Inter Milan could essentially finance the signing of wingback Tajon Buchanan if they win the Supercoppa Italiana.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.
Inter completed the signing of 24-year-old Canadian international Buchanan at the start of this month.
Reports suggest that the Nerazzurri paid Club Brugge a fee in the region of €10 million to sign the player, with the inclusion of all add-ons.
This may not be the kind of figure that top teams in the Premier League, for example, consider a massive outlay.
But for a club in Inter’s position, it represents a substantial outlay. The Nerazzurri had to invest to bring in the player they felt was right for the right-wingback role.
However, Tuttosport notes, in this case Inter have the chance to bring in cash that would cover a significant share of that transfer fee.
Inter Could Just About Cover Tajon Buchanan Fee By Winning Supercoppa Italiana
This week, Inter play in the Supercoppa Italiana in Saudi Arabia.
On Friday the Nerazzurri face off against Lazio in the semifinal stage. Then if they get past the Biancoelesti, they would come up against either Napoli or Fiorentina in the final.
Inter aren’t just competing for glory and trophies.
The four teams in the Supercoppa are also well aware of the prize money on offer.
The winner of the Supercoppa will receive around €8 million.
Some of this would go to the players in the squad if Inter win, in the form of bonuses.
But a large portion Inter would be able to use to cover operating costs. And transfer fees constitute one of the big costs for any top European club.
Therefore, it is hard to ignore the fact that Inter could bring in an amount not far off from what they paid for Buchanan.
Just a couple weeks after wrapping up the deal for the Canadian, Inter could very well offset much of that loss with the Supercoppa windfall.