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Zenit St Petersburg have reportedly overtaken Crystal Palace in the race to sign Eder as Sky Sport Italia is reporting that Eder only wants to leave Inter for Zenit, who are coached by Roberto Mancini.

Mancini was in charge of the Nerazzurri when the striker signed in January 2016.

Eder had been linked with a move to Palace in the press, but Inter’s technical co-ordinator Walter Sabatini seemed to indicate that was all media talk. but insists he doesn’t know if Crystal Palace are in Italy to bid for Eder.

According to reports in England, Inter have made an official offer to Liverpool for striker Daniel Sturridge.

Inter’s offer would see Sturridge join on loan for the rest of the season with the opportunity to make the deal permanent this summer. Inter would also pick up Sturridge’s €136,000 a week wages.

Liverpool are said to be in no rush to let him go as he would be fully expected to get game time with Klopp’s side still involved in the pursuit of a top-four place in the Premier League, the Champions League, where they face Porto in the last 16 , and the FA Cup, with a fourth-round tie against West Brom at home on Saturday.

Inter have officially confirmed the signing of Rafinha, on loan from Barcelona with a €35m option to buy after the midfielder passed his medical this morning.

“FC Internazionale Milano and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Rafinha until June 30th 2018,” a statement on the Inter website confirms.

“FC Internazionale Milano has an option to purchase the player for €35 million plus €3 million in variables, which must be confirmed before the finalisation of the current season.”

In his first interview as an Inter player, Rafinha told Inter TV:

Strong words from Inter legend Esteban Cambiasso on the signing of Brazilian midfielder Rafinha from Barcelona.

“With the signing of Rafinha, it has to be said that Inter have signed a Barcelona reserve” Cambiasso said on Sky Sport’s Calcio Club

“He is an interesting talent, but they are allowing him to leave because he is not good enough to play for them. That’s the truth.”

It is fair to say the treble winner is far from convinced that the 24-year-old is good enough to improve Luciano Spalletti’s team.

But Rafinha is coming to Inter, and the big question is where does Spalletti play him?

With a World Cup on the horizon, I don’t know what Joao Mario is thinking as he has rejected a reported five loan moves put forward to him by Inter in this transfer window.

The Portugal international was part of his nation’s incredible Euro 2016 win, but he will not be in the Portugal squad heading to Russia this summer.

Which is why it is baffling why Joao Mario and his agent Kia Joorabchian have turned down moves to Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Everton, Watford and West Ham United this month.

Inter director Piero Ausilio described Inter’s signings of Lisandro Lopez and Rafinha as “opportunities and we were ready to take them” before Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Roma:

“They were opportunities and we were ready to take them.”

“The fundamental thing in the Luciano Spalletti project is to install a winning mentality. In December there was a moment of difficulty, but the Coach has been working on everything.”

Lisandro Lopez was on the bench after arriving from Benfica on loan with option to buy, while Rafinha landed in Milan this evening.

Luciano Spalletti stood up for Inter players, particularly Davide Santon, after a 1-1 draw with Roma left them in fourth place.

The Nerazzurri snatched a late draw with Matias Vecino’s header after Stephan El Shaarawy had taken advantage of Santon’s error on a long Alisson clearance.

“Santon doesn’t have to apologise to anyone. It’s easy when you’re sitting on your comfy sofa, quite another when running for 90 minutes alongside El Shaarawy,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“He’s a good lad, he trains well and mistakes can happen, especially on a ball that came that far. Nobody else helped him on that either, so it’s not as if he was alone. He has no reason to apologise.

Luciano Spalletti spoke to Premium Sport after the Inter-Roma game and here is what he had to say on the 1-1 draw:

“We are Inter Milan and we have to fight hard to reach our objectives. We have to have the right approach because this is very important going into a game.

“You have to have that fighting mentality because if you don’t, it’s hard to win. We played a decent game and we controlled the play for about 70 minutes tonight.

The difference is that Handanovic didn’t make the saves that Alisson did. We also missed a few too many chances so that’s on us. We had to be quicker in certain situations but we played a decent game as I said.

Inter are in danger of falling out of the top four after a 1-1 draw at home with Roma on Sunday night. Roma travel to Sampdoria on Wednesday night and a win there could see Inter fall to 5th place.

It is hard to believe that Inter, who were unbeaten in Serie A until the middle of last month, have taken four points from a run of six winless games and have fallen to fourth place in the table.

With SPAL, Crotone and Bologna up next for Inter, it is essential that Luciano Spalletti turns this around quickly, before Inter slides into the Europa League.

Rafinha’s father Mazinho has explained why the midfielder is set to join Inter from Barcelona this month.

Reports have claimed Barca will loan Rafinha to Inter with an option to buy, and Mazinho says his son just wants to get back to playing after a tough time out.

“Rafinha wants to join Inter because he simply wants to play,” he said.

“It’s very difficult to get into the Barcelona side as there are so many players. He also had the bad luck of getting that knee injury over the last two years.