Inter Set to Announce Agreement With Lazio Defender Stefan de Vrij Following Doping Case Acquittal

Inter will soon announce the signing of Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij from Serie A rivals Lazio, according to Calciomercato.

De Vrij was recently the  subject of a doping case but was cleared on Thursday after it was determined that he had a ‘Therapeutic Use Exemption’ for the corticosteroid found in a sample he submitted last month.


With his deal at Lazio set to expire at the end of the season, the 26-year-old is free to negotiate with other clubs. And as Calciomercato would have it, the defender’s destination is already set.

The Italian publication are reporting that a five-year deal worth €3.5m a season has been agreed over, and De Vrij will make the transition in the summer. 

The Netherlands centre back has been one of the most in-demand defensive players in Europe since the summer and it appears that Inter have beaten all other suitors to the player, who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt.

This deal does represent a great bargain for I Nerazzurri, as there is no need for a transfer fee. De Vrij, however, is set to earn a huge signing on bonus when he does make the switch. 

Inter’s announcement is understood to have been held up by the doping issue, but now that the player has been cleared, confirmation of a move is expected very soon.

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Gary Medel Regretful Over Failed Inter Spell But Blames ‘Confusion’ for Lack of Silverware

Gary Medel has revealed that he’s very regretful over his failed spell with Italian side Inter.

The Chilean defensive midfielder – now at Beskitas in Turkey – spent four barren years with I Nerazzurri before moving last summer. And, speaking in a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he claimed that “confusion” and coaching changes were the main reasons behind him not winning a single trophy during his time at the San Siro.

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?“I’ve given my soul to Inter, I really regret we haven’t won a trophy though,” he lamented, via quotes cited by Football Italia

“I’m sorry because I’ve dreamed about this shirt since I’m a child and not being able to get the satisfaction to win something with Inter has stayed on my mind.”

Medel declared that Inter would be better off with an Italian owner, also revealing that Roberto Mancini’s departure was hard to take as he’s the best manager he’s played for.

“There was too much confusion. It’s difficult when there are so many changes in the same time and even for Suning who is on the other side of the world, it would be better with an Italian owner like Moratti,” he continued.

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“Changes in Coach? They were a consequence of the lack of clarity. The bad results were born from that.

“Mancini’s farewell was tough to take. If someone like him leaves in August… He’s the best [I’ve worked under], alongside Bielsa.

“We were flying until December and dropped off after that. Mentally we weren’t ready to stay so high in the table.”

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Argentina Boss Jorge Sampaoli Reveals Paulo Dybala & Mauro Icardi Might Not Make World Cup Squad

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has openly suggested that prolific forwards Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi could miss out on going to the World Cup this year.

Both forwards have been lighting it up in Serie A for some time now, with Dybala scoring 21 goals at Juventus so far this season, while Inter’s Icardi is on 22 for the campaign.

Sampaoli, though, has pointed out that the strikers may not be suited to his system, despite their burgeoning form at club level.

According to Goal journalist Daniel Edwards, the Argentina manager, speaking at a forum in Manchester, revealed that getting Dybala up to speed was a “complicated” process.

“Is complicated for him [Dybala] get used to our plan,” he explained. “We couldn’t improve his performances and we have to evaluate if the current players are better than Paulo or if we’ve to keep working with Paulo to improve his performance.”

As for Icardi, Sampaoli is worried that there is not enough time for the player to adapt.

“The connection between Icardi’s performances in Inter and Argentina wasn’t the best,” he added. “I realised that and felt that we have to work on it more. But we don’t have enough time.”

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“Maybe his adaptation time is not a short one. I won’t dismiss him, but, as Argentina’s coach I have to focus on the partnerships on the pitch.”

Neither forward was called up for La Albiliceste‘s upcoming friendlies against Italy and Spain, which is indeed a worrying sign for both players. While Sampaoli has stopped short of confirming the pair won’t make it to Russia, things do look rather bleak for the in-form duo.

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Report Claims Real Madrid Face Huge Fight for Inter Talisman As Chelsea Make £55m Bid

?Real Madrid are facing a serious fight to land long-time target Mauro Icardi after Chelsea reportedly tabled a £55m bid for the prolific Inter Milan star.

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Spanish media outlet ?AS has claimed that the reigning Premier League champions have lodged an offer with I Nerazzurri in the hope that they will beat Los Blancos to the signing of one of the hottest strikers in world football.

Real’s interest in Icardi has been rumoured for some time now as club president Florentino Perez weighs up a move for the Argentina international as he looks to usher in a new Galactico era at Santiago Bernabeu.

But the reigning La Liga and Champions League champions must act fast if Chelsea’s bid for Icardi has any truth to it if they wish to bring the forward to Spain’s capital.

Ironically it is a former Real star – Alvaro Morata – who is apparently being replaced at Stamford Bridge by Icardi after the Spaniard failed to hit the heights expected of him following his switch to west London last summer.

A lack of confidence, injury issues and a dislike for the British weather have resulted in Morata’s netting just 10 goals in 28 league games so far this term – money that isn’t bang for your buck where Antonio Conte is concerned and has led to his future being speculated about.

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January signing Olivier Giroud and winger Eden Hazard have been preferred to Morata since the turn of the year after his form took a nosedive around November time, and the Italian wishes to bolster his attacking ranks with Icardi’s signature this summer if possible.

Icardi’s wife and agent – Wanda Nara – is believed to have received Chelsea’s offer but it is unclear if Inter themselves have been contacted about potentially selling their captain and star man.

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Icardi himself recently told the press in Italy that he hasn’t made a decision on his future at San Siro yet, but could see himself staying with the revitalised Italian heavyweights ‘when I am 30 years old’.


Borussia Dortmund Target Confirms Deal Agreed With Inter Following Agent’s Comments

Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez has personally confirmed that he will be joining Inter Milan in the summer, admitting that “only details are missing” in what will be “a big step” for the 20-year-old.

It was his agent that broke the news earlier on Wednesday afternoon. Beto Yaque claimed that his client will have a €111m release clause written into his contract, and Inter executives promised that the team would be build around the striker – coach Luciano Spalletti looking to pair him up front with a strike partner.

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And now that the details have emerged of the move, Martinez himself has confirmed what his representative has claimed, and he seems excited for the switch:

“It’ll be a big step for me.” Martinez told ESPN (via Football Italia).

“Everything is finalised with Inter, only details are missing.”

At this moment in time, Martinez is away with the Argentina national squad – having been selected over soon to be Inter teammate Mauro Icardi, who has been in immaculate form this season at San Siro.


The youngster has opened up on his chance to represent his country, and seems very focused on the chance being offered to him, admitting that he wants to offer the very best he can, and learn from his teammates, such as Lionel Messi:

?I’m only thinking about giving the best of myself in these games,”

“I’ll use this opportunity to train with Messi.”

So far this season for Racing, Martinez has netted 15 goals in only 18 appearances, and has earned plaudits from allover Argentina. Whether he can carry that form through to Serie A is another question.

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