Conte leaves after he brings triumph. Inter’s long-kept secret has revealed: Antonio Conte has left the club by mutual consent. Despite the team’s 11-year wait for Serie A triumph this season.
Conte became the first coach in the three-point-for-a-win era to win the title with two separate teams. Having done so before as the head coach of Juventus.
Conte’s long-term future, though, has been questioned. And he expected to quit after Sevilla’s defeat in the Europa League final last season.
Though he stuck put and helped the Nerazzurri win the title, things heated up when owner Steven Zhang reportedly warned Conte Inter’s pay bill would need to cut and €100 million raised in player sales.
Conte has already made his way to the exit, but there are many more who may follow. Here are five players who might pique other people’s attention.
With Inter in desperate need of cash, Romelu Lukaku, a player who has prospered under Conte. Appears to be the most obvious saleable commodity in their ranks. The Belgium international scored 24 goals and added 11 assists in Serie A this season. Making him the only player in Italy’s top flight to score 20 goals and provide 10 assists in a single season since Opta began tracking this data in 2004-05.
Lukaku has heavily connected with a return to the Premier League, with former club Chelsea and Manchester City (the striker joining Manchester United’s rivals). He has 64 goals and 17 assists for Inter in all competitions, and he may raise the money his club requires in one go.
Lautaro Martinez, Lukaku’s striking partner, was linked with a move to Barcelona not long ago. That proposal fell through, and Barcelona’s financial woes well documented. It seems unlikely that such a transaction will resurrect anytime soon. On the other hand, the Argentina striker is another player who a slew of suitors will court. Martinez is one of Inter’s most valuable assets. Having scored 49 goals and added 14 assists since joining the Nerazzurri in 2018.
Christian Eriksen appeared to on his way out of Inter just six months ago, following a poor run after coming from Tottenham in January 2020. However, since the turn of the year, the Denmark playmaker has had a comeback and has played a key role in Inter’s triumph. Last season, Eriksen did not have any assists, although he did score four goals and create 39 chances, five of which were classified as ‘big chances’ by Opta.
Spurs had previously been linked with a comeback, while Borussia Dortmund rumor to be interested. There appear to be others who are more likely to depart, but Eriksen may pop up on a few radars and eat into the pay bill.
Nicolo Barella, one of Italy’s brightest prospects, just named to the Serie A Team of the Season for the second consecutive season. Inter would undoubtedly prefer to sell others before their superb midfield maestro. Chelsea has linked with a high-profile approach for the Italian international. Still, he expected to fetch a high sum, and Inter reported to hesitant to give up Barella.
In 2020-21, the 24-year-old had 10 assists, 11 major chances, 62 total opportunities, and a passing accuracy of 84.58 percent in all competitions.
Conte scored a major coup when he signed Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid in July 2020. After spending two seasons on loan with Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal has connected with the attacking full-back, and his abilities guaranteed to pique the curiosity of Europe’s great clubs, even if Inter wants to sell players elsewhere first. Hakimi had seven goals, nine assists, and 46 chances created in 45 games across all competitions. Twelve of these were high-stakes bets.
Conte leaves after he brings triumph.