Barcelona Set to Make €35m Bid for Inter Midfielder as Club Look for Paulinho Alternatives

?Barcelona are preparing to make a €35m bid for Internazionale midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the coming days, according to ?Rac1.

The Frenchman has been identified as a possible alternative to Guangzhou midfielder Paulinho, after the Chinese club rejected Barcelona’s initial bid.

Kondogbia, who has spent the last two seasons with the Nerazzurri since joining in 2015 from Monaco, has struggled to establish himself in Italy.

And his agent has publicly revealed that the 24-year-old has attracted interest from Barcelona and Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

“Almost all of the names which have come out are true,” brother and agent Evans Kondogbia said. “Geoffrey is a great player and it’s normal that there are so many teams after him. Offers are never lacking, and they’re still there.

“I can rule out Valencia, there’s nothing with them. I’ll repeat though, so many of the clubs who have been linked with Geoffrey are real, so even PSG and Barça have called us, but nothing more.

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“It was just to talk, ‘how is the lad?’. Is he happy at Inter? Absolutely, yes. My brother is fine in Milan, he’s focused and working hard.

“The chances of him staying? I’d say high, but it’s not just down to us, it also depends on the will of the club. It works like love, like with your partner, you’ll be together if you share it. If Inter want him, we can continue without problems.”

Kondogbia started 20 Serie A games for Inter last season, scoring one goal and providing two assists from midfield.

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Inter Sporting Director Meets With Agent of Real Madrid Midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has met with the agent of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio.

Inter are believed to be interested in the Croatian international – who played for the club for two years before joining Real Madrid in 2015 – as coach Luciano Spalletti, backed by ambitious new owners, looks to add quality to his midfield options.

Di Marzio’s report claims that details of the meeting are set top be revealed in the near future.

Ausilio is reportedly a friend of Kovacic’s agent, and the meeting was arranged in the hope that the playmaker could be persuaded to leave the Bernabeu.

Even if the 23-year-old Croatian star were allowed to leave, Inter may have competition from Tottenham, Napoli and even big-spending rivals AC Milan.

Kovacic may be more open to a move after Los Blancos confirmed the singing of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Betis, whose arrival could push him further down the pecking order.

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The former Dinamo Zagreb player has started just 27 La Liga games over his two seasons with Real Madrid, and made eight starts in the Champions League.

Kovacic’s struggles for regular game time with the European Champions could also bring into question his place in the Croatia squad for next summer’s World Cup. With that in mind, he may opt to leave in search of more opportunities.

Tottenham have reportedly had a £22m bid rejected and now face a battle with Inter for Kovacic’s signature.


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Inter Readying Ambitious €60m Bid for Bayern Munich’s Midfield Star Arturo Vidal

Internazionale are reportedly ready to table a bid of €60m for Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal, as they attempt to secure a marquee summer signing.

The Nerazzurri have been fans of the all-action Chilean international ever since his days with Juventus and may now finally table a mega-money bid, with Vidal contracted to Bayern until 2019.

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Chilean publication El Mercurio, via Sport Media Set, say Luciano Spalletti’s side would offer the 30-year-old €8m-per-year as well as the huge transfer fee.

Vidal enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Bavaria last season, scoring four goals and recording two assists in 27 Bundesliga appearances.

The signing of Vidal would constitute a huge statement by Inter, following the acquisitions of Milan Skrinar and Borja Valero this summer. Rivals AC Milan, also under new ownership, have already added nine high-profile names to their roster this summer and now, the ball is in Inter’s court to match their arch nemesis’ ambitions.


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Sampdoria Striker Patrick Schick Could Be Set to Join Inter After Collapse of Juventus Deal

?Sampdoria striker Patrick Schick could be on the verge of a move to Inter after a proposed deal to join Juventus fell through.

?Ginaluca Di Marzio has reported that the Czech forward’s representatives have met with the Inter hierarchy to discuss the details of the potential transfer. According to the Italian journalist, Schick, who found the net 11 times in 32 Serie A appearances last season, ‘could soon enjoy a new experience at Inter.’

The 21-year-old’s planned move to Juventus was scuppered by discoveries during the player’s medical, after a €30m fee had been agreed.

“The clubs Sampdoria and Juventus announce that it was decided, by mutual agreement, not to complete the transfer of the player Patrik Schick,” a statement said.

Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero later categorically dismissed reports that an alleged heart issue had been the reason for the failure of the transfer.

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“What they found is equivalent to a cold!” he told Il Secolo XIX. “If Juventus want to back out, we’ll sell him to one of the other four clubs that are ready to buy him.

“I think he’ll eventually go to Juventus, otherwise we’ll take him back and add a nice ‘maybe,’ given his release clause has now expired and we can sell him for not just €30m but possibly €40-50m.”

Udinese’s Jakub Jankto, who played with Schick for the Czech Republic at the European Under-21 Championship, added: “I knew he had some minor heart problems, but they shouldn’t be anything serious.”

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Reporter Claims Inter Have Reached Agreement With Vecino But Hope Fiorentina Lower Transfer Fee

Sky Sports reporter Fabrizio Romano ?has claimed Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Matias Vecino, but are set to hold further discussions with Fiorentina to lower the transfer fee.

The 25-year-old midfielder is said to have a €24m release clause in his contract, and impressed the Nerazzurri’s new boss Luciano Spalletti last season after scoring three goals and providing four assists in the Serie A. 

Romano reported on his ?Twitter account that personal terms have been agreed between Inter and Vecino for a four-year deal, but the Italian giants are hoping to negotiate further with Fiorentina over the transfer fee.

Previous ?reports suggested Inter were set to activate the 25-year-old’s release clause – which is valid until August 10 – in the form of two split payments across the year.

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Fiorentino were said to have made a last-ditch attempt to persuade Vecino to stay at the club by offering him a bumper new deal, however the midfielder rejected it in favour of a move to the San Siro. 

The Uruguayan has been an ever present figure for Fiorentina over the past two seasons following loan spells with Cagliari and Empoli after his arrival at the club in 2013.

With personal terms all but agreed it will now be down to Inter to negotiate a final deal with Fiorentina which all parties will hope to benefit from. 


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