Inter Confirm Signing of Ashley Young From Manchester United on Short-Term Deal

?Inter have confirmed the signing of Ashley Young from Manchester United on a six-month contract.

The 34-year-old had entered the last six months of his deal at Old Trafford and had already snubbed the offer of a new contract to try and force through an immediate exit to the Serie A side.

?Inter took to their ?official website to announce that the deal is done, with Young penning a deal which also includes the option to extend by a further year at the end of the current campaign.

Manager Antonio Conte was eager to add some more depth to his wing-back positions, with Young emerging as a viable option for I Nerazzurri, despite the initial belief that a move would occur at the end of the season.

Young agreed terms with the Italian side, which prompted ?United to submit their own contract proposal to the 34-year-old, but he quickly rejected the offer in the hope of making an immediate move to Inter.

He has now been given his wish, with Young bringing an end to his nine-year association with the Red Devils in order to join Conte.

In total, Young managed 261 appearances for United following his switch from Aston Villa back in 2011, racking up 19 goals and 43 assists in all competitions. He enjoyed plenty of success with the club, lifting the ?Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League once each.

Earlier in the day, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the club were unable to meet Young’s demands, and they accepted that they had the squad depth to cope without him for the remainder of the campaign.

“He is 35 in the summer and, if he gets a two-year contract somewhere, I think it’s up to him to take that. We weren’t ready to offer that,” he confirmed (via the club’s ?official website).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,Ashley Young

“He’s been a good servant for the club. He’s been captain and he’s won trophies, leagues, cups, but we’ve got players coming through. So it was time now, then. When Ashley’s head and mindset was on ‘yeah, I want to try this’, why not do it now?

“Ashley’s mindset was that he wanted to try a new adventure and he he’s approaching 35 now. He’s done a fantastic job and he’s served this club fantastically. I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes to. We got a transfer fee for someone who’s been so loyal to the club.

“Good luck. That’s what Manchester United do, you have players for a long time and then they move on and someone else steps in.”

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Leonardo Spinazzola’s Inter Switch Breaks Down as Nerazzurri Turn to Victor Moses

?Inter’s talks with Roma over swapping Matteo Politano for Leonardo Spinazzola have broken down during the final stages of negotiations.

Antonio Conte’s side had identified Spinazzola as a potential answer to their left-back struggles, while they also want to offload Politano to create space in their squad to sign Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.

Leonardo Spinazzola

It seemed as though this deal was in everybody’s best interests, but ?Gianluca Di Marzio has now confirmed that it looks unlikely to go through after negotiations hit a stand-still.

It is thought that the two sides were planning a straight swap for the two players, but ?Inter later decided to push for a loan move with an obligation to sign Spinazzola outright after he made 15 appearances – something which Roma were not happy with.

Roma tried to find a way to make it work, but it appears as though there was no saving these talks and the transfer is now described as ‘completely blocked’.

Matteo Politano

However, Di Marzio does note that things haven’t been officially called off just yet, so there may still be hope for this deal.

Conte has already ?struck a deal to bring in Manchester United left-back Ashley Young, but it seems he still wants another option, with ?Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso often linked with a switch to San Siro.

However, it could be another Chelsea player who ends up making the move as Di Marzio ?adds that Conte has turned his attention to Victor Moses.

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Moses was a core part of Conte’s Chelsea side who lifted the ?Premier League title in the 2016/17 season, reinventing himself as a right wing-back to make their 3-4-3 formation so dangerous.

We couldn’t tell you why Conte would turn to a right-back after missing out on a left-back, but we’re sure there’s some logic to it. Maybe.

Chelsea would be open to letting Moses, who is currently on loan with Fenerbahçe, leave permanently for €10m, while they would also agree to let him join temporarily until the end of the season.

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José Mourinho Denies Bid But Agent Meets With Inter CEO – Christian Eriksen Daily

It’s question on every Tottenham and Inter fans’ lips at the minute: what is actually happening with Christian Eriksen??

Unfortunately, no-one seems to know.

We thought we finally had some clarity. Earlier on Friday, it was ?reported that a €13m offer had been submitted to secure his services in January (although even that came with some confusion, with ?Tottenham thought to be holding out for €17m.) 

That came shortly after a tweet from Fabrizio Romano that seemed to confirm things were coming along nicely, as the player’s agent Martin Shotts met Beppe Marotta in Milan – presumably to hash out the remaining details and personal terms before an agreement could be reached. 

If it is all done and dusted, however, then José Mourinho’s poker face is holding up very well indeed. 

The Spurs boss was in no mood to dance around the issue as he spoke to press ahead of his side’s trip to Watford on Saturday, as he outright denied that the club had received an offer at all – going as far as to say the player will feature in the short trip on Saturday.

“You have to ask the agent and Inter Milan because they know more than me,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “If they are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet.

“So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities speaking about it, I am a little bit surprised. That’s all I can say.”

Mourinho has previously spoken of his desire to hold onto Eriksen and has r?efused point-blank to criticise him despite the speculation, so it’s understandable that he is keeping things under wraps in order to avoid any further fanfare.

However, this whole ‘no bid’ thing? Seems to contradict what is being said literally everywhere else.

Another conflicting report, this time from Sportmediaset, now says that Inter have submitted another bid, presumably after their first had been rejected. This new offer is said to be worth an initial €15m plus performance-based bonuses, and could be concluded ‘in the coming hours.’

Jose Mourinho,Joao Sacramento

The broadcaster quote Mourinho in their piece, so are clearly aware what is being said in England. They’re just not convinced it’s true, and are prepared to put their own information up against what is coming from the horse’s mouth. 

Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen

So, in summary: Mourinho says it isn’t happening, everyone else says it is, but no-one can seem to agree on the fee – if there is one at all. Simple as. 

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Lautaro Martínez Is One of the Best Young Strikers in the World & Could Eclipse Argentina’s Greats

It’s upsetting as a football fan to think that some of the best players to ever play the game are in the twilight of their careers.

Three of the greatest Argentinian strikers ever in Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Gonzalo Higuaín are all entering their early 30s. However, fear not – Lautaro Martínez has entered the scene and is the future of Argentinian football.

The 22-year-old is not only going to be pivotal to Argentina but to global football, having established himself as one of the best young strikers in the world today. The Inter striker has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season – but he is much more than just a goalscorer.

Lautaro Martinez,Romelu Lukaku

His partnership with Romelu Lukaku has seen Inter become a force once again and they sit just two points behind Juventus in ?Serie A.

They’ve scored a combined 24 league goals this season and constantly strike fear into Serie A defences. For a true indication of how good their partnership is, just go and watch Martínez’s goals against Slavia Prague in the Champions League – it is sublime.

Not only has Martínez shown his ability domestically but also at a European level while playing in the Champions League. He scored five goals in six games for Antonio Conte’s team, including strikes in four consecutive games – something that only four other Argentinians have managed.

Just by watching Martínez play it is easy to make comparisons between him and some of the best to ever lead the line for Argentina. Not only does he have the guile, ability and finishing prowess of his elders but there is an added tenacity to his game that makes him so difficult to outmuscle. His goal at Camp Nou highlights this fully as he simply shrugged off Clement Lenglet and finished beautifully – a goal Messi himself would’ve been proud of.

The statistical comparisons to be made between the former Racing Club striker and the other three are eerily similar, too. Martínez is only halfway through his second season in European football and has bagged 24 goals in 59 games since joining Inter.

At the same stage in their careers, Messi had scored 25 in 61 games, Agüero had 20 in 67 for Atlético and ?Higuaín managed only 11 in 57 for Real Madrid. Not only is Martínez keeping up with these greats but he is eclipsing them. It’s the same when you compare their international records.

Lautaro Martínez

What makes Martínez even more impressive is that he is doing it in a side that was in need of a rebuild. Inter hadn’t challenged for the Serie A title since 2011 before this year and were being left behind by a rampant Juventus. But, alongside Lukaku, he has galvanised this Inter side into something their fans had wanted for years.

If he stays at Inter, then he could become one of their best ever players while also being well on his way of cementing a role in Argentina’s history of world class footballers. It’s a role he is already familiar with, having scored nine goals in 17 games for the national side – including a hat trick in September against Mexico.

Under the tutelage of the charismatic Antonio Conte, he has every possible chance of becoming the player he promises to be. He has that deadly, instinctive appetite for goals, making him one of the best young strikers in the world.


It is not surprising that both Barcelona and Manchester City have been linked with Martínez as they look to him as a possible successor to their own magical Argentinians.

With Messi, Agüero and Higuaín all getting closer to hanging up their boots there is a concern that Argentina might be left behind in the world of international football. However, with Martínez ready to carry that burden, the future of Argentina is in very, very safe hands. 


West Ham Seeking Loan for Valentino Lazaro – Karl Toko Ekambi Also Offered by Agent

?West Ham are said to have held talks with Inter over a loan deal for Valentino Lazaro, while the Irons have also been offered the chance to sign Villarreal forward Karl Toko Ekambi.

The former arrived at San Siro last summer, joining from Hertha Berlin for a fee of €24m. However, he has failed to make the desired impact in Milan, playing only six Serie A matches this term.

David Moyes

?FC Inter News claim Antonio Conte’s side are looking to offload Lazaro for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign in the hope their investment will eventually come good, the club believing he needs more game time.

?West Ham have already approached I ?Ne?razzurri as they seek reinforcements, though they face stiff competition from German outfit Werder Bremen, who have likewise enquired over the Austrian’s availability.

Fortunately for David Moyes and co, negotiations with Inter shouldn’t prove too troublesome with the Italians set to land Leonardo Spinazzola from Roma and Ashley Young from Manchester United, making Lazaro surplus to requirements.

Of course, the Irons will still have to better the terms offered by Werder, while a move for Toko Ekambi could see them go head-to-head with English rivals ?Newcastle, according to Spanish news outlet ?El Periodico Mediterraneo.

Toko Ekambi

It’s understood the striker’s agent has met with West Ham officials to discuss a potential switch to the London Stadium, but St James’ Park is another possible destination.

Toko Ekambi’s main priority is leaving Villarreal after growing concerned over a lack of minutes with El Submarino Amarillo, though he is also eager to join a ?Premier League club if given the opportunity.

Six goals in 18 ?La Liga matches this term isn’t exactly a bad tally. However, the rumoured asking price is €24.5m. If the Spaniards refuse to lower it, the Cameroonian may have to accept a move to either West Ham or Newcastle is unrealistic.

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