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 By Richard Hall

Montoya's arrival another piece to the Inter Milan puzzle

With Martin Montoya set to join Inter Milan, ESPNFC's Janusz Michallik assesses whether their summer transfers can propel them back into the UCL.

Martin Montoya is the latest addition to the Inter squad following the arrival of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Miranda and Jeison Murillo. The Inter rebuild is certainly taking shape and the signing of the Barcelona full-back will certainly reinforce a weak area for the Nerazzurri. The squad is now taking shape under manager Roberto Mancini and there will be more additions to come. While fans can feel optimistic about the upcoming season, there perhaps should also be a little bit of caution too.


 By Richard Hall

Miranda is a great signing for Inter and can help spark an immediate revival

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti looks at Miranda and Inter Milan and whether they are a match.

When the dust settles and the transfer window has closed, Miranda signing for Inter Milan will perhaps not be at the top of anybody's list when it comes to reviewing the summer's business.

While it ranks low when it comes to shock value or even in fiscal terms, it should place high when it comes to sense. The Nerazzurri have identified one of their major weaknesses and picked the right man to help them solve it.

This is Inter's third defensive signing before July 1 (they tied up a deal for Jeison...

Serie A is spending a lot of money this summer, but why the sudden surge?

The ESPN FC experts discuss Carlos Bacca's possible transfer from Sevilla to AC MIlan, where Alejandro Moreno believes Bacca will be impressive at Milan.

Ending austerity is quite the zeitgeist and nowhere more so than in Italy. Cautiously optimistic about moving out of recession this year and seeing accelerated growth in 2016 and 2017, Europe's third biggest economy is showing the first signs of recovery. Italian football would appear to be, too.

"Rich again," declared La Stampa. A year ago, Serie A's clubs had spent €126.4 million on recruitment by the end of June. Even though the market was kind of on standby because of the World Cup,...

 By Chris Wright

Xherdan Shaqiri goes undercover to prank Swiss youth team

In a brilliant prank conjured up by Blick newspaper, Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri disguised himself as (fictional) coaching legend Hansueli Strasser and went along to oversee a training session with a Swiss youth team.

While his make-up and wiry beard initially proved enough to swindle the youngsters, eventually they began to cotton on to the fact that something was awry when the bedraggled octogenarian began displaying his lightning pace and dazzling footwork.

Indeed, once the jig...

 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan's transfer "formula" has positives but also some risks

With Martin Montoya set to join Inter Milan, ESPNFC's Janusz Michallik assesses whether their summer transfers can propel them back into the UCL.

Calculated, efficient, researched and professional are perhaps just a few words that adequately describe Nerazzurri's transfer dealings thus far. It is not even July, and yet the club has begun strengthening their team with incredible dynamism. The business has been innovative, so much so that it has been dubbed "The Inter Formula" by Italian media outlet Corriere Dello Sport due to its methods.

There is no debating its ingenuity, but when looked at closer, it is not without risk. If it is successful,...

Kondogbia's signing doesn't just benefit Inter, but Serie A as a whole

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti responds to Geoffrey Kondogbia's move to Inter Milan, where he believes Kondogbia was as good as Paul Pogba when he moved to Monaco.

The San Siro isn't the only stage for the Derby della Madonnina. Every now and again it is played in the transfer market, too.

Twelve years ago, Inter coach Hector Cuper went public with his desire for owner Massimo Moratti to sign "an imposing centre-back." Cuper went even further, identifying the ones he had in mind so there could be no misunderstanding. "A Jaap Stam or Alessandro Nesta," Cuper said. Alas, his wishes went unfulfilled. Both would join Milan, although not simultaneously, after...