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Suning’s Summer Transfer Plans

There is an interesting article in La Gazzetta dello Sport today about Suning’s strategy for the upcoming transfer market. Here is a breakdown of Suning’s four pronged approach:

1. Finalize contract renewals for Danilo D’Ambrosio and Gary Medel, as well as complete deals to sign Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick and Atalanta defender Alessandro Bastoni.

The renewals of D’Ambrosio and Medel are not new. Inter have been working on them for months now. Neither is Inter’s interest in Patrik Schick. What is new is the sudden interest in Atalanta defender Alessandro Bastoni.

Icardi: Champions League Is Gone

Mauro Icardi apologized to the Inter fans for the loss to Sampdoria, and assures “we have confidence” in Stefano Pioli.

The Nerazzurri were defeated 2-1 at San Siro tonight, all-but ending their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

“It’s a bad defeat because it slows us down in the Champions League race,” Icardi confirmed, speaking to RAI after the match.

“Today we were inaccurate in front of goal. I had a great chance to make it 2-1, but the match wasn’t just bad because of that.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio says “we have ideas” for the transfer market but “only talked about cinema” with Sampdoria.

The Nerazzurri have been linked with Patrik Schick, the Czech striker who scored against Inter on Monday night.

“Schick? We talked about movies with Ferrero…” Ausilio explained to Premium Sport.

“He has organised Sampdoria really well, we’re friends but we certainly didn’t talk about the transfer market before the game.

“Ours will be a serious transfer campaign, we’ll try to do a few things and do them well. Inter is a team which already has value, we don’t want to make too many changes to a team which is already working.

Stefano Pioli admits his Inter side were “disunited” against Sampdoria – “we had to be more of a team”. The Nerazzurri were leading at half-time, but Patrik Schick’s tap-in and a Fabio Quagliarella penalty saw them lose 2-1.

“If it’s like it was at the end [of the season] then it would be negative, but now we have to prove we’re not the team we were in the second half,” Pioli sighed in his post-match interview with Premium Sport.

“You get whistled when you don’t put your all on the pitch and express your qualities to the maximum.

Conte To Inter Rumors Will Not Go Anyway

At first I thought that the stories linking Antonio Conte was just newspaper talk. But the Conte to Inter story will not go away, and is now being picked up by newspapers in both Italy and England.

Reportedly Suning Group want to bring in a big-name manager and have set their sights on the current Chelsea boss.

To help persuade Conte, Suning have offered him a €200m transfer kitty, and they want former Inter player and director of sport, Lele Oriali, to return to the club. Oriali worked alongside Conte when he as Italy team manager, helping guide the Azzurri to the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

One of the mysteries of this season is how infrequently Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa has played this season. Gabigol has endured a miserable time since joining Inter and he is still yet to start a league match, playing a total of just 83 minutes.

It looked like he was on the right track. scoring the winner against Bologna in February, but he has made only one appearance since then, despite showing a knack for goals in several friendlies.

Another season sitting on the bench will do nothing for Gabigol and Inter, which is why the idea of sending him out on loan next season is appealing to both the player and the club.

No Buyout Clause For Diego Simeone

When Diego Simeone redid his contract with Atletico Madrid late last year, Tempo De Juego had confirmed recently that El Cholo had a €50 million clause put into his new deal. The same contract saw him get a pay rise but have his stay at the Calderon shortened by two years. Now, the former Inter and Lazio player can leave as of June 2018.

But according to Calciomercato.com, that is no longer the case and that Simeone will be allowed to leave the Vicente Calderon for nothing this summer!

Stefano Pioli insists Inter “must not set limits for ourselves” ahead of the Sampdoria game and hopes Argentina call Mauro Icardi.

“We must not set limits for ourselves, as we’ve got the quality to play every game with a chance of winning,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“If we win them all, we can hope for an important result. It’ll be difficult, but we need to give our best in every training session and every match.

“We tried to use the break for international duty in the best way, working on quality rather than quantity. We need to improve the way we develop situations, our finishing and how we play off the ball.”

Inter Milan legend Sandro Mazzola believes Inter can still qualify for the Champions League this season “it’s when things are easy that they lose…”

The 74-year-old spent his whole career with the club and winning four Scudetti plus four European Cups.

“With Inter you never know,” Mazzola told Gazzamercato when asked about Champions League qualification.

“When things are impossible they can do them, it’s when things are easy that they have fear and lose.

“[Stefano] Pioli has the right personality to win. He doesn’t transmit his strength to the outside, but having spoken to people close to him the squad definitely know it.

Now Inter Want To Keep Pioli

Depending who is the source, Inter either want to keep Stefano Pioli, replace him with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in the summer, or replace him with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone in 2018.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Suning have settled on the first one, and that Pioli will be back as Inter boss next season.

The newspaper states that Suning have a lot of faith in Pioli and

“there is no margin of insecurity, no doubts, Inter have complete faith in the Parma born tactician and have planned the pre-season camp as well as, and more importantly, the summer’s transfer campaign.”