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Thursday February 4 2021
Lack of signings is no excuse for Inter

It was a quiet January transfer window for Inter, but Richard Hall believes Antonio Conte’s squad has enough depth to challenge on two fronts.

There were no tears in Milan as Radja Nainggolan packed his bags and headed back to Cagliari, there was enough depth in the squad to cope.

That was the extent of Inter’s transfer window, as none came in and only one went out. Do not be fooled however, this silence was not a perfectly executed plan but rather a reaction to circumstance, after all Antonio Conte always wants more.

The inactivity was due to the uncertainty of ownership, the results of the pandemic and the lack of opportunity to allow the Nerazzurri to strike a deal. They did try in certain areas but matters on the pitch also influenced things.

Perhaps the most dramatic match of the season so far, came in the Derby Della Madonnina in the Coppa Italia. An incredibly eventful game had a finish worthy of the derbies majesty.

Christian Eriksen had not featured much under Conte and the speculation that he would leave in January was rife but as he stepped up to take the last minute free kick, everyone in black and blue was behind him.

As the ball nestled in the back of the Milan goal there was more than just a sense of relief. It felt as if the Nerazzurri coach was now willing to trust in the midfielder and he said after the game that he would not be leaving.

Now all the talk was of a tactical change were Eriksen would play a deeper role as a ‘regista’ rather than a ‘trequartista’.

There was of course talk that Inter would try to make some deals happen near to the end of the window. The Alexis Sanchez swap deal with Edin Dzeko fell through over wage disputes but this did not affect the Chilean who, like Eriksen played well in a 4-0 win over Benevento.

Other players like Ivan Perisic were linked to a late move away but nothing developed. The Nerazzurri only brought in 17-year-old Fabio Abiuso from Modena who will play in the youth team.

COVID has had a crippling effect on football teams finances all over the globe and Italy is no different. However, Inter have had other issues on top of this.

It had been reported that Sunning want to sell a majority stake of the club after the Chinese government stopped companies in their country linking their names to football clubs.

According to Sky Sport Italia, this led to British fund ‘BC Partners’ looking to acquire a proportion of the club. The report went on to state that as the valuation could not be agreed then BC Partners decided to end their interest in the deal putting the club back to square one.

There have been multiple reports on this over the last few weeks and they have been mixed. Whatever the situation, it is understandable that Sunning would not want to spend a great deal of money, until this is tied up and this perhaps is another reason that the Nerazzurri had a quiet window.

The final reason is that Inter have been playing well recently and the squad depth seems good enough for the team to challenge on the domestic front. Whilst Andrea Ranocchia, Aleksandar Kolarov and Roberto Gagliardini may not be universally popular, they continue to get minutes and Conte is showing that he will try and use his whole squad.

As mentioned, Eriksen had another good game against Benevento and even Andrea Pinamonti managed to get ten minutes. Inter face a tough task in the Coppa Italia against Juventus but other than the absence of Romelu Lukaku, Conte can hope to field a strong side.

Inter’s transfer window should not destabilise them as they have the tools in the toolbox and should be able to see the job through.

Conte is finally make use of everything he has and whilst there is no doubt that in the summer they will needed to replace players, this squad has enough depth to seriously challenge on two fronts.

With the circumstances surrounding Inter and football in general right now, the strategy is a sensible one and Inter can look forward to the rest of campaign knowing that they are one of the favourites.

 

@RichHall80

Have your say...
Fair play to Inter. I wish Milan had done the same. The lack fo signings, and the consistency that comes with that, could well be the difference this season. Conte is terrible on the transfer market - it's his saving grace.
on the 6th February, 2021 at 9:16am
This is Inter, there's always an excuse! Who will loan money to a chinese company knowing full well that it's going to be used for a money pit called Inter without him Signing over Suning as collateral because cash is not going to leave China anytime soon? When you are in this position you sell your assets, buy low and sell high again. But Inter fans don't trust the team to do that since we have seen inter spend 115 mill on gabi-one-gol, Kondogbia and Joao Mario - can i blame interisti ? NO !!
on the 5th February, 2021 at 8:47pm
Worst part of this has to be what could possibly happen if they fail to win the Serie A, or heaven forbid, not make the top 4.

Their failure to progress into the knockout stages of the Champions league means that all their prize money from this season will be used ONLY to pay off all the coaches that are still on Inter's payroll (Gross Salary, not net). Unless they sell star players or garner some big investments into the club, I don't see their financial situation improving much.
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 5:17pm
Zlatan should act his age not his shoe size.
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 9:57am
Inter have not got a bad side but would have been developed further except for a decade of corrupt Platini's Farcical Fair Play. The Covid 19 pandemic has been managed very poorly by Inter as a club and who knows what the future holds, Inter is a much more attractive brand than they were when Thoirir took over. This tie will be difficult but it is not over. Finally, a big thanks to Zlatan for giving Rom a rest for the 2nd leg. I still cannot fathom the immaturity of his actions for a 40 year old
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 9:56am
Inter have put together a squad that with the exception of 1 or 2 players is set for the next 5 years+, it would be a real shame if it is broken up because of the issue with the owners. Sunning have done a fantastic job at Inter and had real ambitions for the new stadium, they were a breath of fresh air for a stodgy serie A. I really hope they can stay even if it means they can't spend for a year or two. Long term it would be better than changing owners now and starting over
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 9:45am
Football Italia:

"Juan Cuadrado went down in the box after a tussle with Ashley Young, although Federico Bernardeschi’s cross was already flying into the stands."

Please check the uploaded image, and also check with your eye doctor. To whoever wrote that garbage.

https://imgur.com/a/lKOPCAW
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 7:24am
The way things are at the moment with all & every Chinese millionaires or billionaires firms (investment companies), if u r followin what happens to their ppl, folks like Jack Ma... suddenly "disappearing" from da public eye (at least) & as article states, the ban by their government to invest, Suning are done (remember - they should put big money in new stadium = impossible now).
This squad will go down like tower of cards. Hakimi surely goes to EPL 4 big money, so will others, like Lukaku...
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 7:47pm
inter have a big squad especially when you consider they have sensi, vecino, pinamonti all returning from injuries plus of course the underused eriksen. they are 8 players who have less than 1000 minutes in all competitions this season.

you could argue for some of the players conte never really had the intention to use them and should have been allowed to sell them and replace them with players he wanted.

it does seem pointless unless inter can sign a player who better than what they have.
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 3:31pm
@Anonymous... you care, don't you? You clicked and came here to comment, right? The article was dedicated to you.
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 3:18pm
Inter: The Shame of Italy
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 3:13pm
Does anybody understand how was Conte tolerated to keep wasting and humiliating Eriksen for an entire year?

No Europa means Conte has no more excuses not to win Scudetto. However, given his near-sabotage-esque late subs and questionable decisions, he seems to be afraid of winning with Inter. It`s almost like he is doing everything possible to let juBentus catch up in the league. Surprised?
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 1:50pm
too many blog post about inter! enough with that. who care about them anyway?
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 1:46pm

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