Daniel Sturridge Set to Join Inter After Liverpool Halve Their Demands for Striker

?Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of a move to Italian club Inter after Liverpool halved their original transfer demands, the Liverpool Echo have reported.

The Reds had asked for a £5m loan fee for the England international, as well as the full payment of his £150k-a-week wage.

But Liverpool were unable to find a suitor willing to meet their demands for Sturridge.

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According to the Echo, “every major club in Europe” was alerted to the forward’s availability, but there were concerns over his lack of first team football and injury record.

Liverpool reportedly dropped their loan fee demands to £1.5m as a result, and Inter are now believed to be close to completing his signing.

Sturridge was not included in Jurgen Klopp’s squad for ?Saturday’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat against West Brom having made clear his intention to leave the club this month.

The 28-year-old remains hopeful of earning his place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, and wants more regular first team football in order to do so.

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“I have never in my life promised a player game time for the next few months – it is not possible,” Klopp said on Friday – quoted by ?The Guardian. 

“When Daniel is fit, training and in shape he is still an outstanding striker, there is no doubt about that. But he did not play the last few weeks for different reasons. One of them was of course Roberto Firmino’s performances, then Dom Solanke’s development. 

“And Daniel has been in and out of training [through injury]. In general more in than out of training but the time he was in he was a little unlucky with games. That was the situation, not more.”

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He added: “When we have something to say about it we will say something, but so far we needed him and we will see what happens in the next few days. I would say wait a little bit.”

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Benched Tottenham Midfielder Says He’s Happy Where He Is Despite Inter Speculation

Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has said that he’s happy where he is, saying that if he wanted to leave Spurs he would’ve done so already.

The Argentine has had a very hit-and-miss time at Spurs since joining from Roma in 2013, but has dispelled any report of him wanting to leave the north London club.

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“Obviously, I’m happy at Tottenham,” Lamela said, speaking to ?The Guardian. “If not, I would have left. I feel a part of the club, I’m at home here. I am not thinking about how long is left on my contract.”

He returned from a 13-month injury layoff back in October and has made 12 appearances since his return, although nine of which have been off the bench.

The rest of the current season is likely to be make or break for Lamela’s career at Spurs. His contract expires next summer and his experience in the next few months will probably determine whether the next contract he signs is with Spurs or not.

With reports of Spurs’ ?seemingly ?imminent capture of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, Lamela may be pushed even further down the pecking order and seek a move elsewhere.

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Sky Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has said on his ?website that Inter are ready to offer the 25-year-old a return to the Serie A, the league in which he scored 19 goals in 62 appearances.

But, for the moment at least, Lamela has said he’s happy to stay where he is.


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SPAL vs Inter Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News and More

?Inter are going through a poor spell of form, with the Italian side currently without a win in Serie A in six games.

Luciano Spalletti’s side will attempt to get back on track when they travel to face SPAL in Sunday’s early kick-off.

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The hosts, who are placed 18th in Italy’s top flight, have problems of their own to contend with, but a win is a must for Inter if they’re to stay within touching distance of third placed Lazio.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Sunday’s clash.


Classic Encounter

Inter started the season in full force, winning their first four games and conceding just one goal, and SPAL were one of their victims in September.

The encounter was a standard win as Mauro Icardi bagged a first half penalty before Ivan Perisic secured all three points with a strike in the 87th minute.

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Inter went unbeaten in domestic action until December, losing 3-1 to Udinese, and haven’t won a game since. 

SPAL have struggled since winning Serie B last campaign, winning just three times while letting in 39 goals in league action.


Key Battle

Alberto Grassi vs Borja Valero

Spaniard Valero has an impressive reputation amongst Serie A watchers after his time with Fiorentina and has played every league game for Inter since joining the club last summer.

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His passing and ball retention skills are key parts of his game, so expect SPAL’s midfield three of Jasmin Kurtic, Alberto Grassi and Federico Viviani to give him little time in possession.

If the trio succeed Inter could struggle, with Grassi in particular known for his tough tackling and blocking abilities, but if Valero finds space and time then expect the visitors to do well on Sunday. 


Team News

Both teams have few injury worries, with SPAL missing only central defender Bartosz Salamon.

New loan signing Kurtic is expected to make his debut in midfield, while the striking duo of Mirco Antenucci and Sergio Floccari will hope to inflict damage on Inter’s stingy defence.

Inter have signed Rafinha and Lisandro Lopez this month but both are expected to start Sunday on the bench.

Joao Cancelo should start at right-back with Danilo D’Ambrosio replacing Davide Santon on the opposite flank after the former Newcastle defender’s midweek blunder against Roma.

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Potential SPAL Starting Lineup: Gomis, Felipe, Vicari, Valsanen, Lazzari, Viviani, Grassi, Kurtic, Costa, Floccari, Antenucci. 

Potential Inter Starting Lineup: Handanovic, Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D’Ambrosio, Valero, Vecino, Candreva, Brozovic, Perisic, Icardi.


Prediction

Inter have struggled in recent weeks but should get back on track here with a win.

SPAL have won just two league games at the Stadio Paolo Mazza this season and the attacking trio of Ivan Perisic, Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi could be too much for the home side’s defence to handle.

While Inter’s rut could continue, they should have enough to get over the line here.

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Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face SPAL in Serie A on Sunday

?Inter’s Serie A title challenge has derailed alarmingly in recent weeks, with Luciano Spalletti’s side now 11 points behind leaders Napoli.

Now without a win in the league in six games, Inter travel to Ferrara to face SPAL, who are currently placed 18th and in dire need of a victory.

Here’s how Inter could shape up as they look to gain ground on those above them on Sunday.

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?The Slovenia international is Inter’s first choice goalie and will start here.

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?Davide Santon’s blunder saw Inter concede to Roma in midweek action, with I Nerazzurri only managing to claw back an equaliser in the 86th minute through Matias Vecino.

The Italian could be dropped in favour of Danilo D’Ambrosio, while Milan Skriniar and Miranda will continue in central defence in Sunday’s early kick-off.

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?Roberto Gagliardini was largely ineffective against Roma so Marcelo Brozovic, who came on as a substitute and assisted Vecino’s leveller, could play in behind striker Mauro Icardi. 

Borja Valero will play alongside Vecino, with Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva providing width on the flanks and support for Argentina international Icardi. 

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Icardi has been one of Europe’s best goalscorers this season, finding the net on 18 occasions in Serie A, but the 24-year-old has struggled for form in recent weeks.

With just two goals in eight appearances, Icardi will hope to get his side back to winning ways with a few strikes at the Stadio Paolo Mazza.

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Inter Finalising €20m Deal For Highly Rated Real Madrid Target Lautaro Martinez

?Italian giants Inter are said to be in advanced talks with in-form Racing Club de Avellaneda forward Laurtaro Martinez. 

Despite Real Madrid and rivals AS Roma showing an interest in exciting Argentinian youngster, Inter look set to wrap up a deal for a fee which is believed to be worth between €15-20m according to reports from ?Football Italia.

A meeting with respective representatives is said to have been arranged for Monday or Tuesday next week, with a verbal agreement already in place between the two parties. 

The 20-year-old has not been an ever-present for Racing Club this season but when he has featured, the forward has shown what all the fuss is about scoring four goals and claiming two assists in six games. 

Martinez is certainly one for the future and has been impressing on the international stage as well, netting seven goals in eleven appearances for Argentina at Under-20 level. 

The Racing Club forward isn’t the only Argentine that Inter are said to be keeping an eye on, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela also said to be on manager Luciano Spalletti’s wishlist. 

Current Inter striker Mauro Icardi has proven that Argentinian forwards can be successful in the Serie A, and will be a good mentor for Martinez once his move to Italy is confirmed.  


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