Last season saw Inter Milan qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2011-12 season – far too long a period for a club that has won the prestigious competition three times in its history.
Inter Milan scraped into the competition by finishing 4th above Lazio on their head to head record. They finished on a respectable 72 points but a massive 23 points behind Serie A juggernauts, Juventus.
I Nerazzurri will be hoping to close that gap and the intentions are evident on the callibre of player they have added in the transfer window.
Rumours are circulating that Luka Modric is the latest player the club are hoping to sign, which would be a huge statement in terms of the club’s title challenge this season.
Radja Nainggolan has been signed from AS Roma for £34m and is their biggest outlay this summer. The all-action midfielder will be looking to be a dominant force for the club. Having captained Roma for some periods last campaign too he will be a prominent figure on and off the field with his leadership qualities.
Lautaro Martinez and Matteo Politano are too players that should excite the fans.
Martinez, 20, has arrived from Racing Club, Argentina, for £14.4m. The Argentine striker will be looking to make an impact on Serie A and showcase his potential and talent to a wider audience. The youngster is a tricky striker who is capable of making defenders look foolish.
Matteo Politano, 24, is more experienced than Martinez. The Italian has played for Sassuolo 3 seasons previously scoring 20 goals in 96 league appearances.
Add to this the shrewd business of Inter by getting Dutch defender, Stefan De Vrij, and Ghanaian left sided player, Kwadwo Asamoah, both on a free and you have to say that the incomings have been fantastic.
Both the free agents acquired have vast experience within Serie A. Asamoah comes with Champions League pedigree and an energy to play anywhere down the left side.
De Vrij, 25, comes in with the chance to further improve but having already established himself as one of the best centre backs in Serie A while at Lazio.
The final piece of the puzzle seems to be Sime Vrsaljko. The Croatian right back from Atletico Madrid had an incredible season – winning the Europa League at club level and reaching the World Cup final in July. He looks destined to be playing at the San Siro next season and will go a long way in improving their defence.
The right back will also be joining Perisic and Brozovic at the club. The two Croatians were integral to their national sides success this summer and Inter will hope that they can carry on their form.
The hierarchy will not want to lose any key players before the start of the season.
Mauro Icardi notched 29 goals league goals this season and the captain will be integral if they are able to mount a challenge.
The Argentine striker has been known divide the fans due to his comments written in his autobiography but appears to be on the path to redemption. If Inter can hold on to him, which they seem to be able to do so – at least for one more season, then they will be a threat.
The solidity in the side is also paramount. The defensive additions along with Miranda, Skrinrar, Dalbert and Handanovic in goal, as well as the likes of Vecino and Gagliardini in midfield, means Inter could be a tough opposition for everyone they face this season.
All those associated with Inter this season will be confident that they can push Juventus all the way and with the quality they have in their squad there is no reason why they cannot do so.