With just six months left on his Bayern Munich contract, Arjen Robben will be moving on in the summer, and Inter Milan hope to bring him to Serie A.
A little over a month ago, Arjen Robben announced that this will be his last season with Bayern Munich. The Dutchman has spent nearly a decade at the club, finding overwhelming success during this time, but he now recognizes it is time he parts ways with the Bavarians.
Robben is 34-years-old, but still has much to offer a top European club despite being past his prime. He hasn’t confirmed any plans about his future, but it seems entirely unlikely that he goes straight into retirement.
The right winger has been linked with a return to the Netherlands, either to the club of his youth Groningen or his other former club PSV. However, recent reports from Italy (via Onefootball) claim Serie A giants Inter Milan could be the next destination for Mr. Wembley.
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Interestingly, the reports claim that Robben has actually been offered to Inter by his entourage rather than the other way around. The player apparently looks forward to the challenge that playing in the Italian top flight would offer.
Inter are third in Serie A at the moment. They’re just five points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in second place but a whopping 14 points behind unbeaten league leaders Juventus, who have only dropped points on two occasions this season.
I Nerazzurri have reportedly already secured a deal to bring Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin to the club. Should they also sign Arjen Robben, they will have two of Europe’s best veterans in their corps.
Despite having spent much of the season injured, Robben has played an effective role under Niko Kovac. He has managed three goals in nine Bundesliga appearances, alongside two goals and an assist in four Champions League appearances — proving he still has what it takes to make an impact despite being well into his 30s.
Robben is not the only player leaving Bayern Munich in the summer. Brazilian full-back Rafinha has already confirmed that this will be his last season in Bavaria, while many expect Franck Ribery to follow suit. Furthermore, Die Roten could be motivated to offload a few more players in the summer transfer window to make room for new, younger signings.