Inter Milan’s Deadline Day Signing Reveals Why He Chose the Nerazzurri Over Arsenal & PSG

Yann Karamoh, Inter Milan’s transfer deadline day signing from Ligue 1 outfit Caen, has claimed that Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain also tried to sign him but ultimately “I decided to come to Inter.”

Speaking to Premium Sport – via Football Italia – about his recent arrival in Serie A, the Ivory Coast forward had the following to say:


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“It’s a new football, I hope I can improve a lot. I’ve come to a new team and for me it’s important that they’re betting on me. PSG were waiting to make a move for me, and Arsenal contacted my agents.

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“There was also interest from Monaco and Lyon, but I decided to come here.

“Italian football is new for me, there’s much more quality here than in France, you could see that last year in Monaco-Juventus. It’s tough here, I was used to training this way in France but I hope I can improve a lot.”

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Concluding on the matter of footballing heroes, Karamoh stated:  

“My inspirations? There are so many. I’m inspired by Neymar, [Ricardo] Quaresma and also [Paulo] Dybala who is someone I admire a lot.”

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Bayern CEO Claims No Offers Were Lodged for Star Midfielder Despite PersisteSummer Rumours

?Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed claims Inter Milan made a bid for midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, telling Italian broadcaster ?Mediaset that they did not receive an offer from any club for the former Juventus man.

Vidal was strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena throughout the summer, with Italian side Inter Milan and Premier League Chelsea both rumoured to be potential suitors.

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However, Rummenigge has stated that nobody made a bid for the 30-year-old, who has since been an ever-present for Bayern this season.

“Nobody asked us for him and there was never an official offer for him, not even this summer when the market was open,” he said. “So I cannot confirm [Inter wanted him].”

The Bavarian side saw Douglas Costa, Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso all leave over the summer, and so it is believed that selling Vidal was not an option they favoured.

Nevertheless, Inter have started the Serie A season strongly without Vidal, with the club currently sitting in second place and head coach Luciano Spalletti seemingly happy with his new recruits.

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The San Siro club made five senior signings during the transfer window, including Fiorentina duo Borja Valero and Matías Vecino, and Steven Zhang, the son of the club’s owner Zhang Jindong, says he is satisfied with the way things have gone so far this term, even suggesting that the club can challenge for the Serie A title.

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Playing the Market: 7 of the Best Ever Jose Mourinho Signings From Throughout His Career

Jose Mourinho is embarking on what could be the most crucial season in his career. 

Failure to win the Premier League with Manchester United after two seasons of financial backing could mean failure and even the sack for the Special One.

The Red Devils have started the 2017/18 season in great form and new signings Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof have all started strongly.

Here are seven times throughout his career Mourinho has lived up to his nickname and got his signings bang on.

7. Paulo Ferreira

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Paulo Ferreira was one of Mourinho’s first ever signings when at Porto. 

He bought him for £1.7m in 2002. Jose converted the young Portugal star from a right midfielder to a right back. 

Ferreira went on to win back to back league titles at Porto, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League title. In his two years at Porto he only missed two league games.

Jose was so proud of this signing that he signed him again when appointed Chelsea manager in 2004, this time though for £17m, which shows just how much Ferreira impressed at Porto. 

Once again Paulo would go on to achieve back to back league title wins and three in total. As well as four FA Cups, two League Cups, another Champions League title and another Europa League.

6. Mesut Ozil

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When Mourinho became manager of Real Madrid in 2010 he faced the mammoth task of trying to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona. 

One of the new Madrid bosses first acquisitions was Mesut Ozil, who had shone for Germany at the World Cup, for £15m. 

In Ozil’s first season Real Madrid won the Copa Del Rey, but in the league they fell just short of Barcelona’s incredible 96 points. 

The following year, Ozil played a crucial role in the Mourinho jigsaw. Scoring four goals and getting 17 assists as Madrid amassed an incredible record breaking 100 points to wrestle La Liga title back from their greatest rivals.

5. Didier Drogba

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Drogba is one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers and was signed by Chelsea for £24m in 2004. 

While he had a fairly slow start to life at Stamford Bridge, it was in his third season at Chelsea that he would start to become the legend we now know him to be. 

Scoring 33 goals in all competitions and winning the golden boot that season, Drogba had the highlight of netting the only goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final.

He would score in many finals for Chelsea, most famously in the Champions League final of 2012, and became the archetypal Mourinho striker against which all other forwards were compared

4. Ricardo Carvalho

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Having played under Mourinho at Porto originally, Carvalho played twice more for the Special One – following him to Chelsea in 2004 and Real Madrid in 2010. 

It has often been said that to win league titles you need a solid defence, and the acquisition of the Portugal international proved a shrewd move on multiple occasions for Mourinho. There is simply no way a Mourinho all-time signings XI could not feature Carvalho.

3. Lucio

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Mourinho brought in veteran Brazilian Lucio in his final (but most important) season at Internazionale in 2009 for just under £6m – an absolute bargain even if Lucio was 31 at the time.

Lucio would be pivotal that season in helping Inter achieve an historic treble ending a 45-year wait to be crowned European Champions and delivering Jose’s second Champions League title. 

If you ever want to understand what it means to play with heart and without fear just watch Lucio’s performance against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi final of the Champions League.

2. Luka Modric

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Mourinho signed the magic Croatian in 2012 for an absolute steal at around £30m.

In his first season in the Spanish capital, Modric completed the most passes in the team and in his time at Madrid, he has so far won a league title, a Copa del Rey, three Champions Leagues and voted La Liga’s best midfielder twice.

1. Ashley Cole

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What makes the Cole signing so significant? Well, in landing the Arsenal left back Mourinho and Chelsea managed to capture the greatest left back in the world, in his prime, on the cheap and get one over on their biggest rivals at the same time.

Cole may not be a well-loved figure in the game. However, what is undeniable even to his biggest critics, is his talent. 

If Mourinho’s signings can emulate the quality and success of Cole, Man Utd fans will probably be celebrating their first league title since Fergie.

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Wife of Inter Ace Mauro Icardi Opens Up About Infamous Sampdoria Love Triangle Saga

The wife of Mauro Icardi has sought to end rumours concerning the pair’s infamous love triangle saga with the striker’s former Sampdoria team mate Maxi Lopez.

Wanda Nara, who is also Icardi’s agent, was a guest on South American TV show ?Telefe recently as she opened up about the affair that made the back pages of many papers.

Icardi and Nara are believed to have begun cheating on Lopez – who was the husband of Nara at the time – and many media reports alleged that the now Inter Milan ace had “stolen” the 30-year-old away from Lopez.

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However, Nara moved to refute those claims and explained why any flak should be directed at the Udinese forward instead.

She said: “Maxi Lopez? He cheated and I got tired of it. It’s not true that Mauro was very good friends with Maxi.

“They were teammates and had a good relationship, but his best friends are in Argentina.

Maxi and Mauro met several times and it was all very calm. The story, in fact, was noisier 

outside than inside.

“We won’t forget, for the good of the children, to try keeping our relationships as calm as possible.”

Nara and Lopez got divorced in November 2013 as speculation over an extra-marital affair gathered pace, and various media outlets continued to stoke the fire as, five months later in a clash between Inter and Sampdoria, Lopez refused to shake Icardi’s hand.

Icardi and Nara got married a month later in May 2014, and have two daughters – taking Nara’s total number of children from her two marriages to five.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old celebrity has also revealed why Icardi opted to turn down playing for the Italian national side in favour of Argentina.

The 24-year-old forward had played just seven minutes of senior international football for Argentina back in October 2013 before his recent call-up, and the marksman played the full 90 minutes of his nation’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay during September’s international break.

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Asked why he had resisted I Azzurri’s call, Nara admitted that Icardi had always held out hope of playing for the country of his birth.

She added: “Yes, the Italian national team tried to call him up Icardi 2-3 times, but he always refused.

“Mauro had clear ideas and only wanted Argentina. He was moved when Sampaoli’s call-up came because he dreamed about being part of the Argentina squad for a long time.”

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Mauro Icardi’s Agent Reiterates His Client’s Desire to Stay at Inter Milan for Foreseeable Future

?Mauro Icardi’s long-term future rests with Inter Milan despite interest from numerous European clubs according to his wife and agent, Wanda Nara – as per ?FourFourTwo. 

The Argentine striker has been linked with big money moves away from the San Siro in recent seasons but the Inter captain seems happy in Milan, especially after signing a 5-year contract last October.

Nara has said that the couple enjoy a great relationship with the club as the board has treated their star man extremely well, leaving Nara to state that they are unlikely to seek a move in the near future.

“We’ve renewed his contract with Inter three times because, when other clubs have wanted Icardi, they’ve done everything to keep him,” she told Telefe.

“Our relationship with the board is great, especially on a personal level. For example, when the girls were born, the club gave us a lot of gifts.

“As a family, it’s better for us to stay in Milan because the children want to stay there. Aside from that, Mauro’s very happy and he’s also the captain.

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“It’s not our intention to leave Milan but, if Mauro changes city for work purposes, of course we’d follow him.”

Icardi has started the season well with braces in both of Inter’s victories against Fiorentina and Roma. The Argentine will be hopeful that they can challenge the dominance of Juventus and bring a Scudetto to the Nerazzurri faithful for the first time since 2010.


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