Inter Milan has not competed in the Champions League since 2012 but the new owners of the Italian club are hoping that this changes soon as representatives of the Suning Holdings Group have recently outlined some of their goals after having taken over Inter Milan which has lately been struggling trying to win any significant piece of silverware.
The Sporting Director of Inter Milan, Piero Ausilio recently revealed that the Chinese owners are serious about pushing Inter Milan not only to the top of the Italian League Serie A but also compete in the prestigious and extremely difficult to win Champions League.
Italy national team coach Giampiero Ventura has opened the possibility of former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli returning to the national team.
Balotelli was once regarded as the future of the Italian national team. His immense talent made him the perfect replacement for players like Alessandro del Piero. However, his talent has largely been wasted with the striker going from the start prodigy worth more than £ 25 million a decade ago into a free transfer for a French football team. Balotelli’s career has certainly not progressed as everyone hoped when he was making his name at Inter Milan.
English Premier League side West Ham are in talks with Italian side Inter Milan regarding the transfer of Davide Santon. Sky Sports report that the club wants to sign the former Magpies player on a loan deal.
Signing Santon might not quite be the free go on the slot machine (or spiel spielautomaten kostenlos auf Automatenherz as they say in Germany), but it isn’t far off!?
Aaron Cresswell has been ruled out for up to four months after suffering a knee ligament injury. His injury is forcing West Ham to look for an alternative for the first team player. Before settling for talks with the troubled Italian champions, West Ham submitted bids for Norwich’s Martin Olsson and Andre Robertson of Hull City rejected.
Santon re-joined the Italian side from Newcastle back in 2011 after leaving the club earlier. He landed 94 appearances in his three and half years stay at Saint James Park. He moved to Italy on a temporary role before making the deal permanent. He has eight caps for the Italian national team.
In the last term, he enjoyed only 13 games for Inter Milan all season. The 25-year old is set to remain at the San Siro till 2018 and, according to the tipsters at Automatenherz, is likely to make the move if personal terms are favourable.
Suning Holdings Group is the first Chinese owner in the Serie A history as they became the majority shareholders of the club. The club won the UEFA Champions League six years ago but has since deteriorated. There are a lot of changes that need to be made with the new owners possibly clearing the deck. The changes are part of efforts at reviving the club who was among the top clubs in Europe. Juventus have dominated the local front for five years in a row and the club has not been able to do well in Europe.
Inter Milan, who is eyeing a Champions League qualification spot, suffered a shocked defeat against Torino 2-1. To make matters worse, the Milan club was reduced to 9 men following the sending off of Miranda and Yuto Nagatomo during the match.
The game started well for Inter Milan with Mauro Icardi opening the scoring for them on a penalty. They were awarded the spot-kick because of a handball from Emiliano Moretti. The game itself was marred by a series of fouls and cautions.
There were few goalscoring opportunities until the break with Inter Milan leading 1-0. After the break, Torino pushed for an equalizer, and they were rewarded when Cristian Molinaro makes the most of a Maxi Lopez. Molinaro will not give the keeper any chance.
Inter Milan’s fortune changed after the goal with Miranda being sent off for a second yellow card for a challenge from behind. However, Milan was not really affected by going one man down and instead created the best chances in the game. Mauro Icardi could have given his team again the lead, but his header was saved brilliantly by the Torino’s keeper Padelli.
Things will get even worse with the sending off of Yuto Nagamoto. He was judged to have fouled Belotti inside the box and as a result received a red card. Torino would take the lead from the resulting penalty when Belotti beat Samir Handanovic.
The visitors could have added another goal late in the injury time, but Molinaro’s shot rebounded off the post.
This result will be hard to take for Inter Milan since it seriously damages their hope of making it to next season Champions League. The latest football betting odds at StanJames suggests they are dark horses now.
They will need to regroup to focus on the next match so as to keep their hopes alive.