Stunning information from the CIES Football Observatory that since 2010 Inter have spent €517m in the transfer market, making them the tenth biggest spenders in Europe between 2010-2016.
That is a staggering amount of money, especially considering that if you include 2010, Inter have spent only 3 of the last 7 seasons in the Champions League.
So what have Inter got for their half a billion euros? A lot of mediocrity. Look at our top signings by year:
- 2010/11: Andrea Ranocchia – €18.5m
- 2011/12: Ricardo Álvarez – €10.5m
- 2012/13: Samir Handanovic – €15m
- 2013/14: Hernanes – €18m
- 2014/15: Gary Medel – €8m
- 2015/16: Geoffrey Kondogbia – €31m
- 2016/17: João Mário – €40m
The signing over the last two years have been terrific, especially when they are compared to the buys post the treble winning side. No wonder that Inter have fallen on difficult times since Mourinho left. The buying of players to replace that aging, winning, side has been abysmal. Ranocchia, Álvarez, Handanovic and Hernanes. Not quite the same as Julio Cesar, Lucio/Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso and Wesley Sneijder are they?
Just as remarkable as who Inter wasted money on, is that fact that the Nerazzurri are only the third highest spending side in Serie A trailing both Juventus (€618m) and Roma (€517m).
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