Inter Moved On from Benfica Hero Over Excessive Demand

Anatoliy Trubin almost single-handedly prevented Inter from winning the recent clash with Benfica despite dominating and creating several clear-cut chances. In the end, the Nerazzurri broke through thanks to a precise finish by Marcus Thuram on a square ball by Denzel Dumfries.

Per TuttoSport (via FootballNews24), La Beneamata had the Ukrainian prodigy atop their preferences to replace André Onana last summer. He personally favored them over other destinations. However, they didn’t want to pay as much as Shakhtar Donetsk requested because of his expiring contract. His side asked for about €20M factoring in a hefty resale clause.

Inter had limited funds and preferred investing in different roles rather than in Trubin. They eventually acquired Yann Sommer for nearly €7M and splurged on Benjamin Pavard later on.

Benfica won the race for the budding goalkeeper by complying with the demands. They paid a €10M fee but will have to give the Ukrainian side 40 percent of the sum when he departs.

While Inter seemingly targeted Sommer and Trubin jointly for a brief period of time, they were mutually exclusive in reality. They would have brought in a veteran goalie along with the prodigy, but not the Swiss international. Their preferred choice was Juan Musso, who could have left Atalanta since the club wanted to go with Marco Carnesecchi. After the first plan went pear-shaped, the Nerazzurri added Emil Audero on loan from Sampdoria to back up the former Bayern Munich shot-stopper.

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