Inter coach Antonio Conte has stated that he remains confident in the club’s ability to conduct business as speculation continues to swirl over a move for Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.The Serie A club have reportedly seen a €60m (£54m) bid for the Belgium international knocked back by the Red Devils, but their boss remains hopeful of bringing the forward to San Siro.The Nerazzurri have already made several eye-catching signings during the off-season, recruiting Valentino Lazaro, Nicolo Barella and Matteo Politano to their squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But, speaking after his side’s pre-season penalty shoot-out victory against Paris Saint-Germain in Macau, the former Chelsea manager has reaffirmed his belief that Inter’s hierarchy will deliver, whoever they add in the final weeks of the transfer window.”As I’ve always said, we’re talking about a player [Lukaku] who isn’t ours,” Conte told media when addressing the rumours surrounding the striker. “Therefore, it’s not right to talk about him because that would show a lack of respect towards the player and the club.”Lukaku is a United player, we know that the transfer market is ongoing and the club is working to try and complete the squad, including both incomings and outgoings.”As I’ve always said, I have a lot of confidence in the club. The most important thing for me at the moment is to stress that I’m happy with how my players are working.”We’re working to create something solid. It’s inevitable that we’ll then go on to complete the squad, but the important thing is that those who arrive integrate well and possess the mentality that this group of lads have.”In the absence of Lukaku’s prospective arrival, Samuele Longo benefited for the Italian outfit, netting in the 94th minute against PSG to take his side to their ultimate shoot-out victory. The 27-year-old, who has only two competitive appearances in eight years on the books at Inter, has spent time on loan with nine different clubs, but earned the praises of his coach for his efforts. “We’re talking about a player who has a decent career behind him,” Conte added.”He was in Spain, where he played for Espanyol. He then played in a number of leagues and was successful in Serie B.”He’s taking part in this tour with us and has joined up with the group. We’re talking about a really good footballer.”He’s made an excellent impression and is putting in a lot of effort. I’m very happy for him because he’s had a long time out with injury and now he’s ready to play.”
Metso has signed a major service contract with Northland Resources, consisting of a six-year service, maintenance and inspection program for the Kaunisvaara iron ore processing plant, located in northern Sweden. John Chadwick visited the project and reported on it in IM, February 2012, pp8-16. The contract complements previous equipment and mill lining services order, announced in 2011. The total value of the order is €73 million, including the previously signed contract worth €19 million. The customised Life-Cycle Services program includes technical assistance, maintenance and shutdown planning, monthly audits, annual inspections, mechanical spare and wear parts and essential tools for all equipment used in the Tapuli iron ore process line. Metso’s on-site resources will also conduct inspections to maximise plant availability.“This services contract with Metso is important for us as it maximises the up time of the Tapuli process line,” says Peter Pernlöf, Chief Operations Officer, Northland Resources. “It is a cost per tonne contract and provides us a good view of future plant expenditure over an extended period of time as well as on the total investment involved.”“The opportunity to partner with Northland Resources with a new life-cycle service contract will further strengthen our position as a local services partner for our mining customers in the northern part of Sweden,” says João Ney Colagrossi, President of Services business line, Mining and Construction, Metso.The contract period will commence immediately, and the actual service will commence when the Tapuli process line starts to process iron ore in November 2012.Metso will further develop its strong local services offering for mining customers and strengthen its customer service in northern Sweden. Today, Metso has a strong and competent customer service organisation in Gällivare, Kiruna and Luleå, in addition to this Metso will establish a service center in Pajala to support the new services contract with Northland Resources. The region holds major potential for Metso’s equipment and service business, as mining companies situated in northern Sweden are expanding their business and investing in new mining projects.Northland Resources is a development-stage mining company with a portfolio of iron ore projects in northern Sweden and Finland. The company’s Kaunisvaara project will exploit two magnetite iron ore deposits in Sweden. The process is expected to yield a high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate.