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Inter Milan Notes & Quotes: Jan. 22, 2019

What’s happening around Italy and the Nerazzurri.

Italy v Poland - UEFA Nations League A
Mario Balotelli of Italy looks on during the UEFA Nations League A group three match between Italy and Poland at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on September 7, 2018 in Bologna, Italy.
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Around Italy

A home for Balotelli

Mario Balotelli may finally have a place to play as Forza Italia Football reports he is close to a deal that will send him to Marseille for the rest of the season.

Balotelli has been on the roster at Nice, but coach Patrick Vieira has kept him off the pitch since he was hired recently. Some of that may be due to the fact that Balotelli showed up late to pre-season training and failed to score in 10 appearances.

Piatek to join AC Milan

Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek has reportedly signed a deal to play at AC Milan.

Sky Sport correspondent Fabrizio Romano tweeted that a deal between the two clubs was complete, worth approximately €35 million and AC Milan will sign Piatek for five years.

Piatek already has 13 goals in his first season with Genoa, second to only Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A.

Juventus v Chievo - Serie A
Paulo Dybala of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and Chievo at Allianz Stadium on January 21, 2019 in Turin, Italy.
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Real Madrid seeking Dybala

Real Madrid are reportedly interested in making a summer move for Juventus starlet Paulo Dybala.

In an effort to replace Ronaldo, who left for Juventus over the summer, the Spanish club could launch a €90 million bid to bring Dybala to La Liga, according to numerous reports.

Inter Milan news

Mexican midfielder seeks switch to Inter Milan

Porto midfielder Hector Herrera wants to join Inter Milan when his contract expires in the summer. reported Herrera is expected to gain dual citizenship with Mexico and potentially Portugal so as not to take up a non-EU spot with a club.

He has already been offered a switch to Atletico Madrid, but he apparently is holding out for a move to Italy and the Nerazzurri.

FC Internazionale v US Sassuolo - Serie A
Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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Icardi negotiations expected to start this week

The ongoing saga between Inter Milan and striker Mauro Icardi may be coming to a close in the near future.

Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara told Italian media she hopes negotiations will begin sometime this week.

“Mauro still has two-and-a-half years on his contract, there’s nothing to worry about,” Nara said. “Even my son Valentino is an Inter fan and every time he hears the news about a possible transfer on television, Mauro tells him that we cannot do something like that.”

Chelsea and Real Madrid have expressed interest in the Argentinian striker.

Juventus v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus (L) fouls Roberto Gagliardini of Internazionale during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadium on December 7, 2018 in Turin, Italy.
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Gagliardini wants to stay at Inter

Despite interest from West Ham United and Everton, Roberto Gagliardini has professed his want to stay with Inter Milan.

According to FC Inter News, Gagliardini said he wants to stay with the Nerazzurri until the end of the season, and that he rejected some offers from clubs in England.

This season, Gagliardini has started just seven matches for Luciano Spalletti.

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