Inter and Man Utd Agree Fee for Ashley Young Deal With Medical Imminent

Inter and Manchester United are understood to have agreed a fee for the transfer of Ashley Young, with the ?player set to have a medical in Italy in the next few days.

Young has been linked with an Old Trafford departure for some time with the England international’s contract set to expire at the end of the season. The defender has fallen behind Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams in the pecking order at left-back, starting just one of United’s last six Premier League games.


According to ?Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter have agreed a 1.5m fee for Young’s services with a medical imminent. Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that Nerazzurri sporting director Piero Ausilio had ?travelled to England to wrap up deals for no less than three Premier League players – with the United skipper understood to be one of them. 

Young’s move to Inter had looked ?in doubt when the Serie A club were reported to be closing in on a deal for Roma full-back Leonardo Spinazzola that would see Matteo Politano go in the other direction. That deal looks set to be confirmed in the coming days, though it does not to seem to have had any effect on the club’s interest in 34-year-old Young.

The former Watford man is likely to joined at Inter by Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen. The Dane will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, though I Nerazzurri are poised to sign him in January, with his agent currently hammering out the ‘?bureaucratic details‘.

Christian Eriksen

The 27-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Inter, though Tottenham are yet to be satisfied by Eriksen’s transfer fee. There is a possibility of Matias Vecino being included in the deal as makeweight, despite the Uruguayan being a regular fixture in the first team under Antonio Conte recently.

Inter also remained interested in Olivier Giroud with the Chelsea striker said to be ‘?on the verge‘ of completing his Stamford Bridge exit.


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Olivier Giroud on Verge of Inter Move With Chelsea Close to Agreement

?An agreement is almost in place to see Olivier Giroud leave Chelsea this January and link up with former boss Antonio Conte at Inter.

The Italian tactician signed Giroud from Arsenal on the final day of the winter window in 2018 on an 18-month deal, with the Frenchman going on to score 19 goals across 70 appearances in west London.

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However, this season the striker has been limited to just seven outings across all competitions, with Frank Lampard favouring the likes of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi as his number nine. Due to this, the 33-year-old has been heavily linked with a ?Premier League departure, with Inter pipping the competition to the post to secure his signature.

?Giroud had ?agreed personal terms with the Serie A side last week, but there have since been further developments ahead of an imminent Stamford Bridge departure.

RMC Sport’s ?Mohamed Bouhafsi claims that an agreement between both clubs has not yet fully been concluded, as the Frenchman’s agent flies to Milan on Thursday to fine tune the details. That said, all further negotiations are not expected to suffer any hiccups, and the move is all-but assured. Such claims are also backed up by other various other sources, who add that all the medicals will be in place for the French international to complete his deal by the weekend.

The nitty gritty of the move is set to be a two-and-a-half year contract, with ?Inter paying a fee of €5m plus add ons, which will take the overall sum to around €6.5m.

Crystal Palace as well as a number of Ligue 1 clubs were all previously credited with an interest in Giroud, who has scored over 120 goals in the Premier League during spells with the Blues and Arsenal. 

Despite a lack of game time under Lampard, and indeed Maurizio Sarri before him, Giroud is still Didier Deschamps’ first-choice striker with the French national team. However, with the European Championships coming up this month, Giroud was unwilling to risk losing his place in the side and the move will benefit all parties involved.

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?Chelsea themselves are also on the lookout for a striker this window, with pursuits of Moussa Dembele and Timo Werner mentioned heavily, although both those deals have hit snags in recent weeks.


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The 9 Players Who’ve Scored in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A & Bundesliga

?When Philippe Coutinho scored in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 victory over FC Koln he became only the ninth player in history to score in Europe’s top four leagues.

His Bundesliga penalty added to his Serie A, Premier League and La Liga goals and placed him in, quite frankly, interesting company.

It’s the type of quiz question you feel you might know the answer to, but the list is likely to surprise you! Here are the five players to score in all four of Europe’s top leagues.

*Goal statistics correct as of 15/01/20


Philippe Coutinho?

Bundesliga Goals: 6

La Liga Goals: 18

Premier League Goals: 41

Serie A Goals: 3

Let’s start with the Brazilian, then.

During his spell at ?Liverpool he developed a reputation for scoring screamers and free kicks, notching 41 Premier League goals in six seasons. So it’s fitting that his first goal in Europe came from a free kick in Inter’s 2011 Serie A win over Fiorentina – curled over the wall, no less.

Many will forget that his La Liga account was opened in a loan spell at Espanyol, where he scored five league goals under Mauricio Pochettino, and he added a further 13 strikes to his tally at Barcelona. It will be interesting to see how many Bundesliga goals he helps himself to this season.


Kevin-Prince Boateng

Bundesliga Goals: 16

La Liga Goals: 10

Premier League Goals: 3

Serie A Goals: 16

It’s not actually that surprising to find Boateng on this exclusive list – he’s already played for 11 European clubs and he’s still only 32! 

His nomadic career began in the Bundesliga at Hertha BSC, but he has also scored for Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt. He may have caught the eye at Tottenham but his Premier League goals are limited to three during his time at Portsmouth.

Although he failed to hit the net in his surprise loan spell at ?Barcelona, he scored ten La Liga goals at Las Palmas and the list is completed by his Serie A strikes for Milan, Sassuolo and current club Fiorentina.


Obafemi Martins

Bundesliga Goals: 6

La Liga Goals: 7

Premier League Goals: 28

Serie A Goals: 28

A name that will haunt the nightmares of Arsenal fans, following his winning League Cup final goal for Birmingham in 2011 – although, somewhat surprisingly, his 28 Premier League goals were all scored for Newcastle. 
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?The now 34-year-old arrived at St.James’ Park from ?Inter, where he scored exactly the same number of Serie A goals.

Martins waved goodbye to Europe in 2013, using that farewell season at Levante to tick off his fifth league on this continent and, most imporantly, the fourth required to make this list.


Bojan Krkic

Barcelona's forward Bojan Krkic celebrat

Bundesliga Goals: 1

La Liga Goals: 26

Premier League Goals: 14

Serie A Goals: 10

There was a real buzz about Bojan when he burst onto the Barcelona scene, breaking Lionel Messi’s record as the club’s youngest ever player on his debut. Sadly, he hasn’t quite lived up to his potential, but his nomadic career has taken him to some of Europe’s top clubs…and Stoke City.

While his Premier League goals might have been scored for the not-so-glamorous Potters, Bojan has netted for both ?Milan and Roma in Serie A. 

He just about makes the cut by virtue of a solitary goal scored in a Bundesliga loan spell at Mainz and can now be found in MLS, playing for Montreal Impact.


Jonathan de Guzman

Jonathan de Guzman

Bundesliga Goals: 3

La Liga Goals: 6

Premier League Goals: 9

Serie A Goals: 6

Swansea fans will have fond memories of the Dutch midfielder. An integral part of the League Cup winning side under Michael Laudrup, he scored nine Premier League goals during his spell in Wales.

De Guzman can also count a glamorous Serie A side on his list, notching three goals for Napoli in 2014/15. His La Liga and Bundesliga goals have come for RCD Mallorca and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.


Florin Raducioiu 

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Bundesliga Goals: 4

La Liga Goals: 13

Premier League Goals: 2

Serie A Goals: 22

Florin Raducioiu was a well-travelled journeyman who plied his trade as a forward all around Europe. The Romanian striker enjoyed his best football in Serie A, where he bagged 22 goals in total, with 13 coming in one season for Brescia. 

Raducioiu’s good form for Spanish outfit Espanyol earned him a move to Premier League side West Ham United in 1996, but as with most strikers who make the cursed switch to East London, he failed to make any impact. 

The forward bagged only two goals for the Hammers, before falling out with manager Harry Redknapp and being shipped back to Espanyol. 

Still, those two goals were enough to include the former Stuttgart man on this elite and peculiar list. 


Pierre Womé ?

Bundesliga Goals: 2

La Liga Goals: 1

Premier League Goals: 1

Serie A Goals: 6

?Pierre Womé was an exciting wing-back who played for a total of 14 clubs over the entirety of his career. The Cameroonian’s defensive skills took him to Germany, Spain, England and Italy, and he even managed to pop up with the odd strike in each country.

Womé spent the 2002/03 season at Premier League side Fulham, where he made 14 league appearances, and bagged a solitary goal for the Cottagers (but what a screamer it was).

He matched this scoring record in La Liga with Espanyol, and doubled his tally in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen. If his goal contributions were scarce across these three leagues, then he was simply prolific in Serie A. 

Womé tucked away six goals during spells at Bologna and Brescia, and his excellent career has allowed him a deserving place in this niche hall of fame. 


Jon Dahl Tomasson

Bundesliga Goals: 8

La Liga Goals: 7

Premier League Goals: 3

Serie A Goals: 22

A proper goalscorer for the list. Jon Dahl Tomasson loved a goal or two, (or three, in Newcastle United’s case). The Danish forward may not have thrived in the Premier League with the Magpies, but he set Serie A alight, bagging 22 goals during his time at Italian giants ?Milan. 

Tomasson won the 2003 Champions League with I Rossoneri, before heading to Stuttgart and Villarreal. He eventually saw out his career at Feyenoord, where he’d previously made his name by winning the 2002 UEFA Cup. 

A wonderful striker, and one which the Premier League was unfortunate to never witness the true potential of.


Gheorghe Popescu?

Bundesliga Goals: 1 

La Liga Goals: 9 

Premier League Goals: 3 

Serie A Goals: 3

Gheorghe Popescu’s contributions to our four leagues in question mean that he is the second Romanian to grace this list with his presence. A versatile player who could do a job in defence or midfield, Popescu spent less than a season at ?Tottenham Hotspur, before making a move to the bright lights of Barcelona. 

The Romanian international became the Barça captain, and scored nine goals during his time in Spain, before enjoying spells at Lecce and Hannover, where he continued his goalscoring feats. 

A talented player, and one worthy of our special list. 

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Inter Assume Pole Position in Race for Man Utd Youngster Tahith Chong

Inter appear to be leading Juventus in the race to sign Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong, after the player’s agent met with the Serie A club to discuss a potential transfer. 

The 20-year-old showed significant promise last season, starring for United’s Under 23s and earning a handful of first team appearances. 

Chong has failed to push on this season, though, making just seven appearances for the senior side – the majority of which have been cameo appearances from the bench. 

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Chong’s contract expires in the summer and the Dutchman has been attracting interest from a number of European clubs, despite United’s continued confidence in tying him down to a longer deal.

The club hasn’t given up hope. Tahith knows how highly we rate him,” a source close to the club told The ?Sun earlier in the month. 

Inter are currently in pole position to secure the wide forward’s signature, with transfer expert ?Fabrizio Romano reporting that the club met with the player’s agent on Tuesday to discuss a potential move. 

It is understood that Chong has been offered to the Nerazzurri in an attempt by United to avoid losing him on a free transfer this summer. Juventus are also said to be eyeing up the youngster and are planning to offer a lucrative deal to prise him away from Old Trafford.

I Bianconeri are willing to offer Chong a £35k-per-week deal if he decides to run down his remaining six months at United, as well as a £2m signing on fee if he chooses to link up with Maurizio Sarri.

Chong is the third? Premier League player that Inter have been strongly linked with during the January transfer window. Olivier Giroud is ?expected to sign for the club imminently, while Antonio Conte’s pursuit of Christian Eriksen has also been well publicised – though the two club’s have ?reached an impasse in recent days.


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Inter 4-1 Cagliari: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Romelu Lukaku Brace Seals Quarter-Final Spot

?Romelu Lukaku’s brace carried Inter to the quarter finals of the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night, with Borja Valero and Andrea Ranocchia also finding the back of the net in a comfortable 4-1 win over Cagliari.

The Belgian needed just 21 seconds to put Inter into the lead, with Lukaku capitalising on a horrific mistake from Cagliari midfielder Christian Oliva before picking out the bottom corner of the net.

Lukaku saw a second goal ruled out after a tight offside call which survived a review from the Video Assistant Referee just 10 minutes later, but Inter’s lead was eventually doubled thanks to Valero’s unorthodox finish.

Borja Valero

Lukaku did get his second of the match just after half time with a well-guided header inside Robin Olsen’s far post, while at the other end of the pitch Radja Nainggolan was denied a goal against his parent club by the base of the post.

Cagliari eventually found the back of the net when Oliva made up for his earlier mistake with a powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area, but Ranocchia was able to hit back for the hosts before the full-time whistle to book their place in the next round of the Coppa Italia.


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Key Talking Point

Inter were given the biggest helping hand just a few seconds into the match to take the lead and Cagliari continued to look suspect at the back throughout the game, but Antonio Conte’s side didn’t let their dominance get to their heads.

The Nerazzurri continued to fight for every ball and wouldn’t let Cagliari build any sort of rhythm in the match, ultimately letting the visitors be the architects of their own downfall at San Siro.

Romelu Lukaku

Even after extending their lead just after half time, Inter maintained the same level of intensity and Conte’s side were only denied a first clean sheet in almost a month after Christian Oliva picked out the top corner of Samir Handanovi?’s goal.


Player Ratings

Handanovic (7); Godin (7), Ranocchia (8), Skriniar (7); Lazaro (7), Barella (7), Brozovic (8), Valero (8), Dimarco (7); Lukaku (9*), Alexis (8).

Substitutes: Esposito (7), Sensi (7), Biraghi (6).


Star Man

With two goals to his name against Cagliari, Inter fans were once again in full voice to sing the praises of Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.

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The striker was alert from the first minute as he scored just 21 seconds into the match, while he found the back of the net two more times – one was disallowed for offside – to help Inter cruise into the next round of the Coppa Italia.


Cagliari

Player Ratings

Olsen (4), Farago (5), Walukiewicz (6), Pisacane (5), Lykogiannis (5); Nandez (5), Oliva (5), Ionita (6), Nainggolan (7), Castro (6); Cerri (5).

Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes: Rog (7), Pedro (6), Birsa (6).


Looking Ahead

Inter will be looking to return to winning ways in Serie A when they travel to Lecce this weekend, with their opponents sitting just one point above the relegation zone.

Cagliari are at Brescia, but they’ll be returning to San Siro at the end of the month with another match against Antonio Conte’s Inter.


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