One comes in Diego Godin, one leaves in Joao Miranda, but then what will happen to the defense of Inter?
The arrival of Godin can open very different scenarios for next season. Of course Inter management wants to protect the team in the best way given the certain departure of Joao Miranda. The Brazilian, formed a super defensive pair with Godin at Atletico Madrid, pushes to leave already this month. Ten games played so far (7 in Serie A and 3 in Champions League) is not good enough for him because he believes that he can still do so much even at 34 years old but the exit from Champions League further reduces playing time for him. Inter won’t let him leave easily because it is difficult to find equal alternatives and also because Ranocchia has not even played yet this season after 25 games. In July, however, Inter and Miranda will go their own ways.
Having a player like Godin could also change the future of Milan Skriniar, one of Inter’s biggest gems. The former Sampdoria have a contract until 2022 but negotiation to extend it further has been stuck for a while now. Inter offered to increase wage from €1.7M to €2.5M but Milan’s representatives wanted €3M. In the background, there is the great appeal that the defender has around Europe: Inter last summer sent back to sender (from England) €70M but now the Slovakian’s value has climbed at least €20M extra. A massive figure which could become very useful for the coffers of Inter. In fact, the Nerazzurri must present a check of €40M-€50M to UEFA for capital gains at the end of the season. A summer ago, that money was recovered by letting go of young Primavera champions but this year, due to the wishes of Steven Zhang, the strategy must be different. Meaning: the club will have to sacrifice a star player. And among the candidates, Skriniar is on the front row together with Brozovic and Ivan Perisic.
Godin’s presence will allow Inter to have the luxury to choose: either use him as Miranda’s replacement, leaving Skriniar and De Vrij as starters, or pair him with the Dutch and sacrifice Skriniar. His major sale would ensure the settlement of financial account regarding UEFA FFP and also would give Inter enough money to find a replacement. It is no secret that Inter have eyes on two young players of the future in Cristian Romero of Genoa and Joachim Anderson of Sampdoria. The first is worth €30M but the competition from Juventus is very strong. The second is at €25M and the interest of Inter management is very strong in this case. With Godin starting, the young players will have time to grow and to learn. Let’s not forget about Alessandro Bastoni who grew up with Atalanta and is on loan at Parma.