Inter Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 19
Inter Milan appear to be ready to dip into the transfer market with just two weeks remaining, despite the ownership situation still needing to be resolved.
The Nerazzurri have adapted well to Walter Mazzarri's new system and there appear to be a number of good options throughout the squad.
A couple of extra additions will give Inter that boost to be able to get off to a good start this season and potentially be a dark horse to challenge for a place in the top three.
Here are the latest rumours surrounding the Nerazzurri in the transfer market.
Saphir Taider Officially Joins Inter
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The Frenchman offers great versatility in the Nerazzurri's engine room and will be a key addition as Walter Mazzarri looks to quickly align his players to his system.
The 21-year-old revealed his delight at joining the Nerazzuri, "What does Inter mean to me? A great team that has won everything. I’m happy" (via inter.it).
Taider will join his fellow Algerian international Ishak Belfodil at the club and will look to establish himself at an elite club.
Diego Laxalt Joins Bologna
Diego Laxalt has joined Bologna only weeks after signing for Inter from Defensor Sporting.
The left winger will have more opportunities to gain first team action under Stefano Pioli than he would have done with Walter Mazzarri.
The similarities in the systems that the two managers use will help the progress of the player too, with that role down the left side being perfectly suited to the Uruguayan's qualities.
It is a season-long loan that will give Bologna the opportunity to buy half of the rights of the player at the end of the season.
Alfred Duncan and Ibrahima Mbaye Join Livorno
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More talented young players have departed Inter this summer, with Alfred Duncan and Ibrahima Mbaye joining Serie A newcomers Livorno.
The young talents will spend a season in Tuscany on loan and it will be familiar territory for Duncan, who spent last season on loan with the Amaranto.
Mbaye has not been on loan during his professional career, so it will be fascinating to see whether he can succeed under Davide Nicola.
The 18-year-old made his debut under Andrea Stramaccioni last season and is highly rated at Inter.
Samuele Longo Joins Hellas Verona
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Samuele Longo has joined Hellas Verona on a season-long loan and will look to have a better experience than he did with Espanyol last year.
The Italian youngster scored three goals in 18 appearances for the Periquitos, but failed to nail down a starting spot.
Andrea Mandorlini will likely offer more starts for Longo and the 21-year-old will wear the number seven shirt—an indication that Hellas have bigger plans for the player than Espanyol did.
Luca Toni will be the spearhead for their attack and a good player to learn from for Longo.
Mauricio Isla, Juventus
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The Chilean has appeared on Inter's radar and could be perfectly suited to Mazzarri's system, occupying the right-wing-back role that Christian Maggio performed so well for Napoli.
Juve played Martin Caceres on the right when Stephan Lichtsteiner was withdrawn in the second half of Sunday's Supercoppa clash against Lazio, suggesting the Uruguayan international will back up the Swiss international instead of Isla, leaving the Chilean as third choice.
Isla's ability to play inside as a central midfielder during his time with Udinese would also benefit Inter and give Mazzarri the option of dropping one of his attacking midfielders in tougher matches and fielding Jonathan or Wallace on the right.
Saphir Taider, Bologna
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Saphir Taider could be set to finally make his long-awaited move to Inter Milan, according to Football Italia.
The Frenchman would add some energy to the midfield, and a series of great performances for Bologna have brought the attention of the Nerazzurri.
The 20-year-old is a versatile midfielder, capable of helping out defensively and bursting forward to join in with the attack, and he is often dangerous when shooting from range.
Bologna are reported to want €8 million, and Inter have gone to €6 million, but that difference appears to be a low enough that the two clubs can negotiate a compromise.
Samuel Eto'o, Anzhi
Samuel Eto'o looks set to be the latest player to depart Anzhi, with the Russian club currently in the midst of a fire sale with the aim of cutting costs.
Eto'o enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the Nerazzurri before departing for Russia, and the proposition of returning to Serie A—where he had a great goalscoring record—could be very attractive.
Eto'o was managed by Jose Mourinho during his spell in Milan, and the Portuguese is now in charge of Chelsea again, which could put Inter and Napoli on the back foot.
None of the interested clubs would likely be able to afford Eto'o's existing wages, but Chelsea would probably be able to trump Inter in that regard.
This would leave Inter's only hope being the nostalgia that the player might have and the legendary status he still holds at the club.
The problem that Inter will have to solve is whether the signing of Eto'o would be worthwhile. After all, his signing alone could not guarantee Champions League football.
If that is the case, Mazzarri might believe that he is better off blooding youngsters such as Mauro Icardi and Ishak Belfodil rather than cramping their development by partnering Rodrigo Palacio with the 32-year-old Anzhi star.