Category: Italian

£9m-rated star could replace Carroll at West Ham next season

According to CalcioNapoli24, West Ham United are considering a move for Napoli striker Roberto Inglese in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has already been busy in the transfer market this summer, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski joining the club.

There is no question that the Hammers need to improve their options further forward, however, and it is understood that they had a £20m bid for Fulham captain Tom Cairney rejected in the latter stages of last week.

A new centre-forward is also a priority due to the speculation surrounding the future of Javier Hernandez, and according to CalcioNapoli24, Napoli’s Inglese has emerged as an option.

The 6ft 2in attacker spent last season on loan at Chievo Verona, and is yet to represent Napoli despite joining the club in 2017.

Would Inglese be a good signing?

Last season, the 26-year-old managed 12 goals in 34 Serie A appearances for Chievo, whilst he also netted once in two Coppa Italia fixtures.

Napoli signed him in the summer of 2017, but he remained on loan at Chievo, and it is understood that the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as head coach of the Naples club could see Inglese leave before actually representing the Italian giants.

Valued at £9m by, it is unlikely that the Hammers would have to break the bank for Inglese, and he showed last season that he is capable of scoring goals in a top European league.

Hernandez may well be leaving the London Stadium this summer, and Andy Carroll’s future is also up in the air. Jordan Hugill, meanwhile, hardly kicked a ball in the second half of last season.

Inglese is a little bit of an unknown quantity, but could turn out to be a smart signing for West Ham at an affordable price.

'Not happening' … Liverpool fans stunned by bizarre transfer rumour

The transfer market can throw up some surprise rumours, and at this stage of the window, top Premier League clubs are linked with numerous names.

Liverpool have recruited one player so far in the form of Fabinho from Monaco, while Naby Keita has arrived after agreeing a switch from RB Leipzig last year.

Plenty of media reports have suggested that the Reds are hunting for a new goalkeeper and midfielder.

On Friday, Calciomercato reported that the Reds are eyeing a move for Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne.

The 27-year-old, who has been at Napoli for his entire career so far, is believed to be admired by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The speculation has come out of the blue, and there has been no indication from the player that he has any interest in moving on this summer.

In addition, the Merseyside outfit would have to pay a hefty figure considering that Insigne’s contract does not expire until 2022.

After the rumour emerged, Liverpool fans took to Twitter, and most believe that there is no foundation to these rumours.

Tottenham fans split when it comes to deal for Champions League winner

According to FC Inter News, Tottenham Hotspur lead West Ham United in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in this summer’s transfer window.

Rafinha ended last season on loan at Inter Milan, having joined the Italian giants from Barcelona in the January transfer window.

It is understood that Inter have turned down the chance to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal this summer, which has given both Tottenham and West Ham huge encouragement in their pursuit of the Brazilian.

According to FC Inter News, Tottenham lead their bitter London rivals in the race, and the club’s supporters have been reacting to the news on social media.

Whilst there are those who feel that Rafinha would be an excellent signing, there are also plenty who are concerned about the 25-year-old’s injury record.

He might be surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but this is a player who has scored 11 times in 79 appearances for one of the best club teams in world football.

Rafinha will not turn 26 until next February, meanwhile, and there is absolutely no question that he has the qualities to be a success in the Premier League if given the chance.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Spurs fans can be seen below:

Tottenham and Everton learn asking price for in-demand 26-year-old

According to The Express, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton target Matias Vecino will be available for £19m in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Vecino is currently in action at the 2018 World Cup, with the 26-year-old helping Uruguay reach the knockout round of the competition with a match to spare.

The midfielder plays his club football for Inter Milan, having joined the Italian giants from Fiorentina last summer.

Earlier this month, Tottenham and Everton were both linked with a move for Vecino, and according to The Express, Inter would be prepared to sell for £19m this summer.

That said, it is understood that Chelsea are also very much in the race for the 24-time international, and the interest will surely mount if Uruguay continue to progress at this summer’s World Cup.

What are Vecino’s credentials?

Vecino is a 6ft 2inch midfielder who started his professional career with Uruguayan outfit Central Espanol before joining Nacional, where he spent two years.

Fiorentina signed him on a four-year contract in January 2013, although the deal did not actually go through until the summer of the same year.

The versatile midfielder scored six times and registered eight assists in 85 appearances for Fiorentina, whilst he also turned out for Cagliari and Empoli on loan before joining Inter.

The San Siro giants paid in the region of £20m to sign him last summer, and he scored three times and registered three assists in 31 appearances last term.

According to The Express, Inter would be prepared to sell for £19m ahead of the new season, however, and Tottenham and Everton are very much in the race.

That said, it appears that the Tottenham fans are not convinced that Vecino would be a good signing having watched him in action at the World Cup.

5 crosses, 1 interception: Tottenham need to be eyeing four-time trophy winner

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen provide plenty of attacking and creative prowess at Tottenham Hotspur, but the team need a different dimension if they want to keep progressing.

Pressure will be on Mauricio Pochettino’s shoulders this season as he leads the side into their new home adjacent to White Hart Lane.

The club have gone a decade without winning silverware, and expectation is high given that they have secured Champions League football every year for the past three seasons.

A new attacking player should be on the horizon, and one which may have caught the eye on Thursday night is Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.

The 29-year-old plays predominantly as a winger, but he also has the ability to feature just behind the striker.

Perisic highly impressed for Croatia during the nation’s 3-0 victory over Argentina at the World Cup in Russia.

Ivan Perisic stats v Argentina

The attack-minded star showed his qualities going forward, but he also chipped in defensively when trying to thwart a team that boasted the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

Perisic intercepted play on two occasions, and at the other end he produced five crosses – more than any of his teammates.

The Croatian, who has won four club trophies in his career, has the qualities that could work in a Pochettino team.

Last season, he found the back of the net 11 times in 39 games for Inter.

His age may be something to jot down in the ‘cons’ column, but Tottenham should certainly consider a move before the transfer window closes.