Written By Onyeka Daniel
This season, Inter Milan and AC Milan are expected to challenge for the Serie A title this season as they look to add that important second star to their badge as they both have 19 Serie A titles each.
While they’re expected to contend with Juventus and the defending champions, Napoli, the two Milanese club will also take their battle to the transfer market as they look to sign one of the finest emerging players.
The two clubs are interested in 17-year-old Schalke 04 midfielder Assan Ouédraogo who has a €12m clause. Rossoneri executive, Geoffrey Moncada has been following Ouédraogo for the last two years and he’s ready to make a move for the promising German midfielder.
The player will be involved in the U17 World Cup starting tomorrow in Indonesia with Germany’s first match on Sunday, and his story Is reminiscent of that of Malick Thiaw, who played for Schalke in the second tier and at Milan proved that he belonged to this level of football.
Assan is younger, he would like to finish the season (and his education) in Germany and doesn’t want to leave Schalke anytime soon. Inter have been scouting the versatile central midfielder for less time but are just as impressed as Milan, so they are also ready to make their move for Ouédraogo, who will turn 18 in May next year.
From that moment, clubs will be able to sign the 17-year-old by paying his release clause and offering the player a professional contract while Schalke is also looking to offer him a professional contract.
Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are also said to be following Ouédraogo and the same is true of Premier League clubs. Ouédraogo has one goal and one assist in 11 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga so far this season. He has missed the last few games due to an injury and Schalke has warned the federation to take it easy.
Inter‘s win over RB Salzburg doesn’t only mean the Nerazzurri have qualified for the Champions League Round of 16 as Simone Inzaghi’s men have also earned a spot for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup. The Nerazzurri have joined Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup thanks to Wednesday’s victory over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.
UEFA have 12 slots for the Club World Cup which will be hosted by the USA in June 2025. Champions League winners from 2021 to 2024 automatically qualify for the competition, while the other teams are determined by a club ranking over a four-year period.
It is a ranking based on results obtained in the Champions League only, not in all European competitions. Inter’s qualification for the Champions League Round of 16 this season means the have now gained access to the Club World Cup which will feature 32 teams for the first time ever.
Clubs will be divided into eight groups of four teams, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the knockout stage. Another Serie A club can earn a spot in the competition and according to Sky Sport Italia, it will be one between Lazio and Milan. The Rossoneri have a five-point lead over the Biancocelesti whose qualification for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup remains unlikely.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s calculation, Maurizio Sarri’s side would need to win this season’s Champions League to gain access to the Club’s World Cup in two years. Apart from Inter, these clubs have aso qualified for the 2025 Club’s World Cup: Manchester City Real Madrid Chelsea Flamengo Palmeiras Wydad Casablanca Al Ahly Monterrey Seattle Sounders Leon Al Hilal Urawa Reds and Fluminense.
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