Antonio Conte may have guided Inter Milan to a first Serie A title since 2010 last campaign, but the serial winner has already moved on from the club after continued dispute with the clubs hierarchy.
Ownership are reportedly keen to cut the Italian giants wage bill by around 20% before the start of next season, and in order to do that, they’ll need to move a number of players on.
Their poor financial position should ultimately spark a quick-fire sale, and with so many talented players on their roster, Arsenal,Chelsea and Tottenham should all be monitoring the situation very closely.
Here’s a closer look at some of the players Inter could be looking to move on.
The Moroccan international has been heavily linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea this window.
With the Gunners desperate for a long-term replacement to Hector Bellerin – who looks set to end his long association with the club this summer – and Chelsea keen to strengthen their wing-back options, Hakimi is the perfect fit for both sides.
Although his main responsibility is to be a right-back, Hakimi has admitted that he can also operate as a winger and believes that he could even play as a striker if required.
Spurs want to sign two centre-backs this window, one of whom needs to be the type of leader the rest of the defence can rally behind.
Skriniar has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the past but a deal could just never be agreed on. However, with Inter’s financial difficulties this time around, Spurs should be looking at trying their luck for a second time.
The Argentine international is one of the more expensive players on the list.
Inter had previously demanded a fee in excess of £100m for the star but that figure is expected to drop significantly in light of their desperate situation.
Brozovic is another name rumoured to be on the move this summer, despite his influential role in the side’s title triumph.
Chelsea have been linked with the player in the past – alongside Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United – but with Granit Xhaka close to moving to Roma for £17m, Arsenal could benefit from signing a player like him to sit next to Thomas Partey in midfield.
Tottenham were reported to be one of the many club’s keeping an eye on Barella’s progress in January after the 24-year-old midfielder impressed in Conte’s midfield.
Chelsea are rumoured to be monitoring his situation, but given Arsenal’s limited midfield options and Barella’s calming influence, Mikel Arteta could benefit the most from signing him.
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Inter president Steven Zhang has admitted the club could be forced into selling striker Lukaku this summer.
“From the first moment we took over Inter we thought that [Antonio] Conte would be the best coach for our project,” Zhang told Gazzetta Dello Sport . “Two years ago we finally managed to bring him to the Nerazzurri.
“I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach: this is the reason that led us to invest so much in him and in the team in the last two years.
Lukaku has been heavily linked with a sensational return to Chelsea, but it’ll take a lot for them to sign him, especially after he insisted that he was staying in Italy.