Marcus Thuram and Christian Pulisic are early contenders for signing of the season at Inter Milan and AC Milan.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, via FCInterNews. The newspaper also argues that a trio of veteran signings at the Nerazzurri are among the early flops.
Both Inter and Milan had ambitious signing campaigns during the summer transfer window.
And in both clubs’ cases, the arrivals of highly-rated young players were among the most eye-catching pieces of business.
For Inter, the signing of striker Thuram on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach was a key piece of business.
Meanwhile, Milan brought in Pulisic from Chelsea. The 25-year-old US international was a big name signing, whose time at Stamford Bridge had not always lived up to his reputation and talent.
In neither cases were these moves guaranteed to pay off.
But both the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri have reaped the benefits.
Thuram & Pulisic Early Signing-Of-The-Season Contenders For Inter & Milan
Thuram and Pulisic have both reinvigorated the attacks of their new teams.
French international Thuram has scored twice for Inter in Serie A and once in the Champions League. And the 26-year-old has already made five assists.
Meanwhile, Pulisic has scored four goals already.
The American’s late winner against Genoa was his most decisive strike yet.
Both players, moreover, have added both liveliness and consistency to positions at their respective teams that had not had them last campaign.
Thuram has arguably been a more ideal partner for Lautaro Martinez in attack at Inter than either Edin Dzeko or Romely Lukaku had been last season.
And Pulisic has given the Rossoneri far more of a goal threat and one-on-one outlet on the right flank than they had last season.
Meanwhile, the Corriere della Sera identify three Inter signings among the early flops.
All of striker Marko Arnautovic, forward Alexis Sanchez, and wingback Juan Cuadrado signed for the Nerazzurri this summer.
None of the trio exactly have youth on their side. But at the same time, all three have undeniable quality.
Inter’s hope was seemingly to use the low-cost signings of these veterans to add strength in depth in the short term.
But that’s not proven to be the case. Injuries have played a big role in restricting the contributions of all three.