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Luciano Spalletti believes “it’s a different Inter compared to the one before” after leading them to third place in Serie A.

Spalletti took charge of Inter over the summer and has revitalised their fortunes, with the Nerazzurri still unbeaten after 12 matches and just two points behind table-toppers Napoli.

“We’ve picked up 30 points in this first part of the campaign,” the told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It’s a lot and it wasn’t easy. At first, I had to carry around bit of everything at first. I couldn’t make any decisions. There was a huge weight on the team, club and fans.

After failing to secure another central defender during the summer Mercato, it is not surprising to see that Inter are being linked with a move for an experienced defender in January. What is disappointing are the two players Inter are linked with: Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala and Thomas Vermaelen of Barcelona.

Mangala was one of Inter’s top targets this past summer but the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement on the loan fee and the percentage of Mangala’s wages that Inter would have to pay.

Ahead of his January loan move, Jiangsu Suning midfielder Ramires is expected to start training with Inter next month so that he will be ready to play in January after the winter break.

The Brazilian is currently training at Chelsea’s Cobham facilities as he recovers from an injury he sustained in mid-October.

The arrival of the experienced midfielder will be a huge relief for Luciano Spalletti as the Nerazzurri only have five recognized central midfielders in the first team squad at the moment.

And two of those, Marcelo Brozović and João Mário have been linked with a move away from Inter in the January transfer window.

Lots of newspapers on Saturday are running stories linking Inter captain Mauro Icardi with a move away from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in January.

Icardi signed a new Inter contract 15 months ago, and at the time the €110m buyout clause seemingly put him out of the reach of competitors.

But the transfer market changed this summer with the deals for Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Álvaro Morata, Ousmane Dembele and the failed transfer for Philippe Coutinho.

Suddenly €110m for a 24-year striker looks appealing to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich and Suning have been slow to address his buyout clause.

Nantes managerClaudio Ranieri is another coach who is taking the opportunity during the international break to share his perspective on the current goings on in Serie A and here are some of his thoughts.

“It’s regaining prestige. It’s not at the level where we had two clubs in the 2003 Champions League final in Manchester, but the climb has begun. We have to thank Juventus for two Champions League finals in three years.”

Ranieri then spoke individually on the clubs occupying the top five places in the league in chronological order.

Midfielder Joao Mario has admitted that he could leave Inter in January, amidst reports from Sky Italia that Inter would be willing to sell him if they received an offer in the region of €30 million.

Joao Mario admits “I’d like to play more” and “will see” whether or not he stays at Inter in January.

Joao Mario has started just three games so far this season, and with the World Cup right around the corner the midfielder refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Inter in January at a Press conference for Portugal’s friendly against Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Former Inter President Ernesto Pellegrini was fill of praise for Luciano Spalletti at the recent 35th Milano International FICTS Festival. Speaking to reporters at the event Pellegrini had this to say about affairs at Inter.

“I really like Spalletti, he is a leader” he explained.

“He is a man who knows how to deal with his men. I’m very happy as a fan.

“There is a certain resemblance with Giovanni Trapattoni, both of which are strong men who know how to penetrate the soul of man by understanding their values ​​and defects: they are leaders, in this sense they resemble one another.”

Former Inter manager Roberto Mancini has taken the opportunity during the international break to speak to Il Corriere dello Sport. During the interview, Mancini spoke about his departure from Inter as well as the race for the Scudetto.

About Inter:

“I’m not surprised because I knew it would only be a matter of time before they got back at the top. We’ve builded a strong basis that has been improved every year.

“Spalletti is a great expert coach and has important players. Credits goes to everyone. Some errors may have been made during the growing process but you could have seen that it was an important team.

Gabriel Barbosa is fast becoming one of the worst signings in Inter history. The latest installment in the Gabigol saga is that the striker has rejected a January move to Jiangsu Suning, despite Inter wanting to swap him for Ramires. Gabigol apparently would prefer to stay in Europe or go back to Santos.

Gaibigol has fallen so far that not even Santos want him, with their president Modesto Roma telling Tuttomercatoweb:

“He’s a great player and I don’t understand why he’s not doing well because I think he’s a great lad.”

“Bringing him back to Brazil, however, isn’t an option. It’s not realistic.”

A new study commissioned by the CIES Football Observatory says that Inter has the 5th most valuable squad in Serie A and the 18th in Europe.

The report values Inter’s squad at €445m, behind Juventus (€743m), Napoli (€721m), Roma (€595m) and AC Milan (€457m).

As expected, Mauro Icardi is the highest valued Inter player with a valuation of €96m, which is a long way behind Dybala’s €166m valuation, which leads all Serie A players.

Overall the most expensive squads in no longer belong in La Liga as a new report has concluded that Manchester City have supplanted Real Madrid and Barcelona as the most valuable squad in world football.