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There have been whispers for while now that Inter captain and best player Mauro Icardi has caught the eye of Real Madrid.

There will be a huge upheaval at the Bernabéu this summer as Real president Florentino Pérez spends big to refreshen his aging squad.

Reportedly one of the targets for Real is Icardi and Argentina National team manager Jorge Sampaoli has confirmed that the striker is intrigued by a move to arguably the biggest club in the world.

In an interview with Spanish media outlet AS, the former Sevilla manager stated that he is already thinking about the attacking options he will have available in Russia this summer.

With relatively no money to spend on new players over the last three to four years, Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio pioneered the idea of a long term loan with an option to buy at a future date.

The concept gave Inter the ability to attract a higher quality player than they could normally affords, while punting the financial repercussions down the road.

As a result here we are in 2018 and Inter cannot afford to go and buy a new player in this transfer window because we don’t have the cash. Instead we have to resort to asking clubs to loan us their players for six months for little money.

The agent of in-demand Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar has confirmed that the Serie A club received and rejected a €65 million bid from an unnamed club earlier in January.

Karol Csontó, the 22-year-old’s agent, wouldn’t say which club made the proposal but did confirm it was one of Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“I can not be too specific, but one of those clubs came out and made an offer of €65million,” Csontó is quoted as saying by FCInter1908.

“We knew on the first day of January that Inter would not sell Milan, so it was useless.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed the team’s interest in signing PSG’s Javier Pastore, while also ruling out a move for Daniel Sturridge or a Marcelo Brozovic exit.

Last night, Argentina international Pastore said he was ready to leave Paris Saint-Germain in order to get more playing time and named Inter as a preferred option.

“You seem to know more than we do! Of course we are pleased and proud that a player like Pastore sees Inter as an opportunity. I can confirm there has always been a certain ‘feeling’ between Inter and Pastore,” Ausilio told Mediaset Premium.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti had some interesting comments to the media after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against SPAL as the Nerazzurri boss is clearly looking for a reaction from his players after another disappointing performance.

“When you concede a late goal like that, it’s inevitable that you’ll be left with a bitter taste in the mouth,” said Luciano Spalletti straight after the match between Spal and Inter at the Stadio Mazza.

“Even when we were winning, there were points in which we weren’t able to build on our strong points. We need to find a balance in how we act, we all need be on the same page mentally.”

For the second time in three matches, Inter conceded a goal in the 90th minute to drop two more valuable points in the race for a Champions League place.

At the beginning of the month it was Giovanni Simeone scoring late for Fiorentina to deny Inter a win, and on Sunday it was Alberto Paloschi’s turn as Inter drew 1-1 at SPAL.

Four dropped points from winning positions this month. Four points that could be the difference between Inter playing in the Champions League or Europa League next season.

Inter and Portugal midfielder Joao Mario is expected to become to West Ham United player tonight after completing his medical in London.

According to Sky Sports, Joao Mario will join West Ham on loan for the rest of the season with the English club having the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer for €30. The midfielder is expected to make his debut against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday.

With Gabigol rejoining Santos, and Joao Mario joining West Ham, Suning’s two big money summer moves in 2016 have proven to be a bust.

It looks like the Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa’s era is over at Inter after the Nerazzurri sent the striker back to Santos, on loan until December 31.

“FC Internazionale Milano can announce that an agreement has been reached for Gabriel Barbosa to move to Santos,” a short statement on Inter’s website begins.

“The Brazilian forward will move to the club in the Sao Paulo region on loan until 31 December 2018.”

Gabigol arrived with fanfare in 2016 from Santos with a big price tag of €33.5m move. But he failed to impress three Inter managers and never made a Serie A start for the club, scoring only once.

Inter have moved up four places in the latest Deloitte Money League report, to 15th place, with €262.1m in revenue. That is an increase of €82.9m or 46.3% over last season.

The huge increase in revenue by Inter came mainly via a jump in commercial revenue, an area that Suning has worked hard to improve since taking over the club.

Matchday Revenue
Despite leading Serie A in average attendance once again, Inter’s matchday revenue at the aging Giuseppe Meazza continues to be a fraction of what the top teams in Europe take in. Juventus for example had matchday revenues of €58m last season, more than double Inter’s revenue of €28m.

Reports out of Spain suggest that the loan deal between Inter and Barcelona for Rafinha has a Champions League clause in it.

Inter finally signed the midfielder on a six-month loan deal on Monday after weeks of negotiations between the two clubs, and Sport has now reported alleged that a clause in the transfer means Inter will have to pay Barca around €35m for Rafinha if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Inter also will pay €3m to Barcelona depending on how Rafinha performs during his loan spell, but, given how much both he and Inter wanted the move to occur, he should play well enough to see his loan turned into a permanent switch.