Inter coach Simone Inzaghi has said the Nerazzurri were trying to sign Hakan Calhanoglu from AC Milan before Christian Eriksen suffered his heart attack at Euro 2020.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of Inter’s Champions League match against Real Sociedad (via Pianeta Milan), Inzaghi revealed some details about how Calhanoglu ended up departing Milan for Inter at the end of his contract.
From the outside looking in, it seemed that Calhanoglu was targeted as he was an available attacking midfielder and Inter had just seen Eriksen suffer a cardiac episode on the pitch during a Euro 2020 game for Denmark against Finland.
Inzaghi explained that he contacted the Inter hierarchy to discuss finding a replacement for Eriksen, with Calhanoglu in his mind, but they explained that they had already been talking to the player to make a move happen.
“I had become Inter coach and on the day there was that big problem with Eriksen I called [Beppe] Marotta and [Piero] Ausilio the same evening, because we read that Calhanoglu would not stay at AC Milan. They told me they had already contacted him,” he said.
Calhanoglu has since become a crucial player for Inter under Inzaghi and a figure of hatred for Milan fans.