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Davide Massa Gets Demoted To Serie B As Inter Prepare To Renew With Three Important Players

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Inter Milan are having a great start to the 2023/24 season, topping the Serie A table after 14 games, 2 points ahead of Juventus in second place and securing their place in the knockout stages of the UCL with two games to spare.

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Of course, it’s been a collective effort from every member of the squad with the fringe players also stepping up when called into action, but there are several members of the team that are considered important, and it is for this reason that the club has already moved to secure their future.

First on the list is the team captain, Lautaro Martinez, and according to reports, there he is finalizing a contract extension and the Nerazzurri hope to announce the striker’s new deal by the first week of 2024. El Toro is ready to commit his future to Inter by signing a new deal until June 2028 at least, Gazzetta reports.

The striker’s agent has been in talks with the Nerazzurri directors for a few weeks and according to the report the two parties are on the verge of reaching an agreement. Lautaro will reportedly get between €7m to €9m per season with his new deal at the Stadio Meazza, becoming the highest earner at the club.


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According to the report, Inter are confident of announcing Lautaro’s contract extension by January 6, 2024. Alejandro Camano, the striker’s representative, has recently said that his client could stay at Inter ‘for life.’ Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has repeated several times over the last few months that Lautaro wants to continue with the Nerazzurri.

The 26-year-old striker, a 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina, is the current Serie A leading scorer with 13 goals in 14 league appearances. Overall, he has scored 117 goals in 257 games with Inter. Also, the duo of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Federico Dimarco are reportedly on the verge of agreeing new contracts, but the Denzel Dumfries situation is more complicated.

According to the same report, talks are already at advanced stage and the management will lock them down to new deals over the Christmas break. Mkhitaryan is set to maintain his current salary of €3.9m per season net, aided by the Growth Decree that saw him originally make the move to Roma. It remains to be seen if it will be a two-year contract or a one-year with option to extend until June 2025.

As for Dimarco, the wing-back and fan favourite is ready to double his salary from €2m to €4m plus bonuses a year until June 2028, with no release clause included. The report further suggests that Dumfries is asking for over €5m per season and negotiations will resume after Christmas.

That is a good €1m more than the offer on the table from Inter, and considering the Dutch international has many interested clubs in the Premier League, it would not be a big sacrifice to sell him next summer.

The 27-year-old wing-back is under contract until June 2025 and was signed from PSV Eindhoven for just €14.25m in 2021. His asking price is now well over double that figure. The club already have a host of names lined up as replacement with Canadian defender, Tajon Buchanan on top of the list.

Meanwhile…

With round 15 of the Italian Serie A to kick off this weekend, the League body has assigned referees to oversee the various matches and one name is conspicuously missing. Daniele Orsato has been appointed for Friday’s big game in Serie A between Juventus and Napoli, while Federico La Penna has been chosen for Atalanta–Milan on Saturday.

Orsato has been chosen to officiate the game, which will see Matteo Marcenaro as the fourth official. Marcenaro was criticised by José Mourinho before last week’s game between Roma and Sassuolo prompting the FIGC Prosecutor to open an investigation for harmful claims.

Referee La Penna will be in Bergamo on Saturday for Atalanta-Milan, while Marco Di Bello will officiate Inter–Udinese, also on Saturday. Davide Massa, criticised by Napoli after a 3-0 loss against Inter this past Sunday, has been appointed for a big game in Serie B, between Parma and Palermo.

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It’s not clear yet if this is a demotion due to his performance in last week’s big game, or just a normal shuffle. It should be recalled that Napoli President, Aurelio de Laurentiis is said to have lodged a complaint against the referee after the loss to Inter at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.

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