Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini made some great personnel moves over the summer. Through a lot of fenagling, the coach brought in the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Stevan Jovetic, Jeison Murillo, Joao Miranda, Alex Telles, and Adem Ljajic. Some of these players were bought outright, while others arrived at Inter on loan.
Now the Nerazzurri are looking into what they must do in order to keep some of the influential players who are currently not currently owned by Inter, namely -- Alex Telles and Adem Ljajic, both of whom have really begun to make their mark under Mancini.
Inter's interest in keeping Telles manifested itself in a recent meeting with Telles' agent Pedro Aid, after which La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the Nerazzurri would likely be able to secure the player from Galatasaray upon season's end. €10.5 million was the original figure agreed upon by the two sides when the initial deal was made, although some outlets have speculated that Gala may accept a fee closer to €8 million.
Adem Ljajic, on the other hand, was signed for a loan fee of €1.75 million from Roma. The initial agreement between the two sides was for the amount of €11 million if Inter were to decide to keep the player. Mancini and company will try to knock that figure down, but, unfortunately, as Ljajic's form continues to improve Roma will have more and more incentive to demand the full price.
In any case, it is encouraging to know that Inter are beginning to think about securing some of the players who arrived this past summer who have really hit their stride under Mancini. I know we can't keep everybody, and Inter will definitely have to make some significant sales (and soon), but Telles and Ljajic are two good players that Inter should make a real effort to keep around for the foreseeable future.