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Transfer Deadline Day: Stevan Jovetic Stays

jovetic-interDespite some interest from first Fiorentina and then AC Milan, that Stevan Jovetic is still an Inter player is baffling to me.

Despite being Inter’s only goalscoring threat during their USA preseason tour, it was clear that Frank de Boer was not a big fan of the Montenegro international and the striker was expected to leave during the transfer window.

Fiorentina seemed to be the most likely destination, a move that that Jovetic wanted, but the two clubs could not agree to terms of the loan.

Brozovic-InterEverything was in place for Marcelo Brozovic to get what he wanted. A pay raise! Inter and Chelsea had agreed to a £25million transfer fee but Brozovic and his agent could not agree personal terms with the Premier League side, so he is staying with Inter.

Brozovic is earning €1.2m net at Inter. That translates into £19,000 pounds a week. At a club as big as Chelsea he could expect to double if not treble his current wages. Something that Inter will not be able to do.

new-inter-badgeThe signings of Joao Mario And Gabigol has presented Frank de Boer with a good problem. How does he fit his new signings into what I expect will become a 4-3-3 formation?

Gabigol can play either down the middle as a striker, or as he showed during the Olympics he can also play on the right in an attacking three. Joao Mario on the other hand can play in every position in the middle of the pitch and will give FDB lots of options against some of the better teams in Serie A.

Inter v Palermo Highlights

In case you missed them, here are the highlights and goals from Inter’s 1-1 draw with Palermo at the weekend.

It’s Official: Gabigol Is An Inter Player

Gabigol-signsInter have officially announced the arrival of Gabriel Barbosa, aka Gabigol from Santos for a reported €27.5 million. The striker has signed a five-year contract through June 2021, and will join up with his new Inter teammates after the international break.

The statement on the Inter website read:

“Gabriel Barbosa Almeida received a bonus present today after officially signing as an Inter player on his 20th birthday,” read a statement.

“The Brazilian striker has moved to Milan after four seasons at Santos, where he won the Sao Paulo state championship twice in 2015 and 2016.

Let The Sales Begin

gary-medel-interOther than adding another defender, Inter is about done adding players to its squad for the upcoming season. So the last two days of the transfer window will be focused on moving players out of the club either because Frank de Boer does not want or need them, or sales hat will help Inter balance the books.

Moratti-trophyFormer president Massimo Moratti, is often the voice of reason on the club and he is urging Inter fans to give Frank de Boer time. The former Ajax coach replaced Roberto Mancini less than three weeks ago, and has failed to win either of his first two Serie A games.

“He’s trying to build something, I think he needs a bit of time so it’s too early to comment,” Moratti told Ansa.

“I imagine he has his objectives and his strategy. Maybe he’s doing tests to see what the best tactical solution.

Ranocchia Or Domenico Criscito?

Andrea-RanocchiaWith the transfer window closing in a couple of days, it seems that Inter are facing a decision; Andrea Ranocchia or Domenico Criscito?

After two games, Frank de Boer has made it clear that he is not happy with the performance of the Inter defense. He wants a new defender, but the challenge is that if Ranocchia were to leave, he would have to be replaced by an Italian player

Which is why Inter are suddenly interested in Zenit St. Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito. Criscito arrived in Russia from Genoa in 2011 and has made 107 league appearances for Zenit. The defender is an Italian international with 22 caps to his name, and represented the Azzurri at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

new-inter-badgeWhile it has not looked like it in the opening to games of the season, but Inter have 12 internationals who are heading off to play for their country during the international break.

The twelve are:

  • Assane Gnoukouri
  • Guy Eloge Yao
  • Antonio Candreva
  • Citadin Martins Eder
  • Geoffrey Kondogbia
  • Stevan Jovetic
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Ivan Perisic
  • Ever Banega
  • Gary Medel
  • João Miranda
  • Jeison Murillo

Considering all that has been written about the lack of fitness in the Inter squad, the fact that some of these players are going to play two games in less than a week has to worry de Boer ahead of the trip to Pescara on 9/11.

Inter Accept Chelsea Bid For Marcelo Brozovic

Brozovic-InterAccording to Goal, Inter have accepted a €25 million bid from Chelsea for Marcelo Brozovic, but the midfielder has yet to agree personal terms with the Premier League side.

There had been rumors over the weekend that Chelsea were offering a swap deal of Cesc Fabregas for Brozovic, but after the Spain international said he was going nowhere, Chelsea changed the offer to a straight cash deal, which Inter were more than happy to accept.