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Strong comments from Inter boss Luciano Spalletti about Inter’s transfer dealings over the last two mercato’s as he admitted he “lied” to fans last season, as Inter did not give him the players he wanted.

“Promises were made and not kept. We can’t take fans for a ride” he said during his press conference last week.

“I have to be careful how I say this so as not to create problems,” noted Spalletti.

“The club has to watch out for these Financial Fair Play parameters and then we’ll see what the objectives are. What happened last year is that certain promises were made and not kept.

New Inter striker Lautaro Martinez calls signing “the best day of my life” and admits he got advice from former Nerazzurri legend Diego Milito

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the cost of to sign the Racing Club striker could reach €25m plus 10 per cent of any future resale value. His release clause has been set at €111m, which is €1m more than Mauro Icardi’s and is a clear sign that Icardi is poised to sign a new deal with an increased release clause.

After the signing, Martinez told reporters:

Former Inter President Massimo Moratti believes that it’s possible” to compete for the Scudetto next season, but only if Inter strengthen the squad this summer.

Moratti started the interview by talking to calciomercato.com about the last day win in Rome:

“It was a thrilling end and for this reason it was even more enjoyable. Now we will begin to think about what will be an important commitment, we will enter the group stages certainly not as favorites and therefore we will have to strengthen the team without a doubt.”

Despite finishing in the top four, and Mauro Icardi getting a share of the Capocannoniere, it was clear watching Inter this season that they missed some creativity. Someone who could break through a packed defense with a pass or goal.

That Antonio Candreva went a whole season without scoring, sums up the issues that Inter that creating goal scoring opportunities in 2017/18,

With that in mind, Spalletti has reportedly asked Piero Auslio to find him a “new Salah” this summer. Spalletti managed Mohamed Salah while he was in Roma, and the winger has taken the Premier League by storm since moving to Liverpool

Argentinian striker Lautaro Martinez has passed the first part of his medical with Inter and he is expected to put his signature on his new contract with the Nerazzurri later today.

There has been a lot of conversation about where Martinez will play since his transfer for €20m was announced. Was he seen as a replacement for Mauro Icardi, or will Spalletti be changing his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation to 4–4-2?

According to Gazzetta dello Sport the answer is neither, as they say that Inter will give Martinez the No 10 jersey.

You would think that securing Champions League football, escalator contracts in sponsorship deals and selling Geoffrey Kondogbia for €25m, all positive moves, would be backed by a commitment from Suning to invest in the squad this summer.

But it looks like once again, Suning’s words and actions will be two different things as Luciano Spalletti says that Inter will need to shrink the size of their squad this summer before the club can pursue permanent deals for loan duo Rafinha and Joao Cancelo.

Cancelo joined in August from Valencia while Rafinha came in during the winter from Barcelona, with both playing important parts in Inter’s fourth-place finish this season.

Add €25m to Luciano Spalletti’s transfer kitty as Valencia have announced that they’ve exercised their option to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia outright for €25m

“Valencia CF have exercised this Thursday their buy-out clause in Geoffrey Kondgobia’s loan deal from Inter, with the Frenchman putting pen to paper on a contract with the club that stretches until 2022,” a statement on the club’s official website confirms.

“Kondogbia’s release clause will be set at €80m. The 24 year old was a key part of Marcelino’s midfield in his first season at Mestalla, making 31 league appearances and scoring four goals.”

Zhang Jindong said on Tuesday that Inter’s return to Champions League football was just the “first step” in their plan to return the Italian team to past glory.

“First of all, I want to congratulate you all for this great achievement!” Zhang wrote in an open letter to Inter that was published on the club’s website.

“After six seasons, Inter has finally returned to the Champions League, the most prestigious competition in European football!

“We have waited a long time for this day to come and this result is the fruit of your constant work. Congratulations!”

We have the first tangible sign of what qualifying for the Champions League next season means financially to Inter as Marco Tronchetti Provera, the chief executive of Pirelli has revealed that Inter’s Champions League qualification will mean the tire manufacturer’s sponsorship will be upgraded.

“Sponsorship has more value in a European context. For someone who is a passionate Interista it brings me great satisfaction and it is so good to see all those who have committed themselves achieve this goal. The contract is linked to the results so there will be a further upgrade.”

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are reportedly offer Mauro Icardi a contract extension until 2022, worth €6m per season plus bonuses. As part of the deal, Icardi’s release clause would be raised from €110m to €200m.

The Nerazzurri captain just bought a new home in Milan, so you would think that this would be an easy pay raise. But his wife and agent Mauro Icardi’s wife is determined to get the best deal she can for her client/husband and says that “there are some big clubs ready to pay the release clause” for the striker at €110m, but “his priority is Inter.”