Inter have confirmed the double signing of AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko and PSV Eindhoven full-back Denzel Dumfries, as the Italian champions rebuild their squad ahead of the new season.
I Nerazzurri have been working to plug the gaps left by the departed superstars Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, with the club facing some very public financial turmoil.
But Inter announced on Saturday night that they had completed the transfers of both Dzeko and Dumfries after a 3-0 pre-season victory over Dynamo Kiev.
Dzeko’s move has been in the pipeline for several days, and he even played – and scored – in the win over Dynamo, despite having not yet been officially confirmed as a Nerazzurri star. The Bosnian forward has joined on a two-year deal, leaving Roma after six years in the Italian capital.
The 35-year-old made a huge impact in Rome, becoming the club’s third highest scorer of all time with 119 goals. He played a key role in their run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018, scoring against both Barcelona and Liverpool.
Minutes after confirming Dzeko’s arrival, Inter then announced the signing of attacking full-back Dumfries. The 25-year-old has signed a contract that runs until the summer of 2025 at San Siro, waving goodbye to PSV, where he’s spent the past three years of his career.
Dumfries was a star at Euro 2020, scoring twice and providing one assist for the Netherlands in the summer tournament. He was unable to prevent his nation from slipping to a shock Round of 16 exit at the hands of Czech Republic, but he did enough to land himself a big move to a European giant.
Inter are the current champions of Italy, after storming to Serie A success under Antonio Conte. However, financial issues led the Italian coach to walk away from the club, and the owners have been open in their attempts to generate cash from player sales.
The sales of Lukaku and Hakimi have hurt Inter supporters, but they’ll take some comfort in the now confirmed double arrival of Dzeko and Dumfries.