Inter to Rival Everton for Andre Gomes’ Signature as Barcelona Decide to Sell Midfielder

Everton could face some stiff competition in the form of Inter, as they attempt to make Andre Gomes’ loan from Barcelona permanent in the weeks to come.

The 25-year-old has hit the ground under Marco Silva since joining on loan in the summer, and having made 25 appearances in all competitions, it’s generally expected that the Toffees will move to keep him beyond the end of his current spell in the summer. 


A bid somewhere between £20-25m has been touted in some quarters, and although he has openly admitted that he is happy and settled at Merseyside, it now appears as if securing his signing may not be as straightforward as once thought.

Although ?Barca aren’t likely to put up much resistance in recouping most of the £33m they spent to sign him from Valencia in 2016, ?Sport report that ?Inter have now emerged as a rival to Everton in prying him away permanently. 

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The claim is that the Italian giants are equally keen to land his signature, but have to wait until their final league position is confirmed before making a bid for financial reasons. Should they qualify for the Champions League – which they look set to do as they sit six points ahead of fifth-placed Roma – then they are likely to table an offer. 

It’s for that reason that ?Everton are keen to tie up a move now rather than wait until the end of the season, but if negotiations drag on then it seems increasingly possible that the ?Nerrazurri could crash the party at the death. 

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Despite this, however, the report adds that officials from Merseyside remain optimistic over a potential deal, so for now, they remain favourites to bring him in.

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Six Inter Fans Receive Jails Sentences for Violent Clashes With Napoli Supporters in December

?Six Inter fans have been sentenced to jail time for their part in the violent clashes that occurred in the build up to the Serie A clash with Napoli in December, which left one fan dead. 

The events took place on Boxing Day, hours before the ?Nerazzurri beat Napoli 1-0 at San Siro in a game marred by racist chants from sections of the home crowd aimed at centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, who was ultimately sent off alongside Dries Mertens on an unsavoury evening.

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According to reports from the ?Washington Post, the sentences handed out to the perpetrators of these pre-match crimes ranged between 22 and 44 months, although one supporter is understood to have reached a plea deal after cooperating with the authorities during the investigation. 

The investigators found the attacks to be premeditated, with the death of 35-year-old fan Daniele Belardinelli the result of a fatal strike from a van or SUV amid the clashes outside the stadium. 

These vehicles were apparently used so that the ultras could avoid police detection in the build up to the skirmish, which involved a myriad of weapons, including knives and bars. However, it was confirmed that they are still attempting to identify a number of other fans as well as several of the vehicles used.

The club themselves were punished for these incidents with a two-game stadium ban, but this clearly didn’t have the intended effect, as more racially abusive chants were heard aimed at midfielder Franck Kessie during Sunday’s derby victory over ?Milan.

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Ranking Real Madrid’s Rumoured Attacking Targets by How Well They Would Fit in at the Bernabeu

With Zinedine Zidane back at the helm, Real Madrid can look forward to the summer with a bit more hope and optimism. The manager with the Midas touch has returned, and with it, memories of Champions League glories.

Suffice to say that this season has been a complete write-off for Los Blancos, with a humiliating exit in the Champions League to Ajax coupled with being completely off the pace in La Liga. But with Florentino Perez seemingly indicating that it is time for Madrid to bring back the ‘Galactico-level’ marquee signings, the summer transfer window could be one of the biggest in recent years at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Below is a look at the numerous attacking targets linked with a move to Madrid, and subsequently ranked in order of how well they would fit in with the glitz and glamour of one of European football’s most successful clubs.


7) Harry Kane (Tottenham)

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Harry Kane at ?Real Madrid? It just doesn’t feel quite right does it? The England captain has been arguably the Premier League’s best striker in recent seasons, so he would unquestionably be confident of finding his goalscoring boots in Spain. But taking a step back, and trying to imagine the Tottenham star in the white of Los Blancos saying ‘Hala Madrid’ like former Spurs man Gareth Bale seems a bit more fantastical. 

The 25-year-old comes across as very humble and respectful, and for all of Madrid’s greatness, those two traits are particularly down the order. ?Kane is adored by the Spurs faithful, who proudly call him ‘one of our own’, and it is understandably difficult to see that kind of feeling being replicated at the Santiago Bernabeu.


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6) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 

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The ?Liverpool winger has enjoyed his best goalscoring season at Anfield, and delivered the moment of magic at the Allianz Arena to set the Reds on their way to a Champions League last 16 triumph over Bayern Munich. The Senegal international is blessed with blistering pace and quick feet, and would no doubt represent a real throwback to the counter-attacking days of a fully-firing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Perhaps the one thing missing from Mane’s game is a consistency, and that may be one of the reasons why Madrid look elsewhere. The former Southampton star has a tendency of going on hot streaks in front of goal, before seeing his form fizzle out for a number of ?games. Consistency is one of the big criticisms of Bale, and it could well be with Mane at Madrid too.

Having recently signed a new deal at Liverpool, who are back among Europe’s elite, it would take a monumental effort to prise Mane away from Anfield too.


5) Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

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Perhaps the most technically gifted player on this list, ?Paulo Dybala has proven year in and year out in the Serie A to be one of the finest forwards in the game. The Argentine however has found himself flitting in and out of the team this season, what with the arrival of ?Cristiano Ronaldo, and has struggled to either displace the Portuguese star or Mario Mandzukic from the starting line-up.

Dybala has never really been the leading number nine, often dovetailing as either a second striker or as a more conventional no.10. Going by Madrid’s recent tactical preferences of a 4-3-3, it’s difficult to see the 25-year-old fitting in seamlessly, and would more than likely have to play from the right-hand side. 


4) Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

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The most prodigious young talent in world football, were Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid hierarchy able to lure Mbappe to Spain, it could prove to be one of the most decisive moments in European football this decade. At just 20-years-old, the Frenchman already has the world at his feet, and is surely a shoo-in for multiple Ballon d’Or awards in the future.

A move to Madrid seems inevitable for the France World Cup winner, but this summer may just be a step too early. In only his second full season at PSG, Mbappe still has the opportunity of learning and growing in the relatively smaller spotlight of Ligue 1. The striker has shown an incredible temperament since bursting onto the scene as a teenager with AS Monaco, and may by all estimates flourish at Madrid were he to move at the end of the season, but he may just fit in better with the demanding nature of the Bernabeu in the years to come, rather than anytime soon.?


3) Mauro Icardi (Inter)

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With reports suggesting Karim Benzema may finally leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, Madrid will most definitely be on the look-out for a starting striker. And they could do worse than bringing in ?Mauro Icardi from ?Inter. The former Nerazzurri captain proved at San Siro that he could handle the expectations of being the side’s star man and saviour, and at Madrid, that experience could prove to be vital.

The Argentina international has been a prolific goal-scorer in his time in Italy, and won Serie A’s Footballer of the Year award last season. With all the off-the-pitch controversy surrounding his wife and agent Wanda Nara, Icardi just seems like the perfect fit for all the political tensions that often encompass Madrid. A match made in heaven. 


2) Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

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A ?Premier League winner at Chelsea, Eden Hazard has been the cornerstone of the Blues’ success since his arrival from French side Lille. The Belgian superstar has had to virtually single-handedly carry Chelsea’s attack – particularly this season – and would no doubt relish the responsibility of being a key figure at Madrid.

However, if things do begin to go wrong, or the 28-year-old suffers a rough patch in form, would he be able to handle the pressure-cooker environment at the Bernabeu? The Belgium international is treated like a king at Stamford Bridge, but at Madrid, the fans are far more expectant, and with much shorter memories. If the Los Blancos faithful get on his back, could ?Hazard rise above it? It may be a difficult one to answer, but it is undeniable that he certainly has the footballing ability to do it, and that after all can be the most defining factor of them all.


1) Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

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Everything about this potential transfer just feels right. The fact that he played at ?Barcelona, and would then happily wear the white and gold of Madrid would just echo the poignant days of Luis Figo. Neymar (and his father) have made no secret of appreciating Los Blancos’ attempts to sign him, and in a potential £300m deal, would represent a world record transfer fee and symbolic return for Madrid as global superpowers in the market once more.

The Brazilian played second fiddle to Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou, but with Madrid, he would be expected to carry the burden of leading the post-Ronaldo era. And judging by his personality, and evident ego, that would be something he would relish. The 27-year-old could easily fit in to the left-hand side of a front three, and with no Messi or Mbappe to share the limelight with, would fancy his chances of finally getting a Ballon d’Or.?

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Mauro Icardi to Resume Inter Training Ahead of Proposed Serie A Return Against Lazio

Inter striker Mauro Icardi will return to first-team training on Thursday and could even be in line to feature in their Serie A match against SS Lazio next week.

The Argentine has been out of action for the Nerazzurri ever since he was stripped of the club’s captaincy last month, having last featured during a 1-0 win over Parma on February 9.

But Inter’s hierarchy have made some progress with Icardi following their long stand-off, and Sport Mediaset have confirmed on social media that the forward will rejoin his teammates on Thursday with a little over a week to prepare for their next league match.

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The same outlet (via Football Italia) claims that Icardi “will” be included in the matchday squad which will host Lazio at the end of the month.

Inter have won 50% of their games across all competitions since Icardi’s self-imposed hiatus, which included a stunning win in the Derby della Madonnina courtesy of a second-half penalty from his compatriot, Lautaro Martínez.

But taking Icardi’s goals out of Inter’s side has had profound effects in their European campaign this season, as Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovi? scored the only goal of their two-legged match against the Nerazzurri to ensure S.S.C. Napoli are the only Italian side left in the Europa League.

During Icardi’s absence, countless amounts of transfer rumours have propped up surrounding his future at San Siro, linking him with moves to the Premier League and La Liga.

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But although his long-term future is still very much undecided, the impact that Icardi could have from now until the end of the season could be irreplaceable in Inter’s hopes of reaching Europe once again next season.

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Antoine Griezmann: 6 Elite Clubs Who Must Sign the Forward if He Leaves Atletico Madrid This Summer

Antoine Griezmann reportedly wants to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, less than a year after famously deciding to stay put last June.

A player of his quality, who has scored at least 25 goals in each of the last four full seasons, won the World Cup and twice finished third in the Ballon d’Or will have no shortage of suitors if he really is about to become available on the transfer market.

Here’s a look at six top teams who must try and sign him…


?Internazionale

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Depending on what happens with Mauro Icardi, who has been stripped of the club captaincy and hasn’t played since early February because of a contentious knee injury, Inter could find themselves needing a new attacking talisman ahead of next season.

Selling Icardi would raise significant funds and with Inter set to improve to third in Serie A and seemingly on an upward trajectory, it may be a project worth considering for Griezmann.


Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich will bid farewell to veteran heroes Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of the season, with James Rodriguez not tipped to stay beyond his loan deal. It means there will be a serious need for fresh attacking impetus at the Allianz Arena.

Griezmann could be the perfect summer addition for a club that has had a wakeup call, both at home and abroad, this season, potentially ushering in a new era of success.


Paris Saint-Germain

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Paris Saint-Germain could well look to Griezmann in the event that they lose Neymar this summer, with the Brazilian superstar a reported €350m world record target for Real Madrid.

Should that actually happen, PSG would need a replacement and would have the money to make it happen. Griezmann, who has never played professionally in his home country, could also be the more reliable Champions League X-factor the club has long been waiting for.


Barcelona

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Barcelona were infamously snubbed by Griezmann last summer when he made ‘The Decision’ to stay with Atletico. Reports suggest that the Catalans, who were made to look foolish by the whole saga, won’t entertain going back in for him, but perhaps they can’t afford not to.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez continue to score the bulk of Barça’s goals and it won’t last forever, with the former due to turn 32 years of age in June and latter already there. The attacking unit at Camp Nou therefore needs an injection of slightly younger blood.


Manchester United

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Manchester United wanted Griezmann in 2017 before he pledged himself to Atletico in light of their transfer ban. That interest has never really picked up again since, but the failure of Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford is reason to think the club would still have a need.

As a second striker, Griezmann could prove to be the creative link player that United have been lacking, while his personal friendship with Paul Pogba is already a big plus point.


Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will find it hard to sign number one target Neymar this summer. If that ambitious venture fails, then they too could become one of the clubs interested in Griezmann.

Real are set to make numerous changes at the end of the season after a disastrous 2018/19 campaign and could do a lot worse than focus on a player who is already a proven goalscorer in La Liga and at the highest level in Europe.


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