Inter Transfer Rumours and More: 4 Most Intriguing Storylines so Far

Matteo BonettiContributor IMay 2, 2013

Inter Transfer Rumours and More: 4 Most Intriguing Storylines so Far

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    In what has been a dramatic turnaround, Inter currently sit seventh in Serie A and risk missing out on any European action. 

    They were once in Champions League territory. The first half of the season showed glimpses of a well-oiled team which even stopped Juventus' 49-match undefeated streak dead in its wake. 

    However, this calendar year has been disastrous for the Nerazzurri, as they've now lost seven out of their last 10 matches in all competitions. Let that statement resonate for a little bit.

    Before Interisti become too depressed, let's look forward optimistically and lay out the five most intriguing storylines surrounding the Milan-based club. 

Coaching Changes

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    Coach Andrea Stramaccioni refused to speculate about his future in a recent interview to the Italian media.

    Even though owner Massimo Moratti confirmed Stramaccioni would remain with the team next season, many have their doubts.

    Stramaccioni seems to get the starting lineup wrong on many occasions, fielding a team lacking the intensity which often comes in the second half after a few key substitutions. Not all of it is his fault, however, as the Nerazzurri have had a torrid time keeping their star players healthy.

Transfer Rumors: Attack

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    Diego Milito also succumbed to serious injury earlier this year and will miss the rest of the season. Beloved by Interisti, Milito probably has one more quality season to give before he sets sail.

    On the other hand, the likes of Antonio Cassano have not worked out as smoothly. The troubled fantasista has had an inconsistent season.

    Various reports (via Football-Italia.net) have stated that young Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi will join Inter in the summer, with president Massimo Moratti preparing €15 million for the services of yet another Argentine. 

    He's the right player to spearhead a new Inter generation which looks to part ways with the old guard.

Transfer Rumors: Defense

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    Inter have already begun the process of changing their squad for next season.

    One of the new signings is Hugo Campagnaro, the current Napoli defender who will give Inter yet another quality Argentinian to close the gaps in the defensive line.

    Campagnaro also plays for the Argentine national team, and is a multidimensional defender who can play in a three- or four-man back line. On top of this, he has the tools to venture forward and is an intimidating aerial presence. 

Javier Zanetti's Return

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    If there's anyone who can overcome a serious injury at 39 years old, it's Javier Zanetti.

    The historic Inter captain sustained a terrible injury against Palermo as he tore his Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for the rest of the calendar year.

    However, Zanetti said in a video interview that he will come back to play, and hopes to exchange jerseys with Francesco Totti one last time.