Inter Milan have been raiding England for gamers over the previous two years – and it appears to be paying off.
Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Ashley Younger have all swapped the Premier League for Serie A.
It’s also possible to add Aleksandar Kolarov to that record because the Serbia left-back joined Roma from Manchester City in 2017, however moved to Inter final summer time.
Antonio Conte has been key to Inter’s rise and recruitment since being appointed supervisor in 2019.
Certainly one of his first strikes as Inter boss was to convey Lukaku, a participant he tried to signal throughout his time with Chelsea, to Italy. And he did simply that as Inter paid Manchester United a membership report £74million payment to signal him.
Since linking up with Conte, Lukaku has scored an unimaginable 41 objectives in 60 Serie A appearances as Inter lead second-placed AC Milan by six factors after 25 video games.
Solely Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has scored extra Serie A objectives (20) than Lukaku (18) up to now this season.
The Belgium ahead is on his technique to taking Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s crown as the highest canine in Milan if he is ready to outscore the AC Milan ace and lead Inter to a primary Serie A title since 2010.
Whereas Lukaku will rightfully get a lot of the plaudits for Inter’s stand up the desk, there have been different ex-Premier League gamers leaving their mark on Conte’s facet.
Former Manchester United star Ashley Younger, who continues to be going sturdy at 35, has been a trusted supply within the left-wing-back place in Conte’s most well-liked 3-5-2 formation.
Younger has registered two assists in 18 Serie A appearances this season and his expertise of successful trophies in England is definitely benefiting Inter.
Eriksen had been linked with a return to the Premier League with former membership Tottenham and their arch rivals Arsenal in January following a forgettable debut yr in Milan.
Nonetheless, for the reason that January switch window slammed shut, the Denmark worldwide has nailed down an everyday beginning place in Inter’s midfield.
Dropping right into a deeper place at instances, Eriksen has been allowed to dictate play as he lastly seems to be residing as much as expectations on the San Siro.
In the meantime, Sanchez has been out and in of the beginning XI all through the season.
After scoring simply 5 objectives in a vastly disappointing 18-month spell at Manchester United, the Chilean did sufficient in his mortgage spell to persuade Conte to make his mortgage transfer everlasting final summer time.
Sanchez has managed to get respectable attacking returns this season, too, with 5 objectives and 4 assists in 18 Serie A appearances.
If for no matter purpose Lukaku or Lautaro Martinez are having an off day, Conte is ready to name on a good alternative in Sanchez.
The final Premier League import, Aleksandar Kolarov, was a constant performer for Roma, which earned him a transfer to Inter.
Nonetheless, the 35-year-old has primarily been used as back-up to Younger and Ivan Perisic within the left-wing-back place this season.
However equally to Younger, Kolarov’s expertise can be invaluable to the Inter dressing room.
Juventus’ dominance has been clear in Italy over the previous 10 years, however with Andrea Pirlo’s facet languishing in third place, Inter have a giant probability to begin their reign on the prime.
One factor is for certain, if Inter are to go all the best way and elevate the Serie A title, 5 former Premier League stars would have performed large roles of their triumph.