Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince is set to follow in his father’s footsteps and join Italian giants Inter Milan this summer, according to reports.
Ince, who joined Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace side on loan in January, could cost Inter as little as £155,000 in compensation having chosen to run his contract down at the seaside club. Inter’s president Erick Thohir admitted he was on his way to London where he is expected to hold talks with the player’s agent.
Paul Ince joined Inter Milan in 1995 and spent two seasons on Italian shores, but failed to lead the Nerazzurri to any silverware. His son’s brief stint at Palace yielded one goal from eight appearances, with the solitary goal coming on his debut against West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park.
He had been expected to sign a permanent deal with the London club, but Inter’s interest and the lure of playing for such a presitigous club and emulating his father appeals to the 22-year-old.
His transfer could be the latest step in the club’s bid to bring back the glory days of old after a terrible Serie A campaign, having already wrapped up the signing of Nemanja Vidic and actively pursuing his former Manchester United team-mate Patrice Evra.
The French full-back is expected to finalise his move to Italy once Louis van Gaal takes the reins at Old Trafford, with Sky Sports reporting Inter to be ahead of French contingent Paris St Germain and Monaco in the race to sign the United left-back.
The Manchester club are already setting about a summer of rebuilding themselves, having released Rio Ferdinand alongside Vidic, and are leading the race to sign Southampton and England defender Luke Shaw as a long-term replacement for Evra.
Evra would arrive on a free transfer having enjoyed a glittering eight year career at Old Trafford, where he won five Premier League trophies and the Champions League in 2008.
It is thought any deal regarding Shaw will not make a difference as to whether or not Evra leaves the club, with the club declining to offer him a new contract and keen to move on from the disaster of the David Moyes era.
Meanwhile Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and John Obi Mikel could also be set to leave England for Italy in the coming weeks.
Mikel has struggled for first team action under Jose Mourinho, with Nemanja Matic, Frank Lampard, Ramires and David Luiz all ahead of him in the pecking order.
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