Club Focus – Inter – Nerazzurri transfer rumours beaten black and blue

Now that the Christmas period is over and January has begun, Inter fans can look forward to Wednesday when the Nerazzurri resume their season against Chievo.

We know that January is truly upon us when the transfer rumours start to appear at an alarming rate – already one Inter player has left the club (albeit temporarily) and plenty more are being linked with moves to new teams. Of course, with no football being played in Italy until midweek, it was inevitable that transfers would dominate this Club Focus. David Suazo is the player who has already sought out a new team, moving on loan to Genoa until the end of the season. After he joined Inter from Cagliari in 2007, he found maintaining a first-team place in a club as big as la Beneamata was just too difficult, and the appointment of Jose Mourinho saw him relegated to just token bench appearances. He is, however, a very talented player, and if he gets chances at Genoa he could become an important player for the Grifone.

One slightly worrying rumour to emerge is the idea that Inter are ready to sell Douglas Maicon to Manchester City in order to fund a potential move for Cesc Fabregas. Whilst Fabregas is a quality player and would definitely improve the midfield, it is unclear if he would be interested in a move to Italy and so he would have to be sounded out first. Losing Maicon – who may well be Inter’s best player – is not a decision Mourinho should make without serious consideration. Would Fabregas provide enough to compensate for the penetration lost without Maicon? One other possible issue with the transfer is Arsenal’s interest in Mario Balotelli. If they were to ask for cash plus the young star then the impact of losing both players would surely not justify a move for Fabregas. Speaking of Manchester City, new boss (and former Nerazzurro) Roberto Mancini is reportedly interested in Balotelli too. Now that the youngster is becoming more than an occasional sideshow for la Beneamata, it is important that he remains at the club because he really does have the potential to become one of the best players in Serie A, if not Europe. All the transfer talk will not be doing anything to help Balotelli’s state of mind, and he could be tempted to leave if he believes that he can get more first-team football elsewhere.

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In terms of players joining the Nerazzurri, the signing of Goran Pandev has finally been completed. After gaining release from his Lazio contract, he made it well known that he wanted to rejoin Inter, but having finally signed we can all look forward to seeing the Macedonian striker scoring at the Giuseppe Meazza very soon: “I always wanted to stay at Inter when I arrived so many years ago,” he said, “The time spent at Lazio helped me become a man and a true player. Now I have returned with the objective of showing my value to Inter.” More good news for Nerazzurri fans is that Davide Santon looks set to remain at the club. Football Italiano has said this before this season and we’ll say it again: Santon can be a great player for Inter – he just needs the chance to develop his talent through playing. Quite why Mourinho seems to have decided that the younger cannot play in the first team now – after putting him out against Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo last campaign – is anyone’s guess, but young Italian talent is not often found at Inter, and has to be kept at the club.

Finally, Inter played a friendly in Saudi Arabia this week, and defeated Al Hilal 1-0. After the game, Marco Materazzi paid tribute to their opponents and told how much he had enjoyed the opportunity to play there: “the most beautiful thing was to see that, wherever we play, Inter are an acknowledged symbol of football with many fans who us even from far away. Inter were honoured to be here in Riyadh to celebrate a great champion of Saudi football.” Materazzi may be a hard man on the field, but when off it, he has a heart of gold.

Inter Club Focus 2009/10

Pre-season –
Another Scudetto for the Nerazzurri?
– August 18, 2009

Week 1 –
A stuttering start, and a Portuguese explosion
– August 25, 2009

Week 2 –
It’s derby time
– August 28, 2009


A wonderful derby but the champions of Europe are waiting
– September 1, 2009


All is well for la Beneamata
– September 4, 2009

International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria) –
Friendlies, injuries and stolen boots…
– September 7, 2009

Week 3 –
Nerazzurri look to the future as Ibra looks back
– September 11, 2009


Inter get a point, but that’s not the point
– September 18, 2009

Week 4 –
They never had a problem with ugly wins
– September 22, 2009

Week 5 –
Partenopei are beaten Black and Blue
– September 25, 2009

Week 6 –
Blucerchiati run rings round Inter
– September 29, 2009


Champions League? You’re having a laugh
– October 2, 2009

Week 7 –
I’d rather be lucky than good
– October 6, 2009


The international break
– October 6, 2009

International Week (Republic of Ireland-Italy, Italy-Cyprus) –
Transfer Talk
– October 13, 2009


Back to Genova
– October 16, 2009

Week 8 –
The Puzzle continues
– October 20, 2009

Week 9 –
What next?
– October 23, 2009


Papering over the cracks
– October 27, 2009

Week 10 –
The pressure is on as Inter almost throw it away against Palermo
– October 30, 2009

Week 11 –
Judgement day awaits
– November 3, 2009


Just in time
– November 6, 2009

Week 12 –
A draw with Roma, but things look good
– November 10, 2009

Week 13 –
Back to the day job
– November 20, 2009


A Messi situation
– November 24, 2009


It was embarrassing
– November 27, 2009

Week 14 –
José gets ruffled
– December 1, 2009

Week 15 –
Derby d’Italia
– December 4, 2009


It could be worse
– December 8, 2009

Week 16 –
Disaster averted
– December 11, 2009


A missed opportunity? More for them than us
– December 11, 2009

Week 17 –
Resolutions
– December 18, 2009


How do you solve a problem like Mourinho [does]?
– December 22, 2009

Winter break –
Grazie Marco
– December 29, 2009


Inter transfer rumours beaten black and blue
– January 5, 2010

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