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Premier League, Inter Milan, Man Utd., Serie A

Inter Milan Miss Loan Payment To Manchester United

Lukaku Inter MIlan

I wrote earlier this week about the financial troubles that Inter Milan’s Chinese owners are in. Inter owe over €200m in transfer fees to other clubs, with their biggest debt being too Manchester United for the signing of Romelu Lukaku back in 2019.

Inter still owe United over €50m for Lukaku, and it appears that they have failed to make a €5m bonus payment to the Premier League side.

According to Italian outlet Il Corriere dello Sport, that missed payment has triggered a clause in the contract that states that Inter need to pay outstanding fee in full by March 31. The problem is that Inter does not have €50m. They obviously don’t even have €5m!

Inter Milan, Serie A

Inter Milan Owners In Financial Trouble

Inter Milan Transfer Debt

Inter Milan’s owners Suning Group have halted operations at its Chinese football clubs due to financial jeopardy – in a bombshell move which plunges the future of the Serie A giants into uncertainty.

An announcement from the company last week announced that the Chinese Super League champions would no longer be in existence:

“Due to the overlapping of various uncontrollable elements, we have to announce with great regret that Jiangsu will cease operation of teams at all levels while continuing to seek, in a wider scope, interested parties for the future development of the club,” Suning announced on Weibo.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Europa League, Europe, Man Utd., Tickets

Europa League Draw: Man Utd-AC Milan Lead Mouthwatering Knockout Ties

Sevilla Europa League

Manchester United were drawn against AC Milan in the most high-profile tie in Europa League round-of-16 draw.

The draw saw Arsenal face the side who eliminated them from the competition last season in Olympiakos, while AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, Champions League regulars in recent seasons, will play one another.

Between them, United and Milan have won a total of 10 European Cup/Champions League titles. They last faced each other in the Champions League round of 16 in 2010, when United won 7-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona, Champions League, Chelsea, Juventus, La Liga, Liverpool, Man City, Real Madrid, Tickets

Champions League Matches To Be Moved Due To COVID

Champions League Trophy

Manchester City and Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 matches against German opponents that were scheduled to be played in Germany have been moved due to COVID.

Germany has prohibited most travel from countries hit hard by new variants of Covid-19, including the UK. As a result, Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 first leg against RB Leipzig and Manchester City’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Monchengladbach will both be played in Budapest, Hungary,

Uefa thanked both clubs for their “close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution”, as well as the Hungarian Football Federation for agreeing to host the match.

Inter Milan, Serie A

Alexis Sanchez publicly SLAMMED by Antonio Conte

Alexis Sanchez Inter MIlan

Antonio Conte has publicly called out under-performing striker Alexis Sanchez by insisting ‘his numbers must be better.’

Conte has drawn attention to Sanchez’s lack of goalscoring following Inter Milan’s Coppa Italian semi-final first leg defeat to bitter rivals Juventus.

The Italian boss cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as he was defeated by his former club, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

Sanchez filled in for the absent talisman Romelu Lukaku, but failed to find the back of the net and give his side the added impetus it desperately needed.

Juventus, Serie A

Juventus Beat Inter 2-1 In First Leg Of Coppa Italia Semi-Final

Coppa Italia Trophy

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to fire Juventus to a 2-1 comeback win over Inter Milan in a hard-fought Coppa Italia semi-final first-leg clash at San Siro on Tuesday.

Lautaro Martinez gave the home side an early lead but the Portuguese replied with a penalty before pouncing on a defensive mix-up to put the Turin club in front before halftime.

Inter, without suspended top scorer Romelu Lukaku, pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way past 43-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italian produced a superb save to deny Matteo Darmian on the 1,100th senior appearance of his career for club and country.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Winners And Losers From January Transfer Window

January Transfer Window

Another January transfer window has come and gone. This one though lacked the fireworks of previous windows due to the ongoing impact that COVID-19 is having on the finances of football clubs around the world.

The lack of money does not mean that some clubs improved themselves during the window, while the lack of activity was a nightmare for some.

Here is a look at the winners and losers from the past month of transfer business

January Transfers Winners
Arsenal
Both on and off the pitch, things are looking a lot rosier at Arsenal now than they did just over a month ago.

Serie A, Tickets

Udinese 2021 Fixtures

We have Udinese tickets to all of the big games this season, both in Serie A and in Europe. Going to a Udinese match is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Udine.

Udinese is an Italian football club based in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and currently plays in the Serie A. Founded in 1896, Udinese is the second oldest club in Italy, after Genoa.

The traditional team home kit is black and white striped shirt, black shorts, and white socks. The club plays in the Stadio Friuli, which has a capacity of 41,652 (although it is currently limited to 30,900).

Europe, Serie A, Tickets, World Cup

Mancini Happy With Italy Euro 2020 Draw

Italy Euro 2020 Tickets

Italy have been drawn Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in the Euro 2020 group stage. The Azzurri previously faced Turkey at Euro 2000, beating them 2-1 with goals from Antonio Conte and Simone Inzaghi.

Italy have never before faced Switzerland or Wales at a Euros, although they have lost just nine of their 66 meetings with the two countries.

They will open the tournament against Turkey in Rome on June 12 and have the advantage of playing all their group games at the Olimpico.

Roberto Mancini’s side host Switzerland on June 17 in their second match, before welcoming Wales four days later.

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Rivalries, Serie A, Tickets

Christian Eriksen’s Free-Kick Sees Inter Win Milan Derby

MIlan Derby

Inter Milan are through to the Coppa Italia semi-finals thanks to a stunning injury-time free-kick by Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen stepped up in the 96th minute to curl home into the top corner to complete a comeback victory for Inter against their bitter rivals AC Milan in what was an ill-tempered affair that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off for AC Milan.

Ibra had put the Serie A leaders ahead in the first half but his dismissal after the break saw Inter pile on the pressure – and they equalzsed through a Romelu Lukaku penalty on 71 minutes before Eriksen’s stunner.