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Sassuolo winger arrives for medicals.

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Matteo Politano of Italy in action during the International Friendly match between Saudi Arabia and Italy on May 28, 2018 in St Gallen, Switzerland.
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Inter Milan has completed its second inter-league transfer as Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano arrived in Milan Friday for his medical evaluations ahead of joining the Nerazzurri next season.

After two days of negotiations, Inter management, Politano and Sassuolo agreed to a €5 million loan fee (or €7 million depending on who you ask) along with a €20 million obligation to purchase the following season.

Sassuolo also receives Inter Primavara star Jens Odgaard who has already committed to a move. Inter’s contract with Politano is reportedly valued at €1.7 million per season with bonuses.

In Politano, Inter are getting a 24-year-old former Italy youth international who had a strong season last year, scoring 11 goals in all competitions for Sassuolo — including one against Inter back on May 12.

In the season prior, Politano had eight goals in the team’s Europa League campaign and Serie A, so he comes to Inter with prior European football experience, even at his young age. In the Europa League, he had a goal and an assist during qualifiers that saw Sassuolo through to the group stage.

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Matteo Politano of US Sassuolo in action during the serie A match between US Sassuolo and UC Sampdoria at Mapei Stadium - Citta’ del Tricolore on May 6, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy.
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In group play, Politano scored against Athletic Bilbao and KRC Genk, but Sassuolo failed to make it into the knockout stages, winning just one while losing three and drawing two.

Overall, the winger played 110 matches for Sassuolo, scoring 24 goals with 15 assists.

Prior to that, he played 81 matches for Pescara in Serie B and was a rising star for AS Roma’s Primavera squad — scoring 11 goals in 48 appearances for the youth side that captured a youth championship and Coppa Italia with Politano on the roster.

He has the potential to be very dangerous on the right side — or anywhere along the front line — and could immediately challenge for a starting role with the Nerazzurri.

By closing on Politano, it could signal that Inter may end its pursuit of Malcom after talks with Bordeaux broke down over the obligation the French side was looking for. Malcom was reportedly absent from Bordeaux’s training session Friday, but club officials said it was a “personal matter.”

While Malcom may have been the preferred target, Inter are getting a strong player in Politano. He has a potentially strong future ahead and adds a strong offensive component to the Nerazzurri attack.

So, just to recap signings thus far:

  • Stefan De Vrij (from Lazio)
  • Kwadwo Asamoah (from Juventus)
  • Lautaro Martinez (from Racing Club)
  • Radja Nainggolan (from Roma)

Not to mention the fact that we really haven’t parted ways with big names. Granted, losing Odegaard (although we do have a buyback option) and Nicolo Zaniolo may hurt in the long run, Inter has to balance the books and adding the youth of Martinez and Politano may make up for losing two of our Primavera stars.

But, of course, I could be wrong.


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