The Italian government’s decision to scrap the Growth Decree for football won’t affect Inter Milan’s pursuit of Tajon Buchanan.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Inter’s efforts to sign Club Brugge wingback Buchanan are certainly no secret.
The Nerazzurri have made the 24-year-old Canadian international their top target to replace Juan Cuadrado on the right side of the pitch.
Reports suggest that Inter don’t want to wait long to complete a deal to sign Buchanan.
The Nerazzurri’s intention would be to bring the Canadian in early in January.
Buchanan could arrive next week. Inter may even want to sign the player in time to have him in the squad for their next Serie A match, against Hellas Verona next weekend.
Growth Decree Decision Won’t Affect Inter Pursuit Of Tajon Buchanan
At the same time that this is happening, there is also the very prominent situation surrounding the Growth Decree in Italian football.
For several years, the tax benefits of the policy have been applicable in football.
This has allowed Serie A clubs like Inter to sign players from foreign leagues and pay lower taxes on those players’ wages.
But that won’t be the case starting next month.
So the fact that Inter are aiming to bring in Buchanan from the Belgian top flight could be one of a number of deals that the policy change by the Italian government would affect.
But according to the Gazzetta, that won’t really be the case.
Inter have already agreed personal terms with Buchanan. The Canadian would be set to earn around €1.5 million net per season.
That is not a huge outlay by Inter.
And in terms of the taxes, even without the Growth Decree, the Nerazzurri would only be pauying around €1 million on that amount.
Inter have long known about the potential ramifications of Italy getting rid of the Growth Decree in football.
And the decision to sign Buchanan is one they made keeping that in mind.