Verliert Bayern seinen ‘Krieger’? Inter plant wohl Winter-Angebot für Vidal

Verliert Bayern seinen ‘Krieger’? Arturo Vidal ist angeblich in den Fokus von Inter Mailand geraten. Der Tabellenzweite der Serie A will dem Chilenen im Winter ein Angebot unterbreiten. Ein Transfer scheint aus mehreren Gründen eher unwahrscheinlich.

Arturo Vidal steht laut mehreren italienischen Medienberichten bei Inter Mailand auf dem Zettel. Demnach will die ‘Nerazzurri’ dem 30 Jahre alten Chilenen von Bayern München im Winter ein Angebot unterbreiten. Corriere dello Sport und der Tuttosport berichteten nacheinander, Inter-Coach Luciano Spalletti suche nach einer Verstärkung für das zentrale Mittelfeld. Beide Zeitungen gelten in der Regel als sehr gut informiert. 

Ein Wechsel von Vidal zu Inter würde für den ‘Krieger’ eine Rückkehr in die Serie A bedeuten. Der 30-Jährige spielte schon zwischen 2011 und 2015 in Italien für Juventus Turin, bevor er zu den Bayern wechselte. In München besitzt Vidal noch einen Vertrag bis 2019, an dem nötigen Kleingeld wird es Inter dank eines chinesischen Investors aber nicht mangeln. Fraglich bleibt aber, ob die Bayern den erfahrenen Vidal ziehen lassen würden und ob der Spieler selbst einen Wechsel anstrebt. In den ersten beiden Partien unter Jupp Heynckes wurde er nur gegen Celtic Glasgow zum Ende der Partie eingewechselt. Das lag aber vor allem an einer Muskelverhärtung. Wie Heynckes in Zukunft mit Vidal plant, ist allerdings noch unklar.

Sportlich wäre Inter Mailand derzeit jedenfalls wieder ein attraktives Ziel. Die ‘Nerazzurri’ liegt nach starkem Saisonstart mit sieben Siegen und einem Remis auf Rang zwei in der Serie A, knapp hinter dem SSC Neapel.

Vidals Verbundenheit zu Juve

Ein weiterer Haken an dem Gerücht ist aber Vidals Verbundenheit zu Ex-Klub Juventus Turin. Schon in der Vergangenheit waren Spekulationen um ein Angebot von Inter aufgekommen, Vidal hatte sie mit einem Verweis auf seine Juve-Vergangenheit abgewiesen. Inter und die ‘Alte Dame’ sind große Rivalen. Am 9. Dezember treffen sich die beiden Teams zum ersten Mal in dieser Saison zum Derby d’Italia. Dann auf jeden Fall noch ohne Arturo Vidal, der trotz aller Verbundenheit einer losen Anfrage durchaus offen gegenüber gewesen sei, berichten die Italiener. Verhandlungen habe es aber noch keine gegeben.


Inter Star Icardi Opens Up About Childhood Love for Inter & Claims He Is Over Autobiography ‘Mess’

Mauro Icardi has put last season’s controversies relating to his fractious relationship with the fans behind him, admitting it was “bad for everyone.”

The Argentine striker, who claims to have grown up playing as Inter on his Playstation, has risen to new heights of popularity this year after dragging his club to the second place in the table and scoring an impressive 11 goals in ten matches.

As the crowd at San Siro endlessly cheered him after his hat-trick against arch-rivals AC Milan in the derby, he has revealed Italian magazine Undici that he had always been a Nerazzuro. 

He said (via  Football Italia): “I’ve been an Inter fan since I was a child. I always played as Inter on the PlayStation. 

“There was Adriano before, and I liked him so much,” but his favourite player has always been Ronaldo: “He made history in this sport.”

Icardi’s new notoriety comes after a previously stormy season at the club marred by clashes with fans, threats to leave and a controversial autobiography which included accusations that made supporters fill with anger. 

However, the striker claims that everything is calm now and that all problems have been sorted out: “The fans love us, and I want the best for the team and fans. The whole ordeal made me feel sick, but it’s been set aside. Whether we win or lose, we always thank our fans at the end of the game”. 

He regrets his past actions so much that, if he could choose a mistake to take back, he wouldn’t hesitate. 

The part of my book that caused a mess. I love Inter so much, it was a bad thing for everyone,” he added.

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During the 2016 summer transfer window, he came close to joining Serie A opponents Napoli after the league leaders sold Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus and were looking for a new striker. 

Icardi justified these claims by saying: “My agent spoke to the club about these things. There was a bit of a mess last year, but I’ve always been calm. I’ve always given my all to Inter.”


9 of the Longest Current Partnerships Between Football Clubs and Kit Manufacturers

Football kits these days are so much more than simply the colours of your favourite team, with millions being invested to try and secure the manufacturing rights for the biggest clubs in world football.

Some deals are so long-lasting that certain teams’ kits are totally synonymous with a particular sports brand.

The list only includes current deals so Chelsea’s association with Adidas and the Nike partnership with both Juventus and Arsenal are now just part of the history books. 

Here are nine of the longest current partnerships between football clubs and kit manufacturers…

9. AC Milan and Adidas

Together since: 1998

First up is sporting giant Adidas, who will feature heavily in this list, who have been on the front of AC Milan’s kits since the last millennium. In that time I Rossoneri have won three Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues, and are intent on returning to the top. 

8. Inter Milan and Nike

Together since: 1998

In an attempt to stop Adidas’ monopoly of the city, Nike fell into bed with the other Milan club, Internazionale, in the same year. With Ronaldo being their first major cover star for the club, Nike have remained loyal to I Nerazzurri

7. Barcelona and Nike

Together since: 1998

Arguably the most iconic partnership in world football, Barcelona’s current deal with Nike is the most lucrative in history, with the Catalan side set to earn £140m a season from the start of next year. 

6. Real Madrid and Adidas

Together since: 1998

While Nike have Barcelona, Adidas have Real Madrid and the German company can claim bragging rights in the past couple of years at least, with Ronaldo and co clinching three Champions League titles since 2014. 

5. Boca Juniors and Nike

Together since: 1996

Venturing off into South America now and Boca Juniors have been associated with Nike since the mid-1990s. The Buenos Aires-based club have a loyal following in Argentina, meaning that famous swoosh is on constant display.

4. PSG and Nike

Together since: 1989

Paris has been a city that Nike have dominated for over 25 years now, with PSG the only major club in the French capital, and since the Qatari investment in came about in 2011, the team is now a leading superpower. 

3. River Plate and Adidas

Together since: 1982

While Nike may claim ownership of Boca, Adidas’ relationship with bitter city rivals River Plate is even older. Also hailing from Buenos Aires, Los Millonarios can claim to be the most successful club in Argentinian history, having won the league on 36 occasions. 

2. Marseille and Adidas

Together since: 1979

It has been reported that this will be the final season whereby Marseille’s kits will be manufactured by Adidas, putting an end to a 38-year history, which even saw the infamous Bernard Tapie own both parties at one point. 

1. Bayern Munich and Adidas

Together since: 1966

Nothing comes close to Adidas’ relationship with Bayern Munich, with the pair going way back to the 1960s. The German corporation even hold a 8.33% stake in the dominant Bundesliga side and the relationship shows no signs of slowing. 


Atletico Madrid Plan Swoop for In-Form Inter Centre Back Milan Skriniar Next Summer

?Internazionale defender Milan Skriniar has certainly made a name for himself at San Siro this season, so much so that Atletico Madrid are supposedly monitoring his progress whilst making the 22-year-old one of their top priorities next summer.

That is according to Italian outlet Calciomercato (via AS), who believe that Atleti initially enquired about the centre-half’s services during the summer just gone, before he completed his move to Inter from Sampdoria.

However, Atleti will have a task on their hands if they’re to prise the Slovakian away from Serie A, as the Nerazzurri are prepared to play hardball in order to hold onto one of their biggest assets.

FC Internazionale v UC Sampdoria - Serie A

A first choice for both his club and the Slovakian national set up, Skriniar has proven himself as a reliable option in the heart of both respective defences, a strength which Atletico boss Diego Simeone is said to be more than willing to make an investment for.

Simeone and his technical staff are scoping ways in which they can mould their fold back into the formidable defensive collective they were in previous campaigns, with Skriniar being seen as part of the solution by the Argentine and his staff.

Aerial fragility has marred the Colchoneros’ back line recently, while Jose Maria Gimenez’s progress has stalled, and Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernandez continue to vie for a place alongside Diego Godin.

All of the five goals which Atleti have conceded this term domestically have come from headers, a vulnerability which ultimately has to be stamped out, if they’re going to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title in the future.

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The report claims that sources close to Skriniar, who already has two Serie A goals this season, claim that if an opportunity to play in Spain came up, he would consider it. After receiving glowing reports, perhaps it won’t be long until Simeone gets procedures underway for his staunch services.