Sunday June 21 2015
Kovacic and more Inter sacrifices

Inter may be forced to sacrifice Mateo Kovacic plus two from Fredy Guarin, Hernanes, Juan Jesus and Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

The Nerazzurri are splashing the cash with a deal worth €40m plus bonuses for Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda, while Giannelli Imbula of Olympique Marseille is lined up for €19m.

That’s not including the impressive wages, which for Kondogbia are close to €5m per season.

The club already fell foul of Financial Fair Play rules, so there will have to be sales this summer.

However, they do get an extra year to balance things out, as Inter are not in any UEFA competition this season.

The number one candidate to be sacrificed is Kovacic, who although immensely talented, has struggled to find the right position in the ever-changing Inter side.

Liverpool are known to be very eager for a swoop, though need a push to reach the €25m price-tag (around £18m).

It’s still not enough to balance the books, so La Gazzetta dello Sport lists the other players on the chopping block, claiming at least two must go.

They include Galatasaray and Fenerbahce target Guarin, ex-Lazio midfielder Hernanes and Brazilian defender Juan Jesus.

Kuzmanovic is attracting interest from the Premier League with Watford and West Ham, plus German sides Schalke 04, Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Japanese full-back Yuto Nagatomo could end up at Walter Zenga’s Sampdoria.