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According to Corriere dello Sport, a contract renewal for Mauro Icardi at Inter is close to being completed.

Despite the rumor this summer that Icardi could leave Interin favor of a move to Real Madrid or Juventus, the Argentine looks to tie his immediate future to the club.

Icardi is currently the seventh highest paid player in Serie A, at €5 million a year. He trails Ronaldo (€30 million), Higuain (€8.5m), Paul Dybala (€7 million), Douglas Costa and Gianluigi Donnarumma (€6 million) and Leonardo Bonucci (€5.5 million).

Look for Wanda to try and slot Icardi just below Dybala at between €6-7m a season.

Inter have reportedly have no interest in signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara as an alternative to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, who is said to be the Nerazzurri’s sole focus for a late midfield signing.

Inter are in a race against the clock to seal Modric’s signature before the Serie A transfer window closes on Friday, but the chance of Modric leaving Madrid are fading with every passing day. While Modric wants Inter and Inter wants Modric, Real Madrid will not let the Croatian leave at any cost this summer. Modric doesn’t want to force through a move as well but his agent could look to force through a move.

Former Sassuolo coach Beppe Iachini has given an interview about this year’s edition of the Serie A with Milano based sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport stating that:

“Ancelotti at Napoli is a great challenge, but Juventus remains the favorites.”

Juventus primary rival?

“Nainggolan to Inter is a big signing, I have trained him and he is a warrior that every coach wants. I have also trained Politano.”

Earlier this summer Iachini spoke to TuttoMercatoWeb about Matteo Politano, who he managed at Sassuolo last season.

“Inter have made a great signing in Matteo Politano.

Continuing on my quest to bring you what fans and pundits are saying about Inter’s chances this season, here is the second 2018-19 season preview in this series. You will find the first preview here.

They took until the final minutes of the last match of the season, but Inter achieved their main aim of securing Champions League football for the upcoming campaign.

Rather than bask in their accomplishment the Nerazzurri have made bold moves to strengthen their squad in the summer transfer market. And after a decent pre-season campaign which ended with wins over Lyon and Atletico Madrid, Inter fans are feeling optimistic.

The 2018/19 Serie A season kicks off this weekend and Inter’s outstanding Mercato has got fans and pundits alike, excited about the coming season.

The signing of Ronaldo by Juventus has brought Serie A into the spotlight and a lot of publications are now predicting what the upcoming season will be like. This preview is from the Daily Mail in England:

Juventus against Inter Milan is known as the ‘Derby d’Italia’, because it’s the clash between Serie A’s most consistently successful sides.

Former Napoli and Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino spoke on his favourite three deals of the transfer window, which includes Inter’s signing of Stefan de Vrij from Lazio.

“As a director myself, the operation I liked the most this transfer window was the one conducted by Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo. I appreciated the courage of the technical and marketing investment, while in second place I put de Vrij on a free transfer to Inter and Krzysztof Piatek’s move to Genoa in third. Now to close this market, Napoli need to make a great signing, maybe Mario Balotelli,” Marino said in an interview with Tuttosport.

According to reports from Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan’s new Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan will miss Inter’s first game of the season; set to take place on Sunday evening against Sassuolo.

Nainggolan signed for Inter from league rivals AS Roma, for a total fee of €38 million; which included €24 million plus Davide Santon and Nicolò Zaniolo.

The summer signing picked up an injury to his thigh just 25 minutes in to Inter’s second pre-season match against Sion in mid-July and has missed the five friendlies since.

Keita Baldé Diao reveals “since I was little I’ve always dreamed of playing for Inter”, after completing his move from Monaco.

The Senegal international officially completed his transfer to the Nerazzurri today, returning from Ligue 1 on a loan with option to buy just 12 months after leaving Lazio.

“I’m very happy to be here and I’ll give my all to make the fans happy,” Keita told Inter TV.

“I’m back in Italy with a huge desire to play for a big club. I already have experience in this league and I want to do well.

Armed with the money that they got from Roma for Steven N’Zonzi, Sevilla have reportedly made contact with Inter for Joao Mario.

The Portuguese midfielder is surplus to requirements at San Siro, and spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United.

The English club opted not to buy him permanently, and the player himself has admitted

“Italian football is not for me”.

Real Betis are believed to be interested in signing him, and Sevilla’s interest was also reported this morning.

Finally the Erick Thohir era at Inter is abut to end with the news that Suning Group are reportedly ready to buy out the remaining shares of Thohir.

Thohir bought the Nerazzurri from Massimo Moratti, taking around 70% of the shares and leaving the Italian with the rest. That move kick started one of the worst eras in Inter’s proud history.

In the summer of 2016 Chinese conglomerate Suning came in, with Thohir buying out Moratti’s shares and selling the rest to Jindong Zhang and family.

Now Corriere dello Sport is reporting that the group is ready to buy Thohir’s remaining 31.05 per cent, taking almost total control of the club.