The club was devastated to lose out on the “destined for greatness” Man City star

In an interview with ESPN, Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti admitted that the Serie A giants were unable to acquire Argentine players Julian Alvarez of Manchester City and Enzo Fernandez, who was a target of Liverpool, due to the fact that the pair were too expensive.

If it turns out that this is indeed Lionel Messi’s final performance on the international stage, then the good news for supporters of Argentina’s national team is that as far as they are concerned, the future looks brighter than a Love Islander’s veneers.

Enzo Fernandez and Julian Alvarez have a combined total of just 21 caps between the two of them. They would still be younger than Gianluigi Buffon even if you added up their individual ages and combined them together. And, during Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Poland on Wednesday, it was the latter who would set up the former for the game’s decisive second goal; Enzo scything through midfield before clipping a gorgeous pass into Alvarez’s feet.

After only a few short moments, the summer signing that cost Man City £14 million, the player started wheeling away in celebration as the ball nestled in the far corner of Wojciech Szczesny’s net. The relationship that Enzo and Alvarez developed over the course of their formative years at River Plate has paid off for them on the world’s most prestigious stages.

Inter Milan had their sights set on Liverpool’s Enzo Fernandez and Julian Alvarez of Manchester City.

“You could immediately see that they had that profile of players destined for great things,” Zanetti says of Enzo and Alvarez. The pair has now almost certainly earned a spot in Lionel Scaloni’s starting XI for Italy’s match against Australia on Saturday.

“When you have faith in young players, you don’t have to evaluate their immediate quality; rather, you have to evaluate what they are capable of becoming over a period of four or five years. I admire the unique personality that they possess. Character is essential to possess if you want to play for a top team. They are in possession of it.”

“They were notable individuals whose contracts we were interested in acquiring. However, because of the precarious financial state of the club, we were unable to relocate them.”

Inter have spent the majority of the recent past dealing with significant problems related to financial fair play. Problems that arose that ultimately resulted in the departures of Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi, and even Antonio Conte after their 2021 campaign in which they won the Scudetto.

During the summer, former River Plate teammate Enzo Fernandez would travel to Europe with his friend and current teammate Alvarez. Benfica got a great deal for the masterful midfielder when he signed with them. The Portuguese giants may also be on the verge of making a quick profit, as Liverpool reportedly has a price of £44 million in mind for Enzo.

“Enzo does not surprise me. I know him. The team captain, Messi, exclaims, “I see him train every day, and we competed against each other in the Champions League.”

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