Inter youngster Martin Satriano was the key part of the Nerazzurri’s deal for Empoli midfielder Kristjan Asllani, according to a report in the Italian media today.

As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport today, the Albanian midfielder can effectively now be considered a new Inter player even if the deal is not official.

To get the agreement over the line, Martin Satriano was crucial. He will be heading to Empoli on loan next season as part of the deal and his agreement to do that was very useful for Inter.

There is a €4 million loan fee for Kristjan Asllani and them a mandatory fee of €10 million to pay at the end of next season. Empoli also receive Martin Satriano on loan, meaning they have effectively already replaced Andrea Pinamonti who has returned to Inter.

Kristjan Asllani is seen as the natural successor to Marcelo Brozovic in the Inter midfield.