Napoli have abandoned their pursuit of Pescara striker Gianluca Caprari and “he’s close to joining Inter,” confirmed Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani.
The soon to be 23-year-old striker had been widely expected to join Naples, but Inter have persuaded him to join a big club instead.
“There was interest from Napoli and I’d have liked very much to see him wear their jersey, but Napoli never got back to us, so it looks like he won’t be going there,” Sebastiani told Club Napoli All News.
“Inter? Yes, Gianluca is close to joining the Nerazzurri.”
Suning Group chairman Zhang Jindong in his first interview to the Inter Channel since the takeover, announced the three principles that the Chinese group will follow in running the club.
“Inter and Suning share a common vision. Of all the European clubs, Suning have always had a special passion for Inter – a club which has always stood out for its openness to people from all over the world.
“The Nerazzurri are Brothers of the World and that’s a very similar vision to Suning’s. Inter were the first European club to come to China and they helped develop Chinese football internationally so they’ve always had the most fans in China.
Roberto Mancini met his new bosses on Tuesday and he did not seem very enthusiastic about the meeting.
Erick Thohir and Massimo Moratti have been quite open this week about Inter’s interest in signing Antonio Candreva and Yaya Toure, but Mancini was much more guarded in his comments.
However, the 51-year-old did acknowledge the rumours linking the club with Brazilian prodigy, Gabriel Jesus, stressing that he is not a back-up option should Inter fail to capture Lazio’s Candreva.
“I am satisfied with the meeting,” said Mancini to Sky Sport Italia. “We now have a better knowledge of one another.
Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera is keen to see the Nerazzurri challenge for its first Italian title since 2010, and someone like Antonio Candreva would certainly help that cause.
Pirelli are one of Inter’s main sponsors having agreed to pay €30m over three seasons to keep its name on the front of the Inter shirt. A pittance in today’s global kit sponsorships. By comparison, Juventus will earn around €17m a year from its deal with Fiat.
But Tronchetti is upbeat about the club going forward and spoke about some of their summer targets.
Inter’s new board of directors has been nominated, and Michael Bolingbroke is confirmed as CEO. The new CEO laid out the future of the club, touching on FFP, revenues and growing the Inter brand. Here are some of the highlights from his speech:
“Ever since I arrived in 2014, Inter has become an ever more global team. We are all working for the success of this team.
“I’d like to thank Thohir for his guidance of the team. It’s thanks to his leadership that we made it where we are. He has been a source of inspiration for us and he helped this club develop.
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Inter President Erick Thohir confirms “we’re in talks for Domenico Berardi and Antonio Candreva”.
The Nerazzurri have been linked with both players, though Sassuolo have denied talks for the former and the latter is a key man for Lazio.
Today a Press conference was held to officially introduce the Suning Group which has taken over the club, and the President discussed transfer targets.
“We’re repeatedly stated that we believe in [Coach Roberto] Mancini,” Thohir told assembled media.
“There has been great improvement over the last season. We want the Champions League in order to operate in a consistent manner.
Zhang Jindong, the new Inter owner, says they are targeting “the Scudetto and Europa League” next season.
The Suning Group have completed a takeover of almost 70 per cent of the club’s shares, with Erick Thohir remaining as President, but Zhang as the owner.
“First of all I’d like to congratulate the Italian national team for reaching the [Euro 2016] Quarter-Finals,” the new Beneamata owner began today’s Press conference by saying.
“We cheered for Italy together last night, and the most important moment came about from Eder’s foot, so that’s a point of pride for Italy and Inter fans.
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Suning are officially the new owners of Inter after the takeover was ratified by the club’s board of directors on Tuesday.
The Chinese conglomerate wasted no time in showing their ambitions for the Nerazzurri by immediately pumping £200m into the club in the form of a £117m increase in capital and an £83m loan. What a difference from the failed Erick Thohir ownership.
It will be interesting to see how much of those funds find there way into Roberto Mancini’s transfer kitty. Under Uefa’s Financial Fair Play restrictions Inter are currently restricted as to what they can spend in the transfer market, so next summer might be when we really feel feel the impact of the takeover.
The sale of Inter to Suning has been officially ratified. Erick Thohir remains as club president and on Tuesday announced a ‘five-year investment plan’ and what this means for the future of the Nerazzurri.
“We have a grand history and we grew up as brothers of the whole world,” Thohir told the Press. “This is the first time that a Chinese club becomes the majority share-holder of a European club.
“We enjoy a world-wide fame, but we will respect the origins of this club. In order to remain competitive we must be able to invest, and that’s what Suning guarantees.
Yaya Toure’s agent has issued a warning to Manchester City that his client has no intention of signing a new deal with the Premier League side. And if they don’t allow the midfielder to join Inter on a free transfer this summer it will only make it “easier for Inter when his contract expires next season.”
“At the moment Yaya is a Manchester City player. We’ll see what happens,” agent Dimitri Seluk told FCInterNews.
“Inter are a great club and Mancini is a great Coach, but we still have to wait.