Italian journalist Fabrizio Biasin believes that a big-name summer departure could be on the cards at Inter, but only if there is already a replacement identified.
Speaking to Inter’s social media channel, as reported by FCInter1908, Biasin explained that the Nerazzurri are determined to avoid a situation where they are left scrambling to replace an important player in their team.
The Nerazzurri sold both Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku for significant transfer fees last summer, and while they were planning for the replacement of the former for much of the summer, the latter came as much more of a surprise.
Inter have coped well with the loss of Hakimi by bringing in Denzel Dumfries as a like-for-like replacement for the Moroccan, but their plan to make up for the loss of Lukaku was much more improvised.
The Belgian’s departure was unexpected and left the club looking at several targets before they settled on Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa as reinforcements, and they will not allow a similar situation with anyone this summer.
“The plan is to potentially make a capital gain selling de Vrij but it depends on the interest and offers,” Biasin explained. “There are many players at Inter who can bring in a big fee.”
“If Inter decide to sell a player it’s because they already know how to replace him,” he went on.
“Inter still feel burned, surprised, and annoyed by Lukaku’s exit, they didn’t want to lose him and found themselves having to replace him in a week,” he explained.