Tuttosport have reported that Inter forward Mauro Icardi is looking for a pay rise at San Siro.
The 21-year-old has been at the centre of a now infamous row with Sampdoria’s Maxi Lopez in recent weeks, concerning Lopez’s ex-wife Wanda Nara, who is now engaged to Icardi.
On the pitch however, the Argentine has been in good form of late and netted a brace as the Nerazzurri beat the Blucerchiati 4-0 last week.
This has reportedly led to him looking for an increase in wages, with his current Inter deal seeing him earn €800,000 a season.
Walter Mazzarri insisted “it’s too early to talk about Europe” after Inter beat Parma to consolidate fifth place.
It was a head-to-head at the Stadio Tardini and they survived an Antonio Cassano penalty to win 2-0.
“We did well today, but it’s too early to talk about Europe as already secure,” warned the Coach on Sky Sport Italia despite going five points clear of sixth.
“We still have to play against Napoli, Milan, Lazio and a Chievo side fighting for safety. The League is difficult and we have to take it one game at a time.
Inter consolidated fifth place by beating 10-man Parma 2-0 at the Tardini after Antonio Cassano’s penalty was saved.
This was practically a play-off for Europe, as the Ducali were just two points behind fifth-placed Inter going into the Easter weekend. Antonio Cassano returned from two weeks out with a sprained ankle to face his former club, having left over the summer following a row with Walter Mazzarri. Jonathan Biabiany was also ex-Nerazzurri, but Raffaele Palladino was preferred to Ezequiel Schelotto. Andrea Ranocchia sat out a ban with Juan Jesus, Jonathan and Ricky Alvarez sidelined.
Hernanes believes that within two years Inter can ‘return to fighting for the Scudetto’, as he outlines the necessity of ending the season well.
The Nerazzurri are in contention for Europa League qualification this term despite inconsistent runs of form during a year in which Erick Thohir took over the club from Massimo Moratti.
“This year was particular because in the beginning there was great uncertainty about the new project,” Hernanes, who arrived in January, has reflected to Tuttosport today.
“Much will depend on how we close out the season – we must do it in a certain way, it will give us confidence and the fans too.
Inter travel to Parma on Saturday, the first of four matches that will decide Inter are playing in the Europe League next season or not.
With the run of games that Inter have between now and the end of the season, nothing less than three points on Saturday will do. The problem is that the Stadio Ennio Tardini has not traditionally been a happy destination for Inter fans, with the Nerazzurri losing on their last three trips there.
Inter’s Jonathan says he owes Nerazzurri Coach Walter Mazzarri a lot for the faith he has shown in him.
The former Napoli tactician has brought the Brazilian into the first team picture since taking the reins at San Siro.
The 28-year-old also relived a goal he scored against Roma in the Coppa Italia semi-finals, exactly one year ago today since it happened.
“It brought great emotion,” Jonathan recounted to reporters. “I knew then that scoring a goal would show the Inter fans exactly what the real Jonathan is all about.
“It was an important match against a tough rival like Roma.
Marco Fassone has outlined Inter’s future plans both financially and for the League and confirms they do include Walter Mazzarri.
Speculation has been that Mazzarri is under pressure to at least achieve Europa League qualification to ensure he remains in his post for next term.
“The Europa League is not a hidden goal. Inter must be in a Cup after a year without,” began director general Fassone to Sky Sport Italia today, before clarifying over Mazzarri.
“The Coach has been asked to take the team as high as possible, he is doing a great job and I have already mentioned to him that we are planning for the future.
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Edin Dzeko, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Morata top a list of transfer targets Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has drawn up for the summer.
The Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid forwards are wanted by Thohir to lead his side’s target of a place in the Champions League in 2015-16, when the Indonesian businessman would like to see the Nerazzurri reach the final at the San Siro.
“I know that the names of Dzeko, Morata and Torres have been doing the rounds and if one of them were to join, that would be great for us,” Thohir told Indonesia’s Bola TV. “There are lots of candidates on the list, but we’re hoping to get a top European player. We need an attacker.”
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan management want rid of Mauro Icardi for his off field antics, specifically what they consider to be his continued taunting of Sampdoria striker Maxi Lopez.
In a word. DON’T
Icardi has the potential to become a world class striker. We forget at times that he is only 21 and has yet to make 50 Serie A appearances.
What we cannot forget is that nobody in Europe has a better strike rate than Icardi. Over the last two seasons, Icardi has taken 83 shots, put 32 of them on target and scored 19 goals. That is a worldclass scoring rate.
The agent of Croatian midfielder Matteo Kovacic insists Inter Milan will be the ones to decide the player’s future.
Kovacic has been linked with a move away from San Siro this summer and is a reported target of Manchester United.
“Kovacic has five years left in his contract,” the player’s agent Nikki Vuksan told www.fcinternews.it.
“He is an Inter player and will continue to be until the club wishes otherwise. One has to ask Inter if they want to keep him or not.”
The Croatia international joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2013 in a reported 15 million euros transfer fee.
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