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Suning’s Summer Transfer Plans

There is an interesting article in La Gazzetta dello Sport today about Suning’s strategy for the upcoming transfer market. Here is a breakdown of Suning’s four pronged approach:

1. Finalize contract renewals for Danilo D’Ambrosio and Gary Medel, as well as complete deals to sign Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick and Atalanta defender Alessandro Bastoni.

The renewals of D’Ambrosio and Medel are not new. Inter have been working on them for months now. Neither is Inter’s interest in Patrik Schick. What is new is the sudden interest in Atalanta defender Alessandro Bastoni.

We know that Inter are in the market for a central defender, and the common consensus was that it would be either Roma defender Kostas Manolas or Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij.

But Bastoni is a wild card here. He is only 17 years old, so hopefully Inter are looking at him as futre starter, and not someone who can step in next season and play.

Manolas or de Vrij offer stability and experience. Bastoni offers potential, and at the moment Inter need the former more than the latter.

2. Boost the overall transfer budget by selling at least one player for their fixed asking price.

I expect to see an exodus of players this summer. Stevan Jovetić is set to join Sevilla on a permanent deal for €14 million while Andrea Ranocchia, Davide Santon, Yuto Nagatomo and Jonathan Biabiany should also be sold.

La Gazzetta mentions that Inter could also raise funds by selling Ivan Perišić for €60 million, Marcelo Brozović for €25 million and Jeison Murillo would cost €20 million.

That is a €105 million that could be reinvested into new players. Brozović and Murillo are expected to be squad players next season, €45 million for them is good business.

As for Perišić, he continues to be strongly linked with a move to Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. If Mourinho is offering anywhere near €60 million for the winger, Inter should not hesitate to sell him. That is crazy money for a good player, but not a world class player.

3. In addition to the money raised via departures, Suning will spend at least €100 million on new signings. Zhang Jindong is determined to focus the club’s efforts on buying young Italian players.

Newspaper reports have put Inter’s transfer budget at around €150 million, but I can see it go much higher than that. If Suning is prepared to spend at least €100 million on new signings and you add in the money from the sales of just Jovetić, Perišić, Brozović and Murillo, it is possible that Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio will have over €200 million to spend this summer.

Defensively Inter need a new center back and a full back. If Brozović leaves we need at least one midfield player. The bulk of the money will be spent on attackers. Inter need another goal scorer to support Icardi and we need two quality wide players who can cross the ball to replace Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perišić.

4. No player will earn more than €7 million per season, in order to maintain dressing room harmony.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi is currently the highest paid player at the club, earning €4.5m, plus €500k in easy bonuses.

So the new budget gives room to sign a big name, but the €134,000-a-week wage deal precludes the signing of a superstar like Alexis Sánchez or James Rodríguez, who both can earn significantly more money elsewhere.

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