Mauro Icardi Swap Deal Rejected by Man Utd as They Demand €80m for Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United have rejected Inter’s offer of striker Mauro Icardi in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku, as speculation continues to grow over the Belgian’s possible departure to Serie A.

After Lukaku confessed his admiration for Inter manager Antonio Conte and his desire to play in Italy, United dug their heels in, reportedly demanding €80m cash and nothing less.

Conte quickly identified Lukaku as his primary target as he looked to plan for life without Icardi. His relationship with the club and its fans has deteriorated beyond repair over recent months and it seems certain that he will depart this summer. 

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United’s valuation of the Belgian striker has been a stumbling block and several players have been mooted as part of a cash plus player deal. Defender Milan Skriniar was suggested by officials in Manchester, but Inter had no interest in letting a key player go.

Now Inter have offered Icardi, who has hit 111 goals in 188 matches for the Nerazzuri, in an attempt to reach an agreement. However ?Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that United have outright rejected this offer, demanding that Inter pay the asking price if they want their man.

With PSG also reportedly monitoring the situation it will be interesting to see if United’s position changes. On the face of it cash plus a world-class replacement for a player who wants to leave is a good deal for United. However a player with Icardi’s attitude will do nothing to improve the dressing room atmosphere at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to re-build his side.

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Transfer Rumours: Everton to United, Trippier to Juve, Tokoz to Liverpool or Arsenal and More

?If the pre-season is good for one thing (it’s up for debate whether it is or not) then it’s transfer rumours. June and July, bleeding into the early part of August, are always loaded with a ceaseless stream of speculation on moves which, by and large, won’t happen. 

But occasionally they do, and that’s the only thing that keeps us going through this long, league season-less slog some people call a holiday. So, to tide you over until your team actually signs someone, here are the best transfer rumours this Sunday has to offer. 


Everton Alludes to Potential Manchester United Move

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No, that’s not as confusing as it sounds. After scoring his first goal for Brazil, Everton – Gremio’s Brazilian prospect, not Merseyside’s oldest football club – has hinted that he might fancy a move to Old Trafford.

Coming on for the last ten minutes to replace Ajax star David Neres, as Brazil led 2-0 over Bolivia in their opening Copa America tie, the 23-year-old cut in from the left and let loose a sizzling effort that put the game beyond doubt, establishing himself on the international scene. 

As quoted by the ?Mail, he hinted that his playing style might suit ?Manchester United, saying: “I’m a player that’s always trying to get on top of the opposition, cutting in from the left with dribbles and good finishes. Clubs in Europe have this style of play too and maybe I can fit in at Manchester United and others.”

There has been no real indication yet that United are interested in him this summer, but they do need wide players…


Two More Teenagers Swap England for the Bundesliga

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Opportunities are hard to come by for young players in English football, so much so that a growing number of youngsters are heading east to Germany to carve out some first-team chances. In recent years, we’ve seen Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman, Reiss Nelson and Reece Oxford among the young prospects who have thrived in the Bundesliga, and it seems as if we will see two more complete moves in the weeks to come. 

That’s because ?Chelsea‘s Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Fulham’s Cody Drameh will undergo medicals over moves to Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively, as per the ?Mirror

Tayor-Crossdale, 19, is from the Chelsea production line that brought through the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Drameh – just 17 – apparently doesn’t fancy a season on the fringes of the squad in the Championship. 


Harvey Elliott Set for Fulham Departure

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And now for the smoothest of segues, as Harvey Elliott – in the same age group at Fulham as Drameh – is reported to be closing in on a departure. 

You might know Elliott as the youngest player to feature in a Premier League match, making his debut for the Cottagers last season at 16 years and 30 days, but our pals the ?Mail report that with his contract expiring at the end of the month, he too is set for an exit.

Barcelona are rumoured to be interested, while he could follow his pals to Germany, as RB Leipzig are mentioned as another potential destination. 


Christan Benteke to Fight for His Place at Crystal Palace

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Once one of the most feared target men in English football, Christian Benteke never really recovered from an ill-fated move to Liverpool in 2015. As he now seems to be firmly out of favour at ?Crystal Palace with just a year left on his deal, he looks set to leave the club this summer and make a career for himself in Turkey, China, or somewhere else that seasoned, big-money, past-their-best pros go to wind down their careers.

Or so we thought. ?The Evening Standard claim that Big Ben does fancy a move to China, but since there are no concrete offers on the table, he is prepared to knuckle down and fight for his place instead.

In an injury ravaged season, he managed one goal in 19 appearances in 2018/19. His fate might just depend on whether or not Roy Hodgson is able to secure the services of another striker, with no obvious alternatives available as things stand. 


Juventus Eye Kieran Trippier as Replacement for Joao Cancelo

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Juventus fans seemed a bit underwhelmed at the appointment of Maurizio Sarri earlier on Sunday, and if that was something they see as an underwhelming replacement, then it will be interesting to see how they react to bringing in England’s third-choice right-back to replace Joao Cancelo. 

The ?Times report that should Cancelo move to Manchester City, it’s Trippier that Juve chiefs want as a replacement, with a £30m move on the table for the Spurs man, who turns 29 in September. 

?He wants the move too, so this might actually be a goer, as absurd as it sounds.


Aston Villa Want Ethan Ampadu on Loan

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Loan moves to A?st?on Villa from Chelsea have typically been successful in recent years, with Tammy Abraham winning the Championship golden boot on loan at Villa Park last season. According to ?The Gu?ardian, Welsh prospect Ethan Ampadu could follow in his footsteps, and get his first real taste of Premier League action with the Villans. 

It’s unclear whether the 18-year-old will be available, with the possibility remaining that any new Chelsea manager – be it Frank Lampard or someone else – could involve him in their first team plans.

There is a belief in the club’s hierarchy, however, that after making just five appearances in all competitions last season, he would benefit from regular first team football. Villa want to offer him that, and will make their move at the first sign of his availability. So the report goes, at least.


Wolves and Southampton in Bidding War Over Inter Starlet

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Wolves and Southampton are two sides with lofty ambitions for next season, with the former looking to build on their stellar seventh placed finish in their first season back in the top flight, while the latter strive for success in their first full season under Ralph Hasenhuttl. 

According to Dutch outlet ?HBVL, the two are set to go head to head over highly-rated Inter centre-back Zinho Vanheusden, who spent last season on loan at Standard Liege, establishing himself as one of the most promising young defenders in the Jupiler Pro League. 

With the Nerrazzuri taking things in a different direction under Antonio Conte, they are believed to be willing to sell for a fee of around £18m, and nether club are deterred by that asking price for the 19-year-old.


Liverpool Interested in Turkish Prospect as Camacho Heads for Exit

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Dorukhan Tokoz was part of the Turkey side who surprised everyone by getting the better of world champions France last weekend, and could soon get his reward, as rumours circulate that ?Liverpool and Arsenal could come in for the 23-year-old in the forseeable future.

Both sides are reported by ?Fotomac (as per ?Sport Witness) to be in a race with Udinese for the midfielder, for whom Besiktas already rejected an €8m offer from the Italian side.

He made 25 appearances for Besiktas last season after signing from Eskiserhispor a year ago, and may be one to watch in the Premier League next season if his current career trajectory is  anything to go by. 

Heading in the opposite direction is Liverpool striker Rafael Camacho, who is looking increasingly likely to return to his native Portugal.

According to Portuguese outlet ?A Bola, Sporting CP are pursuing a move for the 19-year-old after failing to get him on loan last year. The youngster only has one year left on his deal and is reluctant to sign a contract extension, meaning a permanent move for a fee in the region of 10m could happen.

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Mauro Icardi Preparing Legal Action to Terminate Inter Contract Over Bullying Claims

?Mauro Icardi is said to be preparing legal action to terminate his contract with Inter on the grounds of ‘mobbing’ – a legal term which refers to bullying in the workplace.

The Argentine’s 2018/19 campaign was undermined by issues behind the scenes and he was left out of the Inter squad for a large portion of the season after being stripped of the captain’s armband by former manager Luciano Spalletti.

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Antonio Conte, who has now officially taken over the reigns at ?Inter, has already made it clear that ?Icardi will not be a ?part of his plans going forward and the striker will be left out of the Nerazzurri’s pre-season preparations as a result.

La Repubblica (via ?Football Italia) report that Icardi, who was keen on remaining in Milan, is now preparing a potential court case with his wife and agent Wanda Nara which could effectively allow him to leave the club as a free agent this summer – ending his current contract two years early.

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If Icardi is made to train by himself away from the rest of the group, he may well have ammunition in which to attack the club with, following the precedent set by Goran Pandev when suing Lazio for early contract termination in 2009.

Icardi’s case will also be built around prior spat which saw him stripped of the captaincy for reasons that still remain unclear in the public eye.

However, Inter could counter this argument as Icardi refused to return to training earlier on in the season after it was found that he had recovered from a knee injury that had previously kept him on the sidelines.

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Antonio Conte ‘Gives Approval’ for €40m Ante Rebic Move as Inter Start Summer Makeover Plans

New Inter manager Antonio Conte has given his approval for a €40m move for Croatia forward Ante Rebic, as the Italians look at options to form a new-look attack this summer. 

With the future of star striker Mauro Icardi in doubt, as well as the ageing Ivan Periši?, Conte is looking to bring in new options who can fill the goalscoring void that will be left if one or both departs this summer.

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The 25-year-old Rebic had a productive campaign for Eintracht Frankfurt last season making 16 goal contributions, and has shone alongside Sebastian Haller and new Real Madrid signing Luka Jovi?.

La Stampa (via ?Calciomercato) report that Conte is a massive fan of Rebi? and that he has given his ‘approval’ for a €40m bid to be submitted.

Out of favour ?Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku is also said to be ?close to joining Conte at San Siro, while Inter also have their eyes on Roma striker Edin Džeko in case they miss out on the Belgian target man.

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The versatile Rebic – who shone at last summer’s World Cup – is able to play any position across the attack and at 25, he may well be seen as a long-term replacement for countrymen Perisic.

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Inter Reject Man Utd’s Proposed Swap Deal as Talks Over Romelu Lukaku Continue

Inter have reportedly rejected a Manchester United proposed swap deal that would’ve seen defender Milan Skriniar move to Old Trafford in exchange for Romelu Lukaku. 

New head coach at Inter Antonio Conte has apparently made the Belgium striker his top transfer target this summer, while the player himself has spoken fondly of Serie A. 

26-year-old Lukaku has fallen somewhat out of favour at United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a summer exit looks more than possible.

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?Lukaku already has already agreed personal terms with Inter ?according to recent reports, but the Italians and his current employers are yet to agree on a fee, with United seeking £62m.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via insidefutbol) the ?Red Devils were willing to compromise on that amount if defender Skriniar were to be included in the deal as part of an exchange. It was a suggestion that has apparently been dismissed out of hand by Inter.

The 24-year-old defender only signed a new four-year contract at San Siro following the 2018/19 season and Conte is said to be keen for him to play a huge role in his plans in Italy. 

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Defence is an area that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the United hierarchy are keen to bolster this summer, with links to players including Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Issa Diop. However, any kind of swap involving a player of Skriniar’s value seems ambitious at best.

It seems United and Inter may be deadlocked for now, but the Lukaku transfer saga is far from over. 

Speaking recently about the prospect of playing in Italy, ?the Belgian said: “I am a big Serie A fan. Those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy”.


“With the transfer of [Cristiano] ?Ronaldo, the Italian league is now coming back. Now Antonio Conte going to ?Inter Milan, which is really good because he is, to me, the best manager in the world.”

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