With the winter months nearing the end, spring is approaching, which means we’re three months away from the summer transfer window opening up in June. This piece won’t necessarily speculate on who Inter Milan should sign, but how they should go about spending their limited funds.
Two summers ago, Inter opened up their wallets and spent close to €158 million after Suning Commerce Group became the majority owner of the club in June 2016. Fast forward to today, and that marcato looks more unpleasant for the Nerazzurri.
Their two high price signings in Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa made little to no impact and are currently out on loan with West Ham United and Santos FC respectively.
In their second summer transfer window with the club, Sunning dialed back on the spending as the club spent a little over €80 million. Even with the drawback of their budget, Inter was able to obtain a critical piece to their defense in Milan Skriniar for €23 million from Sampdoria.
Going forward, Inter is in dire need of finding more players like Skriniar who exceed expectations and were brought in for a relatively low price. Furthermore, having players Skriniar who improve their play from day one is a boost to Inter’s development of their players.
After some “splurging” over the last two summer windows. The winter marcato didn’t go as many hoped with Inter in the midst of a Champions League position.
Over the winter window, ownership didn’t spend a significant amount of money to help Luciano Spalletti, and the squad clinch a Champions League spot for next season; however, they did add 20-year-old Frenchmen Yann Karamoh who is another signing the club should look to pursue in the summer. A talented young footballer who has yet to reach his potential.
If the last two windows are any indicators, Inter will once again have a small budget to work with which means they can ill afford to have another Mario and Barbosa signing on their hands.
The club is in the driver seat to land striker Lautaro Martinez who fits the kind of player Inter should look, young and at a reasonable price of €22 million. Their scouts will play a prominent role in this, with so many footballers in the world Inter should look under every rock for potential steals.
Young and cheap isn’t the only way Inter should go about improving their roster over the summer. The club should look into players not getting enough playing time or perhaps being miscast by their current club.
This method is how Inter was able to strike loan deals for Rafinha and Joao Cancelo who have become vital contributors to the club. Nonetheless, the loan market is one to exploit for depth and perhaps find a diamond in the rough, but not one Inter should fill their entire needs and wants.
Unable to fill any of their holes will cause the Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic transfer talks to grow louder especially if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. With not a lot of financial flexibility, Inter will have an intriguing summer window if they cannot spend enough money to improve the squad.
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