Inter Milan could be trying to get younger at their full back positions. According to several sources, the Nerazzurri could be in on another product of South America.
That young player is rumored to be Paulo Diaz from Argentine side, San Lorenzo. The Chilean has put up some impressive numbers as a defender, and now it looks as if some of Europe’s best have taken notice.
Diaz can play on both the left and right sides of defense, which will come in handy if older players such as Yuto Nagatomo start to show signs of age. Plus, the name of the game is speed which is a must in the full back area.
He has just eight league appearances this season, and it looks as if he’s made the most of them. Offensively, Diaz has 1 goal and 2 assists while containing a 71.4% pass success rate.
The balance of the young Diaz comes as his huge upside, and his sublime defensive numbers this season prove so. Diaz averages near 3 tackles and almost 4 interceptions per game. You can also add 5 clearances a game to the mix of the defender.
Diaz has been in terrific form as of late. He’s bagged his goal and 2 assists in his last six matches. According to WhoScored, he averages a team-leading 7.53 match rating.
The only problem with Diaz is his non-EU status, which makes it hard for the club to complete the signing in January. Plus, Inter only have one EU spot left which is rumored to be filled by Ramires.
Regardless, the blue and black still have the option to purchase him next summer. The 23-year-old is under contract until 2019 with San Lorenzo, but according to SempreInter, Inter Milan could offer a sum near 6 million pounds to lure Diaz away.
Of course, it wasn’t too long ago that the Nerazzurri took an investment into Gabigol. Fans now know how that gamble turned out for the Italian club.
Yet, Diaz could be worth the gamble. Depth at the back is never a bad thing to have. With the stats he has along with the required amount of patience it’d take from both fans and the player himself, Inter Milan could have themselves a defender with huge potential.
What do you think of Paulo Diaz? Is he worth the small investment? How would he plug into the Inter Milan lineup next season? Let us know in the comments below.