We take a deep dive into Inter’s transfer window in detail as we wrap up all the departures, arrivals and moves that almost happened.
Inter started the Mercato with a bang after securing the services of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Roma, Kristjan Asllani from Empoli and Rauol Bellanova from Cagliari. Some great signings in this bunch I believe.
Inter finally registered goalkeeper Onana, as the deal was already “completed” since January. Hopefully we see him get some playing time soon.
The best move of the market was grabbing Lukaku on loan from Chelsea. A player who Inter had sold to Chelsea for €115mil only 12 months earlier. Not sure how Marotta made this happen, but I think Lukaku definitely assisted in the move.
Joaquin Correa would be Inter’s biggest spend as his loan turned into a buy from Lazio. Another player from Lazio who Inter would sign on deadline day was Acerbi. A great replacement as a backup defender for the squad.
As soon as last season finished and the transfer window opened, we saw a few players pack their bags immediately and move away from Inter. The likes of Perisic, Ranocchia and Vecino were free agents and found clubs in Tottenham, Monza and Lazio respectively.
We saw Kolarov decide to retire after successful careers with Manchester City, Roma and finally ending with Inter.
Contract terminations occurred for both Vidal and Sanchez who both wanted regular starting places in a side which is fair enough for them. Sensi left on loan to Monza, while Inter made some money from the sales of Pinamonti to Sassuolo and Casadei to Chelsea.
Radu decided he wanted to be a starter after the wonderful appearances he had for Inter earlier in the year, so he moved on to Cremonese. As you can tell, there is sarcasm in that previous sentence.
There were loan deals on Agoume, Satriano and Vanheusden which also occurred but nothing else major to mention.
Overall, a lot of players leaving Inter with a majority of them being deadweight to the squad. Especially since their high wages were causing massive stress on Inter’s books.
Moves that almost happened –
Unfortunately we would miss out of a few high priority targets throughout the market with Dybala and Bremer signing for other clubs. Dybala we messed around, while Bremer we waited too long before Juventus swooped in.
If Inter were cashed up then 100% these deals would’ve gone through. As we know, with the money situation Inter are in, we shouldn’t expect anything different.
Since there are troubles with money, there were massive rumours for departures which would’ve been catastrophic to the team.
Bastoni to Tottenham, Lautaro to Manchester United, Skriniar to PSG, Skriniar to Chelsea, Brozovic to Liverpool, Dumfries to Manchester United and Gosens to Bayer Leverkusen were all some of the rumours out there. Fortunately that’s all they were in the end… RUMOURS.
The way I look at it is all Inter’s players should be linked elsewhere. If they can play for a big club like Inter, then why wouldn’t other clubs want these players. Since we are a big club, we will be able to keep the ones we want. That’s the mentality we should take.
Market rating –
I think a 7 would be fair based on the fact that our starting 11 is stronger than ever with the arrival of Lukaku. The only player who left that would make our starting team would be Perisic. In saying that, if we get a healthy Gosens then he can make up for the major loss of Perisic.
Bringing in both Asllani and Bellanova are great signings for the future, so I just hope we can compete with this squad across all fronts. Our major issue with be depth as we are short in the midfield so a signing or two extra in the mid was needed.
A lot of older players on high wages have been moved on, and while we have signed older players we haven’t broke the bank for them. So it’s actually a positive in that sense.
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