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Wednesday August 28 2019
Napoli: Llorente on ice for Icardi

Napoli are ready to wait until Friday for Mauro Icardi to accept a departure from Inter or they’ll sign Fernando Llorente.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Sportitalia and FCInterNews, the Partenopei are still hanging on in hope that Icardi will acknowledge Inter don’t want him anymore, but so far he remains determined to stick it out at San Siro.

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Wednesday August 28 2019
Llorente agent meets with Inter

Fernando Llorente’s agent was spotted at the Inter HQ today, fuelling reports Mauro Icardi has opened the door to Napoli.

Representative Frank Trimboli walked into the Nerazzurri offices in Milan this afternoon.

Llorente had been the main alternative for Napoli to first choice Icardi, who has so far refused all proposals, despite being told repeatedly that he had no chance of playing under Antonio Conte.

If Llorente is having talks with Inter, it could represent two different scenarios.

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Wednesday August 28 2019
Marotta: No change with Icardi

Beppe Marotta has reiterated that Mauro Icardi is not part of Inter’s first-team plans and is ‘optimistic’ about Alexis Sanchez.

Icardi’s agent-wife Wanda Nara announced on national television over the weekend that her husband was staying at Inter, despite being ignored by boss Antonio Conte.

That prompted Marotta and President Steven Zhang to once more inform the striker that he had no place in the club’s project during a meeting on Tuesday.

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NEWS
Tuesday August 27 2019
Napoli eyes on Icardi-Inter meeting

Napoli will have one eye on how Mauro Icardi’s meeting with Inter goes later as they prepare to make a decision on Fernando Llorente.

Sky Sport Italia and Corriere dello Sport both report Napoli will hold talks with Llorente’s agent on Tuesday, where his free transfer could be rubber-stamped.

However, they add the Partenopei still have not given up on Icardi, although they accept time is fast running out to engineer a deal for the Argentine.

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Tuesday August 27 2019
Project Conte has lift-off

Inter's debut was a real statement of intent and Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall wonders if they can go all the way with Antonio Conte.

‘Inter crush Lecce’ was plastered over the front of the Corriere Dello Sport and it was an apt headline. Antonio Conte’s new look Nerazzurri decimated the team from Puglia, as fans at San Siro purred over the display. For the naysayers, this was only Lecce and it was only game one of a long season, but for the black and blue half of Milan, it felt like new dawn. It is true that there will be many more and much harder tasks ahead, but if one is to draw any conclusions from Monday night, it is that Inter will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

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Monday August 26 2019
Conte: 'That's why we wanted Lukaku'

Antonio Conte said “Romelu Lukaku showed why we tried so hard to sign him” and referred to Mauro Icardi as a former Inter player.

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 4-0 victory over Lecce, which saw new signing Lukaku on target on his Serie A debut after his hard-fought move from Manchester United.

“Let’s not forget Lukaku cost €65m to be paid over five years, so when people talk about big money spent, it wasn’t even that much,” insisted Conte.

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NEWS
Monday August 26 2019
Marotta: 'Irritated by Icardi and Wanda'

Director Beppe Marotta said Inter felt “irritation” at Wanda Nara’s comments and warned Mauro Icardi will not be welcomed back.

The striker was told at the start of the summer that he was not part of their plans and would not be included in the squad, but he has rejected every transfer opportunity.

His wife and agent Wanda Nara spoke on television last night, assuring he would continue to turn down any option because he wanted to stay at Inter.

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NEWS
Sunday August 25 2019
Wanda: 'Icardi only wants Inter'

Wanda Nara insists Mauro Icardi “turned down offers nobody in the world would reject and he did it for Inter,” denying any Juventus talks.

The striker has been frozen out, stripped of the Number 9 jersey for new signing Romelu Lukaku and told repeatedly he is not part of their plans for this season.

Despite that, he continues to reject transfers, above all to Napoli, with reports for months that he will only leave for Juventus.

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Sunday August 25 2019
Conte: 'The chase is on, but Icardi...'

Antonio Conte won’t open the door to Mauro Icardi, but tells Inter “the chase is on” in the Scudetto race, starting with Lecce tomorrow night.

It kicks off on Monday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“The first objective for this season is to ensure the fans can recognise themselves in this squad, to create enthusiasm within them, but we know the only way to achieve that is through hard work,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday August 24 2019
Paratici: 'Juve happy with strikers'

Juventus director Fabio Paratici insists they are not chasing Mauro Icardi, are “happy Paulo Dybala is with us” and explains Joao Cancelo’s move to Manchester City.

The Bianconeri begin their Serie A season against Parma at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

Curiously, Dybala is on the bench, while Gonzalo Higuain is in the starting XI with Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira.

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