The window is open and with it comes a multitude of speculation about what Inter Milan management plans to accomplish.
We all are aware of the issues surrounding Financial Fair Play. Suning Group, the Nerazzurri’s primary owner, has already issued €300 million in bonds in order to self-finance and find it’s way into fiscal solvency.
Inter, however, likely has to secure an additional €60 million to €70 million to its bottom line by the end of the fiscal year in June to avoid any further FFP issues.
Regardless, the Nerazzurri have needs that just about every Interisti is aware of. The question is what will the club do to address those needs?
We have long suggested the era of backing up the Brinks truck for managers to spend away is likely over. So, the team will have to temper any new signings with potential exoduses.
The first such exodus could be Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian has reportedly been placed on the transfer list at the request of Luciano Spalletti, according to Tuttomercato. A deal for €13 million to €14 million could be a nice pickup for Inter.
Then there is Joao Mario. The biggest rumor out there suggests Jose Mourinho wants the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder at Manchester United and would likely be willing to pay for him. The price tag on Mario would be in the range of €40 million – which is what the Nerazzurri paid for him last summer.
But, the issue here is whether Inter is willing to sell and, if they are, is a swap deal involving United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. In December, Inter’s Walter Sabatini said they are interested in keeping Mario despite his lack of playing time.
“As with all those who have to earn their place at the World Cup, Joao has some issues with the lack of playing time,” he told Sky Sport, as reported by the Daily Star. “We don’t want to lose him, so he and Luciano Spalletti will find common ground and they’ll work out what to do. He is our player and we want to keep him.”
Of course, the biggest name to circulate is Paris St. Germain’s Javier Pastore. He and his agent have both expressed an interest in leaving Paris and … in some cases … coming to Inter.
Here is here FFP may bite Inter. Calciomercato.com said that due to splashing €222 million for Neymar Jr. in the summer, PSG has to raise around €80 million to say above FFP waters.
This would suggest the club would want to sell players or loan them with obligations to purchase. The best deal to bring Pastore to Inter would be the latter. Loaning the Argentinian to the Nerazzurri with an obligation to purchase after the loan is concluded. This would help keep both team’s balance sheets off the radar.
Inter has also been linked to Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij and could be in competition with FC Barcelona for his services. Since signing Virgil Van Dijk just before the winter window opened, Liverpool is not likely interested in de Vrij.
Lazio is offering around €2.5 million a season, according to Calciomercato.com, but recently the same website reported Inter is prepared to offer him €4 million a season. If the bidding gets too high, Inter could look toward Alessandro Bastroni from Atalanta to help shore up the central defense.
Then, there is Gerald Deulofeu at Barcelona. Calciomercato.com suggested Inter is working on a two-year loan deal for Deulofeu with an obligation to buy. The issue is whether Barcelona would be willing to accept those terms or would they want to sell Deulofeu outright in January?
There are many other names linked with Inter during the window:
- · Gabigol returning from Benfica?
- · Zenit St. Petersburg’s Domenico Criscito drawing interest.
- · Brazilian midfielder Arthur.
- · Potentially Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira.
There are many others, but let’s not get too deep in the weeds here. That said, check back with Serpents of Madonnina for transfer analysis, game previews, reviews and Fan Posts.