I wrote back on June 10 that Inter had signed Radja Nainggolan from Roma for €29m plus youth team talent Nicolò Zaniolo.
At the time that was a great deal for Inter, and Ausilio went even further as he offered to throw in Davide Santon alongside Zaniolo, which dropped the cost of the deal to €24m.
Considering that Inter fans were clamoring for the Nerazzurri to buy Rafinha for €40m, to get Nainggolan for nearly half that, and half what he was worth as little as twelve months ago, is more than a bargain. It’s highway robbery!
To make this an even better deal the football according to the finance website Calcio e Finanza the inclusion of Nicolò Zaniolo and Davide Santon in the deal will go a long way to helping the Nerazzurri to meet their UEFA Financial Fair Play requirements of €45m as they are both valued at around €7 million.
Nainggolan is the motor that Inter need in the middle of the pitch, He is a tireless worker who will run his socks off every match.
Yes the number of goals he scored dropped last season, but that is because Eusebio Di Francesco was reluctant to play Nainggolan at the apex of the Roma midfield. When he played that role under Spalletti he banged in eleven Serie A goals.
Plus he has Champions League experience, and is likely to do everything he can to show Roma that they should not have sold him.