Arsenal Alerted to January Availability of Inter Star & Euro 2016 Winner

?Joao Mario is being made available for transfer by Italian giants Internazionale, with Arsenal reportedly eyeing a surprise move for the midfielder during the January transfer window.

The Portugal international only joined the Nerazzurri 18 months ago in a £40m deal from Sporting CP, but has found establishing himself as a first team regular challenging at the San Siro.

Italian football website Tuttosport reports Inter are willing to accept a reduced bid of £26m for the 24-year-old midfielder, who is no longer in manager Luciano Spalletti’s plans after the club’s impressive start to this season’s Serie A campaign. 

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Inter remain undefeated and second, two points adrift of current leaders Napoli.

Euro 2016 winner Mario has made a total of 39 appearances for Inter, but managed just three starts in Serie A this season.  It is understood he would consider a move to England, to secure more regular football.

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Portugal have qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia and Mario recognises he needs to be playing regularly and at a high standard to prove to national coach Fernando Santos that he deserves to be selected for the country’s final squad. 


Picking a Best Starting XI of Players Offloaded by Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is regarded as one of the best managers of his generation – and rightly so. The Portuguese boss is a serial winner, having collected trophies from all over Europe – be it in his native country, England, Spain or Italy; he wins.

However, Mourinho has been known to make a few ‘mistakes’; in which he’s sold top quality players because they don’t fit his system, or they’re now too old, or he simply doesn’t rate them.

So what better to do than create a line-up of some of the best players he has gotten rid of?

*Disclaimer* – We’re rating these players through their ability at the height of their careers; not when they were sold, nor their footballing ability as of this very moment.

So, let’s get the ball rolling from the back…

1. Goalkeeper – Petr Cech

Petr Cech has individual awards coming out of his scrum cap.

Czech Republic’s most capped player also holds the Premier League’s most clean sheets, and the former Chelsea stopper has picked up an impressive four Golden Gloves in the same division.

One of modern football’s finest goalkeepers, Mourinho removed Cech from Stamford Bridge to make way for the increasingly brilliant (and considerably younger) Thibaut Courtois – quite a smart move.

2. Centre Back – David Luiz

It was actually Mourinho who brought David Luiz into Chelsea only months before he departed the club for the first time. 

Upon his return, he sold the crazy haired defender to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 for a world record fee for a defender. As excuses go, that’s a pretty good one. £50m is a lot for a controversial, attacking minded centre-half; although he can strike one hell of a free-kick every now and then.

Perhaps the manager was still haunted by those dark few months that led to his dismissal by having the Brazilian in his squad.

Funnily enough, the summer after Jose had left Chelsea (for the second time) Luiz returned again, where he remains.

3. Centre Back – Leonardo Bonucci

This is where Mourinho massively messed up. Granted, he wouldn’t be at Inter by the time the defender really started showing his true ability, but Leonardo Bonucci has become one of the best centre backs on the planet in recent years, and Jose sold him to Serie B side Treviso for a tiny €500.


4. Centre Back – Marcel Desailly

Regarded as one of the finest French defenders of all time, Desailly was one of the first to go when Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge the first time.

In fairness to Jose, Desailly was a shade of his former self when he arrived into London, and at 36 years old, he couldn’t really offer much to his new boss.

But still, it’s Marcel Desailly.

5. Right Midfield – Arjen Robben

Hasn’t Arjen Robben always seemed old? Even at Chelsea in 2004 as a 20-year-old, just look at that hairline.

Mourinho and the Dutchman spent roughly the same amount of time at Stamford Bridge in the Portuguese chief’s first stint there. In fact, Mourinho probably didn’t even want to sell Robben, but when a big team like Real Madrid comes calling with a £24m offer (at the time that was a lot of cash), there’s very little you can do.

6. Centre Midfield – Kevin de Bruyne

This is absolutely brilliant. Mourinho must hate himself for letting this one go.

Kevin de Bruyne – currently regarded as the best player in the Premier League (and increasingly so around Europe), was sold to Wolfsburg by Mourinho in 2014 because he didn’t train well enough, and now plays for the Manchester United manager’s rivals Manchester City.

If only you could turn back time.

7. Centre Midfield – Frank Lampard

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard saw his time with the club run to an end during Mourinho’s second stint in west London.

In fairness to Jose, it wasn’t his decision to ship the English midfielder off to the MLS for a couple of years – but he’s still one talented player departing a club under Mourinho.

8. Left Midfield – Mohamed Salah

We’ve got a bit of a Chelsea theme running through here, don’t we?

Here’s another player who may well come back to haunt Mourinho, with Mohamed Salah now sitting at the top of the Premier League’s goal scoring charts for Liverpool.

The Egyptian was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, which meant only one thing to Jose…the boot.

9. Striker – Hernan Crespo

Yet another victim of Mourinho’s vicious transfer dealings at Chelsea. Hernan Crespo, one of the greatest strikers to walk the planet in the last 20 years, was deemed surplus to requirements upon the arrival of Didier Drogba.

Three loan spells later and Crespo was released from Chelsea – free to join Inter. Inter who incidentally, then signed Mourinho – who ended Crespo’s career with the San Siro outfit as well.

10. Striker – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Speaking of Inter, how could anyone forget Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Mourinho axed the Swede in exchange for €46m and Samuel Eto’o in the summer of 2009 (which, to be fair, was a brilliant deal at the time).

Perhaps this was a deal that Mourinho was reluctant to make happen, considering he re-signed Zlatan for Manchester United last season – and they’ve both always spoken very fondly of each other.

How romantic.

11. Striker – Raul

Once again, a club legend offloaded by the relentless Jose Mourinho.

After 16 years at the Santiago Bernabeu, The Portuguese boss saw Raul leave the club in 2010, following a long spell on the sidelines through injury.

However, it can also be argued that at this point, Raul’s days at the top level were all but over – but then again, that’s not so fun is it?


Serie A Legend Claims Mauro Icardi Will ‘Replace’ Karim Benzema at Real Madrid Next Season

Former Fiorentina and AC Milan attacker Daniele Massaro has claimed that Inter striker Mauro Icardi will be at Real Madrid next season, as a replacement for Karim Benzema.

Icardi has been on red hot form over the last two seasons, and the Argentine is quickly becoming one of the most revered attackers around Europe, and with 13 goals in as many appearances this term, the 24-year-old doesn’t look to be slowing down.

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And now, with Madrid’s Benzema becoming increasingly unimpressive (despite scoring a brace in Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over APOEL), Massaro seems to think that the Inter attacker is a natural replacement for the Frenchman:

?“I can tell you that, next year, Icardi will be at Real Madrid in [Karim] Benzema’s place,” Massaro told Premium Sport (via Marca).

Before Tuesday’s win, Benzema had only notched one goal this season, as Real Madrid have failed to hit their expected heights in a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign.


However, Benzema may have little to worry about, having signed a fresh four-year-deal at the end of September with Los Blancos. The 29-year-old discussed his delight at signing the new deal at the time, claiming that it was an easy choice to make:

“When you’re at a club and you’re a first-team regular, you don’t need to look elsewhere – especially when you’re at a club like Real Madrid.” Benzema told Sky Sports.

“I think we’re in one of Real Madrid’s best periods ever, it’s as simple as that. The team is really very strong.”

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Madrid now turn their attention to Malaga, who they face at home in their next La Liga fixture.


Agent Calls for Inter to Move on PSG Ace Javier Pastore Amid Chelsea & Liverpool Interest

Javier Pastore’s Agent Marcelo Simoanian has encouraged Italian giants Internazionale to ready a bid for his client in the upcoming January window.

After the outrageous summer acquisitions of Neymar and Mbappe at the Parc des Princes, competition is fierce in all attacking areas and the Argentine, who usually operating in the number 10 position, has slipped down the pecking order for Unai Emery.

The 28-year-old has now been linked with a move to either Serie A or the Premier League, with Liverpool and Chelsea both monitoring the player’s situation.


It appears as though Inter may have already won the race for his signature though according to his agent.

Simonian told ?FCInterNews (?via Sports Mole) that he admired Luciano Spalletti while claiming that, “bringing in Pastore would be an historic opportunity for the Nerazzurri to get back to their winning ways of the recent past.”

“We’ll see if their Chinese owners can sniff out a deal and make the most of having those two phenomenal Inter directors on their books,” he added.


A further boost for Luciano Spalletti comes from Pastore himself, as when questioned about a potential loan switch to Sevilla, the Argentinian international revealed: “it’s more likely i’ll go to Italy.” 

This term Pastore has featured in seven of PSG’s Ligue 1 games this campaign, earning his fourth start in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Nantes – setting up Edinson Cavani for their first and scoring the third.

The playmaker was a success in his first four years in Paris but injuries, inconsistency and competition for places have hampered his progress since his move from Palermo in 2011.


Brazil Legend Ronaldo Picks His Dream Starting XI and It’s Just as Fearsome as You’d Expect

?Arguably the best striker of all time, Ronaldo de Lima has stormed Serie A, La Liga and the international stage having won the highest honour in football, the World Cup. 

The sensational forward obviously played alongside some of the very best along the way in his illustrious 18-year career. While speaking to FATV, Ronaldo revealed his all-time top XI, including past and present greats and it might just be the greatest team ever built.

The two-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 352 at club level, while also managing an impressive 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil. R9 has graced the field for a number of top clubs, including: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Corinthians, but who features in his dream outfit?

The Brazilian has created an absolutely legendary side here and has opted to select current-day superstar, Lionel Messi – who bettered Ronaldo’s scoring record at Barcelona which stood at 47.

Ronaldo had previously managed 34 goals in 37 appearances in La Liga and received the first of his three Player of the Year awards in the 1996-97 season, despite only playing in Barcelona for a single season.

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The striker is probably most famous for his brace against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, as Brazil ran out 2-0 victors. Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to select Ronaldo in the Selecao, despite the move being labelled a gamble, as the player had barely played football for two years.

Having helped himself to eight goals, as Brazil secured their fifth and to date last World Cup title – with the tournament recommencing in Russia next year – Scolari must have wondered in hindsight how there was even a decision to be made.

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Ronaldo topped a glorious 2002 with his third and final World Player of the Year, having won his second at Inter in 1999. The striker then spent five years at the Bernabeu during the famed galactico era – netting 104 goals in 177 games.