Italian giants Inter Milan must resist the temptation to swoop for Queens Park Rangers and Morocco maverick Adel Tarrabt this summer.
The 25-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan with city rivals AC Milan, could leave Loftus road having been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Harry Redknapp.
The Moroccan boasts an array of tricks and talent yet his questionable attitude has deterred many possible suitors – yet Inter could yet seal a deal with a week of the transfer window remaining.
Potential of old
During his younger days Taarabt was billed as the next big thing in football, prompting Redknapp to infamously draw comparisons with both Zinedine Zidane and Paulo Di Canio.
He played a key role in QPR’s surge to promotion in 2011, scoring 19 times including a late winner against Cardiff that sealed his side’s return to the top flight.
The Moroccon also picked up several individual gongs, including being named as the best player in the Championship and making the division’s team of the season.
He donned the armband over the course of the season, yet Joey Barton’s arrival and capture of the captaincy sparked the fire that would ensure bridges be burned and difficult to rebuild.
As QPR rose to the lofty heights of the Premier League their star man toiled and now stands as an outcast amongst their ranks.
Having failed to shine under Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes, and determined not to ply his trade back in the championship, loan moves to Fulham and Milan provided him with the perfect platform to recapture the form of old.
At Craven Cottage he was expected to form part of an attacking arsenal featuring Dimitar Berbatov and Hugo Rodallega, but the club’s poor form and his failure to justify the faith shown by Martin Jol ensured his spell away from Loftus Road be remembered as another forgettable spell in his career.
Whilst at Milan he was entrusted with the task of arresting their slump, and despite shining in patches it was not enough to keep Clarence Seedorf at the helm for yet another year.
The Rossonieri have ultimately decided against making his move a permanent one, which has opened the door for him to make a sensational switch to their city rivals.
Having failed to qualify for the Champions League Inter have already moved for Nemanja Vidic and Gary Medel, whilst could also make a big money move for Paris St Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi before next Monday.
Taarabt represents a huge gamble for the Serie A giants in a huge period of uncertainty. His name is one that must be struck from the target list.