Malaga Looking to Sign Inter’s Gabriel Barbosa Following Brazilian’s Subdued Season in Italy

?Spanish side Malaga are reportedly aiming to sign Inter Milan and Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa.

The 20-year-old forward, known as Gabigol, joined the Serie A outfit last summer with huge hopes, but only made nine appearances for the club – all of them off the bench. He registered a single goal, but also made the headlines when he stormed off the bench following the use of Stefano Vecchi’s third substitute during a 3-1 win against Lazio back in May.

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According to Spanish publication ?Diario AS, Malaga are looking to offer the player a way out, with their need for a new centre-forward exposed by an opening-day La Liga loss to Eibar. The report suggests that the Boquerones have already opened talks with Inter with a view to signing the player.

They will, however, face competition in the form of Portuguese sides Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, who are believed to have shown interest in attaining the player’s signature.

Gabigol, meanwhile, claims to have matured since the aforementioned incident and is ready to take on this season’s challenges.

“Every new season generates a great expectation on our part, from the people who follow us,” he said in a recent interview with Globo Esporte (H/T ?Goal).

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“It will be another year in Europe for me and I believe that I will be more prepared, more mature in order to play at my best.

“I hope this evolution can be shown on and off the pitch. I believe that. Even during the break, I made a point of staying in good physical and mental shape.

“I did physical work during this period to get back to Europe well. Now I will continue this and achieve my best physical and technical form in the season that will come.”


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Chelsea Reportedly Dealt Huge Blow in Their Pursuit of Inter Milan Star

?Chelsea are keen on signing Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva this summer but following comments made by the Italian’s agent, it seems Candreva will be staying with Inter Milan.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has been keeping tabs on the situation of the midfielder and admires his talent from the times they worked together during Conte’s reign with the Italy squad.

However, according to ?Goal, Candreva’s agent Federico Pastorello believes that his player will remain in Italy with Inter Milan.

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Pastorello said: “Candreva believes that he will stay. His desire is to continue at Inter and the club and [Inter manager Luciano] Spalletti have said the same.”

He added: “So I believe this season he will remain at Inter, but in January Chelsea wanted him.”

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Candreva attracted attention from European clubs after a more than impressive spell with Lazio – he played 101 games for the club and scored 32 goals. The midfielder joined Inter only 12 months ago and has continued his impressive form – scoring six goals and getting 10 assists for Inter Milan.

Following the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, Conte has been keen to add depth to his squad for the upcoming Premier League campaign and Candreva is high on the Italian’s list of targets.

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However, it seems that the 30-year-old will remain with Spalletti at Inter after he helped the side to an impressive 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in the opening Serie A game of the season. 

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Inter Milan Announce Loan Signing of Valencia Full-Back Joao Cancelo With Option to Buy

?Inter Milan have completed the loan signing of Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo with an option to buy the Portugal international.

Cancelo, who was previously a transfer target for Premier League champions Chelsea, played 91 matches for Valencia, scoring four goals, and is the latest player to join the Serie A giants.

A statement on ?Inter’s website reads: “Joao Pedro Cavaco Cancelo is a new Inter player. The Portuguese moves to the club on loan until 30th June 2018 with an option to make the deal permanent.

“Welcome to Milan Joao and best of luck for this new experience with the Nerazzurri!”

Cancelo joins the likes of Milan Skriniar, Borja Valero, Matias Vecino and Dalbert Henrique in swapping other European clubs for the San Siro, while Luciano Spalletti’s side have also kept star man Ivan Perisic, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

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The 23-year-old previously played for Benfica, making two appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese side before moving to Spain, and also made his international debut for Portugal in 2016.

Cancelo was part of the Portugal squad that finished runners-up in the European Under-21 Championship in 2015.

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Inter Milan Prepare for Summer Clearout as Two Forwards Head for San Siro Exit

?Inter Milan are prepared to let two key strikers leave the club, as they look to overhaul their squad before the transfer window closes at the end of August. The San Siro sleeping giants are believed to be prepared to part ways with both Montenegrin powerhouse Stevan Joveti? and tenacious youngster Gabriel Barbosa, who is more commonly known as ‘Gabigol.

According to reports from Italian football expert Gianluca Di Marzio, La Liga side Sevilla are in pole position to sign Joveti?, after the player impressed during a loan spell at the Andalusian side last season. Gabigol meanwhile has a host of admirers, but Benfica or Malaga look to be the frontrunners in securing his signature, after talks with Sporting Lisbon have slowed.

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Inter started the summer transfer window slowly, watching on as their stadium-sharing rivals AC Milan embarked on an astonishing transfer spending spree bringing in the likes of Italian legend Leonardo Bonucci. Inter have upped their action in recent weeks, bringing in big signings such as left-back Dalbert for £18m, defender Milan Skriniar for £20m and Matías Vecino for £21.6m.

While 18-year-old striker Facundo Colidio has joined the club from Boca, it is thought that the clearance of Joveti? and Gabigol is a move to free up funds and space for an expensive new striker to lead the line for I Nerazzurri. Mauro Icardi is the club’s first-choice striker, but a strong back-up option is needed if the club are to challenge for the title this season.

Inter opened their 2017/18 Serie A account in style, thrashing Fiorentina 3-0 at the San Siro.

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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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