The welcome of this Belgian start six months ago seems very far away. So much so that the hypothesis of an early separation between Nainggolan and Inter does not seem impossible. Radja arrived in Milan as the flagship signing of a market window focused on quality and experience, a tribute to the return to the Champions League.
He was supposed to be the leader of this Inter midfield, the pivotal player of the new project and the desire of Spalletti and Inter to begin closing the gap with Napoli in the race to challenge Juventus. In short, expectations were enormous and so far they have not been met. There was a bit of bad luck too with the series of injuries that affected the performances of the midfielder.
This suspension is the first breaking point between Radja and Inter and it opens up previously unimaginable transfer market scenarios. The fans have begun wondering if it was right to sacrifice Zaniolo to give Spalletti his most desired player in Nainggolan who is making €4.5M until 2011. The answer is simple: yes, it was right. And the reason is just as easy to explain: Inter needed to make capital gains for UEFA FFP and improve its roster. But today, many things have changed: the Champions League exit, added to below par performances and injuries, all of that have removed Nainggolan from the status of not-for-sale.
Or better: should a big offer come from China – like from Guangzhou last year – Inter would listen for UEFA FFP and budget issue: selling him (who is worth €39.2M on the club’s budget) would allow the Nerazzurri to include one between Joao Mario and Gagliardini, or a new player, on the UEFA list. Right now, this is just a scenario but watch out, it is coming real close to being non-trivial news.