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With the possibility of young star Lautaro Martinez heading to Spain this summer, Inter are actively shopping for his replacement. One name that keeps coming up is Napoli forward Dries Mertens, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

According to media reports, the 32-year-old Belgian forward would prefer to stay at Napoli, and met with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis at the start of March to discuss a possible contract renewal, but no concrete offer has arrived so far.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato.com says that Mertens’ discussion with De Laurentiis created an outline for a possible deal.

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There promises to be two transfer stories involving Argentina strikers that will dominate this site and every other site that covers Inter this summer.

One is where former captain Mauro Icardi will go and whether he will return to Italy to play for bitter rivals Juventus. The other involves Inter star Lautaro Martinez, whose agent says that talks have already began with other clubs about the future of his client amid interest from La Liga sides Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old centre forward has come of age this season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions while forming the best attacking partnership in Serie A with Romelu Lukaku.

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Inter chief Beppe Marotta believes player prices will fall this summer and “there could be more swap deals” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Transfer prices spiked after Neymar’s €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 but, with the season ground to a halt as the world fights off COVID-19, clubs are suffering losses of earnings.

“Beyond the dates that are still to be determined, I think it will inevitably be a poorer market so there could be more swap deals,” Marotta told Tuttosport.

“We’ll see a general drop in prices because the problem is global. It’ll be important to be able to exploit the resources of our academies.”

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Cash poor Barcelona have reportedly make a low ball offer too Inter of €70m plus Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo for striker Lautaro Martinez.

El Mundo Deportivo cite Italian journalist Nicolò Schira in outlining the situation, although the figures and players quoted are exactly the same as that from a report in Diario Sport earlier this month.

Barcelona are desperate to find a young striker who replace the aging Luis Suarez, but while they have champagne dreams they have a Budweiser budget.

They wasted the money that they got for Neymar in Dembélé and Coutinho and the signing of Griezmann has not been any better.

According to the research group CIES Football Observatory Inter have the second most valuable squad in Serie A, just behind Juventus.

The Inter squad is valued at €773m, which is the 11th most valuable in Europe, and is only €10m behind Juventus at €783m.

The CIES use a number of variables including the age of the player, performances, economic value of their club and inflation to work out the values of players.

  1. Juventus €783m
  2. Inter €773m
  3. AS Roma – €540m
  4. Milan AC – €461m
  5. SS Lazio – €350m
  6. ACF Fiorentina – €343m
  7. Atalanta – €329m

His sale to Liverpool in 2013 for €9m was the worst sale by Inter in recent memory. He was just a kid when he left Inter, but you could see the talent that was waiting to develop.

Under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho became a star and that talent led to him being sold to Barcelona for €90m.

That turned out to be a bad move by the Barcelona playmaker and Coutinho’s career has floundered ever since he left Anfield.

It looks like Countinho is trying to go back in time and return to where it all began for him, by making a shock return to Inter on a two-year loan deal.

Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan

Lautaro Martinez may be generating plenty of speculation regarding a move to Barcelona, but Javier Zanetti says the Argentine forward is “happy with Inter” and has a long-term future in Italy.

Transfer talk is building around the talented 22-year-old as he continues to thrive on a European stage.

The 2018-19 campaign was an adjustment one for Lautaro, as he settled into new surroundings at San Siro on the back of a high-profile switch from Racing Club.

But the striker seems settled in Milan and has burst into life in 2019-20, with 16 goals recorded through 31 appearances for Inter.

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Inter are set to reward Ashley Young with a one-year contract extension following the defender’s impressive form since arriving from Manchester United in January.

That Inter targeted the former England international in January shocked many fans, but Young made a strong statt to life in Serie A with one goal and two assists in five Serie A matches.

The ex-Mn United skipper was signed on an initial six-month deal but has seemingly convinced Antonio Conte that he deserves an extended stay at the San Siro.

And according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are on the brink of handing Young a further season in Italy.

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Inter Milan will allow Diego Godin to leave the club this summer after just one season at the San Siro, according to reports in Spain.

The former Atletico Madrid skipper joined the Serie A giants on a permanent deal last summer and has featured in 16 of a possible 26 league games this season.

However, the 34-year-old Uruguayan has struggled to adapt to Antonio Conte’s system and will be shown the exit doors this summer, according to Diario AS.

Conte prefers to deploy three centre backs in defense and Godin has been replaced by 20-year-old Alessandro Bastoni in recent weeks.

UEFA asked Roma and Inter Milan to withdraw from the Europa League this week but both Italian clubs rejected the proposal immediately, according to reports.

UEFA has allegedly asked Roma and Inter to pull out of the Europa League for the competition to continue as normal, according to the Roma based newspaper Il Messaggero.

The newspaper writes that the UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hopes to continue their competitions and help Euro 2020 to go as planned this summer, by asking the Italian teams to give up their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League.