Completing the 2014-15 season as the first full year under Erik Thohir’s ownership, Inter entered the 2015 summer transfer market on the offence.
Learning from this past January, Inter made some key signings to further reinforce their squad, as they were one of the most active Italian clubs in the market. Coach Roberto Mancini should be satisfied on who he has to work with for this season.
Here’s a breakdown of their transfers and some of the most notable signings for the blue & black:
Geoffrey Kondogbia: from Monaco – €30M
Ivan Perisic: from Wolfsburg – €16M
Jeison Murillo: from Granada – €8M
Felipe Melo: from Galatasaray – €3.7M
Davide Santon: from Newcastle – €3.7M
Miranda: from Atletico Madrid – €3M loan fee
Stevan Jovetic: from Manchester City – €3M loan fee
Adem Ljajic: from Roma – €1.75M loan fee
Alex Telles: from Galatasaray – €1.3M loan fee
Martin Montoya: from Barcelona – €1M loan fee
Total Expenditure: €71.45M
Stevan Jovetic: Already netting three times in his first two Serie A games in the Inter jersey, Jovetic is setting the bar high for the nerazzurri offence this season. This was a great move for Inter, as they are gaining a high-quality finisher while not having to dish out a huge transfer fee for his services. The 25-year old is versatile up front and can score goals from distance – something that Inter will have to continue to improve on throughout the season. Once Icardi returns from injury, fans can expect to see these two linking up on a regular basis.
Geoffrey Kondogbia: The French midfielder joins the club with a massive price tag over his head after the Nerazzurri spent 30m on him beating rivals Milan to the signing of the player. Alongside Medel the Nerazzurri have a midfield duo comparable to the Mourinho days when Esteban Cambiasso and Thiago Motta anchored the midfield. A box to box midfielder with passing, dribbling and tackling all key aspects of his game. The new Patrick Viera? We shall see if Kondogbia lives up to his comparison.
Joao Miranda: The Brazilian was one of Mancini first signings for the club, and Miranda has already shown his qualities for Inter with a man of the match display against Atalanta on the opening game of the season. At a cost of 15m euros the deal to bring Miranda to Inter from Atletico is a brilliant piece of business with the qualities he brings to the team with his experience and leadership from the back.
Mateo Kovacic: to Real Madrid – €35M
Xherdan Shaqiri: to Stoke City – €17M
Hernanes: to Juventus – €11M
Ricardo Alvarez: to Sunderland – €10.5M
Lbrahima Mbaye: to Bologna – €3.5M
Ruben Botta: to Pachuca – €2.7M
Alfred Duncan: to Sampdoria – €2.6M
Joel Obi: to Torino – €2.3M
Zdravko Kzumanovic: to FC Basel- €2M
Lorenzo Crisetig: to Bologna – €1.8M loan fee
Rene Krhin: to Granada – €1.3M
Lukas Spendlhofer: to Sevilla – €450,000
Riccardo Bocalon: to Alessandria – €270,000
Total Earnings: €90.42M
Xherdan Shaqiri: Although fans had high hopes for the former Bayern Munich midfielder, Shaqiri faced many of the same problems at Inter as he did with Bayern – he didn’t see the pitch very often. Inter broke even on this deal, as they recovered the same amount for him that they paid in January so essentially this wasn’t a terrible move to get rid of a player who didn’t add much to Mancini’s line up.
Mateo Kovacic: On the flip side of lightening the load from a flop-signing, Kovacic was an incredible asset to Inter. The core of the midfield was built around the Croatian international, especially over the last two seasons and fans will surely miss his services. Real Madrid paid a heavy penny for the 21-year old, but it’s money well-earned in Inter’s case.
Hernanes: Making his move to Italian champions and rival side Juventus, Hernanes could fit well into Juve’s style of play. The bianconeri have lacked finding an attacking midfielder this summer until they picked up the Brazilian. Although the 30-year old only spent one season at Inter, he appeared in 39 games and scored seven goals. Inter fans will miss his experience the trequartista role, but securing 11 million euros for an aging midfielder isn’t bad for business.
According to the transfer market values from transfermarkt.com, after earnings minus expenditures, Inter recorded a profit this mercato period of almost €19M. Even if you include the purchase of Shaqiri in January (an additional €12M), Inter is still in the green.
The nerazzurri and Thohir dished out the cash to build up their starting XI, but they also did a fantastic job to offload players and record a profit over the summer. With Financial Fair Play regulations becoming more lax on European clubs this past June, Inter made steps in the right direction to record a profit over the summer window while still making significant signings.
Overall, Inter have one of the most well rounded squads on paper. It will take some time for new signings to mesh with one another and play to Mancini’s formation. With two Serie A wins already under their belt from the first two weeks of the season, Inter are slowly building confidence and have signs that show they are a team that will continue to push for a place in Europe by the end of the season.