Following their amusing boxing match between Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez, Inter’s training session continued with a squad barbecue. The Nerazzurri intend on fully relishing the Scudetto victory, as well as a club record 15 consecutive Serie A home wins. This morning saw Conte and Lautaro make up for the touchline argument that happened during the 3-1 win over Roma, playfully setting up a boxing match with Romelu Lukaku as the referee. After that, they got to work with some training and then took advantage of the excellent weather in Milan by having a barbecue. Achraf Hakimi and Matias Vecino got busy on the grill. Image: inter.it GRIGLIAGrigliata nerazzurra ad Appiano Gentile: tutte le foto https://t.co/mXrnE0hBnM#IMInter pic.twitter.com/27tp3YIjb8 — Inter (@Inter) May 13, 2021
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter could sell Lautaro Martinez in order to raise funds, with €80m considered an acceptable offer. The striker has a release clause worth €111m in his contract, valid only for two weeks during the summer for clubs outside of Italy. Barcelona had pushed hard to sign him last season, but refused to pay the full sum. Now the situation has changed with over a year of the pandemic decimating revenue streams. It was reported today that the Inter players and staff have refused President Steven Zhang’s appeal to accept a pay cut for next season, giving up two months of their salary. In that case, player sales are more likely and Lautaro Martinez is the man with the biggest
While Juventus fans have complained about the treatment reserved for Romelu Lukaku and his Inter teammates compared to Weston McKennie, there are significant differences between their COVID-breaking parties. It was reported that police entered a hotel in Milan at 3am when alerted to Lukaku’s birthday party, with 24 people present including Achraf Hakimi, Ivan Perisic and Ashley Young. However, SportMediaset and news agency ANSA both noted Inter won’t punish the players, because it was not a birthday party, but simply a dinner after the 3-1 win against Roma. As the players didn’t leave San Siro until after midnight, they were already beyond the curfew due to work purposes. Juventus fans have protested that when their players were caught having a get-together at McKennie’s house
Udinese are reportedly prepared to lower the asking price for Rodrigo De Paul to €30-35m, alerting Inter, Roma, Juventus, Napoli, Milan and Leeds United. The Argentina international midfielder had already been linked with a move last summer, but remained in part because his wife was pregnant and he did not want to add moving city or even country to her stress. The price-tag had until very recently been €40m, which put off Leeds United among other candidates for the creative midfielder. However, with the pandemic hitting the transfer market and De Paul now ready to leave, Sky Sport Italia pundit Luca Marchetti told Radio Marte that Udinese could accept €30-35m. De Paul turns 27 later this month and has contributed nine goals with 11
Marcelo Brozovic scored in Inter’s 3-1 win over Roma last night, but eagle-eyed viewers noticed he had a different kit to his teammates. The game was the opportunity for the Nerazzurri to unveil their new fourth-choice special edition jersey, which combines elements of the other three shirts used this season. It also therefore had the new club logo, an I and M intertwined. That logo should’ve been present on both the shirt and the shorts. However, Footy Headlines spotted that Brozovic was wearing the ‘old’ shorts with the out-dated Inter logo on it.
It’s possible the race for the Champions League spots could be decided this weekend, with Juventus missing out unless they beat Inter. The battle for the top four had looked as if it was going down to the wire, and the situation is still very tight. Atalanta and Milan are in joint second place on 75 points, followed by Napoli on 73 and Juventus on 72. If Atalanta and Milan win their games this weekend – against Genoa and Cagliari respectively – then both of those teams have already booked their spots in the Champions League. That’s because they both have a superior head-to-head record with Juve. This makes their final head-to-head in Bergamo useful only to decide between second and third. Juve have by far
Inter forward Alexis Sanchez had to go off after 35 minutes against Roma and Sky Sport Italia reports he has suffered a sprained ankle. The Chilean started the match against Roma on Wednesday and Inter currently lead 2-1 over the Giallorossi. You can follow the action as it happens on the Liveblog HERE. But the match finished prematurely for the former Manchester United striker, as he limped off after only 35 minutes. The Chilean was replaced by Lautaro Martinez at 2-1 and the broadcaster now reveals he suffered a sprained ankle.
Adriano explains in his own words why Inter will always be ‘something special’ for him, especially Massimo Moratti, and why his career went off the rails after a family tragedy. ‘I have a hole in my ankle and one in my soul.’ The Brazilian, known as L’Imperatore, told his story for The Players Tribune and his love for Inter is undiminished by the years. “Still, to this day, Inter is my club. I love Flamengo, São Paulo, Corinthians... I love many of the places I have played, but Inter is something special for me,” he said. “The Italian press? O.K., that’s another story. Hahahaha. But Inter the club? The best, man. “Damn, man. A favela guy like me? I’m the Emperor of Italy? I
Juventus have reportedly confirmed Andrea Pirlo will continue in charge and will be in the dugout against Sassuolo. Pirlo was hired last summer, replacing Maurizio Sarri after one season at the Allianz Stadium, and started his coaching career with the Bianconeri. It has been a difficult season for the former Italy international and the Old Lady hierarchy met to discuss the coach’s future today. SportItalia reports the coach will be able to see out the season, as the club has few options and a busy schedule. Juventus face Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium already on Wednesday, and then Inter only three days later. Then the Bianconeri will play Atalanta in the Coppa Italia Final on May 19, before concluding the season against Bologna on May
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter will save €25m gross if players agree to give up on two months wages. President Steven Zhang met players today, asking them to take a pay cut to help the club financially. According to Il Corriere della Sera, the meeting lasted circa 45 minutes and Zhang will need to meet players individually over the next few days. Antonio Conte was reportedly not involved in the meeting, while players were told they will receive their bonuses for winning the title. According to the report, Inter could save up to €25m before taxes if everyone agrees to take a pay cut, but the Nerazzurri would need to ratify the agreements before June 30, when the financial year ends. As per
Inter have cancelled Antonio Conte's press conference ahead of Wednesday's game against Roma. The news broke after it emerged that President Steven Zhang had met the team asking the players to give up on two months wages. Conte has yet to take a pre-match press conference since Inter won the Serie A title two weeks ago. He left the press conference to his staff before the Sampdoria clash last week and won't talk to the media before the Roma clash tomorrow. According to reports in Italy, Conte was not involved in today's meeting between the players and Zhang, and it is unclear whether he will be required to take a pay cut as well. As per FcInternews.it, Conte's press conference was cancelled to avoid spreading
Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero reportedly met Dejan Stankovic in Milan today as Claudio Ranieri’s contract extension is increasingly unlikely. The contract of the former Leicester City coach expires at the end of the season and according to the local Genoa TV Primocanale, talks to extend his stay at the club are not progressing in the right direction. Ranieri has reportedly agreed to take a significant pay cut but would want to sign a two-year contract extension, while the Blucerchiati are offering a one-year deal. For this reason, President Massimo Ferrero met the former Inter midfielder to offer him the Sampdoria job. According to the report, the meeting between Ferrero and the Red Star boss took place at Milan’s restaurant “Da Berti” today. Stankovic has been
Former Serie A striker Paolo Di Canio would accept to take a pay cut to help Inter financially: ‘Common sense is needed.’ Inter President Steven Zhang met the players today, asking them to give up on two months wages. According to reports in Italy, the club would save €25m gross if all the players accept to take a pay cut to help Inter financially. Former Serie A and West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio said he would accept the offer from the club. “I would surely take a pay cut if the club is struggling, it’s fair to help them,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Footballers are privileged and earn a lot of money. It would be a pity to take a pay cut in
Inter will launch their 2021-22 home kit in July, and according to Footyheadlines, it could boast a snake design. The specialized website reports it's increasingly likely that Inter's new kit for the next season will have no stripes but will feature a unique snake design instead. 'The Nike Inter Milan 2021-2022 home shirt combines the main colours' Blue Spark' & 'Black' with 'Truly Gold' for logos. Blue Spark is the same shade of blue already used in the 2020-21 season,' the website reports. Footyheadlines doesn’t 100 per cent confirm this will be Inter's home kit next season, but some hints suggest so. Qui non mente...è proprio così. My 2 cents che due gocce di sudore ed è nera. pic.twitter.com/2odIPTuvxn — rupertgraphic (@rupertalbe) May 10, 2021 For
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Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri confirms it was his idea to give Inter the guard of honour following their Scudetto success. ‘This is sport.’ The Blucerchiati went on to lose 5-1 at San Siro, with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Roberto Gagliardini, Lautaro Martinez and Andrea Pinamonti. “It’s a pity, as we conceded straight away and then just as we got back into it, we then conceded another straight away,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “Inter were playing on the wings of enthusiasm and we were not our usual selves. All credit to Inter, and a bit of it was our fault. “We wanted to do well, because we knew that Inter wanted to celebrate and we didn’t want to be the victims. We know
Antonio Conte feels he ‘surpassed’ himself to win the Scudetto with Inter. ‘Over two years we brought back credibility, now we need victory to become an obsession.’ The title was already secured last week and they celebrated in style with a 5-1 win over Sampdoria, their all-time club record 14th consecutive Serie A home victory. They continued the party after the final whistle, singing and dancing in the centre-circle of an empty San Siro with scorers Roberto Gagliardini, Alexis Sanchez, Lautaro Martinez and Andrea Pinamonti. “There is immense satisfaction for me and the players, for all those who contributed to this. Inter hadn’t won the Scudetto for 11 years, so inevitably there’s a great desire to celebrate,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia. “The fans
Inter coach Antonio Conte left the press conference to his staff members celebrating the Scudetto ahead of the match against Sampdoria. ‘A great joy’. For Inter vs. Sampdoria tips and a full betting preview, visit Eurotips. The Nerazzurri picked up their first Scudetto in 11 years last weekend and Conte put the spotlight on his staff members ahead of the match against the Blucerchiati on Saturday. The journalists asked their questions in the usual pre-match press conference, but this time they addressed the staff behind Conte at San Siro. Assistant coach Cristian Stellini was the first to comment the Scudetto: “It was a great emotion, given the sacrifices. “Unfortunately, we lived it being far away and not close, because we weren’t together when we secured
UEFA has approved ‘reintegration measures’ for nine out of 12 Super League clubs, excluding Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona. After an Emergency Panel discussed the possible sanctions of the Super League clubs, UEFA has released an official statement confirming nine clubs have submitted a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’. Nine of the originally involved in the breakaway competition – including Milan and Inter - will have to pay €15m ‘to be used for the benefit of children, youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK’. The clubs ‘will be subject to withholding of 5 per cent of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed’. The clubs that have submitted the declaration are
Udinese took the rare step of releasing a statement to deny reports Rodrigo De Paul had met with Inter or Milan this afternoon. The rumour mill took off when De Paul was spotted dining at the Botinero restaurant in Milan, which is co-owned by Inter President Javier Zanetti. “Udinese Calcio wish to clarify, avoiding any possible misunderstanding, that today Rodrigo De Paul was in Milan to visit the Argentine Consolate with his family and was accompanied by club representatives for bureaucratic reasons.” The Argentina international has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Udinese this summer. Inter and Milan are among the favourites, along with Juventus, Napoli and Leeds United.