Written By Onyeka Daniel

It can be said that Inter Milan achieved their biggest objective of the season when they clinched the Serie A title, their 20th so far, which allows them to have a second star on their shirts for next season and they will be hoping to match that same result and do better in Europe next season.

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For now, they’re trying to assemble a squad that can achieve that, competing on different fronts with Simone Inzaghi at the helms of affairs. Their recent takeover by American investment funds, Oaktree Capital has casted some air of uncertainty around the team with the club expected to self finance their transfer plans without having much spending from their new owners.

This is the main reason why some players have been reported to be headed for the exit door, including Austrian striker, Marko Arnautovic, who returned to the club in the last summer transfer window from Bologna to help complete the attack.


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The player has been linked with a transfer away, with reports that he could be headed for Saudi Arabia or even the MLS, but the player himself has poured cold water on rumours that he could be leaving Inter Milan this summer.

Speaking to Austrian outlet Sport Orf, the 35-year-old made clear that despite the reports swirling about, he is not aware of any prospective move away from the Nerazzurri. At the moment, Arnautovic is under contract with Inter until the end of next season after signing a two-year deal when he joined last summer.

Therefore, it is not as though Arnautovic will be departing at the end of his deal this summer. He will still be under contract with Inter. However, there have been some recent rumours that Arnautovic could leave one season before the end of his contract.

The arrival of Mehdi Taremi as another striker with a similar profile to the former West Ham United and Bologna veteran could mean less playing time next season. But as far as the player himself is concerned, these are nothing more than rumours and chatter. Arnautovic said of his future that “I’m totally calm.”

“Journalists like to talk a lot,” he continued. “We know that. Particularly in Italy. “I’m still under contract with Inter,” Arnautovic said. “I’m completely satisfied, and now we’re Serie A champions. ”The 35-year-old commented that “Nobody has said anything to me, or to my brother [Danijel, who is also the striker’s agent].”

“So I’m preparing for the Euros. Then, I’ll have a holiday and then start to prepare for next season with Inter.” He also opened up about being more of a backup striker at Inter this season.“It’s difficult not to play,” the Austrian admitted. “I’m not used to it.”

“I’ve always been a starter”. “But I knew that things would be harder at Inter. Particularly because Lautaro and Thuram had exceptional seasons. “I’m proud of them,” Arnautovic said of his teammates. “The two injuries that I suffered during the season were bitter for me,” he continued. “But I think I’m back to 100% now.” He further added.

With the exit of Alexis Sanchez, there should be enough playing time for everyone, Taremi inclusive as the team will be playing more games with the newly revamped UEFA Champions League and the FIFA club world Cup tournament. Perhaps, this is the reason why the club have been linked with a fifth striker to compliment the team, a request from Inzaghi himself.

This may be the reason why the club has been linked with a move for Joshua Zirkzee and Albert Gudmundsson this summer, and they’re also locked in a complicated contract renewal talks with their captain, Lautaro Martinez.


Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has identified three players who can be sold this summer to help generate the necessary resources for the club’s transfer targets. The Nerazzurri have a recent history of selling players to help them buy in the summer, like when Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi were sold off back in 2021.

Or the departures of Andre Onana and Marcelo Brozovic last year, but things are different this summer. Inter’s increasing financial health and their participation in the upcoming Champions League and Club World Cup have strengthened their position ahead of the summer.

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This will allow them to retain their stars whilst also looking to bolster the squad. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Marotta has identified three players to sell to help generate resources for a new goalkeeper, a backup right wing back and a fourth/fifth-choice striker.

The top sale will likely be Valentin Carboni, who impressed whilst on loan with Monza this term. He has a circa €30m price tag, a little above the €20m offer proposed by Fiorentina in January.

The next player on the list is Arnautovic, who has attracted some attention from Saudi Arabia and could leave for around €5m. Joaquin Correa will also be sold following his return from Olympique Marseille, with River Plate and Estudiantes both interested in a deal.

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