January Transfer Targets That Fit Walter Mazzarri's Inter Milan Style
Presumably Erick Thohir will want to invest in a key signing or two to get his new Inter regime off to a good start. He'll likely want to wait until next summer to invest heavily, but the January window will allow him to shore up Walter Mazzarri's squad with a couple of key additions.
So where should he be looking?
Walter Mazzarri will be keeping a close eye on Paris Saint-Germain. Edinson Cavani is reportedly unhappy with his supporting role to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and wants a move in the summer (as reported here in the Express).
It was Mazzarri, of course, who launched Cavani from steady performer to global superstar, and the thoughts of the pair teaming up again at the San Siro should have Inter fans more than a little excited.
It's another South American with links to Naples who could interest Mazzarri, however. Because if Cavani's unhappy at being second fiddle, spare a thought for Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The Argentine is reportedly eyeing the door ASAP (via the Metro) having seen himself slip behind both Ibra and Cavani in the Parisian pecking order.
Lavezzi will be keen to secure first-team football and a starring role for a major club that can showcase his talents ahead of next summer's World Cup. Argentina aren't exactly shy of attacking options, and he'll know that regularly impressing at club level will be crucial for him to secure a space for Brazil 2014.
The versatile forward would certainly provide more options for Mazzarri, who was able to get the best out of Lavezzi's creative abilities at Napoli.
The Arsenal and Belgium defender is reportedly keen on a January move, having fallen behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in Arsene Wenger's plans.
Vermaelen has been openly touting a move when the window opens, telling reporters (here, via the Express):
I'll have to think about that when it's necessary. January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that's for sure.
People ask me if I panic because I'm not playing a lot, but I'm not. I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.
The Belgian would be the perfect addition to Inter's back line, and at 27, he'd have the potential to be at the heart of Mazzarri's plans for years to come.
Mazzarri's formation relies heavily on service from the wing-backs, so a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao would make sense.
Coentrao has failed to live up to his €30 million price tag, and while his move to the Spanish capital from Benfica wouldn't really be classified as a flop, it hasn't been a huge success. Now it seems that it's time for the player and the club to part ways.
The 25-year-old Portuguese can operate up and down the left flank, and though they'd have to fight off Tottenham and Manchester United for his signature (via the Daily Mail), it would be a great addition for the Nerazzurri.
Shinji Kagawa continues to struggle to find a place at Manchester United, and it would be no surprise to see several clubs move for him in January.
The talented Japanese playmaker would be great at Inter playing through the centre supplying the lone striker. He brings youth, creative intelligence and versatility—three characteristics somewhat lacking in the current Inter line-up.
Another Portuguese option. Andre Almeida has been impressive for Benfica since earning his call-up to the first team, operating in midfield and as a full-back.
The Lisbon native has 29 youth caps for Portugal and is now part of the senior side as well. At 23, his best is yet to come, but the fact that he's comfortable both in defence and farther up the pitch suggests that he'd adapt well to Mazzarri's system.