Inter Close to Reaching Agreement Over Transfer of Coveted Lazio Star Stefan de Vrij

?Internazionale are in the advanced stages of reaching an agreement with Lazio over the transfer of defender Stefan de Vrij.

Apparently the club are working ‘meticulously’ to add quality to their squad ahead of next season, but for as little money as possible.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by ?Sempre Inter: “Stefan De Vrij and Inter have reportedly finalised an agreement and the deposition of the contract is down to the last details.”

Should things go through as expected then Inter will have secured themselves a top defender. The Dutchman is highly coveted and has been ?linked with a host of other European clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.

The Nerazzurri are also after a new left back for next season. The club have been keeping a close eye on Zenit star Domenico Criscito but have also identified Juventus fringe player Kwadwo Asamoah as an alternative signing in case Criscito joins another interested party in Genoa.


The Ghanaian is understood to be willing to sit down and talk about signing a new deal with the Old Lady, but Inter are ready to swoop if they need to; they would likely be able to offer the player a better chance of regular game time.

It could be that Inter make a grand return to the Champions League next season and will need to add quality over the summer to prepare themselves if they qualify. They currently sit fifth in Serie A, just four points behind third placed Roma who have played a game more.

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Man Utd & Liverpool Handed Huge Boost in Pursuit of Lazio Star As Inter ‘Cannot Confirm Deal’

Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool have been handed boosts in their pursuits of Roma centre back ?Stefan de Vrij after it emerged that – contrary to reports in Italy – Inter have not secured a pre-contract arrangement with the player. 

Inter tried to sign De? Vrij in January but a deal collapsed over owner Suning’s desire to slow the negotiations down. The Lazio defender will be out of contract in the summer and, with under six months left on his contract, is allowed to listen to summer offers. 

“I cannot confirm something like that,” Piero Ausilio told Mediaset (via Talksport). “I can only talk about Inter and our players.”

Both Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the Dutchman on a free in the summer. 

De Vrij could partner up with compatriot Virgil van Dijk in the centre of the Reds’ defence should he move to Anfield. At Old Trafford, centre backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have all struggled for form this season and – with De Vrij set to cost nothing – Mourinho could be tempted into making a move

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The Netherlands international joined Lazio from Eredivisie side Feyenoord in 2014. Since his move to Stadio Olimpico, the centre back has made a total of 83 appearances in which he has scored six goals for the Biancocelesti.

A number of clubs were put on alert when it was announced that he would not extend his stay in Rome. Inter were subsequently rumoured to have agreed a deal for the 26-year-old, a claim which has since been refuted by sporting director Ausilio. 

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Inter Swoop For Argentine Starlet After Missing Out on Barcelona-Bound Arthur

Serie A giants Inter Milan turned their attention to Racing Club and the Argentina international forward Lautaro Martinez after missing out on Barcelona-bound starlet Arthur, Italian outlet Calciomercato have revealed. 

Inter were among a number of clubs trying to sign the Gremio midfielder, but turned their attention to compatriot Lautaro when it became evident that he would instead be joining La Liga leaders Barcelona.  

The Catalan club confirmed on Sunday that they have agreed a purchase option – which can be exercised from July 2018 – with Gremio for the 21-year-old in a deal worth €30m plus €9m in various add-ons.

“FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Gremio de Porto Alegre have reached an agreement on a purchase option for the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, whereas FC Barcelona may exercise this right on the player’s federative rights during July of 2018,” a statement read from the club read.

Inter-bound Lautaro, on the other hand, is rumoured to be the costing the clu?b €20m. The Argentine international, who has scored a total of 18 goals in his 40 appearances for Racing, is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Serie A giants in the summer. 

While a deal has not been officially announced by either club, Racing Club President Victor Blanco recently confirmed that Lautaro’s move to Inter is ‘90% complete’. 

“It’s 90 per cent complete. There is already a pre-agreement signed with Inter. He will leave for a sum which we believe corresponds to his value. I can see him going to the World Cup, even if it’s ultimately up to [Argentina coach Jorge] Sampaoli to decide,” he claimed on Radio Rivadavia. 

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Napoli Eye Summer Swoop for Inter Full Back After Squad Depth Issues Curtail Title Aspirations

?Napoli are reportedly interested in securing the signature of Inter ‘s Italian full back Danilo D’Ambrosio. 

The versatile defender’s agent has revealed that despite Inter seeing him as a crucial part of their team, Napoli are still hoping to bring him to the Stadio San Paolo. 

As reported by ?Football Italia, D’Ambrosio’s agent Vincenzo Pisacane said: 

D’Ambrosio is appreciated by Napoli along with many other clubs, but Inter have always considered him off the market and talking about it would therefore be superfluous.”

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Inter are clearly reluctant to let go of a key player, but if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, Napoli may prove tempting for the 29-year-old.

I Nerazzurri currently sit fifth in the Serie A but are just four points behind third placed Roma with a game in hand. 

D’Ambrosio has made 24 league appearances for Inter this season and his versatility has proven crucial for Luciano Spalletti’s men. The Italian can operate on either flank as a full back in a four man defence, as well as being effective in wide midfield in a 3-5-2 system.

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He is currently under contract at Inter until 2021, so a hefty fee may be required if Napoli are to sign him. 

However, the ?option to buy Joao Cancelo at the end of his loan spell may limit D’Ambrosio’s first team place in the future and he may see the summer as the right time to move on.

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Luciano Spalletti Admits Inter Don’t Possess Enough Quality Following Napoli Draw

Internazionale boss ?Luciano Spalletti criticised his side following their goalless draw with Napoli on Sunday evening; insisting there is little more he can do due to the lack of quality within the squad. 

Neither outfit troubled their opposition in attack in what was a tactical masterclass from both managers, although the Nerazzurri came closest to breaking the deadlock at San Siro as Milan Skriniar rattled the woodwork shortly after half-time. 

However, despite creating the best opportunity of the game and looking comfortable for long spells against a side who have tasted defeat just twice this Serie A campaign, the 59-year-old insisted he was not satisfied with the performance. 

“I’ve worked with this team every day and I think there is simply a lack of quality”, Spalletti told Sky Italia, as quoted by ?Football Italia. “Napoli have quality, we don’t have much.

“We were solid, we allowed very little and were always a team, of course, but when we talk about quality, I say the difference between us and Napoli was visible.

“I repeat, I don’t think that I can improve this performance with work in training. I’ve been trying to do it all season.

“We have never played these great games where we pass the ball around quickly and with quality. Today we won back the ball five or six times and could’ve hurt them, but we didn’t.

“If we are satisfied with this performance, then it means we have already taken everything that we can. I am not satisfied, as we put in a decent game, but I would’ve preferred to win.”

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