Legendary former Inter, Real Madrid, Roma, and Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano believes that Inter did not do enough to keep hold of Ivan Perisic considering how vital a player he was for the team.
Speaking on Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel, as reported by FCInterNews, Cassano also gave the view that he’d like to see Andre Onana given the opportunity to cement his place as the first-choice goalkeeper at the Nerazzurri over captain Samir Handanovic.
Inter were unable to convince Perisic to extend his contract this summer, as the 33-year-old made the decision to leave and try out a new adventure in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur rather than stay on.
The feeling was that, while the Nerazzurri had been serious about keeping hold of the Croat, they did not go all-out in terms of their offer, and that they accepted his departure particularly given that Robin Gosens had arrived in the January transfer window.
Cassano gave the view that “Perisic is really missing from this team, Inter had to keep him at all costs. I’ve been saying this from the beginning of the season, if Gosens does not get back to his Atalanta form it will be a big problem.”
“The team is struggling on all levels,” he continued, “from a physical to a mental point of view. Sanchez was someone who asked for the ball in the most difficult moments.”
“Correa doesn’t have that personality,” he added, “Lautaro is the only one, but he’s a different kind of player. He has the personality of a player who wants to resolve things. Inter must be careful, now they’re constantly playing until November and they’re not in good form.”
And of the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 Serie A victory over Torino over the weekend, Cassano said that “Inter didn’t deserve to win, Handanovic made four or five important saves.”
“I was the first to say that Inzaghi had to change the goalkeeper,” he added, “it’s right to recognize Samir’s performance, but I would always trust Onana.”