Serie A giant Inter Milan have confirmed plans to renovate their stadium – the San Siro.
The club’s president Erick Thohir and a member of the board Steven Zhang confirmed the reports which were making the rounds in Italy. Since the Chinese takeover of the club by Suning Commerce Group, the news has filtered around. It is sure to happen with the confirmation by top club officials.
“A new San Siro is vitally important to Inter. I’ve been president of this club for almost three years and have always firmly believed that renovating San Siro – our home – is a crucial step that Inter must take it we’re to become one of the world’s top 10 clubs,” Thohir said to the club’s official website.
The club’s president added that the dream to renovate the stadium is backed by the club’s new majority shareholder.
“Our interest in San Siro now has the strong, determined backing to the mayor, Giuseppe Sala, at the meeting held while chairman Zhang and his son Steven were last in Milan. Inter want to remain at San Siro and invest significantly in it. We’re happy that we’re on exactly the same wavelength as the mayor,” he said.
New Inter Milan boss Frank De Boer clearly has issues with the training methods of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. De Boer took over at Inter when former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was sacked.
The Dutchman claimed he learnt a lesson from Klopp on how not to start life as a coach in a new team after the intense training method Klopp led at Anfield in his first session led to the rupturing of cruciate knee ligaments of Danny Ings.
The former Dutch international with over 100 caps claimed he would do the otherwise as he would ease his players into their new routine under him, unlike his German counterpart.
“I remember Klopp taking over at Liverpool last October and tried to immediately impose his high-pressing style which he used at Borussia Dortmund and it resulted in several injuries, nine in fact. Sometimes it is better to slow down.”
De Boer said he only just arrived at the club but that results would start showing from four months in, say from January. He said he would be very careful not to allow intensive training so it doesn’t lead to many injuries in his new team. He acknowledged that he has high targets since taking over the side, but insists that he would ease him team physically.
Mauro Icardi is set to leave the Italian club finally, following the comments from his agent and spouse.
The 23-year old player netted 16 times in the Serie A in the last season, six lesser than the number of goals in the previous season. There have been a lot of interests in the player but they have all been waved off in the past.
The agent and wife gave a hint that the player will finally leave the club when she was interviewed by CalcioMercato. Football Italia quoted her and confirmed that Icardi has been placed on a transfer list to Spanish side Atletico Madrid. The Argentinean has a reputation in Europe as one of the most talented goal scorers. The agent, Wanda Icardi, even took to her social media handle to reveal the state of things where she tweeted that the player was available.
The tweet proved legit when she confirmed it at the interview that the player would likely play elsewhere in the forthcoming campaign. “From what I can see, Inter have put Icardi up for sale. Mauro would be very sad to leave Inter, but we’ve understood the club’s economic situation and evidently they cannot hold Icardi back.” Read More
Chelsea are preparing a fresh bid to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports from Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport.
The reports claims that the English Premier League giant have prepared a £23.3million bid after their initial offer was turned down.
However, Napoli are said to be determined to keep hold of the Senegalese 24-year-old, but are realistic about the chances of him leaving if the price is right. Gazzetta World claim the Italian outfit would request for as much as £30 million. Koulibaly enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in Serie A this season, making 42 appearances for the club in all competitions
Aside Koulibaly, the management at Stamford Bridge have told Everton they will not pay the £65million fee placed on the head of Romelu Lukaku after earlier showing interest. The Belgium striker signed for Everton from Chelsea for £28m in 2014 and his impressive form at Goodison Park has seen his value rise significantly. According to reports from Express Sport, The Blues, who have reignited their interest in Lukaku, will not pay the fee Everton are demanding and will turn elsewhere if the Toffees will not negotiate. There are reports also that other interested clubs such as Manchester United and Juventus will not pay such for the player.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke. The 24-year-old is said to be on the wish-list of summer transfer targets for incoming Blues manager Antonio Conte, and it is understood they will make an offer for him come July. Read More