Inter confirm Brozovic capture

The Nerazzurri have continued their January transfer splurge by confirming a deal for the 22-year-old midfielder

Inter have confirmed the signing of Marcelo Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb for a fee believed to be in the region of €8 million.

The 22-year-old was pictured sat in the stands during the club’s 1-0 defeat to Torino on Sunday and the Nerazzurri have now issued a statement to reveal their latest capture.

FC Internazionale would like to announce the signing of Marcelo Brozovic. The player joins the club on a two-year loan deal, with an obligation to purchase the player permanently at the end of the two years.”

Speaking exclusively to Goal prior to his arrival, Brozovic admitted he couldn’t wait to link-up with his new club, including international team-mate Mateo Kovacic.

He said: “I am thrilled to join such big club, from the moment I arrived I saw and felt how big Inter is. I can’t wait to make my debut!

“Of course I have spoken to Kovacic, even before I arrived in Milan, and I saw him yesterday before the Torino game. We spoke about our future together.

“I have also spoken briefly to Roberto Mancini. I enjoyed the atmosphere at the stadium yesterday, and although I had opportunity to play at San Siro for Croatia against Italy, I am impatient to play my first match for Inter there.” 

The arrival of the midfielder means Inter have now signed three players in the January transfer window, following the loan captures of Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich and Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski.

Ranocchia: Defeat will inspire Inter

The defender is confident the Nerazzurri will bounce back from this weekend’s shock loss to Torino

Andrea Ranocchia believes Sunday’s 1-0 Serie A defeat against Torino will only inspire Inter to show what they are capable of in the weeks to come.

Roberto Mancini’s men dominated proceedings at the Giuseppe Meazza, but a late goal from Emiliano Moretti eventually saw the visitors snatch the three points.

Nevertheless, Ranocchia saw plenty of positives.

“A defeat like this can do us good and inspire us all to give something extra. We’re all really fired up now,” the Inter skipper told Sky Sport.

“We need to focus on picking up points – anything can happen in football and we can take some points off the teams ahead of us when we meet head to head.

“The coach has tried to pick us up – we need to do better against teams that play on the counterattack against us. We need to keep working as we are. It’s not a physical issue.

“We barely had any space and couldn’t find a way through in the final third. We all went to sleep for the goal, unfortunately. It’s tough to lose like that.”

Inter sit ninth in the Serie A table with 26 points from 20 games.

Mancini upbeat despite 'cruel' late defeat

A 92nd minute winner from Emiliano Moretti saw the Nerazzurri slump to a shock defeat on Sunday

Roberto Mancini attempted to paint a positive picture after watching Inter suffer a shock 1-0 defeat to Chievo.

In a fairly uneventful game, the home side enjoyed the better of the chances but were punished late on when Emiliano Moretti’s header earned the visitors a surprise victory.

The defeat ended a five-game unbeaten run for Inter in the league and saw them fall eight points behind the top four, although Mancini remained positive about their performance.

“I think we played the right way today,” he said. “One failing was that we didn’t create enough movement around their penalty box. 

“We went to sleep on their goal. We shouldn’t have gifted them a corner at that stage of the match and then we were poor in our marking of Moretti. 

“But we didn’t deserve to lose or even to draw today – we were always on top against a side that defended all game long.

“We just need to roll our sleeves up and work hard because one match doesn’t undo all our good work. We’re finding our feet.

“Football can be a cruel game, but there’s nothing we can do about it. I think we’re on the right track.”

Inter 0-1 Torino: Moretti late show stuns Nerazzurri

The game looked to be heading for a drab stalemate before the visitors struck in injury-time to shock Roberto Mancini’s side

Inter’s revival under Roberto Mancini stalled as Emiliano Moretti’s injury-time goal saw Torino snatch a shock 1-0 win at San Siro.

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Yaya Toure? Inter have a big appeal – Mancini

The Italian has already brought Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri to San Siro and refused to rule out a move for one of his former players

Roberto Mancini has hinted Inter could make a shock move for Manchester City star Yaya Toure.

The Serie A club have already sealed loan deals for Lukas Podolski from Arsenal and Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri, both of which are expected to be made into permanent moves in the summer.

But Mancini is still in the market for further reinforcements and when asked about the prospect of making a move for Toure, who he managed at the Etihad Stadium, the Italian refused to rule out a reunion with the midfielder.

“Inter have more appeal than many teams,” he said on Saturday. “I had Yaya at Manchester City and I rate him as one of the best players in the world.

“We’ll see what happens in the future, but he belongs to Manchester City.”

Toure, 31, was tipped to leave City last summer after revealing he was unhappy the club failed to acknowledge his birthday and recently admitted an interest in a future move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Dinamo Zagreb’s Marcelo Brozovic and Lassana Diarra, who is a free agent after leaving Lokomotiv Moscow but remains mired in a legal dispute with the club, are other rumoured targets, though Mancini was lukewarm over deals for both players.

“I don’t think they’re easy routes to go down. We’ll see,” said the Italian.

One man who looks set to leave Inter is striker Pablo Osvaldo, who failed to turn up for training twice after tweeting a picture of himself at a party in Madrid last weekend.

The striker, who is on loan from Southampton, eventually showed up at the club’s Pinetina training ground on Wednesday but was ordered to train alone, which appears to spell the end to his temporary stay at the club.

“I have no issues with Osvaldo but I hope he can find a good solution and I wish him all the best,” Mancini added.

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