With the summer transfer window right around the corner, Inter Milan surely have their eyes set on a few possible purchases for the upcoming season. With rumors of vital players like Samuel Eto’o and Wesley Sneijder seeking an exit from the club, Inter will no doubt be making a handful of key signings. Here is a shortlist of 10 players who may find themselves playing for the Italian giants come September.
Team President: Massimo Moratti
Woodgate is an easy target for Inter having been released on free transfer from Tottenham. He would no doubt come off the bench, but his veteran mentality and strength would be a strong addition to the blundering defense that ultimately brought on the unexpected Champions League loss to German side Shalke.
Woodgate is rumored to return to his former team Leeds United but will probably first seek a more high profile move.
At defensive mid, Gago could eventually replace the aging Argentinean star, Esteban Cambiasso. Cambiasso is only 30 years old, but soccer is a young man’s game and Inter Milan need to begin looking for his successor.
Still, Inter’s midfield lacks depth and Gago would certainly be a lift off the bench. Most of the club’s midfielders are offensive with speedsters such as Phillipe Coutinho and Joel Obi.
Gago’s lack of size is what ultimately places him at No. 9 on this list.
Born in Italy, the young Spanish midfielder might find himself comfortable wearing the nerazzurri colors next season. Not to mention Thiago is already linked with a move away from Barcelona in the immediate future.
He’s extremely young at only 20 years old and has the potential to develop into a star in as soon as two years from now. He’s technically sound and his ability to pass and see the field would accentuate the stellar attack led by Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o.
A breakout player this year, the Palermo sensation will more than likely find himself in a new uniform by the end of the transfer window. He claims to wish to remain at the Sicilian club one more season, but we all know money talks in this business and he will soon hear a better offer.
Pastore is creative at the edge of the box and finished for first this past season in goals scored by a midfielder in the Serie A.
A veteran defender, Heinze would easily boost this pathetic defense.
The only reason he’s not higher on this list is because of his lack of speed. Inter Milan’s defense proved this past season that they are already slow enough.
But adding another Argentinean to the defense alongside Walter Samuel might just create the chemistry that this defense is lacking.
Earlier this spring it was rumored that Ganso would seek a transfer to Inter Milan. However it now seems with fellow Brazilian Leonardo more than likely seeking an exit from Inter, city rivals AC Milan are ahead in the hunt for the young Santos attacker.
His strong work ethic is something young players and veterans alike could build upon. His play is similar to Wesley Sneijder in that he has the standard midfield abilities to distribute the ball, but he can also bend a shot to the far post every now and then.
Ganso has a bright future ahead of him and Inter cannot afford to allow AC Milan to sign him, especially without first driving up the price.
Although he is rumored in a move to Arsenal, Inter may consider making a bid for the English defender.
He’s young, tall, and strong and may be the change that Inter need. He’s a traditional no-nonsense defender who possesses the toughness that defenders like Andrea Ranocchia lack.
Most importantly he’s young and affordable and according to ESPN Soccernet, Inter’s sporting director, Marco Branca, claims the club is looking for exactly that.
Having had a breakout season with Arsenal this past year, Samir Nasri is one of the most talked about players in Europe. His touch on the ball is comparative to World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, and he is equally proficient in his ability to create goals.
However this move is unlikely unless Wesley Sneijder leaves the club during the transfer window. Nasri’s recent boost in form would make his purchase too expensive for Inter, and club President Massimo Morratti would likely not spend that amount unless he cashed in on the Dutch midfielder.
All in all, Nasri is the type of player Inter needs. His price tag would likely be less than Sneijder, and because he is younger at only 24 years of age, this is an option Moratti should consider.
While he may be one of the more overrated players in England, Gael Clichy brings a lot to the table. He’s young at only 25 years of age and shows it with a high amount of energy and athleticism.
Clichy is known for his speed, which he often uses to attack, a style of play that would help him fit in alongside Brazilian fullback Douglas Maicon.
This is a target Inter should highly consider since they displayed various weak defenses this past season. Christian Chivu may be the weakest link on the starting eleven and Gael Clichy would more than make up for his lack of speed and inability to mark an attacker.
At this time Inter have not made an offer and would have to compete with Serie A rivals Roma and the English Premier League’s Liverpool. Arsenal’s asking price is currently 10 million pounds.
Certainly one of the most underrated players in all of soccer. Tevez, simply put, is a freak-of-nature.
His lack of height is more than made up for with his bulk and strength. Tevez is a strong presence in the box and showed it this past season with 20 goals in only 28 games played.
However this move only makes sense on one condition: that either Samuel Eto’o or Diego Milito leave Milan during the transfer window. Otherwise this would only add to an already exceptional attack.
And the good news is, Tevez has already made known he wants to leave Manchester City. Not to mention he would mesh well with other Argentineans like Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso. This move could ultimately place Inter back at the top of the Serie A.