Marotta & Ausilio Will Join Up With Inter In Nanjing Tomorrow

Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio flew out to China this morning to join up with Antonio Conte and Inter’s first team, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The pair will land in Nanjing later today before holding a transfer summit with Conte, Steven Zhang and Suning owner Zhang Jindong tomorrow.

Conte criticised the club’s lack of transfer activity on Friday and will want answers from his employers when they discuss negotiations for Romelu Lukaku.

Inter will take a five-hour flight from Singapore in the afternoon and hope to complete a training session in Nanjing upon their arrival, providing the weather is not too hot.

Conte’s side slipped to their first defeat of preseason yesterday as Mason Greenwood’s late striker secured a 1-0 victory for Manchester United.

Juventus will provide their next International Champions Cup opposition before Paris Saint-Germain play the Nerazzurri in the International Super Cup next weekend.

Suning’s minority shareholders LionRock Capital were at the stadium in Singapore on Saturday as Inter turned in a flat performance on their Asian debut.

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Inter Had Very Few Positives To Take From Performance In Man Utd Defeat

Inter showed precious little to build on as they slipped to their first defeat of preseason against Manchester United yesterday, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Nerazzurri lost 1-0 courtesy of Mason Greenwood’s second-half strike and were ‘outclassed physically’ by the Premier League side.

Antonio Conte was forced to play without first-choice strikers and neither Samuele Longo nor Sebastiano Esposito impressed while filling the vacancy.

Inter also failed to impress when holding possession, with passing rarely fluid and those on the ball never having many options.

United will begin their league campaign 14 days before Conte’s side and Gazzetta assured the difference in preparation was very visible.

The inability to hold the ball up in attack led to irritation among some players, though, with Marcelo Brozovic and Milan Skriniar thought to be particularly frustrated.

Inter’s wing-backs were constantly pinned back by their United counterparts while Stefano Sensi was overwhelmed by Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in midfield.

Danilo D’Ambrosio provided their only shot on target of the match, when his header was cleared off the line at the beginning of the second half.

Nicolò Barella made his debut late on but the midfielder’s 17 minutes were deemed to be ‘unjudgeable’.

Inter will return to International Champions Cup action on Wednesday when they face Maurizio Sarri’s new-look Juventus side in Nanjing.

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Inter Not Happy As Mauro Icardi Poses For Photo With Newell’s Old Boys Shirt

Mauro Icardi pushed himself further away from Inter last night after the striker posed for a photograph wearing a Newell’s Old Boys shirt.

The striker has flown to Ibiza for the weekend after training alone at Appiano Gentile since Tuesday morning.

Icardi has joined up with his wife and agent Wanda Nara on the Spanish island, but he has also met a friend of his to relax for a couple of days.

Corriere dello Sport reported Inter did not take Maurito’s photo well, which was published on his Instagram story and showed both wearing the red Newell’s shirt.

Antonio Conte has excluded Icardi from Inter’s preseason tour in Asia and confirmed ahead of the defeat to Manchester United he was ‘not part of his plans’.

Inter were already on bad terms with their former captain and the decision to wear another club’s shirt will not have helped.

Icardi has no future at the club but it remains to be seen whether he will accept the idea of leaving.

Juventus and Napoli have both been heavily linked but neither club appears to have made Inter an offer so far.

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Inter Study Darmian, Palmieri & Kolarov As Replacements For Perisic & Dalbert

Inter have three realistic options if they wish to replace both Ivan Perisic and Dalbert this summer, according to Tuttosport.

Matteo Darmian, Emerson Palmieri and Aleksandar Kolarov could all step in to play on the left-hand side of Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.

None are perfect replacements, however, with talks for Palmieri and Kolarov likely to be difficult in particular.

Perisic moved closer to the exit door yesterday after Antonio Conte told reporters he was unsuited to playing at wing-back, while Dalbert was already heading out.

Conte wanted to try the Croatian international in a new position this season, but the fact he already seems to have given up on the experiment is a bad sign.

Perisic still dreams of playing in the Premier League and has asked agent Nelio Lucas to look for clubs, but the 30-year-old has no offers on the table for now.

Dalbert was praised on Saturday for his ‘great application’ in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, but he has no future at Inter either.

Inter are already struggling to secure sales for Miranda, Borja Valero and Joao Mario, so the Perisic problem is one Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio would happily have avoided.

Darmian can play on the left-hand side of defence but is not left-footed, Palmieri will be difficult to prize away from Chelsea and Kolarov is 34 and could not play a whole season as first choice.

Conte also has Kwadwo Asamoah available if he wishes, but he considered the Ghanaian a second-choice option while the pair worked together at Juventus.

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Man Utd Forward Lukaku Only Smiled Yesterday When He Saw Inter Boss Conte

Romelu Lukaku cut a disgruntled figure yesterday as Manchester United beat Inter in the International Champions Cup, as Tuttosport reported this morning.

The Belgian watched from the stands as Mason Greenwood’s strike secured a 1-0 win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, in a match he would have wanted to play for Inter.

Lukaku’s only smile of the evening arrived when Antonio Conte greeted him at full-time, before giving his top transfer target a pat on the back.

“He was mostly scowling whenever the TV cameras focused on him, apart from the odd occasion when he joked around with fellow teammates on the United bench,” the paper recalled.

“Despite not playing in the match he managed to obtain an Inter shirt and took it out of the ground with him. Perhaps he wanted to try it on to see what it felt like?”

Inter will discuss their next move for Lukaku when Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio arrive in Nanjing for a transfer summit with Conte and Suning’s hierarchy tomorrow.

The clubs remain distant on their valuations for the striker, with United demanding €88 million and Inter offering €60 million plus €15 million in bonuses.

Edin Dzeko is more likely to sign in the next couple of weeks, although Inter also have a gap to reduce in their negotiations with Roma.

The Giallorossi’s €20 million asking price remains somewhat higher than Marotta and Ausilio’s latest €12 million offer, but a breakthrough should be made when the latter pair return from Asia.

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Roma’s Edin Dzeko ‘Destined To Join Inter’ When Nerazzurri Return From Asia

Edin Dzeko is destined to join Inter when the Nerazzurri return from their preseason tour in Asia, Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed today.

The Bosnian scored twice for Roma yesterday as they recorded a 12-0 win over Trastevere, but he is waiting to join up with Antonio Conte.

Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio will close a deal when they return from their trip to China, where they will hold a transfer summit with Conte and Inter’s hierarchy tomorrow.

Roma want €20 million for Dzeko while Inter are offering €12 million, but the parties are expected to reach an agreement imminently.

Dzeko’s arrival would hand Conte one of the two strikers he has expressly requested this summer, but talks for Romelu Lukaku are still proving very difficult.

Inter have begun speaking to Lille about their 20-year-old forward Rafael Leao, who could represent an alternative option, but they have not made a decisive move yet.

Leao scored eight goals in Ligue 1 last year and is expected to cost around €40 million.

Mauro Icardi’s future remains unclear, meanwhile, after the forward flew to Ibiza to spend the weekend with wife and agent Wanda Nara.

The forward will resume training alone at Appiano Gentile tomorrow, having been excluded from Conte’s squad for the tour in Asia.

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Lukaku Wears Inter Shirt As Forward Awaits Man Utd Departure

Romelu Lukaku wore an Inter shirt for the first time yesterday – albeit it wasn’t one of the Nerazzurri’s traditional black-and-blue numbers.

The forward picked up one of the turquoise green shirts worn by Antonio Conte’s side in Singapore, as Inter lost 1-0 to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

Corriere dello Sport today reported Lukaku avoided questions about his future in the mixed zone, apologising to journalists before boarding United’s team bus.

Inter remain keen to sign the Belgian international but their latest offer worth €60 million was rejected earlier this weekend.

Lukaku was left out of United’s match-day squad for their third preseason friendly, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer officially blaming a knock the striker sustained in training.

The impression, however, was that Lukaku had done nothing to attempt a recovery and wanted to send the Red Devils’ hierarchy a clear message.

“Lukaku is one of the best strikers in world football but we’ve done well in these first three friendlies without him,” Solskjaer said yesterday.

Inter will need to sell either Mauro Icardi or Ivan Perisic if they wish to increase their offer beyond €60 million.

Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio will discuss the state of talks with Antonio Conte tomorrow, when Inter’s management meet for a transfer summit with Suning boss Zhang Jindong.

Conte confirmed he hoped to sign Lukaku after the match at the National Stadium, claiming the striker would be ‘a big signing’ for Inter.

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Man Utd Chasing Lille Forward Pepe As Replacement For Inter Target Lukaku

Inter’s bid to sign Romelu Lukaku appeared to receive a boost this morning when reports in England suggested Manchester United want Nicolas Pepe as a replacement.

The Lille forward has been linked with the Nerazzurri themselves this summer, having scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last year.

Pepe would cost €70 million and is attracting additional interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton, helping Senegal to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations recently.

The Sunday Times claim United have moved for the 24-year-old, giving Inter renewed hope of securing Antonio Conte’s top transfer target.

Lukaku was left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s match-day squad yesterday as United beat Inter 1-0 in the International Champions Cup.

The Red Devils are still driving a hard bargain with Inter, however, as they show no signs of dropping their reported €83 million asking price.

Conte exchanged pleasantries with Lukaku on the touchline in Singapore and later told reporters he thought the Belgian would improve Inter’s first XI.

The Nerazzurri will have to submit an offer United find acceptable, though, which seems very unlikely given the current state of talks.

Inter will hold a transfer summit tomorrow when Conte, Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio all arrive in Suning’s home city of Nanjing.

Lukaku’s hopes of moving to the San Siro will hinge heavily on the outcome of Monday’s club meeting.

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Conte Discards Perisic But Inter Midfielder Doesn’t Have Any Offers

Ivan Perisic’s future at Inter was thrown into serious doubt yesterday following harsh comments from Antonio Conte in Singapore.

The Croatian played 45 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, before his new boss pushed him towards the exit door by saying he was unsuited to playing at wing-back.

Perisic does not have an obvious spot in Conte’s 3-5-2 system but at the moment he has no serious offers, making it very difficult to decipher what will happen next.

“He looked like one of Inter’s best players against Lugano, but the modest opposition didn’t prevent Conte from spotting that something wasn’t working,” the paper reported this morning.

“The Croatian will become very useful again if Inter switch to 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1, but if Conte sticks with this tactical system he’ll have to play as a second striker.

“When he plays at wing-back he has a tendency not to make certain movements which Conte believes are vital.”

Perisic has received various approaches from clubs in China but none have made a proper move to sign him.

The midfielder had interest from Arsenal in the January transfer window, but the Gunners have yet to materialise this summer.

“He would have preferred not to find himself in this position, but so would Inter,” Corriere added.

“The Nerazzurri are already struggling to find buyers for Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan and now they only have Kwadwo Asamoah and Dalbert on the left wing.

“Piero Ausilio and Beppe Marotta will probably have to get back into the market.”

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