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The first match back after an international break is always a tricky one as players frequently return from playing with their national team in worse physical condition than when they left.

That is the case with Sime Vrsaljko, who picked up a knee injury with Croatia last week. The defender is set to meet with the Inter medical team today, but there is concern that the former Atletico Madrid star is set to be out of action for a while.

Lautaro Martinez was sent home by Argentina early in the week, and the young striker is said to be a major doubt for the Parma and Tottenham matches.

The summer transfer window has been closed only a couple of weeks, and people are already starting to turn their attention to the winter Mercato. Where a familiar face will be waiting for Piero Ausilio.

The rumors of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric moving to Inter have not waned, and if anything they have picked up some momentum during the international break.

According to Sport Mediaset, the 33-year-old Ballon d’Or candidate does not want to wait until next summer to move to Inter. He wants to move in January.

Javier Zanetti claims Inter’s return to the Champions League this season sees them ‘back where they belong’.

Inter ended a eight-year absence from the Champions League, courtesy of their fourth-place finish in Serie A last season, and Zanetti believes his club have what it takes to stay there.

“We were drawn in a very tough group, but we have the enthusiasm and conviction that we can compete with everyone in it,” he said at the inaugural Festival dello Sport in Milan.

“I’m proud to participate in this event, just as I’m proud to have been part of the Inter team who won the Treble.

There are stories everywhere today linking Inter with Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. I would ask why would Inter be interested in signing him?

The 31-year-old Fabregas is unable to break into the Chelsea line-up Maurizio Sarri signed Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic this summer, to go along with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek

He is out of contract at the end of the season, and is therefore able to sign a pre-contract from January onwards, allowing someone to sign him on a free in the summer.

Inter have confirmed that Lautaro Martinez is likely to miss this weekend’s Serie A game with Parma due to an injury.

The striker had already pulled out of the match against Bologna and left international duty with Argentina early.

Now he has returned to Milan and the Nerazzurri announced

“an MRI scan showing that he is still struggling with a hematoma in the soleus muscle of his left leg.

“Martinez’s condition will now be reassessed over the next few days.”

The first CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post of the 2018/19 season looked at the transfers that took place over the summer and identified who the bargains were. What players were purchased below their fair market values? They also identified the players that teams overpaid the most for.

According to the report, the bargain of the summer was Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who moved to Real Madrid for €40m, a €22.6m discount on his real market value of €62.6m. It was not a good summer trainer window for Chelsea, and they turned around and overpaid for Courtois’s replacement Kepa Arrizabalaga by €45m!

According to Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport, Inter Milan are already plotting a summer move for Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont, who joined the Viola from Toulouse over the summer.

This comes as Inter search for a potential long-term replacement for goalkeeper Samir Handanovic who, although is still doing well for Inter now, is 34-years-old and therefore the Slovenian only has a handful of years left in the twilight of his career.

Lafont cost Fiorentina just €7 million plus bonuses, a good deal for a 19-year-old goalkeeper that many consider to be one of the best young goalkeepers in the world.

Former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli had his say on the transfer policy of Inter Milan, saying that

“The most significant missteps, when summer transfers are taken in to consideration, have been made by Inter, even if in the last game they got a victory.”

He continued to, despite the ‘missteps’, consider Inter Milan as likely favourites to finish second, behind Juventus:

“I think that Juventus will win the scudetto. As for second place, I see Inter as a little bit ahead of Napoli to finish there and then, in spite of everything, Roma, because I really like their manager Eusebio Di Francesco and I certainly can see Milan doing well this season too.”

Marco Materazzi believes Inter ‘need to realise how good they are’ if his former club are to realise their potential this season.

“Spalletti’s team need to realise how good they are,” Materazzi, who won the Treble with the Nerazzurri in 2010, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We have nothing to envy to others for if we consider the first 12-13 players. We lost to Chelsea in a friendly and then got Barcelona in our group.

“Maybe we thought among ourselves in the dressing room that we weren’t up to it. Tottenham and Barcelona have been playing at certain levels for a long time, but if you beat the English early on, they could go far.

Inter Milan’s forward Lautaro Martinez has been sent home from international duty with Argentina, after a calf injury brought to an end his spell with the national team.

Martinez was struggling with a calf injury last week and was only on the bench for Inter’s win over Bologna last week.

Despite the injury he flew out to join up with the national team this week, but Argentina sent him back to Inter rest and recuperation. Hopefully he will have enough time to get fit for the Champions League match against Spurs in ten days.