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Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken in glowing terms of the “true quality” of reported transfer targets James Rodríguez and Mauro Icardi.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Ancelotti would be keen to reunite with James, with whom he worked at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The Colombia star’s future is uncertain after his loan deal with Bayern ended and the option to make that move permanent was not taken up.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ancelotti said of James:

“He is a player I know well and he is true quality. Unfortunately, he is not a Napoli player yet…maybe he never will be, or maybe he will!

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Inter could wait it out and try to sign Edin Dzeko as a free agent next season after negotiations with Roma stalled, claim Sky Sport Italia.

Director Beppe Marotta confirmed in today’s presentation Press conference with Antonio Conte that the Dzeko talks were becoming increasingly complicated.

“It’s still something of a chess game where buyer and seller are playing with their strategy. I cannot deny Dzeko and Barella are objectives for us, the clubs are trying to find the right deal, there is a player who appreciates the destination and we are still in the negotiation phase to find a breakthrough.”

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Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Moratta has hinted at imminent signings and claimed the club’s pursuit of Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku is a ‘work in progress’.

The Serie A giants are interested in recruiting United’s €75million striker, but United are holding firm on their €80m valuation.

Inter boss Antonio Conte is understood to be interested in signing Lukaku, who on Sunday left for United’s pre-season tour of Australia, and the player is keen to play for the Italian.

Though Lukaku failed to live up to the heights of his first campaign at United, he is still highly sought after given his impressive 42-goal tally in two seasons at Old Trafford.

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Antonio Conte confirms he did not exclude Radja Nainggolan and Mauro Icardi, as Inter Milan had already made the decision. “All I did was back the club’s vision.”

The two players were told in no uncertain terms by director general Beppe Marotta this week that they are not in the Nerazzurri’s plans.

During today’s Press conference, Conte was asked why he had decided to go on without them, but revealed this pre-dated his arrival.

“With regards to Icardi and Nainggolan, the club had enough time to evaluate the situation and make the decision. All I did was back the club’s vision. Coach and club should work as one and we are totally unified on this.”

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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is eager to secure a deal for Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Conte is in the process of rebuilding Inter’s squad and, as reported by Sport, wants to sign Vidal, who previously played in Italy for Juventus.

Vidal made 53 appearances in his first season at Barcelona, but there is a chance that he could leave the Nou Camp this summer.

The 32-year-old was part of the Chile side that were knocked out of the Copa America in the semi-finals.

Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta has confirmed that both Radja Nainggolan and Mauro Icardi are not in Antonio Conte’s plans and that they will be sold this summer if Inter can find buyers for them both.

The fallen Italian giants are plotting a full squad rebuild as they seek to form a side capable of challenging the dominance of perennial Serie A winners Juventus.

Inter appointed Antonio Conte to lead their revolution, and according to Marotta, the former Chelsea boss will not be calling upon the services of either Icardi or Nainggolan – two of his side’s most well-paid stars.

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Napoli are reportedly so keen on Mauro Icardi they are prepared to meet Inter Milan’s asking price of €60 million and could even include Lorenzo Insigne in part-exchange.

It has clear that Icardi has no future at Inter and new manager Antonio Conte has not included him in their plans for the forthcoming season.

Icardi was stripped of the captaincy back in February after his wife, Wanda Nara, made derogatory comments about the Inter management.

Inter did reportedly offer Icardi to Manchester United as part of a possible exchange for their Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, but the Old Trafford club rejected this.

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Antonio Conte says that “choosing Inter was easy, as they have great tradition and one of the most important histories in the world.”

The Nerazzurri held their first Press conference of the season with director general Beppe Marotta and new Coach Conte.

“Choosing Inter was easy, because we had the same vision. We shared the same ambition, the desire to build something important, albeit knowing it will take a hard and long journey,” the tactician told reporters.

“It’s a club with a great tradition, one of the most important histories in the world, so it was a simple decision to accept.

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Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has been one of the stars for Argentina during the Copa America this summer and his exploits have caught the attention of Lionel Messi and his club FC Barcelona.

Martinez, who is still only 21, has been a sensation for Argentina this summer, scoring in back-to-back games and earning praise from the media.

He is the top scorer in the Lionel Scaloni era and has five goals in just nine senior caps for his country playing alongside Lionel Messi.

According to Radio La Red, Barcelona have decided Lautaro is the ideal long-term replacement for the aging Luis Suárez and are said to be preparing a bid worth €112m.

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On the last Sunday of the season former Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi was booed off the pitch after failing from the penalty spot in his team’s crucial match at home to Empoli.

His saved spot-kick wasn’t fatal, because Inter won 2-1 to qualify for the Champions League. But there is doubt over whether Icardi will be there to appear in the competition next season.

Rewind to last autumn and the Argentine striker was thriving. His first crack at the Champions League was going swimmingly. The Italians defeated eventual runners-up Spurs in the group stage and Icardi was transferring his predatory skills to club football’s biggest tournament.