With very few holes in the current squad, Inter have the luxury of long-term planning and are monitoring a few central defenders, for instance, Boca Juniors’ Nicolas Valentini. Deputy director Dario Baccin watched him in person during a recent trip to South America, Tuttomercatoweb informs.
The 22-year-old has appeared in 37 matches this season, scoring once. He’s a product of the Xeneizes and cut his teeth at Aldovisi in 2022. He has 40 Superliga appearances under his belt. The center-back has been selected but hasn’t played with Argentina U-23.
Valentini has an important backer inside the Inter management, vice-president Javier Zanetti. His price tag isn’t too high, €6-7M. He has drawn comparisons with Nerazzurri icon Walter Samuel.
Some English and Spanish teams are tracking him as well. He’s under contract with Boca Juniors until December 2024. He’ll likely depart next summer if he doesn’t re-up it. The youngster possesses an Italian passport and wouldn’t count against the quota of extra-EU signings.
Our Take on Inter and Valentini
Francesco Acerbi and Stefan De Vrij have both been excellent this season, but they aren’t getting any younger. They should exploit their privileged position to bring in a talent who could take over in a year or two. That’s what they are trying to do with Aurel Bisseck, and they also have Tiago Djaló in their crosshairs. The two are probably mutually exclusive.
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