Reports out of England suggest that Manchester United are starting to get worried that they won’t be able to offload Italian defender Matteo Darmian in January after a lack of interest from clubs.
Despite featuring for United recently due to injuries in Mourinho’s squad, the former Inter boss has told Damian he is free to leave in January.
Inter have been linked with the full-back for months, with suggestions that he has already agreed to personal terms with the Nerazzurri.
But it appears there has no official contact between Inter and the Premier League side, at least according to one United insider:
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According to La Nazione, Inter are reportedly planning to outmaneuver bitter city rivals AC trump Milan in the race for sign Fiorentina’s wantaway midfielder Milan Badelj by offering Stevan Jovetic as part of the deal.
Despite Suning’s deep pockets Inter still have some Financial Fair Play issues to deal with during the January transfer window, so being able to exchange players and not cash is very appealing to Inter at the moment.
Jovetic is a former Fiorentina player and La Viola’s Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino is a long-time admirer of Jovetic, having brought the player to the Artemio Franchi in 2008.
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Andrea Pinamonti’s feelings were “indescribable” after the 17-year-old was given his senior Inter debut against Sparta Prague.
The striker was promoted from the Primavera youth team and thrown on from the start by Stefano Pioli in this evening’s Europa League tie.
“San Siro is my favourite stadium because I am an Inter fan, so it was indescribable to be playing there. I still haven’t quite realised what happened tonight,” Pinamonti told Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 victory.
“I am happy that the Coach and club put their faith in me. I thank them and I’m ready in case I’m called again, but naturally the choice is down to them.”
Stefano Pioli said that Inter leave the Europa League with “regrets,” but the 3-4-3 experiment worked well against Sparta Prague on Thursday.
The Nerazzurri were already eliminated after losing four out of five games, but ended the campaign with a 2-1 victory over Sparta Prague.
Pioli took this opportunity to give debuts to 17-year-old Andrea Pinamonti and Axel Bakayoko, while Senna Miangue impressed too.
“Pinamonti is very young, but has great quality and above all it’s not easy to find a youngster who is so humble, with his head firmly on his shoulders. He’ll have a great future,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
There was a surreal feel to Inter’s Europa League match with Sparta Prague on Thursday as the normally boisterous Curva Nord was silent and empty as Inter fans boycotted the match due to the state of the club.
Heading into the meaningless Europa League match Inter had been in disastrous form with four defeats in five games which has led to the Inter Ultras to voice their disapproval at the results.
A banner was unveiled in a stand which read
‘Four defeats from five games. This is what you deserve for your embarrassing efforts… Shame on you.’
After winning their final Europa League group game with elimination already confirmed, coach Stefano Pioli believes it is clear his side must continue to improve.
In front a sparse crowd at the San Siro, two goals from Eder helped Inter beat Sparta Prague 2-1, with Pioli later reflecting on the positives alongside the areas in which his team must still get better.
“We tried to take the initiative, and we were focused, sharp and created some good situations,” he told Sky Italia.
“Clearly, at the moment, we still need to improve. [We must] be quicker and more effective.
Well we can cross Domenico Criscito and Mario Balotelli off Inter’s Christmas list as both players have stated that they are not interested in coming to the Nerazzurri.
Suoer Mario says it would be “very complicated” for him to return to Inter after professing his support for Milan:
“I’ve always been a Milan fan, even though I played for Inter,” Rai quotes Balotelli as saying.
“Never say never, but Inter is very complicated. If I return to Italy I’d think of Milan.”
If we thought Icardi’s off-the-pitch antics caused headaches, imagine the circus if Balotelli returned?
Marcelo Brozovic has ended speculation about his future after signing a new deal that will keep him at Inter until 2021. It is reported that the new contract includes a nice increase in his wages from €1.4m per year to €2.5m including bonuses. The deal also reportedly includes a €50m release clause that can only be activated by foreign clubs, similar to what Inter did earlier this season when they gave Icardi a new deal.
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It will be a chance for inter’s squad players to impress Stefano Pioli in Inter’s last Europa League match of the season. With nothing to play for, and winning on Sunday more important than tonight, Pioli has given the majority of his first team regulars a rest ahead of the trip to Sparta Prague.
Is this the weakest Inter squad ever for a European match?
Goalkeepers: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni
Defenders: 2 Andreolli, 13 Ranocchia, 15 Ansaldi, 21 Santon, 24 Murillo, 94 Yao, 95 Miangue
Midfielders: 5 Melo, 27 Gnoukouri, 91 Zonta
Gabriel Barbosa’s agent Wagner Ribeiro did not hold back his frustration and the lack of playing time for his client in an interview on Radio Bandeirantes”
“Gabriel isn’t happy at the moment.
“We’re not talking about the locker room or about teammates.
“It’s a question of never getting the opportunity to play.
“In January we want this issue to be resolved.
“De Boer, just before being sent away told Kia Joorabchian that there was no problem with Gabriel, but now Pioli, just like the dutchman, doesn’t offer the Brazilian any chance to play.
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