Inter Milan Transfers: Top 5 Realistic Centre-Backs for Massimo Moratti

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJune 4, 2012

Inter Milan Transfers: Top 5 Realistic Centre-Backs for Massimo Moratti

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    With Lúcio bidding arrivederci, Inter Milan needs a quality centre-back.

    Juan Jesus is still unproven, and Andrea Ranocchia may as well play for opposing teams, considering the amount of mistakes he's made. Meanwhile, Walter Samuel is steady, but Father Time is fast approaching.

    With UEFA's financial fair play rules, Massimo Moratti isn’t going to spend £30 million on Mats Hummels.

    Here are five realistic targets at centre-back for Inter. 

5. Pedro Geromel, Köln, Age: 26, Brazilian

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    Köln did suffer relegation, but Pedro Geromel has shown he does have the ability to turn into a top-notch centre-back.

    He prevailed in 78.6 percent of aerial duals, won back possession 181 times and conceded 0.9 fouls per game.

    Sometimes, good things come in unexpected packages.

    When Juventus signed Andrea Barzagli from Wolfsburg for €300,000, no one thought he’d become Serie A’s best centre-back.

4. Mateo Musacchio, Villarreal, Age: 21, Argentine

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    Mateo Musacchio lacks height, but he compensates by reading the game expertly, which is why he intercepted the ball 150 times.

    What's more, Villarreal have no leverage when it comes to negotiating because they’ll be playing in the Segunda División next season. 

    Musacchio will arrive at a bargain-basement transfer fee. Considering his upside, it would be a sound investment from Inter Milan.

3. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Montpellier, Age: 23, French

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    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa benefited from playing alongside Hilton, but the Frenchman has performed excellently throughout the season.

    He’s comfortable in possession, as is evident in his 84.7 completion percentage. Furthermore, he accumulated 2.3 tackles and 2.8 interceptions per game, which shows he’s active in defence.

2. Nicolas N'Koulou, Marseille, Age: 22, Cameroonian

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    Nicolas N'Koulou, a member of Ligue 1’s Team of the Year, played consistently for Marseille.

    N'Koulou brought a sense of calm to Marseille’s back four. He plays like a 30-year-old, even though he’s only 22 years old. 

1. Davide Astori, Cagliari, Age: 25, Italian

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    Torino is so gaga over Angelo Ogbonna that his transfer fee has been inflated to epic proportions.

    Francesco Acerbi seems destined for AC Milan, so that leaves Inter Milan with Davide Astori.

    Astori’s contract with Cagliari expires at the end of the month, and it’s odd that he wasn’t sold in the January transfer window.

    Regardless, he was given a green light to charge out and win back the ball—that's why he made 111 interceptions. 


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