Inter Exec Ausilio Opens Up on Lukaku, Inzaghi and January

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is pleased with how the team navigated last summer: “It could have killed us, but we pushed through thanks to the perseverance, the work and the people that believe in this project. It was not a miracle, but there was indeed a moment of disorientation. We did not anticipate Romelu Lukaku asking out. But we replaced him with Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa. Instead, we had planned Achraf Hakimi’s departure.”

The executive weighed in on Simone Inzaghi talking to Sky Sport: “He is like an interior designer because he is working on a pre-existing structure. He is trying to give a little more freedom to the players through ball possession and allowing more creativity. We convinced him with our ideas, and we knew we could substitute properly who left. The situation was not as dire as it was pictured.”

Ausilio is optimistic about the future of Inter from an economic standpoint: “We are looking for stability and continuity. Every move must be sustainable, but we have never lacked financial support so far. We always met payroll by the deadlines. We have to balance everything, and there could be other farewells, but we will never weaken the squad.”

The Nerazzurri do not plan to be active in January: “We could do something maybe only if those that are not playing much wish to switch team. We are focusing more on next summer.”

Ausilio replied to whether Inter were after André Onana, Julian Alvarez, and Darwin Nunez: “We always look at the potential free agents, as there could be some good opportunities. There have been no talks for the other two. We are negotiating with Samir Handanovic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, and Matias Vecino, who have only a few months left on their contracts.”