Argentina International Heads to Italy to Finalise Inter Switch From Racing Club

?Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ?Internazionale.

The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today.

The first section of Martinez’s medical will take place at the club’s Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken at the CONI in Milan. This will pave the way for Martinez to sign his contract with Inter.


The transfer has been close to completion for some time, with Racing Club president Victor Blanco confirming on the 5th of May that Martinez would shortly be joining Inter. However, Blanco appeared keen to bring the striker back to his native Argentina on loan until the winter due to his club’s upcoming Copa Libertadores campaign.

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??Martinez, 20, scored an impressive 18 goals in 28 appearances last season for Racing Club , earning himself a call-up for the national side in March. Though he did not make his country’s World Cup squad, Martinez is a rising star in world football and his move to Serie A could be the next big step in his career.

Inter are preparing their squad for the upcoming season after narrowly managing to finish 4th and qualify for the 2018/19 Champions League. This late victory for Luciano Spalletti’s side will give them an edge in signing quality players such as Martinez, many of whom will demand European football.

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Valencia Announce Permanent Signing of Inter Star Geoffrey Kondogbia on 4-Year Deal

?Valencia have announced the permanent signing of midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia after a successful season-long loan period from ?Inter, the ?club confirmed

The Spanish outfit triggered their option to permanently sign the French defender after parting with a reported €25m to secure the 25-year-old on a four-year deal until 2022.


The club have revealed an €80m release clause has been included in Kondogbia’s contract following an impressive season that saw the midfielder play an instrumental role in Valencia’s stunning 4th placed La Liga finish.

Kondogbia featured in 31 league games, scoring four goals and providing four assists, where his power, pace, technique and game intelligence saw him stamp his mark in the competition after overcoming a relatively disastrous period with former club Inter. 

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Following an impressive campaign, Kondogbia emerged as a summer target for a host of European clubs, including Premier League side ?Tottenham who remain on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele. 

In four of his last five seasons, Kondogbia has played for four different sides in three different leagues having featured for Sevilla, Monaco, Inter and Valencia since season 2013/14. 

However, despite an exceptional season the 25-year-old failed to be named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. 

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Inter Defender Claims He’s Happy at San Siro Despite Transfer Rumours After Qualifying for UCL

?Inter defender Milan Skriniar has squashed reports claiming he’s set to leave the club this summer by insisting he wishes to stay at San Siro next season.

The Slovakia international moved to Inter last summer for a fee of €20m and enjoyed a successful debut season at the club. He played in all 38 of Inter’s Serie A games this season and even managed to bag himself four goals, helping his side to a fourth placed finish and into the Champions League.
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?His impressive performances have caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs including ?Barcelona and ?Manchester United, with his agent not helping matters by telling Slovakian news outlet Sport (via ?Football Italia) that his client was happy at the club but admitted he could leave at the end of the season.

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However, speaking as quoted by ?Sport Skriniar insisted that he’s never considered leaving Inter and that he looks forward to playing in the Champions League next season. 

He said: “I’m happy with Inter. We will play the group stage of the Champions League next season, so my goal for this year is fulfilled.

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“Staying in Inter is a priority for me. I never thought I’d go away. I always wanted to stay and the fact that we got a place in the Champions League group is just some of the culmination of everything.”

After an impressive debut season, the 23-year-old will be looking to pick up where he left off after the summer break as Inter look to mount a title challenge next season as they also compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2012.?

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Mauro Icardi’s Agent Reveals ‘Big Clubs’ Willing to Trigger Inter Striker’s Release Clause

?Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara has revealed there has been a great deal of interest from a host of European super clubs willing to trigger the Argentine striker’s release clause.

The ?Inter captain currently has his release clause set at a hefty €110m, but this has allegedly not dissuaded interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and ?Real Madrid who would be interested in signing the 25-year-old striker.

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Icardi enjoyed yet another season of prolific goalscoring in Serie A this campaign, notching 29 goals throughout the season to claim a share of the Capocannoniere award with Ciro Immobile of Lazio.

His goalscoring exploits fired the Nerazzuri into the Champions League places on the final day of the season, thus attracting interest from a whole host of ‘big clubs’ across Europe.

Nara spoke to Radio Metro regarding the possibility of a big-money deal, saying: “There are some big clubs ready to pay the release clause, which is very high, but considering the figures that are circulating in football right now and the kind of player Mauro is, it’s not even that remarkable.

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“There are many clubs putting pressure on, but his priority is Inter. There will be a meeting with their director of sport and the priority as of today is to stay here.”

As a result of Inter securing Champions League football for the 2018/19 season, the Nerazzuri are naturally very keen to renew the contract of their prized asset, keeping him at the club as they look to return to the formidable force in Italy, and indeed Europe, that they once were.

“It irritates me when people underestimate Mauro, as he is wanted by the three best teams in the world,” Nara added.

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“We’ll see what he does with Inter, the situation is he’ll either sign a renewal or leave, but the priority is to remain here and resolve the issue before we can go on vacation.”

With Icardi ?omitted from Argentina’s World Cup squad destined for Russia this summer, he’ll have plenty of time to consider his next destination without the added pressures of international football. However, it goes without saying that Inter fans will undoubtedly be keen to see their talisman donning the same blue and black jersey come the end of the summer.

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Inter Owner’s Son Insists Luciano Spalletti and Mauro Icardi Will Both Remain at the Club

The son of ?Inter owner Jindong Zhang has insisted that both Luciano Spalletti and Mauro Icardi will remain with the club ahead of next season.

The ?Serie A side secured Champions League qualification with a ?dramatic victory over Lazio at the weekend. I Nerazzurri won 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico, as the two sides battled it out for the final spot in the top four. Spalletti’s side came from behind twice, before finally taking the lead in the 81st minute, to snatch fourth spot thanks to their head-head record against Lazio.

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After a six year absence from the Champions League, Inter will now return to the competition, and Steven Zhang has expressed the importance of keeping hold of the man that made it possible.

Spalletti took over at the San Siro ahead of the recently concluded 2017/18 campaign, but he is only on a two-year deal, and Zhang Jr has revealed that the 59-year-old will definitely be offered a new contract following the success of his first season with the Italian side. Zhang Jr. also confirmed that star striker Icardi will be staying with the Serie A club.

“Is this a starting point? No, the starting point was at the beginning of the season, when we chose Spalletti and brought the right players to the squad.

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“Will we renew with Spalletti? It’s not even a question that has to be asked. It’s the same for Icardi,” said Zhang Jr, when speaking after the final game of the season, as quoted by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (?via Football Italia).

Icardi netted 29 goals in 34 league appearances this term, and the club are desperate to keep hold of the Argentinian forward, as well as their manager.

Steven Zhang also spoke of the spirit of the club and thanked everyone who played their part in reaching the clubs goal of a top four finish.

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“First of all, I thank the fans, the players and the coaching staff, who gave everything they could.

“Even if we suffered and there were highs and lows, in the end we got the result we wanted. We all gave our all until the end to reach the finish line, as is the spirit of Inter.

“This is a club that conveys hope and positive energy to all the people of the world,” said Zhang Jr.

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