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Napoli and Inter Milan have agreed a €25million fee for Matteo Politano, according to Il Corriere dello Sport, but the player would still prefer a move to Roma.

The winger was on the verge of joining Roma in a swap deal last week but his move broke down at the last minute after Inter demanded Leonardo Spinazzola undergo more fitness tests.

With the Roma deal seemingly dead, Napoli have now jumped to the front of the queue for Politano, and are close to agreeing a €25m deal. Politano is now in discussions over personal terms with Napoli despite his preference to move to Roma.

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Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro’s agent confirms he met with Newcastle United, but “there is no agreement and he has other options.”

The Austria international is on the market just six months after arriving from Hertha Berlin at a cost of €22.5m.

Agent Max Hagmayr did not disguise negotiations with the Magpies, posting several images of his trip to St James’ Park for their Premier League match against Chelsea at the weekend.

“I was in Newcastle and we had talks, but there is no agreement yet,” Hagmayr told FCInter1908.it.

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Reports in England and Italy suggest that Manchester United are targeting Matias Vecino in order to ease their lack of depth in midfield.

With a €80 million move for Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes still on hold, United are looking at other options across Europe.

And given the long-term absence of central midfielders Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba, the Red Devils are sounding out Inter and the Uruguayan over a potential move.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Vecino could be allowed to leave Inter should Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen complete his move in January.

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Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses will land in Italy tomorrow ahead of his Inter medical. Moses has already agreed personal terms with Inter with him ready to leave Fenerbahce – where he is currently playing on loan from Chelsea.

The reported price of a loan deal with an option to buy worth €10m seems a little high for a 30-year-old, and could mean that Conte is just looking for help through the end of the season.

Conte, who is in search of wing-backs after being unimpressed with Valentino Lazaro and Cristiano Biraghi, is looking to reunite with Moses having coached the 29-year-old at Chelsea between 2016-18.

Welcome Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United have a striker crisis, but recalling Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford to replace the injured Marcus Rashford because is not an option as there is no recall option in the Chilean’s loan deal.

After Rashford was ruled out for up to three months with a double stress fracture in his back, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that United will look at signing a short-term replacement for their 22-year-old striker this month.

But with just 11 days of the January transfer window remaining, United now face a race against time to strengthen their squad having allowed Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to leave for Inter in the summer.

Inter Manager Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte warned Inter’s 1-1 draw with Lecce is proof that they depend on intensity. “If we go into cruise speed, we can’t bring home the points.”

The Nerazzurri were held to their second consecutive Serie A stalemate, after another 1-1 with Atalanta, and risk falling off the Scudetto pace.

“We are a team who have to go at 100km/h. If someone is below par, or off the pace, we cannot afford that and will end up drawing a game we comfortably should’ve brought home,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

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Inter chief Beppe Marotta hints the Leonardo Spinazzola swap with Roma was axed for financial reasons, while confirming talks with Christian Eriksen, Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses agents.

The Nerazzurri face Lecce at 14.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

The week has been dominated by the failed exchange between Spinazzola and Matteo Politano, as Inter pulled the plug after both players had undergone medicals.

“I think there has been this excessive media attention on the whole situation,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

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It is clear that Antonio Conte is not happy with the options he has in midfield, and I expect that Inter will line-up very differently next season.

Inter worked really hard to land Real Madrid star, Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in 2018, only to be rebuffed by the Spanish club.

But with Modric two years older, and with Real Madrid in the midst of a rebuild, Modric will be available this summer and according to the Spanish newspaper Sport, Modric could be heading to Inter.

Conte has complained at the lack of Champions League experience in his current squad, so Modric would represent a real boost in that respect.

Antonio Conte wants Inter to stay on their toes against “positive” Lecce, but Ashley Young is not ready and he sees the transfer market as “a virus.”

“Lecce are having their journey, play positive football and believe in achieving results by being proactive. They are currently outside the relegation zone and I hope they can stay up, as of course this is my hometown club and means a lot to me,” Conte said in his press conference.

“My family still lives in Lecce and the only day I’ll be a rival to this club is tomorrow. This is a special game. It’s also a difficult one, as we must maintain our concentration at the highest level.”

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Matteo Politano and Leonardo Spinazzola have returned to their respective clubs after the swap failed, but Inter and Roma are reportedly furious at each other.

The players had both undergone medicals this week and were meant to exchange places on loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season, as they were valued at €25m.

However, Inter seemed to pull the plug when they demanded extra fitness tests on top of the traditional medical for Spinazzola.

Then they asked to change the terms of the deal, making it a loan with option to buy, to be activated after 15 competitive appearances.