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Jiangsu interested in signing three Inter players

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Suning Group are considering moving Felipe Melo, Eder and Davide Santon from Inter to their other club this summer.

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With Suning's takeover of Inter now complete, it has taken little time for Italy's news outlets to start talking about how our Chinese cousins plan to navigate this summer's transfer market. As I'm sure you know, the Suning Group headed up by Zhang Jindong also own Super League club Jiangsu (the club Fredy Guarin nearly signed for in January, before joining Shanghai Shenhua instead), so it is reasonable to speculate about the possibility of players moving between the two clubs, as so often happens in these situations, and that is what sites such as Gianluca Di Marzio and Alfredo Pedulla have done this week.

According to both sources, Suning would be interested in moving three Inter players from Italy to China; Felipe Melo, Eder and Davide Santon. All three have endured difficult campaigns with Inter in the season that has just finished, so shipping them off to Jiangsu would represent a good opportunity to bank some money in the quest to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, while it would allow the Chinese outfit to gain more publicity by attracting some famous names from the world of European football. It all sounds perfect.

Unfortunately though I don't see any of these deals happening, because I can't imagine any of the three accepting this proposed destination. Melo has reiterated on numerous occasions, either by himself of through his agent, that he is happy at Inter and has no intention of leaving just yet, Eder has only just joined and will not want to give up on his one big chance at a top club - and he already rejected a very lucrative offer from China in January to join us - while Santon has offers from the Premier League, which would surely be more attractive for him at this stage of his career. It'd be nice to be proved wrong, but I'd be highly surprised if any of them were happy to move to Jiangsu, even if they were offered a huge pile of money for doing so.

The other rumour regarding the Inter-Jiangsu axis that has emerged this week concerns Alex Teixeira, the 26 year-old Brazilian winger who moved from Shakhtar to Jiangsu at the end of the previous transfer window. It is possible that Teixeira could be sent in the other direction to reinforce Roberto Mancini's attacking options, which would represent a very interesting acquisition for us given his record in Ukraine, but sadly I'm skeptical about this deal too. The problem here is Yaya Toure, or rather that we couldn't sign both him and Teixiera this summer, as Inter only have one non-EU slot available to them this summer after signing Caner Erkin, and are much more likely to secure the Ivorian given Mancini's endless courting of him. (Serie A clubs are only allowed to sign two players without a non-EU passport that come from a different league each summer.)