Thohir: One of Dzeko, Torres or Morata would be great for Inter

The Indonesian businessman has revealed that he wants to sigh a high-profile striker at the end of the season as he looks to restore the Nerazzurri to their former glory

Inter president Erick Thohir has admitted that he would like to see Edin Dzeko, Fernando Torres or Alvaro Morata arrive at San Siro this summer.

All three strikers have been repeatedly linked with the Nerazzurri in recent months and the Indonesian businessman is making no secret of the fact that he feels coach Walter Mazzarri could do with another attacking option as he looks to rebuild the club he assumed control of earlier this season.

“We want to make Inter a healthy club inside the next two to three years,” Thohir told reporters.

“That also means in terms of the squad. After having already signed Hernanes [from Lazio during the January transfer window], [Manchester United defender Nemanja] Vidic and others will arrive.

“We will take a forward. I know that names such as Dzeko, Torres and Morata are circling. If one of them arrives, it would be a good thing.

“We will also be able to take some Italians, but for the history of the club it’s not an obligation.

“We want to also return to playing in the Champions League in two to three years.

“We must also balance the average of the squad, which will be 26.2 years old, and the squad, given that we will be playing three times per week.

“For not, Inter is among the top 15 footballing brands in the world. We want to get back among the top 10.”

Dzeko has been told that he can leave Manchester City this summer if the Premier League outfit receive what they deem an acceptable offer for the Bosnian.

Torres, meanwhile, is expected to be a part of an exodus of strikers at Chelsea, while fellow Spaniard Morata is reportedly open to leaving Real Madrid in search of regular first-team football.

Kovacic: I want to be Inter's leader

The promising youngster is happy with life at his current club and is eager to develop his attacking instincts under Walter Mazzarri

Croatia international Mateo Kovacic is determined to become “a leader” for Inter in the coming years.

The 19-year-old joined the Nerazzurri from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2013 and his since established a reputation as one of the brightest midfield prospects in Europe, despite the club’s inconsistent fortunes on the pitch.

Kovacic has been linked with a possible switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool among those credited with an interest, but the midfielder is adamant he wants to continue his progress with Inter.

“I’m happy, I’ve come to Inter, a big club. I’m still young and I’ve got lots to learn but, I want to become a leader for Inter,” Kovacic told Sky Sport 24.

“Italian football’s very difficult. There’s not a lot of space like in England or Spain, but you learn different things like how to defend and tactics, which are very important.

“I think I just need to be a bit craftier. I see my team-mates but I still don’t see enough goalscoring positions, but I talk to the coach and experienced players to improve on that.

“Do I work on finishing? Yes, I work on everything, including when we’re defending and where to be on the pitch when the ball’s on the right and left.”

Kovacic has made 30 appearances in all competitions so far this term for Inter.

Move to Atletico is possible, insists Icardi’s agent

The Inter player’s representative has refused to rule out a move to Spain for his client, while he has also revealed that the striker was on the verge of signing for Napoli

The agent of Inter striker Mauro Icardi has refused to dismiss rumours linking his player with a move to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

Agent Ulisse Savini also revealed that the 21-year-old had “virtually signed for Napoli” before the San Siro team intercepted and secured his signature.

The Argentina international, who joined Inter at the start of the season from Sampdoria, scored twice against his former club on Sunday and his regular positive performances this season have put him on the radar of many of Europe’s top teams.

“Napoli had practically signed Icardi before he went to Inter,” Savini revealed to Radio CRC. “But in the end the rules of the transfer market won through. The Nerazzurri wanted him with all their might.

“Mauro is perfect for Spanish football. Atletico? He could go to Madrid, but I think he will stay with Inter.

“The rumours linking him with Atletico are along the right lines, but they are not concrete. I don’t think he will leave.

“Much is said of Icardi’s personal life, including by himself, but on the pitch he has always shown his worth.

“He is a player with personality and he showed that with his celebration against Sampdoria.” 

Serie A Team of the Week: Higuain & Icardi provide heavy Argentine presence

The best performers in the latest round of Italian top-flight action are rewarded with a spot in Goal’s select XI

After a round of fixtures so rich in goals, it goes without saying that the latest Goal Team of the Week would reflect the attacking quality on offer in Serie A this week. The 38 goals scored had a big say when our panel sat to pick this forward-thinking best XI for week 33.

Probably the greatest defensive action of the weekend was provided by Samir Handanovic, who produced a fantastic save from Maxi Lopez’s penalty as Inter hammered Sampdoria in Genoa. Ahead of him, the Argentine wall of Walter Samuel produced a throwback performance with a solid display and a goal, while it was a Brazilian doing the dirty work for Roma as Leandro Castan helped the Giallorossi see off Atalanta. An Italian who had a big say was Bologna’s Nicolo Cherubin, who netted in the Rossoblu‘s 1-1 derby draw with Parma.

A midfield of enviable quality is anchored by Roma’s Daniele De Rossi after he locked the gate for Roma against Atalanta, while Fiorentina’s Borja Valero and Alberto Aquilani notched up three goals and an assist between them in the Viola‘s incredible 5-3 win at Verona. Alessio Cerci, meanwhile, struck one of the goals of the season for Torino against Genoa.

Up front, Inter’s two-goal hero Mauro Icardi is joined by a pair of hat-trick heroes. Fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain grabbed a treble in Napoli’s 4-2 win over Lazio, while Alberto Paloschi took home a match ball of his own thanks to his three goals in Chievo’s victory at Livorno.

It is very important to get Inter back into Europe, says Ranocchia

The Italy international feels it is vital that the Nerazzurri begin challenging in European competitions again and says he is glad to be in the frame for a spot in the World Cup

Andrea Ranocchia says it is of “fundamental” importance for Inter to qualify for the Europa League next season.

The Serie A giants didn’t participate in European football this season and are in danger of missing out next season as they are involved in a tough battle to clinch a place in the Europa League next season with just five games to go.

And Ranocchia feels it is very important that the Nerazzurri begin competing with the top sides in the continent again.

“It is important that we get Inter back in Europe,” the defender said. “It’s fundamental to qualify for the Europa League next season, just as it is important that we won [4-0 against Sampdoria] yesterday, on a very difficult field, in a game that we immediately started well and were good to bring home the three points.”

Ranocchia was called up to undertake physical tests with the national team as he enters contention for a spot in Cesare Prandelli’s squad for the World Cup this summer.
“I’m very happy to return to the national team,” he added. “I’m not thinking about the World Cup. I’m happy with how I’ve performed in recent games. 

“We will do these two days of testing and then back to think and work on the league.”

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