Considering the fact that Frank De Boer has only been manager of Inter for about two weeks, it is no surprise that the club is trying to make some transfer deals in the final week of the window. There have been a number of rumors floating around in the past 24 hours, so we will shift through the major ones here and give our thoughts.
The first major story relates to Stevan Jovetic. As of yesterday there were indications that Inter wanted to sell the Montenegrin striker in order to avoid paying his €14.5m fee. Now today Jovetic’s agent, Fali Ramadani, said that Jovetic is happy in Milan and that he will stay. Some translations suggested he said Jovetic wants to stay, but ultimately it comes down to if Suning decides to pay the money, FDB decides he wants the attacker, or if nobody makes a bid for his services.
Continuing with attacking rumors, Inter is still waiting to hear back from Gabigol about a potential move to the San Siro. Now that the Olympics are done he is expected to give his response sometime in the near future, and Inter is hoping that the answer will be a positive one and that Santos will not stand in the way of a move. If that deal does not go through Inter will turn to a guaranteed option in Roger Martinez. Though the 22 year old was bought by Jiangsu Suning in July, his agent confirmed that he would be moving to Inter Milan at some point. With no Gabigol Frank De Boer could get the Colombian striker in January.
Next up is the longstanding pursuit of Joao Mario. It seems that the reason he hasn’t signed for the club despite prior reports that a deal had been struck is because the clubs are at different positions about the type of loan. Sporting wants a straight loan with an obligation to buy while Inter wants a loan with an obligation to purchase based on him making a certain number of appearances.
If the move for Mario falls apart Inter has Moussa Sissoko as the club’s backup option. A move for him would be cheaper than Joao Mario, but Sissoko currently has other suitors especially in the Premier League. Piero Ausilio needs to move quickly in order to make sure the club doesn’t end up with neither target, though in that case he would likely just give Marcelo Brozovic the improved salary he is asking for and keep the Croatian at the club.
Finally the defense. Sunday’s match emphasized why Inter needs another centerback, and a fullback wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world either. There is a cheap option available if the club wants to spend big elsewhere and that option is Martin Caceres. The 29 year old was released from his contract with Juventus and is looking for a new home. He spoke eagerly about the possibility of playing for AC Milan or Inter and his versatility of playing out wide and in the center could be useful relative to how little would be spent for his signature.