With new owner Erick Thohir preaching patience, the immediate future of the Nerazzurri is difficult to understand. While they remain in touching distance of the Champions League places, it may prove tempting for the Indonesian investor to provide Walter Mazzarri with reinforcements this month.
He has seemingly insisted on sales first however, with Andrea Ranocchia appearing to be among those headed for the exit while the club have been told their pursuit of Alvaro Morata won’t lead anywhere
Rodrigo Palacio has been in impressive form up front, but with Diego Milito struggling for fitness and Mauro Icardi’s personal life interfering with his on-field performance, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia), a striker seems to be their primary objective.
Two familiar names are in the frame for that role and are revealed on the following pages.