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New Inter boss Antonio Conte has made it clear to Beppe Marotta. He wants Mauro Icardi gone, and he wants Inter to replace him with Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko.

Conte is not a patient person, but he might have to be as his striker situation might not be cleared up until earlier August.

Manchester United are looking for €80m for Lukaku, which is usually a price tag that is way beyond Inter’s reach. It only becomes attainable if Inter sell Icardi and use those funds to buy Lukaku.

Lele Oriali Inter Milan

Lele Oriali is set to step down from his role with the Italian national team and reunite with new Inter Coach Antonio Conte.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Giulia Stronati, the Nerazzurri have offered the 66-year-old a three-year contract to return to the club where he spent four years as director of football.

The World Cup winner took over as team manager of the national team in 2014 and worked with Antonio Conte during his spell in charge of Italy.

He remained throughout the Giampiero Ventura and Roberto Mancini eras.


I wrote recently that Inter needed to raise €45m net transfer fees before the end of the fiscal year on June 30 in order to balance the books under Financial Fair Play.

A good chuck of that €45m will come from Standard Liege as Inter have reportedly agreed to sell them Belgian youngsters Zinho Vanheusden and Xian Emmers for €25,

Vanheusden, a 19-year-old defender, spent last season on loan at Standard, who finished third in the Belgian top flight.

Emmers, a midfielder of the same age, played 20 times for Serie B side Cremonese during the previous campaign.

Conte and Icardi

Antonio Conte just will not learn from my mistakes. Two summers ago he famously texted striker Diego Costa that he had no future at the club, a decision that cost Chelsea tens of millions of pounds in lost wages and transfer fees.

According to La Repubblica, Conte has just taken the same approach with Mauro Icardi, telling the former Inter striker that his future is away from the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

In a call last week between Conte and Icardi’s agent, Wanda Nara told the new Inter boss of Mauro’s desire to remain at the club and that he considers the former Chelsea manager an excellent coach.


Little surprised to be honest to hear that Inter have ‘agreed personal terms’ with Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian is Antonio Conte’s top target and wants to leave Old Trafford for the San Siro this summer.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that the forward has accepted terms that could see him earn €7.5million in bonuses until 2024, which is a paycut from what Lukaku earns at Manchester United.

Still, that I believe would salary make Lukaku the highest paid player at Inter, and one of the highest paid players in Serie A.

Mauro Icardi Inter Milan

Beppe Marotta has refused to answer questions about Mauro Icardi but warned Inter’s rivals that ‘our objective is to raise the bar’.

Icardi and Inter reportedly find themselves engaged in a tug-of-war, with the club keen to sell but the striker standing firm, but Marotta preferred to focus on the future with new boss Antonio Conte.

Marotta was speaking after the Nerazzurri announced they would fly out to the Swiss city of Lugano for a preseason training camp between July 8 and 14.

“I’m not here to talk about the squad. That’s for another time,” he told Sport Mediaset.


Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Mauro Icardi when he takes over at Juventus, but any potential move depends on Paulo Dybala coming to Inter.

Sarri is close to landing the Juve job after helping Chelsea win the Europa League in his first season in England.

If he does take over, reports in Italy claim that he is desperate to sign Icardi, who fell out with the dressing room during the season.

Any deal though, according to Corriere dello Sport, hinges on current Juventus striker Dybala ‘saying yes to going the other way to Inter Milan’.


Inter are reportedly pushing hard to close a deal for Hertha Berlin wideman Valentino Lazaro.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, Inter have made Hertha an offer of €17m plus €2m in bonuses for the 23-year-old.

Although the German side are holding out for €20m, Di Marzio believes a fee could be agreed early next week as Lazaro has already given his approval to a transfer.

Lazaro, who can play anywhere down the right, is also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal.

Antonio Conte views the midfielder as the ideal profile to play at right wing-back in his 3-5-2 system, capable of covering the entire right wing with his stamina and pace.

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte believes Inter have ‘no limits’ and explains why they chose him to be their new coach. “I create expectations.”

Conte won three Scudetti in each of his three seasons in charge of Juventus, and the 49-year-old is confident he can make a similarly-speedy start to his tenure at Inter.

“The set of results I obtained and the speed of which I got them came to me with a certain image,” he told GQ.

“I create expectations. When I embark on a new adventure, the club expect a lot from me.

Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan has been linked with a move away from Inter this summer, but the midfielder labelled the rumors as “strange”.

The Belgian only joined the club last summer from Roma but reports have hinted at another switch for the 31-year-old, who has now denied he is eyeing an exit from the San Siro so soon.

With Inter securing Champions League football on the last day of the season ahead of arch-rivals AC Milan, plus the arrival of former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – who once tried to lure the Belgian to west London – it seems Nainggolan has no plans to move on with so much to prepare ahead of next season.