Serie A came to an end a few weeks ago but the manager merry-go-round still remains on. The very recent change has been made by Serie A champions Inter Milan as they have appointed Simone Inzaghi as the new manager of their club on a two-year deal. Inzaghi earned €2 million per year at Lazio. The Italian manager is likely to get a raise at Inter Milan.
Inzaghi’s appointment at Inter Milan comes after Antonio Conte left the club due to a quiet summer on the transfer front. Conte is reportedly in talks with Tottenham Hotspurs. On the contrary, Inzaghi was the first team coach of Lazio before agreeing to be the Nerazzurri manager. The 45-year-old started his managerial career with Lazio’s youth team. He was promoted to the first team in 2016. During his five-year spell at the club, he helped Lazio to win the Copa Italia in 2019 and two Supercoppa Italiana.
In the past four seasons, Inzaghi had a win percentage of 55% at Lazio. The Italian manager operates in 3-5-2 formation with three center-backs, two wing-backs, three holding midfielders and two strikers which is very much similar to Conte’s style of play which we saw in Inter and Chelsea.
Just like Ciro Immobile in Lazio was the main attacking threat, Romelu Lukaku is likely to be the main man for Inzaghi at Inter Milan. The Belgian striker was one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe last season. There are doubts over the future of Lukaku at Inter Milan, but the Belgian striker confirmed on Wednesday that he wants to stay at Inter and defend the Serie A title
The priority target for Inzaghi will be to defend the Serie A title next season. He is unlikely to get a lot of reinforcements this summer and could lose key players. Inter might release cash in for few players and cut salaries by 20% to make a €100 million profit. Achraf Hakimi is also linked to PSG but Inter is asking €80 million for the right-back. The club is facing a financial crisis, which forced the owner Steven Zhang to take a loan out from Oaktree Capital, an American investment firm.