Tuesday January 24 2017
Inter plan summer spending spree

Inter are planning a huge summer spending spree, including Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to reports.

The Nerazzurri are currently operating under Financial Fair Play constraints, but those will be lifted at the end of the season, providing they comply with the ruling, which states they must have “no break-even deficit for the financial year ending in 2017”.

Following that, they would be able to negotiate with UEFA, allowing new owners the Suning Group to flex their financial muscle.

As a result, Corriere dello Sport is reporting that the Chinese conglomerate are planning a major investment in the playing squad this summer.

The first choice for the defence would be Marquinhos of PSG, but Roma’s Kostas Manolas is an alternative, as Lazio would play hardball over Stefan de Vrij.

Verratti is the dream signing for the midfield, but he would cost around €80m and there is competition from Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Should the Italian be unavailable, Lucas Biglia of Lazio is being considered, along with Sassuolo’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, though Roma have a buyback option on the latter.

In attack, a bid of between €40m and €50m could be made for Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi.

Should the Viola reject that, Domenico Berardi remains a target, but Juventus still have a “gentleman’s agreement” for the Sassuolo forward.

Alexis Sanchez’s situation at Arsenal is being monitored closely, while Jackson Martinez would be a low-cost option, as he’s currently at Jiangsu Suning in China, also owned by Suning Group.

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