Inter Milan Transfer News: Chicharito Move Key to Bolstering Nerazzurri Attack

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IIJuly 29, 2014

Manchester United's Javier Chicharito Hernandez gives a thumb up before the team's friendly soccer match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo)
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Inter Milan did well in 2013-14 to move back up the table in Serie A from ninth to fifth.

Returning to prominence as one of Italy and Europe's top football clubs, however, is still a long way away.

The Nerazzurri did increase their point total from 2012-13 by six points but actually won one match less. In fact, the Milan club drew 15 matches—more than any other club in Italy's top flight.

If Inter are to close the gap between themselves and the top three clubs in Serie A, they'll need to continue making improvements to their squad.

The signing of centre-back Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer from Manchester United was a good start to the summer window, but it's the attack that Internazionale really need to improve before the start of the 2014-15 season—which is just a month away.

Last season, the side's leading scorer was Argentinian international Rodrigo Palacio with 17. His countryman, Mauro Icardi, had nine in league play, and no one else had more than five, per

To say that the attack was heavily reliant on the Argentinian duo would be an understatement.

Enter out-of-favour Manchester United forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

According to Kirsten Schlewitz of (via Tuttosport, in Italian), Inter are interested in bringing the Mexican international to Milan.

United value their striker at about £11 million but are more interested in a deal that would involve bringing Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin the other way.

While Guarin is talented in the midfield, Inter are deep in that area of the pitch, with the likes of Brazilian international Hernanes, the emerging Croatian Mateo Kovacic and the recent acquisition of defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila—who is on loan from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

Having someone to push Palacio and replace him should he succumb to an injury at some point in the upcoming term is crucial to Inter's hopes of maintaining or improving on the strides they made last season.

Icardi is a promising youngster, but he would not be enough on his own to carry the Nerazzurri's attack—especially with the prospect of having European football on the fixture list.

In per-90-minute comparisons with Palacio and Icardi, Hernandez holds his own (h/t, especially considering the infrequency of his minutes and the tougher competition of the Premier League.

At 26, Chicharito should still have his best football in him, and a change of scenery, as well as more playing time, should serve him and his new club well.


Jon Reid is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Follow him on twitter @JonReidCSM.