The goal of Giuseppe Marotta is to repeat the mission accomplished at Juventus but starting from a much better foundation. The former Juventus executive was hired by Steven Zhang to close the gap, or even perhaps overcome, Inter’s eternal rival Juventus. Inter will emerge from the deep dark hole that is settlement agreement and will finally have much wider investment opportunity also thanks to the return to the Champions League. Among the objectives is Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, as confirmed by Tuttosport.
“The Serbian midfielder is a target of the former Juventus director who has an excellent relationship with his agent Kezman. Now that Marotta has moved to Inter, Milinkovic-Savic will undoubtedly on the wish list of Inter as the ideal reinforcement to strengthen the midfield. The transaction, between his transfer fee and wage, will exceed €100M but Inter, at the end of the season, will follow an intricate procedure in order to make the signing happen.
“Obviously they will have to finish in the top four because without Champions League, things would become even more complicated. Then the club must balance the outgoing money (Lazio’s demand) with a sale of a start player in its own team. Suning has so far opposed this philosophy but Marotta’s presence suggests that the Chinese giant will follow the directions of the sports CEO. Also, by the end of the season (June), Ausilio and Gardini will have to find €40M-€50M in capital gains. And the more Inter Primavera win, the better the chances of showcasing the club’s young talents which should lead to capital gains.
“Ivan Perisic will be sold this upcoming summer. The Croatian seems to have reached the end of the line at Inter and for €40M-€50M, he is going to be sold. Skriniar’s situation should be kept under control: Inter do not want to lose him but if there’s a bid of more than €80M, it would be hard to say no (Inter said no to €70M offer last summer so I don’t think it would be difficult to say no to an extra €10M). Brozovic? Spalletti would oppose to this sale (he has release clause of €60M). Icardi is unlikely to leave. A departure of that kind would require Inter to find a replacement of similar quality, that plus €100M to secure Milinkovic-Savic would become too much.”