Inter Milan are going to need a summer rebuilding job and it appears that the Premier League is where the club are spending plenty of time looking for potential signings.
It’s understandable why attention is being focused on the Premier League given Inter coach Roberto Mancini’s experience as manager of Manchester City. But, given the impact of last season’s signings from England and the players being linked with Inter, are the club taking the right approach?
Gary Medel was the most consistent of the signings following his arrival from Cardiff City, but Nemanja Vidic and Lukas Podolski both struggled to make the required impact and the less said about Dani Osvaldo’s loan deal the better.
Mancini’s former players at City – Yaya Toure and James Milner – had been mentioned as targets for Inter. But Toure now seems likely to stay at the Etihad Stadium and Milner has agreed to join Liverpool on a free transfer. That leaves Inter looking elsewhere for signings.
Manchester United winger Nani is the latest player to be linked with a move to Inter this summer. Nani spent last season on loan at his former club Sporting Lisbon and he is unlikely to have a long-term future at United following the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. Inter are reportedly hoping to sign Nani for a fee of around €10million (£7.3m) and that’s probably a fair price based on his ability. But, given the impact of Xherdan Shaqiri following his move from Bayern Munich, and also Podolski, do Inter really want to gamble on another talented, but frustrating winger?
Inter could certainly do with improving their defence if they want to be anything more than outsiders in the football betting in Serie A next season. Former Manchester United captain Vidic was some distance short of the standards he had set earlier in his career, but that hasn’t stopped Inter looking at another hard-man defender from Eastern Europe. Liverpool centre-half Martin Skrtel is a target for Inter after stalling on signing a new contract at Anfield. Skrtel is younger than Vidic and is showing no obvious signs that he is on a downward spiral, but his temperament would be given a stern examination in Serie A.
Perhaps the Premier League target which makes the most sense for Inter is Stevan Jovetic, although that’s probably more due to the fact that he has impressed in Serie A before. Jovetic joined Manchester City from Fiorentina a couple of months after Mancini had left his job to be replaced by Manuel Pellegrini. But, while Jovetic has shown flashes of his best ability at City, injuries have prevented him from making a sustained impact. Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed Jovetic is one of the players being looked at and a return to Serie A would offer the Montenegrin forward a fresh start. He would at least be less of a gamble than trying to sign Nani or Skrtel, especially on the back of the experiences of Podolski and Vidic.
There will doubtless be more Premier League players being linked with Inter in the weeks to come, but given the need to improve upon last season’s eighth place, serious consideration sho