The future of Lautaro Martinez and Inter was under the spotlight in the derby last weekend against Milan. But his talent is not enough to accompany the projects of the Nerazzurri, a club that has one foot in the Champions League next season. While Spalletti continues to praise his jewel (“We have found a striker that can make things right”), Marotta and Ausilio are planning the next move to find the rightful partner.
There are two excellent candidates. Contacts with Edin Dzeko are no longer a mystery. But the profile that makes the most noise for many reasons is that of Paulo Dybala. The Argentinian of Juventus has everything to be considered a top player and he has plenty of admirers in Appiano Gentile. A couple of weeks ago, Juventus director Fabio Paratici winked at Mauro Icardi and to everyone’s surprise, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta responded with a hypothesis of doing an exchange with La Joya.
Are these just provocations between two former collaborators? In the first few days, sure. But as the days went by, reflections on both teams reinforced certain beliefs despite the difficult dialogue between two sides that have always seen each other as enemy. Let’s not forget the words of Steven Zhang who explicitly said a month ago that “Icardi will never join Juventus.”
Looking at the past and current events at Inter, it is increasingly clear that the former captain is destined to change shirt next season. And this implicitly feeds the suggesting of replacing him with the talent from Laguna Larga. If it were necessary, Inter leadership would consider an exchange: this would be the best option for both sides to get a super capital gain. Maybe even with a bit of extra money… but for whom? Right now, it is better not to go too far because the impression is that time is not ripe for both sides to sit down and talk.
Inter have not solved the case of Icardi while Juventus hope to have a regenerated Dybala for the final part of the season to take away any possible temptation of joining the Milanese club. In fact, the next few weeks will allow us to better understand market prospects of this operation.
At this point, Inter technical interest is prevalent, considering that for many reasons, their attacking department needs a refresh because Mauro Icardi won’t be the only one leaving the club int he summer. Even his rival, Ivan Perisic, could soon pack his bags in the presence of an adequate offer. And in this perspective, one more season, the club of Steven Zhang should raise the bar to look for Icardi’s replacement and it explains why the name of Dybala is recurrent in certain conversations.
And then we have Dzeko. The Bosnian, precisely because of potential Icardi’s departure and Dybala’s negotiation, is valued as an ideal profile to support Lautaro. He is considered a ready, experienced player with all technical characteristics to lead the Inter attack even after turning 33 years old. Dzeko’s relationship with Roma supporters isn’t great, especially after the social media posts and pictures celebrating his birthday after defeat against SPAL.
Inter have been informed the player’s availability to join but the issue is related to the player’s evaluation. Roma do not want to go down too far from the €30M mark that 13 months ago almost brought the striker to Chelsea.