Lazio To Provide Strong Competition For Inter In Race To Sign Olivier Giroud

Lazio are ready to fight Inter for the signature of French striker Olivier Giroud in the summer, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Rome based newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

The report details how the 33-year-old French forward, who is currently contracted to Chelsea until the end of the season, made Inter his priority in the January transfer window, despite interest from many other clubs including the Biancocelesti. A move never materialised as the Milanese club focused their efforts on signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, but when Giroud’s contract expires Inter will try again.

Lazio, however, are set to provide strong competition for the 2018 World Cup winner, the report continues. The Roman club are ready to offer the Frenchman a three-year contract worth €3.5 million a season in order to convince him to head to the eternal city.

Giroud has made 13 appearances across all competitions so far this season, scoring three goals in that time.

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Lega Serie A President Paolo Dal Pino: “Serie A Will Return When Health Conditions Allow It”

Lega Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino discussed the coronavirus emergency and its effect on Italian football in an interview in today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper Corriere della Sera.

First, he discussed when Serie A will return and if they are confident that they can finish this season.

“Serie A will return, without taking risks, only when health conditions and government decisions allow it.”

Dal Pino then spoke about how the Juventus players agreed to take a pay cut to help the club move through the current financial climate, which has been heavily affected by the Coronavirus emergency.

“A painful road, but virtuous and obligatory. A sense of responsibility on everyone’s part is essential. In general, we see an inevitable revision of the current model and periods of crisis often open up unique opportunities for innovation and relaunch.”

Serie A, like most other leagues around Europe, has been suspended until further notice due to the spread of the Coronavirus, which has unfortunately killed over 9000 thousand people in Italy alone. Some Serie A players have contracted the virus, including Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini, although both players fully recovered.

UEFA have postponed this summer’s European Championship to next year due to the virus.

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Ex-Inter Fullback Grigoris Georgatos On Ronaldo & Christian Vieri: “We Were Like A Family”

Former Inter left back Grigoris Georgatos discussed his time with the Nerazzurri, what he is up to now and how the Coronavirus situation is unfolding in Greece in an interview with Italian media outlet PassioneInter.com today.

First, he discussed the situation in Greece.

“I think the situation is the same for everyone now. Like you in Italy, we are going through a very bad time, trying to stick to what the government’s provisions are. We are all locked in our houses trying to bring patience trying to stay together to defeat this evil.”

The 47-year-old then spoke about what he has been up to over the last few years and whether he is still working in football now.

“Until a few years ago I was sporting director at Olympiakos, doing a lot of liaison between the club and the team, because the roles here are not as clear-cut as in Italy. I was also in charge of the youth sector, helping young people who were pushed into the first team.

“Now I’m out of football, I’m dedicating a little more time to my family, but I’m always following the games and finding out what happens. Who knows, maybe one day I might not be able to get back into the football that matters.”

Georgatos touched on his reaction when he found out that the Nerazzurri had purchased him in 1999.

“A great emotion, it was like going to play in a lineup of the best in the world! All the great players, the biggest names around at the time were playing on that team. As well as exciting, a great professional arrival that I tried to make the most of.”

The 47-year-old revealed what happened after his first season that saw him return to Greece.

“Well, yes, I missed my affections, my family, my friends. I was very isolated, I sought contact with Greece often and willingly. I even tried to fight it… at least in practice and in the game. It was as if Greece wasn’t there and I didn’t miss anything.”

He discussed the relationship between the players at the time and his friendship with Christian Vieri.

“We were a family, very close, although many players of great personality and different characters. We often got along with each other. The relationship with Vieri was a beautiful friendship that was born on the field and developed off. I also remember the birthday parties, we all went out to eat with the coach. All of Ronaldo’s, at the Brazilian restaurant, that evening that Taribo West started singing.”

Georgatos spoke about how he convinced stars like Roberto Baggio to let him take free kicks sometimes.

“With my left foot! I was pretty good at shooting them and they saw it in practice, so it didn’t take me long to convince them. They took most of the free kicks anyway, but sometimes left them to me.”

The former left back touched on what happened in Inter’s 1999/2000 season.

“Ronaldo got injured, that’s what happened. A fact that shocked everybody, that really knocked us down. It affected our performance a lot.”

He highlighted the difficulty of playing against one of the world’s best players, Ronaldo.

“In Appiano we were roommates, we talked a lot together. He was a phenomenon, a force of nature, everything you tried to do, he did something else to be able to get past you.”

Georgatos revealed that he didn’t know about Ronaldo’s transfer away from the club in 2002 until it happened.

“No, I didn’t know that until I saw it. I do remember one funny thing about him, though. In 1999 we went to play a friendly game in Zurich against Grasshoppers, that we won 3-5. I scored one of the goals myself, beautiful, after having beaten 3 opponents.

“From the stadium loudspeaker you can hear: ‘Inter’s goal, Ronaldooo scored’, which blew up the fans present. There were several bald guys on the team, me, Ronaldo, Di Biagio… When I got on the bus, Ronaldo said: ‘Oh, your goal was so good that the speaker thought I scored it!’”

He discussed his relationship with former Inter coach Hector Cuper.

“A professional relationship, normal, though not as friendly as I have been with other coaches.”

The 47-year-old Greek discussed Olympiacos left back Konstantinos Tsimikas.

“He’s a player I know well, because I discovered him. I wanted him very much in the first team, convincing the coach of the time, Marco Silva. He’s a player of perspective, you’ll hear about him. He’s on loan and he’s come back very convinced of his means.

“He can push a lot, but he can also defend. Now he’s complete and could also play abroad in a great team. Inter have the tradition of Greek players and he’s also a full-back.”

Finally, Georgatos highlighted that he still follows European football and Inter.

“I follow European football a lot, in particular Serie A. I like to see Inter’s games, the derby. In my opinion in the next few years they will be back in the limelight and will have a leading role in winning trophies, with Conte.”

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Giroud voleva l’Inter: “Ci ho sperato fino al 31 gennaio”

L’attaccante francese non è riuscito ad approdare in Serie A nonostante il desiderio di farlo: “C’era anche la Lazio, ma non è stato possibile”.

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Italy’s Minister Of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora: “Impossible To Restart Serie A On May 3rd”

Italy’s Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora discussed the return of Italian football and the ongoing Coronavirus emergency in an interview in today’s paper edition of the Rome based newspaper Repubblica.

“To resume the matches on May 3 is unrealistic. Tomorrow I will propose to ban for the whole of April the sporting competitions of every order and degree. And I’ll extend the measures to training sessions that we hadn’t banned because there was a possibility that the Olympics could be held.”

Spadafora highlighted how the government will allocate a fund of €400 million to grassroots sports.

“Sport is not only football and football is not only Serie A. – I will allocate an extraordinary plan of 400 million to grassroots sport, to amateur associations in the territories, to a fabric that I am sure will be one of the engines of rebirth.”

Finally, the Minister of Sport discussed Serie A and how the clubs need to change.

“From Serie A football, on the other hand, I expect the demands to be accompanied by a serious desire for change. The big clubs are living in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire salaries of the players. They have to understand that nothing can be the same after this crisis.”

Serie A, like most other leagues around Europe, has been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus contagion, that has killed over 9000 in Italy alone. The country has been put under total lockdown by prime minister Giuseppe Conte, with most people staying inside their homes as much as possible.

The virus is expected to have a long-lasting effect on both the Italian and world economies. In regard to football, it is expected that most teams will not look to spend too much in order to stabilise their financial situation.

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FIGC President Gabriele Gravina: “The Goal Is To Finish The Leagues, We Can Go As Far As July”

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina discussed the Coronavirus emergency and its effect on Italian football in an interview in today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper Corriere della Sera.

First, he discussed when the league will restart.

“Depends on the virus. Our plan is clear, respect the value of sporting competition. The goal is to finish the leagues, and to get to the rankings. We understand that starting again in May will be difficult, but we can go as far as July. We are trying to adapt the situation to our reality.”

The FIGC president then highlighted how they also have to consider the calendar of next season as well, considering UEFA’s postponed Euro 2020.

“We don’t want to invade the coming season’s calendar because of the European Championship. We have a deadline, finish by the end of May 2021.”

Finally, Gravina discussed whether the crisis would force a change in format to Serie A.

“The 22-team Serie A in a year when you have to finish early does not seem to me to be a viable way forward.”

Serie A, like most other leagues around Europe, has been temporarily suspended due to the Coronavirus emergency. Italy has been hit the hardest in Europe and has been in a total lockdown for a few weeks. UEFA were forced to postpone this summer’s European Championship, so domestic leagues could finish with regularity, as well as the safety of people regarding the contagion.

It is expected that Serie A will finish this current season, although the games are likely to be played behind closed doors.

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Cagliari Want To Keep Radja Nainggolan But Inter’s Valuation May Be Too High

Inter value Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan at €20 million and are happy to sell him to Cagliari in the summer, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Rome based newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

The report details how Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini wants to keep the 31-year-old Belgian midfielder to satisfy the Rossoblu fans, but knows that negotiations with Inter will be complicated for the Sardinian club. The Nerazzurri value Nainggolan at €20 million, a relatively high figure for the provincial side considering the current economic climate.

Another issue is Nainggolan’s wages, the report continues. The 31-year-old is paid €4 million net per season, an expensive commitment for the Sardinian club. The former Roma midfielder has made 24 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 1943 minutes. In that time, he has scored five goals and provided six assists. The player has already won over the hearts of the fans and is going through his second spell at the club.

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Italian Report Highlights Inter’s Current Position Regarding Summer Transfers

A report from today’s paper edition of the Turin based newspaper Tuttosport has highlighted Inter’s current position in regards to the summer transfer market.

The report details how the Nerazzurri have currently closed their contacts with Spanish giants Barcelona regarding Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez until further notice, not wanting to discuss a deal at this time. Bayern Munich are still undecided about permanently signing Inter owned forward Ivan Perisic and have thought about sending French midfielder Corentin Tolisso to the Milanese club in exchange.

Another player that Inter are following is Napoli midfielder Allan, the report continues. The 29-year-old Brazilian’s position at the club is uncertain after the players’ refusal to attend the training camp for previous coach Carlo Ancelotti before Christmas. A potential deal had already been discussed in January, with Inter sending Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino move to the Partenopei in exchange. Considering the current financial climate, Napoli may be happy to cash in on their star.

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Fiorentina Midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli Is Inter’s Top Transfer Target In The Summer

Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli is Inter’s top transfer target for the upcoming summer transfer window, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

The report details how the Nerazzurri want to continue their work of ‘Italianising’ the squad and believe Castrovilli would be the perfect option for their midfield. Moreover, the Milanese club aren’t certain to enact the buy option on Italian midfielder Stefano Sensi, who is currently on loan from Sassuolo. Inter are worried about his constant injuries and that Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen plays the same role.

Castrovilli would cost Inter around €40 million, the report continues, although Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso is likely to offer him another year on his contract in order to convince him to remain at the club. Other players that Inter are following closely include Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali and Fiorentina talisman Federico Chiesa, both matching Inter’s goal of signing more Italian players.

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Italian Report Suggests Inter Are The Favourites To Sign Hellas Verona Starlet Marash Kumbulla

Inter are ahead of the pack in the race to sign Hellas Verona starlet Marash Kumbulla, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Rome based newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

The report details how the Nerazzurri are one of many clubs interested in the 19-year-old Albanian defender, who has exploded onto the scene this season with the Gialloblu. Both Lazio and Chelsea are also incredibly keen on Kumbulla but Inter are still ahead of the rest.

Whilst offers for the defender are expected from the Premier League, the report continues, Inter are still the favourites to secure his signature. Lazio have a slight advantage in that their sporting director Igli Tare and starting goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha are both compatriots of the Kumbulla and have been in contact with his entourage.

Kumbulla has made 19 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 1581 minutes. In that time, he has impressed with his quick feet and clinical tackling.

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