Valencia Complete Season-Long Loan Signing of Inter Midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia

?Valencia have officially completed the season-long loan signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Inter, with the Spanish club holding an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

Kondogbia joined Inter from Monaco in the summer of 2015 after impressing in the Champions League in the preceding months.

The move to the Mestalla marks the 24-year-old’s second move to Spain after a short spell at Sevilla in 2012/13. He was still only a teenager at the time, but returns to La Liga more experienced.

Kondogbia played only 50 of Inter’s 76 Serie A games over the last two seasons.

He will add depth to midfield options that already include Dani Parejo, Carlos Soler, Alvaro Medran and Nemanja Maksimovic.


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Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Admits Defender Andrea Ranocchia Will Leave Club ‘With Regret’

?Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has admitted that defender Andrea Ranocchia will leave the club “with regret” when two new centre-backs are signed.

The 29-year-old returned to the club for pre-season after a spell on loan in the Premier League with Hull City, but he is now set for a permanent exit.

Spalletti is looking to significantly strengthen his squad after Inter finished in a disappointing seventh place in last season’s Serie A.

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“Normal market? We did well in preseason, the players showed they were professionals, they listened and put [their professionalism] into practice,” the Coach told Rai Sport, quoted by ?Football Italia.

“Sometimes [the market] is wrong, but it’s normal. If you tell me that Inter have €200m to spend, Spalletti would be the king, Sanchez, Vidal and Nainggolan would all come…

“Still, I have a great team and club at my disposal. Something’s missing, mainly in defence, but the directors know and are working on it. We need two centre-backs.

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“After that, Ranocchia will go elsewhere with my regret. That’s his situation, even he’s an exceptional lad and a good player.

“Brozovic? He’s a player that knows how to find space in the final third and has the legs to keep going. He’s an all-rounder.”

The Italy international joined the club from Genoa in 2011 for €18.5m, but struggled to establish himself and departed on loan spells to his former club and Sampdoria. 

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Ranocchia has made over 150 apperances for Inter, winning the Coppa Italia in his first season.

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Versatile Inter Star Could Make £30m Chelsea Switch After Conte Gives Go Ahead to Proposed Move

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has given the go ahead for the Blues to make a bid for Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva.?

The Mirror, have reported that the Serie A side are ready to sell the Italian for a fee of around £30m, with Candreva himself being keen on the move to team up with his former national manager for a second time.

Conte sees the 30-year-old as the perfect man to play right-wing back as he looks to bolster his thin squad ahead of their title defence and with the return of European football to the Bridge, more squad depth is needed after naming an inexperienced squad in their first two games.

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Candreva only join Inter last summer from Lazio but an inconsistent first season and arrival of new manager Luciano Spallettii has seen him pushed towards the exit doors of the San Siro with Chelsea ready to swoop in.

As well as signing the Italian, Conte is keen to thrash out a deal to finally bring Danny Drinkwater to London having already seen a £15m move for the England international rebuffed by the Foxes.

Drinkwater is said to be desperate on a move to the champions but is yet to play this season due to a thigh injury that he picked up in pre-season meaning Craig Shakespeare and Chelsea are unwilling to negotiate on a potential £40m deal.


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Chelsea have several targets they are hoping to conclude before the August 31st deadline, including wantaway Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Inter Milan 3-0 Fiorentina: Mauro Icardi Carries Inter to the Perfect Start

Inter Milan have started the season as they mean to go on, as Mauro Icardi netted twice past Fiorentina. It was a comfortable win for the hosts, filling fans with optimism, as Luciano Spalletti‘s men looked in control for the duration of the match. 

It was the dream start for Inter, as they were awarded a penalty just five minutes into the game. Captain Mauro Icardi was brought down due to a clumsy challenge by Davide Astori, and the referee pointed to the spot. 

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It was Icardi who stepped up, looking unfazed in the process. A slow run up was met with a cool, composed finish, into the bottom right corner – as the hosts took an early advantage. A deserved one as well, as Fiorentina were under the cosh for the opening encounters. 

Icardi doubled the lead not long after. An excellent cross from Ivan Perisic was met by the head of the Argentine, who overpowered the Fiorentina defence. Guiding the ball into the far corner, Icardi’s and Inter’s season was off to a flyer. 

The hosts continued to look lethal going forward, with pace out wide and Icardi gunning for a hat-trick. Fiorentina’s chances were few and far between, only showing threat from crossing positions – which Miranda and Skriniar dealt with easily.  

The introduction of video replays to the league came into play on the stroke of half time, as Fiorentina’s Giovani Simeone and Miranda clashed in the box. Consulting the technology, the referee only confirmed his earlier decision to decline the penalty appeals – as Inter maintained their two goal lead going into the break. 

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While Fiorentina grew into the game, Inter went into cruise control, dominating possession and seeing out the affair. Although, Handanovic was forced into making a difficult save, as substitute Khouma Babacar’s driven effort was pushed wide of the post. 

Inter put the game to bed with 10 minutes to play, as Ivan Perisic met Joao Mario’s cross with a diving header. Putting the ball past Fiorentina keeper Sportiello with ease, Inter’s third of the night ensured the three points. It was a convincing performance for those expecting Inter to challenge for Champions League qualification this season.  

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Inter Milan’s Gabigol Expected in Lisbon on Monday to Sign 1-Year Loan Deal With Sporting CP

?Inter Milan’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa is expected to arrive in Lisbon on Monday to pen a deal with Sporting CP which would see him ply his trade for the Liga NOS outfit on a 1-year loan basis – according to a report published by Portuguese outlet Ojogo.

As part of the proposed temporary switch, Sporting will not be permitted to pay ‘Gabigol’s’ salary for the term, although they will be required to supply the 20-year-old with housing and a car during his stay at the Estádio José Alvalade under Jorge Jesus.

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The Nerazzurri forked-out €30m for the attacker’s services last summer from Brazilian Serie A side Santos FC, although Barbosa failed to live up to expectation at the San Siro, prompting the Italian Serie A giants to place him on the loan list.

Barbosa only managed to muster ten games last season in all competitions for Inter, scoring just one goal in the process, a return which has been deemed as simply is not good enough for Luciano Spalletti and co.

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His contract at his current employers runs until 2021, so the fledgling offensive threat does still indeed have more than enough time to turn his stuttering career around in Milan.

However, in a bid to kick-start his progress as soon as possible, a switch to Portugal for the 2017-18 campaign could gift Barbosa the confidence he needs to become a true game changer in the years to come, wherever his services are destined to be in the future.


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