With Romelu Lukaku’s exit from Inter coming so late in the transfer window, the pressure was on the Nerazzurri to find a suitable replacement, and quickly. While the job of filling the hole the Belgian’s sale left is by no means done, Inter took a significant step towards reinforcing its attack today. The club confirmed the signing of Edin Dzeko from Roma on a two-year contract until 2023.
MILAN – FC Internazionale Milano is pleased to announce the signing of Edin Dzeko. The forward has joined the club from Roma on a permanent transfer, having signed a two-year contract that runs until 30 June 2023.
The Bosnian had been part of the long list of players perennially linked with a move to Milan that ended up never being pulled off. He had seemingly been destined to become Lukaku’s back-up at Inter and was one of Antonio Conte’s favorite targets in the market. But rather ironically, it was Lukaku’s move to Chelsea that finally pushed Inter over the finish line of its Dzeko chase. Dzeko will only cost Inter €2 million in bonuses plus his €5 million salary. Beppe Marotta once again showed his guile and managed to pick up the striker without paying a transfer fee to Roma, where Dzeko had one year left on his contract. While Dzeko’s age of 35 isn’t ideal, if Inzaghi can rotate effectively the Bosnian has the quality and experience to cause havoc whenever he’s on the field. In fact, we’ve already seen Dzeko in action as an Inter player. He started for the Nerazzurri in its preseason friendly against Dynamo Kyiv and scored one of Inter’s three goals. The official announcement of his acquisition didn’t come until well after the final whistle blew.