As the Financial Fair Play deadline is here, it’s suggested that not only has Inter Milan hit the €30 million mark, but have started to make moves on the transfer market to bring players in.
And this isn’t just a toe dip in the water.
Football-Italia.net reported the Nerazzurri have reportedly offered €60 million plus performance bonuses to AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan. Telelombardia also reported that Inter will offer the Belgium international wages of around €7.5 million.
The potential contract would include a base coupled with performance and appearance incentives.
If the deal came to fruition, it would reunite Naiggolan with new Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, former Roma head coach.
Now, Roma have come back to suggest that their midfielder is not on the market, but if they did it would be for more in the range of €70 million.
Last season, Naiggolan made 53 appearances for Roma between league, Europa League, Coppa Italia and Champions League qualifications. He scored 14 goals with seven assists — 11 of those goals coming in league play with four assists.
The one takeaway here is a common theme in these proposed contracts. Loading some guaranteed money but backloading a contract with performance incentives. Instead of just cutting a check to someone who may not actually work out, the club is choosing to let the player EARN the money they make.
It’s not a new concept in any sport to tie performance and appearance to wages, but I have to say I do like what I hear in terms of the latest from the club … rumor or otherwise.
Is Naiggolan coming to Inter? I would be surprised to see Roma part with one of their best players, least of all to a rival, considering many of the top teams in the Premier League have looked to sign him. That said, he would be a strong addition to the midfield … if it were true.