Inter legend Beppe Bergomi has praised the club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio and technical coordinator Walter Sabatini for the work they have carried out thus far in the mercato.
“I think Piero Ausilio and Walter Sabatini have worked well so far [in the mercato],” Bergomi told Sky Sports 24.
Despite having no money to spend, Ausilio and Sabatini are close to pulling off two blockbuster deals. One involving Barcelona’s Rafinha that looks near to completion and Ramires from Chinese sister club Jiangsu Suning.
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Multiple sources suggest that Inter are getting close to finally landing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha on loan with €35m option to buy that will be mandatory with a top four finish.
The negotiations have been dragging on for days and it seems the two clubs have given themselves 72 hours to finalise the details or look elsewhere.
According to both Mundo Deportivo and Mediaset Premium, they are very close to an agreement for Rafinha to move on loan with €35m option to buy.
That option will become mandatory if Inter finish in the top four and therefore qualify for the Champions League.
After being unable to persuade Joao Mario to move to Sevilla in exchange for winger Joaquin Correa, Inter have came back with a new saw deal that includes Marcelo Brozovic.
Brozovic has also been linked with a move to Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, and the feeling in Spain is that new Sevilla Coach Vincenzo Montella can get Brozovic back to his best and that he would be flipped to an English side in 12-18 months for a huge profit.
It is clear that Inter are desperate to raise cash and want to leverage out-of-favor midfielders Marcelo Brozovic and Joao Mario to do that.
Walter Sabatini is trying to sign Stéphane Mbia for Jiangsu Suning, a deal which would allow Ramires to leave China and join Inter.
Sabatini has been trying for weeks to set up a loan between Inter and Jiangsu Suning for the Brazilian, but Jiangsu Coach Fabio Capello wants a replacement before he will allow Ramires to leave.
Calciomercato.com is reporting that Sabatini is working on a solution, which would involve Mbia moving to Jiangsu Suning.
The Cameroon international is already at Hebei China Fortune, so they wouldn’t have to pay the 100 per cent tax which is levied on signings from abroad.
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The British media is full of reports linking Inter with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. The challenge for Inter is that we are broke, and we can only afford the England international if he comes on loan with option to buy.
The often-injured Sturridge has made only five starts this season due to a hamstring problem, with injuries been one of the reasons why Jurgen Klopp is willing to get rid of him.
These seems like a transfer deal that is being made by Sturridge’s agent as adding another striker, and one with a €34m price tag, is not high on Inter’s wish list at the moment.
Inter are trying to get Sevilla’s Joaquin Correa by dangling Joao Mario in return, but the Portuguese midfielder is not thrilled about moving to La Liga according to Tuttosport.
The Nerazzurri have long followed Joaquin Correa since his time at Sampdoria. The 23-year-old can play on either wing and through the middle and has been capped at international level by Argentina.
Joao Mario was Inter’s big signing in the summer of 2016, and he arrived at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza with a big price tag and high expectations.
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Brazilian midfielder Rafinha looks set to be the next Barcelona player to leave the Nou Camp as the Catalans continue their quest to balance the books following the €160m signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Reports in Spain this morning are that a deal between Barcelona and Inter Milan is close to being agreed for the 24-year-old.
Inter thought they had their man in a deal worth €20m plus add-ons due to go through in the summer, with Rafinha joining on loan until then. However, Director of Football Pep Segura reportedly values him higher and has rejected that original offer.
Inter have officially confirmed the signing of Lisandro Lopez, on loan from Benfica with an option to buy.
The centre-back took his medicals with the Nerazzurri this morning, before joining the team for an afternoon training session, and his arrival has now been officially confirmed.
“Inter have a new player and it’s Lisandro Ezequiel Lopez. The Argentine defender has signed on loan until 30 June 2018 (with an option to make the switch permanent),” a statement on the Inter website.
“Born on 1 September 1989 in Villa Constitucion in the province of Santa Fe, he developed as a player at Chacarita Juniors where he made his professional debut in the 2008-9 season season.
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This will be critical second half of the season for Nerazzurri. Suning need a top four finish in order to secure Champions League football, and the riches that come from it, next season. A top four finish makes recruiting easier for Sabatini and Ausilio.
A top four finish might also be necessary to convince captain Mauro Icardi to stay at the club and not leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Although Icardi has scored a remarkable 99 goals in 176 Serie A games, he has never player in the best competition in world football, the Champions League.
Lisandro Lopez arrived this evening and Ramires could follow very soon, as his agent is expected to be in Milan on Tuesday to finalize the details on his move.
Considering that Inter have no budget to work with this Mercato, if Ausilio is able to land both Lisandro and Ramires for less than €1m this nonth, that will go down as one of the best transfer windows in history.
The 28-year-old Lopez does not fit the profile of the type of players that Inter have been buying since Suning took over. But he brings experience and can immediately slide into the starting line-up alongside Skriniar.