Inter Chief Claims Nerazzurri Came Close to Signing Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus

?Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has claimed that the club were close to signing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, whilst the Brazilian was at his former club Palmeiras.

Ausilio also claimed that the offer which Inter proposed to the Brazilian club was better than the one from the Premier League club, however Jesus was lured to England by the opportunity to play in a team managed by Pep Guardiola, resulting in him joining the Citizens in January 2017.

Piero Ausilio

Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia (as quoted by Football Italia): “We were negotiating with ?Gabriel Jesus for a month.

“Our offer was also better than ?Manchester City’s. Palmeiras preferred to sell him to us but the lad, through his agents, let us know that he preferred to play for Guardiola.”

?Inter’s loss has been City’s gain as the 21-year-old forward has gone on to make 80 appearances for City under Guardiola, scoring 38 goals in the process; 13 of which came during their 2017/18 Premier League title winning campaign.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus has not had his most prolific return during the current campaign, having only notched five league goals in seventeen appearances as City trail ?Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table by four points. 

He has, however, shown signs recently of returning to form having scored six goals in his last two appearances – four against Burton in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and two against Wolves in the Premier League.

Inter, meanwhile, currently sit in third in Serie A, 14 points behind unbeaten league leaders ?Juventus. Fans of the Nerrazzuri will now be wondering if that gap could be closer if they had an all South American strike partnership of ?Mauro Icardi and Gabriel Jesus gracing the pitch at San Siro.


Mesut Ozil ‘Offered’ to Juventus & Inter as Unai Emery Looks to Offload Unwanted Arsenal Star

?Unai Emery has reportedly made Mesut Ozil available this window, offering the out-of-favour German to Serie A giants Inter and Juventus.

The former Real Madrid playmaker has had a season to forget so far and has missed nine Premier League games in all this term, registering just one assist in his 13 appearances.

Mesut Ozil

According to Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Emery is keen to offload the 30-year-old as the Spaniard attempts to build a transfer war chest to restructure his newly acquired squad.

Ozil currently earns £350,000 per week, making him the club’s most expensive asset of all time. Even though the midfielder signed a new lucrative contract last year, he appears to have fallen out of favour under the new management and could be expendable to Emery’s future plans.

The ?Arsenal manager announced last week that the club would be unable to make any permanent signings during this transfer window, due to a lack of money, meaning any business they do would be of the loan variety.

The report also notes that the ulterior motive behind the sale of Ozil could be the Spaniard’s desire to bring in Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco this month, who is ?reportedly keen on a move to the Emirates. 

Yannick Carrasco

But any deal for the winger is unlikely to be put in place before Emery trims his current squad to the desired fit, which is proving a difficult task.

The reports also claims that ?Juventus and ?Inter are reluctant to chase Ozil’s signature, deterred predominantly by the hefty wages he demands. Juve do already look set to bring in one of Arsenal’s midfielders though, after Aaron Ramsey reportedly agreed a deal to join this summer.

After ?Man Utd drew level on points with the Gunners last weekend, Emery will be desperate to keep pace with the top four next Saturday as his side travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.


China’s Richest Man Set to Invest Close to €150m Into Serie A Giants Inter

Alibaba chief Jack Ma, reportedly the richest man in China, is preparing an offer to buy Erick Thohir’s 31% stake in Inter.

Thohir’s share is reportedly valued at around €150m and Ma, along with business partner David Yu, are looking to sanction the deal through Yunfeng Capital – a Hong Kong-based fund the two created. Thohir stepped down as Inter’s president in October, and it has long been rumoured that the Indonesian is looking to sell his stake in the club.

FC Internazionale v AC Milan - Serie A

Football Italia, via Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport, also report that Ma’s interest in Inter is likely linked to his 20% ownership of Chinese retailer Suning. That’s because Suning owns 68.55% of the club.

?Inter fans will be hoping that a possible change of ownership leads to greater investment into the club as I Nerazzurri seek to return to their former glory. Whilst Inter are currently third in Serie A and on track to qualify for the Champions League, it’s looking like another year without any silverware.

Since the remarkable 2009/10 season under the management of José Mourinho, when Inter won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia, the famous Italian club have failed to win a single Serie A title.


Perhaps an even more damning statistic for Inter is that the only trophy they have won since that treble-winning season came in 2010/11 as they won the Coppa Italia. 


Inter Head Coach Luciano Spalletti Reveals ‘Nobody Can Afford’ Milan Skriniar Amid Man Utd Interest

?Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti has issued a warning to any potential suitors of Milan Skriniar, claiming ‘nobody can afford’ the centre-back.

The Slovakian continues to be linked with a big money move to Man Utd, whilst Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have also reportedly shown an interest in the 23-year-old, however, Inter look set to refute any bids they might receive this window.


Spalletti was forced to respond to a report this week that ?Man Utd were preparing an offer for the ?Inter star but the Argentine revealed Skriniar is to remain with the club, following his side’s 6-2 win over Benevento on Sunday.

?As quoted by ?, Spalletti said: “Skriniar is staying here, he is out of everybody’s price range. Nobody can afford him.”

Speculation regarding the defenders future appears to have irked Skriniar himself after he lashed out at a Slovakian news outlet for creating transfer stories. He posted on his Instagram account: “You write things that you don’t even know. You are sh***. Now write an article on this.”

Skriniar has built himself a reputation as one of the most promising defenders in world football following a string of superb performances at the heart of Inter’s backline. The 23-year-old made the move from Sampdoria to I Nerazzurri for a reported €20m back in 2017, although the lofty price tag didn’t faze the youngster.

The Slovakian was an ever present during Inter’s previous ?Serie A campaign, appearing 38 times whilst managing four goals. This term, he has made a further 17 appearances with his robust performances attracting plenty of interest from Europe’s elite.


Luciano Spalletti Claims Benevento Should Be ‘Proud’ Despite Inter Running Riot in Coppa Italia Tie

?Inter manager Luciano Spalletti praised opponents Benevento, despite seeing his side put six past the Serie B team to advance to the Coppa Italia quarter-final.

The Nerazzurri went ahead in the game after just three minutes thanks to Mauro Icardi’s penalty, as Antonio Candreva made the most of a tackle by Luca Antei to allow the Argentinian to smash home.

Candreva and Dalbert made it three, before Lautaro Martinez’s brace, coupled with a late second for Candreva, sealed a comfortable victory for Spalletti’s side.

Despite the scoreline, Spalletti was impressed by Benevento’s application and approach to the game, suggesting that his side felt threatened throughout the game.

“I told (Benevento coach Cristian) Bucchi after the final whistle that he ought to be proud of that performance,” Spalletti said on Inter TV, as quoted by ?Football Italia.

Lautaro Martinez

“When we went 4-0 up, there was the risk they would stop playing and our attitude was one of assuming it was over, but they constantly pushed forward to harass us off the ball. It was a real game and a difficult one.”

Played in front of no home supporters, due to Inter’s stadium ban as a result of racist chants directed towards Kalidou Koulibaly in their last Serie A match against Napoli, Spalletti was pleased with the way his side performed.

“I compliment my team, because they proved themselves very professional in their approach during the week building up to it,” the Italian added.

FC Internazionale v Benevento Calcio - Coppa Italia

“There is the risk of getting distracted and embarrassed, the way we were last year, so this result is a step forward. I was impressed with the players who haven’t been on the field as much this season, such as Andrea Ranocchia, Daniele Padelli, Antonio Candreva and Roberto Gagliardini.”