Most of the transfer conversation is focused on who Inter will bring in this summer. But in order to add players, Inter need to let players go and Alex Telles, Felipe Melo, Adem Ljajic and Stevan Jovetic are all being linked with a move away from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this summer.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport reports today either Melo or Gary Medel will be sold, with Melo the most likely to go as there is interest in signing him from teams in China, Russia and Argentina.
A decision will reportedly depend on what Medel wants to do and therefore Melo leaving seems the more likely outcome.
The option to sign full-back Telles for €8.5m will not be taken up because of the pending arrival of Caner Erkin on a free transfer.
It’s a similar story for Ljajic, as although Roberto Mancini is a fan of the attacking midfielder, he considers the €11m option to buy as too high given the imminent signing of Ever Banega, also on a free transfer.
As for Jovetic, the Nerazzurri are believed to be considering a similar sale to that of Xherdan Shaqiri, signing the striker outright from Manchester City for €14.5m before selling him on immediately to another club, potentially Atletico Madrid.
The Telles, Melo and Ljajic deals all make sense to me. Selling Melo can generate money that be can be used on signing new players, while Erkin and Banega are better players than Telles and Ljajic.
But it is the Jovetic deal that doesn’t make sense. There are signs that the Jovetic and Icardi can form a productive partnership and €14.5m is a reasonable price to pay for a striker. If Inter flip Jovetic to Atletico Madrid they will still need to buy another striker. Can they get one that also plays well with Icardi for less than €14.5m? I am not sure about that.