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Luciano Spalletti has welcomed Lautaro Martinez to the club and believes that he Argentina striker will give him some additional options next season.

It took Lautaro Martinez took just 16 minutes to score his first Inter goal against Lugano on Saturday night and afterwards Spalletti had this to say about his potential strikeforce next season:

“Can Lautaro and Icardi play together? Why not? They have to go and put themselves in a team situation, be able to share the workload and pass the ball to each other as often as possible so an understanding can be found” Spalletti said.

Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia is impressed by his side’s new signings, who he believes will make ‘an important contribution’ this season.

The Nerazzurri have already brought in six new players as they seek to bolster their squad ahead of their Champions League return.

And speaking after yesterday’s 3-0 pre-season friendly win over Lugano, the 30-year-old believes there will be enough matches during the campaign for everyone to prove their worth.

“They are high-class players with experience and a lot of games behind them,” Ranocchia said of the signings of Radja Nainggolan, Stefan De Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah, Matteo Politano, Lautaro Martinez and Federico Dimarco.

Luciano Spalletti said new striker Lautaro Martinez “knows where the goal is” and Radja Nainggolan “has characteristics we were missing.”

The Nerazzurri had their first pre-season outing, a 3-0 victory over Lugano with Martinez on target before Yann Karamoh’s brace.

“Lugano are a tough side to face and they put in real tackles, so that made it an important and realistic test,” the Coach told reporters.

“I expected us to struggle more, to be honest, as the muscles are still sore at this stage of training. We scored some good goals and moved the ball around well.

Lautaro Martinez took just 16 minutes to score his first Inter goal, then Yann Karamoh bagged a brace as Inter begin their preseason with a win as they beat Lugano 3-0 in front of 4,635 fans.

Martinez just arrived from Argentina and made an immediate impact, as his first shot was parried on a Radja Nainggolan assist and he got back on his feet to knock in the rebound.

Karamoh then took control in the second half, finding the net twice in just five minutes.

In a long interview in Corriere dello Sport, former Inter sporting director Walter Sabatini offered up a fascinating insight into the special relationship between Radja [Nainggolan and Luciano Spalletti.

“Nainggolan’s sale? There are two explanations for that move. There was the €38m in cash before June 30, of which €14m went back for [Davide] Santon and [Nicolò] Zaniolo.

“The second is that Roma were scared. They could no longer control his excesses, but Spalletti controls him well.

“He used to make him sleep at Trigoria. He’d say: ‘we’ll sleep here tonight Radja, me and you’. Each in his room with the door open. Spalletti is a genius with those things.

Inter have confirmed that Italy international Eder has completed a permanent move to Suning’s parent club Jiangsu Suning, signing a two-year and a half deal with the Chinese Super League giants.

A statement on the Inter website read:

FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of the 31-year-old forward Citadin Martins Eder to Jiangsu on a permanent deal.

He joined the Nerazzurri from Sampdoria in January 2016 and Eder went on to make 86 appearances across Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Europa League, scoring 14 goals.

Best of luck for the future Eder!

Walter Sabatini laments “it wasn’t possible” to work at Inter, and left because “the Chinese no longer listened to me”.

The Sampdoria technical director was brought in to co-ordinate between the Nerazzurri and Jiangsu Suning, but he stepped down earlier this year.

Today he gave a lengthy interview to the Corriere dello Sport, who asked what he’ll remember from his time with the Beneamata.

“The fans,” Sabatini replied.

“They’re extraordinary, 70,000 turned up to a game against Spal at 12.30. And next year there’ll be even more.

“What went wrong? It was just the wrong choice. I came in with an assumption which immediately failed.

Everton fans have been discussing a swoop for Joao Mario, and nearly two thirds of fans want the Portuguese midfielder to come to Goodison. There is probably a similar percentage of Inter fans who want him to move to Everton als!

According to GazzaMercato, both Everton and Bournemouth have joined West Ham in the race for Joao Mario and Inter are willing to sell for €25m (£22m).

West Ham have just signed Jack Wilshere, which could open the door for one of Everton or Bournemouth to swoop in and steal Mario.

In his first press conference since joining Inter Milan, Lautaro Martinez has said that fellow Argentine striker Mauro Icardi was one of the influences behind his move to the 18-time Serie A champions.

“I was in touch with Mauro Icardi before I got here, I want to thank him for everything” Martinez said.

“I want to give my best for this team at all times.”

Luciano Spalletti has previously praised his new striker’s flexibility, saying: “

He’s strong technically, he’s very physically solid and he has the right head, he’s a mobile attacker who can also do the second tip if necessary.”

It was 12 months ago exactly when Inter unveiled Milan Skriniar. The then 22-year-old Slovakia defender was not expected to go straight into the Inter team, but after an impressive pre-season he gave Spalletti no reason not to play him.

A lot of Inter fans thought that Skriniar was the Nerazzurri’s best player last year, and the fact that Jose Mourinho and Manchester United offered to buy Skriniar for triple what Inter paid for him, is a testament to how much his game improved last season.

These are Milan Skriniar’s comments a year ago about joining Inter.