Inter ‘Paying Attention’ to Deulofeu Barca Situation Ahead of Potential January Loan Swoop

?Inter Milan are ‘paying attention’ to Gerard Deulofeu’s situation at Barcelona following the £142m arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

Club director Piero Ausilio was quoted by ?Football Espana as he commented on the growing links over a possible loan switch to San Siro for the former Everton starlet.

Deulofeu is facing less time on the pitch for La Blaugrana after Coutinho rocked up at Camp Nou over the weekend, and would do well to find regular first-team football elsewhere.

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Ausilio stated that the winger was one potential player that Inter were looking at, though he tried to temper expectations by also stating that his side hadn’t made a formal bid for the Spain Under-21 international’s services.

He said: “There have been no formal offers for Deulofeu, but we are paying attention to the situation. If there are the conditions to try something, we know the characteristics we are looking for. Deulofeu could be the right profile, but he isn’t the only one.”

Deulofeu only rejoined Barcelona from Everton last summer after the current La Liga leaders opted to activate the buy back clause they had insisted upon in his Toffees contract.

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The 23-year-old moved back to Catalonia for around £8m but has found minutes on the pitch extremely hard to come by under Ernesto Valverde this term.

Deulofeu has featured 16 times for Barca this season and, whilst 11 of those appearances have come from the start, only six have been made in Spain’s top flight.

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Indeed, Deulofeu hasn’t started a league match since the 2-0 win over Malaga in late October and has spent the past few weeks recuperating from knee ligaments that he strained in training at the start of December.

Deulofeu was available for selection for the 3-0 victory over Levante on Sunday, but his absence from the match day squad has only further increased speculation over his time in north east Spain.

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Inter, who are also said to be looking at signing Jiangsu Suning’s Ramires and Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij, could yet bring Deulofeu to Italy if they can strike a deal with Barca.

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Inter Face Transfer Heartache as January Deals for Ramires & De Vrij Suffer Setbacks

?Inter Milan could miss out on two key transfer targets with moves for Ramires and Stefan de Vrij looking more likely to collapse than go through.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ?Football Italia) has reported that Inter boss Luciano Spalletti is still desperate to bring Ramires to San Siro in the January window, and had hoped that a six-month loan spell could be tied up soon.

However, Suning Group, who own both Inter and Ramires’ current club Jiangsu Suning, have concerns over feeling UEFA’s wrath if they sanction the deal.

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The club’s Chinese billionaires fear that any transfer that sees Ramires move to I Nerazzurri from the Chinese Super League outfit would lead to raised eyebrows at UEFA’s headquarters, and could even lead to an investigation over a conflict of interests.

Spalletti has been forced to publically deny that he will bring any players in during January due to potential Financial Fair Play issues, but it won’t stop the Italian press from linking his Serie A title challengers from signing news players.

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Meanwhile, de Vrij’s supposed free transfer switch from Inter’s Italian rivals Lazio has apparently had the stoppers put on it over Suning’s desire to slow negotiations down for the time being.

The centre-back, who was rumoured to be on Liverpool’s radar before they signed Virigl Van Dijk for £75m, is in the final six months of his contract at Stadio Olimpico and is free to leave for nothing in the summer.

However, de Vrij’s camp could turn their attentions to other possible destinations due to Inter’s supposed – and baffling – ploy to stem further talks from taking place.

Reports earlier in the winter window seemed to claim that de Vrij had already agreed to pen a four-year contract with Inter after shaking hands on a pre-contract agreement.

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It is unclear if those plans are still in place after this latest development, but the Dutch international won’t hang around to see if Inter keep to their word with his future up in the air.

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Bitter Premier League Rivals Set to Battle it Out for £30m Rated Shakhtar Star Fred This January

?Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger look ready to lock horns again as they attempt to lure Brazilian attacking midfielder Fred to their respective clubs this January.

That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that as well as ?Manchester United and Arsenal, other big clubs such as ?Atletico Madrid and ?Inter Milan are interested in the the 24-year-old, but that the English clubs are expressing the strongest interest.

Fred has shone for Shakhtar Donetsk since his move from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013, making 90 appearances for the Ukrainian side with a return of nine goals.

He has also won six caps for the Brazilian national side, and now appears ready to make the jump to join a bigger team.

It appears that Fred himself would make ?Manchester City his first choice, with the Brazilian thought to be a huge fan of manager Pep Guardiola.

His chances of first team football may be more likely at ?Arsenal or United, however, with City already boasting a huge array of attacking midfield talent in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

Shakhtar had reportedly initially been reluctant to sell one of their best players, but with interest being shown from huge clubs around Europe, it appears they are now resigned to losing Fred at the right price.

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Fred has been in trouble in the past, and was banned from football for one year having tested positive for diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in the Copa America in 2015.

Due to the Ukrainian winter break this meant he only missed four months of domestic football, however, and he now appears to have put the incident behind him and has continued to be an influential player for Shakhtar.

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Inter Plan €50m Move for Serie A Wonderkid With Napoli Also Keeping Tabs on La Viola Winger

Inter Milan are looking to join SSC Napoli in the race to sign Federico Chiesa from Italian rivals ACF Fiorentina, according to TuttoNapoli.

The 20-year-old winger, who has been given a €50m price tag by his club, has previously attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain.

Chiesa featured for La Viola in their 1-1 draw against Inter on Friday, playing the full 90 minutes to make his 18th appearances of the season. 

An early second-half header from Mauro Icardi looked to be enough to give the Nerazzurri all three points at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, before a last-gasp equaliser from Icardi’s compatriot, Giovanni Simeone, brought the game back onto level terms.

The young winger was electric for Fiorentina last season, making 36 appearances across all competitions. This campaign, the Italian U21 international is already just one goal away from matching his tally last season and is rightly attracting interest from across Europe.

Chiesa is one of the many players in modern football who are facing an uphill battle to make a name for themselves in the game, with the 20-year-old’s father, Enrico Chiesa, setting a high standard during his long career.

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Enrico, who predominantly played through the middle as a centre-forward, had successful spells with Fiorentina and Sampdoria as well as registering 17 first-team appearances for the Azzurri

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Fiorentina 1-1 Inter: Nerazzurri’s Winless Run Continues After Injury Time Equaliser

The 100th league goal of ?Mauro Icardi’s career couldn’t stop Inter’s winless run in Serie A stretching to five games, as a late Giovanni Simeone equaliser denied Luciano Spalletti’s side a scrappy win. 

The result means that Inter could drop down to fourth at the end of the weekend, with Napoli and Juventus moving closer to creating a true two-horse title race. 

Fiorentina started the game by far the brighter of the two sides, young forward Federico Chiesa missing one golden chance when he swiped at a loose ball first time – oblivious of his clear path to goal.

The home side dominated possession in the first half and created the better of the chances, with Inter reduced to taking potshots from distance in order to give Marco Sportiello anything to do in the Fiorentina goal.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring though, Icardi racing in at the near post to head a free kick goalwards. Sportiello made a good save but could only parry the ball straight into the Argentina striker’s path and – with no defenders tracking the run – was helpless to keep out the rebound.

The match was a much more even one than the reverse fixture on the opening weekend of the season, which saw Inter streak into a 2-0 lead before the break before adding the final touch to a 3-0 triumph shortly afterwards. 

The difference between the games was more down to Inter’s shortcomings than much in the way of improvement from La Viola, who failed to take advantage of some excellent positions in the attacking half before opening up at the back to allow Inter in at crucial times. 

Samir Handanovic was called into action a couple of times late on, once to tip over a spectacular bicycle kick from Khouma Babacar, and looked as though he had done enough to earn his side three vital points until Simeone struck in the 91st minute after some penalty box pinball. 

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