Inter Milan had to beat AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain to sign striker Marcus Thuram.

And Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport give backstory on how they did this, via FCInterNews.

Inter were one of a number of teams to show an interest in signing Thuram on a free transfer this summer.

However, once the summer transfer window rolled around, the race to sign the Frenchman seemed to boil down to three teams in particular.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain were one of the 26-year-old’s main suitors. The Parisians would have had at least one clear selling point for Thuram – the chance to return to his homeland to play in Ligue 1.

But according to Tuttosport, Thuram was ready to sign for PSG had they appointed Julian Nagelsmann as coach.

There were talks between PSG and the former Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, and Hoffenheim coach.

However, in the end PSG brought in Luis Enrique instead of the German.

And so Thuram decided not to make the switch to the French capital.

Inter Milan Outbid AC Milan For Marcus Thuram

After rejecting PSG, Thuram made up his mind to move to Serie A instead.

The two clubs with the strongest interest in the Frenchman by far were Inter and AC Milan.

And then, the Nerazzurri found that circumstances aligned perfectly for them to get the jump on their derby rivals.

Striker Edin Dzeko confirmed that he would be leaving Inter on a free transfer to join Fenerbahce.

This opened up a slot in Inter’s squad – as well as their wage bill – for a top-class striker.

And so the Nerazzurri moved. They wasted no time in securing an agreement with Thuram.

With Dzeko out the door, Inter were ready to offer more or less the same salary they’d been paying to the Bosnian to sign Thuram.

The Nerazzurri offered the Frenchman around €6 million net per season. This was €1 million net or so higher than AC Milan’s offer.

And in the end, Thuram chose Inter.

Inter had already actually been close to signing the Frenchman two years ago, in the summer of 2021. But this time around, everything lined up perfectly, and they won the race for his signature.