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Monday, July 21, 2014

West Ham push Inter Milan to release Taider

West Ham United are chasing Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider.

The Daily Star Sunday says Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is closing in on Taider, 22, who is keen to leave Inter Milan to play in the Premier League.

Talks over a season-long loan with an option to buy the Algerian are now at an advanced stage.

Taider, who played twice at the World Cup, joined Inter last summer from Bologna but found his opportunities limited.

Juventus and Inter in fight for Jovetic

Inter have reportedly been trying to lure Stevan Jovetic for some time but they may now have competition from Juventus.

Juventus may derail Serie A rivals Inter's attempts to sign Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic by launching their own move.

Jovetic made his name in Italy with Fiorentina where he scored 35 goals in 115 appearances between 2008 and 2013.

The 24-year-old's efforts brought him to the attention of Manchester City, who paid £22 million for him last summer.

Despite winning a Premier League title, Jovetic's 2013-14 campaign wasn't a great success as he only played 13 times, finding the net on three occasions.

It has been suggested that Jovetic may be surplus to requirements in Manchester and Inter have been chasing him for a while.

Inter are looking to add to their offensive ranks after a disappointing season and after being warned off Jovetic's teammate Edin Dzeko, appear to be considering a move for the Montenegrin international.

But, according to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Juventus have now started to take an interest in Jovetic and approached the player's agent Fali Ramadani.

Juventus have already closed a deal for Alvaro Morata, but they are still looking for new recruits to give them a shot at the Champions League next season.

Inter may struggle to compete because they can only offer Europa League football next season.

Both clubs would probably look to take Jovetic on loan with the option of making the deal permanent next summer.

Inter 1-0 Prato: Vidic makes Nerazzurri debut in narrow victory

The former Manchester United man helped to keep a clean sheet as Walter Mazzarri's men saw off Lega Pro 1 team Prato thanks to substitute Ibrahima Mbaye's goal

Nemanja Vidic made his first appearance for Inter in Sunday's 1-0 win over Lega Pro 1 side Prato.

The former Manchester United captain was named by Walter Mazzarri as part of a strong Inter side, playing in a back three at the Stadio La Pineta in Pinzolo. 

Vidic will face much tougher tests over the coming weeks in Inter's close-season preparations but played the first half before substitute Ibrahima Mbaye scored the only goal of the game in the second half. 

The 19-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Livorno, headed home from a corner to make it two friendly wins from two for Inter.

Mazzarri's side got their close-season campaign up and running with a 6-1 victory over Trentino last week but were made to work much harder by Prato. 

Mauro Icardi had the first opportunity - slicing a shot wide of goal with 11 minutes gone - before Mateo Kovacic dragged an effort off target following a surging run. 

Prato, while stoic at the back, struggled to muster opportunities as they went in level at the break. 

Vidic, Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Samir Handanovic made way for Marco Andreolli, Yann M'Vila and Juan Pablo Carrizo at half-time with Mazzarri making further changes throughout the second half. 

The crucial one, however, was Mbaye's - the young defender nodding the winner within 60 seconds of his introduction. 

Recently appointed captain Andrea Ranocchia was next to be taken off as Mazzarri's men looked to gear up for the International Champions Cup where they will meet Real Madrid, Manchester United and Roma.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti has car stolen at gunpoint

Inter legend and new vice-president Javier Zanetti was reportedly carjacked in Argentina at gunpoint last night.

The 40-year-old, who retired from playing this summer to join the club staff, was on vacation in the Banfield area.

Diario Popular claims Zanetti was driving with his father in a 4x4 when they were accosted by men who pointed a gun to his head and threatended to kill him.

Made to leave the vehicle, Zanetti and his father were unhurt, but it's reported the carjackers were tracked down and arrested soon after.            

A similar incident happened two years ago but with his wife Paula in small town south of Buenos Aires. Zanetti's wife was pregnant at that time and she was with two friends. Again the robbers stole their car and thankfully injured nobody.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Giancinto Facchetti - Forever in our hearts

Today we remember a person that is a true symbol of the great history of Inter - Giancinto Facchetti - Happy Birthday (July 18, 1942), he would have been 72 today.

Medel pleads with Cardiff to let him join Inter Milan Read

Gary Medel's agent is in London today to meet with Cardiff bosses in a bid to convince them to sell the player to Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.

Gazzetta dello Sport claims directors from the Welsh club are sitting down with the player's representative in the capital today to try and thrash out an agreement.

Medel does not want to play in the Championship - especially after impressing at the World Cup with Chile - and Cardiff will want to trim their wage bill for a season in the second tier.

The stumbling block is the transfer fee as Medel's move from Sevilla last summer cost Cardiff around £11m.

Inter are playing hardball with a starting offer of just £4m but feisty Cardiff owner Vincent Tan is unwilling to suffer such a hit to his high-waisted pocket.


We need to strengthen Inter economically - Thohir

Inter President Erick Thohir says the club will definitely make more new signings this summer but has warned against recklessness.

The Indonesian businessman is preparing for his first full season at the head of the Nerazzurri and, speaking to Top Skor, he outlined the need to the club to grow off the pitch as well as on it.

"The most important thing for me is to try to make Inter more competitive, not just on the pitch but off it too," Thohir said.

"Obviously, to make the team competitive we need the players, the Coach and the technical staff.

"As far as the economic side goes, the non-sporting side, I want to make sure Inter's revenue increases in order to make us competitive in the transfer market.

"I'm giving it two to three years of transition for our revenue to increase. However, we have also signed Hernanes, D'Ambrosio and Vidic.

"Other reinforcements? Definitely, but we cannot be reckless and incur problems with financial fair play."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

M´Vila makes Inter debut in friendly rout

Yann M'Vila came off the bench to make his Inter bow in Wednesday's 6-1 friendly hammering of a Trentino team.

France international M'Vila finally completed his protracted move to San Siro from Rubin Kazan on Tuesday.

And Inter boss Walter Mazzarri handed the midfielder his debut in a game that marked the start of the Serie A giants' pre-season preparations.

It took Inter just eight minutes to take the lead through Jonathan and a brace from Mauro Icardi, along with a Federico Bonazzoli strike, gave them a 4-0 half-time advantage.

Teenager Bonazzoli doubled his tally 10 minutes after the restart, before M'Vila came on for the final half an hour.

Trentino grabbed a consolation late on, but there was still more to come from Inter as Juan Jesus notched their sixth of the game in the final minute.

Mazzarri's side will now face Prato on Sunday, before travelling to the United States for a tour that will involve glamour friendlies against Real Madrid, Manchester United and Roma.

Meanwhile, Inter announced on Wednesday that midfielder Lorenzo Crisetig has joined Cagliari on a two-season loan deal.

Ranocchia stays, but Inter lose out on Jovetic

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio insists that defender Andrea Ranocchia will stay with the club, but that Stevan Jovetic will probably not be arriving at the San Siro this summer.

The Nerazzurri have already signed Nemanja Vidic, Dodo and Yann M'Vila but the club are keen to bring in more players this summer as they look to improve on last season's fifth-place finish.

Ausilio spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the club's plans for the transfer market, and began by insisting that Ranocchia will still be with the club next season.

"Inter want to continue the project with Andrea Ranocchia and he wants to stay at Inter," he said.

Walter Mazzarri's side have reportedly been chasing Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic since January to provide support for Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi, but Ausilio claims that they have been told the player is not for sale.

"There was a time we made contact with the club [Manchester City] who told us that the guy is not on the market. So we think that it is no longer an opportunity. But the market does not close until 2nd September…"

A player that has already arrived at the club is M'Vila, who joined on loan from Rubin Kazan last week, and the Inter sporting director claims that the move is a liberation for the player after the move was held up for a few days by the Russian club.

"In those three or four days [when the move looked to have stalled] we saw how much he wanted to join Inter and when he signed our contract he clearly could not wait to express this with the photos he posted [on Twitter]."

Inter have also been linked with moves for Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel and Udinese winger Roberto Pereyra in recent weeks, but Ausilio was non-committal regarding this speculation.

"With the coach [Mazzarri] we agreed on the value of our midfield. Medel has the features we like, as do others that we are following.

"A midfielder will come, but then you have to also think about selling players."