Why Gary Medel Would Be a Great Signing for Inter

Dan Colasimone@@ArgentinaFWContributor IJuly 30, 2014

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Gary Medel of Chile fights off a challenge by Tim Cahill of Australia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Tenacious Chilean midfielder/defender Gary Medel would be a fantastic addition to the Inter Milan roster should the Italian club manage to secure a transfer for the player from Cardiff, his current club.

With Walter Mazzarri attempting to assemble a new-look side that is capable of challenging for the Scudetto within the next couple of years, the addition of Medel would be of huge benefit.

As Simon Jones reports in The Daily Mail, the Italian club are hoping to complete a transfer for a relatively modest fee:

Inter Milan have offered Cardiff £7million for Gary Medel but still want to take him on an initial loan.

The Chile international is determined to leave but Cardiff want a better return on their £11m investment.

Medel had a good enough first season with the Welsh side to attract interest from around Europe but his performances could not help the club avoid relegation.

Cardiff's relegation should mean the Chilean's departure is virtually assured, and Mazzarri would do well to snap him up for a modest price before another club swoops in.

Several million pounds more will not make a huge difference to Internazionale's budget, but the 26-year-old could potentially become a highly influential player at the club as he enters what should be the best years of his career.

Fans of Cardiff, and Medel's previous clubs—Universidad Catolica, Boca Juniors and Sevilla—will know that he is a natural leader on the pitch.

Anyone who has watched Chile play in the past few years will understand how critical he is as part of the national team setup as well.

Through his enthusiasm, work ethic and often-ferocious attitude, Medel is capable of inspiring those around him to lift their own performances. 

He is comfortable playing in several positions as well, from right-back to central defence to defensive midfield. Such flexibility could prove extremely useful to Mazzarri as he searches for his best formation.

Whichever role he takes up on the field, Medel is guaranteed to offer a steely, intimidating presence in defence. While he was once a magnet for yellow and red cards, the man they call the "Pitbull" has improved in that aspect of his game and now exercises more self-control in tense situations.

His temperament remains fiery, however, and is something that would need to be monitored if he were to join a club of Inter's stature.

Another area in which Medel has come on in leaps and bounds is his passing game. He has become an extremely reliable distributor of the ball from whichever deep-lying position he takes up.

According to Squawka, at the 2014 World Cup, Medel completed 231 successful passes in four games, with an impressive accuracy rate of 90 percent. 

In the past few seasons, Medel has evolved from a talented but erratic hard man to a more polished and reliable midfielder or defender.

While still an effective enforcer, he is also a steadying influence on the pitch who leads by example.

Mazzarri should move quickly to add him to Inter's ranks.