Inter Transfer Roundup - Summer 2012

Posted by Don Nerazzurri

Last season there was a lot of talk amongst Interisti about Massimo Moratti and Marco Branca letting the club down with bad transfer window dealings for the past couple years since the historic treble win of 2010, and how people couldn't see how the Nerazzurri could possibly rejuvenate their squad, make it stronger and still comply with UEFA's upcoming Financial Fair Play rules.
It seemed like an impossible task given the high average age of the squad and the severe lack of funds from profit within the club, but now with the summer transfer window officially closed I'm pleased to say that the Inter management have done a fantastic job with the club. In fact they have done more than just make a start on providing a transition squad for the long term project - they have actually provided Andrea Stramaccioni with a fantastically balanced squad with plenty of depth that can once again drive Inter forward to challenge for the Scudetto.
The biggest issue Inter faced was reducing the huge wage bill of last season's squad, and to achieve this the Nerazzurri management realised the best option was to cut their losses on some of the club's biggest names and just terminate their contracts. The club did such a good job of this that the only large contract remaining at the club now is the most deserving player, Wesley Sneijder, who is now arguably the biggest name in Serie A! Lucio, Diego Forlan and Julio Cesar all had their contracts terminated, making their moves to Juventus, Internacional and QPR easier to complete while saving Inter millions a year in cut wages.
Inter have also tidied up some of their co-ownership deals, selling their half of Kucka to Genoa for a nice profit of €7 million, whereas Palermo bought Inter's share of goalkeeper Viviano for €3 million, which I believe wasn't such a great deal but considering the amount of injuries Viviano is getting recently maybe it's a good thing that we managed to get something for him.
A couple of Inter's veterans, Ivan Cordoba and Paolo Orlandoni, have called time on their playing careers by retiring. Cordoba has taken up a position in the club as the team manager, which I believe involves acting as a liaison between the players and the club management.
Last season's loaned players Zarate, Palombo and Poli were all returned to their parent clubs with Inter ending their interest in all three players, while Goran Pandev, who was on loan at Napoli, was bought from Inter for €7.5 million.
Other players to leave Inter this summer are youngster Luc Castaignos, who was snapped up by the Dutch club Twente for €6 million after being frustrated by the lack of chances in the Inter first team last season. Another talented youngster to leave was Davide Faraoni, who was exchanged with Udinese as part of the deal that saw Samir Handanovic join the Nerazzurri. This may one day come back to bite Inter, just like when they sold Mattia Destro a few years ago.
Maicon left in the final days of the transfer window to join the English Premier League champions Manchester City for €4 million and of course the deal that was, for me, Inter's best transfer of the summer: the out-of-form Giampaolo Pazzini to AC Milan for €7.5 million plus Antonio Cassano.

Last but not least outward bound was the young striker Samuel Longo, who was outstanding in the Inter Primavera last season; after buying the other half of his rights from Genoa for €5 million, Inter decided to give him more first-team competitive experience by loaning him out to Espanyol in La Liga. Hopefully this will have the same effect as it had when Coutinho was loaned there last season.

As I've said the players that Inter have brought in for this season have given the club one of the strongest squads in Serie A. With reinforcements in all departments, Inter really are capable of fighting for their 19th Scudetto.

As well as promoting some of the stronger members of the Inter youth setup, like defender Ibrahima Mbaye and midfielder Joseph Alfred Duncan, we've seen three strong youngsters return from loans away from the club. Returning from Parma we have both Jonathan and defensive midfielder MacDonald Mariga as well as the star of the Nerazzurri's preseason, Coutinho, returning from six months at La Liga side Espanyol. Inter also made a great move by securing the signature of Fredy Guarin from Porto for €8 million after he impressed enough on loan last season.

As mentioned earlier Samir Handanovic was acquired from Udinese for €11 million plus the youngster Faraoni. Samir is the ideal replacement as Julio Cesar's replacement as for quite a few years now he's proved himself to be one of the best goalkeepers in Italy and has been consistently good between the posts.

In defence Matias Silvestre has been loaned from Palermo on an initial €2 million deal and exciting left wingback/midfielder Alvaro Pereira has been drafted in from Porto for €10 million.

The midfield has seen numerous changes this summer with Gaby Mudingayi and Walter Gargano both arriving at Inter on loan from Bologna (€0.75 million) and Napoli (€1.25 million) respectively to strengthen the defensive midfield while Antonio Cassano brings extra creativity to the attacking midfield too.

Despite losing three strikers to other clubs this summer (four if you include Longo) Inter have only strengthened this area with one new name: Rodrigo Palacio, who has been on the Nerazzurri radar for some years now and was bought from Genoa for €10 million.

PLEASE NOTE: The amounts quoted don't include any bonuses that are part of the various deals (Example: Maicon went to Manchester City for €4 million right away and €3.5 million in bonuses).

As I say I'm very happy with how Inter's transfer dealings have gone this summer, despite losing out on a few players I would've loved to see in the Nerazzurri colours like Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura, who ended up at PSG, and Mattia Destro, who joined rivals Roma instead. I do however feel we are now stronger with the players we have acquired than if we managed to sign one of those for a higher transfer fee.

Financially Inter have done well too as, according to the Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, there are ten arrivals (including loaned players coming back) and 13 departures. Massimo Moratti and Inter spent the total of €48 million and made €35 million from sales meaning the numerous changes in the Inter squad only cost the club €13 million. This is great news in terms of the upcoming UEFA Financial Fair Play rules and proves Inter can buy quality players without breaking the bank.

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