“They are not part of our project, with the transparency and respect that is due to them”. Phrases dated last July 6, when Beppe Marotta pronounced the future of Mauro Icardi is Radja Nainggolan. Promises fulfilled, with the double loan to Paris Saint-Germain and Cagliari. Different stories, similar fates: almost twelve months later, the situation has changed. The Argentine has officially moved his residence to Paris in the past few hours, when the French have asserted the right of redemption; the Belgian will return to the Nerazzurri as agreed (dry loan). Once the Icardi grain has been fixed, therefore, Marotta will now have to clarify the future of the Ninja. Let’s try to clarify.CLEAR IDEAS – We inevitably start fromInter. The recent words of the director Piero Ausilio surprised, but they are not misleading. “Things change year by year. Cagliari don’t have an option and the player will come back to us,” he said. “Then we will make an assessment and understand, we still haven’t put our heads on the Nainggolan case.” The will of Inter remains that of giving up the Belgian: Conte has already confirmed five midfielders for next year (Sensi, Barella, Eriksen, Brozovic and Gagliardini), to which will be added a new summer hit (Tonali on pole). Little space, therefore, for Nainggolan, paid a total of 38 million two years ago (24 plus the cards of Zaniolo and Santon).
HOPE CAGLIARI – So what future for the Ninja? From CagliariTommaso Giulini recently adjusted the shot compared to the statements of a few weeks ago. “Objectively in the world of post coronavirus football, Cagliari cannot afford even half of its salary” repeated the rossoblù president two months ago, while on Saturday he admitted: “I won’t deny you that I’d like to see Radja again with our shirt. It is clear that the card is not ours and that we obviously depend on what Inter’s decisions will be. “In this case, a great effort by the Sardinian club and above all by the player, whose engagement is 4.5 million EUR. ROME DREAM – Finally, the words released by Massimo Cellino in the past few hours caused a sensation: “In my opinion, he returns to Rome, it is his dream, he was struck by the city, by the environment. Radja is capable of giving you everything“. A not too mysterious will: several times, in fact, Nainggolan has admitted that he wants to return to the capital. In the shadow of the Cupolone, however, it is not a priority: Petrachi is working to place 13 redundancies and adjust the budget by June 30. Only later could he possibly focus on the Belgian, but there is currently no negotiation. Do not even discard the exchange hypothesis: in a singular market and where inventiveness will dominate, the Ninja is a precious joker that Inter is ready to play. After Icardi, for Marotta it is time for a new puzzle to solve.