Inter have recruited impressively this summer, following the arrival of Antonio Conte. The three-time Serie A winning boss with Juventus raised eyebrows when he opted for the Nerazzurri and there is a genuine feel-good factor around the Giuseppe Meazza for the 2019-20 campaign.
Conte has unsurprisingly made his mark with immediate effect, securing the services of young Italian midfielders Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi, while free transfer Diego Godin will partner Milan Skriniar and the duo represent a rearguard equal to the Bianconeri options at Maurizio Sarri’s disposal.
With two-thirds of the team well stocked for the season ahead, the new Inter tactician still has a conundrum to solve in the goalscoring department, with Lautaro Martinez the only guarantee. The young Argentine was one of his nation’s star performers at the Copa America and will be an asset to the former Italy manager as Inter make their return to the Champions League.
Compatriot Mauro Icardi is still at the club, despite Conte confirming the player is not in his plans. The South American has hit the headlines almost on a weekly basis over the last 12 months and his time in Lombardia is surely coming to an end. A move would benefit both parties and it is Conte’s former team who head the queue.
Juventus are 5/4 to snap up Icardi and the champions are reportedly preparing a €40m offer. The first bid is likely to be rejected by Inter, given the striker is arguably worth double and a guarantee of 25 goals a term, and the expectation is the two rivals will meet somewhere in the middle.
Much will also depend on the Bianconeri balancing the books, with Matthijs de Ligt’s long awaited move likely to take spending past the €100m mark. At least two of Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic are poised to move on before the close of the transfer window and it could go to the wire for Icardi.
If Juventus are unable to quickly sell the likes of Higuain, who has so far refused a host of clubs, this could allow Napoli to steal a march on the Scudetto holders. Icardi’s first choice is the reigning champions, but the Azzurri have the funds to wrap up a deal without any delays and patron Aurelio De Laurentiis is sure to be an interested observer as the saga rumbles on. Last year’s runners-up are backed at 3/1.
Manchester United are 7/1 but have rejected Inter’s proposal of a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku. The Red Devils will need a replacement if the Belgian’s transfer materialises but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in Wissam Ben Yedder. Atletico Madrid, now at 10/1, were in the running before Joao Felix’s whopping signing was confirmed but have other pressing matters to attend to with a number of first team defenders to replace.