Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had already agreed to join Inter Milan around twelve months ago before he ended up at Bayern Munich.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Sommer has enjoyed a very impressive start to the season at Inter.
The 34-year-old Swiss international has certainly vindicated the Nerazzurri’s decision to bring him in and make him their Number One, replacing Andre Onana.
And this past summer was not the first time that Inter had made their interest in Sommer clear.
On the contrary, the Swiss has been on the Nerazzurri’s radar for a long time.
Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio stated as much in a recent interview.
And there have been transfer rumours linking Sommer to Inter here and there since well before this summer.
But it was in the summer that Inter finally landed the veteran goalkeeper. The Nerazzurri spent a fee of around €7 million to make Sommer their goalkeeper.
They did so after a few weeks of negotiations with German giants Bayern.
Yann Sommer Already Agreed To Join Inter This Summer Before Bayern Signed Him
According to the Corriere della Sera, though, had things gone a little differently, Inter could have even signed Sommer without paying a transfer fee at all.
Twelve months ago, Sommer was still at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Swiss spent the better part of a decade at Gladbach.
But the end of June of this year was when Sommer’s contract with the Foals was set to expire.
And the goalkeeper was not extending his contract with his then-team.
Inter’s predilection for free transfer signings is no secret. That is the route that all of Hakan Calhanoglu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Stefan de Vrij among others came in.
And this summer, striker Marcus Thuram also left Gladbach to join Inter.
So it is not surprising that Sommer’s evident availability as a potential free transfer signing had Inter on alert.
The Corriere della Sera report that the Nerazzurri had even approached Sommer and his representatives. And twelve months ago, the Swiss made up his mind that he’d like to join Inter.
However, the newspaper notes, that’s not quite how things went.
Bayern lost their captain Manuel Neuer to a broken leg during December. Therefore, they were desperate to sign a keeper in the interim.
And Sommer represented a perfect solution for the Bavarians.
The Swiss was a proven quantity with bags of Bundesliga experience.
And Sommer’s then-contract situation at Gladbach meant that the Foals were willing to listen to relatively low offers for their goalkeeper.
So Bayern signed the Swiss for right around the same amount that Inter eventually paid them to bring in Sommer.
And the 34-year-old played for six months at the Allianz Arena. There, he was able to get his hands on the Bundesliga title to crown his long tenure in the Bundesliga.
And after that brief spell, Sommer said goodbye to Bayern.
Now he is playing an important role in Inter’s push to win another domestic title – Serie A.