Inter Milan aren’t paying the release clause in order to sign Bayern Munich goalkeeper Yann Sommer for two reasons.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri are avoiding paying the 34-year-old’s release to preserve relations with Bayern and to secure a deal to pay the fee in two instalments.

Inter are finally getting their man – they should wrap up the signing of Sommer imminently.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach man should complete the transfer within the next couple days. He will arrive in time to spend a couple weeks preparing for the start of the Serie A season with his new teammtes.

It hasn’t exactly been a straightforward pursuit, however.

It has looked for weeks as though Inter had been on the verge of signing Sommer.

Bayern have seemingly accepted that they would lose the Swiss international. And all reports suggested that the player was keen on the move.

Moreover, Sommer reportedly has a release clause of around €6 million in his contract with Bayern.

However, Inter have accepted the delay of the transfer for a couple reasons.

Inter Avoid Paying Bayern Release Clause For Yann Sommer For Two Reasons

A chief reason that Inter have not paid the full release clause for Sommer is that Bayern have made clear that they hadn’t been ready to lose the 34-year-old over the past few weeks.

With Bayern captain Manuel Neuer not yet fit, losing Sommer would have left the Bavarians without a starting-quality keeper.

Therefore, Inter have been patient whilst Bayern have conducted their search for a replacement for Sommer.

The Nerazzurri have a traditionally positive relationship with the German champions. They’ve been mindful of how much they could potentially sour that by simply going over the Germans’ heads to pay the release clause.

Therefore, Inter haven’t at any point taken the step of doing so. And even now, despite the fact that the fee will be right around €6 million, Inter are not simply triggering the release clause.

The Nerazzurri have waited until they have been able to mutually agree on a deal with Bayern.

The other reason for Inter’s reluctance to pay Sommer’s release clause right away has been to seek more favourable financial terms.

Reportedly, the Nerazzurri had been hoping for a discount on the fee. They had been aiming to pay around €4-5 million to sign Sommer.

This will not be the case.

However, the Gazzetta report, Inter and Bayern have agreed that the fee will be paid in two instalments.