Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has admitted that Mauro Icardi, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic are free to leave the club amid links with Romelu Lukaku.
The former Chelsea boss has confirmed that the players have no future at Inter as he looks to bring his own squad to the Guiseppe Meaza.
Is time up for Icardi and Nainggolan? Five key things to know…
- Mauro Icardi has had a long-running dispute with Inter about his status at the club.
- The player is linked with a move to Juve, Napoli and Roma.
- Radja Nainggolan is transfer listed with a move to China on the cards, though Roma are considering a €29m bid.
- Conte believes Ivan Perisic is not suited to his tactics forcing the winger to play upfront.
- Conte admitted the players’ futures may be elsewhere.
The long-running saga with Icardi may soon be over after Conte admitted the player can leave.
The 26-year-old Argentine striker did not travel with the club on their Asia tour this pre-season and Conte revealed his time at Inter is over.
“The situation is very clear, the club was very clear that Icardi is out of Inter’s project. This is the reality,” Conte said.
The Inter boss also admitted that Ivan Perisic may not be suited to his tactics following the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup. Perisic came on as a second-half substitute but was played as an out-and-out striker.
After the game Conte said: “We are working, but the responses so far are not positive.”
“I don’t think Perisic is suited to the role I am asking for, so right now the only place he can play is upfront.”
Radja Nainggolan will also be leaving and despite the player wanting to return to Roma he also has offers from Chinese clubs Dalian Yifeng and Shanghai Shenhua, according to Calcio Mercato.
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Conte ‘frustrated’ in chase for Lukaku
Inter’s chase for Manchester United striker Lukaku continues but has left Conte feeling frustrated. The Italian is desperate to bring the player to Serie A but, with the clubs disagreeing on the price, a move is yet to materialise.
“I think frustrated is a big word,” the former Chelsea manager said. “Lukaku is United’s player and this is the reality. You know very well that I like this player but also in the past when I was Chelsea’s coach and tried to bring him to Chelsea. I think today Lukaku is a player with United. This is the reality.
“I think that in this moment if you’re talking about a player from another club it’s right to not talk about Lukaku because we have great respect for United.”
“As I said before, I like this player and consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement but at the same [time] there is a transfer market. We know very well which is our situation at the moment and we will see what happens but for now Lukaku is a United player.”