Inter Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of Dec 2
The weekend's disappointing draw with Sampdoria highlighted some shortcomings at Inter. There have been positive signs since Walter Mazzarri took over in the summer, but the Nerazzurri remain a little off the pace of Serie A's best sides.
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Erick Thohir will look to remedy that by bolstering his manager's squad in January. The new owner will want to show the San Siro crowd that he means business and he'll know that some money will have to be spent to bring Inter back to the highest level—and his investment to its proper valuation.
You can catch up on last week's rumours here, but read on for the latest names linked to Inter.
Ezequiel Lavezzi hasn't quite reached the heights expected at Paris Saint-Germain, and now finds himself increasingly farther down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes.
Unsurprisingly, he's being linked with a move away from France in January, with the Italian press touting Inter—where his former manager at Napoli is now on the bench—as a likely destination.
And the rumours persist. At a recent press conference, Walter Mazzarri was unwilling to comment on the rumours linking him with his former star player (here, in Italian), but his comments were interesting in that he didn't deny the interest, either.
Replacement Needed for Cristian Chivu?
The Corriere dello Sport reports that Cristian Chivu might have to retire, following a lengthy struggle with a foot injury.
The Italian paper quotes the player's agent (here in Italian) Victor Becali as saying:
He's in Milan, working on his rehabilitation. It's a delicate situation, we don't know yet if he'll be able to return to the pitch. His contact expires in June and there is an option for another year.
The veteran Romanian's representative went on to say that Inter remained the player's priority and that they wouldn't consider other clubs until it was clear that there was no longer a place for him at the San Siro.
Chivu has generally been in the starting XI when fit for Inter—just as he was at Roma beforehand—but hasn't made as many appearances as you'd expect from a player of his stature because of a string of serious injuries.
Mazzarri will have been hoping to bolster his squad elsewhere in the January market, but if replacing Chivu might now become a priority.
Fredy Guarin to Barcelona
It seems unlikely that Inter would sell such a key player, but the Corriere dello Sport is linking Fredy Guarin with a move to Barcelona (here in Italian).
The Italians believe that the Catalan side will try to sign Guarin—who's been among Inter's best players this season—to strengthen their midfield. The Columbian's current contract at the San Siro expires in 2016.
The tabloid quotes the player's agent, Pablo Betancourt, as saying:
I have to meet the chairman to see if Ramirez stays in the Premier League or if he will return to Italy. If he is to go, it is important that it happens before the World Cup.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan has found life hard in England and hasn't started a league game for the Saints since April.
Before his August 2012 move to Southampton, he had a much brighter spell at Bologna, where he notched up almost 60 Serie A games and 12 goals, despite being so young. He'll know that rediscovering that form will be vital to his World Cup hopes and a move could be the simplest way.
For their part, Inter would be getting an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal who is versatile and contributes in defence as well as attack.
Jose Mourinho to Poach Inter Youngster?
Delgado is just 16 and only joined the Nerazzurri this year from Portimonense in Portugal.
Nevertheless the paper suggests that Mourinho's scouts have been impressed by what they've seen and will now make a move to sign the midfielder.
Alvaro Pereira to Leave on Loan?
The latest here in Italy is now that Wolfsburg are lurking. Tuttomercatoweb.com reports (here in Italian) that the German side could offer the Uruguayan a lifeline.
Like his compatriot Ramirez at Southampton, Pereira is struggling to find first-team opportunities at Inter and he'll be worried about his World Cup chances, too. Getting into the shop window at Wolfsburg or Spurs would be no bad thing.