Real Madrid Veteran Not Transferring to Inter After All

Nacho Fernandez won’t join Inter, which will have to look elsewhere to replace Milan Skriniar. The Nerazzurri tried to lure him on a free. However, he’ll ink a new contract with Real Madrid. The defender announced it to TVE (via Diretta).

“My will is the same as the club and my family. There are always outside offers, but I have decided to stay here for another year. I’m very happy with this decision.”

According to El Larguero (via Calciomercato), Inter had offered Nacho a three-year deal and a pay hike relative to what he’s making in Spain, about €4M. In addition, they promised him a consistent role, which was his main concern. Instead, he’ll get that with Los Blancos and inherit the captain’s armband following Karim Benzema’s departure.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via 90min), La Beneamata are eyeing another veteran for the position, Udinese’s Rodrigo Becao. His contract with the Bianconeri expires in 2024. He has lofty demands for their standards. He’ll be sold if the extension talks don’t advance in the next few weeks. Fenerbahce are chasing after him as well.

Our Take on Inter and Nacho Fernandez

He would have been a solid addition given his experience and especially the low cost. The Nerazzurri don’t seem to have a ton of urgency regarding their backline. It may be a hint that, unless they find a bargain, they plan to have Matteo Darmian as the starting right-hand braccetto since he’s been excellent in relief. Raoul Bellanova played more down the stretch, becoming a more viable deputy for Denzel Dumfries.

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