You would think that securing Champions League football, escalator contracts in sponsorship deals and selling Geoffrey Kondogbia for €25m, all positive moves, would be backed by a commitment from Suning to invest in the squad this summer.
But it looks like once again, Suning’s words and actions will be two different things as Luciano Spalletti says that Inter will need to shrink the size of their squad this summer before the club can pursue permanent deals for loan duo Rafinha and Joao Cancelo.
Cancelo joined in August from Valencia while Rafinha came in during the winter from Barcelona, with both playing important parts in Inter’s fourth-place finish this season.
However, while each player has a €35 million trigger in their loan deals to make the moves permanent, Spalletti conceded it will require the club to make sales in order to free up funds to make those deals happen.
” At this moment in time, we can’t buy Cancelo or Rafinha back.
“We can maybe talk about it in the coming weeks but as of now, this isn’t possible.
“We still have to work with the Fifa financial fair play rules and we want our financial books to balance.
“Let’s see what happens in the future, I can’t say much more as of now…” Spalletti told reporters.
If Inter are to build on this season’s success, and challenge for a top two position next season, this squad needs an upgrade in quality and quantity. For Suning to be unwilling to back Spalletti is unfathomable to me.