Inter are trying to get Sevilla’s Joaquin Correa by dangling Joao Mario in return, but the Portuguese midfielder is not thrilled about moving to La Liga according to Tuttosport.
The Nerazzurri have long followed Joaquin Correa since his time at Sampdoria. The 23-year-old can play on either wing and through the middle and has been capped at international level by Argentina.
Joao Mario was Inter’s big signing in the summer of 2016, and he arrived at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza with a big price tag and high expectations.
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Brazilian midfielder Rafinha looks set to be the next Barcelona player to leave the Nou Camp as the Catalans continue their quest to balance the books following the €160m signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Reports in Spain this morning are that a deal between Barcelona and Inter Milan is close to being agreed for the 24-year-old.
Inter thought they had their man in a deal worth €20m plus add-ons due to go through in the summer, with Rafinha joining on loan until then. However, Director of Football Pep Segura reportedly values him higher and has rejected that original offer.
Inter have officially confirmed the signing of Lisandro Lopez, on loan from Benfica with an option to buy.
The centre-back took his medicals with the Nerazzurri this morning, before joining the team for an afternoon training session, and his arrival has now been officially confirmed.
“Inter have a new player and it’s Lisandro Ezequiel Lopez. The Argentine defender has signed on loan until 30 June 2018 (with an option to make the switch permanent),” a statement on the Inter website.
“Born on 1 September 1989 in Villa Constitucion in the province of Santa Fe, he developed as a player at Chacarita Juniors where he made his professional debut in the 2008-9 season season.
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This will be critical second half of the season for Nerazzurri. Suning need a top four finish in order to secure Champions League football, and the riches that come from it, next season. A top four finish makes recruiting easier for Sabatini and Ausilio.
A top four finish might also be necessary to convince captain Mauro Icardi to stay at the club and not leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Although Icardi has scored a remarkable 99 goals in 176 Serie A games, he has never player in the best competition in world football, the Champions League.
Lisandro Lopez arrived this evening and Ramires could follow very soon, as his agent is expected to be in Milan on Tuesday to finalize the details on his move.
Considering that Inter have no budget to work with this Mercato, if Ausilio is able to land both Lisandro and Ramires for less than €1m this nonth, that will go down as one of the best transfer windows in history.
The 28-year-old Lopez does not fit the profile of the type of players that Inter have been buying since Suning took over. But he brings experience and can immediately slide into the starting line-up alongside Skriniar.
Benfica center back Lisandro Lopez will take part in Inter’s afternoon training session after passing his medical this morning. Inter have signed the defender on loan for €0.5m with an option to buy at the end of the season for €9m.
Spalletti has been wanting an additional center-back for weeks now, and says that the arrival of Lopez proves “we have good directors”.
“It’s confirmation of what I was saying, we have good directors,” Spalletti told reporters as he left a meeting between Coaches and referees.
“I’m convinced that their skill puts us ahead of other competitors.”
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I wrote over the weekend how that Inter technical coordinator Walter Sabatini was headed to China to persuade Sunnig to release Ramires and also get some much needed funds to reinforce the squad during the January transfer window.
According to FCInterNews.it, Sabatini that sporting director Piero Ausilio have been told by Inter owner Jindong Zhang that there is no money available to spend this month.
Zhang’s direction was that Sabatini and Ausilio should revert back to the Erick Thohir era of transfer dealings and focus on low cost transfers.
There has been a lot of hand-wringing after Friday night’s 1-1 draw against Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. A six match winless streak in all competitions has caused the panic button to be hit in Milan and China. The question being asked is “why this recent loss of form”.
The former Napoli and Udinese director of sport Pierpaolo Marino believes that Inter’s problems are clear. The Nerazzurri have a clear lack of depth in the squad:
Inter’s six game winless streak has seen them slump to third, two points ahead of Roma who have a game in hand, and been bounced out of the Coppa Italia by AC Milan.
Alarm bells are ringing from Milan to Nanjing as Inter’s season, which promised so much 45 days ago, threatens to go up on smoke.
Things are so bad that Inter Director Walter Sabatini is traveling to China with two goals. To return with midfielder Ramiris plus €25-30m that can be used during this transfer window.
Inter U19s won their first ever Supercoppa Primavera TIM on Sunday as they beat Roma 2-1 after extra time at San Siro.
The competition is played between the winners of the youth league and the youth Coppa Italia, and the Giallorossi beat Inter 4-0 last season.
Facundo Colido opened the scoring in today’s match, but Andrea Marcucci equalised with an excellent lobbed finish.
The sides couldn’t be separated in the remaining minutes, and the match went to extra-time.
Just when it appeared the match would be heading to extra-time, Colido nipped in ahead of Andrea Ciofi to put his side back in front.