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February 27, 2024

Inter Milan Plan For January Transfer Window Revealed As Juventus Director Aims A Dig At The Nerazzurri In The Scudetto Race

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Inter Milan were one of the few teams tipped to win the Scudetto this season and the Nerazzurri have been living up to that tag, especially with their recent win over defending champions, Napoli at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium over the weekend.

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While the team has been pretty much solid, they’ve also suffered a couple of injuries, but they didn’t let that derail them, as we saw against the Partenopei. According to the club director Beppe Marotta, the Nerazzurri won’t make new signings in January unless somebody asks to leave and sees Juventus are their current toughest opponent in the Serie A title race.

Marotta attended the Gran Galà del Calcio, and spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the Nerazzurri’s season so far and their plans for the January transfer window. “We have reached considerable levels of maturity and awareness, and this makes us face any opponent openly,” said the Nerazzurri director.

“There are players who are emerging more than the others. They are experienced and mature and, close to young players, they create a nice mix for a team that can be protagonists until the end of the season. “With humility, I can say that we have built a winning model on and off the pitch,” Marotta continued.


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“We all have a responsibility and a common task: identify strong players and build a strong team. Cohesion and a common target are crucial. Former Milan star Alessandro Costacurta has recently said Inter look unplayable at the moment. Does Marotta agree? “I believe this is a homogenous group. We have important and interchangeable players,” he replied.

“We saw against Napoli how Carlos Augusto played a new role with great authoritativeness. The coach can rely on important players. He [Inzaghi] is really good and has reached a very high level professionally so all these things together help the team work hard to reach important targets.” Will Inter bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window?

“This is a strong group. We don’t have many weaknesses,” insisted Marotta. “As you know, it’s not easy to find good opportunities in the January market so I don’t believe we will make coups that will revolutionise the team, maybe if somebody asks to leave. I insist we have important players who fit the club’s needs.” The Nerazzurri are the Serie A table leaders with the best attack and the less-beaten defence. They beat title holders Napoli 3-0 at the Stadio Maradona.

However, Juventus are just two points below Inter in second, so are the Bianconeri the toughest opponents for Simone Inzaghi and his players? “Right now, I think so,” Marotta replied. “As I’ve often said, they have an advantage as they don’t play any competition during the week so they have time to prepare. There are few injury risks and we are seeing many in Italy and abroad.

Secondly, they have an experienced coach who is doing well, but it’s too early to say which teams are involved in the race. There are teams like Milan, Roma, Atalanta and Napoli. We are aware that, beyond the points we’ve earned, our level of performance makes us feel confident.”

Inter’s next Serie A game is a home fixture against Udinese, three days before a Champions League meeting with Real Sociedad at the Stadio Meazza. With their recent injury crisis at the back, further complicated by Stefan de Vrij injury early on into the clash against Napoli.

One would think that the club would be thinking of at least a signing for the defense as Alessandro Bastoni and Benjamin Pavard are also out with injury. But it looks like the Italy defender could be back soon, with the player making the revelation himself. Yesterday at the AIC awards, Bastoni was asked directly whether he expects to be fit for Saturday’s match. He responded simply, “yes.”

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Juventus director Cristiano Giuntoli feels Inter are favourite to win the Serie A title but admits ‘things didn’t go as they expected over the last few years’ so they want to ‘share their responsibility’ this season. Giuntoli spoke to Sky Sport Italia during the Gran Galà del Calcio yesterday, replying to Marotta who had claimed Juventus are the favourite to win the Scudetto this season.

“Marotta is a master to all of us but of course, over the last few years, things didn’t always go as they wanted. They always started as favourites and maybe, this season, they try to share their responsibility,” said Giuntoli. The Nerazzurri have won four trophies in Simone Inzaghi’s first two seasons at the club but saw Milan and Napoli become Serie A champions in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

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“On the other hand, we are aware of our strengths and our target is the top four but surely we don’t prevent our players from dreaming,” Giuntoli added. Despite their main target being a Champions League placement, Juventus sit second in the table, just two points below their rivals. “It’s not been long, so we must wait,” Giuntoli insisted. “We are happy with what the coach, the staff members and the players are doing. We have created a great group but it’s a long path.”

The former Napoli director also replied to a question on contract negotiations with some Juventus players, including Dusan Vlahovic and Adrien Rabiot. “We are talking to everyone because we want to continue with this group that is giving us great satisfaction,” the Bianconeri director admitted. “Nobody in particular, but we are building a solid bond with everyone and we are confident they can continue with us in the future.”

Juventus loanee Matias Soulé is thriving on loan at Frosinone having scored six goals in 12 Serie A appearances this season. Will the 20-year-old Argentinean winger return to Turin and play for the Bianconeri in 2024-25? “Soulé is a very good player, he is doing well which means the program we have outlined is giving its results,” noted Giuntoli. “We are pleased about it. I don’t know about the future, but surely we hope he can play for Juventus.” He further added.

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