Internationals: Nagatomo plays 90 minutes in draw

SAPPORO – It has finished Japan 1-1 Venezuela in today’s friendly at the Sapporo Dome, with Fedor (62) cancelling out Endo’s opener (15).

Yuto Nagatomo played for the full 90 minutes. The Inter defender’s Japan side will meet the United Arab Emirates in a friendly at the start of September before taking on Iraq on 11 September, as they continue their qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014.

Appiano: Inter on the pitch at Ferragosto

APPIANO GENTILE – Inter have just finished their third training session of the week at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti, as they prepare to face Tunisian outfit Bizertin in a friendly match next Saturday. The game will be played at the Stadio del Lido in Locarno, Switzerland, kicking off at 20:45.

So it was work as usual for the Nerazzurri on Ferragosto, the mid-summer holiday celebrated by Italians on 15 August. The players began by warming up with the ball then played a game involving the use of hands to focus on movement. They were also put through a series of tactical drills before the session was rounded off with a 9-a-side match.

Pereira has no preference

Reports continue to link the highly-rated Uruguay international with a summer switch to one of Europe’s top divisions.

Chelsea are known to hold a long-standing interest in the 26-year-old, while Inter Milan and Napoli are said to be keen on taking him to Italy.

Pereira is flattered to be linked with such prestigious clubs and is open to the idea of taking on a new challenge.

It was believed that a move to Stamford Bridge held the greatest appeal, but his representative insists no such talks have taken place.

No offers

“Inter Milan and Napoli interest? We have not received any official proposals,” Flavio Perchman told

“One day he is on his way to Naples, the next Chelsea. Obviously we are pleased that his name is being linked with big clubs, but at the moment there are no official offers.

“The player prefers the Premier League? I never said anything like that. It is not true and I have not spoken to the Portuguese press about that.

“I think that leagues like the English and Italian ones are possible destinations for Alvaro, but he has no preference. The important thing is that it is a competitive club.”

Spurs see Ramirez bid snubbed

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to strengthen in the striker department this summer, with Jermain Defoe and rookie Harry Kane the only frontmen on the club’s books, while efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor and Leandro Damiao have so far failed.

Ramirez’s agent, Pablo Betancourt, claims the deal did not go through because Spurs did not offer the Uruguay international a high enough wage.

He believes the North London club could raise their bid if they sell wantaway playmaker Luka Modric.

But Spurs could face competition for his signature, with Premier League newcomers Southampton also reported to be interested.


“The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered €16million [£12.6m],” Betancourt told Calciomercato.

“But the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.

“Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramirez will stay another year at Bologna.”

Liverpool and Inter Milan have also been linked with the forward but the agent added: “We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more.

“Inter Milan are interested in the player, but cannot afford to offer cash like the teams in the Premier League.”

Rossi exit likely

The Italy forward is recovering from a knee injury that is expected to keep him out until 2013 but a deal is still expected to be done for the player given Villarreal’s relegation last season.

Prior to that, Rossi had criticised his agent for linking him with a move away from the Spanish club but Federico Pastorello believes the situation has changed now Villarreal are no longer in La Liga.

“The change of direction was a natural reaction to Villarreal’s relegation,” Pastorello told Sky Sport 24.

“The interest in Giuseppe is equal to that of the other players, even if there is the handicap of his injury that will keep him out of the rest of 2012.

“If he were fit, he would probably have already been sold. I’m not worried about this situation because I know that the market for Giuseppe will probably begin in the final stage of the summer.

“Rossi is currently engaged in rehabilitation, whilst there is always the support from the Roig family (Villarreal’s owners) and we are relaxed because they have budgeted this year for Giuseppe’s contract.

“But, I’m also aware that if an intelligent offer arrives then Rossi’s desire will be taken into account.

Possible destinations

“Technically, any team in Italy could sign him. Milan for their squad, Inter for the rejuvenation and issue relating to Giampaolo Pazzini’s position and Juventus for their search for a top striker.

“The identikit of Giuseppe Rossi is suitable for all three of the big teams, not to mention Roma, Napoli and Lazio, but I think they are complete.

“Has there been contact with Milan? I do not know, but maybe with Milan having bought Cristian Zapata there might have been a discussion between the clubs.

“We can classify it as a hypothesis. If Milan were interested then there would be no doubt that it would please Rossi. The availability to Milan of the boy would be total.

“I think there will be some movement for Rossi, and not only from Italian clubs, having also seen him play for Manchester United and explode at Villarreal. But he would be perfectly happy to play in Serie A.

“I feel that his transfer could be sorted late in the summer market and then by the end of January he should be available and could make the second half of the season.”