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Sunday July 14 2019
Serie A friendly round-up

Lazio, Torino and Verona posted double-digits in preseason friendlies on Saturday, while Inter won on Antonio Conte’s unofficial debut.

Lazio thrashed Auronzo 18-0 at the home of their preseason camp, with Joaquin Correa and Luis Alberto bagging hat-tricks.

A group of Aquile fans also showed their support for Scudetto winner Sinisa Mihajlovic with the banner ‘Daje Sinisa’ following his leukaemia diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Torino got their Europa League qualifying preparations off to the perfect start with a 15-0 demolition of Merano.

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Sunday July 14 2019
De Vrij: Inter ignoring Icardi issue

Stefan de Vrij insists Inter are ignoring the Mauro Icardi media circus after their win on Antonio Conte’s debut as Coach.

De Vrij helped Inter beat Lugano 2-1 on Sunday, with Conte getting off to a winning start, but the fixture was overshadowed by Icardi being sent home from the club’s preseason camp.

“Things are going very well, we’re working a lot physically and technically,” the defender told Sportitalia after the game.

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Sunday July 14 2019
De Boer: Could've been Inter success

Frank de Boer is standing by his agent story and believes he could have been a success for Inter.

De Boer lasted just 85 days as Inter boss in 2016, losing seven of his 14 games in charge, and the Dutchman reiterated he was made to feel undermined by the Nerazzuri.

“I work for a very young club: there are no former Presidents or directors with much influence here,” the Atlanta United boss told De Telegraaf.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Nainggolan given Icardi treatment

Antonio Conte has named his first Inter XI as it emerges Radja Nainggolan has been given the Mauro Icardi treatment.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Nainggolan did not travel with the Inter squad for their first preseason friendly against Lugano on Sunday.

General manager Beppe Marotta recently announced the midfielder, along with Icardi, did not have a future with the Nerazzurri.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Lopez: Icardi infuriates me!

Maxi Lopez explained why Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara ‘infuriate’ him. “They don’t let me see my kids, he’s hung up the phone while I was talking to them...”

Wanda was married to Lopez with three children but divorced amidst allegations that she was having an affair with Icardi, who was a then-teammate of his fellow Argentine at Sampdoria.

“There’s an agreement signed by a judge, which has never been respected,” the Vasco da Gama striker told Podemos Hablar.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Juve set Icardi limit?

Juventus have reportedly made it clear that they will not exceed €40m for Inter striker Mauro Icardi.

According to Corriere dello Sport, that is at least €20m less than Inter’s asking price, even if the Nerazzurri are prepared for that figure to be reached with bonuses.

The newspaper explains ‘indirect talks’ between the two clubs have already taken place and there could be more in the coming days.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Mou: Inter 'must' win Scudetto

Jose Mourinho has ramped up the pressure on Antonio Conte, insisting that Inter ‘have to win’ the Scudetto this season.

Mourinho last led Inter to the Serie A title in 2010, but he became embroiled in a rivalry with Conte when they were in charge of Manchester United and Chelsea.

“The Nerazzurri have to win Serie A this season. I’m sure they will,” the Coach told Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Portuguese was then asked about his next career move, having remained out of work since leaving United last December.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Sassuolo deny Juve synergy

Sassuolo have denied that a blatant synergy exists between them and Juventus, accusing the Press of spin.

Sassuolo have done plenty of business with Juve since their promotion to Serie A in 2014, and it was speculated there was already an agreement in place for Merih Demiral to join the Old Lady in January.

The same appears to be the case with Hamed Traore, but sporting director Giovanni Rossi was quick to stress how little had been made of his club’s dealings with Inter and Roma.

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BLOG ITALIA
Sunday July 14 2019
Lukaku perfect for Inter

With Inter continuing their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, Vilizar Yakimov sees the Belgian as the perfect fit for both Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez.

The start of Inter’s summer mercato has been nothing short of remarkable. The Nerazzurri made a serious statement with Antonio Conte’s appointment shortly after the 2018-19 season ended and they haven’t taken a step back since then.

Snapping up a defensive lynchpin like Diego Godin on a free transfer surely looks like a bargain, while the arrival of two of Italy’s brightest midfield talents in Stefano Sensi and Nicolò Barella also speak clearly about the conviction of the Nerazzurri project.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Report: Icardi threatens Inter

Mauro Icardi has reportedly threatened to see out the remaining two years of his contract with Inter.

It was confirmed on Saturday that Inter would not be taking Mauro Icardi to the International Champions Cup and had sent him home from their training camp in Lugano.

Although the club stress it was a joint decision, La Repubblica claims the striker did not respond well to being shut out of their preseason plans.

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