Bologna Offer Four-Year Deal To Inter Forward Merola

Davide Merola is closing in on a move to Bologna after the Felsinei offered the 19-year-old a lucrative four-year deal, according to FcInterNews.it.

The forward has one year left on his deal with Inter and will not renew his contract, leaving the Nerazzurri with no option but to sell him this summer.

Inter want €2 million to let Merola go and have interest from Sampdoria as well as Bologna.

Roma had previously been linked as part of a deal to take Edin Dzeko in the other direction, but neither the Giallorossi nor the player’s agent Mino Raiola were keen.

Raiola does not want Merola to join a big club and be sent on loan to Serie B, preferring to pick a mid-table side and gain first-team experience in the top flight.

Bologna’s new technical director Walter Sabatini already tried to sign the player for Samp in January and has offered Merola a central role in the club’s plans.

Samp are still interested despite Sabatini’s departure last month but the Rossoblu are thought to be comfortably ahead at present.

Merola made 32 appearances in all competitions for Inter’s Primavera side last season, scoring 12 goals and creating three assists.

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Hertha Berlin Are ‘Playing Poker’ With Inter During Lazaro Talks

Inter’s talks with Hertha Berlin for midfielder Valentino Lazaro have been likened to poker by German tabloid Berliner Kurier.

The Nerazzurri do not want to spend more than €17 million for the Austrian international, who has already agreed personal terms.

Hertha’s sporting director Michael Peetz is holding out for €25 million, however, ensuring the clubs’ valuations are still €8 million apart.

The paper today reported Inter and Hertha could reach an agreement at €20 million, with the Bundesliga club also receiving a percentage of any future sale.

Hertha would thereby have extra money to invest in a permanent deal for Marko Grujic, who they want to sign from Liverpool.

Lazaro scored three goals and created seven assists last season as Hertha secured an 11th-place finish in the Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old also scored in Austria’s 4-1 win over North Macedonia in Euro 2020 qualifying at the start of the month, taking Franco Foda’s side closer to next summer’s tournament.

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Inter Coach Conte Returns To Milan After Mini-Break In Ibiza

Antonio Conte returned to Milan today after enjoying a mini-holiday in Ibiza this week, according to Gazzetta.it.

The new Inter head coach has not found a house in the city yet and is waiting for an assistant to present the various options to his family.

Conte visited Ibiza’s Inter Club while on the Spanish island, where Stefan De Vrij and Matteo Politano are also relaxing at the moment.

“Conte had a drink with his friends, took a photo with the club’s founder Marco Negri and enjoyed his last few days of relaxation,” Gazzetta reported.

“Now it’s back to full Inter immersion for him, though.”

Inter are having a difficult week on the transfer front with talks for Valentino Lazaro, Nicolo Barella and Edin Dzeko all stalling.

Piero Ausilio this morning revealed Conte called him ’10 times a day’ to ask for updates and it is possible the former Juventus boss wanted to return to follow events more closely.

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Inter Defender Gravillon ‘Must Improve Mental Strength’, According To Ex-Pescara Coach

Inter defender Andrew Gravillon needs to improve his mental approach to matches if he wants to establish himself in Serie A, according to his former coach at Pescara.

Beppe Pillon took charge of the Delfino during the 2018-19 season in Serie B where Gravillon made 29 appearances, scoring twice.

The 21-year-old has since been resigned by Inter but is likely to be sold elsewhere before 30 June, with Sassuolo linked in this morning’s papers.

“Gravillon has some important qualities,” Pillon told TuttoMercatoWeb this morning.

“He needs to ensure his head is in the right place every time he steps onto the pitch, though. He must improve the mental side of his game.”

Pillon also had words of praise for Inter’s former academy player Davide Bettella, who left the club in 2018 to join Atalanta but also played at Pescara last year.

“He did really well last season and he has a great future,” Pillon assured.

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Inter’s Primavera Forward Merola Is Close To Joining Bologna

Inter are closing in on a deal to sell Primavera striker Davide Merola to Bologna, according to Sky Sport.

The Nerazzurri are looking to raise €45 million in capital gains before 30 June, in order to give themselves more room for maneouvre with Financial Fair Play next summer.

Piero Ausilio has frequently used Inter’s academy players to help balance the books in recent years and is attempting to do the same this month.

Merola had been linked with Roma and Pescara but Gianluca Di Marzio told viewers last night the 19-year-old would join the Rossoblu.

The forward made 32 appearances in all competitions for Inter’s Primavera side last season, scoring 12 goals and creating three assists.

Merola’s most eye-catching goal of the campaign came during a 4-2 win against Tottenham in the UEFA Youth League, but Armando Madonna’s side were eliminated at the group stage.

Inter lost out to Atalanta in the Campionato Primavera final after finishing second to the Bergamaschi during the regular season.

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More Than 30,000 Inter Fans Have Renewed Their Season Tickets For Next Season

Inter have renewed more than 30,000 season tickets ahead of the 2019-20 season, the club announced this morning.

The first stage of this summer’s campaign was reserved to existing ticket holders and finished today, giving way to phase two.

Inter do not have many spots left for the rest of the public after deciding to place an upward limit on the number of season tickets available, just like last year.

The club invited fans to snap up the remaining tickets with a tweet reintroducing their ‘Not For Everyone’ hashtag.

“A soul painted black and blue, born under a starry night,” the message began.

“A brave soul, ambitious and never ready to settle. A creative soul, capable of writing a story different from the rest.

“Not For Everyone, stay tuned…”

Inter have topped Serie A’s attendance charts in each of the last six seasons, with more than one million supporters coming through the gates at San Siro in each of the past two campaigns.

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Inter’s Treble-Winning Fitness Coach Joins Marco Giampaolo At Milan

Milan’s new boss Marco Giampaolo has appointed one of the fitness coaches that helped Inter win the treble to his backroom staff, according to Corriere della Sera.

Stefano Rapetti worked under Jose Mourinho for the Nerazzurri during the 2009-10 season, when Inter rewrote history and won the Champions League in Madrid.

Rapetti went on to assist Giampaolo during his time at Sampdoria, though, spending two years in Liguria before leaving in May 2018.

Mourinho wanted the 42-year-old to rejoin him at Manchester United and brought him to England for last season.

Milan confirmed Giampaolo had been appointed their new head coach yesterday after weeks of speculation.

Giamapolo is a die-hard Inter supporter and represents the latest in a long line of Interisti who have joined the Rossoneri in recent years.

Rapetti will hope his fitness programs can help Milan return to the Champions League after they missed out on the final day of last season.

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Inter Discuss Bastoni & Eder’s Futures With Players’ Agent In Milan

Inter held talks for defender Alessandro Bastoni and Jiangsu Suning striker Eder yesterday after the players’ agent visited their offices in Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Both players had been linked with a move to Cagliari as part of a deal for Nicolo Barella, but Inter’s latest offer for the midfielder was cash-only.

Bastoni would need to be replaced if he were sent out on loan because he is currently Inter’s only left-footed defender.

Eder wants to return to Serie A but his €5 million salary could represent a stumbling block for any potential deal, and Jiangsu Suning would need to agree to release him anyway.

Bastoni started for Italy’s under-21s last night as the Azzurrini were beaten by Poland in the UEFA European Under-21 Championships.

Eder has scored seven goals and created two assists for Jiangsu this year, having joined the Chinese Super League side from Inter in January 2018.

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Inter Want Kolarov On The Cheap But Roma Won’t Allow It

Inter’s pursuit of Aleksandar Kolarov is destined to end in failure because Roma will want too much for the left-back, according to Tuttosport.

Antonio Conte is thought to be an admirer of the Serbian, who scored nine goals for the Giallorossi during the 2018-19 season.

Inter would only be genuinely interested in picking up Kolarov if he came almost for free, though, with the 33-year-old about to enter the final year of his contract.

“It’s unlikely Roma will let him go for almost nothing,” Tuttosport reported this morning.

Kolarov has made 84 appearances for the Serbian national team since making his senior debut in May 2008, scoring 11 goals.

The defender grabbed the winning goal in their opening match at last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, scoring a free-kick to secure a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

Serbia were ultimately eliminated at the group stage after losing both of their other matches against Switzerland and Brazil.

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Inter Will Send Salcedo, Gavioli & Rizzo To Genoa For Next Season

Inter are expected to loan striker Eddie Salcedo back to Genoa next season while also selling Lorenzo Gavioli and Nicholas Rizzo to the Rossoblu, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Nerazzurri last night confirmed they had bought the 17-year-old outright after taking him on loan for the 2018-19 season.

However, Salcedo will return to Liguria so he can gain experience playing in Serie A, after scoring 13 goals for Inter’s Primavera side last year.

Gavioli and Rizzo would both move permanently to Genoa after Inter opened talks earlier this week.

Inter need €45 million before 30 June so they can avoid all risks relating to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

Defender Zinho Vanheusden will join Standard Liege in a deal worth €18-20 million before then and other young players are likely to be sold too.

Inter’s Primavera side finished second in the regular season under Armando Madonna before losing to Atalanta in last weekend’s grand final.

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