With the one big sale Inter needed from the transfer window out of the way, the Nerazzurri’s focus has now turned to the arguably more difficult task of finding a home for its colossal pile of deadwood. Following Joao Mario’s departure, a checkmark can now be jotted down next to Dalbert’s name as well. The Brazilian has completed a loan move to Cagliari with a €7 million option to buy.
MILAN - FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that Estevao Dalbert has joined Cagliari on an initial loan deal with the Sardinian club having an option to make the move permanent.
Don’t get too excited because we’ll be repeating the ordeal of finding someone to loan Dalbert in a year. As was unfortunately expected, Inter had no luck finding anyone willing to permanently take Dalbert off its hands and Cagliari isn’t likely to ship out €7 million. Trabzonspor was also reportedly interested in Dalbert’s services but the 27-year-old instead opted to stay in Italy for the 2021/22 season. He spent last year with Stade Rennes where he made 18 appearances, but the French club couldn’t be persuaded to take up its option to buy.
On the plus side, this deal hopefully furthers the good relations between Inter and Cagliari as the two clubs haggle over Nahitan Nandez. No matter how Inter’s pursuit of the Uruguayan plays out, this is doubtful to be the last time we hear Cagliari’s name linked with the Nerazzurri. Radja Nainggolan is tipped to be the next to leave Appiano in favor of Sardinia, though Inter might have to terminate his contract for the move to go through.