The curtains have closed on yet another transfer window and the footballing world has fallen into a lull between deadline day’s hysterics and the return of club action on the weekend. Luckily for us, Inter gave us plenty to think about from the past market. The Nerazzurri were far more active than anyone would have expected going into January, bringing in a big-money signing in the form of Robin Gosens and attacking depth via Felipe Caicedo.
- Robin Gosens (loan with €30 million obligation to be paid in 2023)
- Felipe Caicedo (six-month loan)
- Martin Satriano (six-month loan to Brest)
- Stefano Sensi (six-month loan to Sampdoria)
Caicedo fills an immediate need for Inter with Joaquin Correa sidelined for the next month. The first-ever Ecuadorian to play for the Nerazzurri can be a lethal super-sub for Simone Inzaghi and is the perfect late-game weapon. The main worry concerning Caicedo is his fitness. The 33-year-old had made just 9 appearances for Genoa in the first half of the season and missed 13 games with injury.
Gosens has also dealt with medical problems and is out until mid-February with a hamstring problem. In fact, the German had notched a mere six appearances this season before re-injuring himself. Gosens’ medical wth Inter reportedly showed positive signs but there’s always a concern about how a player will recover from a serious hamstring injury. Nonetheless, it’s hard to find any complaints with Inter’s haul of the 27-year-old. €30 million (spread out over a year and a half) is a bargain for perhaps the best left-wingback in the league and well worth the gamble. A Gosens-Dumfries partnership offers tantalizing offensive possibilities for Inter and both still have several seasons left at their prime. A knock-on effect is that the Nerazzurri have more leverage in contract negotiations with Ivan Perisic (whose deal expires in June). The Croatian is no longer Inter’s sole option at left wingback and Gosens will likely take over as starter by next season.
As for the exits from Appiano Gentile, neither Sensi nor Satriano had played much of a role in the first team and will only benefit from an extended spell on the pitch. The former will try and resurrect his career as trequartista at Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria and either put himself in the summer shop window or convince Inzaghi he has a role at Inter. At just 20 years of age, Satriano has his whole career in front of him and needs consistent playing time to realize his potential. It might be a while before he’s ready for Inter but the Uruguayan definitely has talent.
The only worry is the lack of midfield reinforcements. Nicolo Barella will be suspended for both legs of the Liverpool tie so one of Vidal/Gagliardini/Vecino will have to fill in. Davide Frattessi would have made this a 10/10 market in my eyes but it appears as though a move for the young Italian will have to wait until the summer. Inter should manage in Serie A without a new midfielder but it's hard to see the good guys pulling off the upset against Liverpool without a quality Barellla backup.
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