Big restructuring at Inter
The financial problems experienced by the owner of Inter (and this is the Chinese company Suning Group) directly affect the strategy and equipment of the Italian champion. At the end of February 2021, Suning Group announced the termination of the reigning champion of China, Jiangsu Suning Club. In the case of Inter, it did not come to this, but the debt of the Milanese is great – it is estimated at 630 million euros. The management decided to drastically cut salary costs (by 15 – 20 percent) and make money on the sale of expensive football players.
In early July, the black and blue received 60 million, giving Ashraf Hakimi to PSG. Now the budget should be replenished by another 115 million, as the club’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku almost moved to Chelsea, for which he played in the past (2011 – 2014). This is reported by various sources, and Italian insiders Nicola Schira and Fabrizio Romano are already reporting that the player has undergone a medical examination.
Inter’s ultras reacted by writing “you all broke our eggs” against the background of the 28-year-old Belgian footballer’s graffiti.
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) August 9, 2021
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However, the bosses do not intend to leave Inter without a qualified attack. Although it is far from the fact that it will be able to become as effective or even close to the previous indicators. However, there is no shortage of big names on the list of potential newcomers to Milanese.
Another trusted Italian source of transfer rumors, Gianluca Di Marzio, believes that Edin Dzeko will officially formalize the transfer from Roma to Inter on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Bosnian is not limited to this. The Mirror writes about a potential deal on Manchester United striker Anthony Martial (it was from here that Lukaku came to Inter). Calciomercato claims that the first candidate to replace the Belgian is Atalanta’s 30-year-old striker Duvan Zapata, and the second is the talented 21-year-old Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
Edin Dzeko and Lorenzo Pellegrini / Photo: © globallookpress.com
In addition to very plausible rumors about dramatic changes in the black-and-blue attack, several important ones also flashed in other positions. So on the right flank of the defense with the option of active connections to attacks, “Inter” looked after Denzel Dumfries. The 25-year-old Dutchman has taken the leading roles in PSV and the national team, therefore he can become a serious strengthening. Nikola Skira writes that Inter has prepared the first proposal for 15 million euros. But the player’s contract is valid for another two years, so the Eindhovenians are likely to raise the price.
Another object of interest for Inter from the Netherlands is Ajax goalkeeper André Onan. In February, the Cameroonian was suspended for a year for violating anti-doping rules. But in 2022 he will be able to return to football, and his reaction and other skills will not go anywhere during this time. The first number of Inter, Samir Handanovich, turned 37 in July.
Ilicic in Milan, Abraham in Roma
Milan continue their attempts to acquire from Atalanta one of the leaders – attacking midfielder Josip Ilicic. At the end of July, the red and blacks tried to rent the 33-year-old Slovenian with the right to buy, but were refused. Now we are talking about a direct transfer. In the middle of last week, Gianluca Di Marzio said that Milan and Ilicic have agreed on the terms of the contract.
However, the clubs will not come to an agreement on the amount of compensation. The buyer, taking into account the venerable age for a football player, offers 4 million euros, but the seller insists on 10 million, according to Sportmediaset. Sky Sports adds that 28-year-old Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea is considered a backup option for Milan.
A new striker is looking for “Roma”, which, apparently, said goodbye to Dzeko. As a replacement for the former leader, the media were actively considering the candidacies of Benfica’s Swiss striker Haris Seferovic and Zenit’s Iranian striker Serdar Azmun. But, according to Di Marzio, in the end the choice was made in favor of young Tammy Abraham from Chelsea. Last season turned out to be not the best for the 23-year-old Englishman on an individual basis (12 + 6 in all tournaments), but there is little doubt about its prospects. An insider describes the following scheme: 5 million euros – an instant payment of “Roma”, and in the future another 35-40 million by several transfers. Moreover, it is not known whether Abraham will first go on lease with the option of purchase, or whether a full-fledged transfer will be issued right away.