For all the mixed messages that have came out of Inter this summer, the club have been crystal clear on one topic. Captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi is not for sale.
May 31 president Erick Thohir:
“Players like Icardi, Perisic and Miranda are Inter players and we will tell anyone who makes an approach they are not for sale,’ he said.
July 11 sporting director Piero Ausilio:
“Icardi signed a new contract a year ago, we’ve made him our captain and he’s not for sale. Anything else is just talk.”
July 17 Erick Thohir:
Roberto Mancini’s showdown meeting with Inter President Erick Thohir and chief executive Michael Bolingbroke In Oregon did not go well, and has left the Inter boss reassessing his position at the club. Mancini is expected to meet with representatives of Suning in New York this week, but at the moment is is even money whether he is even the manager when Inter take on Estudiantes in New York on Wednesday.
At the heart of the dispute between the manager and the club is the direction of the club. Mancini is in the last year of this contract and wants a new deal. Plus he has been challenged by the club to finish in the top three this season.
Inter boss Roberto Mancini showed the press on Sunday night that he is not happy with the club’s summer transfer activity.
Mancini met this weekend with President Erick Thohir and chief executive Michael Bolingbroke to discuss the Nerazzurri’s summer transfer activity or lack there off.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Mediaset Premium, Sportitalia and Calciomercato.it, Mancini did not get the answers or reassurances he was looking for during the meeting and that he is considering handing in his resignation.
So it was a tense Mancini who met the press after the PSG defeat, where he was asked about possible transfer dealings. Mancini is usually very open on these matters but his responses were very terse curt saying:
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Amidst the backdrop of their coach possibly quitting this week over this summer’s transfer activity, and their captain being strongly linked with a move to Napoli, Inter were soundly beaten 3-1 by PSG in the second match of their USA Tour. The graphic shows how badly PSG dominated the match.
For the second game running Stevan Jovetić got on the scoresheet, this time from the penalty spot to make the score 1-1 at half-time.
This is the part that really frustrates me over transfers. When clubs act small and try and save what is a relatively small amount of money so they can say they got the better of the deal. Just leave the egos at the door and get the deal want.
This is exactly what Inter are trying to do with Lazio over winger Antonio Candreva and if they are not careful they will lose him. Everyone knows that Lazio want ‹25 million for the winger. We have all known that for weeks.
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Unlike other domestic cup competitions the complete Coppa Italia draw is made at once, so after the draw on Thursday we know the Nerazzurri’s potential match ups as the competitions progresses,
The Nerazzurri enter the cup competition at the Round of 16 due to their participation in the Europa League side.
Inter were seeded third behind Napoli (1) and Roma (2) and ahead of Juventus (4), AC Milan (5), Lazio (6), Sassuolo (7) and Fiorentina (8).
The way the draw is set-up, Inter are in the half of the draw that contains Lazio, Roma and Sassuolo. Inter’s potential match-ups are against Lazio in the quarter-finals and the Roma/Sassuolo winner in the semi-final.
Former Inter President Massimo Moratti says that he hopes that captain Mauro Icardi stays but “it depends on what the lad wants”.
The striker’s wife and agent, Wanda, reportedly met with Arsenal this week about a potential move, while Juventus have also been linked.
“I think a lot will depend on what the lad wants,” Moratti acknowledged in an interview with FCInterNews.
“I hope that the club will make it so that they can keep him, because he’s a great striker. So I’d keep him, but just if he’s happy to wear the Nerazzurri colours.”
According to Italian publication Tuttosport, Roberto Mancini wants to bring former Inter player Mario Balotelli back to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The only rationale that Tuttosport give for Inter’s interest in their former player is that he is cheap and Inter have limited transfer funds this summer. Which might be news to Suning who have invested €200m in the club since the takeover.
Yes Inter have spent little this summer, the only signings have been the €3.4m acquisition of Cristian Ansaldi, as well as free transfers Éver Banega and Caner Erkin, but that has not stopped the Nerazzurri from being linked with several big names including Sporting midfielder João Mário.
Inter captain Mauro Icardi moved to distance himself on Wednesday from the recent actions and comments of his agent and wife by reassuring Nerazzurri fans that he was “an Interista”
Icardi’s agent had a well publicized trip to London this week to talk to Arsenal about signing the striker, but the captain did his best to dispel rumors that he wanted to leave Inter this summer.
“I’m going to be here until 2019,” began Icardi.
“I have a contract and we love it in Milan. The whole family wants to stay.
While Inter captain Mauro Icardi is in the USA on tour, his wife and agent, Wanda Icardi is flying to London on Wednesday to meet with Arsenal.’s wife and agent is in London, and will reportedly meet with Arsenal this afternoon.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal are prepared to pay £43 million (€52m) for the Argentine international, and are willing to offer him a wage packet of €7m per season, which is double what he currently earns at Inter.
On a day that Real Madrid reportedly turned down a £62m offer for striker Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, Arsenal’s offer way under values Icardi in today’s market.