Inter Milan’s Summer Move for Sassuolo Defender Francesco Acerbi Blocked by Luciano Spalletti

Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi was on the verge of agreeing a transfer to Inter this summer, according to his agent in an interview with ?Calciomercato.

However, when Inter manager Luciano Spalletti and director of football Walter Sabatini, caught wind of the deal they reportedly shut down negotiations:

“This was the missed move of the summer,” claimed Acerbi’s agent Augusto Carpeggiani.

“The negotiations were at an advanced stage, we’d had meetings and discussions, but when Spalletti and Sabatini arrived, things changed and they made other choices.

“Therefore, we decided to renew the contract with Sassuolo to 2022.”

The centre-back had said at the end of last season that he would not be renewing his contract with the Neroverdi, as it was time to move on. However, with a move to Inter failing to materialise he decided to renew his Sassuolo contract.

Acerbi is a vital part of Sassoulo’s defence and played every game from the start last season, scoring four times from his centre-back role, as his team finished 12th.

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Inter Milan signed two centre-backs this summer transfer window, which may be the reasoning for pulling out of a deal for Acerbi.

Milan Skriniar joined the Nerazzurri for £20m from Sampdoria, while Alessandro Bastoni also joined from Atlanta for around £7m, however he was loaned back for the remained of the season.

Despite the departure of Juan Jesus to Roma for £7m  to Roma, it is thought that Spalletti felt he had enough in that area, without needing to sign Acerbi.

Spalletti now has Miranda and Ranocchia at his disposal, with Skriniar also coming in. 18-year-old youth product Zinho Vanheusden was also in the squad for Inter’s most recent 1-3 victory over Roma.

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Bayern Munich Enforcer Arturo Vidal at the Centre of Tug-of-War Between Italian Giant Duo

?Bayern Munich’s star enforcer Arturo Vidal is at the centre of a battle between two Italian heavyweights – AC Milan and Inter Milan  – according to a report in Tuttosport, as per ?ESPN.

The Chilean midfield general will only have a year remaining on his existing contract next summer, and if reports are anything to go by, both Italian clubs will fight tooth and nail to land the player, with Bayern keen to recoup most of their original £33m outlay in 2015.


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Vidal was at the epicentre of controversy last week after hinting that he was considering retiring from Chile’s national team, amid claims of unfair treatment by the media.

This was after local newspapers suggested that the Bayern star had been involved at an incident at the casino in Chile, resulting in the player being interviewed by police. This claim was subsequently refuted by both Vidal and law enforcement officials.  

Vidal declared that the Chilean press were attempting to ‘stain his image’ and may have had a debilitating effect on La Roja’s preparations for their World Cup qualifier at home to Paraguay, in which they surprisingly lost 3-0.

After the game, Vidal tweeted: “Now they must be happy those tetchy [people] we have in our country!!!

“But don’t worry, each time I’m closer to leaving.”

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Ivan Perisic’s Proposed New Inter Deal Set to Include Huge €70m Release Clause Amid Man Utd Interest

Inter Milan’s talismanic midfielder Ivan Perisic is set to sign a new contract with the Nerazzurri, which will include a colossal €70m release clause, according to a report in ?Tuttosport. ?

The Croatian midfielder, 28, was subject to a deluge of speculation linking him with a summer move to Premier League giants Manchester United, which, despite a bid, failed to come to fruition. 

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The reputed new deal will make Perisic the second highest paid player at the club, behind Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, with a salary increase that will see him earn €4.7m net-per season. 

This is compared to Icardi’s €450k-a-year image rights, as well as the fact that the Inter captain will receive a further 10 per-cent increase should Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League, will keep him above Perisic at the San Siro. 

Inter hope to dissuade interest in their star midfielder with the insertion of a €70m release clause, with claims suggesting that the deal will contain an anti-Man Utd clause, such was their irritation at the Red Devils’ protracted chase for the Croat.  

The Premier League club allegedly had a £35m bid rejected for Perisic, with the Serie A giants holding out for a fee in the region of £48m, which will now no doubt irritate Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho who tried to broker a deal for the wide-man. 

Despite rumours to the contrary, Man Utd did not up their bid, and only last month did Mourinho accept that the player would not be moving to Manchester.

“That’s football,” Mourinho admitted when quizzed on the failure to land the coveted player.

“If I was playing against Inter tomorrow I’d want to win.

“They’re strong, they put up a good defence to keep someone who’s an important player for them. That’s football.”

Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio also claimed a new deal for Perisic, who is held in high regard at the San Siro and valued much higher too, was underway.

“The same goes for Perisic, who is an important player and we are currently discussing a new contract with him,” said Ausilio last month.??

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Inter Milan Secure Highly-Rated Striker Yann Karamoh Despite Interest From Tottenham & Arsenal

Inter Milan have secured the highly-rated ?Yann Karamoh from Caen on a two-year loan deal – with an obligation to buy – following an impressive Ligue 1 campaign which saw the 19-year-old net five goals in 35 appearances.

The 19-year-old striker received interest from a plethora of Premier League clubs over the summer but opted to join Inter, who were in the market for a new forward following the departure of Gabriel Barbosa.

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Karamoh’s contract at Caen was due to expire next summer but he signed a new deal with the club before completing his move to Inter, which the youngster was obviously was thrilled about.

“I’m very happy to have joined Inter,” he told Inter Channel, via ?Football Italia. 

“My inspiration is Neymar, he’s my favourite player. I’ve chosen number 17. Forza Inter! 

“I hope to help the team achieve their objectives. We want to win the Scudetto.

“For me it is a great opportunity. There are great players here and I’ve already seen ability in the first few games of the season.

“My features? I’m quick and good at dribbling and changing pace. As for San Siro, I hope to adapt to it quickly. It’ll be a strange feeling because I often saw it on TV as a kid, hosting so many big games with so many great players.

However, the 19-year-old’s agent – Oscar Damiani – revealed it was a relief to get the deal over the line as Caen’s stance made it hard to negotiate a move away to Inter this summer.

Damiani said: “Caen are a difficult club to negotiate with, they’ve sold good players in the past.

“It wasn’t easy, but Piero Ausilio and Walter Sabatini were determined to get him and there was his conviction to come here, despite the fact a lot of teams wanted him.

“He’ll be a great signing for the Nerazzurri. Tomorrow he’ll be at Appian Gentile to get to know the directors and the coaches,” he added. 

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Argentine Striker Mauro Icardi Left With Embarrassing Stat After 0-0 Draw With Uruguay

?Mauro Icardi is one of the hottest strikers on the planet at the moment, but his performance against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier could well go down as his least influential game ever.

American TV presenter, Kevin Egan, took to ?Twitter to reveal just how little Icardi impacted the game. In Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay, Lionel Messi’s team managed 706 passes…of which Icardi contributed FOUR.

The stat would not be as bad if the Inter striker only came on for a late cameo but in fact he started the game and played the whole 90 minutes.

Argentina are currently in the last qualification spot with Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile all above them. Argentina will hope that as they enter their final three qualification games, they can gain more points than closest rivals Peru. 

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Icardi has yet to make much of a splash on the international scene, only registering two appearances. Over the years, Argentina’s strongest position has been their strikers, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Paulo Dybala are just a few players who have graced the South American’s forward line.

Both Icardi and fellow countryman Dybala, have scored four goals in the Serie A this season and share the top goalscorer spot. Inter fans will be hoping his performance against Uruguay will not impact the clubs next outing.      


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