Frank de Boer is set to replace Roberto Mancini as Inter Milan coach just a fortnight before the new Serie A season begins, according to reports in Italy. Mancini’s future has been the subject of speculation throughout the summer, with reports of a rift with the new Chinese owners. President Erick Thohir had tried to dispel these rumours several times, branding Mancini their “star player” during a recent tour of the United States.
However, a 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Nerazzurri’s most recent friendly, following a 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich, appears to have been the final straw and De Boer is reported to have arrived in Milan already with an official announcement due later on Monday.
Mancini only had a year left to run on his contract and had been growing increasing frustrated by the lack of investment in his squad this summer. After Ever Banega arrived on a free transfer from Sevilla, only Antonio Candreva has been added. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter directors first made contact with De Boer two weeks ago, while Mancini and the squad were in the United States. Mediaset television claims Mancini has already signed documents to terminate his contract, which guarantees him a payoff of €2.5 million and paves the way to De Boer’s appointment…Read more