Inter to beat Man Utd & Chelsea to Gabigol signing

The Nerazzurri are already in talks to sign Brazil’s Olympics star and look set to beat Premier League clubs and Juventus to his signature

Inter are leading the race to sign Gabriel Barbosa from Santos for £25 million and are expected to beat Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City to the signing of the star, Goal understands.

Santos president Modesto Roma held provisional talks in London with representatives from the Premier League clubs. He also visited Madrid to speak to Atletico, while Juventus also made an offer for him.

However, the 19-year-old will most likely join Inter this summer, as sources close to the forward have confirmed the Nerazzurri have agreed terms with Santos. 
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Frank de Boer’s side are yet to open talks over personal terms with Barbosa, though, and will wait until after the Olympics, with the attacker nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ aiming for a gold medal with Brazil in Rio.

There is still time for Premier League clubs to make a move, but there is little sign they will do so. 

Chelsea are focusing their financial strength on securing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who they are prioritising over Gbigol, and have been trying to re-sign the Belgian throughout the transfer window.

De Boer: Blind move unlikely but we'll see

The Manchester United defender has been linked with a reunion with his former coach, but the Inter boss feels a transfer is not likely in the current transfer window

Inter coach Frank de Boer has admitted he is a keen admirer of Daley Blind, but believes there is little chance the Manchester United defender will switch clubs this transfer window.

De Boer and Blind, contracted to United until June 2018. worked together at Ajax and reports suggest the newly appointed Inter boss is keen to lure his compatriot away from Old Trafford.

However, a transfer seems very much unlikely as things stand, though the coach would not rule it out completely.

“I like him as a player for sure, he’s fantastic,” De Boer was quoted as saying by Gazzetta World.

“He is very happy at Manchester United, though, and played in the Community Shield. 

“I know his situation and I think he’s very happy and playing with confidence, but we’ll see in the future.

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“Of course, any of my ex-players from Ajax are guys I like to keep an eye on and watch them very closely. I do the same with [Christian] Eriksen, [Toby] Alderweireld, all of those guys. I like to follow them and I do the same with Daley.”

Inter are also being linked with a move for Sporting midfielder Joao Mario and De Boer has hinted there could be developments soon regarding the Portugal international.

“He’s a European champion,” De Boer added.

“He is an interesting player to a lot of teams and for Inter, that’s no different. We will see in the coming days what happens. 

“Firstly, I do have to see how the group is and then I’ll make a choice about whether or not we really need players in the squad. Now I can make real judgements about the players.

“We will have to wait and see and then make choices.”

Injured Ansaldi set to miss start of Inter's season

The Argentine full-back pulled up in training on Thursday with a ligament problem, and could be out for up to a month – which will keep him out against Chievo

Cristian Ansaldi is set to miss the start of Inter’s season after the club confirmed he had suffered a knee injury.

The 29-year-old full-back arrived at San Siro last month after spells with Zenit St Petersburg, Atletico Madrid and Genoa over the past three seasons, but has suffered a strained medial collateral ligament prior to making his competitive debut.

Ansaldi sustained the problem in training on Thursday, prior to his presentation as an Inter player later that day.
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“Cristian Ansaldi has had a scan on his left knee which has revealed a strained medial collateral ligament,” read the club’s statement on Friday.

Reports in Italy suggest he will miss two to four weeks of action as a result, with Inter’s league campaign due to start away to Chievo on August 21.

Ansaldi had appeared in five of Inter’s pre-season matches under former head coach Roberto Mancini, who has since been replaced at the helm by Frank de Boer.

Banega looking forward to Icardi partnership at Inter

The Argentine star says he is looking forward to the opportunity to link up with attacker, while he says that he would like to be “in the thick of the game”

Ever Banega says he hopes to form an effective partnership with compatriot Mauro Icardi at Inter this season.

The Argentina international joined Inter on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Sevilla, where Banega won successive Europa League crowns.

And the former Valencia midfielder, who shone as a deep-lying playmaker under new Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, was attracted by the presence of a strong Argentinian contingent at San Siro, particularly star striker Icardi.

“Definitely one of my goals will be to give [Icardi] as many chances as possible to score,” Banega, who will wear the number 19 shirt for the Nerazzurri, said at his official unveiling on Friday.
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“Even the presence of [former Argentina captain and current Inter vice-president] Javier Zanetti was important. Talking to him was very useful.”

However, Banega is not sure which position he will be deployed in by new Inter coach Frank de Boer, having fulfilled both creative and destructive duties during spells at Valencia and Sevilla.

“I’ve played in so many roles but I believe there is a role that I can consider mine: I like to be in the thick of the game,” he added.

De Boer: Icardi not leaving Inter

The new Nerazzurri coach is looking forward to working with the Argentine striker at San Siro and believes his side can challenge Juventus for the Serie A title this season

New Inter boss Frank de Boer insists captain and star striker Mauro Icardi will not leave the club as he plots to end Juventus’ dominance of Serie A.

The former Netherlands international has signed a three-year deal at San Siro to succeed Roberto Mancini, who left his role amid reports of a dispute with club owners Suning Holdings Group.

A succession of heavy pre-season defeats preceded Mancini’s exit, with De Boer confirming the club approached him in the aftermath of last Friday’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

But the 46-year-old was bullish over Inter’s prospects at his first news conference as coach and he expects Icardi – a reported transfer target for Arsenal and Napoli over the course of the close-season – to play a key role in attempting to stop Juve adding a sixth consecutive league title this season.

“I thank Inter for choosing me,” De Boer said. “I spoke with the owners and everyone wants to bring the club where it deserves to be. 

“Juventus are not unbeatable, sometimes things change. They have a great team and it will be tough, but we want to fight. 

“We will keep the players who do not want to sell. Icardi will remain.
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“Mauro is young, can still learn and we will work very well together.”

Mancini’s future was a source of speculation throughout a fractious pre-season and De Boer revealed that he held exploratory talks with Inter’s owners two weeks ago.

“We spoke to Inter two weeks ago simply to understand whether there might be any common ground,” he explained.

“Everything happened quickly. I was honoured by their interest.”

Inter’s opening game of the Serie A season comes away at Chievo in 12 days’ time, meaning De Boer faces a race against time to get his players up to speed.

“It’s not an ideal situation but we have a very talented and experienced side,” the ex-Ajax coach added.

“We can use our ideas to be ready in a short space of time. We have a philosophy and the team needs to believe in that.

“I’m convinced that we’ll be ready and that we’ll get on the right track as quickly as possible.”

OFFICIAL: Inter confirm De Boer as head coach

The Dutch coach, who won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax, has signed a three-year contract with the Serie A side after Roberto Mancini’s departure

Frank de Boer has been appointed as the new head coach of Inter on a three-year deal, the club have announced.
Inter have acted swiftly to replace Roberto Mancini, who left his role at San Siro on Monday amid reports of a dispute with Suning Holdings Group, the club’s new owners.
De Boer quickly emerged as the favourite to take the reins and the former Ajax boss’s arrival has now been confirmed.
“F.C. Internazionale Milano confirms that Dutchman Frank de Boer will be unveiled as the club’s new head coach at a press conference today at 14:00CET at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti,” a club statement confirmed.
“De Boer will join the Nerazzurri on a three-year contract and will take charge of first team training this afternoon.
“The Dutchman brings with him a wealth of international experience having played at the highest level for both club and country.”

Frank #deBoer is #Inter’s new Head Coach. Press unveiling at 14:00 CEST #WelcomeFrank #FCIM
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter_en) August 9, 2016
READ MORE  | OFFICIAL: Vermaelen joins RomaMancini returned to San Siro in 2014, having led the club to three consecutive Serie A titles during his first stint in charge, but the former Manchester City boss is thought to have been at loggerheads with Inter’s hierarchy over the club’s transfer policy.
The 51-year-old has also overseen a poor pre-season, which culminated in a 6-1 rout at the hands of Tottenham on Friday, while they also suffered defeats to Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
De Boer is now tasked with stabilising and rebuilding the club following a short spell out of coaching, after his decision to step aside at Ajax at the end of last season.
Following a decorated playing career, De Boer’s first senior coaching role saw him assist Bert van Marwijk in Netherlands’ 2010 World Cup campaign, where they were beaten by Spain in the final.
A six-year spell in charge of Ajax – for whom he played over 300 games – followed and he steered them to four successive Eredivisie titles, a first in the club’s history.
Last season was a disappointing one for the Dutch giants, though, as they exited the Europa League in the group stages after a failing to qualify for the Champions League, while they were pipped to the domestic title by arch-rivals PSV on the final day of the campaign.
Everton were reportedly interested in De Boer before turning to Ronald Koeman.

Inter, who finished fourth last term, begin their season away to Chievo on August 21.

'I'm happy to be here!' – De Boer to be announced as new Inter boss

The former Ajax man is set to replace Roberto Mancini in the hotseat at San Siro, having appeared on the club’s Twitter feed with a message to fans

Frank de Boer spoke of his desire to bring the good times back to Inter after arriving in Milan ahead of becoming the club’s new head coach.

Inter parted company with Roberto Mancini on Monday following a reported dispute with the club’s owners Suning Holdings Group over transfer policy.

Mancini led Inter to three consecutive Serie A titles during his first stint at the club, but the Nerazzurri could only finish fourth under his stewardship last term despite leading the way by the mid-season break.

De Boer is set to be confirmed as Mancini’s replacement in the coming days, and the Dutchman – who led Ajax to four straight Eredivisie titles between 2011 and 2014 – is eagerly awaiting the challenge.

Il saluto di @FrankRonald1970 agli #InterFans! More on snapchat: interofficial #FCIM
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) August 8, 2016

“I am happy to be here,” De Boer told reporters upon his arrival in Milan.

“I hope to be able to enjoy a lot of successes with Inter. I will see you at the news conference on Tuesday.”

Inter have yet to formally announce the 46-year-old as their new man in charge, but they posted a video of De Boer greeting the club’s fans on their Twitter account.

“Hello Inter fans, hope to see you soon,” he said.

OFFICIAL: Inter sack Roberto Mancini

The Nerazzurri have dismissed the ex-Manchester City boss just under two weeks before the start of the new Serie A season, with Frank de Boer set to take over the San Siro reins

Inter have confirmed the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini just under two weeks before the start of the new Serie A season.The Nerazzurri’s Chinese owners have decided to wield the axe following the club’s heavy 6-1 defeat against Tottenham in a pre-season friendly in Oslo.Mancini, 51, had been under pressure at Inter due to the club’s failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League with a fourth-placed finish last term, having been top of the table as late as January.And Mancini has since been dismissed on the back of just one win from five pre-season friendlies, with former Ajax boss Frank de Boer poised to replace him at the helm, Goal understands.”Inter would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto for the work carried out with the team since joining in November 2014,” said a club statement.
READ MORE  | Mancini pays price for stubbornness”Last season the club led Serie A until the Christmas break, ending the season in fourth place and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
“We thank Roberto for the work and commitment he has shown the club over the past 20 months.”Mancini, who guided Inter to three Serie A titles between 2004 and 2008, returned to the club for a second spell in November 2014.The former Manchester City boss led Inter to eighth during the 2014-15 campaign and brought in a number of big signings last summer in an attempt to lead the club back into the Champions League.

However, Inter finished 13 points behind third-placed Roma and were also beaten by Juventus on penalties in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Mancini set for Inter exit

The former Manchester City boss has been unable to bring glory to San Siro in his second spell on the club’s bench, and is reportedly discussing exit terms with directors

Roberto Mancini is set to leave his position as Inter coach, with negotiations taking place regarding a severance package. 
Mancini returned for a second spell as Inter coach in November 2014, but he has been unable to replicate the success of his first stint when he won three Serie A titles.

His current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2017, but according to reports from Sky Sport Italia confirmed by Goal he has a strained relationship with Inter’s owners – and lawyers are now in talks over an agreement to mutually terminate his deal. 
There have reportedly been disagreements regarding Inter’s summer transfer activity, while Mancini saw his side thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham in a pre-season friendly in Oslo on Friday. 
The leading candidate to replace Mancini at Inter is reportedly former Ajax boss Frank de Boer, with the new Serie A season just two weeks away.