Tag Archives: Inter Milan

Inter Milan chief reveals his long desire for Messi

Advertisements

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has described signing Lionel Messi as “a desire everyone has” amid reports linking the Barcelona superstar to the Serie A club.

However, the Inter chief downplayed the speculation, insisting that “no Italian team is capable of carrying out such an operation”.

Messi has entered the final year of his contract with Barcelona, and appears to have become increasingly unhappy recently at the club where he has spent his entire career.

The Catalan giants are in a state of turmoil having lost the La Liga title, and six-time Ballon D’Or winner Messi has been particularly outspoken on several occasions.

Advertisements

It has led to suggestions the 33-year-old will look to take on a new challenge having spent his entire career at Barcelona.

His father and agent, Jorge, has also moved his business interests to Milan, further fuelling speculation.

And the transfer talk ramped up on Tuesday when a picture of Messi’s image being projected onto Milan’s duomo cathedral went viral on social media.

Advertisements

But Marotta appeared to laugh off speculation that the Argentina star could join Inter.

“Messi on the cathedral? It wasn’t my idea,” the Inter chief told NobleSports.

“It reminds me of football from the past with such situations. We are talking about an icon, a great player, a desire that everyone has.”

Marotta said it would be “extraordinary to see such a champion at Inter”, adding: “It’s fantasy football, a utopian situation.

Advertisements

He admitted that signing Messi would be a huge boost to the club, but insisted that financial fair play rules would make such a move extremely unlikely.

“Our football [in Italy] needs a lift,” said Marotta. “Champions raise the value of the Italian brand and football. If we could consider ours to be a championship in which the great champions come and stay, it would be better.

“No Italian team is capable of carrying out such an operation unless extraordinary factors arise related to the shareholders, and therefore the actual owners.

“Let’s not forget that we must respect FFP [Financial Fair Play]. This year, Covid-19 has ensured that there is some flexibility, but afterwards the rules will have to be respected.”

Must Read

Just Click

What Ronaldo needs to do to secure his fifth Golden Boot


#NobleSports

Perisic for Sanchez , Inter plans swap deal with Man utd

Advertisements

Inter Milan could offer midfielder Ivan Perisic to Manchester United in a bid to keep on-loan forward Alexis Sanchez permanently, according to reports in Italy.

Sanchez joined the Serie A giants on a season-long loan deal in August and has scored four times and provided nine assists so far in the campaign.

United are believed to be reluctant to agree a deal that would allow Sanchez to play when Inter’s Europa League campaign resumes against Getafe on August 5, but Inter could attempt to resolve the issue by signing the striker for a fee of around £18million.

Boss Antonio Conte is considering suggesting Croatia star Perisic as a swap option for Sanchez, according to Football Italia.

Advertisements

Despite winning the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich this season, Perisic’s loan spell at the German champions, which cost them around £4.5million, is not expected to become a full move.

United were linked with Perisic when Jose Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford and Sanchez’s Serie A suitors are hoping that successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also be interested.

Sanchez is still the second-highest earner at Old Trafford as United are contributing £300,000 towards his pay each week, leaving them keen to remove him from their wage bill.

Perisic has scored four times and set up six goals in his 22 league appearances for Bayern this season, adding a goal and three assists in the Champions League despite only playing more than half an hour twice in Europe.

Must Read

Perisic might stay on loan at Bayern for another season


#NobleSports

Conte supports Inter Milan’s trick to sign Messi

Advertisements

Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte was asked about Lionel Messi following his side’s 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Saturday.

Antonio Conte has described talk of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi’s possible arrival at Inter Milan as “fantasy football”, but he did welcome the transfer links.

Messi’s future has dominated headlines in 2019-20 amid speculation the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is ready to quit Barça at the conclusion of his contract next year.

Messi Sr’s reported house purchase fuels Inter rumours
Linked to Inter previously, reports of Messi’s father buying a house in Milan this week fuelled more rumours about a stunning switch to San Siro.

Advertisements

Inter head coach Conte was asked about Messi following the Nerazzurri’s 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Saturday and he told reporters: “We’re talking about fantasy football, situations that at the moment cannot be linked to Inter. For many reasons.

“I don’t think there’s a madman in the world who wouldn’t want Messi. But that kind of situation really is very, very, very far from Inter, from what we are doing and what we are trying to build.

“We need to create a solid base, and then maybe… I repeat, this is fantasy football; however, I like the fact that when fantasy football is involved, the team that is linked to it is always Inter.”

Lukaku grabs brace in Inter win over Genoa
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Conte’s Inter returned to winning ways at Genoa following consecutive draws.

Advertisements

Alexis Sánchez – on loan from Manchester United – continued his fine form with a goal of his own as Inter moved second in the table, a point clear of Atalanta and four adrift of leaders Juventus with two matches remaining.

Conte’s former club Juventus can seal their ninth successive Scudetto against Sampdoria on Sunday.

“I think that so far we have 76 points, which is good, but I am sure it’s not enough to win,” Conte said.

“Therefore the league will be won by someone else. At the same time, we must have the determination to finish as high as we can.”

Must Read

Italian Media strongly believe Messi would join Inter


#NobleSports

Italian Media strongly believe Messi would join Inter

Advertisements

Inter are dreaming of Lionel Messi and there is confidence in Italy that the club could pull off such an operation.

The No.10’s current Barcelona contract runs until 2021 and reports in Italy are claiming that he could switch blue and red for blue and black next summer.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter’s Chinese ownership are determined to push for Messi.

“It is possible and Suning are preparing for a lengthy pursuit of Messi,” a headline in the newspaper reads.

The fact that Jorge Messi, the player’s father, is moving to Milan is also sparking transfer chatter – even if this relocation is said to be for business reasons.

Juventus’ acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo is said by La Gazzetta dello Sport to be one of Inter’s motives as they are determined to respond.

Must Read

Messi needs the best Griezmann and Suarez to win UCL


#NobleSports

Officially : Inter signs Madrid’s Hakimi potentially

Advertisements

Inter have officially signed full-back Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid in a deal that could rise to €45m.

A statement on Inter’s official website reads: “Achraf Hakimi is offically an Inter player.

“The Moroccan, who was born in 1998, has joined the Nerazzurri on a permanent basis from Real Madrid and has signed a contract which will last until 30 June 2025”

Hakimi will earn a reported €5m in each of those five years.

The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after wide defenders after two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 12 goals and provided 17 assists in 72 appearances.

Advertisements

He was also part of the Madrid squad that won the Champions League – Los Blancos’ third on the trot – during the 2017-18 campaign.

Although being born in the Spanish capital, Hakimi is a full Morocco international with already 28 caps under his belt.

Coming in at a cost of €40m plus €5m in bonuses, he becomes the most expensive defender in Inter’s history.

Hakimi primarily plays on the right-hand side but is more than capable of filling in on the opposite flank.

Must Read

Hakimi to inter Deal Done


#NobleSports

Advertisements

Cavani Links with United despite Atletico,Inter and Newcastle’s interest


Cavani’s future continues to be up in the air, and that means he’ll continue to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Advertisements

The 33 year old’s contract at PSG expires at the end of June and he’s of interest to several clubs. Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe reports Inter Milan, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are in the picture as potential destinations.

Cavani will not ‘rule out’ moving to Old Trafford, and the same goes for other options on the table. The French newspaper states Manchester United have been interested since January, which makes some sense given their search for a striker at the time.

PSG priced Cavani out of a move in the winter market, with it being reported at the time they asked Atletico Madrid for as much as €30m to sign the Uruguayan. The failure of that transfer reportedly angered Cavani, and it may well be that he’d prefer Atletico should they make another attempt this summer.

Advertisements

Manchester United need to decide what to do regarding Odion Ighalo, and whether they even need a new striker given Marcus Rashford will be fit for the start of next season.

If they do want to sign a short term option, and if Cavani would accept a short contract, then he could be a solution.


#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

Chelsea eyes Icardi as PSG argues over €70m purchase option


Chelsea have reportedly joined the race for Inter striker Mauro Icardi, as PSG continue to haggle over the €70m purchase option.

Advertisements

The forward spent this season on loan in Paris at a cost of €13m, scoring 20 goals in 31 competitive games.

There is a €70m clause to make the move permanent, but Paris Saint-Germain are trying to negotiate a discount, seeing the €50m plus €10m in bonuses offer rejected.

Advertisements

Juventus and Napoli are both eager to bring Icardi back to Serie A, while Manchester United had until now been the only real Premier League interested party.

Now Sun Sport claim that Chelsea are also in the running for the 27-year-old Argentina international.

~Mauro Icardi

He came up through the Barcelona youth academy before moving on to Sampdoria, joining Inter for €13m in the summer of 2013.

Icardi scored 121 goals in 219 Serie A games, along with 30 assists.


#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

Inter rejects PSG’s Mediocre bid for Icardi


Inter have reportedly rejected an initial PSG offer of €50m plus €10m in bonuses for Mauro Icardi, as they want at least €60m plus €10m in add-ons.

Advertisements

The striker is currently in Paris on loan with an option to buy worth €70m, but the Ligue 1 champions are asking for a discount, especially after their season was shut early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, an initial €50m plus €10m bonuses proposal has been turned down.

The asking price will be €60m guaranteed along with at least €10m in add-ons, most of which will be relatively simple to activate, so the eventual sum will come out at close to €70m.

~Mauro Icardi

PSG already paid €13m for the one-season loan and covered his salary, which he repaid with 20 goals and four assists in 31 competitive games.

Juventus and Napoli are reportedly ready to welcome Icardi back to Serie A, but if PSG were to purchase the player and immediately sell him to another Italian club, Inter would pocket an extra €15m.

Advertisements

#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

Lautaro has a lot to learn at Barcelona – Stoichkov


Lautaro Martinez will learn a lot at Barcelona amid growing speculation the Inter star is set to join the Liga champions, according to Hristo Stoichkov.

Advertisements

Stoichkov played for Barca across two spells – winning five La Liga titles and the European Cup among other honours – and he told TyC Sports: “Martinez has great ability.

“He’s going to learn a lot at Barcelona. He has a great teacher like Luis Suarez. And he will have a good understanding with [Lionel] Messi, [Antoine] Griezmann and [Ousmane] Dembele.

“He likes to compete a lot, not just score goals. He’s growing every day. I think he’s proving that this year.

“The question is not whether he can play or not, the important thing is to compete. He has to train, he has to get into this style of play. I spent eight years at Barcelona playing both left and right [wing].

~Lautaro Martinez

“Everyone is a substitute and a starter; it depends on how you train during the week.”

Not everyone thinks Martinez should switch Inter for Barcelona, however, with Fabio Capello warning the Argentine star he’d likely only be a substitute at Camp Nou.

Advertisements

“Lautaro Martinez is a very good player,” Capello told El Larguero. “He has everything – a lot of quality, very fast moves and also he’s very good when he shoots on goal.

“Going to Barcelona and becoming a starter with Luis Suarez there is difficult. I think it is better to be a starter at Inter than a substitute at Barcelona.”

Racing’s president of youth football Adrian Ruben Fernandez recently revealed Messi has called Lautaro about playing for Barca and believes a move will happen sooner rather than later.

“Messi called him and wants him by his side soon, I have no doubt,” Fernandez told Sport. “For that reason, the deal to sign him is almost there.

“I know things will go well in Barcelona and that Lautaro will be an excellent replacement for Suarez. He’s the ideal heir. Thanks to Barca he will continue to grow as a player and a man.”

Advertisements

#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

Barca And Inter Close On Finalising Lautaro’s Deal

Advertisements

Barcelona are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Inter for forward Lautaro Martinez.

Advertisements

Barcelona are seemingly getting closer to landing Lautaro Martinez. The Inter star continues to be linked with a move to Camp Nou, where he could play alongside Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi more regularly.

It appears an agreement has almost been reached.

Barcelona and Inter almost aligned
Barcelona and Inter are finalising a deal for Lautaro Martinez, according to the cover of Sport.

The report says the clubs are going to agree a deal of close to €60million plus two players – midfielder Arturo Vidal and either Nelson Semedo or Emerson.

Sport also reports Barça and Martinez have a verbal agreement for a four-year deal.


#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

INTER PURSUES WERNER AS HIS PRICE DROPS TO €50M

Advertisements

Inter join race for Timo Werner whose price could drop to €50m if RB Leipzig don’t win the Bundesliga, but the Nerazzurri face competition from Liverpool for the German international.

Advertisements

The San Siro outfit have allegedly targeted Werner as the ideal replacement should Lautaro Martinez move to Barcelona this summer.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, his release clause will drop from €60m to €50m if the club doesn’t win the League this year.

Die Roten Bullen are currently third in the German Bundesliga, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by five points, and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

But the newspaper points out that Liverpool, who are coached by the 24-year-old’s compatriot Jürgen Klopp, are prepared to fight the Nerazzurri for the Germany international’s signature.


#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

‘Lautaro likes challenges & that’s what Barca would be’

Advertisements

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has been urged to jump at the chance to join Barcelona by his former coach at Racing, Diego Cocca.

Advertisements

Martinez, 22, is widely viewed as Barca’s prime target as a long-term replacement for striker Luis Suarez, who turned 33 in January and is only contracted until next year.

Barca are said to be keen to strike a deal for Martinez at a much lower cost than his reported €111 million (£97m/$121m) release clause, with the Catalans rumoured to be prepared to sell Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti to raise funds or include one or two of those players as part of their offer to Inter.

Despite the potential obstacles in such a deal, Cocca, now coach of Rosario Central, is in no doubt that Martinez should take the opportunity to play alongside compatriot Lionel Messi.

Recalling a youngster with such a high level of professionalism when he handed him his debut as a teenager in November 2015, Cocca told Sport: “I was surprised.

“The level of maturity, he was a professional player, he interpreted, he understood, he wanted to see pictures, to work on his weaker foot, to work on everything that made things complicated for him.

“Most boys at that age try to hide their flaws, and he just wanted to improve. There, we started to glimpse that he was going to do something very important.

“Knowing Lautaro, he’s a boy who likes challenges and surely that’s what going to Barcelona would be for him.

“I tell you what I think: logically, Lautaro is the protagonist and he has the last word. He’s clearly at a very important team like Inter, but it doesn’t happen every day that Barca come looking for you and he can play with the best footballer in history, outside of the national team, and share all these days with him.

Advertisements

“There is no way I would pass that up.”

Martinez has scored 11 goals in 22 Serie A appearances this season, having formed a formidable strike partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

Antonio Conte’s side were third in the table, nine points behind leaders Juventus but with a game in hand, when the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.


#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

Inter could get €180m from sales of Argentine duo Lautaro & Icardi

Advertisements

Inter could get €180m from a possible double sale of their Argentine stars Lautaro Martinez and Mauro Icardi.

Advertisements

Barcelona have been linked with Lautaro in recent months and are allegedly not giving up on a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

But Lautaro has a buy-out clause of €111m in his current deal at San Siro and reports in both Italy and Spain have claimed the Blaugrana have tried to include players in an effort to reach the required value set by his contract.

The €111m release clause must be triggered this summer and adding that loanee Icardi will return from his stint at Paris Saint-Germain, the Nerazzurri could potentially make well over €180m if both players end up elsewhere.

~Lautaro Martinez

Tuttosport highlights that Icardi will add between €70m to €85m on the total amount and depending on where he ends up, having been linked with a host of clubs, including league leaders and title rivals Juventus.

The newspaper claims Conte would like to keep Martinez at the Giuseppe Meazza, but if he decides to move to Barcelona, the money could be spent wisely and used to add more depth to the current crop.


#NobleSports

Advertisements
Advertisements

Valero believes Eriksen ‘only needs time’ to flourish for Inter

Advertisements

Borja Valero believes Christian Eriksen ‘only needs time’ to flourish for Inter and that ‘it’s better if Lautaro Martinez stays’.

Advertisements

Valero began by passing judgment on Inter teammate Marcelo Brozovic, who has become a crucial component for the Nerazzurri in recent seasons.

“In the three years I’ve been playing for Inter, he has grown a huge amount,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Over time he realised how strong he was and took possession of a new role, as a ‘regista’. He can grow further.”

Eriksen failed to record a goal or assist in his domestic appearances before the coronavirus break, but the Spaniard has every faith in his ability to shine.

“Eriksen arrived midseason. He played for Tottenham the week before, and a week later he changed league, country, language, training: it’s not easy.

Advertisements

“The stop came just as he was hitting form. He has everything to succeed at Inter, he only needs time.”

Finally, the veteran advised Lautaro Martinez to ignore interest from Barcelona and help the Beneamata’s project ‘take off’.

“We have a very important project here, which is for all to see. For it to take off, it’s better if he stays.”


#NobleSports

Advertisements

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Advertisements

Inter ‘still to decide whether or not to permanently sign Sanchez & Moses’


Inter have several decisions to make when it comes to the futures of several players with the club according to a report in today’s print edition of Il Giornale.
Inter must make decisions on the future of on loan trio Victor Moses, Alexis Sanchez and Cristiano Biraghi and also have to decide whether or not they will take up the option to extend Ashley Young’s contract by another season, which reports elsewhere in the media have suggested the club will.

The Nerazzurri also have to prepare themselves for the event that players out on loan are not purchased outright by their loan clubs, namely Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic, Radja Nainggolan and Joao Mario.

Icardi, Perisic and Joao Mario are out on loan at Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively and if those clubs take up their options to buy the players permanently, Inter will make over €100 million.


#NobleSports

Lautaro’s father: My son has reached the top due to his positive mentality


Inter striker Lautaro Martinez’s father Mario Jose Martinez has shared his belief that his son has achieved what he has so far in his brief career thanks to the positive mentality that he has.
The 22-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most promising young players out there at the moment and in the past few weeks and months he has drawn very strong links with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, who reportedly see him as their number one target and the ideal long term successor to Luis Suarez.

“I think he has reached the top due to his positive mentality,” Martinez senior remarked in an interview with Spanish news outlet Marca.

“Since he was a child he had clear goals, he had the dream of playing at the top of football. He always goes step by step and has short-term goals in mind and knows that everything is based on commitment, respect and humility.”

Lautaro joined Inter in the Summer of 2018 from Superliga Argentina side Racing Club and is under contract with Inter until the end of the 2022/23 season.

This season the Argentine national team player has made 30 appearances across all competitions to date, in which he has scored 16 goals and provided four assists.


#NobleSports..

Barcelona counter-attack for Lautaro Martinez


Inter Milan’s objective is not to retain Lautaro Martinez but to make his sale more profitable. The player wants to leave, that’s his intention, and Barcelona are the best placed for him.

The battle will be tough and the Italians are not going to make things easy. Inter president Steven Zhang is looking for the formula to get rid of the 111 million euro clause on his head, valid between July 1-15. That’s the most any club would have to pay for the 22-year-old, who has a lot of potentials.

Lautaro’s contract runs until June 2023. They want to raise his salary and as a consequence, the years on the deal. Their first offer was not accepted to Zhang has come back again. He’s offering virtually a salary raise of 100%, from 2m euros to 4m, but with the condition that the 111m euro release clause is eradicated.

The problem for Inter is that Barca have more financial muscle. Lautaro is seen as a key target, with a similar profile to Luis Suarez. So at Barca, like in a game of poker, they may be interested in ‘calling’ the raise.

The Catalans are offering around seven million euros a season for five seasons, which is a big offer. Ideally, they’d like to trade players with Inter too: Alena and Semedo are good choices.


#NobleSports

Jan: Solskjaer set to call for Sanchez’s return to United ..


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bemoaned the “difficult” nature of the January transfer window and hinted at a possible Manchester United return for Alexis Sanchez.
Solskjaer could not provide an update on the pursuit of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and while there is still a chance the Portugal international can arrive at Old Trafford with a deal still to be done within the two clubs, United have less time to complete a move before Friday’s deadline.


United remain some way apart on what they are willing to pay and what Sporting want for the 27-year-old – but Old Trafford chiefs are keen not to repeat the mistakes of previous windows and will not panic buy, fuelling a chance they will not make a signing before Friday’s deadline, reports NobleSport
“I haven’t got any updates for you on transfers,” Solskjaer said. “I haven’t got anything to say now.


“If there is something out there, then the club are pursuing that and looking at it. It is difficult this window – it’s always been. I can’t remember how many good deals that we’ve brought in in January.
“Henrik (Larsson)… Nemanja (Vidic) and Patrice (Evra) – they were two good ones.


It’s hard, it’s very hard because the clubs don’t want to lose their best players.”
‘Sanchez will prove you wrong’
Two years ago United made a major swoop in January by signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, but the Chile forward struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances before joining Inter Milan on loan last summer.


Despite allowing him to leave the club, Solskjaer suggested the former Barcelona forward could still make a success of his United career when his loan to Serie A finishes at the end of the season.
“Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong,” Solskjaer said following a question from the media.


After watching his side produce one of their most disappointing displays of the season in a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley last week, Solskjaer insisted the club needed “quality” signings.
However, with just three days until the January transfer window closes, United’s only reinforcements look set to come in the form of players returning from injury.


Key midfielders Scott McTominay (knee) and Paul Pogba (ankle) have both been out since December, but could be in line for February returns.
“It’s hard to put timescales on long-term injuries because they also need the training before they’re injury free,” Solskjaer said.
“Paul’s had his cast off and Scott’s took his braces off, so at least now they can start doing some work on the grass soon.”


‘Perfect performance needed at City’
The midfield duo’s absence adds to the already-difficult task United face as they travel to local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final trailing 3-1.
City led 3-0 after a dominant first half at Old Trafford, but United produced a stronger display after the break to keep the tie alive going to the Etihad.


United overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s Champions League round of 16, and Solskjaer has urged his players to call upon that experience.
“It looked like it was over at half-time [of the first leg] because the second part of that first half they outplayed us for a while,” Solskjaer said.

Alexis Sanchez.


“Now we’ve got to go into memory bank and think PSG, because we’ve done it against good teams before and it gives us some hope, and the game in December of course gives us hope that we can do something there.
“It has to be a perfect performance to win by two goals against such a good team away from home.”


#NobleSport

Tottenham’s Eriksen move to Inter Milan ..


Inter Milan have completed the signing of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham for a fee of around £16.9m.

The 27-year-old Denmark midfielder has signed a contract until 30 June 2024.


Eriksen told Spurs in the summer he wanted a fresh challenge with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

After a hoped-for move to Spain failed to materialise, Eriksen began the season with Spurs and played 28 times in all competitions this season.

Inter currently sit second in Serie A, three points behind leaders Juventus

Meanwhile, Tottenham have made midfielder Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move from Real Betis permanent, completing a £27.2m transfer.


#NobleSport

Lazaro’s loan move to Newcastle, a success

Newcastle have completed the signing of Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter, with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by under Antonio Conte this season, making just four appearances in Serie A after moving to Milan from Hertha BSC last summer.


But it’s the north east of England where he’ll be based for the next five months, with Newcastle confirming in an announcement on their official website that a deal has been done for Lazaro to join the club on loan.

A club statement said: “Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the signing of Austria international Valentino Lazaro on loan for the remainder of the current season.”

Lazaro added: “I’m very happy to be here and can’t wait to meet all my teammates, get out on the training pitch and hopefully get a lot of victories in the future.

“I’ve only heard great things about the club. I’ve had good talks with the coach so I feel very happy to be here now. Those conversations convinced me that this is the right place for me to come.”


Head coach Steve Bruce said: “Valentino is a quality player who’ll add to us in attacking areas of the field, where we need to improve. He can play in a few positions but he is a natural winger with an excellent delivery.

“We have worked hard to get him ahead of other clubs, so I’m delighted with what we’ve done. Along with Nabil Bentaleb, he’ll give us strong options.”

The option to buy is thought to be around the €23.5m mark, with the loan costing Newcastle €1.5m.

The former Red Bull Salzburg midfielder, who primarily operates on the right hand side, will provide much needed additional cover for Steve Bruce’s Magpies, with a host of injury problems depleting his squad over the course of the season.

Valentino Lazaro


Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett are out for the remainder of the season, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton are among a number of players who have been carrying knocks over the past few weeks.

Despite that, Newcastle have performed admirably throughout the campaign, defying pre-season expectations to sit comfortably in mid-table after putting together a string of impressive results.


#NobleSport

Victor Moses sign loan deal with Inter Milan


Victor Moses has signed for Inter Milan on a loan deal with an option to buy from Chelsea. NobleSport report

Moses is reuniting with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who he played a starring role for in the 2016-17 Premier League winning season.

The Nigerian winger spent the first half of the season at Turkish club Fenerbahce.


Conte used Moses as a right wing back after he changed the team’s formation to a 3-4-3 following early-season defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Italian coach has been scouting the Premier League to find the best players to fit his style of football and Moses is the fourth to arrive after former Manchester United trio Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez (on loan) and Ashley Young.

Victor Moses


Conte’s side also agreed on an option to buy Moses for €12m.

Moses is now embarking on his fifth loan move since joining Chelsea in 2012, it follows spells at Liverpool, Stoke, West Ham, Fenerbahce and Inter Milan.


#NobleSport

Tottenham’s Eriksen transfer bid to Inter Milan: Mourinho speaks


Tottenham have not received a transfer bid for Christian Eriksen and the midfielder will play against Watford on Saturday, says manager Jose Mourinho.

The Dane is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a January move to Inter Milan.

The 27-year-old, who joined Spurs in 2013, has featured in 18 of 22 Premier League games so far this season.

“You have to ask the agent and Inter because they know more than me,” said Mourinho on Friday.

“If they are confident it is because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet.”


#NobleSport

1-1: Handanovic’s magic save spare Inter Milan


Samir Handanovic was the hero as his late penalty save earned Inter a 1-1 draw with Champions League hopefuls Atalanta at San Siro.

I Nerazzurri broke the deadlock early on through the prolific Lautaro Martinez, as he capitalised on a defensive slip to lash the ball beyond goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

It was almost two minutes later as Martinez again went close, but his effort was cleared off the line as the visitors struggled to get a foothold in the game. Romelu Lukaku was impressive in a first half display that saw Inter’s aggressive style of play push Atalanta onto the back foot, but there was disappointment as a second goal failed to materialise.


Lautaro Martinez,Romelu Lukaku
The visitors could – and perhaps should – have had a penalty when goalscorer Martinez seemingly tripped José Luis Palomino in the box, but their appeals were rejected and Inter took a narrow lead into half time.

Atalanta were much the stronger side in the second half, and almost levelled the game through a superb Ruslan Malinovskiy strike, only to see his curling effort clip the outside of the Inter woodwork.

But their resilience and determination to get back into the game was rewarded with 15 minutes to go, when Robin Gosens expertly flicked the ball beyond Handanovic to set up a nervy ending to the game.

if anybody was going to win it, Atalanta were – and they came mightily close to edging ahead as


Alejandro Gomez crashed a powerful drive against the crossbar.

But their real chance came in the dying embers of the game, as Alessandro Bastoni was penalised for a foul in the box, giving Atalanta the chance to take all three points back to Bergamo.

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-INTER-ATALANTA
But Luis Muriel’s subsequent spot-kick was saved brilliantly by Handanovic, who parried the effort away low down to his right-hand side, snatching a valuable point for the league leaders.

The point puts Inter just ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A, but La Vecchia Signora can return to the summit if they can beat Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.


#NobleSport