Inter Open New Contract Talks With Mauro Icardi to Ward Off Predators From Low Release Clause

After seeing player prices skyrocket this summer, Internazionale are desperate to tie star striker Mauro Icardi down to a new long-term contract.

24-year-old Icardi is undoubtedly one of the most talented strikers in world football, averaging a goal every 53 minutes this season and scoring 24 times in Serie A last season.

According to Premium Sport (via Football Italia) the Nerazzuri are keen to renew their key man’s contract and increase his buyout claise, which stands at a tempting €110m.

Icardi signed a new deal with Inter just last October, despite a public falling out with the sections of the club’s fans. Back then, a clause of €110m was inserted into the deal – which (in 2016) would have meant only a world-record bid could see him switch clubs.

However, Paris Saint-Germain changed the transfer market forever this summer after paying €222m for Barcelona star Neymar, as well as agreeing to a deal in principle with AS Monaco for the permanent transfer (expected to be €180m) of Kylian Mbappé next summer.

Inter’s hierarchy are now keen to raise the Argentine striker’s release clause to above €200m, while also giving Icardi a healthy raise to a salary of around €4.5m per season.

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The Sampdoria striker has started this season on fire under new manager Luciano Spalletti, scoring five times in just three games – including doubles against Fiorentina and title rivals Roma.


Southampton Chief Reveals Saints Had Bid Accepted by Inter for Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho

?Southampton had a €12m bid for Philippe Coutinho accepted in 2012, according to former Saints executive chairman Nicola Cortese.

Coutinho, who was then playing for Inter Milan, joined Liverpool a year later and has become one of the best players in the Premier League, attracting interest from Barcelona over the summer.

However, Cortese told Jim White that the south coast club had an offer accepted for the Brazilian, but the deal ultimately failed to be completed.

With Coutinho presumingly rejecting the chance to sign for Southampton, the club proceeded to sign Jay Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez and Steven Davis over the next year or so.

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Southampton have signed a number of players Liverpool have then gone on to purchase, with Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana all swapping St Mary’s for Anfield in recent years.

The Reds could have looked to sign Coutinho had he impressed at Southampton, but instead bought the 25-year-old for £8.5m in 2013.

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Coutinho has since gone on to be a hit on Merseyside, scoring 42 goals in 182 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

His form attracted interest from Barcelona during the summer and Coutinho was eager to leave Liverpool, handing in a transfer request as the Premier League side rejected three bids from the Catalan giants.

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Coutinho missed the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, but has been included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad, with Klopp eager to reintegrate the former Espanyol midfielder as soon as possible.


Gonzalo Higuain Names His Choice in GOAT Debate & Addresses ‘Bottler’ Criticisms

?Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has named Brazilian icon Ronaldo as ‘the best ever’, and admits to having spent hours watching the former PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Internazionale and Real Madrid phenomenon at work on old VHS tapes when he was growing up in Argentina.

Higuain was a teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo’s at Real Madrid and an international colleague of Lionel Messi at international, yet ‘R9’ Ronaldo is the only one for him in the GOATdebate.

“I’ve watched two million of his goals. For me, he’s the best ever, by a big margin,” Higuain explained in an interview with The Guardian.

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As for the key to his own goalscoring prowess, Higuain commented, “For me, it’s about always having the image of the goal in my mind. That’s fundamental, I think.”

After leaving Real Madrid in 2013, where he had scored a very impressive 110 goals in his final five seasons after arriving from River Plate as an unproven youngster, Higuain has established himself as one of the most feared and prolific strikers in Europe.


His goal tally improved year on year at Napoli, culminating in a haul of 36 in the league in 2015/16 to equal an 87-year-old Serie A record. He scored 32 in all competitions during his debut season at Juventus after a €90m move and has already found the net twice in 2017/18.

Higuain has acquired a reputation in the eyes of some as a ‘bottler’, though. He has played in a World Cup final, two Copa America finals and a Champions League final for club and country since 2014, and has missed several high profile chances that could have changed history.

The player himself does not see himself as cursed, or not having the mental strength to cope on the biggest of stages. Instead, he places a great deal of emphasis on just reaching that stage.


“I always believe that it’s beautiful to win important matches, but it’s also very important simply to reach those moments. I truly believe that. Juve have played two Champions League finals in three years. That is very difficult to do,” he explained.

And when it comes to the critics who point out his flaws, Higuain has little time, explaining, “My philosophy for football is to be happy with what you’re doing.

“Pay attention to people who want good things for you: to your team?mates, to the staff – if my father, or my manager, or my club’s president says something that interests me. Not someone who does not know me and is not saying these things to help me get better.”


PHOTO: Inter Release Stylish New 3rd Kit for the Current Season

Inter Milan have released their brand new third kit for the season.

The Italian side, who have kicked their latest campaign ?off with three wins from three, and are looking to get back to the top of the Serie A standings, having fallen short of the mark in recent years.

And on Monday, they released images of their novel third strip, which will be available to fans on select websites as well as their official store.

The announcement on their official website reads: “The new FC Internazionale Milano third kit is an eye-catching, original design that offers the best in contemporary detailing and style whilst using cutting edge Aeroswift technology for this most modern of kits.

“This new innovative and modern kit perfectly represents FC Internazionale Milano’s traditions and style.

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“The new third kit will be worn by the players during the away match on September 16th and it will available from September 12th on, and the major authorized dealers.” 


Milan Legend Paolo Maldini Names the Two Toughest Opponents He Faced During Illustrious Career

?Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini has named two South American icons as the toughest opponents he faced in a glittering career that spanned three decades and took in over 1,000 games for club and country.

The retired defender played in the golden age of Serie A and faced the likes of Roberto Baggio, Lothar Matthaus, Michel Platini and among countless other superstars.

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But it was Diego Maradona, from his time at Napoli in the late 1980s, and the phenomenal young Ronaldo during his spell at Inter who really stood out.

“I was lucky enough to play against Maradona. He and Ronaldo, when he was at Inter Milan – they were my toughest opponents,” Maldini revealed in an interview with Bild.


Maradona’s finest years came when Maldini was just establishing himself in Milan’s all conquering team between 1986 and 1990. The Argentine had arrived in Italy in 1984 and proceeded to drive Napoli to a maiden scudetto in 1987 off the back of winning the World Cup.

The team won a further league title in 1990, as well as capturing the UEFA Cup in 1989.


Ronaldo, meanwhile, arrived in Italy in 1997 when Maldini had long been considered one of the top defenders in the world. The Brazilian forward had scored 47 goals in 49 appearances for Barcelona the previous season and terrorised Serie A defence in the 1997/98 campaign.

Only serious injury problems arguably stopped Ronaldo from becoming the best of all time.