Saturday June 9 2018
Inter should keep before buying

So far in this transfer window, Inter have been remarkably shrewd, but Richard Hall warns some elements are definitely worth sticking with.

Inter director Piero Ausilio was calm and matter of fact when talking about the transfer window. Speaking to SportItalia he discussed potential targets, players he wanted to keep hold of and those of whom he did not know. In fact, the Nerazzurri’s initial moves have looked positive, but there are financial restrictions that still hold them back, despite their dramatic late qualification to the Champions League. The hope is that they can seriously strengthen the squad, but they will have to be shrewd in the way they invest.

The Nerazzurri were certainly not slow in when looking for extra bodies to help take them to the next level in the 2018-19 campaign. The season wasn’t over and already they had signed Stefan de Vrij from Lazio on a free transfer. The centre-back controversially played in the crunch game on the final day of the campaign and conceded a penalty which ultimately saw Inter qualify for Europe. Inter should be credited for picking up this talented defender as a free agent, as he will only add quality to their back line. Kwadwo Asamoah also signed on a free transfer from Juventus and the 29-year-old full back will be a useful inclusion in a problem position for the club.

Lautaro Martinez was the jewel of the window. The 20-year-old striker was one of the worst kept secrets, yet he eventually joined Inter and was handed the Number 10 shirt, so much is thought of him. After a superb season at Racing Club in Argentina, the youngster will be looking to partner Mauro Icardi next campaign. The warning signs are however, that Inter may put too much hope in him as they did with Gabriel Barbosa and he may crumble in the same manner. Speaking of ‘Gabigol’, the Brazilian has been in fine form for Santos after a disastrous time on loan at Benfica. Now he is looking forward to returning to Inter and (if he can find his form) could offer an almost accidental trident of Gabriel Barbosa, Icardi and Martinez which would be incredibly potent.

To have any partnership or trio as mentioned above means keeping hold of Mauro Icardi and it seems that Inter are intent on doing this. The club are preparing to sit down with him and extend his deal, adding a release clause that will exceed the current value of €110m. Ausilio made it clear that his Argentine hit man would be going nowhere and at the same time mentioned that neither would Joao Miranda or Samir Handanovic.

Whilst Inter’s director could happily claim that some core elements of his squad were staying, he could not say the same for loan players Rafinha and Joao Cancelo. He stated that all they had was ‘hope’ and that they were working on this. The issue is that each player will cost in the region of €40m and they have interest from elsewhere, especially Cancelo, who has been tracked by Juventus and surprisingly Wolverhampton Wanderers. West Ham, meanwhile, are tracking Rafinha.

With Inter’s early acquisitions and their determination to hold on to key players, these loan deals being made permanent would be the icing on the cake, as both players performed well and grew into the season.

Rafinha had certainly given Inter extra creativity in the second half of the campaign and was the nearest thing to a ‘trequartista’ that Luciano Spalletti could find. He was able to link all of the key elements of the team’s attacking talent and for once made Icardi look less isolated. Cancelo too was a real strength at full-back being a danger in attack and could also deliver in good crosses from that position, something Inter have lacked.

Perhaps the sale of a player like Joao Mario may allow Inter to tie down one of these players, if not both. There is no fear that failing to do so would ruin their transfer window, but the fact of the matter is that these two players are already bedded in at the club and Spalletti knows what they offer.

They could build on solid foundations and then hope that other elements to the squad will enhance rather than replace. The Nerazzurri can look forward with confidence, but they need to do all they can to secure these key assets.

Have your say...
LOL at "rapidly declining" Nainggolan.

Why don't you people just never give your opinions?

Focus on whether or not Inter need another combative midfielder, as opposed to a creative midfielder. Or if Inter should go young because you think they're not quite close enough, and should keep their young player. Comparing Nainggolan to Rafinha doesn't make sense otherwise. And if you're arguing for Rafinha over Nainggolan, then you shouldn't say anything at all.
on the 15th June, 2018 at 2:56am
We have much to prove next season but I tnhink we are only going to get better after making too 4. Critical to keep Icardi and I think Ninga would be amazing for us. Proven experiences bulldog on the middle of the park. I love it. Rafina and Cancelo are hardly worth their fees. I’m liking way Inter is going but just hold on to the core and add some young and proven players. Some free transfers and cash in later on.
on the 14th June, 2018 at 9:34pm
rafinha is way better than old nainggolan in 2 years time
on the 13th June, 2018 at 1:06pm
the one who should leave is ausilio! bring back sabatini
on the 13th June, 2018 at 1:05pm
Rafinha and Cancelo are definitely gone now.

A declining Naingolan will be bought instead of Rafinha and a completely mediocre Piccini will be bought instead of Cancelo.

Meanwhile a run-of-the-mill Politano looks likely to join for the right wing.

So a rapidly declining star in Nainggolan + 2 mediocre players in Piccini and Politano who should be nowhere near a top 4 serie a side.

Inter is going to need a lot of luck season to reach 4th again, thats for sure.
on the 12th June, 2018 at 10:03am
Miranda may as well be sold, as they've signed De Vrij and can get something for Miranda. Miranda is gonna have a terrific Cup for us, and so some team could use him. He's one of the best...unless they're going with 3 in the back?

They spent some money on fullbacks this season. Cancelo came on late. His season was overhyped but he's one to keep. Dalbert never got to play. Now Rafinha...would sell Candreva, and one of their 19 CM's.
on the 12th June, 2018 at 3:51am
As I kept writing.

Keep all TITOLARI plus 3 good signings.

DE VRJI + ASAMOAH are 2 such signings.......

For the third perhaps PASTORE?
on the 11th June, 2018 at 5:26pm
Why can't we just agree to buy these players and then pay in July?
on the 10th June, 2018 at 2:35am
Would love to see Inter do well this year, either in CL or Serie A. At least the manager is staying and they have a great core group. I agree in keeping Icardi as their focal point and building around him.
on the 10th June, 2018 at 12:09am
pls you have to give the guy starting time which is matinez
on the 9th June, 2018 at 11:55pm
Inter are huge trouble this summer.

They lost two of their best players in Rafinha and Cancelo.

Inter only made 4th place on the last match day.
So losing two certain starters already leaves them at -2 before the market even open. They need better starters for next season, not losing their few good players. Now they 5 new starters + players for depth.

Asamoah is a cheap new starting LB though. But they still need a CM, AM, RB and RW + depth

Without selling icardi, they wont have the money.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 4:01pm
I can say Icardi is woryh more than 200M$ for Inter. If he goes then who would be the club’s icon?!!!!! Who woukd replace him? Character is much more important than players. Also I think Martinez is bought as a starter.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 3:13pm
Not many young Italian players being developed, trying to buy success on the cheap and hope to sell players on for a big profit.
Unfortunately this isn't just Inter, the majority of Serie A clubs are doing the same.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 11:05am
Sell Icardi-cash in and improve the team overall (bench). bring in more Italian players and start competing on all fronts.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 8:48am
I really hope gabigol is given a chance again at inter and hopefully prove everyone wrong. keeping hold of icardi is a must for this season.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 1:39am
Plus we are close to agreeing for dembele to fill the DM spot next to brozovic. de Vrij is a great purchase he was a monster this year and will fight between skriniar and Miranda for that starting spot. Asamoah is a good short term buy, and while cancelo is a good player, inter must see what else is around. 40m for a full back who is not good at defending is a lot, even if he is fantastic going forward. We will also finally have better options for the bench too, one of our biggest weaknesses.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 12:44am
Should do some research before you write an article Richard! Inter need to break even by the end of this financial year as this is the final year of their settlement agreement, then they can spend. That's why rafinha and cancelo can't be bought yet. It's estimated CL has brought in an extra 100m in total, thats available from next financial year budget. Rafinha is important but the alternative is naingollan. And a big name winger is coming in, Martinez will not be given a starting spot.
on the 9th June, 2018 at 12:39am

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