Inter 2023/24 season preview: Transfers, expectations and early fixtures

Despite their great run to the Champions League final last season, Inter were extremely poor in Serie A. Simone Inzaghi must ensure that he uses his new signings to get the Nerazzurri back into a title race.

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For Inter this season the goal is clear: The Scudetto must return to the Giuseppe Meazza stadium. At the very minimum, they must seriously compete for the Serie A title.

The 2022/23 Champions League run brought new belief in how far the current squad can go, however, their past two Serie A seasons have not been to the level expected.

Simone Inzaghi was given a new contract on the basis that Inter must at least compete for the Scudetto this season, instead of falling behind as early as they did in the 2022/23 Serie A season to eventual winners, Napoli.

Owner Steven Zhang has commissioned spending totalling over €100 million across the 2023 summer transfer window, and with a fire in the belly after the disappointment in Istanbul, there is belief for the Nerazzurri that they can take things a step further this season.

Inter signings and sales

Davide Frattesi. (@Inter)

Inter have added eight players to their ranks so far during this summer transfer window. It is known, though, that the club is not finished. Inter are surveying the market for another central defender and a new striker, alongside the expected signing of a new central midfielder.

The additions to Inter’s squad have proved to be a mix of experience and youth: Yann Sommer, Juan Cuadrado, Francesco Acerbi and Marcus Thuram fit the bill of players who have played consistently at a very high level in Europe.

Davide Frattesi, Kristjan Asllani and Yann Aurel Bisseck provide a younger breath of fresh air to the squad. Acerbi and Asllani were at last season and have now joined permanently. Emil Audero has also arrived to be the backup goalkeeper.

Inter’s squad has seen something of an exodus this summer, with several notable players from previous years departing. Milan Skriniar departed to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract, Marcelo Brozovic also left the club to join Al Nassr for a fee of around €18m.

Furthermore, Edin Dzeko joined Fenerbahce and Samir Handanovic was not renewed. Inter’s biggest loss though, has undoubtedly been Andre Onana who joined Manchester United for €51m which could rise to €55m after bonuses.

Inter’s season expectations

Lautaro Martinez. (@Inter)

This may well be the last chance that Simone Inzaghi gets to deliver the title for Inter, given he has arguably had the best squad in Italy for the past two seasons and not won it.

Given that, apart from AC Milan, no great strides have been made by any of the top teams in Serie A, Inter simply have to be aiming for the Serie A title as well as earning some more money from a decent run in the Champions League.

Inzaghi has proved his capabilities to successfully manage a fixture-filled calendar so similar journeys in the Champions League and Coppa Italia would be favoured, but is not the primary focus.

Inter’s starting six fixtures

Alessandro Bastoni. (@Inter)

The opening fixtures offer a mix of everything, from newly promoted side Cagliari to a Derby della Madonnina. Beyond that match against Milan, it is a pretty favourable start to the season and Inter will need to make sure they do not waste the opportunity to get a big haul of points early on.

DateFixture
August 19 (19:45 BST/20:45 CEST)Inter vs AC Monza
August 28 (19:45 BST/20:45 CEST)Cagliari vs Inter
September 3 (17:30 BST/18:30 CEST)Inter vs Fiorentina
September 16 (17:00 BST/18:00 CEST)AC Milan vs Inter
September 24 (kick-off TBC)Empoli vs Inter
September 27 (kick-off TBC)Inter vs Sassuolo

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