Written By Onyeka Daniel
For the first time, Inter Milan dropped point against Spanish side, Real Sociedad in the UCL with the Nerazzurri the lesser team in the game against La Real. They had just one shot on target, which was what lead to their goal deep inside the second half.
Several reports have it that it was the heavy rotation by Simone Inzaghi that was responsible for the drop in quality by a team that won their four previous matches before that encounter, including a 5-1 win over AC Milan.
According to a new report, the manager not be stopping anytime soon. Inzaghi will reportedly tinker with his starting lineup between now and the upcoming international break, despite the heavy criticism he got for the heavy squad rotation applied in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter.
The manager made five changes to the starting lineup that demolished AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina. However, many pundits blamed this rotation policy for the team’s uninspiring display at the San Sebastian Stadium. The Spaniards had the upper hand from the get-go.
Brais Mendez pounced on a blunder from Alessandro Bastoni to break the deadlock in the 4th minute. Sociedad pushed for more, but Yann Sommer kept the Nerazzurri in the match. Eventually, Inter captain, Martinez came to the rescue with an 87th-minute equalizer.
According to the report, the Nerazzurri have a relatively easy schedule on paper, which would allow the manager to tweak his lineups. Inter will take on Empoli in this Sunday’s early Serie A kickoff. The Tuscans currently sit at the bottom of the table.
In midweek, they will host Sassuolo at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. The Emilians are also struggling at the moment. Next weekend, they travel south for a meeting against Salernitana, before hosting Benfica in second matchday of the Champions League stage. This will certainly be the club’s sternest test in the coming weeks.
The Nerazzurri will then host Bologna on October 7th. This will be the final fixture before the next international break. It will give the manager the chance to further test some of their summer signings as Marcus Thuram and Davide Frattesi have shown great promises. Especially the Italian midfielder who is said to be due for a starting spot.
With Stefano Sensi out with injury and Hakan Calhanoglu needing some rest, Kristjan Asllani and Davy Klaassen will definitely get their chances between now and the next international break. Alexis Sanchez and Yann Bisseck are players that will also get their chances, as well as second choice goalkeeper, Emile Audero.
Raine Group has reportedly found possible new buyers for the club, as the exit of Suning is looming ever closer. According to a report from Tuttosports, , investment bank Raine Group believes it has found an interested party that can satisfy Suning’s financial requests. The intermediary is highly optimistic, believing we could soon be heading towards the final stretch.
The report claims that the interested party is a funding group based in the Middle East. However, the source notes that Inter president Steven Zhang would like to maintain his hold on the club. The idea of taking part in the Club World Cup is a big motivator. Nevertheless, if Zhang and Suning decide to remain at the helm, they would have to either pay back or refinance the Oaktree loan.
The deadline is set for May 20th, 2024. As the report explains, this loan has been weighing on the club’s finances in recent years, especially due to the high interest rate said to be around €50m a year. While Inter have managed to lower the deficit in the budget to €80m, the source reveals that this is mainly due to club’s results on the pitch rather than the work of the corporate management.
So if Suning fails to find a solution for the Oaktree loan in the near future, selling the club would be the inevitable solution. The report also wonders if a change in ownership would affect the club’s new stadium plans. The Nerazzurri are currently looking to build a new ground at Rozzano. But the source suggests that the new owners might reconsider the San Siro option.
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