Serie A giants Inter Milan must win the race for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.
The youngster has been a shining light in an otherwise miserable season over in the midlands, and could leave Adam Irvine’s side as some of the bigger clubs on the planet begin to circle.
And with a lot of the goalscoring responsibility falling on the shoulders of inconsistent duo Mauro Icardi and Dani Osvaldo, Roberto Mancini must secure a move for one of the most promising starlets currently in the Premier League.
With Irvine struggling to adjust to the life at the club following his appointment in the wake of Pepe Mel’s summer departure, the club have relied heavily on the goals of Berahino in the midst of their relegation battle.
Signs were there under the struggling Spaniard and predecessor Steve Clarke last term that he was ready to take his game to the next level, after ending the campaign with eight goals and helping them consolidate their position in England’s top flight.
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He has already netted 8 times in 14 appearances this term, and is the second highest English scorer in the top flight behind Charlie Austin of Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers.
Manchester United and Liverpool both struggled to contain him when they have come up against him this season, and the sharpness that saw him put them to the sword is exactly why Inter could be the perfect home for him to flourish.
Inter have struggled to build momentum this season and, after succumbing to a shock home loss to Udinese last weekend, are sorely in need of a striker capable of firing them up the table.
Walter Mazzarri allowed veteran striker Diego Milito to leave the club in the summer, but failed to recruit a world class forward as a replacement who could replace the goals the Argentine continually provided.
Icardi is still a young and raw talent, but at 19-years-old is not ready to lead the line every week and needs a player in the same position who he could possibly use as inspiration for future success.
Osvaldo arrived on loan from Southampton after a miserable time in English football, but injuries have restricted his game time and he could be set for a stunning move to Argentina with Boca Juniors if Mancini decides against making his stay permanent.
Inter should open negotiations if the New Year but could face a battle to lure him away with the club so entrenched in a fight against relegation.
If the club hierarchy decide to sack Irvine then the situation could become easier, but the Serie A outfit must do all they can to win the race for the player amid interest from both Tottenham and Liverpool.
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