Inter ‘Open Talks’ With Tottenham Over Ambitious Move for Christian Eriksen

Serie A giants Inter are keen to thrash out a deal with Tottenham over Christian Eriksen, and reports suggest preliminary talks are underway.

The Danish playmaker is enjoying another successful season in north London, with his performances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side reportedly peaking the interest of not only Inter, but Real Madrid as well.

Christian Eriksen

The Nerazzurri look to be upping their efforts to snare Eriksen, though, with Italian publication

Calciomercato claiming director of football Piero Ausilio has initiated talks to sign the 27-year-old. 

Eriksen’s current contract runs out next summer and talks over a new deal have reportedly reached an impasse, with both sides refusing to back down in what has been a period of long and drawn out negotiations.

Spurs will reportedly do whatever it takes to keep Eriksen, though, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy almost certain to refuse sanctioning any sale that undervalues his star asset. Indeed, the club remain optimistic that a deal can be thrashed out over new terms, and Spurs’ move into their new stadium may prove to be a valuable asset in a fresh round of negotiations.


Should they fail to agree on new terms, a fee of around €100m has been mooted for Eriksen – which is perhaps further indication that Tottenham have no interest in discussing a deal.

Inter are unlikely to be able to afford such a move, and may opt to attempt luring Ivan Rakitic to San Siro instead, once Frenkie de Jong has arrived in Barcelona. Real Madrid, meanwhile, may be in a position to do so, should reports that they have abandoned a pursuit of Paul Pogba in favour of Eriksen prove to be accurate.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter are also reported to be closing on a move for Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, with Premier League duo Granit Xhaka and Ilkay Gundogan also thought to be on the club’s shortlist.


Inter Pursuit of Ivan Rakitic in Doubt With Nerazzurri Fearful a Deal Could Cost Upwards of €60m

?Inter fear that they may have to pay up to €60m in their bid to land Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona in the summer.

The Serie A giants have been heavily linked with the Croatia international in recent weeks, with the La Liga side’s big-money deal to sign Frenkie de Jong seemingly paving the way for Rakitic to depart Camp Nou.

The Ajax starlet is likely to slot straight into ?Barcelona‘s midfield next term when his move to the Camp Nou is sealed, and ?Rakitic is the most likely member of the current engine room to see his place come under threat following De Jong’s arrival.

?Inter have been heavily linked with a move to take the 31-year-old to San Siro but, according to ?Mundo Deportivo, the Serie A giants fear that a potential deal for Rakitic could cost them up to €60m – a figure which PSG were willing to pay for the Croatian last summer.

Lionel Messi,Ivan Rakitic

Though it is said that Barcelona have not set a specific price tag for the World Cup finalist, Rakitic’s value on the transfer market is likely to hit a considerable height, given his prominence as a key member in the Blaugrana’s squad at present.

The midfielder has featured in all but one of Barcelona’s La Liga games this term, scoring three goals and providing four assists, and remains a crucial part of Ernesto Valverde’s midfield setup.

Barça, however, have opted to rest a number of key stars for Saturday’s La Liga clash away to SD Huesca ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter final clash against ?Manchester United, with Rakitic among those left at home by Valverde.


Antonio Conte Seeking £9m Post-Tax Annual Salary as Former Chelsea Boss Eyes Taking Over at Inter

?Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen to take over the managerial reins at Inter, providing the Nerazzurri make him the highest paid manager in Serie A.

Conte has been out of management since being sacked by Chelsea last summer, but has been linked with a managerial return at a number of high profile clubs over recent – including at Real Madrid, before Zinedine Zidane’s re-appointment.

Luciano Spalletti

It appears that Inter are his most likely destination, however, with Luciano Spalletti’s job reportedly under threat.

?Inter currently sit third in ?Serie A and look like securing ?Champions League football for next season. However, they find themselves 27 points behind leaders Juventus – a gap which is too big it seems for the club’s hierarchy.

The ?Daily Mail report that club president Steven Zhang has instructed general manager Giuseppe Marotta to acquire Conte’s services at all costs, but that is where the potential stumbling block comes in.

Steven Zhang,Giuseppe Marotta

Conte is said to be demanding a £9m after-tax salary which would see him overtake Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri as Serie A’s highest paid manager. This would see the former Italy manager’s salary exceed Allegri’s pay packet by a whopping £2.5m a year.

Furthermore, current manager Spalletti’s contract at San Siro runs until the summer of 2021, and it’s estimated that Inter may have to pay in the region of £21.5m to relieve him of his duties. 

Despite that ridiculous sum, his position at the club is reportedly insecure because of Inter’s inability to break into the top two – coupled with his side’s failure to progress past the Champions League group stages

Antonio Conte,Eusebio Di Francesco

Inter will be aware that a manager of Conte’s calibre does not usually stay jobless for long, so they may need to act quickly in order to persuade the Italian to join.


Inter Willing to Sell Star Defender Milan Skriniar Despite Imminent New Contract

Inter have admitted they would be willing to sell Milan Skriniar for the right price this summer – despite the centre back looking set to sign a new deal at the club – putting Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona on red alert.

Skriniar has emerged as one of the top players in his position since joining from Sampdoria in 2017 for €28m, playing 39 times across competitions for Luciano Spalletti’s side this season.

Federico Chiesa,Milan Skriniar

However, according to ?Calciomercato, the Nerazzurri are still willing to sell the Serbian international this summer, provided they receive a fee of €100m or more. This is in spite of the fact that, according to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, Skriniar is about to sign a new contract with the Serie A side that would extend his current deal by a further year.

In a tweet, Romano explained: “Milan Skriniar is ready to sign his new contract with Inter until June 2023. Agreement reached, here we go!”

Indeed, it is understood that this contract may be just a ploy to hike up this €100m evaluation even more.

The 24-year-old has earned himself plenty of worthwhile admirers in his ascent, but none appear to be more eager to land him than La Blaugrana and the Manchester clubs.

With Vincent Kompany’s future still up in the air, City are searching for a worthwhile replacement for the vociferous Belgian, while ?United have been desperate for defensive reinforcements pretty much since Nemanja Vidic left Old Trafford. As for ?Barca, Samuel Umtiti’s future looks cloudy at best, while Gerard Pique isn’t getting any younger. 

And, it is understood that the Italian side have acquiesced to the pressure of selling Skriniar in order to pursue some long-standing targets of their own. 

?Inter have made no secret of their interest in Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, and with Diego Godin almost certain to reinforce the rearguard come the end of the season, they see Skriniar as the best avenue to attain these funds in order to land the precocious Italian.

And, should the Chiesa move fail, they have set their heart PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn as the next best thing.


Transfer Rumours: Fenerbahce Want Marcos Rojo, Serge Aurier to Leave Spurs & More

Transfer rumours, baby.

Here’s a steaming hot pile of #thegoss? from across the Premier League and Europe regarding some transfers that probably won’t happen when the window reopens over the summer.

Let’s get stuck in to them. Enjoy.

Southampton Target £3m-Rated  Former Burnley Man to Bolster Midfield Options

Scott Afrield

Best kick off with the biggest story.

Southampton want to sign Scott Arfield! From Rangers! He is 30 and used to play for Burnley, so that probably tells you all about how good of an idea this signing is. 

He’ll cost £3m-ish for Saints, but he’s banged 11 goals from midfield this season. The ?Mail are saying Southampton have “concrete interest”, so it might not be the last time you hear about this one.

I just asked a ?Southampton supporting work colleague how he felt about this happening, and he shrugged his shoulders and said ‘meh’. Please get in contact with us on Twitter at ?@90min_Football if you’re a fan of this happening. Sorry in advance Dan.

Inter Might Want Serge Aurier & That Is Definitely Exciting for Spurs Fans

Serge Aurier

There’s probably a large section of Tottenham supporters who want to get rid of serial foul-conceder ?Serge Aurier this summer, and you lot might actually be in luck.

The very good ?SportWitness have combed through Gazzetta dello Sport for this one, and tell us they’re in search of a new right back at some point because the signing of loan signing of Cedric Soares is set to end in the summer. They’ve also got Sime Vrsaljko on loan, but will need to purchase him if they’re to keep him around.

If he doesn’t stay, they’ll need a new face. And Piero Ausilio, who works as Inter’s director of football, was present at Spurs’ New Glorious Stadium the other night…possibly (possibly, I am speculating) to watch him. Trouble was though that Aurier didn’t even feature, because of injury.

Maybe he was watching Christian Eriksen?! ?Because they can pull that one off for sure.

Ajax ‘Extremely Interested’ in Signing Barca Starlet on Loan

Carles Alena

Ajax are “extremely interested” in signing ?Barcelona’s Carles Aleña on loan next season, as the two clubs seek a mutually beneficial working relationship where Barça take Ajax’s best players for cut-priced fees while Ajax get their castoffs.

Aleña looks like he may have a promising future, to be fair (perhaps not a cast off, that was mean), and the move could be a smart one given he’ll be looking for playing time next season.

He’s probably not going to get much at Barcelona, given they’ve already signed Frenkie de Jong – from Ajax obviously – so it may be a smart way to ensure his development continues.

Thanks to ?SPORT for that one.

Report Reveals the Real Kicker That’ll Decide if Milan Sign Bakayoko Permanently

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko is only set to stay with Milan into next season if they’re able to seal a place in next season’s Champions League, Tuttosport report.

The Rossoneri have the option to sign the Frenchman permanently for 38m, but in order to raise the money and not annoy the people who try to run FFP, they’ll need the financial reward that comes with playing in Europe’s top club competition. 

Milan are currently fourth in ?Serie A, but are in rotten form of late.

Fenerbahce Target Man Utd Defender as Replacement for Martin Sktrel, Because Fenerbahce


Fenerbahce have shortlisted ?Marcos Rojo as a potential replacement for Martin Skrtel this summer, in potentially the most Fenerbahce transfer of all time.

Damien Comolli (remember him?!) works there now, and has held talks with the agent of Man Utd’s burnt toast lover – according to Turkish newspaper ?Takvim, at least. The problem for Rojo though is that he has stiff competition for the precious Skrtel’s replacement role…from Neven Subotic and Christian Zapata. Again, gloriously Fenerbahce.

Rojo has barely had a sniff at United over the last two seasons, mainly because he is actually a bit mad and not very good, and is expected to leave this summer despite being inexplicably given a new three-year contract in March 2018.