While it was not a swap between Inter Milan and Olympique de Marseille (OM), it sure looked that way, with Inter benefitting both financially and with expected contribution on the pitch. Joaquín Correa was sent to OM on a €2m loan with a €10m option to buy that becomes an obligation if OM qualifies for next season’s Champions League (another team for us Interisti to root for this season!).
Fresh off a successful season at OM that saw him score 14 goals and provide three assists in 35 Ligue 1 matches, Alexis Sánchez returns to Inter as a free agent after a one-year ‘sabbatical’ on the French Riviera.
Sánchez is an upgrade over the aforementioned Correa, who had a lackluster two seasons at Inter, scoring only ten goals across 76 matches in all competitions. Often used as a sub averaging just over 30 minutes per game, Alexis contributed nine goals across all competitions in his last season at the Meazza and is probably best known for his ‘caged lion’ extra-time winning goal against Juventus in the 2022 Supercoppa.
Alexis brings creativity, a strong work ethic, and a keen eye for goal to the Neroazzuri this season. Most likely to be used as a sub with the occasional start, he can change the dynamics of a game by playing behind or next to the main striker. As a bonus, he has previously played with most of the squad, so it should not take him long to assimilate with the rest of the team.
This player ‘swap’ makes Inter a stronger team heading into the season. Do you agree? With Inter’s limited budget, is there someone else (realistically attainable for no more than €5 - €10m) you would have preferred?