INTER COMPLETE TWO SIGNINGS ON DRAMATIC DEADLINE DAY
Overpriced? Andersen has completed a €35M deal to Inter, but is he worth the fee?
With just hours to in the January transfer window, it seemed as though Giuseppe Bergomi had chosen to keep his club away from the spending and stay with what he had. There had been some links, as expected for any big club, but with so little time left, a big deal seemed unlikely.
Bergomi didn't complete a big deal. He completed two.
In the space of 45 minutes, Inter Milan completed the signings of Italian wonderkid Emiliano Musico from Real Madrid and Lucas Andersen from Ajax in Holland for a grand total of €50M.
Emiliano Musico was the first player to sign at the Giuseppe Meazza. The Pescara youth product made 20 appearances for the Pescara first team before making the €1.3M move to Madrid last summer. He has had a great season with Real Madrid Castilla, scoring 11 goals and pitching in 2 assists in 20 appearances in the Segunda Division B.
Inter Milan has now paid €15M up front along with €5M in future incentives for Musico to join the Nerazzurri at the start of next season. Though already boasting the talented likes of Filippo Valentini and Danilo Anconetani in the U20 side, pundits are saying that Musico is the best of the bunch.
He has scored 8 goals in 11 appearances for the U21 Italian national side as well, and, with the guidance of national team manager Bergomi, the 18 year old could become a superstar for both club and country.
Lucas Andersen is the other player to make the trek south to Italy. Andersen had been one of Ajax's very best players over the last few seasons, filling the void left by fellow Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen. However, unlike his compatriot, Andersen has grown accustomed to a role on the right wing, a position that Inter is lacking depth in.
At first, all approaches for the Dane were rejected. Ajax quoted figures as high as €55M for their star man, though Bergomi was adamant on paying no higher than €20M. Things seemed to have found a deadlock, and the deal 'fell through'
However, just days after talks fell apart, Andersen officially requested a transfer. Having created a very good working relationship with Bergomi after the Italian's successful time coaching the Danish national team, Andersen was eager to work again with his former coach, and set things into motion.
Eventually, a[n admittedly high] fee of €35M was agreed, and Andersen was shipped over to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on a €28.5k per week deal until 2021. Raheem Sterling will now have some stiff competition for a starting spot on the right wing.
Inter fans can now say they truly do have two first team players in every single position.