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Inter beat Valencia on penalties

Inter were impeccable from the spot, as they drew 1-1 with Valencia thanks to a Matteo Politano penalty and then won the Trofeo Naranja in a shoot-out.

The Mestalla hosted the traditional pre-season Trofeo Naranja clash and this time Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri were invited. Lautaro Martinez had his first start after an extended vacation due to the Copa America, but Diego Godin, Valentino Lazaro and new signing Romelu Lukaku didn’t make the trip, along with transfer-listed Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi and Joao Mario.

Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku scored four times for Inter Milan in his first game since his €75 million move from Manchester United.

The Belgian looked sharp in his first match of pre-season and was in a ruthless mood as he helped Inter thrash Serie D minnows Virtus Bergamo 8-0.

Lukaku made no secret of his desire to play in Italy and even took to training with former club Anderlecht before the move went through to maintain a level of fitness.

The Inter side side consisted of players who did not take part against Valencia last night, so there were also braces for Matias Vecino and Sebastiano Esposito.

Ivan Perisic has joined Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Serie A side Inter Milan on an initial one-year loan deal for €5 million with an option to buy for a further €20m.

The 30-year-old Croatia international could then join the Bavarians permanently in June 2020 as the German side have an option to buy in the deal.

The Bavarian giants moved for Perisic after failing to seal transfers for top targets Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.

Perisic previously spent time in the Bundelsiga with Borussia Dortmund between 2011 and 2013 before joining Wolfsburg until his departure for Milan in 2015.

Diego Godin Inter Milan

Diego Godin already sees “parallels” between Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Inter boss Antonio Conte as he settles into life at Inter.

“There are many similarities, trying to break the dominance in the title race. Inter’s objective is to win and we need hard work and ambition to end that Juve monologue.

“Conte really reminds me of Simeone. They experience football with the same passion, are focused on details and get the best out of their players. Conte knows what he wants, gets straight to the point, which is the ideal for a player.

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Radja Nainggolan has accepted Inter’s decision to sell him this summer and is reportedly eyeing a return to Cagliari or possibly a move to another Champions League club.

The challenge for anyone buying Nainggolan, is that Inter paid €40m for the midfielder a year ago, and he signed a four-yer contract when he arrived that Inter.

Under Financial Fair Play rules, Inter get to amortize 25% of Nainggolan’s contract each year, which means his “book value” has been reduced now from €40m to €30m.

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Romelu Lukaku has reportedly begged Manchester United to lower his transfer fee so he can complete his transfer to Inter.

United have already rejected a bid of €54million from Inter and it is understood the Premier League side are holding out for a fee of around €80m.

However, according to media reports in Egland, Lukaku has asked United to lower their demands to around €65m in order for the deal to go through.

You have to question why United would lower the price when Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello is running around making these types of comments:

While fans attention is drawn to the futures of Romelu Lukaku and Mario Incardi, Inter are reportedly close to making a signing that could have a bigger impact on revenue than any superstar signing.

That is because Inter are lining up for a move for Real Madrid marketing director Jamie Colas. Colas is credited with super-sizing the Real Madrid revenue as director of global sponsorship.

It’s believed Colas will now take on a wide-ranging role at Inter, in charge of all marketing, sponsorship, ticketing, merchandising and licensing of the brand.

Inter President Steven Zhang has assured fans that Suning Group is running the club with a view to ‘the next 10 years’.

This season will mark the second consecutive season that Inter have made it to the Champions League, and Zhang made it clear that Suning have bigger plans than just qualifying for the Champions League. They want to bring silverware back to San Siro after seven barren seasons.

“Inter’s target is always to win every match we play,” he continued.“I’m not sure we can do it ultimately, but if you offered me the chance to fight for the Scudetto until the end and pass through our Champions League group, I wouldn’t take it.”

Inter boss Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte said he saw “significant improvements in the mentality” of Inter after a friendly win against Paris Saint-Germain. “We must never settle.”

The Nerazzurri snatched a last-gasp equaliser through Samuele Longo after a Timo Kehrer header, then beat PSG on penalties in Macau.

“I am certainly very happy and I believe that looking at the match overall, we absolutely did not deserve a defeat,” Conte told Inter TV.

“Aside from the result, I have to evaluate the performance and to be honest I continue to see significant improvements in the mentality of these lads, their desire to play football, attack the opponent in their own half and win the ball back quickly once we’ve lost it.

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According to media reports Napoli have had a €50m offer for Mauro Icardi rejected by Inter as the Nerazzurri are holding out for for €80m, so they can buy Romelu Lukaku.

I am a little surprised that Inter turned down this bid as it is clear Icardi is not in their plans and left him out of their pre-season tour of Asia.

With Conte and Inter both stating that Icardi has no future at the club, the feeling is that these comments have significantly reduced Icardi’s value on the transfer market from €110m down to approximately €60-70m.