Inter Set to Make a Swoop for PSG Playmaker in January as They Look to Rejuvenate Title Credentials

?Argentina and PSG midfielder Javier Pastore is reportedly the subject of interest from Italian giants Inter Milan, who look to continue their resurgence as a top European side.

As reported by TalkSport, the 28 year-old is likely to be looking for a move away from Paris after they bolstered their squad with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe this summer. 

With an abundance of talent in midfield and in the front line, Pastore feels he will soon become nothing more than a fringe player.

Sport Mediaset, an Italian sports programme, reported that Inter Milan are plotting a move for the former Palermo midfielder, who has spent six years at the Parc des Princes since his  €39.8m in 2011. 

Inter are reportedly plotting a January bid for the Argentine, with Chelsea and Liverpool also said to be admirers of the undoubtedly talented midfielder.

Following Neymar’s world record arrival in the summer from Barcelona, Pastore welcomed the Brazilian by handing his number 10 shirt to the new signing. 

Although a very sporting move no doubt, questions have been raised about whether Pastore is content with life in the French capital since PSG have upped the ante on their project of footballing dominance.

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In addition, PSG will be wanting to offload players to meet the Financial Fair Play regulations following their extortionate spending spree in the summer, so Pastore could be the start of the exodus from Paris.

Pastore has played 346 games for the Parisians, registering 67 goals and 69 assists thus far.

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Inter Milan End Chances of Player-Plus-Cash Deal for Arsenal Contract Rebel Mesut Ozil

?Arsenal have reportedly been hoping to hold out for a club to come in with a player-plus-cash deal for German international Mesut Ozil, however it looks increasingly more likely that the playmaker will remain in North London and play out the remainder of his contract. 

Arsenal now face the issue of potentially losing their former record signing in the summer and getting absolutely nothing in return. 

Calciomercato.com (via Metro) have reported that Arsenal were planning to try and strike a deal with Italian club Inter Milan that would involve Joao Mario going the other way. 

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Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is refusing to entertain the prospect of a move, with Mario being a key player in his team plans for the rest of the season. The Portuguese Midfielder has so far made six appearances this season for Inter (three of those were as a substitute) and contributed with three assists. 

On top of the fact that Spalletti doesn’t want to lose one of his star midfielders, Ozil is not a player who is extremely highly rated by the Italians, partly because he will likely demand a huge signing-on fee that will be infeasible for Inter to offer.

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The five-time German Player of the Year has already rejected a £225k-a-week deal by Arsenal and has been said to want a signing on fee of approximately £6m, seemingly dismissing any chance of Inter Milan signing Ozil. 

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Inter Milan Set to Challenge Bayern Munich for Schalke Star Leon Goretzka

?Inter Milan are set to join Bayern Munich in the race for young Schalke star Leon Goretzka, with the German international out of contract at the Veltins-Arena this summer, according to Italian news outlet ?calciomercato.com

It is thought that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have already struck an informal agreement with the Die Knappen youth star, and that a switch to the Allianz Arena would be confirmed in January. 

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It had been reported that fellow Serie A giants Juventus were also keen to land the hot-prospect midfielder, but following the Bavarian’s offer they cooled their interest so as not to upset a currently well-working transfer understanding with the Bundesliga outfit. 

But the Old Lady’s removal from the situation has sparked interest from Inter, who do not have such a strong relationship with Bayern and are willing to place an offer. 

However, the report suggests that Munich still remain strong favourites to land the dynamic midfielder, with the Reds still the place to be for any up-and-coming German footballer. 

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Goretzka has continued his strong form from last term, playing a key role in his national side’s success during the Confederations Cup tournament in Russia throughout the summer, as well as netting once in five starts in the Bundesliga for Schalke. 

But Inter are expected to try everything in their might to secure the 22-year-old, as he could well be a much needed addition to San Siro for next year with rumours continuing to circulate around star man Ivan Perisic’s future with the Milan club. 

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Milan Star Admits He Wouldn’t Turn Down Spanish Giants After Allegedly Rejecting Inter Offer

?AC Milan star Suso has admitted that other top teams in Serie A have made approaches for him – and said that while he turned them down, his response could be different if Real Madrid or Barcelona made a move. 

The former Liverpool man has scored two goals and notched two assists in the league this season, as he looks to follow up his breakout 2016/17 campaign at the San Siro. 

Speaking to Il fatto quotidiano (via ?AS), he said: “If the teams that want you are Real Madrid or Barça, you can’t say no. But Milan have always said they don’t want to transfer me and I’ve always said that I want to stay here.”

The 23-year-old also revealed: “Teams like Roma and Inter have made moves for me, but each time I received offers the club said they don’t want to sell me. And I was happy, because that’s what I wanted, too.”

Milan have had a tough start to the season despite spending over €230m in a complete squad revamp over the summer, sitting sixth in the table after humbling defeats away at Lazio and Sampdoria in recent weeks. 

Napoli and Juventus sit at the top of the table with six wins from six, while Inter have dropped just two points out of 18 – leaving Milan needing to pick up points early if they are to achieve their minimum aim of Champions League qualification. 

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Asked about his side’s prospects in the league, Suso said: “We still can’t win it, but we can qualify for the Champions League. Right now, Napoli and Juventus are ahead of us.”

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Inter Milan Boss Spalletti States His Side Must Emulate Past Scudetto Winners to Achieve Success

?Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has stated that his side need emulate the mentality of those who have lifted the Scudetto in the past if they are to achieve their aims this season, following the Black and Blues’ 1-0 win over a dogged Genoa at San Siro on Sunday afternoon. 

The 58-year-old saw defender Danilo D’Ambrosio net the only goal of the game inside the final five minutes, which was enough to secure all three points for the third-place Serie A outfit. 

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The 29-year-old full-back’s header from second-half substitute Joao Mario’s corner sparked relief inside the 80,000 capacity stadium; however, even though the Cherished One’s possess great strength and presence in the air, it was the first time the Lombardy side had really tested the Red and Blues’ aerial resolve – something that Spalletti is keen to address. 

“Genoa did well and they tried to make us win via a set-piece”, the Italian manager told the club’s ?official website following the final whistle. 

“We have a physical squad who are good at heading, therefore we must also consider set-pieces as an important option for us, one of our qualities. Today we won the match thanks to a situation like this.”

Inter struggled to break down their well organised opponents for the most part, and Spalletti believes his team did not show the creative flair or composure that had been witnessed in the Black and Blues’ opening four Serie A victories this season. 

“We passed the ball around too slowly but the lads played as a team,” the Certaldo-born man said. 

“They shown the right intentions and played in an ordered manner. They closed us down well and had players running at us, therefore we did well not to give hardly anything away. 

“Obviously we should have done something more when playing in and around area, using more creativity and inventiveness. We must be more unpredictable when in possession, creating space and pushing forwards.”

The win sees Inter keep pace with current league leaders Napoli and Juventus, and in order for the Milan side to achieve their goals this season Spalletti knows his squad must emulate the togetherness, mental strength and winning mentality that other Scudetto-lifters have shown in the past. 

“We are Inter and for this reason we must be looking to surpass our limits,” the former midfielder concluded. 

“The crowd are helping us. They want us to do well and we are doing our utmost to try and repay their faith. 

“We must create a mentality and spirit that helps us think we can do it. Demonstrating the same attitude that was shown by teams who’ve enjoyed success in years gone by.”

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