Sunderland Chief Reveals That Black Cats Paid Inter £10m for Ricky Alvarez Amid Financial Concerns

?Sunderland fans have made their concerns known regarding the club’s somewhat shaded financial state, and Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain – speaking in an interview with Chronicle Live – frankly addressed the main questions pledged by the supporters, including the reality surrounding the club’s ‘obligatory’ payment to Inter Milan for Ricky Alvarez.

Receiving £45m in parachute funds following their relegation from the Premier League, the North East outfit also received £33m from Everton for young keeper Jordan Pickford, and understandably so the passionate fanatics of the club are curious to where the money has gone.

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Bain claimed: “I’m a football fan and I understand that supporters look at the money they know is coming in, and the money they see going out, and wonder what happened to the difference.

“I recognise that we have sold players for a large amount of money and our spend is not commensurate with that.

“The truth is that every penny of the £33m that we received for Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone has gone into the running of the club.

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“Fans have not seen that money paid out on new players this summer, and the reason is that the money was already accounted for, primarily because of significant payments due this summer for players signed in previous seasons.

“Added to this, the club was obliged to pay £10m for Ricky Alvarez due to a deal that was done in 2014. That was the situation that the club was in.”

Sunderland fans have also questioned whether letting the likes of Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini depart on loan this year will be conducive financially, with the fear that the club will still be paying a large proportion of the players’ wages.

But, to categorically put any lingering qualms to bed, Bain said: “The wages of all of the players who have gone on loan are being paid in full by the clubs they have joined.

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“And the loan deals for Borini and Lens contain appearance clauses set at a level which will see them converted to permanent moves.”


VIDEO: Juventus-Loving Kid Gets Inter Jersey for His Birthday and Reacts Like Any Real Fan Would

?A young Juventus fan was given an Inter Milan shirt for his birthday, in a cruel but hilarious prank that has gone viral on social media.

A fan’s love for his football team is arguably at its very strongest during his early days – there are few things that capture your passion quite like a football team, especially if dad has had his way.

As tweeted out by ItalianFootballTV, football loyalty and passion were on display at their finest from a Juventus-supporting child, who was on the receiving end of a humorous yet very snidey prank.

It appears to be the youngster’s birthday in the video clip, and wrapped inside his first gift is an Inter Milan shirt, which he immediatedly screws up and tosses aside.

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On the verge of tears, he is then given a second present which is revealed to be the Juventus shirt he had clearly been longing for. His joy is a far cry away from the utter disdain of just a few moments prior, which makes the clip rather heart-warming.

The kid will no doubt be wearing his new jersey with pride (when he isn’t in school, of course) – the Bianconeri have started off the new season in impressive form and sit second but level on points with leaders Napoli.


Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Tells Striker Mauro Icardi How He Can ‘Still Improve’

?Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has claimed that Mauro Icardi can still improve ahead of Tuesday night’s Serie A clash with Bologna.

The Argentine striker has five goals in his opening four league games this season, having finished with 24 last campaign.

But Spalletti has stressed that there is still more to come from Icardi, and offered his advice on what the 24-year-old could do better.

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“Icardi? He can still improve,” said the former Roma boss, quoted by ?Calciomercato. “I’ve praised him and Perisic but their keeping their feet on the ground and I am happy for that. 

“It’s impossible to mark Icardi in the area, he can still do something more. Sometimes he should play closer to midfielders to help the team.”

Icardi has contributed to Inter’s impressive start to the season, with the Nerazzurri having won four successive league games, scoring ten goals and conceding just once.

And former Inter striker Hernan Crespo has expressed his belief that Icardi could soon become one of the world’s best.

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“After Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who are from another planet, Icardi is the striker I like the most,” he said. “At the age of 24 he is already a champion and can become truly world class.

“I’ve been tracking Icardi since he first arrived in Italy. Every year, albeit surrounded by difficulties, he has always made steps forward.

“That’s a sign that we are talking about an intelligent guy. Now he seems mature for the big step up.

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“Let’s not forget that since he’s been playing in Serie A, the only time he failed to reach double figures of goals was in 2013-14. He knows where the goal is.”


Inter Boss Spalletti Hails the Leadership of Croatian International After Victory at Crotone

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has heaped praise onto Croatian winger Ivan Periši? after the 28-year-old took charge and guided the Nerazzurri to victory on Saturday, according to ?ESPN.

Summer signing Milan Škiniar opened the scoring for Inter in the 82nd minute, with Periši? easing concerns of a late Crotone comeback in added time by smashing the ball low beyond the Pitagorici’s captain, Alex Cordaz.

Periši? sacrificed himself a lot,” Spaletti said. “Leaders show themselves when the team needs them and Ivan has shown that he is important in these opening matches.

Teams that want to get results think this way, by dividing up strengths and weaknesses and by taking on responsibility when their teammates are in difficulty.”

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The former AS Roma manager also said that he was proud to see his side adapt to overcome their difficult opponents at the Stadio Ezio Scida.

“It was not easy and our players were very professional, adapting to a style of game they were unaccustomed to,” he said. “It was very hot in Calabria, the pitch was very dry and slowed down the pace of the ball, while the wind also created problems in the first half.

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??“We were a little more fluid after the break, then Crotone tried to get it on second balls, flick-ons and Ante Budimir did a great job. Adapting to all of this is a sign of great quality.”


Liverpool to Move for Young Fiorentina Hot-Shot Federico Chiesa Within the Next Year

According to Calciome?rcato, Liverpool could be set to move for Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa either this January, or in next summer’s window.

The 19-year-old has recently burst onto the scene in Italy and is the son of former Italy international, multiple Serie A winner and prolific goalscorer Enrico Chiesa.

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Despite being a teenager, the winger has established himself in the first team and.has impressed since breaking onto the senior scene in Serie A.

Although he plays mainly as a right winger he can also be deployed in behind the striker due to his goal threat.

The forward is fast and skillful, with those qualities helping him score three and assist twice last season, in 27 appearances for Fiorentina in Serie A.

Last season’s performances were said to have attracted the interest of a host of European clubs, but with Chiesa having already hit the ground running this season Liverpool are now thought to be seriously considering a move.

The Italian under-21 international has played in three out of four Serie A games this season and has already scored for Fiorentina this campaign, after he netted against Bologna in a 2-1 victory last time out.

Liverpool are reportedly set to make a move within the next 12 months, however Juventus, AC Milan, Napoli, Inter Milan and rival Everton have also all been touted as potential destinations for the youngster.

Apparently Inter had mentioned Chiesa when negotiating and then signing, Borja Valero and Matias Vecino, from Fiorentina this summer.

However, the Italian side reportedly set a high price of over £35m, something Inter were unwilling to pay at the time, although they are expected to go back next summer.

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Fiorentina’s high price suggests that they have no plans to part with Chiesa and see him as a big part of their future going forward, so if Liverpool want to get their man they may well have to pay a premium price.