Saturday August 20 2011
Gasp: 'Inter strong without Eto'o'

Gian Piero Gasperini is confident “Inter will be strong with or without Samuel Eto'o” as it's reported Anzhi are €3m away from striking a deal.

Negotiations terminated last night between the two clubs, as FIFA agent and mediator Peppino Tirri confirmed “we expect an increased offer before Monday.”

It's reported Anzhi are now proposing €25m, so much closer to Inter's lowest fee of €28m.

“There is no confusion at Inter,” insisted Coach Gasperini in the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Things have been very clear for a while now. The media have been talking about Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder for 40 days, going over what might or might not happen on the transfer market.

“I can tell you I consider these two players to be excellent, but the foundations of a team have to be a strong collective.

“Obviously it will be disappointing to lose Eto'o, as he is a great player, but Inter will be strong, with or without him.”

Gasperini also hinted that Sneijder's deeper midfield role could change back to a trequartista position.

“Sneijder's role depends on the next 15 days of the transfer market.”

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