Finally, Inter Milan fans are seeing some of the moves promised by the new owners after club signed two major reinforcements in Joao Mario and Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa yesterday. Inter welcomed both players yesterday with total transfer value of over 70 million Euros for the pair. Joao Mario has taken his medical at Inter training center while Gabriel Jesus returned to Brazil as Inter is still negotiating with his club Santos will he move to Italy now or stay in Brazil on loan until January.
GABRIEL “GABIGOL” BARBOSA
Gabriel Barbosa known also as “Gabigol” is a 19-year old Brazilian striker who exploded last season in Santos’ shirt and attracted the attention of European giants. It’s believed that Barcelona, Juventus and Chelsea where negotiating the move for him but Inter were fastest and offered the most. Gabigol was one of the key players for Brazil at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as he and Neymar led hosts to the gold medal. Barbosa notched his first senior international cap against Panama three months ago and was also the part of Brazil’s team at the Copa America Centenario this summer. Santos President Modesto Roma wants Barbosa to stay with the club until January and try to win the title but media in Brazil are reporting that Gabigol will play his final game on Sunday against Figueirense and then move to Italy after Inter raised their offer from €25 million to €28 so they could get the player right away. His salary at Giuseppe Meazza is expected to be around 3.5 million Euros.
Inter opened up their checkbook in order to sign relentless Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario from Sporting Lisbon. 23-year old was the integral part of Portugal’s march on EURO 2016 title lining up everywhere in the midfield and creating chances for his attackers. Last season Mario notched 11 assists and six goals for Sporting Lisbon leading them to winning Portuguese Cup and Supercup and second place in Primeira Liga. It’s no wonder Inter paid huge €45 million for him. After signing Antonio Candreva from Lazio for €22 million past month it’s clear that Inter wants go get back among Europe elite clubs. Mario is the type of player that has high work-rate, covers entire field with excellent position awareness and has great technique with and without ball. He is the player who keeps the tempo and pushes his team on through entire game and that’s exactly what Inter needs.
SERIE A AND EUROPE
Former coach Roberto Mancini left the club earlier this month after losing his patience in waiting on reinforcements promised by the new Chinese owners, the Suning Group and the club moved on to announce former Ajax coach Frank De Boer as his replacement. It was clear that De Boer has a lot of work to do in order to get Inter back to the top of Serie A after very poor performance in the 2-0 loss against Chievo in last week’s opener. As for UEFA Europa League, Inter was drawn in the group along Southampton, Sparta Prague and Hapoel Beer-Sheva.