It’s Friday. Let’s do this.
Sanchez and Biraghi become official
Two deals that we’ve known would be completed for a while finally got over the line. The Birgahi deal is a straight, dry loan swap, with Dalbert heading to Fiorentina in the opposite direction.
It being a dry loan is interesting, with their being no obligation or option to buy. Though I’d suspect the teams a wink-wink figure in mind for either player and the dry loan simply got the deal over the line.
Sanchez’s deal is different. It’s a loan with an option to buy, but no obligation. I covered Sanchez in detail here — what went wrong with Manchester United, how he’s been used at his best, where he fits in Conte’s tactics, and why, even though it was an easy financial decision, it could still be a poor one.
The latest on Icardi
The latest episode of the Icardashians: Inter are prepared to send Icardi out on loan to his team of choice as long as the striker pens a one-year extension to his current deal, allowing the club to recoup some value on the back-end — oh, and it cannot be to Juve either.
Christ, I cannot wait for the season finale.
Godin is coming
Diego Godin and Nico Barella are both set to start against Cagliari on Sunday. Stefan De Vrij is unlikely to play, and Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out as he works his way back to full fitness. Baraghi will likely be in the matchday squad.
Conte is still seeking more reinforcements prior to the close of the transfer window. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic remains the dream, but a transfer at this stage is close to impossible. Inter will continue to work on a loan deal for either of Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona.
Before either can be added, however, the club must part with Borja Valero. Balancing the books is essential. Last week’s Joao Mario deal wasn’t sufficient on its own, according to Corriera della Sera.
Dollar Dollar bills, y’all
Inter have already earned close to £40 million from this year’s Champions League without even kicking a ball, per Gazzetta dello Sport. Guaranteed TV deals and the assurance of qualifying for the group stage via the new 4x4 rule has proven to be a revenue bonanza.