Inter-owned wing-back Dalbert was willing to take a pay cut to join Cagliari on loan, with the Sardinian club his preferred destination for the season.
This according to Cagliari Sporting Director Stefano Capozucca, who explained in an interview published in today’s print edition of Cagliari-based newspaper L’Unione Sarda that the Brazilian was willing to join the Rossoblu even with a wage reduction.
Dalbert has not managed to make an impact with the Nerazzurri since joining from Nice in the summer of 2017, but has gone out on loan with the likes of Fiorentina and then Rennes over the past two seasons.
He will hope that this season he can make a major impact in Serie A with Cagliari, and was convinced enough by the fit with the Sardinian side that he was willing to accept a wage reduction in order to join, with the prospect of regular football in the right environment enticement enough to join up with Leonardo Semplici’s Cagliari project.
“It was a transfer window characterized by COVID and the problems that this pandemic creates for everyone,” Capozucca said. “Deals were closed at the last minute, because before buying the clubs wanted, indeed had to sell.”
“In the end, I can say that ours was still a respectable window. A Cagliari that has worked with intelligence by signing significant players. I think of Strootman, Dalbert, whom I thank for giving up some money to come to us, and Keita. Players with a great desire to prove themselves.”