Co-Ownerships Resolved and Transfer News
At the end of the season, Serie A has one peculiarity that is, at least in Europe, unique; co-ownership, and today it was announced which players Inter have opted to keep and those who have been sold away.
The biggest name that the Nerazzurri were eager to keep was goalkeeper Samir Handanovic from Udinese. He had originally joined Inter for 6m euros. Over the last two seasons, Handanovic has been Inter's top choice keeper and has allowed a mere 27 goals in Serie A total. According to the official Italian FA report, Inter bid 15m euros, just beating Udinese's bid of 12.5m euros. Handanovic told the press, "I am very excited to be staying in Milan. Giuseppe Bergomi is a wonderful boss that I love playing for, and I think Inter will be a powerful force for a time to come."
The only other major co-ownership deal involving Inter was their prolific striker Diego Milito. The 34 year old had fallen out of favor last season with Inter despite being their top scorer the season before, and was sold on co-ownership to Lazio for 275k. He has now joined Lazio permanently for 300k against Inter's 50k bid, who showed they did not want him to stay with such a small bid. Milito said to reporters, "I will miss my time at Inter, where I spent 5 amazing seasons, but I am happy to embark on a new adventure with Lazio."
Samuele Longo was also sold to Chievo, his 50% share sold for a price of 1.8m euros. The poacher could not find an opening in Inter's first team, and he has promptly moved on to further his career.
Giuseppe Bergomi spoke with the press about potential transfers as well during his conference. People were expecting him to look for a new defender due to the retirement of Samuel and the retirement announcement of Zanetti, and this rumors were confirmed. "We are looking at a number of targets in defense, who will we keep anonymous now. There a few other deals in the works as well, and if we can get these done we will do very well this season."
Already signed are Genoa youth product Simone Pierguidi, who rejected Genoa for Inter when they approached, and Brazilian center back Emerson Luiz who rejected professional terms from his hometown club of Corinthians to join the Italian champions.
The biggest name sale, however, is undoubtedly 17 year old central midfielder Maxime Guatier. He joins from PSG in an astounding 12.5m euro deal, which has shocked fans and critics alike. People are surprised Bergomi would spend so much on such a young player, but the Inter legend has assured the fans that, "Maxime will be the next Xavi, he is fantastic, just wait".
Inter are reportedly looking to sell off much of their deadweight as well, with Rodrigo Palacio, Ricky Alvarez, Fernando Llorente, Vid Belec, Mohamed Sissoko, and Joel Obi all listed due to lack of importance to the squad.
The latest reports are that Obi has been loaned for 250k to Pescara to gain value in the market. Mohamed Sissoko has been sold to Everon for 4m euros despite a decent season, as has Fernando Llorente, who has been sold to rivals Juventus for 7.75m euros. This sale has been heavily criticized due to its benefactor, though Inter fans understand Llorente would not have a chance in the first team. The final sale from Inter is the 1.5m euro sale of Palacio to Udinese, who had fallen out of favor since last season.