In the latest Serie A news, Inter Milan are looking to strengthen their roster with a series of world class signings. Rivals AC Milan are set for a managerial change and Lazio want an ex-Manchester United hero to replace Miroslav Klose.
According to reports, Inter Milan’s potential new investors could bring four world class signings to the San Siro. AC Milan, amidst their rumoured takeover, have shortlisted two big names in their hunt for a new manager. Lazio are targeting a former Arsenal captain to fill the void left by Miroslav Klose and Juventus have been warned off Valencia’s Manchester United target.
Lazio set sights on Robin Van Persie
Lazio are interested in bringing Fenerbache striker Robin Van Persie to the Stadio Olimpico this summer. They are looking to replace legendary German striker Miroslav Klose, who left Le Aquile after 5 years at the club. According to Haberler.com (via Football Italia), Lazio are willing to offer a total of €10m to the Turkish giants to part ways with the Dutch hitman. The 32-year-old has been in fine form for the Lacivertliler since he made a move from Manchester United last summer. The ex-Arsenal hero has found the net 22 times in 48 games across all competitions to help his side finish second in the Super Lig in this past season.
AC Milan want either Unai Emery or Manuel Pellegrini
AC Milan finished 7th in the Serie A in what has been a difficult season. The Rossoneri have endured another trophy-less season and have seen another manager get sacked. Sinisa Mihajlovic was sacked in April to be replaced by Carlos Brocchi. Now in a report in Football Italia, Milan are reportedly in talks for a possible a takeover by a Chinese group and if the sale were to happen, the Italian side will try to bring in Sevilla coach Unai Emery or ex-Manchester City and Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini to take over at the helm.
Emery is widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in the world after leading Sevilla to three consecutive UEFA Europa League victories. According to a report in The Sun, the 44-year-old is also being chased by Everton and is the favourite to take over the reins after Roberto Martinez leaves.
Pellegrini led Manchester City to three trophies in his three years at the Etihad, including the Premier League title in his first season in Manchester. The Chilean has won trophies with River Plate and Villarreal and would bring a wealth of experience with him to the San Siro. There is no telling what successes the Chilean could bring for Milan if he were to be backed with funds like he was at City. The 62-year-old has also been linked with a move to Everton and according to royalbluemersey, the two parties had entered into the second round of negotiations.
Inter Milan sign Caner Erkin
Inter Milan have signed Turkish left back Can Erkin on a 3-year deal. The Nerazurri announced the signing on their club website, stating the deal would commence from the 1st of July. According to a report in Football Italia, Erkin was linked with Inter for a long time and Roberto Mancini was keen on bringing him to the San Siro after becoming a fan of the player during his time as Galatasaray manager.
The 27-year-old has played for CSKA Moscow, Galatasaray and then went on to spend 6 trophy laden years at Fenerbache making over 200 appearances for them in all competition. He has won the Turkish Super Lig twice, the Turkish Cup twice and one Turkish Super Cup. He has been collected over 40 international caps for Turkey’s national team over the course of his career.
Inter targeting Brazilian duo
Inter are reportedly set to have a major new stakeholder in the form of Suning Commerce Group of China. The Suning Group will acquire a 70% stake in the Italian giants, according to a report in ESPN. According to reports, Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has met with the new directors and is reportedly ‘enthusiastic’ about the prospect of having more funds at his disposal.
In a report in Footballl Italia, the new owners will look to bring Brazilian duo Alex Teixeira and former Chelsea player Ramires to the San Siro. Both the midfielders play for Jiangsu Suning, a club in the Chinese League which is also owned by the Suning Commerce Group. Teixeira and Ramires moved to the Chinese league in the December along with many other big names as a part of big money moves that surprised the football world.
According to Corriere dello Sport (via Express), Inter are also targeting Yaya Toure from Manchester City and Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur. Toure has previously worked with Mancini from his time in England and has been linked with a move away from the Citizens after Pep Guardiola’s arrival was confirmed.
Erik Lamela, who spent 2 years in Roma before he moved to Tottenham in 2013, is also an Inter target. The 24-year-old Argentine attacker made a name for himself at Roma, where he caught the attention of Europe’s elite. His time in London hasn’t been a great success after his initial difficulties with adjusting to the the Premier League and a move back to Italy may be on the cards.
Juventus dealt blow in pursuit of Manchester United target
According to reports, Valencia have told Juventus they will not entertain any offers for Manchester United target Andre Gomes from the Italian side. AS (Football Italia) claim that directors at the Mestalla are ‘irritated’ by Juventus’ efforts to woo their player. Gomes is a big Manchester United target and the Red Devils are reportedly front runners for his signature.
The Portuguese midfielder is reported to have a release clause of €100 million and Valencia are asking for €50 million to part ways with the 23 year old. It is highly unlikely that Juventus will meet that figure and since their actions have annoyed the Valencia hierarchy, they have been warned off making another offer and told that no negotiations will be held for Gomes. With Juventus out of the picture, it seems to be all clear for Jowse Mourinho’s side to step up their efforts for the Los Che midfielder.