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Inter Close To Offloading One Of Their Unwanted Player As Hermoso Becomes A Target Again

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It looks like the soap opera surrounding the future of Italian defender, Alessandro Buongiorno will be resolved soon and the player will soon join former Serie A champions, Napoli, and the player is going to get some of his wishes granted to help seal the move.

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The two parties continue negotiations over personal terms and has reportedly agreed a €70m release clause. The two clubs worked out the transfer fee for a reported €35m plus bonuses to reach the €40m asking price.

Despite recent reports of an interest from Inter, as confirmed by the player’s agent, Beppe Riso, and Torino sporting director, Davide Vagnati, the Nerazzurri have always maintained that they’re not interested and this was confirmed by Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio.


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But the club will still have to find a solution for Tajon Buchanan, who recently underwent surgery, and is expected to be out for four to five months. It is for this reason that the recent winners of the Serie A title are looking to sign one of the players that they’ve been previously linked with in the past.

Inter are reportedly continuing their low-cost transfer strategy by pursuing free agent Mario Hermoso, who had been in talks with Napoli. The Nerazzurri have strengthened this summer without spending much in transfer fee, bringing in Piotr Zielinski and Mehdi Taremi on a free transfer from Napoli and Porto.

Their only expense has been €13m plus bonuses for Genoa goalkeeper Josep Martinez. They need a new defender too now, because of Buchanan, who fractured his tibia on international duty with Canada.

According to several reports from Italy, the primary target is Hermoso, another free agent after his contract with Atletico Madrid expired on June 30. The 29-year-old had also been in negotiations with Napoli in recent weeks, but then failed to agree personal terms.

He had also been linked with Aston Villa in the Premier League. It is reported that while President Beppe Marotta is in favour of the Hermoso swoop, owners Oaktree would prefer a young player that can grow in resale value.

Towards the end of last season, he was linked with a move to Inter when it became apparent that he would be leaving Atletico, but nothing more was heard about it, until now. The Spaniard does fit the bill, as he is left-footed, can play in central defence or on the right.

The right description in Ausilio’s recent interview when he talked about how the club intends to replace Buchanan: “There’s only one way to do this. We have already spoken to the coach. We know the names, but it will be a player who will occupy the center-left in defense.

“This is also because we have Carlos Augusto who can play as a wingback. We are leaning towards a left-footed defender. “We will see the opportunities on the market but we are very calm. Obviously, we will not communicate news from one day to the next as you expect. “We have two months to find the right solution.” He further added.

Meanwhile…

The club is looking at offloading some of their unwanted players, and accordingly, talks between the Nerazzurri and AEK Athens are reportedly underway as the two sides work to broker Joaquin Correa’s transfer to Greece, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The transfer expert revealed that the two sides have opened negotiations over the Argentine forward’s potential switch to the Greek capital. Inter loaned Correa out to Marseille last summer. But their last-ditch attempt to reignite the 29-year-old’s faltering career was an epic fiasco.

Correa couldn’t find the net across 19 league appearances for the French giants, returning to Giuseppe Meazza this summer as a flop. With Marseille refusing to sign him on a permanent basis, Inter will have to start looking for a club for the former Lazio man again. Despite River Plate’s feeble approach, Correa will unlikely return to his homeland in the coming months.

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He’ll probably stay in Europe, with AEK now keen to sign him.AEK manager Matias Almeyda is ready to give his countryman the benefit of the doubt. There’s no doubt Inter would embrace the Argentine’s offer with open arms. However, the Greek powerhouse would probably seek a loan deal with an option to buy.

Though that’s not an ideal scenario for Inter, they’re not in a position to choose. The reigning Scudetto holders must get Correa’s salary off the books to avoid creating a ballooning wage bill. On top of that, they’re still in the market for a new backup forward.

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