Between big contract extensions and free transfer signings, Inter Milan are seeing their wage bill start to go up again.

This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper notes that the Nerazzurri are changing their wage policy in response to revenue increases.

The last few years have seen Inter slash their wage bill significantly.

This has been an important response to the club’s well-known financial issues.

The big-name sales have been the most eye-catching aspect of the Nerazzurri’s financial machinations. But the lowering of the wage bill has been just as important.

However, that is starting to change, the Gazzetta notes.

The reason for this is, chiefly, an increase in revenues.

Firstly, Inter’s earnings from the Champions League have been a major boost in the last couple of season.

Last season, the Nerazzurri reached the final of that competition. This time around, they are pushing for the quarterfinals at least.

That has meant extra prize money as well as matchday revenues from stadium gate receipts.

Moreover, Inter have secured their place at the upcoming Club World Cup. The change in format to that competition has meant that participating teams will earn far more.

And the same is true for the expanded Champions League format starting next season.

Inter Milan Wage Bill Starting To Climb Again As Revenues Increase

Whilst it is true that Inter are earning more as a result of all of the above-mentioned, it is also true that there are more high-pressure matches putting strain on the Nerazzurri squad.

Therefore, the club have prioritized having more quality in depth in the future.

That is why it is no coincidence that Inter have pounced on opportunities to sign Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski and Porto striker Mehdi Taremi on free transfers.

That pair will not cost Inter anything in terms of transfer fees. But they will ad 4.5 million net and €3 million net per season to the Nerazzurri’s wage bill.

Meanwhile, Inter are locking down a number of key stars’ futures on new contracts.

The likes of Federico Dimarco, Alessandro Bastoni, and Hakan Calhanoglu have all signed new deals in the past twelve months. Pay raises have accompanied each.

The priorities now will be captain Lautaro Martinez and midfielder Nicolo Barella.

In the case of Martinez a deal could see the Argentine earn as much as 8 million net per season before add-ons, and 10 million with add-ons.

And then there is the question of Denzel Dumfries. The Dutch wingback currently earns 2.5 million net per season – but if he signs a new deal, it will certainly see him earn considerably more.