Inter Milan's Top 10 Transfer Targets
Inter have begun life under new coach Leonardo in fine fashion.
Three wins in as many games is as good a start as could have been expected.
What is even more encouraging is the spirit in the squad that is much more evident now than a few months ago.
President Moratti welcomed Leonardo and assured him with his full support, which includes the Transfer Market.
Given the massive injury crisis Inter had to face, the importance of a strong bench will not be lost on either Moratti or Branca.
Inter have already signed promising defender Andrea Ranocchia from Genoa, though in this case, they already owned half of the player.
With Walter Samuel’s injury, this transfer is more of a necessity than a luxury.
Now that we are in the middle of January, let us take a quick look at the ten best players that have been linked with Inter over the past few weeks and the probability of the deal taking place.
This list is built up largely on rumors and/or various reports and may not always have the greatest possibility of coming true.
Then again, Leonardo’s arrival to Inter also began as a similar story.
No list of potential transfers for Inter would be complete without Kaka.
The club has gone all out to deny that they were ever interested in the Brazilian superstar.
Kaka’s recent injury troubles and potentially very high price tag make him a very high risk move for Inter.
Besides, his signing would send the wrong signal to the likes of Coutinho and company.
Moratti would have loved to get the former Milan ace to play for Inter, but the numbers just do not add up and it will come as a massive surprise if Inter do end up completing this transfer.
A price of close to $45 to 50 million is expected to get Madrid mildly interested.
Inter never really replaced Mario Balotelli, and the absence of a third-quality striker was felt when Milito was injured in the first half of the season.
Leonardo is reportedly a fan of the Brazilian striker.
At the age of 30, this might well be the last chance for Fabiano to play for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
His age might also allow Inter to get him at a more affordable price.
As a proven goal scorer over the past few seasons, he might well prove to be an asset to Inter in their quest to overhaul a massive points gap to the leaders.
This Udinese player has a reported price tag of around 25 million Euros.
The Chile ace has four goals and five assists to his name thus far this season.
Sanchez has been drawing interest from all over Europe, particularly the Premier League with Man Utd and Chelsea interested in his services.
Inter had made an offer of 18 million Euros plus Jonathan Biabiany. As Udinese rejected this offer, Inter will need to spend upwards of 20 million in order to get their man.
He has pace to burn and a few goals in him as well and if signed, will make the Inter attack even more potent.
The South African star has been linked heavily with Inter since many months now.
It initially seemed as if Benitez had something to do with Inter’s interest in the player.
But even after his departure, the interest does not seem to go away.
What makes this transfer attractive is the fact that Pienaar is in the final six months of his contract. He could be got on the cheap in January or for nothing in the summer.
Pienaar would be a steady player, willing to do a lot of endless running for the team. At 28, he might just be getting into the prime of his career.
This rumor surfaced only recently and it sounds a little strange.
Barry is a regular starter for Manchester City and not one of the several hundred players that City is trying to get rid of.
This means he will not be got on the cheap.
A bid closer to $30 million is what might be needed. At this price, it sounds like a bit of a gamble, as it difficult to know if he would adjust to the new league. English players sometimes find it hard to adjust outside the Premier League.
The Feyenoord hit-man has six goals from 18 games this season.
Given that he is just 18, he has a good future ahead of him.
Inter have supposedly managed to beat the competition for the teenager and have a deal in place for around 5.5 million Euros.
Castaignos will remain at Feyenoord until the end of the season, after which he will join Leonardo’s squad.
Given that Marco Branca has had a lot to do with this deal, the chances of it being a success are very high, owing to his excellent track record with transfers.
The curious case of Carlos Tevez to Inter never ever seems to go away.
A few years ago it seemed as though Tevez was destined to join Inter, thanks to the large number of Argentine national team players plying their trade at Inter.
Instead, he ended up playing for both the Manchester clubs.
After his recent outburst against certain Man City officials, it is reported that Inter are keeping a keen eye on the situation.
Leonardo is a fan of Tevez—well, who isn’t, come to think of it. He has a big heart and gives 200 percent each game.
His goals to game ratio is also improving at City. Yet, he cannot be compared to someone like a Samuel Eto’o, who has pace to burn and as a pure striker, is in a different league.
One report even mentioned the possibility of using Eto’o as a part player exchange in a deal for Tevez.
While I am a fan of Tevez, I certainly would not want Eto’o to leave—he has bucketloads of goals left in him still.
When Edinson Cavani signed for Napoli in the summer, I was one of those who was happy that he didn’t sign for Inter.
It was reported that Cavani was interested in a move to the San Siro that never came through.
His return for this season is 13 goals and three assists—talk about eating your words!
He has definitely taken his game to a different level from his time at Palermo.
This is what Cavani told reporters in June of last year: "As a player, I have two dreams: to do well at the World Cup and to wear the shirt of Inter Milan. It would be nice to stay in Italy fighting for the Scudetto and the Champions League with the Nerazzurri.”
Having missed out on their man earlier, it would be interesting to see how Cavani would react to interest from Inter.
Napoli too, would be unwilling to let their man go now that they sit in second place in Serie A.
It seems unlikely that a deal would happen anytime soon.
Napoli arguably have the most complete midfielder in Serie A.
With seven goals and three assists, Hamsik has a record that most strikers would trade for.
Given Inter’s midfield injury crisis, a player like Hamsik would be ideal, as he could provide dynamism to a midfield that seems bereft of ideas when Thiago Motta is unfit.
Sneijder’s relative lack of form this season and absence of a ready-made backup other than the rookie Coutinho means that a deal for Hamsik—even if Inter have to pay a huge transfer fee—would be well served.
Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo gave a slight hint that Hamsik would be a future target for his club—so watch this space.
Torres has had a disappointing season by his standards, scoring seven goals and a modest two assists.
This has, however, not deterred some of Europe’s top clubs from keeping an interest.
To be fair to Torres, he started the season with an injury and has been playing for a Liverpool side that has struggled for any semblance of consistency this season.
His contract expires in 2013 and it would be interesting to see if he decides to wait another season or makes a move to another big club where he has a better chance of silverware in the immediate future.
A 30-million-Euro price tag coupled with niggling injuries and loss of form might make this one a bit of a gamble.
Inter reportedly have competition from last season’s Champions League finalists, Bayern Munich.
This deal would seem a lot more likely had Benitez still been at the helm.
While Eto’o and Milito are still at Inter, I cannot see how such a deal would go through.
I look forward to your opinion.
How do you rate the ten players in this list?
What chances do you give for any to happen?
Do you have any other players in mind that have been linked to Inter and would be a welcome addition to the squad?