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The Inter boss told reporters the club wants to make their loan deals permanent, but need to shrink the squad to free up funds to do so
Spalletti admits Inter must sell to secure Rafinha and Cancelo transfers
The Inter boss told reporters the club wants to make their loan deals permanent, but need to shrink the squad to free up funds to do so
The Inter boss told reporters the club wants to make their loan deals permanent, but need to shrink the squad to free up funds to do so
Spalletti admits Inter must sell to secure Rafinha and Cancelo transfers
The Inter boss told reporters the club wants to make their loan deals permanent, but need to shrink the squad to free up funds to do so
Jose Mourinho is hoping to make Fred his first signing of a busy summer as Manchester United move closer to securing an initial £44 million deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for the Brazil midfielder. United are also hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to do their transfer business early in the pursuit of £50 million plus rated Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Fred, 25, who is represented by Gilberto Silva, the former Arsenal midfielder, is due in the north west when Brazil play Croatia in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday week and Mourinho wants a deal wrapped up before the energetic defensive midfielder flies to Russia for the World Cup finals. The fee could top £50 million with add ons. Shakhtar have lined up Maycon from Corinthians as a replacement. Manchester City had been the original frontrunners for Fred, who had set his sights on a move to the Premier League champions in January. But City cooled their interest when United entered the bidding and Shakhtar inflated the price, prompting Etihad officials to eventually walk away and turn their attentions instead to Jorginho, Napoli’s Italy midfielder. City backed out of a deal for Alexis Sanchez in similar circumstances after balking at the sums involved before the Chile striker moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January. Can Mourinho be trusted to spend effectively this summer? Assuming Paul Pogba stays at United this summer, Mourinho envisages Fred forming a midfield trio with the Frenchman and Nemanja Matic. However, Mourinho will be forced into the market for another midfielder if Marouane Fellaini leaves with the Belgian still to agree a new contract and/or a huge offer is tabled for Pogba and the manager opts to cash in. It promises to be a hectic summer at United, with Mourinho also targeting two full backs and a winger in addition to a centre-half. The prospect of making five signings may be optimistic, though, given how a shortened transfer window is compounded by the World Cup. Mourinho would also like Alderweireld in place before the start of the World Cup on June 14 but negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, has proven a taxing experience in the past. Nonetheless, Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in private talks, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist their efforts with Alderweireld. Hit or miss? | Mourinho's United signings It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld is available for £25 million next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is under pressure from Mourinho to move swiftly but it remains to be seen if he is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value. Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49 million asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are thought to be opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could break down and force United to pursue other targets. Defenders Matteo Darmian, who is attracted interest from Juventus, and Daley Blind, who Inter, Roma and Ajax are monitoring, will head a clear out at Old Trafford.
Fred moves closer to joining Man Utd in £44m transfer
Jose Mourinho is hoping to make Fred his first signing of a busy summer as Manchester United move closer to securing an initial £44 million deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for the Brazil midfielder. United are also hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to do their transfer business early in the pursuit of £50 million plus rated Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Fred, 25, who is represented by Gilberto Silva, the former Arsenal midfielder, is due in the north west when Brazil play Croatia in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday week and Mourinho wants a deal wrapped up before the energetic defensive midfielder flies to Russia for the World Cup finals. The fee could top £50 million with add ons. Shakhtar have lined up Maycon from Corinthians as a replacement. Manchester City had been the original frontrunners for Fred, who had set his sights on a move to the Premier League champions in January. But City cooled their interest when United entered the bidding and Shakhtar inflated the price, prompting Etihad officials to eventually walk away and turn their attentions instead to Jorginho, Napoli’s Italy midfielder. City backed out of a deal for Alexis Sanchez in similar circumstances after balking at the sums involved before the Chile striker moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January. Can Mourinho be trusted to spend effectively this summer? Assuming Paul Pogba stays at United this summer, Mourinho envisages Fred forming a midfield trio with the Frenchman and Nemanja Matic. However, Mourinho will be forced into the market for another midfielder if Marouane Fellaini leaves with the Belgian still to agree a new contract and/or a huge offer is tabled for Pogba and the manager opts to cash in. It promises to be a hectic summer at United, with Mourinho also targeting two full backs and a winger in addition to a centre-half. The prospect of making five signings may be optimistic, though, given how a shortened transfer window is compounded by the World Cup. Mourinho would also like Alderweireld in place before the start of the World Cup on June 14 but negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, has proven a taxing experience in the past. Nonetheless, Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in private talks, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist their efforts with Alderweireld. Hit or miss? | Mourinho's United signings It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld is available for £25 million next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is under pressure from Mourinho to move swiftly but it remains to be seen if he is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value. Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49 million asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are thought to be opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could break down and force United to pursue other targets. Defenders Matteo Darmian, who is attracted interest from Juventus, and Daley Blind, who Inter, Roma and Ajax are monitoring, will head a clear out at Old Trafford.
Zhang's Suning group paid nearly 270 million euros ($318 million) to buy Inter in June 2016. The club finished seventh in the 2016-2017 season.
Champions League: Inter Milan's comeback to tournament 'first step' towards return to past glory, says owner Zhang Jindong
Zhang's Suning group paid nearly 270 million euros ($318 million) to buy Inter in June 2016. The club finished seventh in the 2016-2017 season.
The midfielder had a successful season on loan with the Spanish side from Inter and will spend the next four years at the Mestalla
Valencia sign Kondogbia on permanent deal from Inter
The midfielder had a successful season on loan with the Spanish side from Inter and will spend the next four years at the Mestalla
The Spain international's disappointing form saw him miss out on a place in their World Cup squad and he could now be on the move back to Serie A
Inter join Juventus and AC Milan in race for Chelsea striker Morata
The Spain international's disappointing form saw him miss out on a place in their World Cup squad and he could now be on the move back to Serie A
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
Argentina International Heads to Italy to Finalise Inter Switch From Racing Club
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
Argentina International Heads to Italy to Finalise Inter Switch From Racing Club
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
The midfielder had a successful season on loan with the Spanish side from Inter and will spend the next four years at the Mestalla
Valencia sign Kondogbia on permanent deal from Inter
The midfielder had a successful season on loan with the Spanish side from Inter and will spend the next four years at the Mestalla
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Man Utd look to take advantage of Spurs' stance on transfers with early Toby Alderweireld approach
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Man Utd look to take advantage of Spurs' stance on transfers with early Toby Alderweireld approach
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Sixteen teams will vie for the ultimate bragging rights and cash awards during the tournament that will be hosted at Upper Hill
Star Times launch inter-media football tournament
Sixteen teams will vie for the ultimate bragging rights and cash awards during the tournament that will be hosted at Upper Hill
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Rondon wanted by Atleti, Inter Milan, and West Ham
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Rondon wanted by Atleti, Inter Milan, and West Ham
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Chelsea face hefty compensation package as Antonio Conte considers break from football
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Chelsea face hefty compensation package as Antonio Conte considers break from football
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan v Inter Milan - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 4, 2018 AC Milan fans before the match REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Serie A - AC Milan v Inter Milan
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan v Inter Milan - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 4, 2018 AC Milan fans before the match REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
No Icardi, half-fit Aguero and off-colour Higuain: Sampaoli has got Argentina's World Cup front line all wrong
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
No Icardi, half-fit Aguero and off-colour Higuain: Sampaoli has got Argentina's World Cup front line all wrong
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
2014 World Cup finalists Argentina have named their 23 man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli has named Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Juventus Paulo Dybala alongside Lionel Messi to lead the Albiceleste's front line, but surprisingly Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi has been snubbed. Here's more!
Argentina name World Cup squad, exclude Mauro Icardi
2014 World Cup finalists Argentina have named their 23 man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli has named Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Juventus Paulo Dybala alongside Lionel Messi to lead the Albiceleste's front line, but surprisingly Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi has been snubbed. Here's more!
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.
Argentina Leave Inter Striker Mauro Icardi Out of Final World Cup Squad
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut in October 2013 but spent four years in international exile before he was recalled last September for the final four World Cup qualifiers.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi left out of Argentina's 23-man squad
The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut in October 2013 but spent four years in international exile before he was recalled last September for the final four World Cup qualifiers.
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
5 things - Inter's away form seals Champions League return
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
5 things - Inter's away form seals Champions League return
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
5 things - Inter's away form seals Champions League return
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
Argentina International Heads to Italy to Finalise Inter Switch From Racing Club
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
Argentina International Heads to Italy to Finalise Inter Switch From Racing Club
​Argentina international Lautaro Martinez is flying to Italy where he will soon complete his impending switch to ​Internazionale. The move is being reported by Calcio Mercato after the forward was spotted at the airport in Belo Horizonte early in the morning on the 24th of May. Martinez is expected to undergo his medical for Inter once he arrives in Milan later today. The first section of Martinez's medical will take place at the club's Humanitas clinic, with the second part being undertaken...
The midfielder had a successful season on loan with the Spanish side from Inter and will spend the next four years at the Mestalla
Valencia sign Kondogbia on permanent deal from Inter
The midfielder had a successful season on loan with the Spanish side from Inter and will spend the next four years at the Mestalla
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Man Utd look to take advantage of Spurs' stance on transfers with early Toby Alderweireld approach
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Man Utd look to take advantage of Spurs' stance on transfers with early Toby Alderweireld approach
Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for Tottenham Hotspur to wrap up their transfer business early in their pursuit of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Jose Mourinho, who is also pursuing a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, wants to sign a centre-half this summer as the United manager bids to strengthen his defence and believes Alderweireld would be a good fit. Negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has long proven a taxing experience for United and a formal move for the £50 million plus rated Alderweireld could still be fraught with complications. But Pochettino has made it clear to Levy, both publicly and in talks with the Spurs chairman, that he wants the club to conduct their business earlier than in previous summers, both in terms of ins and outs, and United hope that stance could assist any approach for Alderweireld. Spurs have traditionally left business late but, with a shortened transfer window compounded by the World Cup finals, which will further limit time to do deals, Pochettino hopes the club do not drag their heels and wants the go-ahead to sell anybody he believes he can replace. Levy is eager for Pochettino to sign a new contract and knows he may have to bow to some of the manager’s wishes. Pochettino wants Spurs to wrap up their transfer business early on this summer Credit: Getty Images It would still take a huge offer to persuade Levy to sell Alderweireld to a direct English rival for the Champions League places. Alderweireld would be available for £25m next summer [2019] under the terms of his contract, which has two years to run, but Spurs want more than double that this summer. There have even been reports that Levy could hold out for a fee closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January, although such a price seems excessive given Alderweireld’s age and contractual situation. Still, it remains to be seen if Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, is prepared to go the extra yard to secure the services of Alderweireld, who, at 29, would have little resale value and likely be bought with immediate success in mind. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Woodward was unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £49m asking price for Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer, much to Mourinho’s frustration, because it was considered an excessive sum for a player who was 28 at the time. Woodward was also conscious that United – who have also been linked with Spurs left back Danny Rose - paid Chelsea a projected £40m fee for the 29-year-old Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, that summer. Pochettino is a keen admirer of Anthony Martial but United are opposed to selling the France forward, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea, to an English club. If Tottenham insisted on taking Martial as part of any negotiations over Alderweireld, a deal for the defender could easily break down and force United to pursue other central defensive targets. The sale of Martial to any club, let alone an English rival, would be dimly received by United supporters, though. He has endured an up and down season in which he has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, failing to make France’s World Cup squad in the process, and he is one of several players who has a difficult relationship with Mourinho. But his talent is considerable and there are plenty of people within Old Trafford who feel the club would be making a huge mistake that could come back to haunt them if Martial was sold. With Michael Carrick retiring, a midfielder remains Mourinho's first priority and the Portuguese is hoping to land Fred, whom Manchester City have also pursued previously, before the start of the World Cup finals next month.
Sixteen teams will vie for the ultimate bragging rights and cash awards during the tournament that will be hosted at Upper Hill
Star Times launch inter-media football tournament
Sixteen teams will vie for the ultimate bragging rights and cash awards during the tournament that will be hosted at Upper Hill
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Rondon wanted by Atleti, Inter Milan, and West Ham
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Rondon wanted by Atleti, Inter Milan, and West Ham
Rondon scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC to take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zonal semifinal
The Bengaluru-based outfit will take on the Turkmenistan champions in the next stage of Asia's second-tier club tournament...
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Chelsea face hefty compensation package as Antonio Conte considers break from football
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Chelsea face hefty compensation package as Antonio Conte considers break from football
Antonio Conte will consider taking a break if he is sacked as Chelsea head coach, which would be a blow to the club’s hopes of avoiding an expensive compensation package. Conte has been left in the dark over his future since leading Chelsea to FA Cup success last Saturday, with a game of brinkmanship threatening to be played out. The Italian has made it clear he will not walk away from the final year of his contract, meaning Chelsea must sack him and risk paying a compensation bill of up to £9million to replace him. One simple solution to the impasse would be for Conte to walk straight into another job, but the potential options for him are running out. Roberto Mancini has taken over the Italian national team, Thomas Tuchel was appointed by Paris Saint-Germain and Max Allegri looks set to stay at Juventus. Inter Milan are preparing to keep Luciano Spalletti after qualifying for the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti is being touted as a possible replacement for Maurizio Sarri if the 59-year-old leaves Napoli. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Conte is believed to be willing to wait for one of Europe’s top jobs if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge, which could be costly for Chelsea. The Blues would have to continue to pay Conte for the remaining 12 months of his contract while he is out of work, meaning a year-long sabbatical would cost them the full £9m. There is also the issue of Conte’s staff, who would be due pay offs even if the Italian quit but it is not certain that they would all follow the former Juventus manager out of Chelsea. Goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli is thought to be prepared to stay at Chelsea, particularly if Conte leaves without a job to walk back into. Spinelli, who was part of Conte’s staff with the Italian national team, has worked well with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and is highly rated by the Belgian and within Stamford Bridge. Other than saving them money, Spinelli could solve a possible problem for Chelsea if he stayed on, as former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who is still employed by the club, does not get on with Courtois. Courtois is yet to sign an extension to his contract that only has 12 months to run and the prospect of working with Lollichon again could be enough to convince him to leave Chelsea. Chelsea may look to offload Alvaro Morata this summer Credit: Getty images Despite uncertainty over Conte and his staff, Chelsea are making transfer plans for the summer and could be forced to make a big decision over record signing Alvaro Morata. Juventus have already shown an interest in taking Morata back and AC Milan are the latest club to investigate whether or not they could afford to sign the Spaniard. It is not believed AC could match Chelsea’s £57m valuation of Morata, but the Italians could look to take him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Chelsea are not desperate to sell Morata, who they believe will be better next season, but they are willing to let him go if he asks to leave or if they can finance a move for a replacement by cashing in. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is also of interest to Tottenham Hotspur, are two forwards on Chelsea’s radar.
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan v Inter Milan - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 4, 2018 AC Milan fans before the match REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Serie A - AC Milan v Inter Milan
Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan v Inter Milan - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 4, 2018 AC Milan fans before the match REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
No Icardi, half-fit Aguero and off-colour Higuain: Sampaoli has got Argentina's World Cup front line all wrong
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
No Icardi, half-fit Aguero and off-colour Higuain: Sampaoli has got Argentina's World Cup front line all wrong
The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste's hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads
2014 World Cup finalists Argentina have named their 23 man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli has named Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Juventus Paulo Dybala alongside Lionel Messi to lead the Albiceleste's front line, but surprisingly Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi has been snubbed. Here's more!
Argentina name World Cup squad, exclude Mauro Icardi
2014 World Cup finalists Argentina have named their 23 man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli has named Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Juventus Paulo Dybala alongside Lionel Messi to lead the Albiceleste's front line, but surprisingly Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi has been snubbed. Here's more!
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Argentina Boss Sampaoli Cites Reason for Icardi World Cup Omission Due to 'Style of Play'
​Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to omit ​Inter striker Mauro Icardi from his 23-man ​World Cup squad for Russia this summer, citing he wants individuals who 'identify with our style of play as closely as possible'. Speaking to the gathering world's media as the Chilean revealed his final selections for this summer, Sampaoli is quoted by ​Football Italia as wanting players for his team who offer versatility but above all fit La Albiceleste's current brand of football. ...
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.
Argentina Leave Inter Striker Mauro Icardi Out of Final World Cup Squad
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut in October 2013 but spent four years in international exile before he was recalled last September for the final four World Cup qualifiers.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi left out of Argentina's 23-man squad
The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut in October 2013 but spent four years in international exile before he was recalled last September for the final four World Cup qualifiers.
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
5 things - Inter's away form seals Champions League return
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
5 things - Inter's away form seals Champions League return
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
5 things - Inter's away form seals Champions League return
Here are five things you didn't know after Inter's 3-2 victory over Lazio.
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates their second goal REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino vs Inter Milan - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - April 8, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi reacts after a missed chance REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Serie A - Torino vs Inter Milan
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino vs Inter Milan - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - April 8, 2018 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi reacts after a missed chance REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
The Inter star had been included in the Albiceleste shortlist but is overlooked in favour of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain up front
Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad
The Inter star had been included in the Albiceleste shortlist but is overlooked in favour of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain up front
The Inter star had been included in the Albiceleste shortlist but is overlooked in favour of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain up front
Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad
The Inter star had been included in the Albiceleste shortlist but is overlooked in favour of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain up front
The Dutchman, who will leave Lazio for San Siro this summer, gave away a penalty that the Argentine striker hailed as meant to be
Icardi: Inter-bound De Vrij giving away a penalty was destiny
The Dutchman, who will leave Lazio for San Siro this summer, gave away a penalty that the Argentine striker hailed as meant to be
​Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi hailed his 'extraordinary' players and refused to blame them for the ​dramatic 3-2 home defeat against ​Inter on Sunday evening, which cost his side a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. I Biancocelesti - who only needed a point to secure fourth place and thus Champions League qualification - seemed to be cruising to a 2-1 victory with less than a quarter of an hour remaining. However, late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino enabled Inter to...
Lazio's Simone Inzaghi Defends Inter-Bound Star Despite His Critical Error in Sunday's Defeat
​Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi hailed his 'extraordinary' players and refused to blame them for the ​dramatic 3-2 home defeat against ​Inter on Sunday evening, which cost his side a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. I Biancocelesti - who only needed a point to secure fourth place and thus Champions League qualification - seemed to be cruising to a 2-1 victory with less than a quarter of an hour remaining. However, late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino enabled Inter to...
Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring their third goal. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring their third goal. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo
Inter Milan snatched the final Champions League berth with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over direct European rivals Lazio on the final day of the season at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Inter Milan Come From Behind Against Lazio to Snatch Champions League Spot
Inter Milan snatched the final Champions League berth with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over direct European rivals Lazio on the final day of the season at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Inter Milan snatched the final Champions League berth with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over direct European rivals Lazio on the final day of the season at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Serie A: Inter seal Champions League spot after six years with dramatic win over Lazio; AC Milan thrash Fiorentina 5-1
Inter Milan snatched the final Champions League berth with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over direct European rivals Lazio on the final day of the season at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Inter's Matias Vecino (R) celebrates scoring the winning goal against Lazio
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Inter's Matias Vecino (R) celebrates scoring the winning goal against Lazio
Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home.
Inter Milan back in the Champions League after late heroics (video)
Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home.
Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home.
Inter Milan back in the Champions League after late heroics (video)
Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home.
Lazio's Felipe Anderson, left, celebrates with his teammate Adam Marusic after scoring his side's second goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Lazio's Felipe Anderson, left, celebrates with his teammate Adam Marusic after scoring his side's second goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Inter's Matias Vecino celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Inter's Matias Vecino celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Inter Milan Mauro Icardi scores on a penalty during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Inter Milan Mauro Icardi scores on a penalty during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
AC Milan's Nikola Kalinic, left, celebrates with his teammate Patrick Cutrone after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
AC Milan's Nikola Kalinic, left, celebrates with his teammate Patrick Cutrone after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan's Patrick Cutrone, covered by his teammates, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
AC Milan's Patrick Cutrone, covered by his teammates, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Fiorentina's Giovanni Simeone, left, scores his side's opening goal as AC Milan's Ricardo Rodriguez tries to stop him during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Fiorentina's Giovanni Simeone, left, scores his side's opening goal as AC Milan's Ricardo Rodriguez tries to stop him during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi shouts during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi shouts during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
Crotone's Simy, left, reaches for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Crotone and Napoli, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Crotone's Simy, left, reaches for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Crotone and Napoli, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti follows the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti follows the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Inter Milan at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
Stefan de Vrij - seemingly set to join Inter from Lazio - gave away a penalty that Mauro Icardi described as "destiny".
De Vrij penalty was destiny for Inter - Icardi
Stefan de Vrij - seemingly set to join Inter from Lazio - gave away a penalty that Mauro Icardi described as "destiny".
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Andrea Ranocchia celebrates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Andrea Ranocchia celebrates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Andrea Ranocchia celebrates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi celebrates with his teammates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi celebrates with his teammates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi celebrates with his teammates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Yann Karamoh celebrates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Yann Karamoh celebrates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's Yann Karamoh celebrates after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Inter's players celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A soccer match SS Lazio vs FC Inter at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

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