Wanda Nara Insists Mauro Icardi and Inter Are Close to Agreeing ‘Peace’ Following Recent Exile

Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of Mauro Icardi, has insisted that the Argentinean striker is close to reaching an amicable settlement with Inter amid his ongoing exile from the club.

Icardi has been absent for Inter’s previous nine matches in all competitions after the club removed him from the captaincy – inevitably sparking rumours surrounding a potential exit in the summer transfer window.

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However, Nara has now played down any speculation surrounding a potential transfer away from ?Inter, telling Tiki Taka (via ?Football Italia): “Will we meet on Friday? With me no, but the club may very well meet him without me.

“If he meets the Coach then I come in… No, I don’t know. I talked to [director Giuseppe] Marotta, there’s no problem.

“We’re close to finding peace, we’re almost there. Mauro is recovering from a knee injury and hasn’t had a day off until [Sunday] because he wants to get back to his best.

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“I talked to Marotta and there are no problems between [?Icardi] and his teammates. He’ll be back once he’s fit.”

Inter sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has also had his say on the current situation, suggesting that Inter are looking to find a solution to the issue as quickly as possible.

“I hope the situation can mend itself,” the general manager told reporters, as per ?Football Italia.

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“We’re a family and parents must make decisions for the sake of their children, but they’re not punishments. They’re made so the kids can grow and get better.

“That’s how our decision should be interpreted. I hope we can mend this rift as quickly as possible because Icardi is a good lad who has given a lot to Inter and can still give us so much.”

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Inter Place €80m Price Tag on Mauro Icardi as Real Madrid Lead Chase for Striker

?Inter have placed an €80m price tag on Mauro Icardi amid growing speculation of a move away from the Nerazzurri this summer, according to reports from Spain.

The Argentina international has suffered a dramatic fallout with the Serie A side over his contract renewal and was stripped of the Inter captaincy earlier this year.

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Having not played for the club for over a month, many predict that the striker will be on his way out of Milan this summer, with many of European football’s biggest clubs, including ?Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus all linked with a move.

According to Spanish publication ?AS, Madrid representatives have made the first move for Icardi, and were told by ?Inter that the Argentine would cost in excess of €80m.

With Real facing competition from several rivals for the 26-year-old’s signature, the report adds that the potential figure to sign ?Icardi may rise ahead of an expected transfer battle.

AS claim that a delegation from Los Blancos was scheduled to meet the player’s representatives last week, but the announcement of Zinedine Zidane as manager meant that the club decided to postpone their trip to Milan.

Whilst Icardi remains Real’s ‘main target’ for a striker this summer, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is also understood to be on the ‘wanted list’, but a move for the England international seems highly unlikely due to a reported €350m asking price.

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Before his acrimonious sidelining from the first-team, Icardi had enjoyed another fine goal-scoring season for the Serie A giants, with 15 goals in 28 appearances.

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Luciano Spalletti Claims Inter’s ‘Team Approach’ After Europa League Exit Led to Derby Victory

?Luciano Spalletti claimed that the the exit from the Europa League showed them what they needed to fix, and they implemented those lessons as the Nerazzurri beat Milan 3-2 on Sunday evening.

Goals from Matias Vecino, Stefan de Vrij and Lautaro Martinez proved to be the difference and, despite a late fightback from Milan in the second half, Inter were able to hold on for their second derby victory of the season.

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It was another game for Inter without the presence of talisman ?Mauro Icardi but, when asked if ?Inter are playing better without the Argentinean, Spalletti turned his attention to the rest of his squad.

“We need to say well done to Lautaro for the penalty, well done to Perisic for the runs, well done to everyone for all you did,” he told Sky Sports Italia, as per ?Football Italia. “Bravo, Bravo to everyone in that dressing room.

“I also say Bravo to the fans, because they let the team know that they were behind us even in moments of difficulty. Thank you all.

“Lautaro is powerful, has technique, confidence. You just need to look him in the eyes and you can tell he can take on everything. We’ve found a young striker who can sort a lot of things out for us.”

Inter were recently knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt and Spalletti claimed to recognise the improvements that have already been made since that defeat.

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“When you put in a bad performance, go out of a tournament and everyone jumps on you, if you don’t clarify what happened and what needed to be fixed, you risked a hangover from that.

“As I said at the time, we had to work on roles and behaviour, a team approach to forget everything that happened before. I saw that transformation.”

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AC Milan 2-3 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Nerazzurri Prevail in Thrilling Milan Derby

?Inter earned the bragging rights in Milan, defeating AC Milan 3-2 in a thrilling derby on Sunday evening.

Inter got off to the best possible start, taking the lead inside three minutes through Matias Vecino. Lautaro Martinez latched onto a delicious cross and nodded the ball into the Uruguayan’s path for a simple close-range finish.

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Inter continued to push for a second, but they had to wait until the start of the second half to get it. Five minutes after the restart, Stefan de Vrij rose highest to head home with pin-point accuracy, seemingly putting the game to bed. However, Milan weren’t deterred and quickly pulled a goal back through Tiemoue Bakayoko – the Frenchman scoring an equally impressive header of his own.

The action didn’t stop there. Martinez restored Inter’s two goal lead from the penalty spot after Matteo Politano was brought down by Alessio Romagnoli, but that was soon cancelled out as Mateo Musacchio netted Milan’s second minutes later. Milan fought hard to find an equaliser, but their efforts were in vain as Inter held on for the victory.

Check out the full breakdown of the game below.


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Key Talking Point

?Milan couldn’t have been in better shape coming into this one, having gone undefeated in their previous 10 matches in all competitions, conceding just three goals along the way.

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The early goal for Inter seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Rossoneri and it took until midway through the second half for them to spring into life. In fairness, Gennaro Gattuso seemed to recognise that Milan weren’t at the races and did try to change things up to counter the effective Inter midfield, which contributed to their second-half fightback.

Finishing in the top four is still well within Milan’s hands, so the result is by no means disastrous in the grand scheme of things.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Donnarumma (6); Calabria (5), Musacchio (6), Romagnoli (6), Rodriguez (6); Bakayoko (7*), Kessie (5), Paqueta (5); Suso (5), Calhanoglu (6), Piatek (4).

Substitutes: Castillejo (6), Cutrone (5), Conti (5).


STAR MAN – Tiemoue Bakayoko

It’s been well established that Bakayoko has found his feet in Italy and he stood head and shoulders above the rest of his teammates in this one.

The Chelsea loanee was positive with the ball at his feet, constantly looking to drive forward and ask questions of the Inter defence. He combined neat footwork and quick thinking effectively and scored his first Milan goal for his troubles. Without him in the middle of the park, it could have been a whole lot worse.


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Key Talking Point

?Inter’s season has been full of ups and downs and the latest twist came in midweek as they disappointingly dropped out of the Europa League at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Based on form alone, Luciano Spalletti’s side were the underdogs, but they certainly didn’t show it early on. They took the lead early on and refused to take the accelerator pedal off, constantly asking questions of the Milan defence with resting runs and dangerous balls into the box.

Finishing in the top four was not the ultimate goal for the Nerazzurri this season, but it wouldn’t be a disaster by any means. Their place in the top four is looking more secure as the weeks go on, so they have to make sure that they remain focused. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Handanovic (6);  D’Ambrosio (6), De Vrij (7), Skriniar (6), Asamoah (6); Gagliardini (6), Brozovic (6), Vecino (7*); Politano (6), Perisic (7), Martinez (7).

Substitutes: Vallero (6), Candreva (N/A), Rannochia (N/A).


STAR MAN – Matias Vecino

Vecino is one of the many players who has failed to perform on a consistent basis for Inter so far this season, but the Uruguayan was in inspired form on this occasion – particularly during the first half.

Evidently brimming with confidence after his opening goal, Vecino frequently got on the ball and dictated the tempo of the game, contributing to his side’s impressive showing in the final third. He faded as the game went on, but that doesn’t detract away from how influential he was during the opening exchanges.


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Looking Ahead

Both sides take a break for the international fixtures before returning to action at the end of March. Milan travel to face Sampdoria, whilst Inter host Lazio

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Radja Nainggolan Reveals the Reason Why He Left Roma for Inter Last Summer

?Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed that a clash with director of football Monchi led to him leaving Roma last summer.

Despite being one of Roma’s star players in previous years, Nainggolan made the switch to the San Siro in a player-plus-cash deal which saw Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo move in the opposite direction.

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Speaking to Eleven Sports Belgium, Nainggolan opened up on his departure from the Giallorossi. He is quoted by ?HLN as saying: “I had a difference of opinion with the sporting director [Monchi]. He did not behave professionally towards me. Again proof that football is a false world. 

“If he had said as a man: ‘We want to sell you’, I would have replied ‘fine’. But he sent intermediaries to try and sell me in Turkey without my knowledge. 

“I realised, ‘I can’t stay here’. It was him or me. Because if I had stayed, I could – with my personality – have unleashed a world war every day.”

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Monchi recently hit the headlines as he left Roma following their elimination from the ?Champions League at the hands of Porto. He was heavily linked with a move to ?Arsenal to become their new director of football, but ultimately opted for a return to Sevilla, with whom he began his behind-the-scenes career.

The Spaniard helped Sevilla recruit the likes of ?Dani Alves?Sergio Ramos and ?Ivan Rakitic, before moving to Roma in 2016. The ?Serie A side had hoped for Monchi to replicate his scouting success in Italy, but he instead found himself facing intense criticism from unimpressed fans.

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With Monchi leading their transfer dealings, Roma sold the likes of Nainggolan, ?Mohamed Salah, Alisson and ?Antonio Rudiger, but they failed to suitably replace any of these stars, with many fans publicly berating Monchi for his failures.

Nainggolan has endured an injury-hit campaign with ?Inter, but has remained a regular part of their matchday squad. The Belgian has managed 26 appearances in all competitions, registering four goals and three assists from the heart of midfield.

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