Inter prioritized the signing of Joaquin Correa from Lazio because of the fact that the Argentine can play in the same role as the injury-prone Alexis Sanchez.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, who report that the Nerazzurri ultimately chose Correa over Andrea Belotti, who was also available, because they believed that the Lazio forward had the profile that was necessary to complete their attack on a stylistic level.
The Nerazzurri are now all but done wrapping up Correa’s arrival with a few days to spare before the transfer window closes, but they had also lined up Torino captain Belotti.
Belotti’s contract is up with the Granata at the end of June 2022 and he has not yet agreed an extension, so the Nerazzurri were able to make an agreement in principle with both the player and the club for his possible transfer before the summer ends.
However, this was only their Plan B, and the reason for this is that with Alexis Sanchez still suffering from persistent injuries the club do not feel that they can rely on him, and preferred to bring in a player who could adequately fill the second striker role in manager Simone Inzaghi’s system on a regular basis.
Belotti would be seen as a pure centre-forward, whereas with the arrival of Correa Inter have signed a player whose characteristics are well-suited to playing behind a traditional Number Nine like Edin Dzeko.