Jose Mourinho’s spat with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard should entice former club Inter Milan to launch an ambitious bid to be reunited with the Portuguese after a season of under-performances at both clubs.
Chelsea’s form has been erratic in recent months, with losses to Crystal Palace and Sunderland hampering their bid for the Premier League title, whilst they were dumped ruthlessly from the semi-finals of the Champions League courtesy of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
The Serie A club have too failed to hit the heights of old, languishing fifth in the league a staggering 36 points behind leaders and defending champions Juventus.
And as the 'Old Lady' romp towards a third consecutive title, could the 'Nerazzurri' be tempted to swoop for the man who led them to a marvellous treble back in 2010?
Mourinho’s depleted relationship with his talisman could mean one may depart – with Paris St Germain interested in swooping for Hazard if his position at the club becomes untenable and the Portuguese gets the backing of the Chelsea board.
However Roman Abramovich is not expected to accept losing one of his most successful signings and stars of the future, and has already sacked Mourinho once. Doing it again, despite his popularity at Stamford Bridge, is not out of the question.
When he left Inter, he was seen in tears with Marco Matterazi. His relationship with the club and its president, Massimo Morati, remains healthy with the Italian admitting in an interview last month that he still fantasises over bringing back the special one.
The retirement of Javier Zanetti after over 20 years of service is expected to herald in a new era at the club, with Fernando Torres and William Carvalho of Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon top of the transfer shortlist.
Questions have yet to be answered ever since Mourinho’s departure. Selling the promising Phillipe Coutinho who has shone in the Premier League with Liverpool ever since was a foolish move, whilst Diego Forlan failed to live up to expectations after signing from Atletico in the summer of 2011.
Julio Cesar was replaced by the capable hands of Samir Handanovic, but signings must be treated with caution when Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Milito and Walter Sammuel joint Zanetti in retirement in the not too distant future.
Mourinho said last summer that he was now ‘the happy one.’ For how long the smile remains intact remains to be seen. When it slips, Inter should think about pouncing.
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