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Rumor Mill: Ramires and Lopez deals approved

Deal for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha still up in the air.

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Apparently, a deal has been struck to bring Jiangsu Suning midfielder Ramires to Inter on a loan deal.

Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the Chinese Super League club – and sister club to Inter Milan – has agreed to let the Brazilian go out on loan. Jiangsu was reluctant to let Ramires go without the Nerazzurri taking over Ramires’ salary for the rest of the season.

“I’d be happy to go to Inter,” Ramires told Sky Sports Italia at Jiangsu Suning’s pre-season training camp in Marbella.

Ramires has been with Jiangsu Suning since January 2016 and has scored 17 goals in his 70 appearances with the club.

Potential terms of the loan – including any obligation to buy – have not been disclosed. Inter is handcuffed somewhat on its dealings as the club need to have an additional €50 million on the books by the end of the fiscal year to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. Club majority owners Suning Group have suggested there will be no spending in the winter mercato.

Inter do have some money – a little more than €1 million – thanks to Liverpool selling Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona earlier in January.

Another deal that seems to be on the horizon is the signing of Benfica center-back Lisandro Lopez.

According to Football Italia, Lopez arrived in Milan over the weekend and has had his medical. He will be introduced on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal include a loan price of €500,000. Some outlets have suggested Inter will then be obligated to purchase for up to €9 million, but Calciomercato has reported that is an option, not mandatory. If Inter does agree to purchase, the deal would be worth €1.2 million per season for Lopez.

“I’m satisfied, and his arrival confirms that we have very good directors,” Spalletti said over the weekend.

The Nerazzurri are also in the running for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha to complement Ramires, Borja Valero and Matias Vecino. The deal for Rafinha is not complete as of Monday.

“Rafinha? We cannot say anything about him yet,” Spalletti said.