Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked with a move away from Inter despite only joining the club in January from Bayern Munich.
The 23-year-old impressed on his arrival, but his form dropped off, and the winger struggled to hold down a place in the side at the end of the season and Roberto Mancini apparently has his eye on other midfielders and is willing to sacrifice Shaqiri in a deal worth £10.5million.
The Switzerland international is said to be attracting interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, who were both linked with him in the last transfer window.
Inter are set to expected to announce the signing of Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula on Friday. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder is expected to arrive on a one year loan, before completing a permanent move in 2016 for €20 million.
Imbula was ever present for Marseille last season as Les Olimpiens narrowly missed out on securing a place in next season’s Champions League.
Following the completion of the transfer, the Belgian-born player is likely to form a formidable new-look midfield partnership with Geoffrey Kondogbia, who also joined Inter from Ligue 1 earlier this week for a fee of €35 million.
Having secured his move to Inter earlier this week, we examine Geoffrey Kondogbia’s Ligue 1 performances for Monaco from the 2014/15 season.
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Geoffrey Kondogbia has been enjoying a first taste of Milan today after arriving for his medical with the Nerazzurri. Inter Channel caught up with the incoming French midfielder to hear his thoughts on the move:
“Being a part of this great team is a dream come true. I want to be here for as long as possible. As a kid I used to watch Inter play on TV, and now I’m joining this huge club. I will give my all.”
Kondogbia also spoke about the fervent enthusiasm with which the fans have greeted him in Milan:
Inter president Erick Thohir believes the club made the right choice in signing Geoffrey Kondogbia instead of Yaya Toure this summer.
The Manchester City man had looked destined to depart the Premier League after his agent claimed he was “90 per cent certain to leave” in May with Inter subsequently claiming they were ready to close the deal .
The Nerazzuri were heavily linked with a move for Toure, with Roberto Mancini recently insisting he wasn’t giving up on a deal despite the Ivorian insisting he will “definitely stay” at the Etihad Stadium.
Geoffrey Kondogbia says that a phone call from Inter coach Roberto Mancini convinced him to join Inter instead of city rivals AC Milan.
The deal was snatched out of the hands of city rivals AC Milan, who thought they had a deal to sign the Frenchman agreed. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani said he thought it was a “done deal,”
However, Kondogbia said the intervention of Mancini persuaded him to choose the Nerazzurri over their arch-rivals.
“It’s a real pleasure for me and I hope we can achieve big things together,” he told the club’s television channel. “I spoke with Mancini a week ago.
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Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo says that he wants to stay in Milan and challenge for the Scudetto.
The 28-year-old Japan international missed a lot of last season through injury, making only 18 appearances. But when he was fit at the end of the season, Nagatomo was back starting for Inter, and that faith in him by Roberto Mancini has the Japanese defender thinking about extending his future with the club.
“I want to stay in Milan. Inter are a great club, the fans are deeply in love with the club. I want to try to win the Scudetto with Inter,” Nagatomo told the Japan Times.
Inter Milan appeared to have solved their central defense issues with the news that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign centre-back Joao Miranda in a €15 million deal, that is reported to be €12m up front with a potential €3m in add-ons, while the player will sign a three-year deal worth €2.7m a season.
The Brazil international has spent four seasons at the Vicente Calderon, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League under Diego Simeone.
The 30-year-old defender will link up with Roberto Mancini’s squad after Brazil’s Copa America campaign comes to an end, which is currently taking place in Chile.
We take a closer look at Mateo Kovacic’s performances for Inter over the last three Serie A seasons.
The 21-year-old Kovacic, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects on the continent. Which is why Inter should not be selling the Croatia international.
The Nerazzurri were awful last season, but the pieces are in place for Roberto Mancini to mould the squad in his image. The team should be built around the likes of Mauro Icardi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Juan Jesus and Samir Handanovic to provide the foundations for success and Mancini should include Kovacic in that mix.
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Interesting comments from Inter manager Roberto Mancini that midfielder Mateo Kovacic will stay at the club, despite near constant rumors suggesting that he is on the verge of a move to Liverpool.
Kovacic had been reported to be one of Brendan Rodgers top targets this summer and Italian and Croatian media outlets have even gone as far to report that personal terms between the player and Liverpool had been agreed, too.
However, Roberto Mancini has poured cold waters on the rumors, firmly stating that Mateo Kovacic is seen as the future star of the Serie A team.