Spanish Journalist Tips Inter Captain Icardi to Undergo Real Madrid Medical After €92m Offer

?Mauro Icardi could be set for a sensational Real Madrid transfer after reports in Spain alleged the Inter Milan captain was the subject of a €92m offer.

Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada told Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones (h/t ?Football Italia) that Los Blancos had made a bid of that sum to Inter – €80m up front and €12m in bonuses – to try and tempt to them to part with Icardi. Estrada even claimed that Icardi could undergo a medical on Boxing Day – despite the fact Inter are flying high in Serie A.

The claim also stated that the 24-year-old striker had been offered a contract worth €9m-a-season after tax, and would be granted a 30% stake from any image rights deal that he would sign with Real.

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Real boss Zinedine Zidane has been tipped to make strides into the January transfer window as he looks to strengthen his first-team squad in the capital after a below par first six months of the season.

RB Leipzig hotshot Timo Werner had been the favourite to move to Santiago Bernabeu next months, but Icardi has now taken over the Germany international in the race to move to Spain.

Despite Estrada’s claim, however, Icardi has spoken of his desire to remain with the current Serie A leaders as he admitted that Luciano Spalletti’s ability to coax his best form out of him had led to his recall to the Argentina set up.

Icardi said (via ?Football Italia): “I believe that my Argentina call-ups are a reward for what I’ve done so far in an Inter shirt. Everything’s going well at the minute, and I hope to keep going like this until the end of the season, with this rate of goalscoring, to have a chance of going to Russia.

“Real Madrid? My family are happy in Italy. We’re first and I’m top scorer. What more could I ask for?”

Icardi, whose relationship with Inter’s fanbase suffered a huge downturn last season over remarks he made in a book, has won the supporters back over with his scintillating goalscoring form this season.

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The four-times capped international has plundered 16 goals in just 15 starts to help Inter to the top of Italy’s top flight unbeaten, and his displays have now apparently alerted Real Madrid to his talents.


Real Madrid Star Admits Icardi ‘Could Help’ Los Blancos Form But Insists Benzema Is World’s Best

?Mateo Kova?i? has admitted that he would like to see former Internazionale teammate Mauro Icardi join him in Madrid. However, the Croatian insisted that the Argentine international would have to fight for his place alongside Karim Benzema in the Los Blancos starting lineup.

The Austrian-born Croatia internaional moved to Real Madrid in 2015, completing a €31m transfer after impressing as a teenager at Inter and Dinamo Zagreb. 

Kova?i? has largely been on the fringes of the first-team at the Santiago Bernabéu, making just 80 appearances for the reigning European champions.

I have played with [Icardi], he’s a very good player who scores a lot of goals,” Kova?i? told Marca“But we have the best forward in the world, which is Karim. Icardi is good and could help us for sure, but I don’t talk about signings.”

Icardi – who was actually a youth team star at Real Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona – has been vital for the Nerazzurri this season, helping Inter to the top of the Serie A table ahead of Napoli and Juventus. 

With 16 league goals this season – just nine less than the entire Real Madrid squad have managed in La Liga – the former Barcelona academy player won’t come cheap for any potential suitors.

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“There is no need to convince him to commit further to Inter,” There is no need to convince him to commit further to Inter,” Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, said, as reported by Goal.

“His contract is long and his commitment is clear, he is our captain and wants to win with this shirt. All this goes beyond the contracts and the clauses.

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“Real Madrid haven’t contacted us, but it would be their job to convince Mauro to leave a project like ours in which he is the protagonist. Also, a release clause is not a problem.”


Inter ‘Interested’ in Swapping Midfield Misfit for Man Utd Stars as Nerazzurri Look to Maintain Form

Manchester United have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Inter’s midfielder Joao Mario as part of a deal that could include a straight swap for Juan Mata or Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 

The Portuguese midfielder has failed to impress in the first part of the season and is rumoured to be eager to depart from San Siro.

Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport claims that United boss Jose Mourinho would be keen on taking the fellow Portugues on board and exchange him with Mata, who has entered his last months of contract at Old Trafford. 

However, the Spaniard does not seem to be Inter’s first choice, as the report claims that the Nerazzurri have rather set their eyes on Mkhitaryan and would be willing to negotiate his swap with Joao Mario. 

The Armenian has made fewer and fewer appearances with the Reds since the beginning of the year and has only been featured once since the club’s defeat to Chelsea last month.

Corriere claims that Mourinho would be happy to let him go in return for cash and Mario during the winter transfer window. 

The Portuguese manager has been keeping an eye on the Serie A as he is also reportedly interested in landing Juventus target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio. 

Meanwhile, Inter have also reportedly eyed Paris St-Germain’s Javier Pastore, who has often been benched in the past few months and seem willing to leave France. 

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A straight swap between him and Mario is also thought to be an option for the Nerazzurri.


Luciano Spalletti Emotionally Thanks Inter Fans for Their Support After Fantastic Serie A Start

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has managed to do what many thought impossible in the early part of the season. 

The former Roma coach joined the Nerazzurri earlier in the summer, after the club’s disastrous 2016/17 season in which three different managers took charge yet failed to challenge for the Scudetto, reach the European places or register any silverware.

Less than 20 matches after his arrival, Spalletti’s Inter look radically changed compared to the year before and are sitting first in the Serie A table, currently above the likes of Napoli and Juventus. 

The Nerazzurri’s incredible success, which is largely down to Spalletti’s revolution of the team, has boosted the fans’ confidence in the squad, as San Siro stadium has returned to being filled with cheering crowds after years of low ticket sales.

Now that his men travel to Allianz Stadium on Saturday night for a top of the table clash against Juventus, the Italian has emotionally thanked the fans’ support of the past few weeks.

He told the media (via Gazzetta dello Sport): “I feel like I’m sitting on a sofa at home and I’m surrounded by Inter supporters. 

“But the ones who should really take credit for the team’s successes are the lads themselves because the ball rolls on the pitch and they have to pick it up.

“Those who played Sunday’s game have heard the public cheer them, as the fans are always ready to support the lads.” 


Ex-Inter Chairman Aims Cheeky Dig at Rivals AC Milan Over Conte Managerial Rumours

?Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a “smart guy” who would never dream of becoming the new manager of AC Milan, according to Inter’s former chairman.

Massimo Moratti took a less than subtle dig at his former club’s fierce city rivals in an interview with ?Gazzetta dello Sport as he opined on the Chelsea boss taking up the reins of I Rossoneri.

Milan sacked Vincenzo Montella in late November after a poor performance in Serie A following their lavish summer spending spree, and Conte was immediately installed as one of the favourites to land the vacancy.

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The Blues gaffer has been continuously linked with a return to Italy after he made comments about wanting to head home in the future, but has committed his immediate thoughts to Chelsea and harbours no hopes of moving back to his homeland any time soon.

Moratti made his cheeky comments about Conte and Milan when he was asked to compare the 47-year-old with current Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, and claimed that if Conte ever managed I Nerazzurri – and failed to win trophies – it would be the club’s fault instead of his.

Moratti said: “He is a great manager, the only difference with [Luciano] Spalletti is that Spalletti has yet to win a Serie A title, Conte has already won league titles in Italy and in England.

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“If he’d joined Inter and failed it would have been Inter’s fault. A move to AC Milan? No, I don’t think so, he is a smart guy.”

Inter appointed Spalletti as their own new manager in the summer after he departed Roma for San Siro.

The 58-year-old has since led Inter to the top of Serie A thanks to a run of 12 wins and three draws from their 15 league matches this term – the sleeping giants now one and two points ahead of second and third placed Napoli and Juventus respectively.

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Moratti went on to add that he considered Spalletti to be a top manager and revealed that he would not look to advise the Italian on any key club issues.

He added: “I’d never give him advice. I’ve explained to him the mentality of an Interista, but he already knew it.

“I also wanted to hire him but I never managed to in the past. We were very close after the treble but he chose Zenit instead.

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“He can read the players’ mind just like Mourinho. Players like Ranocchia, Santon and Brozovic are reborn.”