Inter Milan go for Antonio Conte, snub Mourinho

Reports in Italy claim Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has decided Antonio Conte is the man to take the club forward.

The serie A giants are not satisfied with the performances of Luciano Spalletti’s team.

Calciomercato says Jose Mourinho had hoped to return to Inter this summer. But Marotta prefers Conte who will be given a hefty budget with the club backing him to rival Juventus for the Serie A title.

According to Tuttosport, Mourinho has made it clear to the current Nerazzurri patrons that he is more than happy for another spell on the bench.

He already took them to an historic Treble in 2010, winning Champions League, Scudetto and Coppa Italia.

Mou has repeatedly mentioned his love for Inter, particularly when Manchester United beat Juventus in the Champions League group stage this season, reports Football Italia.

However, Massimo Moratti is no longer at the club, having sold it to first Erick Thohir and then Suning.

It’s reported Inter President Steven Zhang and CEO Marotta would prefer to give the job to Conte, who was fired by Chelsea in pre-season.

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HT: Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid… Diego Costa sees red as first half ends in draw

Atletico Madrid have been lively enough in the opening 28 minutes, but their striker Diego Costa was sent off during the first half of the match.

Costa did head an effort over the bar, while Antoine Griezmann fired a strike straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The Spain international was sent off in the 28th minute by referee Gil Manzano for the apparent use of foul and abusive language.

The forward was straight in the face of the official after he did not get a decision in a clash with Lionel Messi.

Manzano handed Costa a straight red card, while Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin were also booked.

The red card changed their approach, forcing them into a rearguard action. Diego Simeone’s men have one of the best defences in the world and their reputation will be put to the test in the second half by the Catalan club.

The home side had come close before the drama as Jordi Alba hit the post, while Philippe Coutinho saw an effort well saved by Jan Oblak.

However, it has not been a thriller between LaLiga’s top two sides yet.

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HT: Manchester City 1-0 Brighton… Gabriel Jesus’ header counts (Report)

Manchester City raced into the lead in the first half of the FA Cup semi-final match against Brighton.

The only goal was scored via Gabriel Jesus’ header in the 4th minute of the match.

Kevin De Bruyne found space on the right wing before firing a terrific driven cross to the far post with Jesus on hand for to divert a diving header into the bottom left corner from close range.

It looked like City would go on to score many more as they continued to dominate, but Brighton have grown into the game and have defended well, but not threatened much in front of goal themselves.

City could count themselves lucky not to be down to 10 men, after Walker appeared to headbutt Jahanbakhsh, but both players were just shown yellow cards.

A lot of possession for City, but only one shot on target which was the goal.

Meanwhile Brighton have had a couple of decent chances, but not yet forced Ederson into making a save. Brighton still have a chance in the game, but City have been very dominant so far.

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Etebo fires Stoke City to victory after 396-minute goal drought

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has ended Stoke City’s 390-minute wait for a goal as his spectacular effort nailed Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

He capped another outstanding midfield display with a scintillating first half effort to earn Nathan Jones his third win as Potters boss.

His effort proved to be the only goal of the game, although City squandered an opportunity to extend their lead on the stroke of half-time as Bojan failed to convert from the penalty spot.

The loss of Tom Ince and skipper Ryan Shawcross to injuries represented low points on an otherwise positive afternoon as the Potters also extended their impressive run without conceding a goal to more than 500 minutes.

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HT: Real Madrid 0-1 Eibar… Cardona gives visitors shock lead (Report)

Barcelona loanee Marc Cardona’s goal in the 39th minute separates Eibar from Real Madrid in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, Madrid did have a goal disallowed early in the game after Bale squared the ball to Benzema who tapped the ball into the back of the empty net, but there was an offside in the build-up so it didn’t stand.

Eibar looked the more dangerous side when they got into the final third though and they got the goal they deserved after Gonzalo Escalante picked out Cardona who chipped the ball over Navas and into the back of the net to give his side the lead.

Real Madrid boss Zidane did not look happy with his side as he went down the tunnel for half-time and he will expect his team to improve in the final third if they want to pull a goal back in the second half.

Eibar didn’t create a lot of chances in the first half, but they did look like the bigger threat in the first half, so Mendilibar will be hoping for more of the same when they come back after the break.

Manchester City make approach to sign Chelsea star

There are reports in England that Manchester City have made an initial approach to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea.

The Frenchman has been an influential member of the Stamford Bridge club’s first team, and Pep Guardiola is said to be shopping for a long-term successor to Fernandinho.

Meanwhile, Kante has been ousted from his favoured role at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield to accommodate Jorginho, who joined the Premier League last summer.

According to Goal, City have been monitoring Kante’s situation at Chelsea and have requested intermediaries to keep them up to date if the midfielder becomes unhappy at the club.

But the report claims that Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban has extinguished any hope of City being able to bring Kante to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Instead, Metro reports, City have made Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez their priority target.

Napoli star reveals why he cannot forgive Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain’s former teammate at Napoli Lorenzo Insigne has revealed why cannot forgive the Chelsea striker.

The Argentina international had the best season of his career at the Stadio San Paolo, scoring a record-breaking 36 Serie A goals, but only weeks later walked away to join their rivals Juventus.

When he also then scored for Juve in Naples, there was visible tension between Insigne and Pipita, reports Football Italia.

“I did not appreciate the way he celebrated,” Insigne told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

“Juventus was his choice, he was free to make it, of course, but we met other times and not once – never once – did he come to say hello in the locker room, which would’ve been a natural gesture.

“That means, therefore, he had a problem with us, his former teammates who helped him score 36 Serie A goals.”

Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid summer move gathers momentum, transfer schedule unveiled

Reports in Spain claim all parties- Chelsea, Real Madrid and Eden Hazard- are close to reaching an agreement for the player’s move to Santiago Bernabeu

The Belgium national team captain has long been linked with a move to the European champions and in February he told the media that he has “already made a decision” over his future.

According to Marca, the player will soon travel to Madrid to sign a six-year deal in the “coming days” .

Zinedine Zidane apparently gave his approval last week for the transfer, which will cost around 100m euros.

Ernesto Valverde warns Barcelona fans over Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has warned on the Catalan giants’ fans to desist from whistling Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann on Saturday night.

The Frenchman rejected a move to the Catalan giants last summer in favour of penning a new long-term contract at Los Rojiblancos, and travels to the Camp Nou for the first time since that episode, reports Football Espana.

“I don’t want our fans to focus on opposition players with whistles, I want them to support our team,” Valverde told reporters, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

“I do not like it when players are whistled or abused at a match, supporters should be there to support their team and not anything else.

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