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Mercato Inter Milan

When the summer transfer window closes, and we analyze that everything that Inter have done this summer, not enough credit will be given the masterful job that Beppe Marotta has done.

Not once, but twice, Marotta is set to have schooled Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward on the art of the deal.

In smashing our transfer record for Romelu Lukaku, Marotta structured the deal in such a way that the transfer will be paid over the length of the contract, ensuring that Inter will have maximum flexibility to make additional deals in the next couple of years.

lukaku shirtless

Romelu Lukaku has hit back at claims he could miss Inter’s opening game of the season because he is overweight by posting a image of himself without a shirt.

Reports claimed he is carrying too much excess weight which led to Lukaku posting a picture of his muscular torso along with the caption: ‘

Not bad for a fat boy’.

Lukaku completed his record breaking move from Manchester United earlier this month but according to reports, Inter fans could be made to wait a little while longer to see their club-record signing make his debut.

icardi golden boot

This could be quite the week for Inter fans with the potential arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Arkadiusz Milik and the departure of Mauro Icardi.

Alexis Sanchez is expected to undergo an Inter medical as early as Tuesday after agreeing a loan with €15m option to buy from Manchester United.

Meanwhile Napoli have reportedly given Mauro Icardi until Wednesday to accept a transfer, after having Inter accept an offer of Arkadiusz Milik plus €10m for the former Inter captain.

The main sticking point, as it has been all summer, is that Icardi is refusing to leave for anyone except Juventus.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez is expected to undergo an Inter medical as early as Tuesday after agreeing a loan with €15m option to buy from Manchester United.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, the Chile international would move to Inter on a free loan deal with option to buy at the end of the season for €15m.

Manchester United would also contribute to pay approximately half of his salary during the loan deal, which is reported to be £300,000 a week.

If all goes well. Alexis could be in Italy tomorrow evening, preparing to undergo a medical and sign the contract on Tuesday.

inter Milan v Lecce

The Antonio Conte era at Inter officially gets underway in 10 days when Inter host Lecce in their Serie A opener at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on 26 August.

It’s been an interesting pre-season for Inter, as they have played well in patches, against some very good opposition.

Conte has spent the time experimenting with several different formations including 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 . But when the new season starts I will be shocked if Conte does not revert back to his usual formation of back three.

With that formation in mind, here is how I see Inter lining up for the opening day of the 2019-20 season.

icardi golden boot

Inter, Napoli and Roma have reportedly formed an anti-Juventus alliance to stop the Old Lady from signing Mauro Icardi.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the three sides have put on ‘a united front’ to strengthen their respective attacks and ensure Juve miss out on Icardi.

The newspaper talks up a three-way striker deal, which would see the Icardi join Napoli, Arkadiusz Milik head to Roma and Inter snap up Edin Dzeko.

However, it is warned the chain reaction will only be triggered if Icardi makes the first move and signs for Napoli.

Inter are desperate to get rid of Mauro Icardi and have told Roma that €45m plus Edin Dzeko will be enough to land the two-time Capocannoniere winner. The problem is that Icardi doesn’t want to play for Roma and instead is saod to be holding out for Juventus or PSG>

Icardi continues his cold war with the club, an outcast forced to train separately from the rest of the first team squad.

According to Sportitalia, Inter have agreed a basic deal with Roma to hand over Icardi in exchange for €40-50m plus Dzeko.

Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku aimed a dig at Manchester United by claiming training is harder at Inter under Antonio Conte.

The striker finally completed his record-breaking signing last week, finally giving Conte his top transfer target.

Lukaku did not play in any of Manchester United’s pre-season matches, which has left the 26-year-old’s behind the rest of his teammates in terms of fitness levels.

‘It’s hard – it’s different’ Lukaku said. ‘In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.’

They are comments that are likely to dismay the United hierarchy after Lukaku’s indifferent spell at Old Trafford. The Belgium international joked that his diet at Inter is now merely salad.

Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan Striker

Lautaro Martinez believes Inter will be one of Serie A’s most prolific sides under Antonio Conte as the new boss is ‘demanding’ goals from his forwards.

Lautaro goes into the new season as one half of Conte’s first-choice front two alongside new boy Romelu Lukaku, and the Argentine helped his side beat Valencia on penalties last night.

“The first half was a bit complicated for us, but we had better control of the ball in the second half and we improved,” he told Inter TV.

“Ultimately we won on penalties and winning is always important, even if it’s important to start the season well.

Inter Manager Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte made it clear his Inter players still needed to fully embrace his tactics but admired their “refusal to accept defeat” against Valencia.

Matteo Politano converted a penalty to cancel out the Carlos Soler free header and the Nerazzurri went on to win a penalty shoot-out at the Mestalla, taking the Trofeo Naranja.

“It was a difficult test against a very good team who has been working with the same Coach for a long time, winning the Copa del Rey against Barcelona last year, for example,” Conte told Inter TV.