So, a few hours ago, I talked about the prospect of Arturo Vidal coming to bolster the midfield for Inter Milan.
Well, I admit, I never actually said it was happening, which is good because it doesn’t seem to be even remote. We also have some answers to some of our attacking questions too it would seem.
Speaking to Mediaset Premium Thursday, Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio said Antonia Candreva and Ivan Perisic are both staying with the club.
"First of all, it is not true, talking about Antonio, that he has been questioned: never put on the market, together with him we are trying to build a great Inter. And the same goes for Perisic."
- Piero Ausilio to Mediaset Premium
Ausilio said Inter is in the midst of talking contract extension with Perisic who has drawn significant interest from Manchester United since before the end of June.
In terms of the Nerazzurri midfield, Ausilio said the recent signings of Borja Valero and Matias Vecino should solidify the center for Inter. Despite claims the club are pursuing former Juventus and current Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, Ausilio did not deny Inter making overtures but suggested there was no way the Chilean would be at the San Siro.
"We think we are in place with Vecino and Borja Valero,” Ausilio said. “We first realized that the possibilities for Vidal were very few, Bayern made a wall right away and with them it is not easy to deal if they do not want to surrender.”
He added he hopes players like Joao Mario and Marcelo Brozovic can develop into what Luciano Spalletti needs in the center of the field.
Ausilio also said that Jeison Murillo’s linked move to Valencia is not as close as some media outlets have reported.
“Valencia is interested in him but he is not one step away from the transfer,” he said. “It's a negotiation that can go for long and I do not rule out that in the end it remains.”
One other note, Ausilio suggested Nice defender Dalbert could be set for a medical sometime in the next few days, according to football-italia.net. The report is that Inter is paying €20 million plus bonuses for the defender and a 20 percent sell-on fee.
“There are some rather important things missing,” Ausilio said. “Which are the signatures.”