Cagliari sporting director Nereo Bonato has confirmed that Inter Milan won’t exercise their option to buy Raoul Bellanova.
As we reported earlier today, the Nerazzurri would like to maintain the wingback, but aren’t willing to splash 7 million euros to make his stay permanent. The 23-year-old joined Simone Inzaghi’s ranks last summer on an initial loan deal.
For his part, Cagliari director Bonato confirmed the news, stating that Inter Milan have already informed them that they won’t splash seven million on Bellanova.
Nevertheless, the Rossoblu official insists that the relationship between the two clubs remains excellent, leaving the door open for a solution at some point during the summer transfer market.
“Inter had the option to buy the player, but they made it clear to us that it was impossible to exercise the redemption,” said Bonato in an interview with Radio Sportiva via FcInterNews.
“We’ll update each other in the next few days, the relationship is solid between the two teams, there won’t be any problems”.
The possible solutions could be renewing the player’s loan stint for another season or lowering the asking tag.
The 23-year-old made 22 appearances for Inter across all competitions last season, mostly coming in as a substitute.
Bellanova initially struggled for playing time, but he started to feature more prominently as the season progressed.
With Matteo Darmian filling in for the injured Milan Skriniar at the back, Bellanova became the first alternative for Denzel Dumfries in the right wingback slot.