Inter have no room for maneouvre as things stand in the January transfer window, as confirmed by Sky Sport tonight.
Antonio Conte told reporters following yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Roma that he did not expect any activity this month, having been informed of the economic difficulties plaguing the club due to Covid-19.
Transfer reporter Luca Marchetti reflected on the dejected tone of the Nerazzurri head coach’s comments, arguing that every coach has ambitions to improve his squad when possible.
“Everyone knows this is a difficult period, Conte included,” he said.
“But Inter at the moment don’t have any opportunities to trim their squad and create the financial room necessary to sign players.
“Their thinking is: ‘If we have to bend over backwards to offload players we’re using anyway, because even Christian Eriksen has had game time recently, then let’s keep them.'”
Eriksen has not received a single offer for his services in January, despite reported interest from his former club Tottenham Hotspur.
In any case, Conte would prioritise signing a fourth-choice striker over another midfielder at present, with Inter demonstrating their over-reliance on Romelu Lukaku during the matches against Sampdoria and Roma.
Eder has been linked with a return to the club from Jiangsu FC, but more for economic reasons than because of the Italian-Brazilian’s suitability with Conte’s playing style.