Inter Swoop For Argentine Starlet After Missing Out on Barcelona-Bound Arthur

Serie A giants Inter Milan turned their attention to Racing Club and the Argentina international forward Lautaro Martinez after missing out on Barcelona-bound starlet Arthur, Italian outlet Calciomercato have revealed. 

Inter were among a number of clubs trying to sign the Gremio midfielder, but turned their attention to compatriot Lautaro when it became evident that he would instead be joining La Liga leaders Barcelona.  

The Catalan club confirmed on Sunday that they have agreed a purchase option – which can be exercised from July 2018 – with Gremio for the 21-year-old in a deal worth €30m plus €9m in various add-ons.

“FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Gremio de Porto Alegre have reached an agreement on a purchase option for the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, whereas FC Barcelona may exercise this right on the player’s federative rights during July of 2018,” a statement read from the club read.

Inter-bound Lautaro, on the other hand, is rumoured to be the costing the clu?b €20m. The Argentine international, who has scored a total of 18 goals in his 40 appearances for Racing, is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Serie A giants in the summer. 

While a deal has not been officially announced by either club, Racing Club President Victor Blanco recently confirmed that Lautaro’s move to Inter is ‘90% complete’. 

“It’s 90 per cent complete. There is already a pre-agreement signed with Inter. He will leave for a sum which we believe corresponds to his value. I can see him going to the World Cup, even if it’s ultimately up to [Argentina coach Jorge] Sampaoli to decide,” he claimed on Radio Rivadavia. 

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Napoli Eye Summer Swoop for Inter Full Back After Squad Depth Issues Curtail Title Aspirations

?Napoli are reportedly interested in securing the signature of Inter ‘s Italian full back Danilo D’Ambrosio. 

The versatile defender’s agent has revealed that despite Inter seeing him as a crucial part of their team, Napoli are still hoping to bring him to the Stadio San Paolo. 

As reported by ?Football Italia, D’Ambrosio’s agent Vincenzo Pisacane said: 

D’Ambrosio is appreciated by Napoli along with many other clubs, but Inter have always considered him off the market and talking about it would therefore be superfluous.”

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Inter are clearly reluctant to let go of a key player, but if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, Napoli may prove tempting for the 29-year-old.

I Nerazzurri currently sit fifth in the Serie A but are just four points behind third placed Roma with a game in hand. 

D’Ambrosio has made 24 league appearances for Inter this season and his versatility has proven crucial for Luciano Spalletti’s men. The Italian can operate on either flank as a full back in a four man defence, as well as being effective in wide midfield in a 3-5-2 system.

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He is currently under contract at Inter until 2021, so a hefty fee may be required if Napoli are to sign him. 

However, the ?option to buy Joao Cancelo at the end of his loan spell may limit D’Ambrosio’s first team place in the future and he may see the summer as the right time to move on.

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Luciano Spalletti Admits Inter Don’t Possess Enough Quality Following Napoli Draw

Internazionale boss ?Luciano Spalletti criticised his side following their goalless draw with Napoli on Sunday evening; insisting there is little more he can do due to the lack of quality within the squad. 

Neither outfit troubled their opposition in attack in what was a tactical masterclass from both managers, although the Nerazzurri came closest to breaking the deadlock at San Siro as Milan Skriniar rattled the woodwork shortly after half-time. 

However, despite creating the best opportunity of the game and looking comfortable for long spells against a side who have tasted defeat just twice this Serie A campaign, the 59-year-old insisted he was not satisfied with the performance. 

“I’ve worked with this team every day and I think there is simply a lack of quality”, Spalletti told Sky Italia, as quoted by ?Football Italia. “Napoli have quality, we don’t have much.

“We were solid, we allowed very little and were always a team, of course, but when we talk about quality, I say the difference between us and Napoli was visible.

“I repeat, I don’t think that I can improve this performance with work in training. I’ve been trying to do it all season.

“We have never played these great games where we pass the ball around quickly and with quality. Today we won back the ball five or six times and could’ve hurt them, but we didn’t.

“If we are satisfied with this performance, then it means we have already taken everything that we can. I am not satisfied, as we put in a decent game, but I would’ve preferred to win.”

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Inter 0-0 Napoli: Neapolitan’s Lose More Ground on Juventus as Nerazzurri Scrape Draw

Napoli lost more ground on Juventus in the race for this season’s Scudetto, after they were held to a goalless draw at Inter on Sunday night.

For the most part, the contest was well matched, and neither side, despite Partenopei Gli Azzurri seeing the majority of possession, were able to test their opposing goalkeepers, with Milan Skriniar striking the post minutes after half-time the closest the tie came to a breakthrough. 

The result signifies if Juventus claim victory when Atalanta visit the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening, the gap at the top will extend to four; meaning any further slip-ups for Maurizio Sarri’s men could well see the end of their title chase. 

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A sombre, but touching tribute enveloped a tearful San Siro ahead of kick-off in memory of the late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, and both sides utilised that emotion in the opening quarter to provide a high tempo, albeit opportunity sparse, affair. 

And as the clash headed towards half time, despite the contest remaining fluid and fast-paced, both managers’ containment instructions bore through, with neither willing to offer the other any advantage in such a crucial top of the table meeting. 

With less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Antonio Candreva – who is yet to score in any competition this season – came closest to breaking the deadlock with an effort that flashed just wide of Pepe Reina’s right hand upright.

But neither Inter nor Napoli were able to take full advantage of their attacking possession at any point, and the opening 45 concluded goalless. 

However, despite a chance-barren first-half, the second almost burst into life inside two minutes, as Skriniar struck the woodwork following a dangerously delivered free-kick; catalysing a few nervy moments for the visitors in the fallout. 

But after weathering the worst, and although they were immediately under the cosh following the interval, Napoli almost opened the scoring themselves moments later through Lorenzo Insigne; whose bending effort from range zipped inches wide of Samir Handanovic’s left-hand post. 


And the 26-year-old afforded the hosts another let off with just over 20 minutes remaining, as he strode through on goal with only Inter’s veteran custodian to beat. But the Neapolitan’s scooped effort ended up beating both the 33-year-old and the crossbar; offering Luciano Spalletti’s outfit a chance to breathe again

But Inter were unable to capitalise on the Italy international’s generosity, and the highly-fought contest ended goalless; leaving Juventus in the driver’s seat for this season’s Scudetto and Nerazzurri a point off Lazio in the final Champions League spot, albeit having played a game less. 




Liverpool Join Arsenal & Spurs in the Race for Forgotten Inter Ace With €25m Release Clause

?Liverpool are believed to have joined Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the race for Inter’s forgotten man Geoffrey Kondogbia – with the Valencia loanee’s release clause thought to be just €25m.

According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Kondogbia is desperate to leave the San Siro side on a permanent basis, especially as they are unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League. However, Valencia are rumoured to be planning to sign the robust Frenchman for his bargain release clause, before selling him on for an inflated price and making a healthy profit.


The Premier League elite sides interested in signing Kondogbia will be eager to convince the former Monaco man to join them in spite of Valencia’s apparent money making scheme. Los Che Els Taronges have all-but qualified for next season’s Champions League, which could give the side an advantage over Arsenal in their pursuit of the 25-year-old.

Kondogbia’s relentless, ball-winning displays for his side have been invaluable in their impressive La Liga form this season, catching the eye of a number of sides looking for a summer bargain. Liverpool could bring in the midfielder as a replacement for Juventus-bound Emre Can, while Spurs are in search of an heir to Mousa Dembélé.

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In other news, ?Reds fans took a cheeky dig at the referee of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, by editing Craig Pawson’s Wikipedia page to claim that he’s a fan of the Red Devils. A number of Liverpool fans expressed their frustration of the officiating of the game, with robust penalty area challenges by Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini causing outrage.

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