Gabigol out of Inter Milan's Europa League squad due to FFP regulations
Inter Milan have been forced to leave new signings Gabigol, Joao Mario, Geoffroy Kondogbia and Stevan Jovetic out of their squad for the Europa League this season due to Financial Fair Play regulations.
The quartet, who have all joined the Nerazzurri since their last participation in the Europa League two seasons ago, have not been included since the Serie A club have overspent in the past three transfer sessions and cannot, therefore, include them as new names.
According to Financial Fair Play rules, Inter could only add new names to their last squad list by ensuring their income at least matched their expenditure on the new players. Since they have spent approximately €215 million and recouped just €90 million, they have therefore failed to fulfill the regulations, meaning a squad of just 21 names has been submitted to UEFA.
Ever Banega, who arrived on a free transfer from Europa League holders Sevilla, and Antonio Candreva, whose €25m transfer fee has been offset by the sale of Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid a year ago, have been included, on the other hand.
Only six names feature on Inter's 'B' list, reserved for young players brought up through the club's own youth system, leaving coach Frank de Boer with a limited number of players for his side's European fixtures.
Inter get their Europa League campaign underway at home to Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Sept. 15. They also face Southampton and Sparta Prague in the group stage.
Should they qualify for the knockout stage and sell several players during the winter transfer window, they may be able to add one or two of their knew signings for the latter stages of the competition.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.