Inter Milan Thought to Be Preparing Bid for Spurs Midfielder Erik Lamela

?Reports in Spain are claiming that Inter Milan are ready to make an offer of €15m for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela.

Lamela was sidelined with a hip injury for the better part of last season, and it is quite likely that Spurs would be willing to cut their losses and move him on for a fraction of their initial outlay.

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Having spent €30m to bring him in from Roma back in 2013, they cannot expect to command a similar fee, but are said to be holding out for something in the region of €18m.

The €3m difference between the valuations could be worked out, though, especially if bonuses and add-ons come into play. However, there are concerns over the Argentinian’s fitness, and Inter could be trying to avoid risking to much on a player who may not be able to give them their money’s worth.

Marca (H/T ?Football Italia) are reporting that the Italian side have readied the aforementioned bid, having failed to land Javier Pastore from Paris Saint-Germain. 

With neighbouring rivals AC Milan recruiting a wealth of talent this summer, and Juventus continuing to improve on their squad, the figures at Inter are well aware of the fact that they cannot afford to fall behind. 

Signing new players has become paramount. The side have been languishing in an unfamiliar place on the Serie A table for the last few years and are desperate to compete with the top teams again.

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Signing Lamela would probably go a long way, especially if he can remain healthy. But some sort of compromise will have to be reached in order for them to pull it off.

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Tottenham Enter the Race to Sign Inter Milan Starlet Antonio Candreva

?Tottenham’s first summer signing could well be Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva but they will face competition from Chelsea to secure the deal. 

Candreva has spent his whole career in Italy, with Inter being the latest team he’s turned out for after a €22m transfer last summer from Lazio. A figure of €27.5m is believed high enough to move him away from the San Siro and according to ?The Daily Star, Chelsea are hoping £25m is enough. 

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With Tottenham offloading Kyle Walker to Manchester City, they will be looking for cover should Kieran Trippier get injured. Although Candreva is a winger, if Mauricio Pochettino was to play with wing backs he could play on the far right hand side of the midfield. This is a position he is no stranger to after having successfully demonstrated it at international level.

His ability to play in this position could explain why Antonio Conte is seeking his service. A possible alternative is Alex Sandro for Conte but he is looking increasingly more likely to sign a contract extension at Juventus.  

Candreva is now 30 and has three years left on his current contract, after being involved in 17 goals last season Inter’s apparent asking price does not seem too steep in the current climate.



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Leicester Set to Renew Interest in Sporting CP Midfielder Adrien Silva With €22m Offer

?Leicester are set to make a second attempt to sign Sporting midfielder Adrien Silva with a €22m offer.

According to Jornal de Notícias (via ?Sport Witness) the Foxes will face competition from Internazionale and West Brom.

The Baggies are reportedly very keen on the 28-year-old, although Inter are considered favourites to secure his signature.

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Neither of the offers are likely to be enough to meet Sporting’s demands, however, with reports claiming that the Portuguese club are demanding at least €30m.

Inter are expected to raise their offer to meet that estimation, but will face continued competition from the two Premier League sides.

Last summer Leicester made a €30m bid for Silva, which was rebuffed because it did not meet Sporting’s then valuation of €45m. Sporting have clearly now lowered their demands for the player, hence the reportedly imminent offer of €22m from Leicester.

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Reports in Portugal have also claimed that West Brom have seen a €26m offer rejected, which could leave Leicester with little prospect of their bid proving successful.

?The Leicester Mercury, meanwhile, claim that reports of interest in Silva could be wide of the mark due to the Foxes numerous midfield options, including the recent signing of Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra.

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?Inter Milan Target Serie A Title With Sensational €50m Approach for Bayern Munich Star Arturo Vidal

Internazionale look set to offer €50m for Bayern Munich’s midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal as Inter’s ambitious Chinese owners target league titles and Champions League football, according to reports in Italy.

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has reportedly stressed to Nerazzurri’s wealthy Chinese owners Suning that the San Siro club need to bring in a world class midfielder in order to challenge for the Champions League spots, and tackle Juventus’ dominance in Serie A.

According to a ?Calciomercato report, with bitter rivals AC Milan having already spent over £160m overhauling their squad this summer, Inter’s owners are anxious to prove that Le Beamatta can attract top signings with a move for Vidal.

The former Colo-Colo star has won back to back titles with Bayern Munich since his arrival in 2015, and his dynamic performances have prompted overtures from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Bayern are reportedly reluctant to sell the combative former Juventus midfielder, with Thiago Alcantara’s long term injury problems and Xabi Alonso’s retirement leaving Die Bayern short of midfield options, should he leave.

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Addressing rumours that the 30-year-old could leave the Allianz Arena this summer, Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti said;

“For Vidal, there is no way. He’s our player and I have a lot of confidence in him.

“I know there are rumours and we’re used to rumours. He’ll stay with us 100 per cent – I’m confident about that.”


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Inter Milan’s Spalletti Says Manchester United Target Perisic ‘Could Leave’ if Right Offer Is Tabled

?For a few weeks now, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic has been touted for a move to Manchester United, although talks have supposedly stalled as the two parties can not agree upon a suitable figure for the winger.

Inter’s boss Luciano Spalletti has no real intention of selling the Croatian international, however the former AS Roma manager – speaking at a media conference, via Four Four Two – claims that the 28-year-old could head for pastures new if an offer comes in to which the Serie A outfit are ‘satisfied’ with, a statement which could ready Jose Mourinho for one last substantial bid for his signature.

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“He is a fantastic player and if his future is totally up to me, I will definitely keep him,” he claimed.

“However, if an offer comes and the club are satisfied with the money, which will be used to invest in and strengthen the team, he could leave.”

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Competing with fierce city rivals AC Milan next term is sure to be top of the Nerazzurri’s agenda for the coming campaign and acquiring players as well as maintaining the current fold will be of paramount importance if they’re to do so.

The sought-after winger has been involved in Inter’s pre-season preparations to date, starting for the club during their 1-1 draw with the Bundesliga’s FC Schalke 04 on Friday.

Perisic was one of Inter’s most fruitful attacking outlets last term, netting 12 goals and offering 11 assists for his teammates, a record which Spalletti will urge the attacker to better next season, if he can stave off the Red Devils’ advances for now, that is.


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