Liverpool not in transfer battle with Inter and PSG for Roma's Manolas

Expected to cost in the region of £35 million, the Reds are not interested in the centre-back, with Inter favourites to sign him

Liverpool’s intentions to reinforce their squad in the summer do not include the pursuit of Roma defender Kostas Manolas, who is the subject of interest from several top European clubs. 

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Reports in recent days have suggested Jurgen Klopp is one of the managers looking to add the 25-year-old to his line-up for next season, but Goal understands the Greece international is not under consideration. 

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The Reds do have designs on strengthening their rearguard, but are not involved in the battle to land Manolas, who is expected to cost in the region of £35 million, with Inter currently frontrunners to secure his talents. 

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Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona have all been linked to the impressive centre-back, while Chelsea and Manchester United made enquiries in 2016. 

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Arsenal, meanwhile, used Manolas as a pawn in their negotiations to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia. 

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Roma have attempted to extend the Greek’s stay at the Stadio Olimpico, with his current deal expiring in 2019, but an exit is looking increasingly inevitable in the off-season.

Inter's Champions League dream may be over, admits frustrated Pioli

The Nerazzurri manager has conceded that his side’s hopes of securing a top-three finish in Serie A are slim following their 2-2 draw with Torino

Stefano Pioli has acknowledged Inter’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League hang in the balance after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Torino.

Pioli’s side went into Saturday’s clash at the Stadio Olimpico on the back of two thumping wins – beating Cagliari 5-1 and Atalanta 7-1 – but failed to claim all three points against a resilient Torino, despite two calamitous mistakes from Joe Hart.

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The result leaves Inter in fifth, five points behind third-placed Napoli, who play their game in hand against Empoli on Sunday.

Pioli now believes that a return to the Champions League may be beyond the Nerazzurri’s reach.

“The Champions League – and an incredible goal we set ourselves – is certainly more distant now,” Pioli told Premium Sport.

22 – The last four Inter league matches have seen 22 goals in total (5.5 per game on average). Fireworks. #TorinoInter

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“We are not satisfied. The performance was not the best, even if the will and desire was there. We missed an opportunity.

“We played against an aggressive opponent, but we did not adapt quickly enough. We made a lot of technical errors.

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“Despite all this, however, there is regret, because in the end we had three or four chances and we deserved to win. Until the end we tried to win it, but we did not succeed.

“It is clear that those teams in front of us are strong and often win. I was expecting something more tonight. Now we have to recover and prepare for the final push.”

On-loan Hart gifts Inter a point with pair of blunders

The Torino goalkeeper’s two mistakes allowed Inter to escape from their visit to Stadio Olimpico with a draw

A pair of mistakes by Joe Hart allowed Inter Milan to escape with a 2-2 draw against Torino Saturday.

Goals from Daniele Baselli and Afriyie Acquah arguably should have been enough for the hosts to move up to ninth with the victory, only for the on-loan keeper to concede a pair he would love to have back.

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With the game scoreless in the 27th minute, Hart only got a touch on Geoffrey Kondogbia’s low drive and watched as it slowly trickled into the net to give Inter the lead.

After Baselli’s equalizer six minutes later, Torino would go up in the 59th minute thanks to Acquah. But while Hart perhaps could be forgiven for not being quick or strong enough on Inter’s opener, there aren’t any good excuses for the second.

Hart just missed a cross into his six-yard box, appearing to misjudge the flight and over-run it as he came for the ball. The chance fell to Antonio Candreva, who buried the shot into the empty net to level the score in the 62nd minute. That’s how it finished.

Manchester City keeper Omar Bravo has been befallen by numerous gaffes on his own this season, leaving City fans wondering if the club would have been better off keeping Hart instead.

But on this night, the English keeper did not make a compelling argument as to why he should again be City’s No.1, if he returns to the club when his loan finishes.

Torino 2 Inter 2: Visitors held despite Hart errors

Despite a pair of errors from Joe Hart, Inter missed a chance to put pressure on Serie A’s top three as they were held by Torino.

Two calamitous errors from Joe Hart proved costly as Torino and in-form Inter battled-out a thrilling 2-2 draw in Serie A.

In an enthralling contest at Olimpico Grande Torino, it was the visitors who took the lead 27 minutes in, Hart allowing Geoffrey Kondogbia’s tame strike to squirm under his grasp.

Torino fought back through Daniele Baselli, and – after a string of impressive stops from Samir Handanovic – Stefano Pioli’s side found themselves behind midway through the second half when Afriyie Acquah netted in terrific fashion.

However, Inter – who recorded 5-1 and 7-1 wins in their previous two matches – wasted no time in levelling proceedings, Hart again at fault as he flapped at a cross, enabling Antonio Candreva to steer home into an empty net.

Hart did atone for his errors late on, making a wonderful finger-tip save to deny Inter substitute Eder as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils, leaving Inter still five points outside the Champions League places.

Torino boss Sinisa Mihajlovic did not shy away from praising Inter in the pre-match build up, and it was not difficult to see why as the visitors dominated the opening stages.

Mauro Icardi thought he had broken the deadlock nine minutes in, only for his strike to be cancelled out by a late offside flag.

Inter maintained the pressure, and unconvincing goalkeeping from Hart almost resulted in Danilo D’Ambrosio thumping into an empty net, but the full-back’s strike whistled wide.

But Hart was punished for his next error.

Kondogbia did well to engineer space in Torino’s area, but his resulting shot should have represented a routine save for the England goalkeeper, who instead made a dreadful attempt at parrying the ball clear, allowing it to trickle over the line.

50 – G. Kondogbia has scored his 2nd goal for Inter, in his 50th appearance in all competitions – both goals have come vs Torino. Talisman.

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For all their dominance, Inter were pegged back 33 minutes in – Baselli capitalising on slack defending to head home unmarked from Adem Ljajic’s corner.

Torino came out strong after the restart, and only a superb save from Handanovic prevented Andrea Belotti’s deflected strike putting Torino ahead.

Inter’s goalkeeper was all at sea for Torino’s next opportunity though, leaving a huge gap between himself and the near post that Cristian Molinaro somehow failed to exploit.

Torino continued to press, and they got what they deserved when Acquah swept home a sublime first-time strike from the edge of the area, giving Handanovic no chance.

Hart looked to have recovered from his earlier blunder when he pulled off an instinctive stop to tip Eder’s effort over, but he was at fault again as Inter swiftly restored parity.

The Manchester City loanee raced out confidently to claim Cristian Ansaldi’s floated cross, only to completely miss his attempted punch – Candreva taking the ball down before unleashing a powerful strike into the left corner.

Torino forward Lucas Boye was introduced as the half wore on, and he could well have made an immediate impact if not for a vital block from Kondogbia.

Inter piled on late pressure, Eder unleashing a venomous strike that looked destined for the top corner, but Hart was on hand to ensure the visitors missed out on the chance to move into the top four.

Key Opta Stats:

– Torino have lost only once at home in Serie A this season (W8 D5).
– Prior to Saturday, Inter had not conceded more than one goal in a Serie A away match since last December (v Napoli).
– Geoffrey Kondogbia has netted his second Serie A goal, both have been scored against Torino at the Olimpico (the first came in November 2015).
– Antonio Candreva has scored 43 goals over the last five Serie A campaigns, more than any other midfielder.
– Juan Iturbe has provided an assist in each of his last three Serie A appearances.
– Torino have scored the joint-most headed goals in Serie A this term, 13.

'I like everything about Italian football' – Hart hints at possible Torino stay

The England goalkeeper has not missed a minute of league action since he moved on loan from Manchester City and has spoken of his love of the league

Joe Hart has left the door open to a permanent move to Turin, stating he is completely happy in Serie A.

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The 29-year-old joined the Italian side on loan from Manchester City after Pep Guardiola opted to look for other goalkeeping options upon his arrival.

The England international has played every minute of league football at Torino since he joined and has continued to speak highly of the club.

His bright performances throughout his time in Italy, combined with the struggles of Claudio Bravo in Manchester and links to Liverpool, has seen the likelihood of his return to the Premier League increase, but a continuation of his continental adventure has not been ruled out.

“I am truly happy for this fantastic welcome,” he said at a sponsorship event. “I’m very grateful to the fans for everything they are giving to me.

“I’ll take that into account. I keep everything in consideration for the future, but for now I remain concentrated on Toro and what I need to do.

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“There is nothing I don’t like about Italian football, from the fans to the coach, Serie A and the culture of Italian football. I like all of it.”

Torino currently sit 10th in Serie A with 10 games remaining and take on fifth-placed Inter at home on Saturday.