Inter set for £12.7m Portsmouth star: has Jose given up on Lampard?

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Reports are emerging that Portsmouth are in talks with Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan over the sale of one of Pompey’s best performers of the 2007/2008 season.

Sully Muntari, who arrived from Udinese last summer for £7 million, is apparently set for a £12.7 million move to the Serie A champions. The 23-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the Nerazzurri.

Harry Redknapp had been reluctant to sell the impressive Ghana international, who enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Premiership. However, the lure of Champions League football looks to have proved too much for Muntari. He was tracked by other Italian giants Juventus, AC Milan and Roma from as early as January, but he arrives at the San Siro looking to fill the attacking midfield gap Jose Mourinho has said is lacking at Inter.

The arrival of Muntari, and the filling of that gap, looks to signal the end of Inter’s pursuit of Frank Lampard. Mourinho may still wait for the Englishman’s contract to end next summer to reunite himself with the ex-West Ham midfielder, but for now it looks like any move is out of the question.

One positive note for Portsmouth fans from this transfer is that Harry Redknapp will now have the money to move for winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. With Chelsea now looking like hanging on to Lampard, they may be more willing to let the £10 million-rated midfielder leave for the South coast.

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