Inter Set to Extend Young Defender’s Contract

Inter and Federico Dimarco have reportedly found an agreement over the Giuseppe Meazza homegrown star’s contract extension. As reported by FCInter1908, the Nerazzurri have convinced the versatile defender to pledge his long-term future to the club.

Following an eye-catching year-and-a-half loan at Hellas Verona under Ivan Juric, Dimarco returned to base this summer as an established Serie A defender. Simone Inzaghi’s constant team rotations have ensured the 24-year-old gets plenty of game time this season, with the offensive-minded left-sided star registering 17 appearances in all competitions so far.

Dimarco has repaid Inzaghi’s trust. Despite alternating between a center-back in Inter’s three-man backline and a left wing-back position, the Italian has tallied two goals and two assists this term. His decent showings have prompted the defending Serie A champions to offer him a new, improved deal. 

Per reports, extension talks have gone smoothly, with the official announcement reportedly coming soon. Dimarco will earn around €1.5million per year once the new deal is signed. That’s a reward for his impressive displays this season.

But Dimarco has recently lost his place in Inzaghi’s starting line-up to Ivan Perisic. The Croat has gone from strength to strength this term, nailing down the left wing-back position as his own. But after refusing to commit to a new deal, the 32-year-old will likely leave Inter when his current contract runs out at the end of the season. 

Perisic’s departure should free up the slot for Dimarco, though recent speculation suggests Inter could make a move for outgoing Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic to fill the void. The Serb could arrive at the Giuseppe Meazza as a free agent come the summer of 2022. 

Kostic’s potential arrival would put Dimarco’s starting berth in jeopardy. However, it could also see him shifted back to a center-back role, where he thrived at Verona.