Inter press on for Toure

Reports say Inter want to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City on a free transfer as they consider spreading his salary. The chances are like winning on, you never know.

The Ivory Coast international has been linked with the Nerazzzurri since last summer and Roberto Mancini is believed to want a reunion with his former pupil.

There have been reports this week that the midfielder has received two lucrative offers from China, but Corriere dello Sport writes that Inter are still hoping to secure the 33-year-old.

The imminent arrival of Ilkay Gundogan at Man City will help push Toure out the door, but the problem remains the high costs of the deal.

Inter could try to spread Toure’s current salary of €11m per year over two or three seasons, according to the outlet.

But the Beneamata are also hoping that the midfielder could leave the Etihad Stadium for free, which would offer the only opportunity for Inter to sign him.

Toure has one year remaining on his contract but is believed to be against working under incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

His agent Dimitri Seluk will be in Milan for Saturday’s Champions League final, which could provide an opportunity for a discussion with the club.

Zanetti rules out Inter move for Simeone

The Argentine admitted he would consider a Nerazzurri comeback, but his compatriot and ex-team-mate asserted that Mancini still has the club’s backing after a tough season

Inter have no plans to replace Roberto Mancini with Diego Simeone, despite the Atletico Madrid coach’s desire to return to San Siro.

Simeone recently outlined his desire to return to the Nerazzurri as coach, having enjoyed a successful two-year spell at San Siro as a player.

The Argentine has transformed Atletico into title challengers in Spain and Europe since returning to the Vicente Calderon.

Nevertheless, Inter vice-president Zanetti has insisted Inter are still fully behind Mancini.

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“I know that Simeone would like to coach Inter at some point,” Zanetti told RMC.

“But we already have Mancini, who is a great coach.”

Simeone won the UEFA Cup with Inter in 1997-98, but eventually left the Nerazzurri for Lazio in 1999.

He has been in charge of Atletico since December 2011, guiding them to titles in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, as well as reaching two Champions League finals.

No Inter move for Berardi claims Sassuolo owner

The 21-year-old scored seven goals for the club in the 2015-16 season and has been linked with a number of clubs, but the club’s supremo insists he will not be moving to San Siro

Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi says he is not sure how Domenico Berardi’s “story will end” at the club, but insists Inter do not have the financial muscle to sign the forward.

Berardi scored seven Serie A goals for Sassuolo in 2015-16, to add to the 42 he bagged in the previous three campaigns.

His impressive performances have led to reports that Inter are considering launching a bid for the Italy Under-21 international, while Juve are reported to have retained a buy-back clause after agreeing to end a co-ownership agreement last June.

Squinzi insists that Inter are unable to afford the 21-year-old, but admits Berardi’s future is out of his hands.

“In terms of the future of Berardi, I have not the faintest idea how this story will end because it is out of our control”, Squinzi told Corriere dello Sport.

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“If Juventus want him, they can take him back because there is already an agreement there. 

“If he stayed, I would be happy because I am a fan of his. 

“As for Inter, it seems that they do not have the [financial] strength to buy him.”

Premier League duo Manchester United and Tottenham have also been linked with Berardi, whose goals helped Sassuolo finish sixth in Serie A and secure a Europa League place for the first time in their history.

Mancini sees Inter progress in frustrating season

The Nerazzurri coach admits 2015-16 was a frustrating campaign for his side but insists he is pleased to have seen his side make some progress

Roberto Mancini is happy with the progress made by Inter despite the club letting a commanding lead slip in Serie A to finish in fourth place and without Champions League qualification.

Inter coach Mancini had the Italian giants flying high early on in the season, before an inexplicable loss of form prior to the winter break left them on the back foot and unable to recover.

They eventually finished 24 points off the title-winning pace set by Juventus, while they were 13 adrift of third place and the Champions League.

But Mancini said the progress his side had made was remarkable and the experiences of 2015-16 would serve them well heading into next term.

“We got off to a good start and that was very important for us. It was difficult to get the team running like clockwork because we’d brought in lots of new faces and they needed to get to know each other,” Mancini told the club’s official channel as he reviewed the season that was.

“We even managed to end the transfer market in the black and despite being top of the league some people still criticised us. Regardless of our position in the table and the fact we weren’t scoring many, I think the season started really well.”

Inter beat AC Milan and Roma, and managed a draw against Juve to continue their fine start before everything started to unravel.

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“I think it started with Atalanta [a 1-1 draw]. There was a series of games where we should have done better – against Lazio, Carpi, Sassuolo… although there was the win over Empoli in the middle,” the former Manchester City manager said.

And those games would prove costly, as Mancini said there was only one match during the season he felt his team was truly outplayed in.

“Only in the away game against Juventus were we outdone but that’s because we gave away chances,” he said.

“We never really struggled against the sides that finished above us and that shows we’ve got good foundations in place. It’s not all bad, as some people would have you believe. I think we’re on the right track to becoming a team that can challenge for the title again.

“Inter deserve to be in the Champions League for the club that we are, regardless of the players or coaches.

“We’re disappointed we couldn’t make it this year but we know there’s a good core to the team now and if we can add to it a little, making as few mistakes as possible, I think we’re there or thereabouts.”

Zanetti suggests Banega to Inter deal is done

The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Serie A side despite Sevilla insisting he has a year left on his contract, and the vice-president says he is just what they need

Javier Zanetti has indicated Inter have secured the services of Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega.

Banega has long been linked to Inter, with the Serie A side’s coach Roberto Mancini having recently suggested the deal had been done despite uncertainty over his contract status, though Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi insists he will stay.

Inter believe the Argentina international has an expiring contract and is thus available on a free transfer, but Europa League winners Sevilla are adamant Banega is under contract until June 2017 as his deal was automatically extended by one season after he featured in the Liga game against Villarreal in March.

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Despite that issue, Zanetti is seemingly adamant the deal has been completed, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: “We have done very well to sign a player like Ever on a free transfer.

“He has personality and character. Ever has played in some very heated surroundings and is the kind of player who is never afraid.

“He can play as an attacking midfielder, but can also play in a more withdrawn role, he is quite versatile. Ever is a very mature player and that is just what Inter need.”