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Reports: Cancelo to stay at Inter and Nagatomo switch

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The Nerazzurri want Cancelo, but it’s going to cost them.

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Joao Cancelo of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the serie A match between Spal and FC Internazionale at Stadio Paolo Mazza on January 28, 2018 in Ferrara, Italy.
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Media in Italy are suggesting Inter Milan is looking to find a way to keep Valencia midfielder Joao Cancelo permanently, following his loan spell.

Tuttosport reported the team wants to trigger the €35 million option to purchase Cancelo, but of course Financial Fair Play will rear its ugly head.

So, in order to make that move, Inter is going to have to unload some weight.

For one, the Nerazzurri can pick up €25 million back from Valencia for Geoffrey Kondogbia, but only if the Spanish club can come up with that money.

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Yuto Nagatomo of FC Internazionale in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in Florence, Italy. Nagatomo has been on loan at Galatasaray in Turkey and looks keen to stay there.
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Then there’s Yuto Nagatomo.

The longtime Inter defender is apparently enjoying his time in Turkey.

He told Turkish media outlet Milliyet he wants top stay at Galatasaray claiming he has “been reborn here.”

“I want to play and remain at Galatasaray,” the Japanese international said, as quoted by Football Italia. “I have settled in well and I have been reborn here. I like to play football and I knew what the club was like. I have immediately settled in to Istanbul.”

If Galatasaray were interested in buying Nagatomo – and there have been conflicting reports about that – it would cost them approximately €2.5 million.

But, even with Nagatomo and Kondogbia, it still doesn’t get the club to the €35 million mark for Cancelo. It also doesn’t even factor in the money the club would need to purchase Rafinha from Barcelona – which the club may be interested in at this point considering his play on the field. Nor does it take into consideration what we are reportedly paying for Lautaro Martinez from Racing Club.

Another sell-off would be Francesco Bardi to Frosinone, but that would also be for a pretty small amount. Joao Mario to West Ham is a possibility, but judging by his play of late, it may not be likely the London club will want to spend the money on him.

You kind of have to wonder, if financial solvency isn’t in the cards – and judging by the club debts, it could be a long haul – maybe the €7 million fine to UEFA for violating FFP isn’t such a bad idea.


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