Inter Milan: Potential 2013/14 starting XI
Serie A opinion: A look at how Inter Milan could line up next season
With Inter seeking a revival similar to that of Juventus’ now legendary comeback in the 2011/12 Serie A campaign, there are big changes to come at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
This is what Inter's team could look like next season.
Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic
Inter are unlikely to sell their custodian after a very positive campaign last season. With Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco reportedly interested, none of them seem to want to meet his £30m asking price
Right-back: Alvaro Pereira
The Uruguay international arrived from Porto at the start of last season, but failed to impress. New boss Walter Mazzarri sees a lot of potential in him and has requested that he isn’t sold. With a new coach with a new philosophy, we could see the old Pereira back and show why he was coveted by so many clubs before Inter got him
Centre-back: Adil Rami
The France international is wanted by many clubs, and they could face stiff competition from fellow Serie A sides in the forms of AS Roma and AC Milan, with reported interest from the Premier League, Ligue 1 and other La Liga teams. The Valencia man has impressed in his time at the Mestalla since returning from a loan spell with LOSC Lille.
Centre-back: Aleksandar Dragovic
With rumours gathering pace that he will soon be an Inter player, it looks like the Nerazzurri may have snapped up one of the brightest defensive talents in European football. The FC Basel man is also reportedly a target for Manchester United and Atletico Madrid after impressing in the Swiss Super League and the Champions League.
Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov
The Manchester City man is seemingly surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium and could be available at a cut-price fee of around £7m.
The Serbia international was bought in for close to £20m from Lazio in 2010, and had a good start, but was then dropped for Gael Clichy.
Kolarov will be cheap, and also has Serie A experience, which means that he ticks all of the boxes for Inter - but with interest coming from Juventus and Galatasaray, who can both offer Champions League football, Inter face tough competition for one of their top summer targets
Centre-midfielder: Gokhan Inler
With ex-Napoli boss Mazzarri now at the helm of Inter, he will probably try and take some of his star men to Milan with him. Inler has been one of the best deep-lying playmakers in Serie A for half a decade now and is one of the most complete midfielders in Europe, but with a £20m price tag and interest from cross city rivals AC Milan, it will be tough for them to get their man.
Centre-midfielder: Mateo Kovacic
The Croatian wonderkid started his Inter career in spectacular fashion, earning comparisons to the great Luis Figo, and deservedly so. The Inter No. 10 came from Dinamo Zagreb in January for around £11m, and he will most likely be a big part of Inter for the next decade.
Centre-midfielder: Fredy Guarin
Another ex-Porto man at Inter, the Colombia international had a good season in 2012/13, and has been linked with a £20m move to Tottenham or Anzhi Makhachkala.
The attacking midfielder, however, said that he didn't want to move to a smaller club and would rather help Inter back to the top. This will most likely end up a smart decision for his own career, and also good for Inter’s future.
Right-wing: Zdravko Kuzmanovic
The Serbia international arrived from VfB Stuttgart in January to try and make up for the injuries to Antonio Cassano and Diego Milito. Although he was used as more of a substitute for Andrea Stramaccioni, he is the type of player that Mazzarri likes to use, and was linked with a move to Napoli before Inter snapped him up.
With previous Serie A experience at Fiorentina, it shouldn’t take him long to find his feet in Serie A again, and he could become something special under the right management.
Striker: Ishak Belfodil
The 21-year-old impressed at Parma last season and his agent admitted that they had been in contact with Inter for some time. Although two bids for him were rejected, Inter discovered that Antonio Cassano could be the key to his signature, after Parma reportedly stated that a player-plus-cash deal involving Cassano would be enough for them to part with their young star
Left-wing: Rodrigo Palacio
Although he had a tough time in Serie A last season, the Argentina international had a great time in the Europa League, scoring eight goals in 10 appearances.
He can be deployed as a winger or a striker and can pop up with vital goals. Having courted the Argentine when at Napoli, Palacio is clearly a player that Mazzarri likes, and he could re-find the form he showed at Genoa with the right guidance.
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