With relatively no money to spend on new players over the last three to four years, Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio pioneered the idea of a long term loan with an option to buy at a future date.
The concept gave Inter the ability to attract a higher quality player than they could normally affords, while punting the financial repercussions down the road.
As a result here we are in 2018 and Inter cannot afford to go and buy a new player in this transfer window because we don’t have the cash. Instead we have to resort to asking clubs to loan us their players for six months for little money.
So there is some irony that perennial Champions League participant Sevilla are a have approached Inter with an offer to take midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent worth up to €29 million.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s noted transfer market journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Spanish club have made an offer of €1 million to take Brozovic on loan until the end of the season.
Should the La Liga outfit wish to make the transfer permanent they would have to pay an additional €28 million meaning it is only an option and not a forced option.
Inter need cash to make the Pastore deal work. Getting only €1m for Brozovic and no forced option to buy is simply a bad offer that Inter cannot accept.