Monday January 4 2021
What to expect from Inter in the January transfer window

Inter can’t invest big in January. Richard Hall highlights the Nerazzurri’s priorities in the winter transfer window.

Inter came back from a poor first half to destroy Crotone 6-2 in Milan. It was a result that Antonio Conte needed, as it fuelled the Nerazzurri’s title challenge. It also showed that they are a force to be reckoned with, as Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez put on a master class.

Even though they have been in good form, there has been much talk about whether they would strengthen the squad in January.

The summer transactions have been criticised, as there have been success, but also some big failures.

Conte is never quiet when it comes to the possibility of strengthening his squad. The summer window was dominated by the coach asking for experienced players to the point of actively walking away from signing Sandro Tonali.

Achraf Hakimi was a youthful acquisition and arguably has been the best performer of the arrivals although Matteo Darmian has also made a good impression.

The problem has come in the signings of Arturo Vidal and Aleksandar Kolarov; both have looked way past their best and certainly have brought the steel that the coach expected.

Perhaps the biggest elephant in the room has been the signing of Christian Eriksen. The Dane has hardly featured and the ‘mister’ has made it public that that his future will be elsewhere.

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta talked media this weekend and the January transfer window was one of the main topics. There had even been rumours that Suning were going to sell the club, but Steven Zhang in a statement quickly quashed this. Marotta backed this up and then addressed how Inter would approach the market in January.

The CEO indicated that there would be no major investments in this period. This is probably similar for many clubs, as everyone has been effected by the pandemic.

He went on to point out that, the revenues had been reduced by this and that this will not just effect whom Inter can buy but also who will possibly purchase players from them.

He said that, in Italy the cost of wages and transfers has risen substantially, this is from 50-55% of revenue to now looking like being closer to 70%; this in itself shows how movement of personnel will be much reduced.

Inter are still linked with players and the situation with Eriksen is a critical one, as any move away from San Siro he can get will be a welcome one, not just on the club’s wages but also to help them reinvest.

There has been much talk of clubs like PSG, the Madrid duo and Manchester United looking at the Dane but there is also another possibility that has been touted.

Down the road in Bergamo, Papu Gomez has fallen out with Gian Piero Gasperini and is set to leave Atalanta this January. It is believed that the Nerazzurri are interested.

Inter have also been looking for another back up striker as Conte does not seem to favour Andrea Pinamonti and it looks like he could be leaving Inter after only returning this summer.

His agent, Mina Raiola, will certainly not be standing still if he can see any chance of getting the Italian under 21 International a deal at a club of good stature.

Both the Nerazzurri and Juventus are interested in Graziano Pellé who is going to make a final decision about this future in the coming days. Parma’s Gervinho is also being linked with a move to the Stadio Meazza.

Inter’s 6-2 win over Crotone did show that the squad is strong and has depth albeit far from perfect.

It seems that it will be unlikely that any major moves will be made, unless a club decides to invest in the likes of Eriksen, Pinamonti or perhaps Ivan Perisic.

Instead, what is more likely is that Inter will try to recoup on transfer fees and wages when possible, as they did by loaning Radja Nainggolan back to Cagliari.

This trimming of the squad does make sense, as it may increase the harmony in the team by getting rid of players who do not want to be there and set themselves up to be in a much better position when the summer window comes around. It may not be exciting, but it is certainly sensible.


Have your say...
Ironic to see Marotta complain about "the cost of wages and transfers has risen substantially", wasn`t him that authorized those contracts?! How about not giving a predictable and stubborn coach 12m just to get knocked out of the group stages of UCL on a constant basis? How about not paying mercenaries like Eriksen and Vidal absurd amounts? Expect nothing, because Conte is a impotent and nobody is buying the deadwood.
on the 8th January, 2021 at 8:42pm
as this short-term policy & one-dimensional focus on experience, i.e, runners who can fit into that, at times, rigid 3-5-2 system is not working as well as last season. They often win cause they have better players but against a decent side, with decent players & an experienced coach, they often struggle, Samp deserved to win yesterday!
on the 7th January, 2021 at 11:52am
to pumping crosses in. Sensi is a better fit in that rigid system but I don't feel he's at Eriksen's level, in terms of creative skill, just yet. Despite his age Papu would be a great addition for any side but as regards Inter, where would he play?! He'd have to be insane to go there unless him and Perisic play in behind Lukaku in a 3-4-2-1 or in a free-role, in the ○ behind Lu/La but he'd probably turn into Eriksen 2.0 or another ■-peg. Inter need more faith and patience in youth, imo...
on the 7th January, 2021 at 11:43am
If that's the case & they can't invest in prime, household players, then why not focus on youth like with Hakimi? Darmian was a typical Conte purchase, yet he's done well, but Vidal & Kolarov were slowing down before they'd even arrived & Per/Erik have been ■-pegs in ○'s. Erikson could've been ideal, a genuine creator to open up defences when teams drop deep & there's no space for Lu/La to get in behind or for the midfield runners to run into after Lukaku's hold-up play & they have to resort...
on the 7th January, 2021 at 11:21am
Regardless of where Inter wins the Scudetto or not, this campaign is a write-off because Conte has failed to progress in Europe and generate much-needed revenue for the club.
on the 5th January, 2021 at 6:15pm
Graziano Pele?!?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And you guys expect us to take this "Inter challenge" seriously?!?!
You do realize that after Conte goes away (realistically, it'll be n ext summer, cuz I don't think Inter can allow to pay wages to 3 coaches at the same time (Spalleti is still in the picture, u know? But with child like Conte, who's pouring tantrums every 2nd day, u simply never know), 80% of the squad will HAVE/MUST 2 b rebuild?!
Thus, whatever u do this season (% maybe next),it's all 4 u!
on the 5th January, 2021 at 5:56pm
If we're going to spend a ton of money just to come 2nd in Serie A, then have Inter even progressed the mentality that has the league laughing at us pretty much every season?

At least back in the old days we had names like Ronaldo and Vieri to show for our big spending.
on the 5th January, 2021 at 12:03pm
Inter need to trim out the high earning deadwood, they still have an imbalanced squad. Loads of central midfielders and not enough cover in the wing-back area or upfront. Vecino, Eriksen and Naingollan can all go. As can Perisic who doesn't fit in. Then a new lwb and a backup striker is all they need to bring in. 4 out, 2 in. Cut down the wages and reduces the risk of players moaning about not getting enough game time
on the 5th January, 2021 at 10:44am
Hopefully not another posse of has-beens from the epl

20 years ago Serie A used to dump theirs in England - now it's the opposite.

It's a real sign of the laziness and short-sightedness of Italian teams when they go for these over-the-hill "names" instead of searching for long-term options.

All these epl rejects do is cost a fortune in wages with very little return.

We don't need Serie A to become a doped-up version of the Turkish league, where they get all excited by a 33yo "name" arriving.
on the 5th January, 2021 at 8:35am
The trimming of the squad is even necessary when they are out of Europe some players will inevitably find play time very difficult to come by and the likes of Vecino and Vidal needs to leave too.
on the 4th January, 2021 at 11:23pm
Well if Inter wants to win Coppa Italia then yes, they need to reinforce this squad but there's not many players that Conte wants available on Free transfer UNLESS they come out of retirement ! Inter needs to sell players not buy, they bombed out of Europe why have such a big squad just for Italy
on the 4th January, 2021 at 9:18pm

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