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Inter Milan Notes and Quotes: Jan. 15, 2019

Nerazzurri offered German international, missing out on Jesus and praise for Ranocchia.

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Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on December 26, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom.
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German international offered to Inter Milan

Arsenal midfielder and German international Mesuit Ozil has reportedly been offered to both Inter Milan and Juventus.

Reports suggest the London club wants to unload Ozil because of issues between he and manager Unai Emery as well as the need to get Ozil’s wages — around €300,000 per week — off the club’s books.

Arsenal is also looking to part ways with defender Aaron Ramsey, who has also been linked to Inter, but is most likely headed to Juventus.

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Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City battles for possession with Ryan Bennett of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on January 14, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Inter offered more to player, but were turned down

Inter Milan Sporting Director Piero Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia (as quoted by Football Italia) the club previously outbid Manchester City for Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus but were turned down.

Inter and Manchester City were bidding for the player in 2017 when he planned to leave Palmeiras.

The reason for the switch? Ausilio said Jesus wanted to play for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

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Andrea Ranocchia of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 13, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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Luciano Spalletti issues praise for Andrea Ranocchia

After being relatively silent on social media for more than two months, Inter boss Luciano Spalletti took to Instagram to issue praise for Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia.

“He wonders what he can do for Inter and not what Inter can do for him,” Spalletti said.

It comes on the heels of a potential contract re-negotiation between Ranocchia and the club which would extend his stay with the club — his contract expires in the summer.

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Gabriel Barbosa of Santos vies for the ball against Willian of Palmeiras during a match between Santos and Palmeiras for the Brasileirao Series A 2018 at Pacaembu Stadium on July 19, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Gabigol still wants to return to Inter

Gabriel Barbosa’s agent Junior Pedroso told that his client still wants to return to Inter Milan.

Barbosa was recently loaned to Brazilian club Flamengo for the season, but he apparently wants to come back to Inter and get another shot at making the club after the loan deal is complete.

“Would he ever return to Inter? Certainly, his dream of playing for Inter remains alive,” Pedroso said.

Barbosa had just one goal in 10 appearances for Inter during the 2016-17 season.

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