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La Gazzetta Dello Sport have published their annual list of the player salaries in Serie A and last season’s success on the pitch has seen Inter’s wages soar from €82m in 2017 to €116m this season.

Inter now has the third highest wage bill in Serie A, behind Juventus at €219m and Milan at €140m as success on the field has translated into an increasing wage bill at Inter

There is very little difference in wages between Inter’s stars and the squad players, which is a little worrying. Arsenal did the same for years and they ended up overpaying for average players and underpaying its stars. Are Inter heading the same way?

After a week of speculation about who will, and who will not be, in Inter’s Champions League, the squad has been officially announced.

The big names who have been left out for the matches against Barcelona, Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven are Joao Mario, Henrique Dalbert and Roberto Gagliardini.

Inter Group Stages Squad
List A
1 Samir Handanovic
2 Sime Vrsaljko
6 Stefan De Vrij
8 Matias Vecino
9 Mauro Icardi
10 Lautaro Martinez
11 Keita Balde
13 Andrea Ranocchia
14 Radja Nainggolan
16 Matteo Politano
18 Kwadwo Asamoah
20 Borja Valero
23 Joao Miranda
27 Daniele Padelli
33 Danilo D’Ambrosio
37 Milan Skriniar
44 Ivan Perisic
46 Tommaso Berni
77 Marcelo Brozovic
87 Antonio Candreva
93 Raffaele Di Gennaro

Inter head into the two week international break riding high after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bologna, but a little concerned that four of their stars are nursing injuries.

Captain Mauro Icardi and summer signing Lautaro Martinez both picked up leg injuries during Friday’s training session. Icardi failed a fitness test before the game and subsequently wasn’t even on the bench against Bologna. The injury is expected to keep him from reporting for international duty with Argentina this week.

For Lautaro Martinez the injury does not appear to be a serious as Incardi. There are mixed reports whether he has a thigh or calf injury, but either way he is expected to recover quickly and will join up with Argentina’s squad.

Piero Ausilio discussed injuries to Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez before Saturday’s match against Bologna and how he is “convinced” Inter will succeed this season.

“Icardi had a fitness problem yesterday, so did Lautaro, so as they were in the 24 hours before the game, we didn’t want to take any risks,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’ve got a player like Keita, who was signed precisely for this sort of situation and to ensure the quality level remained very high indeed.

There is Radja Nainggolan in the starting XI for his Inter debut after the transfer from Roma.

Antonio Candreva secured Inter’s first win of the season, but also ended his 504-day Serie A goal drought against Bologna.

The winger came off the bench in a 3-0 victory at the Stadio Dall’Ara, his first goal since the Milan derby in April 15, 2017.

“It’s a sign of unity, of caring about our work, the team and Inter,” Candreva told Sky Sport Italia.

“We built on last week’s first half performance, aware every game in Serie A is tough, and we got a good result to go into the break for international duty.

Luciano Spalletti admits Inter “should’ve been a little more inventive to pick the lock earlier,” but was content with a 3-0 win over Bologna.

It took until the 67th minute to break down the door at the Stadio Dall’Ara, but eventually Radja Nainggolan, Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perisic secured a 3-0 rout.

“There were three beautiful goals and the team shook off the tension, as after the opener, Bologna opened up the spaces and tried to attack us,” explained Spalletti to Sky Sport Italia.

“There was the risk that dominating possession and passing it around to seek a space would end up allowing them a dangerous counter-attack. Fortunately, it hardly ever happened.

Radja!!!

Midfielder Radja Nainggolan scored on his delayed Inter Milan debut to set them on the way to their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Bologna 3-0 away on Saturday.

Having taken one point from their opening two games, Inter struggled again for more than one hour against a dogged but uninspiring Bologna before the heavily-tattooed Belgian, who missed their first two games through injury, came to the rescue.

Politano’s through ball found Nainggolan, who controlled with his left foot and then blasted in with the inside of his right from 12 yards into the far bottom corner. It was the ideal debut for the ex-Roma man in a more advanced role than he was accustomed to under Eusebio Di Francesco.

Two weeks into the new season and already people are calling Inter’s trip to Bologna this weekend a “must-win” game.

One of those is Inter legend Luis Suarez, who believes it will be extremely difficult for Inter to mount a challenge for the Scudetto if they were to lose against Bologna this weekend.

“Neither of the two teams have played very well so far. I am honestly a bit worried, because if Inter were to lose even against Bologna, the gap from those who are aiming for the Scudetto would be almost insurmountable after only three games.

Luciano Spalletti has named 23 players in his matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna.

The only surprise inclusion is Kwadwo Asamoah, who has apparently recovered from a knock he picked up against Torino last week, and could start this weekend.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Radja Nainggolan will make his debut in an Inter shirt in a competitive nature. The Belgian has been kept from making his competitive debut due to an injury sustained during pre-season but he is now fully fit.

Inter Squad
Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 27 Padelli, 46 Berni;

In a last minute deal, Inter winger Yann Karamoh has decided to join Bordeaux on a season-long loan instead of rivals Saint-Etienne.

Karamoh had been due to sign for Saint-Etienne last night, but Bordeaux dived in with their own proposal and secured a deal on the final day of the transfer window.

This is a straight season-long loan for Karamoh with no future obligation on the French side’s part. Inter are not ready to give up on the France Under-21 international who joined Inter on a two-year loan with obligation to buy last summer and has gone on to play 18 times for the Nerazzurri, scoring once.