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Inter planning money-no-object summer overhaul
Inter Milan have ambitious plans for next summer after being taken over by Chinese corporation Suning Holdings Group. According to Spanish outlet AS, the Nerazzurri plan to bid for Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and James Rodriguez.
Oh, they also want Diego Simeone to return — in a managerial role, of course — to the club he served with distinction as a player during the 1990s.
It is reported that money is not an issue for the Serie A side, but convincing that kind of world-class talent to put faith in their project could be another matter.
Chelsea to back Conte with January spending spree
After laughing off speculation about his future at Chelsea, manager Antonio Conte will need to return to masterminding the club’s route back to the top. In that vein, the London Evening Standard is reporting that “significant funds” have been guaranteed to the Italian tactician ahead of the January transfer window.
Chelsea signed a 15-year contract with Nike on Thursday, which adds to lucrative sponsorship deals with Yokohama and Carabao, meaning Conte is able to move for the defensive reinforcements that eluded him in the summer.
It is said that Serie A trio Leonardo Bonucci, Antonio Rudiger and Alessio Romagnoli figure highly in Conte’s plans, as does Burnley’s Michael Keane. However, moves for strikers Antoine Griezmann or Romelu Lukaku will be shelved until the end of the season.
Memphis to revive his career in Wolfsburg
Memphis Depay will be offered the chance to revive his career in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, Calcio Mercato reports.
The Netherlands international was considered one of the hottest properties in Europe when Louis van Gaal brought him to Manchester United in 2015. Depay arrived in England as an Eredivisie winner with PSV Eindhoven having scored 22 goals in 30 games.
However, he has failed to re-create that form, and under Jose Mourinho Depay has been restricted to just 12 minutes of Premier League football in United’s opening seven games. It is a dramatic fall from grace for the 22-year-old who has described Man United as his “dream club,” and a change of scenery could be just what he needs to boost his confidence.
Chelsea to battle PSG, BVB for Marseille wunderkind
Chelsea are set to battle Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund for Marseille wunderkind Boubacar Kamara, according to the Sun.
The 16-year-old defender is hot property after catching the eye while captaining Marseille’s reserve side, but there is still a chance he could sign a first professional contract and stay where he is, with the Ligue 1 side preparing a three-year deal.
PSG and Dortmund both have good reputations when it comes to developing young players and giving them the opportunity to break into the senior side. However, Kamara is said to favour the idea of a move to the Premier League, giving Chelsea an advantage.
— Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was so keen not to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009 that he contacted Barcelona and encouraged them to bid for the Portugal international, AS claims. However, it is reported the Scot was too late as Ronaldo had already made his mind up about moving to the Bernabeu.
— Liverpool have a three-year professional contract ready for highly rated striker Ben Woodburn to sign on his 17th birthday this week, the Liverpool Echo reports. The striker caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye when he scored in preseason friendlies against Fleetwood and Wigan, and he already has six goals for the under-23 side this campaign.
— West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is already planning for the January transfer window and hopes to sign one or two players, according to the Birmingham Mail. But the Baggies boss added he will have to be “clever and astute” and “make sure we have the targets nice and early” because the club’s owners are “not going to be spending hundreds of millions of pounds.”