There are various reports that Inter have a deal for to take Brazilian centre-back Rhodolfo on loan for the rest of the season with option to buy. The 28-year-old defender is owned by Sao Paulo and has just completed a loan spell at Gremio.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Inter will pay €300,000 for a six-month loan with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season for another €3m.
However Gremio Vice-President Odorico Roman have publicly stated that there is no deal in place as Sporting director Rui Costa told UOL Esporte, as reported by Calciomercato.com.
Inter president Erick Thohir was in Milan this weekend to watch the Nerazzurri take on Torino at San Siro, and before the game he found time to speak to reporters about a variety of issues. Here are some of his comments:
“Mancini’s arrival served as a stimulus for the growth of the club, we want to qualify for the Europa League. That’s been our objective since we came in.”
Thohir went on to speak about the future of the club:
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has hinted at an interest in Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure but said he does not expect to sign Liverpool‘s Lucas Leiva.
Mancini was in charge of City when they signed Toure, 31, from Barcelona in 2010, and he has become established as one of the finest players in the Premier League.
However, the Ivory Coast international recently indicated in an interview with CNN that his future was uncertain and, while the expense of such a deal would likely prove difficult for Inter, Mancini feels Toure may be tempted by a move to the San Siro.
Javier Zanetti spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of Inter v Torino at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and here are some of his comments:
On the transfer market:
“There’s still a week to go and we’ll be alert to anything that might happen, whilst keeping Financial Fair Play in mind. We’ve brought in important players who’ll help us a great deal.”
On the club’s immediate objectives:
“Our hope is that we can qualify for next year’s Champions League. It’ll be a real battle for us to get third place, but we’ll try to give 100% across all competitions.”
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Roberto Mancini said Inter’s last-gasp home defeat to Torino was “very cruel, but we fell asleep.”
The Nerazzurri dominated possession, albeit with few real opportunities, but were beaten 1-0 deep into stoppages.
“I am happy with the performance, as the team did what it needed to, held possession very well until the edge of the box, which is where we stopped moving and got lost.
“Football is so cruel and to concede at the last second like that… unfortunately that’s the sport. It did feel very cruel. At the same time, we fell asleep, so we should not have allowed them a corner in the first place and then marked really badly on the set play itself.
Inter‘s revival under Roberto Mancini took a wrong turn on Sunday as Emiliano Moretti’s injury-time goal saw Torino snatch a shock 1-0 win at San Siro.
The center back pounced from close range in the 94th minute to head the visitors to a second successive top-flight away victory – the first time they have achieved the feat since April 1995.
Lukas Podolski and Nemanja Vidic were the only players to threaten either goal in the first half, the former bring a good save out of Daniele Padelli.
Marcelo Brozovic is “very happy to be joining Inter, but also sad at leaving Dinamo Zagreb.”
The 22-year-old midfielder spoke to Croatian reporters as he left the club’s training camp in La Manga to take a private jet from Murcia, provided by Inter.
“There are two contrasting sensations in me at the moment,” said Brozovic.
“I am happy because I am going to Inter, a great club, but I am also a little sad because I’m leaving Dinamo, with whom I made my name and earned a place in the Croatia side.”
Fredy Guarin is attempting to rewrite history by claiming that he never wanted to leave Inter, despite almost joining Juventus last January.
A deal for the Colombian midfielder to move to Turin in exchange for Mirko Vucinic was all-but complete, before protests from Nerazzurri fans scuppered it, but Guarin says he never wanted to leave San Siro.
“The fans’ protest was one of the things that convinced me to stay, and now I’m only thinking about Inter,” Guarin told Tuttosport.
Inter have agreed a deal to sign 22-year-old midfielder Marcelo Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb according to Calciomercato.
The website believes that Inter have had an offer of €8m plus bonuses accepted for the player, and Brozovic could fly to Milan with his agent tomorrow to complete the deal, provided there are no last minute hitches.
Brozovic was also linked with a move to Premier League side Arsenal, but it is believed that the excellent relations between the two clubs following the transfer of Mateo Kovacic helped close the deal.
Deloitte has released its Money League standings for the 2013/14 season and while Real Madrid are at the top for the tenth consecutive year with €550 for the last year, the big news is the economic divide taking place amongst Serie A clubs.
Juventus lead the Italians in the revenues too with €280 million in the tenth place, then comes Milan outside of the top ten with €123 million followed by Napoli with €165 million and Inter with €164 million in the top 20 and Roma have fallen out of the top 20 altogether, sitting at 24th behind the likes of West Ham United and Aston Villa.