Unofficial 20-man Champions League list: out Dalbert, Gagliardini and Joao Mario
Ever since UEFA announced in the summer that Inter will still be under the settlement agreement for at least another year, the topic of Champions League squad list has been continuously discussed amongst the fans as well as internally within the club.
By midnight tonight, Inter will send UEFA that squad list and due to this agreement, there is the limitation of only 22 players. In fact, Spalletti will only have 20 to face Barcelona, Tottenham and PSV in the Champions League group stage: 16 of any players and 4 of Italian squads. The Nerazzurri have also renounced two players coming from its youth academy because they are not currently on the team (there was Santon but he is now at Roma).
In the agreement with UEFA, Inter must break even but the economic balance between income and expenditure with the previous list, the one in Europa League 2016-2017, is impossible to achieve, especially because Inter did not sell any key players in the summer (Perisic, Icardi, Brozovic, Skriniar etc... just to name a few).
And so this has led to the exclusion of Dalbert and Gagliardini, the reason is purely economics. Calculation is quite complicated but besides the value of Joao Mario (€45M), the club needed to bring in another €50M. This is why players like Candreva and Borja Valero are still here at Inter and will be included on the list. Their values are simply too little and so selling them would not have done anything from the economic point of view.
Gagliardini, however, has the perfect profile to be excluded: at Inter, he costs over €27M, including bonuses. It was between him and Vecino until the very end.
Two curiosities: with the departure of Karamoh, Inter will remain with 19 players and the club is deciding on a third keeper: between Tommaso Berni and Raffaele Di Gennaro, 1993-born returned from Spezia last year. The latter is the favorite in this case.