Inter Milan have made several summer signings already, and the theme of them seems to be towards a more direct, aggressive team.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, via FCInterNews, who highlight how the Nerazzurri’s new arrivals will give them a more counterattacking and “vertical” edge over the next campaign.

Last season, Inter had very much emphasized a possession-based style of play in most matches.

The Nerazzurri did not exclusively look to dominate the ball – in some matches they would sit deeper and counterattack.

But even against the strongest, most possession-heavy opposition, Inter would make a point of hanging onto the ball with possession triangles.

A lot of this came down to the presence of Marcelo Brozovic in the team. Even though the Croat was absent for two lengthy spells with muscle injuries, the team’s default style of play was based around his tendency towards clinical short-passing combinations.

Not Just Brozovic – Onana & Dzeko Departures Also Make Inter More Direct

Brozovic is not the only big name to have left this summer, however.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana is also officially out the door, having joined Manchester United.

The Cameroonian was incredibly proactive about getting involved in buildup play by the standards of a goalkeeper. Moreover, he could back it up with his technical and passing ability.

Whichever keeper ends up replacing Onana will certainly not have the 27-year-old’s style in possession. The Nerazzurri will build around a more direct, longer-kicking keeper.

And in attack, the departure of Edin Dzeko has also had a big impact.

The Bosnian took with him a highly technical style of linking up with teammates. Dzeko was never afraid to drop deep to pick up the ball and combine with teammates.

In place of the former Manchester City and Roma man, Inter have signed Marcus Thuram.

The Frenchman is much more oriented towards trying to get one-on-one with defenders on the last line.

Combined with the other changes in the team, Inter should wind up looking much more direct, vertical, and aggressive next campaign.