Inter Set to Bid for Atletico Madrid Defender Jose Gimenez to Partner Milan Skriniar

Inter reportedly intend to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez during the winter transfer window as they aim to find a valid alternative to Miranda who could play alongside Slovakian star Milan Skriniar. 

The Uruguayan has barely had the chance to play at Atletico after four years at the club, and Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport claims that he could now be keen on moving to a club where his role is better suited. 

This year, Atleti manager Diego Simeone has rarely featured the 22-year-old after he picked up an injury, with the last time he was in the starting XI as far back as September 30.

His chances to claim his role back are not particularly good, and Inter are in search of fresh help in the defence after suffering too many goals in the last Serie A matches before the international break. 

This has led them to eye the Atletico Madrid defender, whose skills and technical characteristics may be of good use for Luciano Spalletti’s team. 

If he is to accept a switch to the Serie A giants, he would be able to replace former Atleti player Miranda, who is thought to be ready to leave the club at the end of the season. He would also be able to play alongside fellow Uruguay teammate Matias Vecino.

Miranda’s contract expires in 2018 and there is no sign of a possible renewal so far, which has led the Nerazzurri to search for an heir in June. 

If Inter chose to pursue Gimenez, who is currently on a contract until 2020, they would need to trigger his release clause, worth €65m. 

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The Milan side will also face competition with other Serie A giants who are equally interested in signing the youngster, namely Roma and Juventus. 


Inter’s Milan Skriniar Denies Barcelona Rumours as Catalans Target New French Star

Defender Milan Skriniar has denied speculation of a transfer to La Liga giants Barcelona or Real Madrid and has claimed that he wants to remain at Internazionale. 

The Slovakian star has reportedly attracted interest from the top Spanish clubs and was thought to be close to leaving Inter either in January or at the end of the season. 

However, he reassured Nerazzurri fans in an interview with Sky Sport Italia, where he said that his place is in Italy: “I’m here in Milan now and I’m very happy, so I have nothing else in my mind for the moment.

“In this time of the year, with have to think about making good results and not about the transfer market. Don’t worry, I won’t be leaving next season.”

Inter had a more than convincing start of the season, boasting nine league matches and three draws that have led them to a solid third place in the table, only a couple of points adrift leaders Napoli. 

For these reasons, Skriniar has said the keeping up with the good work is Inter’s main goal.

“Having never lost makes us very proud and we have to remain at the top. There is no need to talk about winning the Scudetto or even reaching the Champions League now.”

Meanwhile, following the 22-year-old’s declarations, Barcelona have moved their interests elsewhere, as ?Calciomercato reports that the Catalans and Juventus are now targeting French starlet Lucas Tousart.

Both clubs are keeping an eye on the Lyon midfielder, who, despite his young age, has shown impressive skills during France Under 21’s match against Bulgaria last week. 

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After securing the transfer of Samuel Umititi with the Ligue 1 side more than a year ago, Barcelona are in good terms with Lyon and seem more likely to sign Tousart in the summer. 


Inter Dealt Ramires Blow as Jiangsu Reportedly Refuse to Sanction Midfielder’s Departure

?Inter Milan’s hopes of securing Ramires in the January window have been hit after Jiangsu Suning reportedly stated their desire to keep him.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ?Football Italia) has claimed that the Chinese Super League club don’t want to let the 30-year-old leave ahead of the new season starting in the spring.

Inter had been on the cusp of securing Ramires’ services on a six-month loan deal until the end of the 2017/18 campaign, but may have to look elsewhere for reinforcements if Jiangsu don’t want to play ball.


The midfielder has been heavily linked with joining I Nerazzurri in the winter window after starring for Jiangsu ever since he completed a £25m move from Chelsea to the Far East.

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti had earmarked Ramires as the man tasked with bolstering his first-team squad as the sleeping Italian giants look to build upon their impressive showing in Serie A so far this term.

Inter have taken 30 points from a possible 36 in Italy’s top flight and are yet to taste defeat domestically – form that has them within two points of current league leaders Napoli.

Ramires was expected to arrive in Milan in December ahead of being officially registered as an Inter player once the window opens on 1st January.

Those plans have now hit a snag with Jiangsu seemingly unwilling to let him go, and it remains to be seen whether Inter will try and make it worth their while to greenlight his move away.

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Ramires has notched 16 goals and 11 assists in 70 appearances for Jiangsu since he made his debut in the 1-1 AFC Champions League draw against Vietnamese side Becamex Binh Duong in February 2016.


Italy Confirm Departure of Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura Following Failure to Qualify for World Cup

?The Italian FA have ?come to terms on the departure of national coach Gian Piero Ventura following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Ventura was named as the successor to current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in June 2016 – stepping into his role the following month – signing a two-year deal at the time. He guided Italy through World Cup qualifying but only saw his side finish second in their group to Spain, and into the playoffs.

Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg

Sweden however put paid to Italy’s hopes of reaching Russia next summer with a 1-0 aggregate win, following Jakob Johansson’s first leg goal and a valiant defensive showing in the second leg at San Siro on Monday night. Italy’s failure to qualify saw the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Daniele De Rossi all announce their retirement from the international game.

Ventura’s departure has been strongly rumoured in the days since the loss, though the coach admitted after the game that he would need to discuss his position with the Italian FA before making a decision on his future. That decision however now appears to have been made for him.

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Carlo Ancelotti, who has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich earlier this season, has been strongly backed to replace him.


Paris Saint-Germain to Demand £18m for Chelsea & Liverpool Target Javier Pastore

?Paris Saint-Germain have set an asking price of £18m for reported Premier League target Javier Pastore, ?L’Equipe have reported.

The 28-year-old is considered dispensable by the Ligue 1 leaders, particularly as they look to comply with FIFA regulations, and appears likely to be shipped out in the January transfer window.

PSG need to sell players to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, which has alerted the attention of interested clubs.


Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League have been repeatedly linked with Pastore, although Inter are reportedly leading the race to secure his signature.

The Serie A giants are expected to pursue the Argentina international in January, while Liverpool and Chelsea could miss out.

Pastore has fallen down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes after the high-profile arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer, making just five starts in all competitions.


The former Palermo man joined PSG for €43m back in 2011 as one of the first big-money signings under the club’s Qatari ownership.

He has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the Parisians, winning Ligue 1 on four occasions and lifting the Coupe de France three times.

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PSG are expected to make a considerable loss on Pastore, but they have been left with little choice but to offload players deemed surplus to requirements after their summer of lavish spending.