In case you missed them, here are the highlights and goals from Inter’s 1-1 draw with Palermo at the weekend.
Inter 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.
Other 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.
Former 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.
With 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.
While 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.
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.
“The owners are very generous and they’ve shown they’re ready to make significant investments,” began Ausilio.
“I think we’ve built a good, competitive squad. Now we need to develop a playing style and deliver results.”
Ausilio also spoke about some of the deals in particular:
“Joao Mario and Gabigol are both well-established players who join from big leagues.
“I gave my technical opinion during the identification process for certain players.”
The sporting director played down claims that Inter could be about to strengthen at the back.
Brazilian star Gabigol said farewell to Santos fans in Sunday as he confirmed that we was heading to Inter.
“I confirm, I’m going straight to Inter.
The Nerazzurri represent a great opportunity for me, not only from an economical point of view, but also technical.
At Santos I gave everything, it is the club in my heart and one day I will return here.
It was my choice to transfer, which the club have helped me to do”.
Cannot wait to see Gabigol in an Inter shirt. Wondering how FDB will fit Icardi, Gabigol, Ivan Perisic, Eder, Antonio Candreva and Ever Banega into this formation.
Inter’s new #6 spoke of his delight at moving to Inter and is excited about the challenges ahead:
“It was certainly an important decision and I am very happy to be here,” Joao Mario told Mediaset Premium.
I’m at a huge club and I’m happy that Inter showed such interest in me. I have to thank the club for that. I hope to help the team achieve its objectives.”