Inter Milan: Breaking Down the Odds on the Latest Inter Transfer Rumours

Sumeet Paul@italiafootyContributor IJune 18, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 10:  President of FC Inter Milan Massimo Moratti watches the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Bologna FC at San Siro Stadium on March 10, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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It promises to be a busy summer for Inter, as the club hopes to move on from its disappointing campaign last season and rebuild the squad in order to compete for the foreseeable future.

Given their absence from European competitions next year, it will be imperative for owner Massimo Moratti to recruit players capable of making the difference domestically, thus saving the big-name signings for next summer.

This strategy has worked previously for other clubs in Italy and is somewhat forced upon the Nerazzurri given the lack of revenue generated from participating in either the Champions League or even the Europa League.

The wage bill is still amongst the highest in Italy, and it would appear that Moratti and newly appointed coach Walter Mazzarri will keep faith in a number of veterans, after both Javier Zanetti and Walter Samuel recently signed contract extensions.

Speculation continues to link players with moves away from San Siro this summer, but it is vital that Inter offload those surplus to requirements as opposed to those who may still have roles to play at the club moving forward.

This couldn't be more evident than in their transfer dealings last year, as they held on to veterans that should have departed whilst selling Philippe Coutinho who has gone on to enjoy more playing time and a degree of success at Liverpool.

There is doubt surrounding the futures of Fredy Guarin and Antonio Cassano, but who should Inter sign in order to upgrade the squad for next year?

Given Mazzarri's arrival, is it expected that he will perhaps targets some familiar faces from Naples; however, there are particular names that have stronger links.

Amongst that group of players, Mauricio Isla is likely to be the first to arrive, given his recent statement that Inter "would be the perfect club" for him, according to Football-Italia, and he is expected to complete a move in the forthcoming weeks.

The Nerazzurri are believed to be in pole position to sign Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan, too, also reported by Football-Italia, while Ishak Belfodil and Mauro Icardi could be more astute signings given their age and promise.

Nevertheless, it is an intriguing period in the club's existence, as Moratti will not want to get things wrong this summer. If he does, he will be under even more pressure from fans to deliver top players that may not even be financially viable. However, should he get it right, then Inter will be back on the right path, which could see them return as genuine Scudetto contenders sooner rather than later.


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