West Ham Have Fears Inter Milan Forward Could Be Denied Work Permit as Bilic Intensifies Search

?Premier League club West Ham United are keen to make a move for Inter Milan youngster Gabriel Barbosa – but they have fears that the FA will deny them the transfer.

West Ham are desperate for a striker this summer and they are attempting to bring Barbosa to London on a year-long loan. However, according to the ?Mirror, the Hammers have fears that Barbosa will be denied a work permit by the Premier League’s Exceptions panel.

The 20-year-old signed for Inter Milan just one year ago from Santos for a fee of around £26m, but since his arrival in Italy, he has made just ten appearances for the club – nine of those coming from the bench. 

He has also featured three times for Brazil when he helped his country to Olympic glory in 2016.

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However, due to the lack of game time Barbosa has received in the last 12 months, it is understood that he will not match the criteria needed to be accepted for a work permit to play football in England.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is willing to dispute the work permit as his frustration grows at being denied a transfer for one of the most promising young players in European football.

If the London club do fail to sign Barbosa from Inter, they do still have a strong interest in Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi, West Brom’s Nacer Chadli and also Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic.


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Inter Director Appears to Deny Man Utd Are Close to Striking Ivan Perisic Deal

?Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio appears to have poured cold water on recent suggestions that Manchester United could soon tie up a deal for star winger Ivan Perisic, flatly declaring, “It’s not happening”, upon being quizzed about the saga.

A report from The Independent earlier this week claimed that United are ‘confident’ of completing a £45m-£50m deal for Inter winger Ivan Perisic , while Sky Sports have since added that the player is keen on the proposed switch to Old Trafford after his agent met with Inter for talks.

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Sky’s update added that while no agreement has been reached, United are ‘getting closer’.

Yet Ausilio’s take on the situation appears to be different. Inter are believed to have steadfastly stuck to their €55m (£48m) valuation and Ausilio’s recent comments to Sky Italia would suggest that he has now grown tired of negotiating with United.

“It’s not happening. Perisic is training with us and so far we have not taken into consideration anything that Manchester United have offered us,” the Inter director is quoted as saying.

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With United already having signed centre-back Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, the club is halfway to their goal of four signings. Rumours continue to abound about a number of defensive midfield targets, while Perisic fits the brief another creative player.

United are now just days away from their first outing of pre-season ahead of Saturday’s opening tour friendly against famed MLS franchise LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Fans will be hoping to catch a first glimpse of Lukaku in United red, while Lindelof is also in line to feature.


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Manchester United Hoping to Finalise Ivan Perisic Swoop With Final £45m ‘Take it or Leave it’ Offer

?Manchester United are hoping to seal the signing of Ivan Perisic from Internazionale within the next week, with Ed Woodward skipping the club’s pre-season tour of the US in order to concentrate on tying up the deal. 

The club’s transfer business is picking up after the signing of Romelu Lukaku over the weekend, with the ?Mirror reporting that club officials are hoping that a last-ditch ‘take it or leave it’ offer of £45m will be enough for Inter to let go of the 28-year-old – who the Italians are believed to value closer to the £50m mark.

Perisic is currently in pre-season training in northern Italy with his team, but is reported to be keen to push through a move to last season’s Europa League winners sooner rather than later in order to avoid any late drama, and get himself integrated into the squad as soon as possible. 

The Croatian scored 11 goals off the left wing last season, adding eight assists in the league, despite Inter’s struggles in the latter part of the campaign – which led to the dismissal of Stefano Pioli. 

Jose Mourinho is looking to add a more dynamic element to what was, at times, a very one-paced attack last season – and Perisic’s arrival could spell trouble for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford’s prospects of game time in the coming campaign if he nails down a place as a starting left winger. 

With Lukaku expected to play as a lone striker in Mourinho’s system, the two youngsters could find it difficult to carve out consistent roles in the first team.


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RUMOURS: Liverpool target Kondogbia allowed to leave Inter

The Serie A outfit are prepared to discuss loan or permanent deals in January, with the midfielder one of five players to have seen the San Siro exit door opened

Liverpool target Geoffrey Kondogbia is one of five players Inter are prepared to part with during the January transfer window, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 23-year-old midfielder has struggled for form in Serie A this season and could form part of a San Siro clearout alongside Jonathan Biabiany, Felipe Melo, Stevan Jovetic, Rodrigo Palacio and Davide Santon.

English eyes are likely to fall on many members of that quintet, but it is Kondogbia who is attracting the strongest Premier league interest at present.

Jurgen Klopp is reported to be in the market for further midfield steel and could make a move now that the path has been cleared, although any deal will cost around €22 million (£18.6m) – either as an upfront sum or as a commitment to buy in a loan agreement.


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Banega wants end to sloppy Inter starts

The Nerazzurri have conceded first in all but one of their competitive games this season and the Argentine midfielder is keen for them to break that wretched habit

Inter midfielder Ever Banega believes slow starts are costing Frank de Boer’s side after they went down to a 2-1 Serie A loss at Roma.

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Edin Dzeko gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead – with Inter having conceded first in all but one of their competitive games this season.

Banega produced a coolly taken equaliser before Kostas Manolas sealed the points for Roma, meaning the Argentina international’s first Inter goal came as little comfort.

“It’s a shame my goal ultimately didn’t help,” he told reporters

“It was a very difficult game and we created so many chances, it’s disappointing to emerge empty-handed.

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“We must continue working and going forward to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

“It’s a pity about the goal at the start, then we failed to make the most of our opportunities. This game teaches us not to repeat the same mistakes.

“We must learn to start strong in the opening 15-20 minutes and not just react to going behind.”

Inter defender Davide Santon felt unnecessary mistakes cost his side at Stadio Olimpico.

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“We committed too many errors when building play, despite the fact we knew Roma have super-fast players,” he said on Inter’s official website. “We controlled the contest better in the second half but conceded a free-kick that we should have avoided [for Manolas’ goal].

“We were feeling confident at 1-1 but their strike for 2-1 took the wind out of our sails. We have to work hard, we conceded first yet again this evening.

“The objective is still [qualifying for] the Champions League but we have to improve our approach.

“Too often we allowed Roma to pick up the second ball. We had a lot of chances but couldn’t manage to equalise straight away.

“We messed up lots of passes and both sides had bags of openings to score.”