The failed negotiations between Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk for Anatoliy Trubin had reportedly paved the way for the arrival of Benjamin Pavard.
It was an extremely busy summer transfer session for Nerazzurri officials Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio. The club conducted a host of operations, revamping their playing departments.
In the end, these deals were somewhat intertwined. So a report explains how missing out on one transfer target opened up the door for another arrival.
According to Tuttosport via FcInterNews, the Italian giants were able to sign Pavard partially because Trubin’s transfer collapsed.
Missing Out On Anatoliy Trubin Paved The Way For Benjamin Pavard Arrival At Inter Milan
As the source explain, the Nerazzurri had identified the young Ukrainian goalkeeper as the right profile to replace Andre Onana. They were hoping to pair him with Atalanta custodian Juan Musso.
However, Shakhtar Donetsk were asking for a high sell-on fee, one that Inter couldn’t accept. Therefore, the Beneamata never made an official proposal for the 22-year-old who ended up joining Benfica.
So in the end, the Nerazzurri opted to sign Yann Sommer and Emil Audero as their main duo between the posts.
Nevertheless, the 20 million euros on the goalkeeping department allowed Inter to splash the cash for Pavard by the end of the summer.
The 2018 World Cup winner effectively replaced Milan Skriniar who signed for Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.