understood to have been held up by the doping issue, but now that the player has been cleared, confirmation of a move is expected very soon.

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Gary Medel Regretful Over Failed Inter Spell But Blames ‘Confusion’ for Lack of Silverware

Gary Medel has revealed that he’s very regretful over his failed spell with Italian side Inter.

The Chilean defensive midfielder – now at Beskitas in Turkey – spent four barren years with I Nerazzurri before moving last summer. And, speaking in a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he claimed that “confusion” and coaching changes were the main reasons behind him not winning a single trophy during his time at the San Siro.

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“I’ve given my soul to Inter, I really regret we haven’t won a trophy though,” he lamented, via quotes cited by Football Italia

“I’m sorry because I’ve dreamed about this shirt since I’m a child and not being able to get the satisfaction to win something with Inter has stayed on my mind.”

Medel declared that Inter would be better off with an Italian owner, also revealing that Roberto Mancini’s departure was hard to take as he’s the best manager he’s played for.

“There was too much confusion. It’s difficult when there are so many changes in the same time and even for Suning who is on the other side of the world, it would be better with an Italian owner like Moratti,” he continued.

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“Changes in Coach? They were a consequence of the lack of clarity. The bad results were born from that.

“Mancini’s farewell was tough to take. If someone like him leaves in August… He’s the best [I’ve worked under], alongside Bielsa.

“We were flying until December and dropped off after that. Mentally we weren’t ready to stay so high in the table.”

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Argentina Boss Jorge Sampaoli Reveals Paulo Dybala & Mauro Icardi Might Not Make World Cup Squad

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has openly suggested that prolific forwards Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi could miss out on going to the World Cup this year.

Both forwards have been lighting it up in Serie A for some time now, with Dybala scoring 21 goals at Juventus so far this season, while Inter’s Icardi is on 22 for the campaign.

Sampaoli, though, has pointed out that the strikers may not be suited to his system, despite their burgeoning form at club level.

According to Goal journalist Daniel Edwards, the Argentina manager, speaking at a forum in Manchester, revealed that getting Dybala up to speed was a “complicated” process.

“Is complicated for him [Dybala] get used to our plan,” he explained. “We couldn’t improve his performances and we have to evaluate if the current players are better than Paulo or if we’ve to keep working with Paulo to improve his performance.”

As for Icardi, Sampaoli is worried that there is not enough time for the player to adapt.

“The connection between Icardi’s performances in Inter and Argentina wasn’t the best,” he added. “I realised that and felt that we have to work on it more. But we don’t have enough time.”

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“Maybe his adaptation time is not a short one. I won’t dismiss him, but, as Argentina’s coach I have to focus on the partnerships on the pitch.”

Neither forward was called up for La Albiliceste‘s upcoming friendlies against Italy and Spain, which is indeed a worrying sign for both players. While Sampaoli has stopped short of confirming the pair won’t make it to Russia, things do look rather bleak for the in-form duo.

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Report Claims Real Madrid Face Huge Fight for Inter Talisman As Chelsea Make £55m Bid

​Real Madrid are facing a serious fight to land long-time target Mauro Icardi after Chelsea reportedly tabled a £55m bid for the prolific Inter Milan star.

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Spanish media outlet ​AS has claimed that the reigning Premier League champions have lodged an offer with I Nerazzurri in the hope that they will beat Los Blancos to the signing of one of the hottest strikers in world football.

Real’s interest in Icardi has been rumoured for some time now as club president Florentino Perez weighs up a move for the Argentina international as he looks to usher in a new Galactico era at Santiago Bernabeu.

But the reigning La Liga and Champions League champions must act fast if Chelsea’s bid for Icardi has any truth to it if they wish to bring the forward to Spain’s capital.

Ironically it is a former Real star – Alvaro Morata – who is apparently being replaced at Stamford Bridge by Icardi after the Spaniard failed to hit the heights expected of him following his switch to west London last summer.

A lack of confidence, injury issues and a dislike for the British weather have resulted in Morata’s netting just 10 goals in 28 league games so far this term – money that isn’t bang for your buck where Antonio Conte is concerned and has led to his future being speculated about.

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January signing Olivier Giroud and winger Eden Hazard have been preferred to Morata since the turn of the year after his form took a nosedive around November time, and the Italian wishes to bolster his attacking ranks with Icardi’s signature this summer if possible.

Icardi’s wife and agent – Wanda Nara – is believed to have received Chelsea’s offer but it is unclear if Inter themselves have been contacted about potentially selling their captain and star man.

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Icardi himself recently told the press in Italy that he hasn’t made a decision on his future at San Siro yet, but could see himself staying with the revitalised Italian heavyweights ‘when I am 30 years old’.


Borussia Dortmund Target Confirms Deal Agreed With Inter Following Agent’s Comments

Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez has personally confirmed that he will be joining Inter Milan in the summer, admitting that “only details are missing” in what will be “a big step” for the 20-year-old.

It was his agent that broke the news earlier on Wednesday afternoon. Beto Yaque claimed that his client will have a €111m release clause written into his contract, and Inter executives promised that the team would be build around the striker – coach Luciano Spalletti looking to pair him up front with a strike partner.

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And now that the details have emerged of the move, Martinez himself has confirmed what his representative has claimed, and he seems excited for the switch:

“It’ll be a big step for me.” Martinez told ESPN (via Football Italia).

“Everything is finalised with Inter, only details are missing.”

At this moment in time, Martinez is away with the Argentina national squad – having been selected over soon to be Inter teammate Mauro Icardi, who has been in immaculate form this season at San Siro.


The youngster has opened up on his chance to represent his country, and seems very focused on the chance being offered to him, admitting that he wants to offer the very best he can, and learn from his teammates, such as Lionel Messi:

I’m only thinking about giving the best of myself in these games,”

“I’ll use this opportunity to train with Messi.”

So far this season for Racing, Martinez has netted 15 goals in only 18 appearances, and has earned plaudits from allover Argentina. Whether he can carry that form through to Serie A is another question.

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‘I Always Wanted Argentina’: Inter Striker Admits to Declining Offers From Italy & Spain

Inter striker Mauro Icardi has admitted that he received offers from Italy and Spain when it came to representing a team at international level, but the relentless finisher maintains that it was his always dream to play for Argentina.

T​he Rosario born player recently broke the 100 goal mark in Serie A, following yet another devastating season in Italy at San Siro. First noticed by Italy at Sampdoria, Icardi tells of denying the country he currently plays in as well as Spain, and waiting for the call from Argentina.

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Eventually they came calling, and he duly accepted. Despite missing out on the current set of international friendlies, he seems glad to have chosen his nation of birth:

“There was the possibility of going to the Italian national team,” Icardi told Italian magazine Rivista Undici (via Marca).

“They called me for the Under-21 and I fought with Sampdoria (his previous team) because I did not want to go, I wanted Argentina.


“The Spaniards also tried, they called my father, but I always wanted Argentina, and I got it, it has been difficult, but I reached my goal.”

Icardi made his name at Sampdoria, but his career started out in Catalonia, playing for Barcelona’s youth side up until the age of 15. However, he made the jump to Italy when it seemed a better route onto the big stage – and it appears he was right.

“I decided to go to Italy because I was convinced I could do better than in Spain,” the player admitted.

“I was immediately given the chance to play at high levels and that was my goal.”

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BVB Offer ‘Arrived Too Late’ As Argentine Striker Set to Complete €22m Inter Switch

Borussia Dortmund’s attempt to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martínez have come to an end after Racing Club president Victor Blanco confirmed that the German side’s offer for the 20-year-old “arrived too late.”

Blanco insisted that Racing would honour an agreement with Italian outfit Internazionale that will see Martínez move to San Siro for roughly €22m.

The Racing striker has become one of the most sought-after players in the world over the last few months, with Atlético Madrid trying their luck at signing Martínez for €12m back in December.


However, the Argentina U20 international is set to put pen to paper on a deal at the San Siro during the summer after agreeing to personal terms with Inter during the last week.

We received an offer from Dortmund [on Monday] but Racing can’t do anything because we already have a deal in place with Inter and we will respect what we agreed,” Blanco told Argentinian radio Radio Continental.

“I also think the player has everything done with Inter. I really don’t see any chances of that being modified. I don’t think there is any other destination for Lautaro than Inter.”

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The Racing president later confirmed details of their agreement with Inter, confirming that the Superliga Argentina side would receive a 10% sell-on fee on top of Martínez’s initial transfer figure – estimated to be €22m.

“The only figure we know from the [Inter] deal is that of $27m before tax plus a 10 percent on a future sale,” Blanco added, quoted by ESPN. “We will then have to deduct the fee for [Martinez’s former club] Bahia Blanca, who own 20 percent of the player’s rights.”

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