Friday July 21 2017
Do Inter need champions?

Is Christian Vieri right to say Inter must invest in champions and not ‘average’ players? Richard Hall debates the issue.

“Inter are in need of champions, enough of buying average players.” These were the words of ex-Nerazzurri and Milan striker Christian Vieri this week. On the one hand, Luciano Spalletti’s team have begun to add to the squad, but on the other hand, it could be seen as a slow or somewhat unspectacular window thus far. Whilst ‘Bobo’ may believe that his former club should invest with purpose, there is still time and Inter are not done yet, but do they really need to recruit heavily at all?

Inter have only signed Daniele Padelli, Milan Skriniar and Borja Valero this summer, but there are reasons behind this. One of the first priorities for the club was operating within the Financial Fair Play rules. The excessive spending over recent seasons saw players like Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Mario and Ivan Perisic amongst others arrive, many on complex loan deals with a chance to buy later. Xherdan Shaqiri was an example of this and his departure may not have cost the club, but other players did. Even to this day Stevan Jovetic is still waiting to leave and Inter needed to sell the likes of Ever Banega this term simply to hold on to assets (they hope) like Perisic.

Context is also needed, as despite Inter’s poor finish last season, they have the basis of a very good squad. The frustration that they could not perform together saw Frank de Boer sacked early on and Stefano Pioli later followed. This was symbolic of the club’s attitude last season of “Why can’t you make this bunch work?” When a team contains the likes of Samir Handanovic, Jeison Murillo, Joao Mario, Roberto Gagliardini, Perisic, Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi, then it is fair to say that the squad has good foundations. Was Vieri wrong then in his statement that they needed to buy champions? The aforementioned group may not be, but they are an incredibly talented bunch.

Inter also have the task of getting rid of the dead wood in the squad. Many who frequent San Siro will cringe at the thought that Andrea Ranocchia, Yuto Nagatomo, Jonathan Biabiany and more are still with the club. These players (it can only be presumed) are surely on their last life and would be allowed to go should the right bid come in. Padelli and Skriniar are already signs that the squad is being improved when it looks towards the bench: this may not excite ‘Bobo’ but it’s necessary.

There is certainly time in the window and the club have addressed some immediate issues. The signing of Borja Valero is certainly a necessity. Inter have for some time needed a midfielder who can act as a metronome and dictate the play. The 32-year-old at his price of €7m is no gamble in today’s market and his intelligence and ability could be extremely beneficial, especially as it will allow Joao Mario to play higher up the field.

Vieri is right, Inter have not set the world on fire this window, well at least not yet. They have however addressed some key squad issues, sorted out FFP and purchased a midfielder who could be the key for the fluidity of the team. Patrik Schick and Keita Balde Diao have been heavily linked and may give fans the truly Milanese luxury that their transfer window needs, but it may be worth reminding Bobo that spending money doesn’t always equal success.

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Have your say...
Inter at very least needs to revamp their defense, specially full backs, and they also need a good winger (Keita would be great) and more quality in the midfield. Let's see how it develops
on the 26th July, 2017 at 2:11pm
Inter are not need Champions, they need someone which can fill the hole that Sneijder left and experienced defender and so far not good enough. Inter defense are shaky and sometimes make blunder."The missing puzzle" is Inter need now. Good Coach + Missing Puzzle + One Active FC = Ez Win.
on the 25th July, 2017 at 8:28am
Inters mercato has been extremely disappointing.

Which is mindboggling, since for the first time since the treble they actually have a capable coach and then they dont buy proper players for him to really challenge for top

Inters first 11 is miles behind Rubentus, Napoli, Roma and now also Milan.

If Inter dont make some significant transfers in the last month of the mercato then Inter fans can kiss their dream about getting back in the CL for 17/18 good bye before the season has even started
on the 24th July, 2017 at 9:31pm
Inter has Champions .... They have Nagatomo, Dambrosio, Gabi-one-Gol, Kondogbia, Medel and Biabiany ! That is the strongest core of players Inter has right now and they must all be signed long-term and be considered franchise players - the "Bandieras" of Inter . Now you need to find more 30 + ex-Fiorentina midfielders to play with Valero ....may i suggest Montolivo and Aquilani ??
on the 24th July, 2017 at 8:14pm
Inter do have a strong first team. The main problems are the full backs and the subs who aren't very good. They certainly don't need to revamp the whole team like Milan. I think what worries most Inter fans is not that they haven't sign any big name players but rather the lack of improvement in full back area. Personally I'm stumped by their refusal to match Nice's asking price for Dalbert. Hopefully Aurier/Ricardo Pereira will come too, then Inter will have a team as good as anyone
on the 24th July, 2017 at 12:14pm
Juve didn't need Schick. Bad for Serie A to see them get him. And that amount of money isn't much, considering players with less attention, coming from outside the league and country, come in for more.

And not true that no one will sign him. Why not Inter? It's worth the risk.
on the 23rd July, 2017 at 8:15pm
What Inter need is another calciopoli that could hand a free scudetto to them in a court room.
on the 23rd July, 2017 at 6:38pm
Once they sort out Fair Play hopefully they will spend big like AC and once again the two Milan teams will be superpowers.Probably for Inter they will have to wait till the season after this one to spend big.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 8:11pm
Interello- You're not signing Schick. No one is. Nobody is spending 30 million when you don't know if his condition will clear after 5 weeks. He'll go back to Samp for now, maybe January some teams will come back and make bids for him. This worked out bad for Ferrero, and obviously the young man himself. I am very angry that Juve didn't sign him, but I understand their concern. I hope we can in the future though.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 6:56pm
Suning needs this team to be in the CL. Unfortunately they don't have the squad that can play consistently and achieve a top 4 result. The ownership looks serious, and with level books, they can plan to build for the future. Italy needs Inter Milan in the CL along with A.C. Roma and Napoli will always be pretenders.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 6:53pm
@Di Rocco;

You have a decent point. Murillo was never good. Candreva and Perisic are both very good but not next level. They can start for big teams but they shouldn't be built around. Joao Mario is better than them. Tho I don't know if he's got world-class in him.


No doubt..they need better fullbacks. It seems Santon's potential is past. And they gotta stop bringing back former players who didn't work much in the first place.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 5:22pm
Is he right that they shouldn't buy average players? I don't understand the basis of the question?

Mentioning their great talents and not mentioning Miranda?? And mentioning Murillo? Psssh. Identify who is very good. Murillo never was. Testament to Miranda that Murillo had any good reviews.

Jovetic is super-talented, but what was the plan? These players have to go. Give discounts, but get rid of them if they won't play.

Perisic better get sold.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 5:19pm
What inter need is a coach who can blend these players together,,,they already have enough players at their disposal even napoli's team is not better than inter's team in terms of individual play
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 7:36am
Inter have made deals on some of the world's best wonderkids, and they're being clever (I hope) by waiting to see which top talents will be surplus to the big teams... and waiting has given us a chance to land Schick...

With no European football this season there is no point going crazy in the market this winfmdow, but we need a left back (Dalbert) and maybe a right back, if we are going to be title contenders.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 5:59am
They desperately need two top full-backs first of all. The squad is decent enough, but the FB positions are a joke.
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 3:25am
I think it's a lot more probable that the likes of Jeison Murillo, Joao Mario, Perisic, and Antonio Candreva are not as good as people have made them out to be. I don't find anything special in any of those players and they proved that with their performances last season. If a team has solid foundations they don't miss out on the EL. It's just that simple. Inter need to make some key purchases or they will certainly not make the CL next season. Valero and Spaletti are good starts...
on the 22nd July, 2017 at 12:01am

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