Inter edged out the cross-town rivals of Milan in the race to acquire Stefano Sensi from Sassuolo and made his arrival official on Monday. The player joins on a season-long loan with option to buy, but since the initial fee is reasonably expensive, the redemption is pretty much guaranteed. It is the same balance sheets-friendly formula that nettethem Matteo Politano from the Neroverdi last summer. The total cost will be around €25 including the youngster Marco Sala.
The midfielder was highly touted coming out of Cesena in 2016, where he was compared to Marco Verratti, but it took him two years to fully find his footing in Serie A and, after some flashes of class in the previous two seasons, he finally flourished in the most recent campaign, where he became a centerpiece of the lineup under coach Roberto De Zerbi.
The 23-year-old player can feature in any central position in the midfield, but performed at the peak of his abilities when he started being constantly used as deep-lying midfielder, although his passing and sneaky pace comes in handy also when he is deployed as box-to-box and therefore has more freedom to attack.
At Inter, he will find Marcelo Brozovic, who has done a similar path over the last couple of years, and therefore it will be up to Antonio Conte to decide their positions. The Nerazzurri did not have a back-up regista on the roster, but Sensi’s role is set to be larger than that. He has scored five times in 68 appearances in Emilia.
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