'Inter sold Lukaku for EUR115 million and got Dzeko totally free' - Marotta's newest transfer masterstroke


Numerous fans felt the Bosnian was past his best when he signed up with from Roma, but he has actually assisted the Nerazzurri make a fast recovery from the loss of Lukaku

Beppe Marottahas done it once again. And he knows it.Did the Inter CEO wish to sell Romelu Lukaku during the summer season? Not.But as quickly as the Belgium worldwide decided that he had unfinished business at Stamford Bridge, cash-strapped Inter were always going to sell the striker to Chelsea for the right price.

Obviously, Lukaku's departure left the Nerazzurri with a huge void front, and the man that Marotta selected to fill it didn't exactly fill the fans with confidence.It wasn't that they didn't rate Edin Dzeko, it was more that they would have liked to see him get here two years ago, when former manager Antonio Conte initially wished to sign the Bosnian.

Dzeko, after all, turned 35 in March and was coming off the back of a turbulent campaign at Roma which had yielded just seven Serie A goals.So, bringing in an aging forward to change one of the game's most terrible No. 9s felt terribly underwhelming as far as Inter supporters were worried.

Now, however, it's looking like yet another transfer masterstroke from Marotta, the man renowned for picking up quality gamers on totally free transfers." Lukaku was cost EUR115 million (₤ 98m/$ 130m) and we purchased Dzeko for nothing," Marotta informed the Corriere della Sera. "And, on the pitch, there isn't much distinction."

Such a declaration would have appeared entirely ludicrous just a few months ago. Now, however, it's challenging to disagree.If anything, the contrast flatters Lukaku, who is struggling to adapt to Thomas Tuchel's brand name of football at Chelsea.

The man who fired Inter to the Scudetto last season with 24 goals in 36 games has struck simply 3 times in the 2021-22 Premier League.An injury hasn't helped, of course, but Lukaku was looking lost long prior to he was sidelined with an ankle issue.

Dzeko, meanwhile, is feeling right at home at Inter.He has 11 goals in all competitions for the Nerazzurri, including eight in Serie A.

His most recent strike came against former side Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night. He admirably refused to commemorate however, within, Dzeko must have been delighted.Firstly, it was a fine surface, with the previous Manchester City forward skillfully peeling off his marker, Marash Kumbulla, prior to coolly guiding a left-footed shot into the leading corner of the Roma goal.

Secondly, it ended a run of six Serie A games without a goal for Dzeko and centre-forwards are constantly evaluated by their strike-rate.

At no point during that mini-drought, however, was anyone questioning Dzeko's contribution to the Inter cause.

He might occasionally annoy when he snatches at seemingly uncomplicated possibilities but his overall game remains exemplary, with his hold-up play showing as important to Simone Inzaghi's Inter as Lukaku's was to Conte's.

Like Lukaku, he's also formed a rewarding partnership with Lautaro Martinez. Indeed, even when one of them does not start, they stay in close contact.Lautaro was an unused substitute at the weekend but the Argentine benefited from a break in play throughout the first half to have a word with his routine strike partner.

It's likewise clear that there is a substantial amount of respect between Dzeko and Inzaghi.The pair dealt with one another sometimes in the Rome derby, so it was no surprise to discover that Inzaghi was fully behind Marotta's decision to move for Dzeko, thinking him to be the very best possible replacement for Lukaku.

Age was unimportant as far as the ex-Lazio manager was concerned: "Edin is one of the best strikers around. I'm pleased to have the possibility to coach him." He can bring an attack by himself however he also works well with others."

It is definitely worth keeping in mind that there were doubts over Dzeko's movement, fears that he did not have the requisite Lukaku-like pace to stand out along with Lautaro.However, his own qualities-- strength, intelligent movement and outstanding method-- are standing him in excellent stead.As he stated himself, "Talented players can always collaborate."

The reality that he is enjoying his football again is likewise clearly a considerable consider the resurgence of among the modern game's most underrated strikers.He had an amazing falling out with previous Roma employer Paulo Fonseca last season however is now loving life under Inzaghi." This Inter side is the most offensive group I've played in, together with Roberto Mancini's Manchester City," Dzeko told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Dzeko's time at the Eithad now feels like a lifetime earlier. It's nine years considering that he bagged the crucial equaliser in City's famous, title-clinching win over QPR on the most dramatic final day in Premier League history.And yet here he is, at 35, still banging in the objectives for Inter after hitting 119 in 260 games for Roma.

What's more, it was his double against Shakhtar Donetsk a fortnight ago that effectively made Inter a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time in a decade.

They would even progress as group winners if they were to beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.Unsurprisingly, the humble Dzeko constantly evades the Lukaku contrast as nimbly as he averts markers." Romelu did essential things here and Inter should thank him," he told Sky Sport Italia last month after his man of the match-winning display in the 2-0 win over Shakhtar at San Siro.

" He brought the Scudetto along with Conte, and after that he made his option."And then Marotta made his, and picking Dzeko to be successful Lukaku as Inter's No. 9 is proving one of his shrewdest ever decisions.

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