Fallen giants Inter Milan should prioritise defence over attack when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The Serie A side hit a new low as they threw away a lead three times against Celtic at Parkhead on Thursday evening, though the 3-3 scoreline does put them narrowly in the ascendancy going into the return leg of their Europa League clash.
And, with their attacking starlets combining to score goals galore, Roberto Mancini should consider a variety of defensive options in order to end their time in the wilderness sooner rather than later.
Inter are yet to gel under the stewardship of Mancini, with the Italian having failed to make a sufficient impact since succeeding Walter Mazzarri back in November.
They lie 10th in the league standings having amassed just 32 points from their 23 games, and are 10 points adrift of third-placed Napoli in their hunt to secure a return to Champions League football.
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Nemanja Vidic and Dani Osvaldo were two big names to touch down at the San Siro from Manchester United and Southampton, but the former has failed to replicate his form of old whilst the latter saw his loan spell ended in order to push through a move to Boca Juniors.
Vidic’s inconsistent form has been the source of much mockery given how he became an Old Trafford legend during his eight years on English shores, and his own struggles have already prompted the club to eye up potential replacements.
Mancini has already been heavily active in the market, having brought Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri to the club in order to bolster their attacking ranks, but neither is yet to truly get going so far.
David Santon returned on loan after falling down the pecking order at Newcastle United, but he remains a liability and his future both in Italy and on Tyneside is currently shrouded in uncertainty.
With several other of Europe’s top clubs also sorely in need of world-class defenders, Inter will face a huge challenge to convince big names to join a club whose malaise is showing no sign of ending.
Samir Handanovic is one of the few in the entire squad that have performed consistently, but clubs sure to be interested in him, Mancini could find himself also having to sign a new goalkeeper.
Nicolas Otamendi has tickled the fancy of several of the best clubs on the planet, but Valencia reportedly desire a bid of £25 million or more which is money the Italian giants cannot afford to pay.
Raphael Varane is another whose current predicament at Real Madrid has thrust him closer towards the exit door, but Inter will only be inthe race if they manage to somehow qualify for Europe’s top tier competition.