Inter Linked with a Host of Players
It's almost that time of year again, the hectic January transfer window, and as always, all the big names are being linked to all the big clubs. Today we take a look at Inter Milan's potential targets for the window, a team who have dominated Italy of late and are looking set to be a major threat in Europe this season.
Despite being in a reasonably solid financial situation due to great success over the last three seasons, Inter have still been linked with a number of players leaving the Giuseppe Meazza this January. Francesco Bardi
, the Nerazzurri's second string goalkeeper, has been heavily linked with a move to Dutch giants Ajax
in a deal worth potentially €3,500,000
. Central midfielder Joel Obi
, who has failed to make a single appearance this season after an injury plagued loan spell at Pescara
last season in which he only made 12 appearances, is also available on the transfer list for as little as €2,500,000
18 year old French starlet Maxime Gautier
will apparently be loaned out to gain vital first team experience after making only 2 starts so far this campaign. The talented youngster joined Inter for €12,500,000
two seasons ago and has so far impressed but struggled for game time behind Inter's superstar midfielders. Promising defender Ibrahima Mbaye
, who has fallen to 4th choice central defender, has been also linked with a loan deal to Udinese
, though a co-ownership
deal worth around €3,000,000
for half the player's rights is also on the cards.
The fans, however, aren't concerned with the sales of reserve players and the loans of youngsters as much as they are about potential big money signings to beef up their Inter side for their push to win multiple honors. To replace Francesco Bardi
, who may leave for Ajax
, Inter are reportedly pursuing Chelsea
shot-stopper Petr Cech
, who has played second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois
for the last few seasons. Cech
is reportedly available for as little as €625,000.
Manager Giuseppe Bergomi
, reportedly unimpressed by winger Ryad Boudebouz
and looking for a player to give him more options on the wings, is very keen on yet another Chelsea
player, Xherdan Shaqiri
has failed to pin down a starting berth in west London and made a mere 7 EPL appearances last season and 0 this season. It would take upwards of €20,000,000
to bring him to the Giuseppe Meazza, which would potentially put off the deal.
The second huge name being linked with a move to the blue and black half of Milan is the Brazlian
. The Flamengo
man is coming off of a brilliant season in the Brazilian top flight scoring 20 goals
in 53 matches and winning the Brazilian Top Divison Player of the Year
award. It would take a bid upwards of €25,000,000
or even €30,000,000
to let their prized asset go.
Inter are also looking to snatch a player or two on a Bosman free transfer
and bring them in next season for nothing. Malaga
has decided he will be leaving on a free transfer after not being allowed to leave despite the team's relegation into Liga Adelante
. The Spanish midfielder is highly rated despite having plied his trade in a lower league for the last 3 seasons and will certainly add creative quality to Inter's midfield.
defensive midfielder Panagiotis Taschidis
is the other name of the rumor mill after announcing he will leave the team from the capital for free at the end of his contract. Despite already having superstar Yann M'Vila
in the holding role, Bergomi
is a firm believer that every position should have 2 top quality players or more.
It could be a very busy January for Inter as they look to strengthen all aspects of their side to improve their title bid and perhaps their Champions League bid come May. Will Bergomi be able to pull any of these deals off? We'll just have to wait and see.