Lautaro and Barella the favourites to become new Inter captain: Who else could take the armband?

Inter are likely to start the 2023/24 season with a new-look side and a new captain as well. Who is likely to get the armband?

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Argentinian striker Lautaro Martinez and Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella are considered to be the two main candidates in contention for the Inter captaincy in 2023/24. With former captain Samir Handanovic expected to leave, and a number of experienced players such as Milan Skriniar, Danilo D’Ambrosio, and Marcelo Brozovic already gone, the Nerazzurri look set to appoint a captain based on longevity as well as importance.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the two choices are down to Lautaro and Barella. However, the Argentine has the upper hand because he wore the armband in the latter stages of the 2022/23 season. As well, Lautaro has been at Inter since 2018 whereas Barella arrived a year later.

Inter’s Lautaro Martinez celebrates goal against AC Milan | Twitter @SerieA

Lautaro the probable choice for Inter

After many years witnessing Handanovic wear the captain’s armband, Inter had no less than four players take up the responsibility on matchdays.

The arrival of Andre Onana meant that Handa could not wear it, Skriniar had injuries and contract disputes, Brozovic wore it in the Champions League final against Manchester City, and D’Ambrosio was predominantly a utility player that came off the bench.

Considering the time El Toro had been at the club and his importance to the team, the Argentina international was the next choice for Inzaghi due to their respective absences throughout 2022/23. With nearly all off them gone, Lautaro is in a prime position to earn the captaincy for good.

De Vrij among the other candidates for the Inter captaincy

Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij has signed a contract extension with Inter until 2025 and he too could be an outside candidate to be appointed the captain of the Nerazzurri. Like Lautaro, he arrived at the Italian giants in the summer of 2018, but he made just 27 appearances during the 2022/23 Serie A season, and Francesco Acerbi was often selected over him in the Champions League.

Italian defenders Alessandro Bastoni and Federico Dimarco are also in consideration to wear the captain’s armband at Inter. Bastoni has been on the Nerazzurri’s books since he was signed from Atalanta in 2017 and he has been a part of the squad since 2019. Meanwhile, Dimarco is an Inter youth team graduate, but he has not featured in the first team as much as the other contenders.

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