Casadei: Why Inter are selling one of Italy’s brightest prospects to Chelsea

Inter have now agreed to sell talented teenager Cesare Casadei to Chelsea, sending away one of Italy’s most exciting youth talents. 

As the summer transfer window approached, it quickly became apparent that the Nerazzurri would need to generate some significant funds in order to offset some financial concerns. This also happened last year and the club cashed in on Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku in high-profile deals.

Inter did not want to repeat what happened last year; heading into the transfer window, the Milanese club wanted to avoid losing any first team players in order to give coach Simone Inzaghi the strongest possible options ahead of another title race. 

Some players seemed set to depart, like Paris Saint-Germain target Milan Skriniar or the much-appreciated Denzel Dumfries, but ultimately no key players were sold. Simone Inzaghi essentially ruled out any first team departures recently when he stated that “the transfer market is closed”. 

This meant that Inter needed to generate some funds from somewhere; cutting players like Alexis Sanches and Arturo Vidal lightened the wage bill, but neither commanded a transfer fee. Therefore, Inter looked to their youth talents to solve the issue.

20-year-old Sebastiano Esposito was sent to Royal Anderlecht on a loan deal with a €10m buy option attached and 23-year-old Andrea Pinamonti joined Sassuolo on a loan deal with a €20m obligation to buy clause attached, but still this wasn’t enough, forcing Inter’s hand.

This is why the Milanese club agreed to sell Casadei to Chelsea for €15m plus €5m in add-ons. The departure of the talented 19-year-old allows the club to navigate through choppy financial waters whilst also retaining their first team players.

13 Comments on “Casadei: Why Inter are selling one of Italy’s brightest prospects to Chelsea”

  1. Because Serie A is now officially the developmental league for the EPL. Even best players in Italy would die for a chance to play for even smallest clubs in England. That’s the reality now that Italian football fans have to come to terms with.

  2. It’s sad to see potential players leave at young age. Even though 20M is a lot for 19 years old. If we don’t sign Mikhi and Bellanova, perhaps we could generate or save 20M as well, make casadei as calhanoglu’s backup. There is a mentality of hesitation to take risk and give young players chances among the big italian clubs. Despite their big spendings, EPL clubs still make room for Foden, Mount, Rashford, Rowe, etc.

  3. more worried about casadei, he young italian prospect yet he choose chelsea, he wont get regular minuted there considering chelsea midfielder, he should go to smaller club and get player more regularly.

  4. boh!, good observation. I toally forgot him. And, now we afraid we did not replaced him well. But, time will tell if I’m wrong. 😉

  5. What’s worse…selling the present or selling the future. Inzaghi must’ve been made to choose by the Owners of losing one of either Dumfries /Skriniar / Barella or several prospects. Looks like he bid farewell to Inters future so he’s probably already planning on not being at Inter in a couple of years time

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