Inter knocked back in Lavezzi pursuit

After city rivals AC Milan saw an enquiry rejected, the blue half of San Siro have also been warned off in their hunt for the Argentina international

By Fabrizio Romano

Paris Saint-Germain have told Inter they have no intention of selling Ezequiel Lavezzi, but the Serie A side could still pursue a move for the forward before the end of the summer transfer window.

The Nerazzurri have already been knocked back in moves for Tottenham’s Erik Lamela, Southampton’s Pablo Osvaldo and Stefan Jovetic of Manchester City in recent weeks.

As a result they turned their attention towards the Argentina star, following initial interest in the player back in January, but their approach was again not welcomed by the Ligue 1 champions.

Inter were given hope as Lavezzi is yet to put pen to paper on a new and improved contract on the back of weeks of negotiations, though he is expected to sign fresh terms in the near future.

But with Angel Di Maria tipped to make a €60 million switch to the French capital, that could open the door for the 29-year-old’s exit, meaning Inter have not given up all hope of luring him to San Siro.

City rivals AC Milan were also keen on Lavezzi, but PSG remained firm in their stance as they bid to assemble a side to win their third straight title next season.

His current deal in Paris runs until the summer of 2016.

Mazzarri: I want to embarrass Madrid

It might only be a pre-season friendly but the Italian is determined to cause an upset against the European champions on Saturday night

Inter boss Walter Mazzarri has revealed he wants his side to “embarrass” Real Madrid ahead of their Guinness Cup clash against the Champions League winners in America.

The two sides have endured contrasting fortunes in recent times, with the Nerazzurri finishing last season in fifth spot in Serie A, while Madrid lifted their 10th European Cup.

But Mazzarri remains upbeat as he prepares the San Siro club for their sternest pre-season test, urging his players to create a “winning mentality”.

“It doesn’t matter if the team is suffering from pain, I want to try to embarrass the best team in Europe,” he told reporters.

“The Guinness Cup will be a big test for everyone and give us something to evaluate ahead of the coming weeks. During this phase you have to evaluate the performance regardless of the result.

Inter are still without new signing Nemanja Vidic, as he continues to step up his training following his summer arrival from Manchester United.

Vidic urges Inter to bid for Hernandez

The 32-year-old believes his former Manchester United team-mate would be a “good signing” for the Serie A club this summer

Nemanja Vidic has urged Inter to sign Manchester United striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

The Mexico international joined up with Louis van Gaal’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States earlier this week, although his future at Old Trafford remains unclear after starting just six Premier League games last season.

And Vidic, who joined Inter this summer after spending eight years at United, believes his former team-mate would be a welcome arrival at the Serie A club.

“These things are up to clubs,” Vidic told reporters.

“Obviously, Chicharito will be a good signing for every club and we’d be glad to have him.

“Now we have to focus on this group to get the Europa League qualification. It’s not the Champions League but it’s a very nice competition with a lot of good European teams.”

Ausilio reveals Inter transfer plans

The San Siro club have already added Nemanja Vidic, Yann M’Vila and Dodo to their squad this summer and are in the market for further midfield and attacking reinforcements

Inter technical director Piero Ausilio has revealed the club are targeting a midfielder and striker as they continue to strengthen ahead of the new season.

Nemanja Vidic, Dodo and Yann M’Vila have already arrived at San Siro this summer, while Udinese revealed on Wednesday that Inter are battling it out with Juventus for the signing of winger Roberto Pereyra.

And further signings are set to follow after the club’s technical director discussed their ongoing recruitment drive following the friendly victory over Prato on Sunday.

Ausilio said: “We’re still looking to bring someone in in midfield and up top. But we have a big squad, so we will need to trim down on numbers as well.”

A solitary strike from Ibrahima Mbaye handed Inter a 1-0 win on Sunday, with Inter set to face Real Madrid in America in their next pre-season friendly.

Udinese: Inter and Juventus want Pereyra

The left winger is the subject of interest from two of Serie A’s biggest clubs and looks set for pastures new this summer

Udinese sporting director Cristiano Giaretta has revealed that Roberto Pereyra is a target for Serie A rivals Inter and Juventus.

The left winger has become a key player for Udinese following his 2011 move from River Plate and champions Juve are reported to have agreed a deal that would see Frederik Sorensen move in the other direction.

However, Giaretta has denied the Turin giants are on the verge of signing the 23-year-old and stated that they face a battle for his signature.

Giaretta told Fcinternews: “Is it all done with Juve? No, there is no deal yet and I don’t want to go one way or the other right now.

“He is a very interesting player, so we’re not surprised clubs are eyeing him up. As nothing is confirmed yet, the issue is still wide open.

“Are Juve and Inter the challengers? Yes, there is interest and the situation is open. We haven’t closed the door on anybody yet.”

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