Inter Milan’s title ambitions to dethrone Juventus took a bit of a hit for the second successive weekend with Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Lecce, underlining Antonio Conte’s need for more players to help them go, as he says, at “full pelt”, always at 100km/h.
Conte’s need for intensity is no surprise, and thus neither is his interest in players he knows can contribute positively in that regard. Reunions with Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses have been frequent rumor mill fodder, with the former possibly only a few signatures away at this point.
In fact, both have now been confirmed as a bit more than just speculation, with Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta in chatty mood over in Italy.
“It’s normal that management works to prepare various negotiations so there are alternatives if it doesn’t go through. I won’t deny we spoke to Giroud’s entourage, we will evaluate the situation. The two moves could be linked, but what doesn’t happen on the transfer market today could happen tomorrow.”
“[Moses] is a candidate, certainly.”
-Beppe Marotta; source: Football Italia
The second move that Marotta’s referencing involves forward Matteo Politano, whose move to AS Roma fell apart at the eleventh hour, after both he and the player he was getting swapped for, Leonardo Spinazzola underwent their respective medicals. Inter pulled the plug due to the financials involved, which is also why Politano has to leave before they can afford to bring in Giroud.
But it sounds like they’re working hard on getting that done (and maybe Spurs’ Christian Eriksen as well), so Giroud (and maybe Moses, too) should end up in black-and-blue by the end of the month still.