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The latest Forbes ranking of the most valuable football clubs in the world is out and Inter are ranked No. 18 with a valuation of $606m (€515m). That is up from the $559m valuation that Forbes placed on the club 2 years ago (8.4% increase).

Driving the increased value has been Inter’s commercial activities. This has obviously been a focus of Suning, and it is working as Inter’s commercial revenue has nearly tripled, to $141.7 million over the last two seasons.

The $559m value makes Inter the 4th most valuable Serie A club behind Juventus ($1.472B), Roma ($618) and Milan ($612m), Napoli just squeeze into the top 20 with a valuation of $471m.

Two years on from writing this article and I think the question is a valid today as it was back then. Is Eder someone who is underappreciated by Inter fans?

Since joining Inter from Sampdoria, Eder has struggled to consistently score with the Nerazzurri, managing just 14 goals in 83 appearances. His scoring rate is higher with the national team where he has scored 6 times in 26 appearances.

Heading into the Euros most Inter fans would have been happy to see the Nerazzurri sell Eder, who has disappointed since joining from Sampdoria.

According to reports in Italy and England,Chelsea and Inter are reportedly considering a mutually beneficial swap-deal which could see Davide Zappacosta move to Italy this summer.

Inter have been linked with Zappacosta for most of June, as they see him as a perfect replacement for the departed Joao Cancelo.

Zappacosta, who joined Chelsea from Torino last year for €25 million has failed to adjust to life in the Premier League. At Torino he was lauded for his ability to cross the ball and contribute positively in attack, but has struggled with both at Chelsea.

Exactly 12 months ago I wrote this post. To some degree the fact that Suning has been restricted from making a superstar signing has been beneficial.

Under Walter Sabatini’s guidance Inter instead made some purchases over the two Mercato’s to fill in some holes in the team; namely at fullback and center back. Now Piero Ausilio can focus on improving the team further up the pitch which the arrivals of Radja Nainggolan and Lautaro Martinez.

But 12 months on from Moratti’s comments, and 21 years on from the Ronaldo world-record signing, does Suning need a marquee signing to move the project along?

According to reports in Spain and Italy, Inter are interested in buying Villarreal forward Nicola Sansone.

The Italian international wants to return home but as usual with Inter the stumbling block could be money as Villarreal are looking for at least €15m, as they are also under strict Financial Fair Play restrictions by UEFA.

There has been some media speculation that Inter could offer Eder as a makeweight in the deal to bring the cost down, but Villarreal need the cash and are not interested in such an agreement.

As our focus in firmly on the Mercato, and who will Inter sign this summer, there is an interesting battle behind the scenes involving Suning and former owner Erick Thohir.

Thohir, who still has the title of President, still owns 30% of Inter and he wants to sell. But Suning are not interested in meeting his asking price of between €150-200m.

At the top end, that values Inter at around €660m, which is well above market value.

According to Corriere della Sera, Suning would prefer that Thohir sell to a third party. It was reported that Suning earlier this week turned down an offer from an unnamed investment fund that wanted to buy the club.

The expected arrival of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan next month means that Inter will have to offload some players in order to comply with the Financial Fair Play restrictions the club is under in order to balance the books.

Two midfielder that have been linked with moves away from Inter this summer are Matias Vecino and Joao Mario.

A third name to add to the list is midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. Brozovic is currently at the World Cup with Croatia and Suning have to be hoping that he is one of the shinning stars of the World Cup.

According to reports in England, three Premier League teams are battling it out to sign Inter midfielder Matias Vecino.

Chelsea, Spurs and Everton are the three sides willing to meet Inter’s asking price of €30m in order to land the man who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay.

Chelsea’s interest in getting Vecino on-board will be driven by potential new manager Maurizio Sarri, who wanted to buy the Uruguayan at Napoli.

Tottenham are also keen on Vecino as Mauricio Pochettino looks to build on the success he’s enjoyed in north London while new Everton manager Marco Silva is also said to be a fan of Vecino.

According to CalcioMercato, Inter have identified Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal as a replacement for Joao Cancelo who they failed to sign on a permanent basis this summer following his impressive loan spell at the San Siro last summer.

That Barcelona is willing to do business with Inter after the botched Rafinha deal is a little surprising. But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are confident that they can sign Vidal on an initial loan basis with a clause of signing him on a permanent basis for a fee of €10-15m.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are trying to use wantaway midfielder Joao Mario in a package deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele.

The Nerazzurri have set their sights on Spurs veteran Dembele, who turns 31 next month and whose contract expires in June 2019. But Inter’s
initial offer of €10m was rejected out of hand by Daniel Levy as the Premier League side want closer to €30m.

In an attempt to bring the asking price down, which is notorious hard to do with Spurs, Inter are considering including Joao Mario on loan with option to buy as part of the deal.