Thursday May 24 2018
‘Inter can’t sign Rafinha, Cancelo’

Luciano Spalletti confirms Inter can’t take up their options on Rafinha or Joao Cancelo “but we’ll see in the future”.

The pair are on loan from Barcelona and Valencia respectively, and the Nerazzurri can sign them outright before the end of this month.

However, they have to meet their Financial Fair Play targets by June 30, so they cannot spend the money on them now.

“The club has already started to move well, but they need to balance the books which is crucial,” Spalletti explained in today’s Press conference.

“Football has changed, before they gave you a penalty and you couldn’t go back on that, just like before you could spend what you wanted.

“Now we need to abide by the settlement agreement signed by the previous owners, having inherited it we must keep to its criteria and requirements, we need to follow a path to balance the books.

“Once that’s done we can reinvest, but it’s difficult to get big names, like last year.

“That’s not to say they won’t arrive, but everything depends on what we can come up with. Right now Rafinha and Cancelo can’t be signed outright, even if they did very well for Inter.

“We’ll see later, but right now we can’t. We took two exceptional players, who gave us strength from a football point of view, and Rafinha from a mental point of view too since he came from a club which always wins.

“Unfortunately this is the way it works.”

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