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Barca target Lautaro should stay at Inter – Crespo


Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez should stay at Inter for the next few seasons to continue his development, according to former Argentina star Hernan Crespo.


The 22-year-old has been linked with a transfer to the Camp Nou since the January transfer window, having scored 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season.

Lautaro’s quick development into a star number nine at the San Siro has seen the Argentine international has been marked as one of the Barca’s dream signings this summer, with the Catalans also reportedly pursuing Neymar in what would be a massive transfer window for the La Liga leaders.

However, Crespo, who enjoyed four seasons at Inter across two stints, feels that it’s too soon for Lautaro to make another big change in his career and he should hone his craft in Milan before considering a move.

~Lautaro Martinez

“I would love for [Lautaro] to stay for a thousand reasons,” Crespo told Goal. “He’s in a big team and doing two or three years like this is good.

“You have to live with that pressure of having to play at that level all the time. You need a balance that can give you stay in the same place.

“It seems to me that it would do him good to stay in that sense. He is young and has had many changes.


“This was his first year as a starter, he earned it and the season did not even end.”

Lautaro joined Inter from Argentine side Racing Club in 2018, and after only scoring nine goals in his first season, has taken his game to a new level alongside Romelu Lukaku during the 2019-20 campaign.

The potential shown by Lautaro leads Crespo to believe he could be ‘the new Sergio Aguero’ and could follow in the footsteps of his more senior international team-mate.

~Lautaro Martinez

“Lautaro could well be the new Sergio Aguero. He’s not as sharp in his dribbling, but he is more of a team player than Kun, who too often gets distracted and looks disinterested,” Crespo said to Sky Sport Italia last month.

“Lautaro is always participating in the move, so he can play as a lone centre-forward or with another striker like Romelu Lukaku, even in a trident. I really like his mentality.”



Serie A will still be relegations & promotions with 20 teams


The COVID-19 pandemic is moving into Phase Two from May 4, with deaths, intensive care admissions and positive cases all dropping rapidly.


Nonetheless, the Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora has warned Serie A will not be allowed to resume unless there is a full agreement on the medical protocol.

A videoconference was held today between various unions, including the Players’ Association, Coaches’ Association, Referees’ Association and FIGC.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the outcome was Plan B, assuring that if the season is terminated early, there will nonetheless be promotions and relegations this summer.

That means next term the Serie A season will continue to have 20 clubs, as there had been an option to not relegate anyone and promote two from Serie B, creating a 22-side structure.

Another upshot was that if UEFA change their limit of August 2 for the domestic tournaments to conclude, then they are prepared to continue the 2019-20 season well into August and even September.



Manchester United Currently In Search Of Buyers For Alexis Sánchez

Manchester United have begun searching for teams who would be prepared to sign Alexis Sánchez permanently this summer.

After an abysmal 18 months at Old Trafford, the winger was shipped out on loan to Inter, but with no option to buy in his contract, Sánchez’s future remains up in the air.

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What Inter’s Romelu Lukaku-Inspired Title Challenge Says About Serie A & the Premier League

Overrated. Bottles the big games. Touch like a bulldozer. Donkey.

Just a flavour of the many, many insults that were hurled at Romelu Lukaku during his time in England. They weren’t all unfounded, but in hindsight, it’s fairly obvious that his scapegoating by Manchester United fans – which ultimately contributed to his dramatic deadline day departure – was, for the most part, unfair.

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Eriksen Reveals Why He Left Tottenham

José Mourinho Reveals When Christian Eriksen Told Him There Was ‘No Way’ He Would Stay at spurs…

José Mourinho has revealed that Christian Eriksen told him there was ‘no way’ he would be staying at Tottenham on the Spurs boss’ first day in charge at the club.

Eriksen was long linked with a move away from north London before he finally sealed a £17m switch to Inter earlier this week. The Dane’s departure ended a six and a half season association with Spurs, during which he made over 300 appearances in all competitions.

Christian Eriksen

When Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November, Eriksen had just seven months remaining on his contract and midfielder was always clear to the 57-year-old about his desire to leave.

“The day I arrived he told me he was not going to sign,’ the former Chelsea boss claimed. “Christian told me the decision was made and there was no way. From that moment I was just trying to build the team without him. That was the reason why I didn’t play him many, many times.

“It was down to me and Mr Levy to manage the situation in an intelligent way. For me, to try to have a player without great motivations but with a good sense of professionalism to give us what he could. And for Mr Levy to do a great deal with six months on his contract.”

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho also revealed his belief that speculation over Eriksen’s future negatively affected the playmaker’s performances on the pitch.

“Christian was a good guy in the dressing room. Always positive and always respectful with the limitations of somebody that wants to leave because there are always limitations in this situation. You could feel in some matches he was not Christian; that is normal,” he explained.

Eriksen was not the only prominent player to leave Spurs in January with Danny Rose joining Newcastle on loan until the end of the season.

Mourinho has also made moves to bolster his squad, bringing in Gedson Fernandes from Benfica and Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven. Spurs host Manchester City on Sunday and both Bergwijn and Fernandes could be in line for starts.