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Inter director Piero Ausilio would not rule out a January swoop for PSG midfielder Javier Pastore when he spoke to the media ahead of Inter versus Atalanta on Sunday night.

Pastore said he was more likely to move to Italy than Spain, while his agent Marcelo Simonian also urged Inter to make an offer in January.

“I have been impressed with Inter so far this season and Walter Sabatini is the best in his role, while Piero Ausilio is also excellent,” agent Marcelo Simonian told FCInterNews.it.

Mauro Icardi put the brakes on Scudetto talk after Inter beat Atalanta 2-0 to move within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli.

As Juventus lost 3-2 to Sampdoria this afternoon, this result allowed the Nerazzurri to leapfrog back into second place.

“It’s an important victory because it’s what we needed to do. We just had to focus on ourselves and to win,” Maurito told Mediaset Premium.

“I made the most of those two great crosses. I still have regrets over the first half chance, as I should’ve scored that one too.”

Luciano Spalletti called Mauro Icardi “a raptor pouncing on its prey,” but spread the credit for Inter’s victory over Atalanta to the whole team.

“Inter have their own identity and tonight played like a mature team that knows when to wait for the important moment, knows where it wants to go and how to get there,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“Icardi is a champion, but I am one of those Coaches who think a victory is always credited to the whole team. We allowed Atalanta very little, kept it tight, recreating those attacking movements that give you the advantage when trying to score.

Mauro Icardi’s second-half brace helped Inter seal a comfortable 2-0 win over Atalanta and climb up to second in Serie A.

Argentina striker Icardi, who scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 battering of Atalanta in last season’s corresponding fixture, was denied an opener by a smart save from Etrit Berisha during a mundane first half at San Siro.

But Icardi would not be denied shortly after the break as he opened the scoring with a simple header to bring the home fans to their feet.

Inter have reportedly identified Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez as they replacement for Miranda, and are poised to try and sign the Uruguayan defender in January.

Gimenez has barely had the chance to play at Atletico after four years at the club, and according to Corriere dello Sport he could now be keen on moving to a club where his role is better suited.

This year, Atleti manager Diego Simeone has rarely played the 22-year-old after he picked up an injury, with the last time he was in the starting XI as far back as September 30.

Luciano Spalletti has hailed Inter’s fans for being timeless as unlike their coaches, “you’re always there.”

“Thank you for this big embrace,” he began at a dinner arranged by Inter’s official fan club at San Siro on Thursday evening.

“With all of you, everything becomes easier: we’ve found you at San Siro from the off. You took on some of our responsibilities and, for us, it was important to immediately feel your closeness.

“You make us feel stronger, and it’s this feeling that’s struck me at Inter.

Milan Skriniar has pledged his future to Inter despite being linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona.

Skriniar only made the switch to San Siro in July but he has already proved a big success as Luciano Spalletti’s side have kept pace with Napoli and Juventus in the title race in Serie A.

Inter are only two points behind leaders Napoli after 12 unbeaten games, winning nine and drawing three, with Skriniar forming an impressive central defensive partnership with Miranda.

The 22-year-old’s form has already seem him touted as a future star at Camp Nou, but the Slovakia international has no intention of swapping Italy for Spain.

Luciano Spalletti believes “it’s a different Inter compared to the one before” after leading them to third place in Serie A.

Spalletti took charge of Inter over the summer and has revitalised their fortunes, with the Nerazzurri still unbeaten after 12 matches and just two points behind table-toppers Napoli.

“We’ve picked up 30 points in this first part of the campaign,” the told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It’s a lot and it wasn’t easy. At first, I had to carry around bit of everything at first. I couldn’t make any decisions. There was a huge weight on the team, club and fans.

After failing to secure another central defender during the summer Mercato, it is not surprising to see that Inter are being linked with a move for an experienced defender in January. What is disappointing are the two players Inter are linked with: Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala and Thomas Vermaelen of Barcelona.

Mangala was one of Inter’s top targets this past summer but the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement on the loan fee and the percentage of Mangala’s wages that Inter would have to pay.

Ahead of his January loan move, Jiangsu Suning midfielder Ramires is expected to start training with Inter next month so that he will be ready to play in January after the winter break.

The Brazilian is currently training at Chelsea’s Cobham facilities as he recovers from an injury he sustained in mid-October.

The arrival of the experienced midfielder will be a huge relief for Luciano Spalletti as the Nerazzurri only have five recognized central midfielders in the first team squad at the moment.

And two of those, Marcelo Brozović and João Mário have been linked with a move away from Inter in the January transfer window.