Why Inter Is Not Fully Committed For Hermoso As More Names Emerge For The Defence

Written By Onyeka Daniel

According to several reports from Italy and Spain, Italian champions, Inter Milan remains the only concrete option for former Atletico Madrid defender Mario Hermoso this summer, largely because Napoli have completed the signing of Alessandro Buongiorno and will soon wrap up the deal for Rafa Marin.

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While the Nerazzurri are looking towards the 29-year-old, it feels like the club is hesitating, even if Hermoso remains one of the biggest names still available on a free transfer this summer in Europe. The former Espanyol defender’s contract with Atletico Madrid expired at the end of last month. Therefore, he is free to negotiate with other clubs.


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And Inter are certainly no secret to nabbing high profile free transfer signings. The Nerazzurri have signed all of Hakan Calhanoglu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Andre Onana, and Marcus Thuram on free transfers in recent years. And the club has already announced the arrival of Piotr Zielinski from Napoli while Mehdi Taremi is expected to be announced too, both on a free transfer.

Therefore, it is not too surprising that Inter hold an interest in making it a third with Hermoso. The links between Inter and Hermoso have been there since it became apparent that he’d be available this summer. Those links had quieted down. But reportedly, Inter’s interest in Hermoso has re-emerged.

The reason for Inter considering Hermoso a target once again is an injury to wingback Tajon Buchanan. The Canadian will miss several months after suffering a broken tibia. With Buchanan out, Inter expect Carlos Augusto will play mainly at wingback next season. Therefore, he won’t be available to deputize in defense.

That means that Inter want to sign a defender who can play on the left of defense. Hermoso would certainly be that. The Spaniard has shown his proficiency playing in a back three at Atletico over the last few seasons.Inter are far from the only club who have shown an interest in Hermoso’s signature. But there’s some sort of hesitation, because of their new owners, Oaktree Capital.

The US-based funds took over from Suning, and so far, they’ve by all intentions shown that they’re planning to stay for the time being. With Oaktree, the club have focused much of their attention on younger players with potentials, as we’ve seen with the signing of Luka Pavlovic, Alex Perez and the expected arrival of Giovanni Leoni.

All these are below 20yrs of age, but in the end, the wishes of the manager would definitely prevail, and he will get an experienced defender. Apart from Hermoso, names like Kim Min-Jae, Kevin Danso, Jaka Bijol and even Olivier Boscagli have been mentioned, but they all depend on the future of Stefan De Vrij.


Inter and Marseille are deep in negotiations for the transfer of teenage attacking midfielder Valentin Carboni, according to RMC Sport. The report stated that Marseille coach Roberto De Zerbi is pushing to sign the 19-year-old, who would like to work with the coach.

It looks like the French club is the team with the strongest interest in signing Carboni this summer, even though he has plenty of clubs interested in him, especially in Italy (Fiorentina, Atalanta, and Lazio). However, it is Marseille who are currently trying to get a deal done to sign Carboni, and they’re also ready to agree to the terms of Inter.

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The Nerazzurri sent Carboni out on loan to Monza last season. There, he got his first regular experience in senior football.And Inter hardly want to lose control of the 19-year-old’s future permanently. Even if he does not currently have a place in their first team plans.Therefore, Inter would only sell Carboni for a very significant transfer fee.

Reports have indicated that the Nerazzurri would expect in the region of €35-40 million for the 19-year-old, but they would also like to retain some control over his future, by including a buy-back clause or a percentage from any future sales of the player.

And Marseille are serious about signing Carboni this summer, who is currently with Argentina at the Copa America in the US, would appreciate the move to work with De Zerbi. The former Sassuolo and Brighton manager sees Carboni as a major target as far as shaping the team for next season.

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