Inter Star Mauro Icardi Set for Talks Over New Deal After £110m Buy-Out Clause Expires

?Inter star Mauro Icardi is set to hold talks over a new deal at San Siro following the expiration of his buy-out clause.

The Argentine striker has been linked with a move to the biggest clubs in Europe over the past few weeks following his impressive 2017/18 Serie A campaign in which he finished top scorer alongside Ciro Immobile with 29 goals.


As reported by ?Calcio Mercato, the release clause in Icardi’s contract was believed to be in the region of £110m for foreign clubs, but it has now expired. 

If clubs want to sign Icardi they will have to match Inter’s demands, with the Argentina international currently feeling settled at the Serie A club despite interest from potential suitors.

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Wanda Nara, Icardi’s partner, will meet with Inter officials to discuss a new contract, and it is believed the 25-year-old wants a deal worth more than the €5.5m a season he currently earns.

Contract talks between the player and the club are expected to take place in the coming days as Inter look to once again boost the buy-out clause in the contract of their star man, which is expected to be in the region of £160m. 

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Still only 25 years old, Icardi still has the best years ahead of him and if he can reproduce the same type of form that earned him top goalscorer in Serie A last season then he could well be on the move come next summer.

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Fulham Prepared to Trump Inter’s Bid in Attempt to Sign £45m-Rated Bordeaux Winger Malcom

??Fulham are set to make a bid for Bordeaux winger Malcolm, but face stiff competition from ?Inter for the Brazilian’s signature. 

The 21-year-old winger was linked with a move to Fulham’s London rivals ?Arsenal and ?Tottenham as well as German giants ?Bayern Munich during the January transfer window, but ?the Sun report the Cottagers are set to continue their ambitious spending by making Malcolm their third summer signing. 

Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has already added Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri, who nearly joined Barcelona last year, to Fulham’s ranks this summer, and the Ivorian has signed a £100,000-a-week contract at Craven Cottage.

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And Fulham, who will appear in the ?Premier League for the first time since 2014 following their promotion from the ?Championship, are hoping to secure another major coup by acquiring Malcolm’s services before the start of the season.

However, the Cottagers will need to act quickly as ?Serie A side Inter have already tabled a bid to Bordeaux for the 21-year-old winger. 

I Nerazzuri have offered the Ligue 1 side a £8.8m season-long loan move with an option to buy for a further £26.5m once the temporary deal expires, according to the Sun’s Warren Houghton.

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Yet the French club value the Brazilian at £45m, and will be prepared to do business with Fulham should the west London club meet their demands. 

Malcolm joined Bordeaux from Brazilian side Corinthians in 2015 for an undisclosed fee and has made 80 league appearances for Les Girondins, scoring 20 goals. The 21-year-old was his club’s top goalscorer last season, finding the net 12 times in 35 league appearances. 

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The winger also represented his native Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but has yet to be called up to the men’s senior team.

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France 4-2 Croatia: Player Ratings as Les Bleus Blow Croatia Away to Win Their Second World Cup

France have been crowned the 2018 World Cup champions after they defeated a plucky Croatia side 4-2 on Sunday evening.

It was a thrilling match full of talking points and was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament. France slowly grew into the match and goals from Griezmann, Mbappe, Pogba and a Mandzukic own goal decided the final. 

Perisic and Mandzukic got the goals for Croatia, but their incredible World Cup came to an end right at the final hurdle.

Here’s a look at how the players fared after a spectacular final.

1. France: Goalkeeper and Defenders

Hugo Lloris 4/10 – Pulled off a stunning save early in the second half but that was undone by a dreadful mistake to allow Croatia back into the match.

Benjamin Pavard 6/10 – Had a nervy start to the match but gradually improved as the game progressed.

 
Raphael Varane 8/10 – Rock solid at the back for Les Bleus and made one or superb tackles.  

Samuel Umtiti 7/10 – Put in some heroic tackles for his side and put his body on the line on a number of occasions.

Lucas Hernandez 7/10 – Put in a regimented performance on the left flank and didn’t let Rebic get the better of him on many occasions. Got forward brilliantly for France’s fourth goal to lay the ball off for Mbappe’s goal.

2. France: Midfielders

N’Golo Kante 5/10 – Uncharacteristically disappointing performance from the Chelsea man, looked off the pace and was taken off early in the second half. 

Paul Pogba 8/10 – Scored a superb goal for France’s third goal. Started the attack with a beautifully weighted pass and finished it with a lovely stroked finish from outside the box. 

Blaise Matuidi 7/10 – Steady performance as usual from the Juventus man and barely put a foot wrong.

3. France: Forwards

Kylian Mbappe 9/10 – Had a very quiet first half by his standards but soon exploded into life in the second half and tore the Croatian defence apart with his pace on a number of occasions. Scored a lovely goal for France’s fourth.

Antoine Griezmann 8/10 – Kept his cool to stroke home a penalty to put France back in the lead.

Olivier Giroud 6/10 – If ever a single performance summed up an individual’s World Cup, it was this one. Worked tirelessly but never looked a threat in front of goal. 

4. France: Substitutes

Steven Nzonzi 8/10 – Stepped into the game early in the second half and looked brilliant. Calm and composed in the centre of the park. 

Corentin Tolisso 6/10 – Came into the side and looked comfortbale on the ball and in defence.

Nabil Fekir 6/10 – Kept up France’s attacking threat despite being pinned back during the final exchanges.

5. Croatia: Goalkeeper & Defenders

Danijel Subasic 5/10 – Couldn’t keep up his outstanding performances and looked a little off the pace for France’s third and fourth goals.

Sime Vrsaljko 6/10 – Did a decent job at right back and very few chances materialised from his flank.

Dejan Lovren 6/10 – Had a solid start and none of the goals can really be attributed to the Liverpool man. 

Domagoj Vida 6/10 – Picked up an unlikely assist by laying the ball off for Perisic. Looked as rugged as ever but there were moments of unease well dealing with the pace of Mbappe.

Ivan Strinic 6/10 – It was looking like Strinic was on course to putting in one of the best defensive performances of the tournament but he was eventually undone by Mbappe’s pace in the second half.

6. Croatia: Midfielders

Ante Rebic 6/10 – Worked very hard as usual but his influence on the game was limited due to Hernandez’ performance at right back.

Ivan Rakitic 7/10 – Controlled the midifeld in the first half and demonstrated his range of passing but couldn’t quite keep up that level of performance in the second half as France took control of the match. 

Luka Modric 6/10 – Wasn’t quite his night. Couldn’t stamp his authority on the game like he did in previous matches but recycled possession well.

Marcelo Brozovic 6/10 – Did a reasonable job screening his defence but he wasn’t as effective as he was against England.

Ivan Perisic 7/10 – Scored a magnificent goal to level the tie mid way through the first half but gave away a penalty for hand ball minutes later.

7. Croatia: Forward

Mario Mandzukic 7/10 – Has the unfortunate label as the first player to ever score an own goal in a World Cup final. Despite this, he played very well up top for Croatia and was as combative as ever. Redeemed himself by capitalising on a Hugo Lloris mistake to pull one back for Croatia.

8. Croatia: Substitutes

Andrej Kramaric 5/10 – Had little to no impact after coming on but in reality the game seemed to be beyond Croatia at that point.

Marko Pjaca 6/10 – Made a few decent runs into the French box in search of a way back into the match but couldn’t latch on to any balls put towards him.

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Tottenham Midfielder Mousa Dembele Reportedly Turns Down Move to Serie A Giants Inter

?As he enters the final year of his contract, ?Tottenham’s Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele has rejected a move to ?Inter, insisting he will evaluate his options when he returns from the World Cup.

?The Sun are reporting that Inter were one of the first teams to register an interest in Dembele, but the 30-year-old has rejected their proposal as he searches for a better offer.

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Other clubs are expected to move for Dembele following Belgium’s final ?World Cup match against England, meaning Dembele may have a lot of options to choose from.

However, he is also believed to be prepared to reject the offers and wait until his contract has expired, in order to secure the best possible deal for himself.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to offers for Dembele, but will not only entertain significant offers for the midfielder. If no club offers an acceptable proposal, Dembele is willing to wait until he is a free agent, meaning clubs would not need to pay a transfer fee and could therefore offer Dembele a higher salary.

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The Sun have previously reported that Dembele is not willing to play for another English team, and has therefore taken advice from his Belgian teammates about playing in a different country.

The Belgian squad has representatives from multiple leagues around the world. Axel Witsel currently plays for Tianjin Quanjian in China, and defender Laurent Ciman currently plays in the MLS. Both are believed to have discussed moves with Dembele.

Dembele is a popular figure amongst Tottenham fans, but has fallen down the pecking order in recent years at White Hart Line. After joining from ?Fulham in 2012, Dembele has made 236 appearances for Tottenham, including 39 outings last season.

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However, he completed 90 minutes in less than half of these matches as Pochettino has frequently opted for Tottenham’s younger players, such as Eric Dier.

Dembele also found himself as a substitute for the majority of Belgium’s World Cup clashes. He made four appearances during the tournament, completing 90 minutes only once. 

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Wolves’ Portuguese Revolution Set to Continue as Joao Mario Nears Molineux Move

?Inter midfielder Joao Mario is reportedly on the brink of joining ?Wolves, and the transfer could be completed at any moment.

The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, where he scored twice in 13 ?Premier League appearances.

The Wolves rumours come courtesy of ?French journalist John Ferreira, who claims that Mario could become the seventh Portuguese player to join Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux.

Joao Mario is a versatile midfielder who is naturally suited to a central midfield role but has also been known to play in attacking midfield, defensive midfield, and on both sides of a midfield four.

He spent the first years of his youth career at Porto before switching to Sporting CP in 2004. He was at the Estadio Alvalade for over a decade, coming through the ranks before making his first team debut in 2011.

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He made over 90 appearances for Sporting before joining Inter in 2016. He was a regular in his first season at the San Siro but became a more peripheral figure last year and was loaned to ?West Ham in January.

Mario was a key part of the Portugal squad that won Euro 2016, and he also played in all of the national team’s matches at this summer’s World Cup as they were eliminated in the last 16.

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Mario’s international teammate Rui Patricio has already joined Wolves this summer after the enforced termination of his Sporting contract, becoming the third Portuguese player to move to Molineux during this transfer window.

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