Former Inter youth midfielder, Giovanni Fabbian, has been doing exceptionally well with Thiago Motta’s high-flying Bologna side this season and could be returning to the club in the future.

Giovanni Fabbian, 21, joined Bologna from Inter Primavera in August 2023 in a deal worth €5M. Inter retained a buy-back clause that will be worth €12M upon activation in 2025. Never having made an official appearance with Inter’s first team, Fabbian was loaned out to Serie B side, Reggiana for the 2022-2023 season and was named Serie B’s Young Player of the Year, scoring eight goals and registering one assist. Now seeing Serie A experience with a side challenging for European football, the young midfielder has often been used as an impact sub. In 18 league appearances this season, Fabbian has scored four goals and registered two assists.

During the buildup to Bologna-Inter on Saturday, March 9, Inter CEO, Beppe Marotta, spoke about the boy, who did not end up featuring in the match but was available off the bench.

Marotta explained that Fabbian is “practically still an Inter player with the buy-back clause” and continued, “We’re proud that he’s gaining experience. Today there’s every reason to think that he can be part of Inter, it’ll be up to him to prove it. The buy-back clause is active in 2025, there’s time. So we will see what the best thing is for us and for him”.

Reports have surfaced that Inter is already interested in activating the buy-back clause come 2025 and envision an opportunity for the midfielder in an Inter team potentially without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who turned 35 in January of 2024.