We have been hearing for weeks that Inter have to many players and that some of them will have to be sold or loaned out. From the looks of the Inter squad for the upcoming Galatasaray friendly, at least seven players will be leaving in the next month.
The Nerazzurri will be playing in Istanbul this Sunday evening and not making the trip will be Saphir Taider, Nemanja Vidic, Yuto Nagatomo, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Xheridan Shaqiri and Marco Andreolli, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin has dismissed suggestions that the team is ready to challenge for the Serie A title.
The Nerazzurri have signed seven new players this summer, leading manager Roberto Mancini to claim that his new-look squad is capable of being crowned champions.
However, Guarin believes that Inter should focus on qualifying for the Champions League after finishing last season in eighth place in the table.
“Let’s say we must return to the Champions League,” Guarin considered in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.
“To talk about the Scudetto now would be premature. Less talk more action.
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While Nerazzurri fans would like to forget last years disastrous season, it seems that club president Inter President Erick Thohir has after claiming that “this is the first true season” for him and Coach Roberto Mancini.
“I believe this is the first true season for my team and also for some of the new management,” he told Inter Channel.
“Over the last couple of days we got to know each other, but it is most important that the team believe in the project.
The Nerazzurri were routed 3-0 by Real Madrid on Monday but, Roberto Mancini is not worried, insisting that the signs in pre-season have been promising and that Inter will challenge Juventus for the Serie A title this term.
After losing 1-0 to city rivals AC Milan on Saturday, the Nerazzurri were routed 3-0 by Real Madrid on Monday, with Jese, Raphael Varane and James Rodriguez all on target for the Blancos.
Mancini, though, insists that Inter, who finished eighth last season, are actually improving and have a side capable of winning the Scudetto.
After the calendar sorting ceremony of the Serie A for the coming season Marco Fassone spoke to reporters at the event:
Inter director Marco Fassone hopes “Stevan Jovetic’s medical goes well. Xherdan Shaqiri is our player for the moment, then we’ll see.”
The Nerazzurri have been very active on the transfer market this summer and Jovetic flew in to complete the transfer from Manchester City.
“I hope Jovetic’s medical goes well tomorrow, as in that case he will become our player. We all wanted him, the President, directors and Coach onwards.
The 2015/16 Serie A schedule been released. Inter have a good start to the season with Atalanta at home on 23 August followed by a trip to Carpi the following week. Then comes the international break which is followed immediately by the Milan derby.
Overall it looks like a friendly schedule as Inter avoid back to back to back weeks against the teams they will be competing with for a champions league place.
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Inter legend Javier Zanetti The Argentine is optimistic about his side’s chances of challenging for silverware again in the not too distant future.
Zanetti believes that Inter are slowly closing the gap on Juventus after a number of disappointing seasons and are nearly at the level of the Old Lady
Nerazzurri finished a disappointing eighth place in Serie A in 2014-15, but have significantly strengthened their squad this summer as they aim to return to the top.
They have already acquired Geoffrey Kondogbia, Miranda and Martin Montoya and Zanetti is confident they can soon compete for major honours once more.
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Inter are on the verge of completing a deal for Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic. The striker will initially joining the Nerazzurri on a 12-month loan deal for a £2.1 million fee. Inter will then be legally obligated to purchase Jovetic in a permanent transfer for £8.5m in July 2016, with City receiving a further £2m if Roberto Mancini’s side qualify for the Champions League.
Mancini confirmed to Corriere dello Sport on Tuesday that Jovetic is a transfer target as the Serie A club look to add to their attacking options for the 2015-16 season.
Former Inter boss Giovanni Trapattoni believes that the Nerazzurri are ‘on the right path’, but he still sees Juventus as Scudetto favourites for this season.
“[Inter’s] path is the right one,” Trapattoni told FCInterNews.
“[Coach Roberto] Mancini is extremely knowledgeable and has international experience. It’s not easy for the team to settle with so many new buys, but I’m sure Inter will do it well.
“You need time for players to settle in, and get used to the instructions from the Coach. The squad is already good, they just have to work on conviction.
Inter winger Xherdan Shaqiri has remained coy on his future and has opened the door on a possible return to the Bundesliga with Schalke.
The 23-year-old attacker moved to the San Siro outfit in the January transfer window after failing to knuckle down a regular first-team spot after two seasons at Bayern Munich.
Although his contract runs until the summer of 2019, Shaqiri has not ruled out a possible exit, and has praised Schalke’s ambitious project.
“Schalke are an important club and have great ambitions in Germany and on the European stage too. However, at the moment I’m still an Inter player and have a very long contract here,” Shaqiri told Sport 1.