On the final day of the 2017/18 season, Inter and Lazio had a decisive head-to-head with a Champions League qualification on the line.
Coincidentally, Stefan de Vrij had already signed for the Nerazzurri at the time, and yet he was still trusted to lead the Biancocelsti backline for this meeting.
Inter ended up winning the game and the Dutchman handed his side a penalty for their challenge on Mauro Icardi which proved to be a deciding factor in the game, as well as the entire season.
According to Transfer market, a similar scenario could be on the table, when Gianluigi Donnarumma starts between the sticks for Milan against Juventus.
The young keeper has yet to sign a renewal that would keep him at San Siro beyond the current season, as he and his agent Mino Raiola turn down the club’s renewal offer which is worth € 8million per season. .
Therefore, an offer of 10million a year – plus a commission – might be enough to get him to Turin next season.
However, next Sunday’s clash could play a major role in the Champions League qualification race, with both rivals risking missing out on the competition next season.
Taking part in a European tournament would guarantee clubs at least 40 million in income, and such a sum would be crucial for the balance sheets, while also attracting the 22-year-old who is finally keen to take part in the European elite club competition.
Therefore, the battle between the Bianconeri and the Rossoneri at the Allianz stadium will be more intense than ever.