Blockbuster Inter and Barcelona Swap Still on the Table

Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta outright dismissed the notion of a potential swap with Barcelona, but the two clubs will keep probing it in the next few days. The one involving Memphis Depay and Joaquin Correa has collapsed. The Dutchman prefers Atletico Madrid.

According to Il Corriere della Sera, the two sides will continue to discuss Franck Kessié and Marcelo Brozovic. They would have to make the numbers work to address their respective financial needs. The two have similar salaries, which helps.

Per La Repubblica, coach Simone Inzaghi and Inter director Piero Ausilio have signed off on doing the deal with Barcelona. They both like the Ivorian midfielder a lot. He didn’t find his footing in Catalunya, but he has turned down every destination to stay put so far. The Croat is at ease in Milan, but joining the Blaugrana and being coached by his idol Xavi might be hard to turn down.

According to Sky, while the outfits are likely to find a solution that suits them, it will come down to the will of Kessié, Brozovic, and the Spanish gaffer, who might not greenlight the transfers.

Our Take on The Rumored Inter and Barcelona Swap

Football has a short memory, as this would have been a non-starter had the Nerazzurri staple not missed so much time with injury. Technically and tactically, it makes some sense as Hakan Calhanoglu has shined as a regista, Kessié is younger and a great box-to-box, and Brozovic would be a good fit for La Liga’s giants. However, the Nerazzurri must tread carefully, given the star’s importance to the team and fans. Perhaps the ongoing pluvalenze-related tribulations are too scarring, but Juventus should definitively want in on this matter.

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