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Thursday, Jan. 9
Inter Milan are keen on signing Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (pictured) on an initial six-month loan deal, with a view to then landing the Italy international on a permanent contract at the end of the season, according to reports on Football Italia.
The 27-year-old only moved to St Mary’s from AS Roma last summer on a four-year deal for a fee of £12.8 million, however, Osvaldo has since found it hard to settle on the south coast.
And now officials from San Siro are flying to the UK on Wednesday to “do everything possible” to be able to convince the Saints to part company with their record signing in the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, Inter have now told Chelsea to return with a second offer for midfielder Fredy Guarin if the west London club still want to land the Colombian this month, says the Daily Mirror.
The Italians rejected an initial bid of €13m for the 27-year-old earlier this week, and now the club have told their counterparts from Stamford Bridge that unless they receive an offer they can’t refuse for Guarin by the end of the week, thought to be at least €15m, then they will call off all talks for the goalscoring midfielder.
Elsewhere, Argentinian midfield player Ruben Botta has now finally completed his long-awaited move to Inter after spending the first half of the season on loan at Livorno, reports Goal.com.
The 23-year-old was signed from Tigre last summer, however, Botta was initially unable to move to San Siro as the Nerazzurri did not have enough non-EU places available in their squad to accommodate the new recruit.
"Ruben Botta is an Inter player after the paperwork relating to his transfer was completed on Wednesday," said a statement on the club's official website on Wednesday.
"The 23-year-old Argentine has signed from Livorno on a permanent deal that runs until 2018."
And finally Inter have now decided to withdraw from the race to sign unsettled Tottenham Hotspur forward Erik Lamela, claims the Daily Mail.
The Serie A outfit had been hoping to agree a six-month loan deal with the north London club for their misfiring Argentina international, but Spurs are refusing to countenance such a move in January.
In fact, Tottenham will only consider allowing Lamela to leave White Hart Lane if they are able to recoup most, if not all, of the club-record £30m that they forked out to sign the 21-year-old from Roma last summer.
All of which means that Italian champions Juventus now look most likely to land the player instead on a permanent big-money deal at the end of the season.