Former Inter Milan defender Giuseppe Bergomi believes Roberto Mancini has made the right call in allowing Mateo Kovacic leave to Real Madrid.
The Italian giants decided to cash in on the 21-year-old Croatian after three seasons at the San Siro, and while his potential is undeniable, Bergomi believes it's a good deal for Internazionale.
Real agreed to pay 35m euros for Kovacic, which will go some way towards reducing the club's overall expenditure in the current trasfer window.
"I would say this is an important deal for Inter from a financial point of view," Bergomi told FCInterNews.
"We are talking about a significant fee. I think selling him is the right decision.
"Kovacic has never really been able to hit his best form at Inter. He was unable to find his best position under Andrea Stramaccioni and Walter Mazzarri and it is the same under Roberto Mancini."
With the sale of Kovacic to Madrid and Shaqiri to Stoke, Mancini is set to bolster the Inter squad in the final two weeks of the transfer window, with the Italian club strongly linked with Wolfburg's Ivan Perisic and Liverpool misfit, Fabio Borini.