As is the case throughout each and every transfer window, Inter have already been linked with a plethora of players this month. Since the appointment of Beppe Marotta as the club’s new CEO sport last month, several high-profile Italian journalists have been determined to peddle the idea that the former Juventus board member will look to make a statement of intent by making a big-name addition to Luciano Spalletti’s squad. Simply put, that would be a very dangerous game to play for all concerned.
Fans and indeed certain members of the media would do well to remember that, for the time being at least, there are still limitations in place with regard to how much Inter are allowed to spend. The Settlement Agreement reached by Erick Thohir when the Nerazzurri were found guilty of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations means that Inter have no option but to tread carefully for the next few months. Come the next transfer window, the club should be in a much better position to spend significant money in order to strengthen the team.
Of course, that does not mean that the aforementioned Marotta and chief sport officer Piero Ausilio should go out and splash €300 million just because they can. Quite frankly, that would be reckless and stupid. There is no reason why Inter should try to fast-track themselves back into contention to lift the Champions League trophy straight away. After all, arch rivals Juventus have shown why it is more prudent to improve little-by-little, year-on-year rather than immediately go for the jugular. With Marotta at the helm, one would assume it is unlikely that the Nerazzurri will fall into this trap.
Since spending a record sum to bring Gabriel Barbosa (otherwise known as Gabigol) to Milan from boyhood club Santos back in 2016, Inter have a very decent record on the transfer market under Suning’s ownership. The likes of Milan Škriniar, Matías Vecino, Kwadwo Asamoah, Stefan de Vrij and Matteo Politano have added immense value to the squad and so it would make sense to continue along similar lines. Of course, everyone would love to see a world class player such as Luka Modrić pull on a Nerazzurri shirt. That said, each and every signing must not only be financially viable but also suitable for the technical project.
Hence it is perfectly understandable that Marotta, Ausilio and other directors continue to downplay reports of the club signing anyone this month. The rhetoric from Inter HQ is that there is no need to recruit a player just to make up the numbers, which is encouraging in itself. That means everyone is focused on adding quality to the squad long-term but no rash decisions will be taken. If an opportunity does arise between now and the end of the month, the powers that be will do everything they possibly can to make the numbers work. Failing that, they will stay quietly confident that Spalletti and his current squad are good enough to achieve something important over the course of the next few months.
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