With the recent departures of Rodrigo Palacio and Federico Bonazzoli it did not come as a big surprise when Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza was heavily linked with a move to Internazionale. 23-year old Zaza has had a great season so far for Sassuolo with 11 goals in 19 appearances and several teams including Roma, A.C. Milan and Fiorentina have been fighting over his signature.
SASSUOLO STRIKER REPLACES PALACIO
However the left-footed forward chose to join Internazionale. The deal is believed to cost Inter €10m plus eventual bonuses which could raise the fee with another €2m. The contract stretches over 4,5 years and grants Zaza a weekly wage of €55.000 which will increase to €70.000 in case he makes 5 appearances for the Italian national team.
Zaza was born in Policoro in the south of Italy, however he started his professional career playing for Bergamo-based Atalanta and later moved to Sampdoria. At Sampdoria he was subsequently loaned out to Juve Stabia, Viareggio and Ascoli where he scored a combined 29 goals in 57 appearances. His impressive performances attracted interest form several clubs and in 2013 recently promoted Sassuolo along with Juventus bought him in a co-ownership. After a successful first season at Sassuolo they bought him outright from Juventus for a fee of €7.5m. In his 1,5 seasons at Sassuolo he scored 18 in goals in 52 appearances.
"To replace Rodrigo Palacio will be very hard but I will to my very best. I'm very happy with my move to Milano and I hope to recreate my good form here. Playing for Inter Milan is a great honor and I'm sure it will help me to progress as a footballer."