Ausilio wants ‘respect’ in Roma row

The row between Inter and Roma is increasingly bitter, as Piero Ausilio hit back at Gianluca Petrachi. “There ought to be respect and professionalism.”

Leonardo Spinazzola and Matteo Politano had their medicals and posed for pictures before Inter pulled the plug on the exchange, trying to change the terms of the loan with obligation to buy into an option.

Roma director of sport Petrachi told Sky Sport Italia on Sunday that “evidently there was a short-circuit or total breakdown in communication between the Inter director of sport and CEO.

“When a word has been given and an operation is closed, then it is closed.”

Now Ausilio has hit back at his Roma counterpart in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.

“I think the Roma director of sport knows all about short-circuits, seeing as he is often in those situations, especially when it comes to press conferences and interviews.

“In order to reassure him, I can say that we are all on the same page at Inter. When a negotiation begins, all the components agree: the technical and financial ones.

“If we go for a player, it means all the components of the club, from the President to the coach, absolutely agree. Whatever the Roma DS believes, that is his problem. I just say there ought to be respect and professionalism between colleagues.

“He should look at his own issues, I talk about Inter and not the problems at Roma, so I’d like members of other clubs to focus on themselves.”

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Inter: ‘Eriksen offer, Moses deal’

Inter director Piero Ausilio confirms they “have made a formal offer for Christian Eriksen” to Tottenham, while “we reached a basic agreement” for Victor Moses of Chelsea.

The statements to Sky Sport Italia this evening make it clear Eriksen is their number one priority for the January transfer window.

“We have made a formal offer for Eriksen and now we are waiting for a response from Tottenham. We can only sit and wait now, as there are many clubs interested, he is a top player who has naturally attracted interest from the most important clubs in Europe.

“It’s very difficult, but we’ll try to do everything possible,” said the director of sport.

The 28-year-old Denmark international’s contract expires in June, so his agent was permitted to hold negotiations with Inter CEO Beppe Marotta.

They agreed personal terms, believed to be a contract worth €10m per season.

Spurs wanted €20m to release him now, but it’s reported the deal was eventually done for €15m plus up to €3m in performance-related bonuses and add-ons.

Ausilio also commented on other discussions with Premier League club Chelsea, specifically that Moses is set to arrive on loan with option to buy for €10m, interrupting his Fenerbahce loan.

“We’ve reached a basic agreement with Chelsea for Victor Moses. We are evaluating the situation, it could be an opportunity, but it’s better to wait before saying more.

“Olivier Giroud is a possibility, if we sell one of our forwards on the transfer market.”

Giroud cannot arrive until Matteo Politano has left, but the exchange with Roma wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola fell apart at the last minute after a medical.

“Politano is an asset for this club, if we have the opportunity to make him happy with a move, then we will take it.”

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Report: Suso requests transfer

Suso had a meeting with Milan directors today in which he reportedly put in a transfer request, with Sevilla and Roma the favourites.

The winger was spotted arriving at Casa Milan this afternoon with his agent and stayed in the club headquarters for approximately 45 minutes.

According to Calciomercato.com and La Gazzetta dello Sport, Suso handed in a transfer request, something Milan are more than happy to help go through.

He has fallen down the pecking order since the move to a 4-4-2 system, which in turn promoted a significant upturn in results.

However, the Rossoneri don’t want to sell Suso for less than €25m and are finding it difficult to get that sum.

Sevilla are the most interested club, while Roma are in negotiations for a potential exchange plus cash for Cengiz Under.

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Nicola: ‘Fans appreciated our effort’

Genoa coach Davide Nicola says he’s happy that the Rossoblu supporters appreciated their efforts against Roma. “I think they respected our performance.”

Nicola’s side lost 3-1 to the Giallorossi, but the coach states that he was happy with the team’s display in general.

“In the first half we weren’t as brave as in the second, in which we created four opportunities, like Roma. I think our fans appreciated the performance,” Nicola told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am satisfied with the second half and after a week of working I can already see things. I am happy about this.

“In the second half I saw the determination to never want to give up.”

Genoa made some individual errors that cost them, but Nicola was more concerned about the team’s display.

“I don’t care about individual mistakes. We think as a team.

“What matter is to react and make up for the mistakes as a team. We certainly got into trouble on a couple of occasions, but if we play like this with the desire to attack we can be more dangerous.”

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Liveblog: Serie A Wk20 Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games, including Milan-Udinese, Lecce-Inter, Genoa-Roma and Juventus-Parma.

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We begin at 11.30 GMT at San Siro, where Milan try to build some momentum with a third consecutive victory between league and Coppa Italia.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a move to 4-4-2 have revitalised the Rossoneri, but Udinese have won three on the bounce in Serie A.

At 14.00 GMT, Inter have to get back on track after dropping behind Juventus and losing the Winter Champions crown, as Antonio Conte travels to his hometown club Lecce.

Bologna-Verona is a mid-table tussle, while Brescia and Cagliari desperately try to end their dismal recent runs.

At 17.00 GMT, a decimated Roma visit Genoa, who remain as unpredictable as ever under their third coach of the campaign.

And leaders Juventus host Dejan Kulusevski’s Parma at 19.45 GMT, potentially with the all-star attack of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

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