With the official start of the transfer market, the League’s site has made official a bunch of deals, among those the free transfers of Stefan De Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah to Inter, which the club secured months ago. The former Lazio has penned a five-year contract, the ex-Juventus a three-year one.
De Vrij leaves the Biancocelesti after four seasons, where he racked up 118 appearances and scored ten times. He quickly asserted himself as one of the most polished and complete centre-backs in Serie A after his €7M move from Feyenoord. He was sidelined for 350 days due to knee microfractures in 2015/2016, but was able to make a full return and had two clean years in terms of injuries afterwards. He is coming off a season where he had tremendous success attacking on the set pieces, hitting the net seven times.
Asamoah was at Juventus since 2012. A starter in the first couple of seasons, he went down with a serious knee injury in 2014, which basically took a year and a half to fully heal. Originally a box-to-box midfielder, he was used on the left flank by the Old Lady and in the last two seasons he completely turned into a fullback and proved to be a reliable backup to Alex Sandro.
After Radja Nainggolan and Matteo Politano, the Beneamata continues to bring in starting-caliber players, without breaking the bank either. They have not retained Lisandro Lopez, so they no little depth behind Joao Miranda, Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia. The coach Luciano Spalletti also hinted that he could move to a three-man defence with the 26-year-old Dutch centre-back now on board. As for Ghanaian international, Inter shipped Davide Santon to Roma, so he will compete with Danilo D’Ambrosio and Dalbert, if he stays, for the starting job.
A day later, they deposited the contract of Lautaro Martinez, who was acquired for €23M from Racing Club. The highly rated prospect is coming off an amazing season, where he tallied 20 goals in 29 appearances. The 20-year-old striker will commence as Mauro Icardi’s back-up, but the two should have no issues playing together and so Martinez will have plenty of opportunities to move into the starting line-up if he delivers. At some point, he might end up being Icardi’s heir at the club.
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