On Tuesday, Inter announced the acquisition of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham. The Nerazzurri took advantage of the fact that the Danish star had an expiring contract and wanted to leave and made him their highest player on the roster next to Romelu Lukaku, as he will earn a €8M base wages with €2M of potential bonuses, doubling his previous salary After a lengthy negotiation with the Spurs, they matched the €20M asking price to have him right away.
Eriksen has been subpar this season due to the particular situation and started just ten times, scoring and assisting twice in twenty total games, but he has been the most prolific playmaker in Premier League since transferring there in 2013, tallying 69 goals and 89 helpers in 305 appearances.
The 27-year-old versatile midfielder can play in few spots: as no.10, on the left wing or as box-to-box and that is probably where he will be used for the most part in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 as the coach probably will not modify the system that has brought him this far.
Once he will have adjusted to his new surroundings, he is set to eat away at Stefano Sensi’s minutes, although the ex Sassuolo man can also be deployed as pivot, the position usually occupied by Marcelo Brozovic. They will probably install a three-man rotation of technical midfielders, with one coming off the bench, a luxury they never had this year. Nicolò Barella will probably be fine as their grittiest player there, although it is possible they sign a midfielder with similar traits should Matias Vecino leave the club.
Eriksen’s deal was not the only one concerning Inter that was made official early in the week, as they agreed to sell Matteo Politano to Napoli for around €20M. Politano was a steady hand last season after few solid years at Sassuolo, notching five goals and five assists, but he was not a great fit for a winger-less formation. Therefore, he has merely been a bench option so far, appearing 15 times with just two starts, failing to contributed in a meaningful way as second-striker. The Beneamata will most likely add physical forward in the coming days. In Naples, he will be back in a familiar scheme, 4-3-3, and will compete primarily with José Callejon, whose future at the club is uncertain, and Lorenzo Insigne for minutes on the wings, providing a more experienced alternative than Hirving Lozano, who has been underwhelming so far.
Inter also received a decent influx of cash by selling Gabigol to Flamengo for €17M, who has been a star in Brazil but did not pan out in Europe.
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