Can Inter Mount A Serious Title Challenge?

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They may have just scraped into the Champions League by beating rivals Lazio in a dramatic final match of the Serie A campaign, but Inter have not wasted one single minute since they were handed the opportunity to compete in the elite competition for the first time since 2011/12. The extra income generated has allowed the Nerazzurri some more room to play with in their strict FFP parameters, and the summer signings that have followed have been of an extremely high calibre.

The San Siro outfit have splashed out on highly-coveted midfielder Radja Nainggolan from rivals AS Roma, have finally replaced the inept Eder as a backup to Mauro Icardi with Argentine Lautaro Martinez, as well as having grabbed World Cup sensation Sime Vrsaljko to add quality to a long-time problem position at right-back.

Talented Italian forward Matteo Politano has also arrived from Sassuolo, as well as key defensive reinforcements in Stefan De Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah from Lazio and Juventus respectively. If you add in rumours that link the Nerazzurri side with even more additions – in Luka Modric and Keita Balde Diao from Spain as well as having come close to signing Arturo Vidal before his eventual move to Barcelona – it really demonstrates just how serious this club are in reasserting their presence on the Italian football landscape.

Supporters are understandably excited about these developments that have handed Coach Luciano Spalletti some excellent tools in a quest for success next season, however the club nicknamed “Pazza” (crazy) Inter by their own fans have a history of failing to live up to lofty expectations.

However, this time around things seem to be truly different, and with an ambitious and stable ownership from Chinese company Suning, Inter could legitimately be the club to push Juventus for the Serie A title this season. Last term, Mauro Icardi struggled for service, the hitman having fired in an incredible 44% of his side’s 66 total goals during 2017/18. The Nerazzurri have clearly recognised a need to strengthen the squad overall – especially with the rigours of Europe added into their campaign – and this time they have truly excelled in the transfer market.

“With an army of feeling behind us it’s important to have a good season, and to do so takes certain characteristics, a number of the right players to cover all competitions,” Spalletti told reporters at SportMediaset.“We all know that a couple of pieces are missing, but it’s not to give me an advantage. It’s for the 40,000 that have always been there.”

Indeed, the Coach is referring to the supporters, with season tickets once again having sold out after Inter topped the entire league in terms of home attendances last term. With Champions League football once again arriving at the blue half of San Siro in 2018/19 and a raft of new signings to boot, it seems like they will have something to truly celebrate next year, even if this only means having usurped Napoli and Roma as the main challengers to Juve’s dominance.

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About Author

Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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