Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici insists there was “never concrete interest” in a swap between Federico Bernardeschi and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.
Spanish media in particular are pushing the reports of a swap deal for January between Bernardeschi and Rakitic, with Barcelona also pocketing some cash as part of the exchange.
However, Paratici assured there is no truth to the rumour, even if the two clubs are doing some business.
“We are talking to Barcelona for two very promising young players, Matheus Pereira who has a very technical, Brazilian style of football who needs a different environment to truly give his best.
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Inter chief Beppe Marotta hints the Leonardo Spinazzola swap with Roma was axed for financial reasons, while confirming talks with Christian Eriksen, Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses agents.
The Nerazzurri face Lecce at 14.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.
The week has been dominated by the failed exchange between Spinazzola and Matteo Politano, as Inter pulled the plug after both players had undergone medicals.
“I think there has been this excessive media attention on the whole situation,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 11th goals in seven Serie A games, as Juventus just about pushed past Parma 2-1 and broke four points clear at the top.
Inter drew 1-1 at Lecce this afternoon, so this was a big opportunity for Maurizio Sarri’s men. Rodrigo Bentancur was still suspended, with Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira injured. Cristiano Ronaldo missed the midweek Coppa Italia win over Udinese with sinusitis, but returned to partner Paulo Dybala. Parma had the chance to go into sixth place, but Gervinho, Alberto Grassi and Yann Karamoh didn’t make the trip.
According to RMC Sport, Juventus are at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play parameters, as their payroll to total revenue ratio is at 71 per cent.
The calculations were made based on a leaked copy of the KPMG financial report on the eight major European league champions, showing Juve are the only ones running at a loss.
The report also suggests “the net results for the 2019-20 season will also be revised negatively.”
It is claimed the biggest problem is the breach of FFP parameters, as clubs need to keep their total payroll to revenue ratio at under 70 per cent, whereas Juve currently stand at 71 per cent.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku were hailed as ‘lions in winter’ after their goal-scoring exploits at the weekend continued Juventus and Inter Milan’s fierce title challenge.
Juventus are looking to win their ninth consecutive Serie A crown but find themselves locked in a battle with an Inter side that are refusing to give up.
After Ronaldo netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 home win against Cagliari and Lukaku got a brace in a 3-1 win away at Napoli, the duo dominated the front covers of Italian newspapers on Tuesday morning.
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Antonio Conte took aim at his critics and defended two-goal Romelu Lukaku after Inter Milan beat Napoli 3-1 to move to the top of Seri A.
Lukaku struck twice before Arkadiusz Milik halved the deficit, but Lautaro Martinez’s second-half effort sealed the win – yet that did not stop pundit Fabio Capello labelling Inter a counter-attacking side.
Conte took exception to the analysis and also hit back at critics of Lukaku who already has 14 goals in 18 games for his new club.
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Inter director Beppe Marotta confirmed they are seeking “a midfielder and winger” in January, dropped Arturo Vidal hints, but denied “any contact” for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.
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The Nerazzurri chief was asked before the game against Napoli about Inter’s interest in Barcelona and Chile midfielder Vidal.
“We are having various contacts with agents and clubs to increase the quality level of a squad that is already doing extraordinary things,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
Manchester United have reportedly told Inter Milan that they are willing to sell them Paul Pogba, but only if they get Lautaro Martinez in return.
It appears that Pogba is keen to reunite with Antonio Conte, since the two worked so well together at Juventus.
The speculation over the World Cup winner’s future at Old Trafford has not died down during his absence from the pitch and the newspaper claims Inter have the makeweight to be in pole position for the former Bianconeri’s signature.
Martinez is valued at around €80million, while United insist Pogba is worth €150m.
Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti confirms interest in Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal. “He’s a player who could certainly step us up a level.”
The negotiations are continuing for a loan with option to buy, as the Chile international is eager for a reunion with his former Juventus coach Antonio Conte.
“We’ll see how the transfer window goes, as we have a month to get things done,” Zanetti told ESPN in Argentina.
“Vidal is a player with great character and experience, so we’ll see what happens. We are talking about a player who can certainly step us up a level, and we are already at a good level.”
Flamengo’s offer of €16m plus 20 per cent of a future sale for striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa is not enough for Inter, and that has allows long term suitors West Ham United back into the fray.
According to multiple Italian sources, including Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Premier League side are ready to offer €20m plus performance-related bonuses and add-ons for Gabigol.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Flamengo and the Brazilian side have claimed a deal was in place to sign him permanently. But Inter insist that is not the case and want to sell ‘Gabigol’ to the highest bidder.