From signings and contract extensions to a new shirt sponsor – the Champions League final will have a big impact on the summer plans of Inter Milan.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Inter will now earn at least €101 million from the Champions League this season. More could be on the way if the Nerazzurri go all the way and win the final against Manchester City.
This does not include the massive gate receipts that have been earned from the San Siro throughout the knockout rounds. However, there is also the €4 million fine to FFP to UEFA to be taken into consideration.
When the dust settles, though, Inter will collect a huge and unexpected financial windfall.
This is set to impact the club’s plans significantly.
New Signings On The Way At Inter Milan
The first thing that the Gazzetta notes is that Inter will have more financial wiggle room to sign players this summer.
The first priority is to replace Milan Skriniar in defense. According to the Gazzetta Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah is the priority in this regard.
Fulham star Tosin Adarabioyo is another prospective Skriniar replacement on Inter’s radar.
Another player who could arrive this summer now that Inter have Champions League money to invest is Tigre and Italy striker Mateo Retegui.
The 23-year-old would cost around €20 million. Retegui has been seen as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku should the Belgian’s contract not be extended.
However, it is now possible that Inter could both keep Lukaku and sign Retegui.
Locking Down Squad With Contract Extensions
The Gazzetta also note that Inter have the chance to secure their existing squad with the financial reinforcement from the Champions League this season.
Extending the contract of defender Alessandro Bastoni is a priority for the Nerazzurri. This already looks to be all but done.
Moreover, the Nerazurri could avoid having to make a major sale.
According to the Gazzetta, a big sale still can’t be entirely ruled out. Inter could still listen to offers.
However, cashing in on a player is no longer a financial requirement for Inter to cover financial losses, which have been now been made up for by revenues from this season’s Champions League.
Champions League Helps Inter Milan In Search For New Sponsor
Inter have already taken the logo of cryptocurrency company DigitalBits off their shirt. The previous sponsor have entirely defaulted on the €25.5 million they owe to the Nerazzurri for the season.
Accordingly, Inter’s search for a a new main shirt sponsor to replace DigitalBits is in full swing.
As the Gazzetta note, the Nerazzurri’s search will certainly be aided by reaching the Champions League final.
The publicity and prestige of this Champions League run has been a huge boost to Inter’s brand. This can only make the club more attractive to potential sponsors.
According to the Gazzetta, the main candidates to be Inter’s main shirt sponsor for next season are from the Middle East.