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Inter Milan Add Barcelona Star To Their Transfer Wishlist, But They Will Need Plenty Of Patience

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Inter Milan are looking to sign some top quality players on a free transfer in the summer as they continue to operate on a tight budget and already, they’ve gotten the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu and Marcus Thuram on a free transfer, and both players have been an instant hit for the club.

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Looking forward, the club management is looking at several names like Napoli midfielder, Piotr Zielinski and they’ve now added a new name to the list, Barcelona captain, Sergio Roberto.

The Blaugrana managed to close their first half of the season on a high note after sealing a much-needed victory against Almeria, and Roberto emerged as the unexpected hero for the Catalan club, contributing two crucial goals, including a decisive late match-winner.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Nerazzurri have shown interest in acquiring Roberto’s services, with the player’s scoring surge aligning with developments taking place in Serie A.


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Just before his two crucial goals against Almeria, Inter Milan expressed their interest in the player through an intermediary rather than directly through his representation agency. However, the report argues that Roberto has no intention of leaving his boyhood club, as he intends to complete the campaign with Barcelona, especially after being entrusted with the captain’s armband.

In an attempt to prolong his contract with Barça for an additional season, the Spaniard has already instructed his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, to not entertain any more proposals until April or May 2024, one month before his contract expires.

On the other hand, the Blaugrana sporting department is not in favor of parting ways with the La Masia graduate this winter in light of the absences in midfield, even though a cheap transfer would not hurt either.

Reports have previously stated that Roberto will only stay put if he believes he can continue to contribute and that he will leave amicably if he starts to show noticeable signs of decline. Furthermore, Roberto’s continuity could also be ensured if Xavi stays the coach of the Catalan giants since the manager values the Spaniard’s presence significantly.

Roberto has three goals in his last two league games, and the player trusts that if he continues to help the team on the pitch as well as behind closed doors, an extension would certainly be in the offing. For Inter, they will have to be very patient if they hope to land their target and his ability to play multiple roles in the midfield is a added bonus.

Meanwhile…

The Serie A clubs have unanimously agreed upon the need to overturn the abolishment of the Growth Decree. This act allows Italian clubs to save 50% on taxes related to the salaries of players brought from abroad. However, the Italian government has decided to scrap the decree starting in 2024.

So according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lega Serie A is launching one final attempt to salvage the act. The Serie A clubs have sent a document to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni urging her to reconsider her government’s decision. In its note, Lega Serie A detailed the major benefits of the Growth Decree from a sporting and financial standpoint.

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On the other hand, they warned that the abolishment would have disastrous consequences for the sport. The document reveals that the act only applies to 50 out of 653 Serie A players. But without the Growth Decree, the clubs argue that they won’t be capable of attracting top players from abroad from a financial aspect.

As a consequence, the level of the league will drop and the clubs will become less competitive on the European and international scenes. This would in turn cost Italian football dearly in terms of revenues and exposure. Moreover, the document also reveals that the first 40 beneficiaries of the act (consisting 6% of total Serie A players) represent 50% of the social media following of all Serie A members.

Therefore, the Lega Serie A pleads with the government to reassess its decision, considering it as the final chance to prevent the dire consequences that would accompany the scrapping of the Growth Decree. Inter Milan took advantage of the act to sign the likes of Marcus Thuram and Benjamin Pavard.

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