While most of the mercato attention this month has been focused on new arrivals, sports director Piero Ausilio and technical coordinator Water Sabatini are starting to turn their attention to the players who need to be sold to balance the books or sent out on loan if they don’t fit in Spaletti’s plans for the upcoming season.
First out of the door will be Gary Medel, who has joined Besiktas for €3m plus €2m in potential bonuses. Jeison Murillo is inching closer to a move to Valencia for a reported €13 million.
If Murillo goes, Inter will likely sign another defender. The idea as of now isn’t to invest in an big name defender as they would prefer investing on a younger player who will play behind Miranda and Skriniar (as Spalletti seems convinced of this pairing).
Andrea Ranocchia has been linked with a loan move back to the Premier League, but at the moment I cannot see Inter letting both Murillo and Ranocchia go during this transfer window.
That leaves Geoffrey Kondogbia who has made it clear to Inter that he wants to leave the club. He sees Valencia as a great opportunity for get his career back on track as he still has aspirations of making the France squad for next summer’s World Cup.
The challenge for Valencia is that Inter want €35 million for him. The player and his agent are hoping that Inter will accept a lower amount, with the difference being reached by is adding bonuses or re-sale percentages. But we have seen all summer that if Inter put a valuation on a player they rarely sell below that which could make a move difficult to Valencia.