Inter chief Beppe Marotta insists Lautaro Martinez is a ‘fundamental player’ for the Nerazzurri and maintains Romelu Lukaku’s return isn’t a done deal yet.
The Nerazzurri are in talks with Chelsea and according to the latest reports in Italy, a new meeting that will take place today will unlock Lukaku’s return to the Stadio Meazza.
“It’s a feasible path, but there are some difficulties and we need to evaluate whether there’s a chance to make it. We won’t announce Lukaku’s return today,” he told Radio Anch’Io as quoted by FCInternews.
Inter are also in talks with Paulo Dybala, who is available as a free agent after Juventus refused to extend his contract.
“Lukaku and Dybala are our targets, but we need to consider financial issues,” Marotta continued.
“We are in talks with these two players and we’ll be happy if we sign them. If not, we’ll consider different targets. The single player is not important, what matters is the group and this is already a solid team.”
Marotta insists that Inter’s priority is to balance the books and try to strengthen the team.
“We have our target: make a capital gain from transfers and reduce the wage bill. It’s in our interest to keep a strong team because this is the history of this club. We believe Lautaro is fundamental to pursuing these objectives,” he said.
The Argentinean striker has been linked with a move to Tottenham and the Nerazzurri may be forced to sell if they get both Lukaku and Dybala. The pre-season training retreat will begin next month. Who are the new signings that Simone Inzaghi will coach from day one?
“He will have new signings, but I don’t know who they will be. Mkhitaryan will be official in the next few days, the same goes for Onana,” the former Juventus director claimed.
“We are evaluating a bit of everything, also players from the Primavera team who became Italy champions. We know that we must wait for young players and build a strong team. We’ll try to offer Inzaghi a strong team from the start of the season.”
Inter have turned down a €50m bid for Milan Skriniar, but PSG are expected to make an improved offer over the next few days. Inter need to earn at least €60m from the summer’s transfer market and save 10-15% on their wage bill.
Torino‘s Bremer is seen as Inter’s main target if Skriniar leaves in the summer.
“It’s more difficult to replace a striker than a defender because there aren’t many of the first ones and have high prices. Probably, we’ll be forced to do something in defence, but Ausilo, Baccin and I are already considering valid alternatives if one of our defenders leaves,” Marotta admitted.
“Gleison Bremer is a world-class defender who would be useful for many top teams. Surely, we are interested in him.”
Marotta: "Lukaku-Dybala nostri obiettivi. Lautaro è indispensabile, più facile sostituire i difensori" https://t.co/yLZN2hoGpI
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