Antonio Conte ‘Gives Approval’ for €40m Ante Rebic Move as Inter Start Summer Makeover Plans

New Inter manager Antonio Conte has given his approval for a €40m move for Croatia forward Ante Rebic, as the Italians look at options to form a new-look attack this summer. 

With the future of star striker Mauro Icardi in doubt, as well as the ageing Ivan Periši?, Conte is looking to bring in new options who can fill the goalscoring void that will be left if one or both departs this summer.

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The 25-year-old Rebic had a productive campaign for Eintracht Frankfurt last season making 16 goal contributions, and has shone alongside Sebastian Haller and new Real Madrid signing Luka Jovi?.

La Stampa (via ?Calciomercato) report that Conte is a massive fan of Rebi? and that he has given his ‘approval’ for a €40m bid to be submitted.

Out of favour ?Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku is also said to be ?close to joining Conte at San Siro, while Inter also have their eyes on Roma striker Edin Džeko in case they miss out on the Belgian target man.

Ante Rebic

The versatile Rebic – who shone at last summer’s World Cup – is able to play any position across the attack and at 25, he may well be seen as a long-term replacement for countrymen Perisic.

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Inter Reject Man Utd’s Proposed Swap Deal as Talks Over Romelu Lukaku Move Continue

Inter have reportedly rejected a Manchester United proposed swap deal that would’ve seen defender Milan Skriniar move to Old Trafford in exchange for Romelu Lukaku. 

New head coach at Inter Antonio Conte has apparently made the Belgium striker his top transfer target this summer, while the player himself has spoken fondly of Serie A. 

26-year-old Lukaku has fallen somewhat out of favour at United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a summer exit looks more than possible.

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?Lukaku already has already agreed personal terms with Inter ?according to recent reports, but the Italians and his current employers are yet to agree on a fee, with United seeking £62m.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via insidefutbol) the ?Red Devils were willing to compromise on that amount if defender Skriniar were to be included in the deal as part of an exchange. It was a suggestion that has apparently been dismissed out of hand by Inter.

The 24-year-old defender only signed a new four-year contract at San Siro following the 2018/19 season and Conte is said to be keen for him to play a huge role in his plans in Italy. 

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Defence is an area that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the United hierarchy are keen to bolster this summer, with links to players including Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Issa Diop. However, any kind of swap involving a player of Skriniar’s value seems ambitious at best.

It seems United and Inter may be deadlocked for now, but the Lukaku transfer saga is far from over. 

Speaking recently about the prospect of playing in Italy, ?the Belgian said: “I am a big Serie A fan. Those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy”.


“With the transfer of [Cristiano] ?Ronaldo, the Italian league is now coming back. Now Antonio Conte going to ?Inter Milan, which is really good because he is, to me, the best manager in the world.”

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Transfer Rumours: Stoke Eye Up Hart, Wolves Rule Out Rondon, Man Utd Lead Race for Fernandes & More

?Yes, it’s that time again everybody.

Transfer rumours are flying about left, right and centre and on today’s edition of the rumours mill, we’ve got plenty of interesting stories to dissect – with Antonio Valenica considering a move to Sheffield United and Stoke offering Joe Hart a lifeline amongst them.

Here’s a look at the latest stories from around Europe.


Serie A Top Dogs All After Manolas

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Kostas Manolas – who seems to have been linked with a move away from Roma every summer since the dawn of time – is generally considered to be one of the most complete defenders in Serie A. It therefore comes as no surprise to see his name crop up once again.

?Juventus, ?Napoli and now ?Milan are all looking to make an approach for the 28-year-old, according to Sportitalia (via ?Football Italia), but Roma are unsurprisingly unwilling to let him go for anything less than his €36m release clause.

For reasons that are somewhat unclear, Milan responded to Roma’s valuation by instead asking for a discount. Good luck with that one, lads.


Stoke Prove They Aren’t Hart-Less

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Poor old Joe Hart. Nothing has been going his way over the past few years and the former Head & Shoulders aficionado appears to be stuck in an inescapable cycle of disappointing every new club he signs for…by being generally rubbish.

Now it appears ?Stoke are willing to offer him yet another lifeline if they are forced to part ways with Jack Butland this summer. ?Aston Villa are looking like strong contenders to land the England number two for around £20m and ?The Sun are reporting that the Potters will look to replace him with Hart.

A drop down to the Championship would probably make sense for Hart, but you can almost guarantee it’s all going to go wrong for him.


Wolves Pull Out of Race for Salomon Rondon 

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Salomon Rondon did (surprisingly?) well on loan at ?Newcastle last season and ?West Brom’s failure to earn promotion back into the Premier League almost guarantees that he’ll return to the top flight next season.

??Wolves won’t be in the running to land him on a permanent deal though as, according to ?Football Insider, the Venezuelan’s £16.5m release clause will be far too costly – or maybe it’s just because he isn’t Portuguese, who knows?

Newcastle and ?West Ham remain in the hunt, so there will still be plenty more to come from this particular saga, that’s for sure. 


Ivan Perisic Is Unhappy at Inter…and Is Unhappy With the Teams Who Want to Take Him Away From Inter

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?Ivan Perisic may be starting to creep beyond his prime, but he’s still a decent player – just ask any England supporter, they’ll be sure to let you know how they feel about him.

He’s likely to be on the move this summer, with ?FC Inter News claiming that ?Arsenal, ?Leicester and ?Wolves all expressing an interest in the ?Inter winger. Unfortunately, there’s a catch for all three teams.

Arsenal, as has been well reported, have basically no money to spend and will be playing Europa League football and Perisic is said to be uninterested in signing for either Leicester or Wolves. It’s a bold approach from Ivan the Terrible, so let’s see how it plays out.


Manchester United Go All Out for Bruno Fernandes

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?We all know Bruno Fernandes is a very, very good player. We all know basically everyone in Europe wants a piece of him. So what’s new today?

Well, it appears ?Manchester United are willing to pull out all the stops to land him this summer and, as reported by ?O Jogo, the move will not depend on whether the Red Devils end up selling Paul Pogba to Real Madrid. 

?Radio Rossonera also claim that United are ‘leading the race’ to sign Fernandes for £70m, ahead of Premier League rivals ?Liverpool and ?Manchester City, who are also keeping a close eye on the midfielder.


Antonio Valenica’s Future Could Lie in Ecuador or Sheffield

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To say that Antonio Valencia has a variety of options in front of him this summer would be a severe understatement.

Ecuadorian publication ?Tera Deportes have listed a number of sides that are supposedly interested in snapping up the former Manchester United man, including Liga de Quito, Barcelona, Galatasaray or ?Sheffield United. The Blades, being the only Premier League outfit still in the running, could then stand a decent chance at landing the 33-year-old.

?The Daily Mail have also claimed that Sheffield United have already sent an offer through to the free agent, so expect to hear further developments on this story over the coming weeks.


Man Utd Will Be Making a Bid for Sean Longstaff This Summer

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Sean Longstaff cropped out of seemingly nowhere to impress for Newcastle in 2018/19, making a string of fine performances before having his season cut short through injury.

Those performances have warranted plenty of interest from Manchester United and, according to the ?Evening Standard, the Red Devils will be making a bid for the 21-year-old at some point this summer.

A little vague, but the report does note that a bid will only come after United have filled the priority areas of right back and centre back – which means we may be waiting until transfer deadline day before this one even takes off.


West Ham Apparently ‘Love’ Jasper Cillessen

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?West Ham have a very good goalkeeper in the shape of ?Lukasz Fabianski, which pretty much negates the need to waste money on signing another very good goalkeeper. Right?

?Sport do not agree with this sentiment and seem to be under the impression that West Ham would willing to offer ?Barcelona €20m to sign reserve keeper Jasper Cillessen. ?Everton, who already have two goalkeepers in their ranks, are also being linked.

The Hammers do need a new reserve keeper after Adrian’s departure, but would Cillessen really want to move from being the second choice keeper at the Nou Camp to being *potentially* the second choice keeper at the London Stadium? It’s a transfer story that really doesn’t make all that much sense and should therefore be taken with more than a pinch of salt.

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Romelu Lukaku ‘Agrees Personal Terms’ With Inter as Manchester United Exit Looms

?Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has agreed personal terms with Inter, according to reports in Italy.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months, with Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri touted as his most likely destination.

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?Lukaku was a target for Conte when the Italian was ?Chelsea manager, but a move failed to come to fruition – and instead, the Italian is looking to tie up a deal to bring Lukaku to San Siro.

According to a report by Italian publication ?Gazzetta dello Sport, Lukaku has already agreed personal terms with ?Inter that could earn him £6.6m in bonuses until 2024. Negotiations between ?Manchester United and Inter are ongoing with the ?Premier League side wanting at least £62m for the Belgium international.

Lukaku has previously spoken of his admiration for Serie A and Conte, saying, as quoted by Sport Mediaset: “I was always a big fan of the Italian league.

“I have two leagues, which I’ve always dreamed about – the English league and Serie A.

“Serie A is my [other] favourite league – I love Italy. With the transfer of [?Cristiano] Ronaldo, I think the Italian league is now coming back. Antonio Conte going to Inter is really good because he is, [for] me, the best manager in the world.

“He [Conte] knows what I think about him. I’m not somebody who likes to talk about my personal relationship with managers but, you know, I’m a player of Manchester United and I have to respect my club.”

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Lukaku was part of a United side that had a desperately poor season, with the club finishing outside of the ?Champions League places and failing to win a trophy.

He scored just 15 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions and United may be interested in cashing in on Lukaku to aid reinvestment elsewhere.

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FIFA 19 Ultimate Team: Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich & Jordan Pickford Star in International TOTW 39

?You know what time it is. Wednesday comes around and all eyes are fixated on EA’s FIFA TOTW announcement.

While most players’ respective club seasons are now over, there was still time for them to shine on the international stage during early June’s national team fixtures, which they most certainly did.


Granted, it’s not as glamorous as some of the reveals of recent weeks, but there are still some absolute crackers here that would gladly fit into anyone’s starting XI.

Here’s a rundown of the highlights of TOTW 39.


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Sergio Ramos

Often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Ramos has certainly made a name for himself for all the right reasons in TOTW 39.

The Spaniard captained his side to a 3-0 win over Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying, keeping a clean sheet as Spain made it four wins from four to continue their perfect record in Group F. Not only was he a rock at the back though, Ramos went one better and opened the scoring from the spot in the second half to lead his side on the pathway towards a comfortable victory.

A 93 overall defending stat is simply outstanding, with the added bonus of 86 physical meaning any opposing strike force will be hard pressed to drift past the ?Real Madrid defender, wherever he is on the pitch.


Joshua Kimmich (89)

Joshua Kimmich

Having initially started life out as midfielder, Pep Guardiola redeveloped Kimmich as a right back during his time at ?Bayern Munich, where the German has gone on to solidify the role as his own in recent years. 

That said, Joachim Low is seeking to restructure Die Mannschaft after their World Cup failings and build a side capable of competing with the world’s best. In doing so, Low played Kimmich as a holding midfielder in their Euro 2020 qualifying match against Estonia. And blimey, did he excel. The 24-year-old was unplayable as Germany obliterated their opponents 8-0, dictating the play from his deep-lying role as his country also kept their 100% qualifying record intact. 

His 89 passing stat is the pick of the bunch, something that has become a trademark of his as he recorded 13 assists in the Bundesliga this season. Equally, 86 dribbling means trying to prevent him from making such passes will be work in itself.


Jordan Pickford (86)

Jordan Pickford

He’s come under scrutiny this season for some below-par displays for ?Everton in the ?Premier League, but Pickford put all such worries aside as he lined up between the sticks for England in their Nations League match against Switzerland.

After Pickford held his own to keep the scores level, the third-place play off tie went to penalties, a scenario he was familiar with one year after his heroics in Russia. The former Sunderland keeper stepped up to smash his own penalty into the back of the net with consummate ease, but topped that by saving the decisive penalty as England secured a 6-5 penalty success.

His reflexes were on show even during the 3-1 loss to the Netherlands, with his new card receiving a more than credible 90 rating for that stat. Also known for his ability with the ball at his feet, a 90 rating for kicking means those FIFA players who like a bit of tiki-taka will be encouraged to sign the 25-year-old.


Honourable Mentions

Gabriel Jesus

Up front there are two standout cards to choose from, with Premier League duo Gabriel Jesus and Marko Arnautovic both scoring highly (86 and 87) after netting for their respective countries in midweek. 

?Manchester City striker Jesus scored twice in a 7-0 rout of Honduras, while ?West Ham’s Austrian forward did the same as they saw off North Macedonia 4-1.

A player who continues to be linked with a move away from his club is Ivan Perisic, whose new 87 rated card is just reward for his man of the match display in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Wales.

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