Fair points and I see the reasoning.
But Zaniolo was not a 40m player just like Carboni isn't one either. He was a primavera player that no one gave a chance to. Not us and not Fiorentina a year earlier.
The quick deals we made were Sensi, Hakimi and Gosens. Everything else took a lot of time and we ended up paying more or what was asked before the very long time started ticking. That's where the discussion is. We lost some targets due to this bad timing. Whether for the best or not, time will tell even if there's no guarantee they'd be the same at Inter.
Guys like Bremer and Dybala who I expect to come should already be training with the rest of them.
We missed out on Scamacca (at least it's for Lukaku and not for Zapata), we missed out in Frattesi, we missed out on several others due to this style of negotiations. It doesn't look ideal and I get that you only care about who's ending up here, but this costs money and we're going to lose Barella/Skriniar/Bastoni because of these mistakes on top of Marotta's eagerness to sell a top player over getting to replace a couple of lineup fillers.
You could argue that it's best to get a bunch of money from a top player sale, replace him with a good prospect for 1/2 of the money and get a decent bench player rather than sell a guy like Dumfries whose 1/2 of the sales cannot guarantee that a starting calibre player can arrive. But do this for 2-3 years and you're back to Banter era and the Dumfries type of players you kept along will now be your best players.
Zaniolo wasn't a 40 mln player, it's true, but it's fact that he made his breakthrough just when we traded him for an old drunker. Which means, that he was ready, only waiting for a chance to grasp. And Inter (more like Spalletti) never gave him that chance.
About Dybala - the decision to wait here was beneficial for us, actually. His agent obviously wanted big check (around 10 mln) and 6 mln salary at the beginning of negotiations. If you remember, he declined first, the proposal of Marotta 5+1 mln (if he plays more than 50% of matches), and when he finally agreed, it was too late as Lukaku was here. Personally for me, this is better solution as i prefer Lukaku than Dybala, if we can choose only one of them. I said my point about Bremer. Marotta decided to play the same game as Dybala's, but with jube coming, he was affraid that may miss out Bremer, and he has chosen to close the deal now.
I don't think we missed Frattesi and Scammacca. My understanding is that during the winter window, the media just leaked what Marotta really offered. 15 mln for Frattesi and 25 or 35 (included a youngster) for Scammacca. There were no indications that Sassuolo had agreed such a price for their starlets, and we see now that Scammacca is close to EPL for 40+ mln, and Frattesi will be sold most probably for more than 15 mln.
If you want to discuss the Marotta's mistakes, for me this is not a delaying of transfers, but rewarding a fat contracts the free agents. Sanchez - 4 years, Vidal - obviously 3 years. I won't be surprised if i wake up tomorrow and see that Dzeko's deal is actually 3 years as well, with some weird option included. The another one is his reaction upon Lukaku's sale. Chelsea proposed cash + a player included (rumors about Tammy or Bremer), but Marotta opted only for money. Then we got fucking Correa for 30 mln and 3 mln salary? Come on man! I know that it was a emergency situation, but for a person with his reputation, it was a poor call. Now the same situation is about to repeat. Psg offered cash + a player, and our valuation was firm at 80 mln. I don't advocate to Draxler, cuz he is not needed here, but we could get some other player + 55-60 mln. Instead now, we'll decrease our valuation to 65 mln, or which is worst 60 + some shitty bonuses, which is kind a ridiculous.
Modric has never had an intention to come at Inter. He and his agent, used us to get a better contract extension with Real M.