Inter Milan Transfers: Top 5 Alternatives to Lucas Moura

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 30, 2012

Inter Milan Transfers: Top 5 Alternatives to Lucas Moura

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    Should Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti fail to sign Lucas Moura, here are the top five alternatives for the Nerazzurri.

    There are two scenarios Moratti faces: 1. Manchester United sign Lucas or 2. São Paulo's asking price is economically unfeasible for Inter.

    Lucas isn't a can't-miss prospect like Neymar, so Moratti needs to think through his decision before going all in for the São Paulo magician. 

5. Vladimír Weiss, Manchester City, Age: 22

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    In recent times, Pescara has a knack of acquiring youngsters and turning them into valuable commodities: Ciro Immobile, Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne.

    So predictably Pescara are chasing Manchester City's Vladimír Weiss knowing the Slovakian won't break into Roberto Mancini's starting XI.

    Weiss is a jet-heeled dribbler who was deadly in tandem with Coutinho at Espanyol last season.

4. Giorgi Chanturia, Vitesse, Age: 19

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    Giorgi Chanturia can dink his way past the majority of Eredivisie defenders. His situation is similar to Gökhan Töre—phenomenal dribbler but forgets to incorporates his teammates.

    Chanturia’s upside is huge and if he continues to develop, he’ll make the transition from prodigy to elite footballer. 

    If there is a current Georgian to fill Georgi Kinkladze’s void, it’s Chanturia.


3. Pablo Barrientos, Catania, Age: 27

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    Catania have some gifted Argentines: Pablo Barrientos, Gonzalo Bergessio, Alejandro Gómez, Sergio Almirón and Mariano Izco.

    Barrientos is the pick of the lot and is Catania's second best player behind Francesco Lodi.

    In 2-2 draw against Inter Milan, Barrientos troubled the Nerazzurri's back four and provided an assist. He had some good individual moments in a 1-1 draw against AC Milan. He also scored in a 3-1 loss to Juventus.

    This shows that Barrientos doesn't shy away when the going gets tough.

2. Jeremain Lens, PSV Eindhoven, Age: 24

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    The major clubs should have been all over Luciano Narsingh, instead PSV Eindhoven now have a player who can rival Ronaldo's dynamism.

    Jeremain Lens is a nifty attacker who can contribute out wide or from a central position. Some of his best games have come from a wide position but he has shown promise as a centre forward.

    ADO Den Haag's players certainly found that out when he scored and created two assists.

    He's a mercurial player who can score an astonishing goal or go missing against the likes of Ajax.

1. Patrick Herrmann, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Age: 21

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    Patrick Herrmann possesses excellent positional awareness, high football intelligence and solid technique.

    He inspired Borussia Mönchengladbach to a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich. There’s no doubt that he’ll take over from Marco Reus and become Mönchengladbach’s most valuable player.

    Herrmann’s willingness to track back and press is something that often goes unnoticed. 


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