After the Chinese takeover of both Inter and AC Milan, a ridiculous amount of money was dished out for the purpose of purchasing the players necessary to return both clubs to their former glory. Despite this massive oriental stimulus package, its safe to say both Inter and AC Milan have failed to reach the levels initially set out for. Inter have played extremely well under Luciano Spalletti however as the seasons obligations weigh heavy on the players, their consistency has taken a massive blow. AC Milan, on the other hand, have had a outright horrendous season and sit outside the top ten despite spending around $250 million on new players. With both clubs spending money like a five year old at a candy store, their options in the January transfer window are severely limited. With this being said lets take a look at the possible deals for both teams in what will inevitably be a stingy transfer window.
In case you thought your club had done some dodgy transfers in the past, just remember Inter Milan have sold the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Leonardo Bonucci, Dennis Bergkamp and Philippe Coutinho all way before they peaked ? pic.twitter.com/vPBjqpvfsz
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) January 10, 2018
250 million dollars have put AC Milan in a worse position than they were last season. With the arrival of a virtually brand new team, issues with chemistry have prevented a rather decent team on paper from getting any consistent results. Now with Gattuso at head coach things seem to be changing for the better. The former Milan midfielder has managed to stop the bleeding and pick up a few great results especially the win against Inter in the Coppa Italia. Despite this, AC Milan must go on an insane winning streak if they wish to return to the top four of the Serie A by the end of the season. Taking this into consideration, many fans feel signing one or two key players may change the outcome of the season. While we would all love for Milan to pick up more talented players, its safe to say the club is not going to make any major transactions this window with Gattuso stating “We don’t need to sign anyone because we have really good players and I want to work with these boys.”.
With AC Milan sitting on the edge of financial catastrophe its safe to say the Rossoneri will stick with what they have.
— Omar Momani (@omomani) January 9, 2018
While Inter sit in third place there are clearly issues with the team. As of today, Inter have failed to win in their last five games and this is largely due to their inability to score goals. If Icardi or Perisic have a bad day Inter is virtually finished. A team with such high ambitions cannot rely on the gifts of one or two players and must be able to create chances even when the going gets tough. This being said, it is clear that Inter lack an attack minded midfielder who can both score on their own and play effectively through Icardi and Perisic. In addition to midfield issues, Inter desperately need a back up center back as Ranocchia is their only option if Skriniar or Miranda get injured.
Infographic: Barcelona could earn 66m from the sales of Rafinha (18m), Deulofeu (18m), Aleix Vidal (10m), Mascherano (10m) and Arda Turan (10m) this month. Club wants to balance the books after signing Coutinho and Yerry Mina #fcblive [sport] pic.twitter.com/s4oQJNr5cS
— Barcastuff (@barcastuff__) January 13, 2018
Despite Inter’s clear shopping list they are also troubled with financial fair play rules and must sell players for hard cash if they wish to purchase in January. Inter’s Joao Mario and Marcelo Brozovic are currently the only players that can be realistically sold this transfer window however Spalletti has stated that he wishes to keep both of them for the remainder of the season. With their hands virtually tied, Inter’s only option will be acquire players via loan. The first player that Inter may be able to pick up is Gerard Deulofeu as his starting position on Barcelona will be inevitably handed to their new signing Felipe Coutinho. In addition to Deulofeu, Barcelona are willing to loan out midfielder Rafinha to Inter as long as they agree on the price for the buy option at the end of the season.
Whatever the outcome may be this transfer window one thing remains clear, there will be no major purchases for both Milanese clubs as they look to stabilize their financial grounding.