Luka Modric: Inter Milan will try and sign Real Madrid star again after appointment of former Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta

29 Oct

Inter Milan will make a renewed approach for ex-Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric in January after hiring football supremo Beppe Marotta.

The San Siro club tried to sign the Croatia international in the summer, but they were knocked back by Real Madrid.

Modric in action during Real’s humiliating El Clasico defeat to Barcelona at the weekend

The European champions informed Inter the 33-year-old was not for sale and talks broke down in August.

Inter remain big fans of Modric and they are now ready to return for him during the January transfer window.

According to Tuttosport, in the next few days the club will announce the arrival of Marotta – who has left his role as CEO of Juventus.

The 61-year-old will bring with him a wealth of experience, not least in transfers and negotiations.

Marotta helped bring the likes of Ronaldo to Turin

Remembering the time Newcastle turned down the chance to sign Modric

During his time at Juventus, Marotta helped bring some of the world’s biggest players to the club – such as Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Juve are hopeful that the Italian’s experience of dealing with Real will help them broker a deal for Modric in January.

The club’s owners have set aside money for the move and it will be left to Marotta to seal the deal.

The 61-year-old’s new job title has not been confirmed, but he is expected to focus on the footballing side of affairs. Current Inter CEO, Alessandro Antonello, will then be left to deal with business matters.

Marotta’s official announcement and unveiling is likely to be made this week.

Arsenal FC news: Gunners eyeing Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta as a replacement for Ivan Gazidis

8 Oct

Arsenal are trying to secure the services of Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta, according to reports.

The 61-year-old is set to leave the Italian champions later in October after being with the club since 2010.

Giuseppe Marotta will leave Juventus later this month

Marotta revealed last month that his contract with Juve expires on October 25 and has agreed to leave the club when it ends.

The general manager is reportedly planning to take a break from football for a year before joining a new club next season.

And, according to Tuttosport, that club could well be Arsenal.

The Premier League side are said to be tracking the experienced chief, with the Gunners looking to add a senior figure to their backroom staff after chief executive Ivan Gazidis left to join AC Milan.

Marotta comes with a huge pedigree from Juventus and it is understood he would be interested in working in England.

Manchester United manager latest: Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could replace Jose Mourinho as Beppe Marotta is linked to Red Devils

2 Oct

Antonio Conte is being linked with a shock return to English football – to take the Manchester United job.

Conte, the Italian, left Chelsea at the end of last season after two years in charge during which time he won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte after Chelsea’s disappointing 2017/18 campaign

He has yet to take a new job but has emerged as a target of United’s, who could axe Jose Mourinho after the club’s shocking start to the season.

The Red Devils have won just three of their opening seven Premier League matches this term, and currently sit 10th in the table. Reports say Mourinho could lose his job if United fail to beat Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Newcastle next weekend.

Zinedine Zidane has been installed as the favourite to replace Mourinho, and talks have reportedly already been held between United chiefs and the former Real Madrid boss, but Corriere dello Sport say Conte could be the next man sitting in the Old Trafford hot seat.

The Italian paper claims United could move for Conte and Beppe Marotta in a double swoop with both men available.

Conte and Marotta enjoyed great success while working together

Marotta, the Juventus general manager, announced his surprise departure from the Serie A champions last week and is being linked with a position at Old Trafford.

And, with Conte also linked with United, it would be a reuniting of the two men who enjoyed great success with Juventus between 2011-14, when Conte coached the Serie A club.