Inter Milan are managing to sign winger Tajon Buchanan from Club Brugge with funds essentially “left over” from their summer transfer budget.
This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.
Inter are not exactly breaking the bank to sign Buchanan.
But for a club in the Nerazzurri’s financial position, a fee of €7 million, rising to €10 million with the inclusion of add-ons, is no small sum.
Moreover, Buchanan will be adding about €1.5 million net per season to the Nerazzurri’s wage bill.
So the decision to sign Buchanan is one that entailed Inter making a real investment.
The club’s President Steven Zhang and owners Suning had to sign off on putting the funds towards the transfer.
Inter’s directors convinced the owners that this was a necessary and worthwhile expenditure.
With Juan Cuadrado out for the majority of the rest of the season, and Denzel Dumfries facing an uncertain future, Inter have gone all-out for their first-choice target on the right flank.
But as Tuttosport highlights, this has not meant making an “extra” investment. On the contrary.
Inter Bring In Tajon Buchanan With “Leftover” Summer Transfer Budget
By all accounts, Inter’s aim in the summer was basically to “break even” in the transfer market.
It was not like the summer transfer of 2021 – when the Nerazzurri recorded €93 million in net profits in terms of transfer fees.
Then the following summer, that number was €20 million.
With big extra revenues coming in from Inter’s run to last season’s Champions League final, as well as positive commercial performance, the margins were there for Inter not to need to bring in more cash from transfers.
But it was still a summer in which Inter brought in more than they spent.
And as Tuttosport highlight, the club decided to spend that money all along.
The Nerazzurri did not invest the extra €14 million or so “leftover” in the summer. The club concluded their transfer business.
But that money has given Inter scope to sign Buchanan this month.