Following his side’s crucial victory over Fiorentina this week, Inter Milan Sporting Director Piero Ausilio has quickly moved to deny speculation in the media concerning Chelsea striker Diego Costa. The Spanish international is the latest in a long line of players to be linked with a move to the San Siro, however with Mauro Icardi in such good form so far this season, Ausilio has disregarded the signing of another attacker at this point. Despite Inter being outsiders in the football odds with the bookmakers to sign Costa, many outlets have linked Stefano Pioli’s new club with a €50 million move for the Chelsea man.
However, the Inter Director categorically denied such claims before Monday night’s encounter with Fiorentina, with Icardi going on to justify such confidence with two goals for his side. Ausilio stated: “To talk about this is absurd, we already have a very strong centre-forward. We will try to evaluate the positions we feel need strengthening.” Despite seeing some odds movement over recent weeks regarding Costa, it seems that the Brazilian born striker is to stay in West London for the time being, with bookmakers Coral offering long odds for the former Atletico Madrid man to move to Italy.
The form of Icardi has been one of the very few positives for Inter so far this season, with former boss Frank De Boer being dismissed after just 85 days in charge. Despite twelve goals from the Argentinian so far in Serie A, Inter find themselves in eighth position in the table, already a massive 12 points behind leaders and defending champions Juventus. As well as this, Icardi has been heavily criticised by his own fans, although the Inter Captain has a better goal scoring and assist record than anyone across Europe’s top leagues this season, including reported transfer target Costa.
Despite summer arrivals Joao Mario and Gabigol struggling to settle in Italy so far, Inter’s main priority should undoubtedly be in defence, with the team having conceded 18 Serie A goals to date. This, fact that Costa is unlikely to want to leave Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s side currently top of the table in England, means that any signings in January will be in either the defensive or midfield regions of the pitch.
Meanwhile, having crashed out of the Europa League last week, Coral have Inter as the rank outsiders to qualify for next seasons Champions League, with Pioli’s side currently seven points behind fourth place Lazio.