?Serie A giants Internazionale are considering a raid on Manchester City for either Eliaquim Mangala or Jason Denayer. The Italian outfit have been forced back into the market after defender Jeison Murillo agreed to join La Liga side Valencia.
The City pair are out-of-favour at the club with manager Pep Guardiola ranking John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolás Otamendi ahead of them in the pecking order. Mangala was on the City bench on Sunday for their league opener, while Denayer didn’t make the squad.
According to ?Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter are now hopeful of signing one of the two center-backs, as well as agreeing a contract extension for long-term Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.
Denayer signed for City professionally in 2013, but has since failed to impress at the club. The 22-year-old defender struggled to find form last season while on loan at Sunderland.
Mangala has also struggled during his time at City, arriving for a colossal £31.8m fee. If the defender is sold this summer the club will hope to recoup much of that original fee.
Inter are also reported to be interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s Aleksandar Dragovic, and Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth. A deal for Foyth is apparently very close and would not rule out a move for one of the other targets.
A contract extension for midfielder Ivan Perisic is believed to be in the works after Manchester United failed to meet Inter’s asking price for the 28-year-old Croat.
??Inter will hold on to defender Jeison Murillo until a suitable replacement is found, the player will only then move to Valencia.
Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will reportedly continue to miss training in order to force a move to Valencia.
The 24-year-old missed training on Friday before Inter’s game against Real Betis and looks like he will continue to revolt.
As a result, he is not expected to be present at Pinetina on Tuesday, when Inter begin preparing for their Serie A opener against Fiorentina.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia after their one-nil win in pre-season Spalletti addressed the situation.
He said: “Kondogbia has been very disappointing and his behaviour does not reflect the person we know. He is damaging himself with this behaviour.
“He wants to go to Valencia on loan and save a bit on his wages, but he wants it too easy… When there is something you don’t agree on, you find a middle ground. Considering the money spent on him, it’s difficult.
“In my view, Kondogbia was given some bad advice, as this sort of attitude is just not part of his personality.
The Inter boss is not prepared to let him go for anything less than €30m but the fee causes an issue for Valencia.
Due to their financial situation, they are hoping to spread the cost by signing him on loan and paying at the end of the season.
Another alternative would be to give Inter a percentage of any future sale.
Southampton were also thought to be in the running to sign the versatile midfielder but their interest seems to have cooled after the acquisition of Mario Lemina from Juventus.
Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has announced that his highly sought after winger Ivan Perisic is ‘determined’ to stay at the San Siro this summer – despite spending the entirety of summer linked with a move away from the club.
Perisic has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester United during this window, and while many expected Jose Mourinho to get his man, the Croatian remains with Inter, but Perisic’s boss Spalletti has insisted that the 28-year-old wants to stay with the club.
“Perisic is determined to stay,” he told Sky Sports Italia (via the Mirror).
“There was a moment [when he considered moving], but then he spoke like a footballer who is interested in doing the right thing for his professionalism and he drew a conclusion.”
Jose Mourinho has had his say on the current situation regarding Perisic. Though he refused to mention any names, the Portuguese boss admitted that he would still like to add to his squad.
“I’m happy with my squad but I would like to have two more players – I never hide that,” Mourinho said.
“One player would be a midfield player that gives me more options and balance to the team and our needs. Another one an attacking player, especially that can play through the wings to give me also more attacking options.
??“But I never speak about players that belong to other teams, I don’t like if any manager comes now and would say he would like one of my players, that’s not correct. I would like two more players but probably I only get one.”
?Chelsea are looking to hijack Ivan Perisic’s expected transfer to Manchester United with a bid of their own as the transfer window enters it’s last two weeks.
?The Mirror are reporting that Man United are set to make another bid for the 28-year-old after reportedly having a £39m bid rejected. United are looking to increase the offer to £48m but Antonio Conte wants the Croatia international to sign for the Blues after being impressed by him when Chelsea faced Inter Milan in Singapore in pre-season.
Perisic emerged as a top target for Jose Mourinho early in the transfer window but United have failed to agree a fee with Inter for the attacking midfield player.
Inter boss, Luciano Spaletti, said last month that Perisic is not for sale and that the player is very much a part of his plans going into the new season. But after scoring against them in pre-season, Chelsea are set to get in on the action and prepare a bid for Perisic as well.
Chelsea are looking to complete several signings before the window closes – including Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and the Blues have been in negotiations with Juventus for left-back Alex Sandro. There is also interest from Conte’s side for Everton’s Ross Barkley.
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Both United and Chelsea had contrasting opening day results on the weekend as the champions surprisingly lost at home to Burnley.
United saw off West Ham with a resounding 4-0 victory – new signing Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace for the Red Devils. With Hazard out injured till next month and Fabregas suspended, Chelsea at the moment look the more desperate side to land Perisic.