Inter Milan confirm the signing of Nicolo Barella from Cagliari Calcio

Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of midfielder Nicola Barella from Cagliari Calcio. The Italy international has joined the Nerazzurri on an initial year-long loan but the club have agreed on an obligatory buy option at the end of the season. A statement on Inter’s website read: “Nicolò Barella is officially an Inter player. The Italian midfielder has joined the Club from Cagliari Calcio on an initial year-long loan deal, with there being an obligation to buy at the end of that period. Barella has put pen to paper on a five-year contract. He’s determined and ambitious, and now he’s beginning a new adventure with Inter. The whole of the Nerazzurri family wishes him the best of luck.”

Barella was initially touted to part ways with Cagliari during the 2019 winter transfer window whereby he had attracted interest from Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal. However, neither of those teams were prepared to meet the midfielder’s £45m valuation and that has eventually paved the way for the Nerazzurri to agree on the package during the current transfer window.
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David Neres unaware of the transfer interest from Inter Milan

Brazilian winger David Neres has said that he has no idea regarding the transfer speculation linking him with a move to Inter Milan. The young attacker had a stunning season with Ajax where he contributed 12 goals and 15 assists, while helping the Amsterdam side celebrate their first domestic double since 2001.

As such, he has been widely touted to pursue a bigger challenge elsewhere with Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter among the high-profile clubs linked. When asked about the potential interest from Nerazzurri, the 22-year-old remained relatively unperturbed and stated that his sole focus remains on the Copa America for the moment, he said: “I do not know anything, really. At the moment I am concentrating only on the Copa America, then I will think about my future.”
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Spallettiinsists the club have yet to cement Champions League football

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has indicated that the club are not assured of Champions League football yet despite being in the driving seat. The Nerazzurri are currently four points ahead of fifth-placed AC Milan in the standings but Spalletti believes there is still unfinished business to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Speaking to Inter TV, Spalletti said that the club need three points from the remaining two games to assure themselves of a top-four spot but that won’t be easy with tricky games against Napoli and Empoli, he said: “When you say that there are only three points missing, you are saying that there is a lot left. Because we have to win one more match and we have two left, we have a very difficult away match against a Napoli that has been able to fight for the title these past few years, so that is the strength of this team.”
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Milan Skriniar compares the forthcoming Juventus game to a derby

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has said that the forthcoming game against Juventus can be considered as a derby as the club seek to maintain their push for the Champions League places. Inter are currently in the third position after 33 games played but they can’t rest on their laurels with just five points separating them from fifth-placed AS Roma.

Speaking to reporters, Skriniar indicated that the upcoming clash against Juventus will have the feeling of a derby, considering the club will be aiming to secure the maximum points, he said: “It is always an important game since we are fighting for the Champions League, and above all this is a game against Juventus. It’s like a derby, a game with a lot of emotions and we have to enter the pitch with the objective to win.”
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Inter Milan chief pleased to end extended rift with Mauro Icardi

Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has expressed his pleasure after the club decided to re-engage Mauro Icardi into first-team action with the club. The Argentine had been out of Nerazzurri duty for nearly two months after being stripped of the captaincy, but he made a much-anticipated comeback against Genoa, where he starred in a 3-0 victory.

Speaking about Icardi, Marotta said that Icardi’s return to the mix was triggered by the professionalism shown by the Argentine in training. He added that the club are prepared to move on from the recent rift with the marksman and concentrate on building a winning run for the rest of the campaign.
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Ex-Inter Milan boss Luigi Simoni surprised by Mauro Icardi’s situation

Former Inter Milan boss Luigi Simoni has acknowledged that he has never witnessed a situation similar to that of Mauro Icardi during his lifetime. The Argentina international has supposedly refused to return to the first-team since being stripped from the captaincy last month and this has created plenty of doubts whether he has a future with the club.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Simoni admitted that he has been surprised by the handling of the situation with Icardi and suggested that this has largely resulted from his wife and agent Wanda Nara, openly speaking to the media about the striker’s contract status, he said: “Almost the entire situation, was born out of something that could not have been any more unusual. I have never seen anything like it in my 60 years in football.
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Inter Milan boss reveals Mauro Icardi did not celebrate with players in the dressing room

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has said that he was please to watch Mauro Icardi in the stands during the team’s 2-1 triumph over Sampdoria in the Serie A. The Nerazzurri recently stripped the striker from the captaincy amid the tension between him and the club’s hierarchy and he has since missed back-to-back matches, although the latter has been attributed to a minor knee problem sustained during the week.

Speaking after the game, Spalletti was pleased with the appearance of Icardi on the stands following what has happened with him and the club over the past week. However, the Italian was a little bit disappointed with the marksman following the triumph as he had expected him to join with his teammates for the celebration in the dressing room.
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Cedric Soares pleased after securing winter move to Inter Milan

Portuguese defender Cedric Soares has said that he did not think twice after the interest from Inter Milan was made evident through his representative. The right-sided defender had fallen out-of-favour after Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge of the club in December and this eventually paved the way for him to join the Nerazzurri on loan for the campaign.

In a report covered by Football Italia, Soares revealed the circumstances which led to him joining the Nerazzurri during the winter period. He added to highlight his strength of being a team player and he is prepared to play in different defensive positions for the side under Luciano Spalletti, he said: “I was in London, it was my day off. I saw I had a call from my agent and when understood there was a chance to get to Inter I immediately called Joao Mario.
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Reputed Italian journalist speaks on Diego Godin and Milan Skriniar links

Reputed Italian journalist Daniele Adani has indicated that Diego Godin could be a quality signing for Inter Milan, should they manage to lure him from Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. The Uruguay international has just six months remaining on his existing deal with the Spanish club and indications are that he may pursue a Bosman move in the summer with a contract renewal far from happening.

As such, the Nerazzurri have been touted as one of the favourites to sign the experienced centre-back and Adani has acknowledged that the veteran would offer more to the club’s backline with the marking being among his main strengths, he said: “Godin presents himself, as a leader, one of his main strengths is his marking while another is his ability to lead the defence.”
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Inter Milan chief dismisses Radja Nainggolan sale claim

Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has indicated that the club have no plans of parting ways with Radja Nainggolan in the near future despite the recent controversy running through different media platforms. The Belgium international was recently recorded in an audio file where he had expressed the desire to return to AS Roma and this has spread the speculation that the club could sanction his sale in the near future.

However, speaking ahead of the Napoli game, Marotta dismissed the chances of that happening while highlighted that the matter has been closed with the club’s premises, he said: “Absolutely not and I do not think that what has happened invalidates the decision to sign him in July. The team is a community, there are rights and duties and those who do wrong must pay for it. It is up to us to support it to make it better. The team is composed of professionals who are able to deal with negative aspects as a group. These situations always exist and we, the leadership, have been vigilant and consider the matter closed.”
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