Saturday May 30 2020
Inter on to a Werner

With Inter seemingly in the race for Timo Werner’s signature, Richard Hall asks can the Nerazzurri afford not to sign the German hitman?

If Inter want to be classed as long term competitors for the Scudetto, then they must bring in players like Timo Werner. They ought to be favourites for the RB Leipzig forward, ready to trigger his €60m release clause when Liverpool and Juventus won’t. This of course implies he’d be a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, but the Nerazzurri should be making the move regardless of what may happen with the Argentine.

The fact of the matter is this is a ‘no brainer’ for Inter. With the Corriere dello Sport claiming that Mauro Icardi will officially be signed by PSG this weekend for a fee reportedly around €60m, it would be nonsensical for Beppe Marotta and company not to take on a striker of this quality. At 24 years of age, his 30 goals in 39 games for RB Leipzig this season speak for themselves. If Barcelona activate the €111m release clause for Lautaro Martinez, then Inter could be left with only one striker of note, with Romelu Lukaku supported by teenager Sebastiano Esposito.

The worst-case scenario is that Werner replaces the Argentine, but the Nerazzurri should be looking to add quality like this anyway, if they are to be long-term title contenders. This sort of strength in depth is something that Juventus fans can take great pride in, even to the point of being frustrated by too many options.

So, what would Inter get for their money? Werner is first and foremost exceptionally quick and this, coupled with his ability to read the play and his superb runs behind the defence, mean he is more than a handful to play against. Flawlessly timed, his runs exploit gaps in the defence and are one of the biggest reasons that he often ends up heading down towards the ‘keeper at pace. He seems to be able to form relationships with his teammates easily and according to Marcel Sabitzer, is an easy player to read.

This would fit well with Antonio Conte’s system, as a player who makes runs like this (Martinez) has fitted in well with Lukaku, and therefore it’s hoped Werner would also flourish in a partnership. Most of Werner’s career has seen him play with a partner, scoring goals whilst playing in a 4-4-2 and a 3-5-2 or 5-3-2. As for the goals? Well this is obvious, he is a prolific scorer and one look at his statistics proves this. I am not here to bore with talk of xG, but his numbers mean he is a low risk acquisition.

Inter will see a lot of movement when the window opens, especially with the likes of Mauro Icardi, Joao Mario, Ivan Perisic, Radja Nainggolan and more potentially heading for pastures new. Werner is would therefore be easily affordable for the Nerazzurri. With Werner in the ranks, the Nerazzurri would be genuine Scudetto contenders. Now they need to be as quick and as lethal as the striker they covet.

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Have your say...
No need for Werner, as INTER`s plan is to keep Lautaro. Barcelona cannot aford Lautaro`s buy-out clause, so they will have to come up with an insane offer to take him away from Milano. Lautaro has plenty of time to further grow here as a starter and actually win something before leaving. Would sure have a different CV as a champion, instead of waiting on the bench for Suarez to get old. I`m 100% Werner is not going to join Inter even if somehow Barcelona manage to buy Lautaro this year.
on the 4th June, 2020 at 3:31pm
If they sell Broz or Eriksen for around £40mill, £40mill for Icardi, £20mill Perisic, £15mill Vecino, £90mill Martinez + champs league money.

£40mill Tonali, £60mill Werner/Jesus and they'd still have £100mill to get in 2 new wide players and a back up striker such as Cunha


GKs: Hando, Radu

Cbs: Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni, Ranochia, Kumbulla?

wbs:Young, D'ambrosio, Grimaldo?, Cancelo?

cms: Brozovic, Barella, Tonali, Sensi, Radja,Gagliardini

fwds: Lukaku, Jesus, Cunha, Esposito
on the 2nd June, 2020 at 10:32am
When everyone is fit and playing at their best you'd have to say that Brozovic, Barella and Eriksen currently are the best options Inter would have so where does that leave Sensi and Tonali in particular? They'd be fighting with Radja for game time. I like the idea of an all Italian CM so IMO Brozovic or even Eriksen should be sold to the highest bidder and the funds reinvested in the wide areas where Inter are severely lacking.
on the 2nd June, 2020 at 10:22am
Why are Inter looking at buying Tonali and keeping Radja. Surely CM options of those 2 + Sensi, Barella, Eriksen & Brozovic is overkill? That's assuming Valero, Vecino & Gagliardini are sold as well. You can't argue with Conte as a coach but one thing I do find with him is he doesn't trust flair players. He left Insigne out of the Euro team and now it looks as if Eriksen will ultimately be left to rot on the bench and then be sold for a cut price. He was a real coup and is not being used at all
on the 2nd June, 2020 at 10:19am
Definite point, whether its Werner or someone else Inter plain and simple Inter MUST add depth especially up front!
on the 1st June, 2020 at 2:10pm
He'll never ever go to Serie A.
Too noisy fans.
on the 31st May, 2020 at 11:45am
Ausilio confirmed yesterday Inter won't sign Werner.

Badly timed article.
on the 30th May, 2020 at 11:07pm
Only a handful of strikers that can strengthen Inter; Timo, Haaland, Kane... excellent winning mentalities, Timo is the most accessible and most likely, and surely remains the main target. Matheus Cunha is a big gamble, I like Moise Kean but there's a reason Juve jettisoned him, Alexis Sanchez showed glimpses that he could fill the role... any way, Inter are on an upward trajectory, El Toro's head's been turned and we wish him luck, going to need it as Barca are stagnant and their financials...
on the 30th May, 2020 at 4:57pm
B r e a k the conte B e n d the R u l e s. Not going to buy any players anymore. KEEP GROUNDING.
on the 30th May, 2020 at 3:59pm
I wish marotta was still at Juventus, you can see him adopting the same strategy and with the same success, Lukaku and Martinez have been sensational buys really, and yeah less successful with the likes of Godin, but buying cheap, finding diamonds in the rough, and then selling on. Sadly that is the problem, in Italy good players now always/often want to move on. Juventus are dont seem to have the same direction now
on the 30th May, 2020 at 1:29pm
As a Juve fan I hope Inter invest heavily if the y loose Icardi and Martinez.
Timo Werner 60 mill, Tonali 50 mill and a third top 100 player.
Serie A need great players.
Tonali and Werner would be welcome in Turin.
on the 30th May, 2020 at 10:30am
For me, this is a strange one - when have Inter ever stated that they are not interested in a player? I suspect the strategy is linked to Laturo and getting the full release clause in cash. When this is done, if Werner is still available, the move may be made for him. Agree he is top quality and would do well with Lukaku.
on the 30th May, 2020 at 9:46am
I completely agree with the article, at 60 million euros he's a bargain even in the post covid-19 market. In all likelihood Martinez goes to Barca so if you can replace him pretty much like for like but for almost half the price it's a no brainer. Shame then that Inter have already come out and said they're not interested
on the 30th May, 2020 at 9:12am

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