Inter Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25
As the competition in Serie A heats up, Inter coach Walter Mazzarri will be looking to recruit in January to help his cause.
The Tuscan coach will be aided in that regard by the arrival of Erick Thohir as the club's new majority shareholder. The Indonesian businessman will want to get his reign off to a winning start and will know that investment is vital.
There's a useful core of players at the San Siro, but Mazzarri could do with a little more quality in certain areas and could definitely use more wide options.
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The popular Italian transfer-tracking website, tuttomercatoweb.com, is reporting (here in Italian) that the Nerazzurri are interested in Juraj Kucka.
The Slovak midfielder is being lined up as an alternative to Radja Nainggolan, who is a key target for Mazzarri but is also wanted elsewhere.
Kucka is both physically and technically strong and would make a fine addition to most midfields. He's been a constant in the centre for Genoa since moving from Sparta Praha, but at 26 still has plenty of room for development.
Could Paolo Cannavaro join his old boss at the San Siro? Several outlets here in Italy seem to think so (here in English, via football-italia.net).
The Neapolitan defender is a Napoli youth product and currently the captain of his hometown club. Until recently, it would have seemed very unlikely that either he or the team would wish to part ways. But Napoli manager Rafa Benitez doesn't seem to rate Cannavaro and at 32, he'll know that he can't afford to be benched long term.
Cannavaro has featured just four times in the league this term, and could be tempted to the San Siro by the promise of a regular starting birth.
Could Thorir use some of his millions to pry Edin Dzeko away from Manchester City? The Italian press certainly thinks so.
Both the Corriere dello Sport and TuttoSport are running with the idea that the Bosnian striker could be tempted away from Eastlands by the Nerazzurri (here in English from the Mirror).
Dzeko has a solid record for City, and has found the net six times in 12 appearances this term, but nevertheless he's fallen down the pecking order of Manuel Pellegrini's forwards.
Along with the Dzeko rumour, the Corriere dello Sport also suggests (here in Italian) that Mazzarri is interested in Valencia's young winger Juan Bernat.
The 20-year-old Spaniard would cost €5 million, the Italians believe, as doubts linger over his contract renewal.
Bernat has featured for Spain at every minor level and though he's without a senior cap as of yet, he is tipped for big things. He hasn't shown himself to be much of a goal threat so far in his career, but he's quick and would offer Inter plenty of width. He's also versatile and has played at left back.
It's not specified how much the Ligurian club would want for the player, but he's been impressive so far in his debut season so it's unlikely they'll let him go cheaply.
The Croatian can actually operate comfortably on both sides and is good going forward as well, making him a very versatile option for Mazzarri, who is reported to be after more wide options. And at 21, he's only going to get better, too, making him a good long-term investment.
Several sources are linking Inter to Porto's Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro—tuttomercatoweb.com picks up on a story (in Italian) that seems to have originated in Portugal's Record (here, in Portuguese).
The focus might be on recruiting wide players in January, but Inter's new majority owner, Erick Thohir, has expressed an interest in Cagliari's Radja Nainggolan.
Thorir spoke at length to Indonesian TV (here in English via football-italia.net) about his plans for Inter, saying he would be interested in bringing the Belgian midfielder to the San Siro. Nainggolan's father is Indonesian, as is Thorir.
Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has resisted moves for the talented midfielder in the past but might now be tempted to cash in on his star player. Nainggolan would be a good purchase for any top club, however, so Inter can expect some competition if he's on the market.
The Argentine left-back has only made three appearances for the Spaniards in the league since arriving from Sporting Clube de Portugal and might be tempted by a move. Madrid paid €10 million for the 24-year-old at the start of the year.