This summer Roberto Mancini has decided that one of his top transfer priorities is signing a new winger. It makes sense, on one side of the field we have Perisic, and on the other we have Biabiany/Brozovic? We can do better. There are two players that seem to be the main targets and they are Antonio Candreva and Domenico Berardi.
Candreva is a 29 year old right winger who currently plays for Lazio. He had a decent season playing for the Biancocelesti and is currently in France with the Italian National Team. Mancini recently admitted that he was happy that Candreva has been heavily linked to the club and it looks the Italian manager would be more than pleased if he arrives in Milan this summer. Lazio’s president Claudio Lotito has set a price tag of €25m for Candreva’s services, and so far Inter have been unsuccessfully trying to negotiate that figure down. If Ausilio really wants to have Candreva wearing black and blue next season he will most likely have to pay something very close to that figure, since there are rumors that both Napoli and Chelsea are interested in the Lazio player, though reports suggest that Inter might be his top choice.
The path to Berardi looks to be a little more difficult but a lot more fun. The 21 year old was co-owned by Sassuolo and Juventus but the Turin giants sold their half of him last summer retaining a buyback clause. They wanted to activate it this summer but after seeing the lack of playing time his former teammate Simone Zaza has received, Berardi told Juventus that he has no interest in joining their club right now. This has presented Inter with an opportunity to swoop in and steal the player, and with a reported salary of €2.5-3m a year and guarantees of a starting role, reports suggest the young Italian might be keen on joining the Nerazzurri. The problem is that Sassuolo has no intentions of selling Berardi to Inter, especially since he rejected Juventus and the club probably wants to maintain their relationship with the Serie A champions (ugh). Then again, an offer of €25m or more could be enough to change their minds.