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Captain Mauro Icardi has strongly criticized hiseammates after a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.

“It was a bad performance, we’ve been lacking the desire to fight.”

The striker scored his 18th goal in 20 Serie A appearances, but was under no illusions at the Stadio Franchi.

“It’s a good average, but I don’t like scoring these goals if they aren’t useful for a team victory,” Icardi told Inter TV.

“We put in a bad performance and were really fortunate to take the lead. We’ve got to fight to the end with character to bring home the result. At the end of the day, that’s what we were lacking and they equalised.

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti lost his temper after seeing Inter drop two points in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.

“Even my 80-year-old mother knows we are missing a centre-back.”

Mauro Icardi had opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play and they relied on Samir Handanovic heroics, but Giovanni Simeone snatched a stoppage-time equaliser for the Viola.

This extended Inter’s winless streak in the league to five, three draws and two defeats, and six matches overall when you include crashing out of the Coppa Italia Quarter-Finals to Milan.

According to Tuttosport, Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio is working to bring Alessandro Bastoni back to the club permanently.

The 18-yer-old Bastoni was signed in the summer, but was immediately sent back to Atalanta on a two-year loan deal to continue his development.

While the Italian youth international has been a regular for the Bergamo clubs Primavera side, he has played just 104 minutes for Atalanta this season, with 90 of those minutes coming against Sassuolo before Christmas.

While injuries at the centre back department have left Inter extremely short there, is there not a better option than an 18-year-old who even Atalanta does not feel is ready for regular first team football?

It seems that Luciano Spalletti is afraid to hurt his players feelings by freshening up the squad in January saying that he doesn’t want to discuss the transfer market because “these players need to know I’m sure of their qualities”.

“To keep saying we need to have a big transfer campaign, after the club has made it clear there are certain parameters to be respected, seems to me the best way to get hurt,” Spalletti warned.

“It’s not correct and it’s not respectful. It also seems to me that it reduces the possibility of improving the level of the team, by thinking about new arrivals.

It is clear that Luciano Spalletti wants a creative attacking player during this transfer window. After Inter’s first defeat of the season against Udinese a fortnight ago, the Inter boss said:

“We probably need something to help us take that extra little step.”

Top of Spalletti’s wish list is Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore, but Inter cannot afford him. The same problem exists with Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Faced with the possibility that he will not get a new playmaker in January, Spalletti is now looking at his existing squad to figure out if he has a Trequartista there.

The ghost of Erick Thohir continues to haunt Inter. It was Thohir’s mismanagement that got Inter into trouble with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, something that Inter re still struggling to overcome.

Luciano Spalletti has made it clear that he wants an attacking creative player brought in during this transfer window, and the name at the top of his wish list is Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore.

The Nerazzurri want the Argentine midfielder, but because of FFP, we do not have the cash to buy in. Instead, Inter want to talk Pastore on loan with an option to buy at a later date.

According to Tuttosport, Inter are asking only €13-14 million for Marcelo Brozović with the aim of selling the midfielder during this transfer window.

Spalletti wants to freshen up his squad, and in order to do that he needs to sell first.

The low price on Brozovic has reportedly attracted the attention of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, who turned down the chance to bring Brozovic to North London in the summer, because Inter wanted to include Sissoko in a possible part exchange deal.

The swap deal is off the table, but reportedly Mauricio Pochettino is still interested in Brozovic, especially at that price.

Inter’s Scudetto dreams all all but over after a 0-0 draw against Lazio at San Siro on Saturday. A fourth successive Serie A match without a win has seen the gap to leaders Napoli grown to seven points.

The only person who seemed happy with the performance on Saturday was Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, who insisted afterwards that he is happy with what has team has produced so far this season, including Saturday’s goalless effort.

“Today, we approached the match in the right way with strength, conviction and the correct mentality” said Spalletti.

The Gabriel Barbosa pity party is in full swing these days and both his agent and a member of his entourage, have both spoken to media about all he needs is a chance. All he needs is a coach to believe in him.

Gabigol has been on loan at Benfica all season, but just like as we saw at Inter, the coach is not willing to play him. He has made just five appearances in all competition this season for the Portuguese giants, scoring one goal, with 164 minutes played.

First a member of his entourage Cesar Boaventura told Radio Renascença:

Despite what people are writing about Inter being in crisis at the moment, manager Luciano Spalletti has shrugged off any talk of a problem at Inter, insisting “we’ve done incredible things” so far this season.

“We try to bring factual data,” Spalletti said in today’s Press conference.

“An example would be that if we had arrived with two losses to Juve and Napoli, or having won or drawn in one of those two games, the way things are viewed would be different.

“Since things players have done exceptional things before, it’s easy to go and find some difficulty now. Since we’ve done everything ourselves up to now, we can find a solution.