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Five players who would be welcomed to San Siro with open arms...

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'Summertime and the livin's easy...' And here's hoping Inter takes care of business early and efficiently on the transfer front so we can all kick back with a cold beverage and enjoy the sunshine.

That might be too idealistic for some of you, but hope springs eternal in the offseason and I'm not ready to mix some cynicism with a dash of nihilism on the rocks just yet.

In fact I'm cautiously optimistic that the Nerazzurri will make the bulk of their signings before August rolls around thus eliminating the need to go into 'panic buy mode' and overpay for players late in the window.

The Beneamata head into a new season with the same manager from the previous campaign for the first time in six years, so let's hope that continuity pays dividends in their dealings on and off the pitch.  

Inter finished fifth in Serie A and needs some major reinforcements if it hopes to take one step further and seriously challenge for a Champions League spot.

There is already a solid foundation in place with Samir Handanovic, Hernanes, Mauro Icardi and Mateo Kovacic, but an injection of pace and attacking verve in the squad is necessary to return among the Italian elite.

We already know that Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso, Walter Samuel and Diego Milito will begin new phases of their lives either in the boardroom or with other teams, while Nemanja Vidic has already signed and Tom Ince looks set to put pen to paper on a deal imminently.

So the squad is beginning to undergo the transformation we all expected and will likely look radically different before all is said and done.

With that in mind, here are some of the players I would like Inter's top brass to pursue sooner rather than later, in no particular order.

1. Granit Xhaka: The 21-year-old could be a competent replacement for Cambiasso and his €10 million price tag is not going to scare any suitors off.

However, you get the sense that Walter Mazzarri is not really interested and is hellbent on securing the signature of Valon Behrami instead. We'll see how this plays out.

2. Juan Camilo Zuniga: Mazzarri is keen on bringing the Colombian international to San Siro as he knows the right wing-back well from their days together at Napoli.

The Nerazzurri tried to sign the 28-year-old last summer, but had their advances rebuffed, which worked out just as well as he was hampered by injuries for most of the 2013-14 campaign. Inter is ready to give this courtship another whirl and hope to land their man the second time around.

3. Javier Pastore: Remember him? The midfield maestro weaved his magic for two years with Palermo before PSG whisked him away for €42 million. His Parisian adventure has been underwhelming to say the least as he has struggled to make an impact at the Parc des Princes.

The 24-year-old could resuscitate his career with a move back to Italy and there's no reason why he can't help turn Inter's fortunes around as well. This move would benefit both parties and he won't command anywhere close to the fee that PSG paid in 2011.  Let's make this happen.

4. Xherdan Shaqiri: The former Basel man has failed to make a big splash since his move to Bayern Munich in 2012. The Swiss international only made 17 Bundesliga appearances for the Bavarian club last season and has one foot out the door with playing time at a premium in a packed Bayern midfield.

He has his fair share of suitors with Liverpool reportedly leading the charge, but he would fit in quite nicely at Inter. The Nerazzurri's wing play lacked invention last season and Shaqiri's speed and agility would be a definite upgrade at the position.

5. Javier Hernandez: The 26-year-old was handed just six Premier League starts last year and is desperate to switch clubs in order to obtain more playing time. Inter is reportedly leading the pack and is readying a loan offer with a clause to make the deal permanent for around €10 million.

The Mexican star still has some good years left in him and his pace could give Serie A defenders fits. Edin Dzeko would be nice, but I think this is the more realistic option.