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Inter v Genoa Preview

More than 50,000 fans will be at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday to see third place Inter host 16-year-old prodigy Pietro Pellegri and his 17th place Genoa side.

After two consecutive away matches, Luciano Spalletti’s side will return to an opponent that has failed to score in 6 of their last 7 away matches (Serie A).

Inter Team News

  • João Mario did not perform well at Bologna in the last game and Eder is favourite to take his spot
  • Roberto Gagliardini is expected to replace replace Borja Valero in midfield

Genoa Team News

Inter Continue To Be The Hottest Ticket In Milan

Inter have the highest average attendance in Serie A this season and it looks like that number is going to increase as the Interista already having snatched up 50,000 tickets for Sunday’s visit of Genoa.

Inter have averaged 54.494 for their two home games this season, over 6,000 more than Milan.

The draw against Bologna has obviously not hurt the enthusiasm of the Nerazzurri fans, who are excited about what they have seen so far from Luciano Spalletti’s side and dreams of a Scudetto challenge are alive in the blue side of Milan.

Serie A Attendance 2017/18

Moratti On Spalletti, Mancini and Mourinho

Interviewed exclusively by Sportitalia, former Inter president Massimo Moratti discussed several things including Inter’s start to the season plus the difference between Spalletti, Mancini and Mourinho

“I think Inter is well off because of the coach and the good players there are. Now you have to keep this continuity; that is the easiest thing, without falling apart if there are no stupid matches.

“We must achieve speed in the game. You always have to think that you can win the Scudetto because it allows you to get as high as possible. ”

On coach Luciano Spalletti:

Moratti Talks About Thohir’s Shares

When the story broke in Italy and Asia last week that former Inter patron Massimo Moratti was going to buy out-going president Erick Thohir’s shares in the club, the news raised more than a few eyebrows.

Why would Moratti want to buy back into Inter so soon after selling the club, and what does that say about the financial stability of Suning?

In an interview with Sportitalia Moratti refuted the reports that we was going to buy Thohir’s shares:

“Without a doubt I miss being a president. You have a different adrenaline when you have such a role.

Inter To Give Samir Handanovic Contract Extension

Inter are planning to sign Samir Handanovic to a contract extension, according to Calciomercato.com.

Handanovic has in recent weeks being linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool, and it looks like Inter are trying to preempt that move by offering the goalkeeper a new two-year deal. For the 33-year-old keeper that would essentially be a contract until the end of his career.

Handanovic had a decent start to the season, making a couple of basic mistakes against Bologna and SPAL (bobbles and poor clearances) but also pulling off the usual stunning, reflex saves he is respected for.

Inter Sign Another Teenager

Inter have completed the signing of Argentine 17-year-old Facundo Colidio from Boca Juniors, signing a three-year contract in a deal worth a reported £5.4m.

Colidio was part of the youth ranks at Boca Juniors in Argentina and has emerged as a bright youth prospect, seen as one of their most promising players.

Inter had been monitoring the player’s progress throughout the summer.

The club statement read:

“FC Internazionale Milano can announce that international clearance has been received for the permanent transfer of the 17-year-old Facundo Colidio.

“The Argentine forward has signed a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri and joined Stefano Vecchi’s Primavera side.”

Moratti To Buy Thohir’s Shares?

There are reports that Inter President Erick Thohir will sell his 31% share in the club to former owner Massimo Moratti.

According to Italian television station Telebombardia, Thohir is ready to leave the club after originally buying it from Moratti in October 2013.

Suning has effectively pushed Thohir to the sidelines and has has been increasingly absent from the Nerazzurri decision process.

What is strange is that Moratti sold his remaining shares to Suning Group, if willing to become a minority owner of Inter again. Does he know something about the financial health of Suning that the rest of us don’t?

Sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that Inter rejected Manchester United’s offer for Ivan Perisic this summer because they are convinced they can be as successful as Manchester United

Perisic was linked to United all summer, but Luciano Spalletti was important in persuading the Croatia international to stay at the San Siro and sign a new contract until 2020, which does not have a release clause.

“Nobody denies that this offer from Manchester United arrived, but we and Spalletti wanted him to be a key player for us and we were convinced that our project could be just as successful as the one the English club were offering,” Ausilio told Mediaset.

Ausilio On Skriniar And Missing Out On Pellegri

Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio spoke with Premium Sport just ahead of the Tuesday’s against Roberto Donadoni’s Bologna and discussed the Perisic to Manchester United story as well as the impressive performance of summer signing
Milan Skriniar.

“Some people were laughing at us when we signed him, but we knew that we were buying a first-team regular who could be relied on, and now everybody is seeing that,” added Ausilio.

“We monitored Skriniar for a long time, he’s proving he deserves his place at Inter. We made an important investment very aware that we were signing a future starter”

Icardi Already Looking Towards Genoa

A goal from his spot kick (his sixth of the season) allowed Inter to level away at Bologna. Afterwards, Mauro Icardi had this to say about the match:

“We’re not happy because we had the chance to keep winning and instead we’ve come home with just a point. There was a 15-minute period when we put them under pressure but we didn’t score, perhaps in the final minutes we could have done more.

“My strong penalty down the middle? Usually, I prefer to take them in different ways but I had to change today because the goalkeepers study me.