Inter Boss Antonio Conte Keen to Reunite With Chelsea Outcast Victor Moses

Italian giants ?Inter are eyeing a move for Chelsea outcast Victor Moses, as Antonio Conte aims to bolster his defensive options after failing to sign Roma defender Leonardo Spinazzola. 

Spinazzola looked set to join Antonio Conte’s side in a swap deal which involved winger Matteo Politano making a move to Roma, but I Giallorossi pulled the plug on the agreement when Inter attempted to change the originally agreed terms. 

Victor Moses

The breakdown in the deal means that Conte’s hunt for another full-back goes on, and ?Goal reports that the ex-Chelsea coach is keen to bring his former player Victor Moses to San Siro in the January transfer window. 

?The Blues are likely to demand a fee of around €10m for Moses’ services, and the versatile star has returned to London to discuss his future with his representatives and the London club. 

?Moses has spent the first half of the season on loan at Fenerbahce, but his playing-time has been severely limited by a thigh muscle injury he suffered early on in his stint in the Süper Lig. The 29-year-old has made only six league appearances for the Turkish giants, but Conte is convinced that the pair can reunite to devastating effect once more.

The Italian boss was in charge of Chelsea during Moses’ best spell at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues to cruise to the league title in Conte’s first season at the club. The ?ex-Liverpool star was a key component in the Chelsea side, making 34 appearances over the course of the 2016/17 campaign. 

Sergio Aguero,Victor Moses

Conte is desperate to reinforce his wide-area options over the coming weeks, and the Italian giants recently completed the signing of ?Manchester United captain Ashley Young.

?Inter are locked in an intense title race with Juventus and Lazio at the top of Serie A, as Conte hopes to deliver the club’s first league success since 2010. 


Inter Confirm Signing of Ashley Young From Manchester United on Short-Term Deal

?Inter have confirmed the signing of Ashley Young from Manchester United on a six-month contract.

The 34-year-old had entered the last six months of his deal at Old Trafford and had already snubbed the offer of a new contract to try and force through an immediate exit to the Serie A side.

?Inter took to their ?official website to announce that the deal is done, with Young penning a deal which also includes the option to extend by a further year at the end of the current campaign.

Manager Antonio Conte was eager to add some more depth to his wing-back positions, with Young emerging as a viable option for I Nerazzurri, despite the initial belief that a move would occur at the end of the season.

Young agreed terms with the Italian side, which prompted ?United to submit their own contract proposal to the 34-year-old, but he quickly rejected the offer in the hope of making an immediate move to Inter.

He has now been given his wish, with Young bringing an end to his nine-year association with the Red Devils in order to join Conte.

In total, Young managed 261 appearances for United following his switch from Aston Villa back in 2011, racking up 19 goals and 43 assists in all competitions. He enjoyed plenty of success with the club, lifting the ?Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League once each.

Earlier in the day, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the club were unable to meet Young’s demands, and they accepted that they had the squad depth to cope without him for the remainder of the campaign.

“He is 35 in the summer and, if he gets a two-year contract somewhere, I think it’s up to him to take that. We weren’t ready to offer that,” he confirmed (via the club’s ?official website).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,Ashley Young

“He’s been a good servant for the club. He’s been captain and he’s won trophies, leagues, cups, but we’ve got players coming through. So it was time now, then. When Ashley’s head and mindset was on ‘yeah, I want to try this’, why not do it now?

“Ashley’s mindset was that he wanted to try a new adventure and he he’s approaching 35 now. He’s done a fantastic job and he’s served this club fantastically. I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes to. We got a transfer fee for someone who’s been so loyal to the club.

“Good luck. That’s what Manchester United do, you have players for a long time and then they move on and someone else steps in.”

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Leonardo Spinazzola’s Inter Switch Breaks Down as Nerazzurri Turn to Victor Moses

?Inter’s talks with Roma over swapping Matteo Politano for Leonardo Spinazzola have broken down during the final stages of negotiations.

Antonio Conte’s side had identified Spinazzola as a potential answer to their left-back struggles, while they also want to offload Politano to create space in their squad to sign Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.

Leonardo Spinazzola

It seemed as though this deal was in everybody’s best interests, but ?Gianluca Di Marzio has now confirmed that it looks unlikely to go through after negotiations hit a stand-still.

It is thought that the two sides were planning a straight swap for the two players, but ?Inter later decided to push for a loan move with an obligation to sign Spinazzola outright after he made 15 appearances – something which Roma were not happy with.

Roma tried to find a way to make it work, but it appears as though there was no saving these talks and the transfer is now described as ‘completely blocked’.

Matteo Politano

However, Di Marzio does note that things haven’t been officially called off just yet, so there may still be hope for this deal.

Conte has already ?struck a deal to bring in Manchester United left-back Ashley Young, but it seems he still wants another option, with ?Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso often linked with a switch to San Siro.

However, it could be another Chelsea player who ends up making the move as Di Marzio ?adds that Conte has turned his attention to Victor Moses.

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Moses was a core part of Conte’s Chelsea side who lifted the ?Premier League title in the 2016/17 season, reinventing himself as a right wing-back to make their 3-4-3 formation so dangerous.

We couldn’t tell you why Conte would turn to a right-back after missing out on a left-back, but we’re sure there’s some logic to it. Maybe.

Chelsea would be open to letting Moses, who is currently on loan with Fenerbahçe, leave permanently for €10m, while they would also agree to let him join temporarily until the end of the season.

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José Mourinho Denies Bid But Agent Meets With Inter CEO – Christian Eriksen Daily

It’s question on every Tottenham and Inter fans’ lips at the minute: what is actually happening with Christian Eriksen??

Unfortunately, no-one seems to know.

We thought we finally had some clarity. Earlier on Friday, it was ?reported that a €13m offer had been submitted to secure his services in January (although even that came with some confusion, with ?Tottenham thought to be holding out for €17m.) 

That came shortly after a tweet from Fabrizio Romano that seemed to confirm things were coming along nicely, as the player’s agent Martin Shotts met Beppe Marotta in Milan – presumably to hash out the remaining details and personal terms before an agreement could be reached. 

If it is all done and dusted, however, then José Mourinho’s poker face is holding up very well indeed. 

The Spurs boss was in no mood to dance around the issue as he spoke to press ahead of his side’s trip to Watford on Saturday, as he outright denied that the club had received an offer at all – going as far as to say the player will feature in the short trip on Saturday.

“You have to ask the agent and Inter Milan because they know more than me,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “If they are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet.

“So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities speaking about it, I am a little bit surprised. That’s all I can say.”

Mourinho has previously spoken of his desire to hold onto Eriksen and has r?efused point-blank to criticise him despite the speculation, so it’s understandable that he is keeping things under wraps in order to avoid any further fanfare.

However, this whole ‘no bid’ thing? Seems to contradict what is being said literally everywhere else.

Another conflicting report, this time from Sportmediaset, now says that Inter have submitted another bid, presumably after their first had been rejected. This new offer is said to be worth an initial €15m plus performance-based bonuses, and could be concluded ‘in the coming hours.’

Jose Mourinho,Joao Sacramento

The broadcaster quote Mourinho in their piece, so are clearly aware what is being said in England. They’re just not convinced it’s true, and are prepared to put their own information up against what is coming from the horse’s mouth. 

Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen

So, in summary: Mourinho says it isn’t happening, everyone else says it is, but no-one can seem to agree on the fee – if there is one at all. Simple as. 

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Lautaro Martinez Insists He’s Happy at Inter as Barcelona Speculation Continues

?Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has responded to speculation regarding his future as rumours of interest from ?Barcelona abound, insisting he is happy in Milan.

The 22-year-old Argentinian, who joined I Nerazzurri two years ago from Racing Club, has enjoyed a strong first half of the season for the Italian giants, netting ten times in the league. In doing so, he has helped Inter to second place in Serie A.

Barcelona have frequently been linked with a move for the striker but Martinez says the supposed interest only proves he is doing the right things in Italy.

Lautaro Martínez

Discussing the supposed interest surrounding him, Martinez told TyC Sports as quoted by CalcioMercato: “Today I’m fighting for the Inter shirt. I’m very happy here, people love me.

“If there are these rumours, it means I’m doing things right and I have to go on. It’s the mentality I have when I go to sleep. I’m very calm, very happy and at ease at Inter.”

This is Martinez’s first season as a fully-fledged starter, having played second fiddle for most of the last campaign to Mauro Icardi. 

Antonio Conte has decided to promote Martinez to play alongside ?Romelu Lukaku this season. It’s a move which has certainly boosted the side’s attacking prowess, with the two forwards sharing 33 goals between them in all competitions.

Martinez also elaborated on the changes made by former Chelsea boss Conte, adding: “Many things have changed, a new coach has arrived who lives the game in a special way. 

Lautaro Martinez,Romelu Lukaku

“He has given us so much from day one, he has convinced the players and the people who work here to give their best. And the results have been seen.”

With the likes of summer signing Antoine Griezmann putting in slightly underwhelming performances and Martinez’s young age, it is easy to see why Catalan giants ?Barça would be interested.

Whether the La Liga champions follow up their interest with a firm bid remains to be seen but it is clear Martinez is enjoying his football at ?Inter.