Well, the silly season will soon be over and we can all get back to focusing on Serie A.
That said, as the hours tick by on the summer transfer season, is it possible that Inter Milan management reaches into its pockets and pulls a center back out?
Missing out on Patrik Schick could mean the focus is on another offensive threat for Luciano Spalletti, or it could mean there with the locking down of Ivan Perisic there was never a need for another offensive weapon for the arsenal.
Here’s a look at what could happen as the summer transfer window closes:
Inter bring on Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal
This isn’t out of the realm of possibility as numerous reports suggest Spalletti wants the former Valencia defender and is willing to pay Arsenal for him. In fact, Sky Italia and Football Italia have both reported the Nerazzurri have upped their offer to around €5 million in a loan fee with an obligation to buy. The reported clauses include if Mustafi plays for more than half of Inter’s games, Suning will pay Arsenal €25 million to keep him.
Mustafi would be a solid addition to Inter’s backline. He has a World Cup championship with Germany and if Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool are any indication, things aren’t likely to get any better with the Gunners.
So, what about offense?
Stevan Jovetic has signed a deal with Monaco, so that means Keita Balde is available right?
Reports are that Balde has inked a deal to join Jovetic in Monaco since the team has lost Kylian Mbappe.
What does that mean for Inter’s chances to add to their offensive attack?
Well, there is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko which would be a quality pickup and really solidify the midfield, but the north London club wants a €5 million loan fee with a €25 million obligation to sign, which may be possible.
Someone else in mind in the midfield?
Another midfield option … Alfred Duncan.
According to Inside Futbol, Inter Milan is just €3 million short of the €15 million Sassuolo is asking for the Ghana international.
We all know Duncan has history with the Nerazzurri coming up through the youth system before a series of loans to Livorno and Sampdoria — the latter selling him to Sassuolo for €6 million in 2016.
Then again …
Perhaps the Nerazzurri will do nothing in the waning days of the summer transfer season. Despite reports that newly-signed full-back Joao Cancelo is out for at least two months with a knee injury, Dalbert has seemed to develop nicely on the left and Milan Skriniar has done well in the center. That isn’t to suggest the right side is not a cause for concern … because it is.
However, it could come to pass that Inter’s upper management elect to do nothing in the last days before the window closes. Perhaps they will hold out for one of the above-mentioned possibilities but not be any more active than that.
Just think, in a few days we can actually focus on the season.
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