Inter Milan appear to be ready to dig their heels in over the Mauro Icardi issue after the Argentine striker was not included in their lineup to play Sampdoria over the weekend. Icardi, who had been stripped of captaincy earlier in the week, also didn’t make the trip to Austria to play Rapid Vienna in the first of their Europa League knockout tie.
Inter won both games without Icardi by a single goal margin, beating Rapid 1-0 and Sampdoria 2-1. Against Rapid, the winner was scored from the penalty spot by Icardi’s compatriot Lautaro Martinez, while the goals against Samp came from the boots of Danilo D’Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan. It was a third straight win (and a third straight clean sheet) for the Nerazzurri while Samp slumped to their third straight loss after previous defeats at the hands of Napoli and Frosinone.
Inter will be at home to Rapid for their next game while Sampdoria will travel to Cagliari.
Inter Milan have officially taken the captaincy off striker Mauro Icardi and handed it to goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The announcement was made earlier today and raises doubts over the Argentine international’s future at the San Siro.
Icardi had inked a contract extension in 2016 that would keep him at the club till 2021. That deal also included a 110 million euro release clause for any foreign clubs interested in his services. The likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid were linked with him last summer, but no deal materialised, and the striker stayed at the club.
Inter apparently want Icardi to ink a new deal, but progress on that front has been non existent. Club officials put it down to the hard negotiating nature of Wanda Nara, Icardi’s wife and agent, and talks have apparently reached an impasse, which has forced the powers that be to take the armband off him.
Icardi is also not in the Inter squad for their midweek Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna.
Icardi’s team mate, Marcelo Brozovic, was seen liking posts on social media site Instagram that talked of the captaincy being taken off the former. It’s been long rumoured that Icardi’s relationship with the Croatian contingent at Inter isn’t exactly the best.
Could Icardi be off in the summer? Appears so, unless the club and he both have a change of heart!
Galatasaray have officially announced the signing of defender Yuto Nagatomo from Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri have sold several players this summmer in order to get their figure of 45 million euros via capital gains from transfers in order to adhere to FFP and the Japanese international is the latest to depart the San Siro. He had joined Inter from Cesena in 2011 and while not quite being a fan favourite, was the longest serving of Inter’s current bunch of players.
How much did Galatasaray pay Inter for Nagatomo?
Gala have said that the net transfer fee is 2.5 million euros. Nagatomo has signed a two year contract and they will be paying him an annual wage of 2 million euros
The Croatian Football Federation have announced their roster for the upcoming friendlies vs Peru and Mexico. The Croatians will take on Peru in Miami, Florida on 23 March followed by a clash four days later in Arington, Texas against Mexico (March 27)
The only players plying their trade domestically in the squad are goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), defenders Marin Leovac (Rijeka) and Zoran Nizic (Hajduk) and midfielder Filipe Bradic (also Rijeka). The only England based player called up is Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren Continue reading
Poor AC Milan can’t quite catch a break with their managers! The latest person in charge of the Rossoneri, legendary Azzurri midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was so disappointed by the players’ “lack of reaction” in their weekend loss to Verona that he felt like resigning, according to sources in the Italian press. Milan had beaten the same team in midweek (by the same margin!) in the Coppa Italia, but suffered an embarrassing reversal at Marc Antonio Bentegodi. However Marco Fassone, the Rossoneri managing director, talked him out of it. Continue reading