Despite winning their first Serie A title since 2010 last month, not all is going well at Inter Milan.
In fact, behind the scenes, they resemble a club on the brink of doom rather than one of the best in Europe.
Financially, they are in a mess. The club’s owners, Suning, are either not willing to spend big or not able to. Either way, the Nerazzurri are losing out.
In the last few days, things have gone from bad to worse.
Inter have confirmed that their manager, Antonio Conte, has left the club by mutual consent. Rather than building on their first Scudetto win in over a decade, the Milan side now look set to fall apart.
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With one of the world’s best managers leaving, numerous players are likely to want to follow.
And the hierarchy will be willing to listen to all offers, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that Inter need to raise over €80m from player sales.
Inter have some of the best players in the world, so Liverpool should certainly be eyeing some of them up. These type of opportunities do not come around too often.
RTK has already spoken about Nicolo Barella, but which other Scudetto winners should the Reds look at?
Here, we take a look.
Of course, the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Milan Skriniar would be great, but neither are really needed at Anfield. So here are three others that make sense from every standpoint.
We will get the most unrealistic one out of the way first. Liverpool will not be signing Achraf Hakimi this summer. That much is almost certain.
The only reason that they possibly should do it is if they decide that this is the year that Trent Alexander-Arnold makes his move into midfield.
Hakimi was the best right-back in the world in 2020/21. Ok, he played as a right wingback, but still.
The Moroccan scored seven goals and got eight assists in 37 Serie A games.
If you can sign one of the best right-backs on the planet at 22-years-old on the cheap, you do it. Worry about the rest later.
We would probably argue that Alexander-Arnold should NOT be moved into midfield until at least 2022/23, but Hakimi’s versatility means that he could be signed this summer and become first-choice right-back whenever the Scouser does make his move.
Yes, it is unrealistic, but Hakimi is certainly one that Liverpool should think about.
If Liverpool are to sign one Inter player, Nicolo Barella would be the man. He has developed into a world-class central midfielder.
But if Barella is not available, his teammate Stefano Sensi would be the next best thing.
The Italian is more attack-minded than his club and international teammate, but he does not shy away from defensive duties either. Sensi has averaged 2.9 tackles and interceptions per 90 across his last four seasons, which is slightly above average for a No 10.
If Liverpool decide to add a more creative presence to the midfield, then the 25-year-old could be the man.
The only issue is his injury record. He has missed an awful lot of football in the last two seasons.
Liverpool look almost guaranteed to sign a striker this summer. So why would they not consider going for one of the very best young forwards in the world?
Lautaro Martinez is certainly up there. He got 17 goals (15.5 xG) and six assists (4.5 xA) in Serie A last season.
While Lukaku is the main man up front, Lautaro’s presence makes the Belgian’s job much easier. The Argentine is selfless but is also capable of scoring goals.
This makes him perfect for Jurgen Klopp, as does his excellent work rate. The 23-year-old makes 1.8 tackles and interceptions per 90.
Inter could want €80m for him alone, but if it gets to the end of the window and they get desperate, then they may entertain lower offers for Martinez.
If that does happen, then Liverpool should certainly enter the market.