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Friday January 17 2020
Inter and Roma both win

The exchange between Matteo Politano and Leonardo Spinazzola looks like a win-win for Inter, Roma and both players, writes Christopher Bland.

Matteo Politano looks set to join Roma from Inter, with Leonardo Spinazzola heading the other way to join Antonio Conte’s side. As transfers go, this looks like a win-win for all concerned.

Politano’s exit is thought the be the key to allowing Olivier Giroud to join Inter from Chelsea, so it’s a dangerous game for them to be playing by stalling based on Spinazzola’s fitness tests. On the other hand, the Giallorossi are desperate to get Politano in place after Nicolò Zaniolo’s season-ending injury and could ask for no more suitable replacement than one who came up through their youth academy.

Zaniolo is just the latest, as injuries have plagued the side all season. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has struggled for a run of games since his Summer move, whilst Diego Perotti, Bryan Cristante, Justin Kluivert, Cenzig Under and Lorenzo Pellegrini have all had long-term issues.

Politano fits the mould of the Roma attackers perfectly, and is a logical signing given he has fallen down the pecking order at Inter. A tricky forward well suited to playing on the counter-attack, his strong dribbling ability and pace on the ball mean he shouldn’t have too much trouble settling into Paulo Fonseca’s style.

Although without a goal this season, he has only managed 252 minutes in Serie A, with nine of his 11 appearances coming off the bench, so it will be understandable if it takes him a few games to get up to speed for Fonseca’s side. He did feature for ten minutes in the draw with Atalanta, but since the start of November, he has only played 21 minutes, although this was down to the impressive form of strikers Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku.

He will certainly be a good fit to Roma’s system, and add much-needed depth at a time when they are stretched by injuries, and as a result, he offers a low-risk, logical option for Fonseca’s team. On top of all that, he knows the club well from his previous time here, is from the Capital and can even help boost Roma’s quota of homegrown players.

Spinazzola is heading the other way as part of the deal, and his signing will add depth at wing back, with changes expected within the squad as Conte continues to shape his side. Another player who has perhaps not seen as much football as he would have liked this season, he is no stranger to playing wide in a five-man midfield thanks to his two years under Gian Piero Gasperini at Atalanta.

An energetic, box-to-box wing-back, he is happy to drive on the ball and will provide an outlet for Conte’s side. The potential is certainly there for the Italian to thrive under Conte’s man-management, and if he can return to the form which saw him shine for Atalanta and earn a move to Juventus, he could represent another astute signing for Inter, and help add numbers as they press on towards the league title.

Have your say...
@Anony

YOUR director called Roma.
HE suggested a swap.
(B.Peres returned, Zaniolo got injured so Roma aggreed.)
Players flew out, FINISHED MEDICALS, posed in shirts...
Then Inter showed why they have fans like you :)

You took OUR PLAYER away for days. Played with his mind. Took Petrachi's time...
Roma should def sue.

What Inter did is equivalent to
"PUSHING a girl to marriage...
THEN LEAVING HER AT ALTAR!
Only to MARRY ANOTHER GIRL IN THE SAME DAY!!!".
Man, don't defend that...
on the 19th January, 2020 at 3:02pm
CONT.
Kluivert & Cristante are rushed back after long injuries. A HUGE RISK! --Cristante won't start.
Pellegrini is doubtful but will have to play despite pain...


Our coach only said he's worried because he literally has no subs!
My God, FIRST RATE CLOWN CONTE WOULD GET A STROKE!!!
on the 19th January, 2020 at 2:33pm
@Anonymous
At the same time Inter wanted to purchase Salah as well, but he chose Roma.
So what's your point?
Salah came to Florence only on loan. He didn't want to stay there. It's on him.
(It's like if Smalling chooses Juve/ Inter at end of this season.)

When did Fonseca say he's affraid to play Spin'???
Paste that here, please.
Roma is now playing games every 3 days.
For tomorrow they're without Kolarov, Florenzi, Zappacosta, Antonucci, Pastore, Perotti, Mkhitaryan, Mirante, Fazio, Zaniolo.
on the 19th January, 2020 at 2:18pm
What an amateur lot Roma are. One minute they are going to sue (for what no one knows) then their second rate coach comes out in a presser and admits that he is scared to play the guy because he is made of glass!Serves them right for the dirt they done on Fiorentina with Salah.
on the 19th January, 2020 at 5:02am
Ha Ha Ha. Inter behaving badly and their fans making excuses.
on the 18th January, 2020 at 1:44pm
"ROMALAT - Get a grip - Young is only back up for 6 months. In the summer, long term full backs will be Inter's priority because the rest of the team is nearly complete. Has Ruve asked for Smalling yet?
on the 18th January, 2020 at 7:56am
unprofessional behaviour by inter. period.
on the 18th January, 2020 at 6:41am
The deal means, we Roma are shafted!

Prob overspend now on a nobody :(

Why the hell we loaned Kalinic is beyond me, he wouldn't make a Serie B team's bench, horrific loan!

Besides that, it's a RW we're needing besides a backup to Dzeko. I wouldn't spend too much, a loan at best tbh. As long as we grab a CL place, We'll be happy.

Inter signing 'Young' is hilarious, thought you were a team moving forward? Can't breath lol...backwards & forwards, eh...Inter?

'Kolarov' is talent not Young, lol
on the 17th January, 2020 at 9:57pm
Great example of how FUGLY this Inter club is.

They agree everything, have players do medicals & pose in new shirts... to then go back on their word.
SNAKES! How can they do this to players??
I saw videos of Spin' & Poli' returning and both are DEVASTATED.

Yes, Spinazzola is fragile, but he didn't "just" become injury-prone when landing in Milano!
We're not dumb --Inter only sabotaged this deal because Young became available!

I'm glad Spin' won't add to Inter's push, but sad for both players.
on the 17th January, 2020 at 9:32pm
It's not a win-win if one the player will be injured most of the time. Inter had every right to demand more tests and change the term of the deal so as to get more security.
on the 17th January, 2020 at 9:20pm
...and then I woke up...
on the 17th January, 2020 at 8:09pm
HahAha shouldn’t have published this.
Now it’s not happening
on the 17th January, 2020 at 5:47pm
Aged like fine milk.
on the 17th January, 2020 at 2:41pm
fake news
on the 17th January, 2020 at 2:35pm
Lol whoops
on the 17th January, 2020 at 1:57pm
LOL. What timing. What does the abandonment of the deal mean for both clubs? Lose-lose?

Just bring Eriksen in. That's the key deal as far as I'm concerned.
on the 17th January, 2020 at 1:37pm

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