Wednesday April 14 2021
Which future for Inter?

Inter are close in on their first trophy in the Suning era and Richard Hall analyses how the Nerazzurri can further develop.

Antonio Conte celebrated wildly after Matteo Darmian managed to secure Inter a slender victory against Cagliari on Sunday. He knew that 13 points would win Inter the Scudetto: a tempting prospect as the domestic dominance of Juventus looks to have been broken.

However, it is not done yet, they still need to get this over the line, but then what? How good could this Inter side be? Could this be a case of a one time league victory, or do they have the infrastructure in place to create an era where they can dominate Serie A for the foreseeable future?

The question of Inter’s ownership is undoubtedly something that will continue to arise, at least until the matter is settled. Steven Zhang is returning to the club in April to start to sort out the issue that has plagued Inter for some months.

The pandemic has taken its toll on the Suning Group both at Inter and in China. They were haemorrhaging money and selling $2.3 billion worth of shares to affiliates of the Chinese government to save themselves. This, in turn, means that Chinese authorities can influence the fate of Inter.

Inter are therefore looking for a new partner after talks to sell the club feel on rocky ground after BC Partners did not value the club at the $1.1billion that Sunning proposed.

Now Suning is talking more about a new partner after receiving a loan from Goldman Sachs for $250 million that will help them bridge the gap and pay Inter’s debt before the deadlines applied to them. The clock is now ticking as they need to find such an investor or they may be forced to sell key assets. Sunning, however, remain calm and expect to find a solution.

This in turn could affect the future of Antonio Conte who is out of contract with Inter in 2022, along with directors Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio. New agreements will not be discussed until the end of the season. Firstly, because the three will want to know the state of clubs ownership and because if Inter does win the Scudetto and the issues are solved, they have stronger bargaining positions than they currently have.

Conte will make it no secret that if he is to stay, then signings will be necessary, especially if he is to make another assault on Serie A and the Champions League. There are the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexander Kolarov who may see themselves looking for another club next season as it hasn’t worked out for them this campaign and the Nerazzurri have made it no secret that a left-back and a successor to Samir Handanovic is needed.

Udinese’s Juan Musso has been looked at in goal as has midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, whilst Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri has been touted at left-back. Conte does also need a new centre-forward to back-up the ever vital Romelu Lukaku.

Should the funds not be available, this will be a whole different story, but if the financial state is resolved, Inter look to be in a very healthy situation. They have young players who are returning from loan like Sebastiano Esposito, who is impressing at Venezia and Federico Dimarco, who has been superb at Hellas Verona, although Ivan Juric’s side can make his move permanent for €6.5m. Dalbert, Joao Mario and Radja Nianggolan are also out on loan and the club will be looking for a new destination.

By the start of next season with some clever movement in the window the squad could look younger and have players approaching their peak who now have a Scudetto under their belt. In turn, the experienced players also become younger and therefore don’t warrant ‘The Old Guard’.

Inter can have a long and exciting future at the top of the Italian domestic game. However, it comes with a huge ‘but’. If Suning can strike a deal with a new partner, then the future looks bright.

Their coach, directors and staff seemingly want to stay; they have a great squad and will be able to get the mix right without much effort. The pandemic will soon dissipate enough to allow supporters back and give extra revenue, and they can continue their assault on Europe and the league. If Suning does not get this right, then there may be some very tough years ahead.



Have your say...
How is there a whole article about Inter's future without mentioning a single player? Bastoni Hakimi Skriniar are very young, guided by De Vrij who is approaching his best years. Barella and Sensi are young playing alongside Brozovic and Eriksen who are ready. Lautaro is young playing alongside a monster who is approaching his peak. Handanovic is still a really good goalkeeper, and that position is much easier to replace. With the resurgence after the UCL exit, we are very optimistic
on the 17th April, 2021 at 12:35pm
clearly this site mention few weeks ago early exit on European football has minor impact on scudetto run. because inter only has 2 less game compare to bilan and rube. stop saying inter early exit gave advantage. its just lame excuses.
rube fans should blame how their upper management messing with coach and transfer. the reason rube so successful is because marrota NOT agnelli, nedved, or paraticci. even if conte left inter, marrota gonna find better coach than conte.
on the 16th April, 2021 at 9:58am
all series a team had NO preseason. so rube fans alibis no identity because no pre season is a joke. yes rube change coach, but they wanted sarri because they want change approach want to be more attacking minded, SAME as pirlo. they think pirlo better suited because pirlo played with senior player on rube while senior players hate sarri. so rube had 2 season to be more attacking, its SAME time as inter who hired conte 2 season ago.
on the 16th April, 2021 at 9:53am

blahblah blahblah
cry cry blahblah bs bs bs.
you are not very entertaing, but pathetic enough.
on the 16th April, 2021 at 5:41am
It’s crazy to hear excuses from Juve like this is their worst team anyways. But the fact is they have a better full squad compared to any other team. Inter have a strong starting eleven but Juve have a backup team that can finish in top 5. A good guide is to look at the squad value in terms of money CR alone can accommodate a few players wages in a mid table team. Also if there’s any team that actually represents Italy in Europe is Inter as they are the last team to win it. These are FACTS.
on the 16th April, 2021 at 3:06am
Richard, your pessimistic articles of Inter are getting rather bland and predictable. Also, get a better understanding of how communistic countries work before you speak of them. it must really suck living your life in misery and negativity.
on the 16th April, 2021 at 2:20am
@spencer - you completely neglect the fact inter lost a ton of points prior to conte transforming eriksen and perisic, the team currently is miles ahead in talent than the current juve team. We need a couple more arrivals to strengthen the bench mainly but all of inters team is only getting stronger. Scary to think where we have the potential to end up. Juve on the other hand needs an overhaul, defense and attack need work, midfield is very weak. No team has the money juve need to spend.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 10:13pm
Are my eyes deceiving me? Juventus fans making excuses Ha ha ha. Too many games, injuries... Surely it is Inter fans who make excises. remember fans of other clubs hanging on in the liveblog to hear Conte's excuses this week? BTW no Italian team has much to crow about in europe. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 8:29pm
Funny to see the Rube fans come here to read all about their archrival and nemesis the Glorious INTER MILAN. Impressive to see how now they fell hard from their cloud thinking CR7 was going to make them win silverware and then hired a newbie coach who has only demonstrated that he is not fit for that role. Keep dreaming and never forget that INTER cut your streak HAHAHA and now the Nerazzurri Era just got started. FORZA INTER!
on the 15th April, 2021 at 6:59pm
I think we'll see more 'identity' from Juve over the remaining games as there'll be a week to train. I assume with the amount of missing players, having to field the same lineup during the first half of the season and playing every 3 days, it was more about recovering energy for the next game. And if an unchanged Milan, Lazio, Roma or Ata cant finish above Juve this season (being it the worst Juve) how can they next season. Juve will recover. That is a certain.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 6:19pm
Ashley, kolarov, rano will be out of contract. Handa may still be top class for another year.
So the priority for next summer mercato is LWB, followed by backup CF&CB, and then next year maybe fresh talents for GK-CM.
Ideal LWB is Gosen/Theo. If we have > 40mil budget then just focus on one of them. Otherwise, we can go for Emerson who only have 1-year contract left, or DiMarco. The backup CB&CF can be covered with low cost/free signings like Mandi, Tagliafico, Hysaj/Maksi & Giroud/Milik.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 4:12pm
Inter’s future will be just fine. If inter get the scudetto, it will be much easier for Suning to find partners at the right price. Highly doubt suning will sell the star players since it will decrease the team valuation and harder to find buyer.
Age-wise, inter is about to enter the peak. Youngsters below 24 like barella lautaro hakimi bastoni + key players like lukaku devrij brozo skriniar eriksen who are all under 29. Handa is the only exception. The other old players are backup.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 3:50pm
LMAO think gonna back to normal? with pirlo? his team no identity, he seems confused, and the players lack discipline with his lack management experience.
i dont see rube as strong rival next season to win scudetto. i consider milan, roma, and maybe lazio or atalanta stronger than rube next season.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 3:36pm
Things will go back to normal next season. Some people are acting like Inter have dominated the league where that is not the case. If Juve had not changed manager they would have retained consistency and doubtful they would of lost points to Crotone, Verona, Benevento etc. If Juve can train Pirlos system with a little time between fixtures then you wont get these hot/cold Juve performances. Add to that the amount of key injuries and constant missing covid players! Its back to Juve next year.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 2:13pm
2) Look at the bottom line!! MC, Bayern, PSG, Real, Barca, Juve, MU & more, who can compete with these teams in which the owners compete in a vanity project of ego and spending to win trophies for their “fans”, Really? The game has become an international competition of wealthy owners, players and coaches w/o any restraint on spending.
How does it improve competition? What is the end game for the smaller clubs in Italy?
Sadly only hope.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 1:26pm
1)How does a Chinese electrinics company come to purchase one of Italy's premier franchises? Why do billionaires from the Middle East & USA come to purchase giant clubs in Europe and England. Where are the wealthy companies and individuals in Italy prepared to buy and run teams for the sake of national pride,identity & profit. The cost of owning a top football team is so exorbitant due to player salaries and administration that few can sustain the price. Win the Cl, win the scudetto? Ha.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 1:24pm
Inter fans are almost as delusional as Milan fans. You won Serie A over Juve's weakest team in 10 years while finishing fourth in your CL group. Heck of an achievement to be crowing about. Meanwhile you're broke as a joke and Conte has never stayed long anywhere. Watch how much he'll be moaning to the media this summer over your sad transfer market. You've got a shot at remaining relevant as long as Juventus is down, one more year tops.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 12:53pm
First of all lets make it clear, not just Inter suffers from the pandemic and economic instability, but yet Inter are the only club in Italy that attracts lucrative sponsorships and winning the Scudetto will further bring more. Don't forget PIF of Saudi Arabia strongly link with buying shares in Inter which is alone worth hundreds of millions. Suning too jas already proven their capabilities to get Inter out of debts before, and surely they will do it again.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 12:34pm
Conte in CL is a mess, and Inter need a modern 65.000 seater stadium.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 7:50am

Ha ha ha. C-O-P-I-N-G.

The saddest most fragile juventini ever. All you have left now is to try to pretend that you get a trophy for crasing out in the first playoff round instead of group stage.

Ha ha ha. 12 points.

Chiesa and De Ligt wasnt even born yet last time Juve won anything in Europe.

Take care and keep crying. 4th place race gonna be fun.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 3:01am
There is potential for Inter to dominate the league for a couple of years, considering how poorly run the other clubs are at the moment.

The real challenge for Conte he already faced, beating Agnelli and Juve with way less money.

Thats why he was hired. Scudetto for Inter incoming.
on the 15th April, 2021 at 2:52am
@I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER... Nah! Nobody cares how far you go, people actually care who won. We rather to win CL with style rather than choke every single year! Remember, "choke choke choke" have been Juve's moto for past two decades... did I say for half-century already?! How embarrassing!
on the 14th April, 2021 at 11:01pm
They could dominate for a while, but their finances are in doubt now (like most Italian sides), and if they start selling their best young players, then it'll be the usual mess before long like it was 10 years ago.

The real challenge for Conte will be the CL. He's failed in it several times before with predictable, rigid football. Time to liven things up a bit.

Gosens at LWB could make them great on the flanks, while a few good back-up players for the front 2 and the CBs are needed as well.
on the 14th April, 2021 at 9:28pm

You are doing whats called projection in psychology. You see that Rubentus have been Italy's CL embarrassement by losing against Ajax, Lyon and 10-men Porto, but you still find the need to hate on Inter. We had 2 very hard group stages in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. Only this years loss against Shaktar was a real shame, il admit it. But you are so obsessed by Inter, its pathetic. What has Inter done to you i wonder? Was them winning the treble the straw that broke u?
on the 14th April, 2021 at 9:06pm
Future? if Inter doesn't pay debts before June 30 they will miss out on Europe and China's sponsors will go to the other black and blue italian team to make sure that their brands get the European exposure. All of Italy will celebrate - at least Inter won't be the Champions League embarrassment from Italy. And by the way, making the Round of 16 is soo much easier than winning it
on the 14th April, 2021 at 7:20pm
I think this is a one and done season. They knew at the start of the season and went all in. Conte will cash out and unless Allegri comes in, no one can take over his type of game. Just ask Sarri.
on the 14th April, 2021 at 6:47pm
I am very confident for the future. We have a very good young core in Bastoni, Barella, Hakimi, Lautaro, while players like Lukaku, Skriniair and De Vrij are in their prime. If Suning stays and we have the financial situation sorted out, we could be dominating this decade! Forza Inter!
on the 14th April, 2021 at 6:11pm
They need to buy dybalaQ
on the 14th April, 2021 at 5:18pm

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