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Inter Milan snares Bayern Munich’s Shaqiri

Inter have snared their second biggest name of the winter transfer market after agreeing terms with Bayern Munich for forward Xherdan Shaqiri, the club said in a brief statement on Thursday.

Inter Milan snares Bayern Munich's Shaqiri
Inter Milan has signed a loan deal for Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri. Photo: Global Panorama

Inter completed the loan signing of Lukas Podolski from Arsenal last week and the Serie A giants are now set to welcome Shaqiri to the San Siro on a similar deal after club officials flew to Munich to conclude talks with Bayern.

A statement by Inter Channel, the official television network of Inter, said: "Total agreement between Inter and Bayern for the transfer of Shaqiri. Only the signature is missing."

Media reports earlier said Shaqiri did not train with the rest of Bayern's squad on Thursday, a sign that he could be preparing to depart for Milan where he is expected in the coming days, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

It said Shaqiri, who has not played regularly at Bayern in the face of competition from Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, would sign a six-month loan deal that has cost Inter €2 million but could join Inter permanently on a four-year deal worth another €14 million at the end of the season.

After a three-year absence from the Champions League, 2010 champions Inter are desperate to qualify for next season's competition.

Roberto Mancini's side currently lie 11th in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders and champions Juventus and eight behind Lazio in the third and last Champions League qualifying spot.

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MILAN

Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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