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When the summer transfer window closes, and we analyze that everything that Inter have done this summer, not enough credit will be given the masterful job that Beppe Marotta has done.

Not once, but twice, Marotta is set to have schooled Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward on the art of the deal.

In smashing our transfer record for Romelu Lukaku, Marotta structured the deal in such a way that the transfer will be paid over the length of the contract, ensuring that Inter will have maximum flexibility to make additional deals in the next couple of years.

On back-to-back days now, Beppe Marotta has made it clear that Mauro Icardi is not part of Inter’s first-team plans for the coming season.

On Tuesday Marotta reacted angrily to the remarks of Nara said on Mediaset show Tiki-Taka that Icardi ‘doesn’t believe it’s over at Inter’ and that ‘there were offers that nobody in the world would’ve turned down, but he said no for Inter.’

‘We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.

‘I can also categorically deny that someone at the club told Icardi to stay at Inter, especially not president Steven Zhang.

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Inter have sent Joao Mario to Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan with an €18m option to buy. The Russian side will reportedly pick up 100% of Joao Mario’s wages.

The 26-year-old was presented by his new club on Tuesday evening and had this to say at his introduction.

“I’m very happy to join Lokomotiv,” remarked the midfielder.

“I know this is a great club. They’ve signed many famous and experienced players.

“I asked [Manuel] Fernandes and Eder about Lokomotiv when we played for the Portuguese national team.

Inter director Beppe Marotta has expressed irritation at comments by the agent, and wife, of striker Mauro Icardi.

Wanda Nara claimed on a television show last week that Icardi continued to reject transfer offers from Napoli because he still believes he can salvage his Inter career.

The Argentine striker was informed at the beginning of the summer that he was not part of Inter’s plans and would not be included in their squad.

Icardi was frozen out of pre-season preparations by new manager Antonio Conte and was stripped of his No 9 jersey to make way for new arrival Romelu Lukaku.

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New coach Antonio Conte hailed Romelu Lukaku after the striker scored on his debut as Inter Milan made a flying start in Serie A with a 4-0 win over promoted Lecce on Monday night.

Speaking after the match, Conte insisted that Inter had struck a good deal in signing Lukaku from Manchester United, pointing out that the initial down-payment of €65m will be paid over five years.

The fee can eventually rise to €80m with add-ons but Conte is more than happy with his new signing, who he tried to bring back to Chelsea while Stamford Bridge boss.

Inter have won the praises of Italy’s most influential papers following their emphatic Serie A opening-round victory over Lecce on Monday night.

Antonio Conte began life as Inter manager in perfect style, romping to a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Marcelo Brozovic, a beauty from Antonio Candreva and debut strikes from Stefano Sensi and Romelu Lukaku.

There is a massive wave of enthusiasm surrounding Inter’s new-look side at the moment and the whole of Italy seem to be taking note.

On Tuesday morning, Corriere dello Sport sang the praises of debutant Lukaku, who joined from Manchester United in a record breaking €85m deal earlier this summer.

Wanda Nara insists Mauro Icardi “turned down offers nobody in the world would reject and he did it for Inter,” saying that the striker is staying at the club.

The striker has been frozen out, stripped of the Number 9 jersey for new signing Romelu Lukaku and told repeatedly he is not part of their plans for this season.

Despite that, he continues to reject transfers, above all to Napoli, with reports for months that he will only leave for Juventus.

“We have many friends in Naples. It’s true, he has said no to every destination that is not Inter,” his wife/agent Wanda said on Mediaset show Tiki-Taka, where she is a regular guest.

Antonio Conte won’t open the door to Mauro Icardi, but tells Inter “the chase is on” in the Scudetto race, starting with Lecce tomorrow night.

“The first objective for this season is to ensure the fans can recognise themselves in this squad, to create enthusiasm within them, but we know the only way to achieve that is through hard work,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Juventus and Napoli both started their campaigns with victories on Saturday.

“I always said that I wanted to feel even a one per cent chance of competing for victory. We are building something important here and I can say that the chase is on.

Inter Milan Not For Everyone

Inter have confirmed that Mauro Icardi is in their Serie A squad this season and will wear the No 7. The No. 7 shirt was reportedly going to be Alexis Sanchez’s number, so does this announcement indicate that Sanchez is not coming and that Icardi is staying?

As for the other new faces in the Inter squad, Diego Godin gets No 2, Stefano Sensi 12, Valentino Lazaro 19, Nicolo Barella 27 and Lucien Agoume 32.

Despite being linked with exits, Federico Dimarco is assigned No 11, Joao Mario No 15, Dalbert 29 and Alessandro Bastoni 95.

Inter squad numbers:

lukaku shirtless

Romelu Lukaku has hit back at claims he could miss Inter’s opening game of the season because he is overweight by posting a image of himself without a shirt.

Reports claimed he is carrying too much excess weight which led to Lukaku posting a picture of his muscular torso along with the caption: ‘

Not bad for a fat boy’.

Lukaku completed his record breaking move from Manchester United earlier this month but according to reports, Inter fans could be made to wait a little while longer to see their club-record signing make his debut.