The Most Important Winter Mercato in Recent History

December 31, 2015 11:01
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Roberto Mancini

Tomorrow the transfer window opens in Italy, and the scramble or players mid-season begins. Roberto Mancini’s Inter shocked the world of football in the first 17 matches of the season. The Nerazzurri sit at the top of the table heading into the new year. A solid defense from the start set the tempo for a consistent first 17 games. Although Mancini’s side sit top, only 4 points separate the top 5 teams in Italy. Even one loss could result in a team dropping up to 2-3 spots in one matchday. This is the most tightly contested Serie A season in recent history. Throughout the course of the season Mancini has continuously stayed humble, and even stated that there are “3-4 teams that are better equipped to win the Scudetto” than Inter. After the Nerazzurri’s match against PSG the manager said that the objective is to “return to the Champions League.” In such a tightly contested league, no team at the top can afford to fall behind, both on and off the pitch.  With big money that comes from qualifying for the Champions League, there is a lot at stake. Today I will be looking at what this current Inter team needs to secure a Champions League birth. This is the most winter mercato in recent history for this football club

Done Deals


Before the official opening of the mercato, Inter have seemed to sign Boca’s Jonathan Calleri, who is coming off the back of a fantastic season in Argentina. According to Ole, the striker will sign with the Nerazzurri on Tuesday for $12 million, before being loaned out to Bologna for 6 months, who have an extra EU slot available. Hopefully Calleri can show what he can do in Italy before returning to Inter in the summer.

What positions need to be filled

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After closely observing the team’s style of play, it is clear that Mancini lacks a creative player who can conduct play from deep. Geoffrey Kondogbia, Gary Medel, and Felipe Melo are all known for their defensive contribution, while Marcelo Brozovic is a fantastic box to box midfielder. It is clear that the Nerazzurri need a Pirlo-esque player who posses great vision. Inter are currently being linked with Lazio’s Lucas Biglia and former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo. These two players would certainly solve the midfield problem. Biglia’s pricetag is an obstacle, and Inter need to sell first, while Pirlo looks set to reject the Nerazzurri. It goes without saying that Inter are desperate to sign a new midfielder.

Sofiane Feghouli

Inter only have one natural right winger in the squad; Jonathan Biabiany. Although the Frencham has performed well, Mancini wants a player who can make a bigger impact. Both of Inter’s best wingers in Adem Ljajic and Ivan Perisic only look compatible on the left side. Inter need a player with ample flair and skill on the right side. Sofiane Feghouli and Antonio Candreva are being linked to Inter. The Algerian’s contract expires in the summer, and Inter could try to sign him in January. Antonio Candreva will almost surely stay at Lazio due to his insanely high 35 million euro pricetag. Although Inter are believed to be in the hunt for a fullback, Mancini’s trust in Montoya could mean that the club will buy a right-back at the season’s end.

Sales: Who should be sold?


You need to sell before buying. This is the case for Inter this January. In order to raise funds for big moves, the Nerazzurri need to trim the squad. Andrea Ranocchia looks set to leave Inter. The defender has offers from England, but reports suggest that he will stay in Italy. Roberto Mancini has numerous fullbacks in his squad: Dodo, D’Ambrosio, Montoya, Nagatomo, Telles, and Santon. Inter can afford to offload at least two fullbacks this winter. Marcelo Brozovic could be the big sale that can fund a big money move. Arsenal are interested in the Croatian international, and Express are reporting that Inter want 25 million euros. Overall Inter need to complete some sales in order to give Mancini the players he wants this winter.

The verdict

Lucas Biglia


Inter need to reinforce in January. Lucas Biglia and Sofiane Feghouli seem like perfect fits for Roberto Mancini’s 4-2-3-1 formation. However, bother players will only arrive should Inter provide a big offer, which means that some players will have to be sold. Marcelo Brozovic might have to be sacrificed if a very tempting offer arrives, and the squad’s fullbacks have to be trimmed down. If Inter can do good business this January, then it could set the tone for an incredible second half of the season. Your move Ausilio…

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  • Seiya20n

    I’d like to see a move for Merterns, Candreva’s pricetag seems insane but selling Brozo won’t be that bad at all- do we have any team interested in kondo?

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  • Buck

    I agree with hokiM below about selling Guarin rather than Brozo. If we are trying to become a competitive team on the European stage, then we can’t go selling our young, talented players. We need a solid young group of established and emerging stars, with older, more experienced players, both world class players and squad filling players, throughout the squad. I like the Boufal fella we were linked with.

    I think we should sell: Rano, Gauro, Probably Melo (we never really needed him in the first place, has been good up until that red card, but still 8mil wasted), Vidic, Naga, Dodô, and depending on if we need cash bad, I think Perisic could get sold, I love his effort, he runs all day, has good awareness, but he hasn’t been the game changer he was made out to be, a good player and I like him a lot, but I’d rather lose him than brozo

    And I think we should buy: Boufal, Biglia, Feghouli, or Ntep (2 of the 4 would be nice at least) a good RB that Mancini actually likes (but he appears to hate all of the RBs Inter buys for him), and a good young talent we can develop (we’ve had good luck with that in Kova and Brozo), speaking of, how is Ze Turbo doing and could he get a look at first team minutes?

    • Vincent Chandra

      I don’t understand the hype about Ze Turbo. Is it just because of his cool name? He’s not very good at all. If there’s a primavera player you should be excited about, it’s Baldini.

  • Nizar Ali Bawazir

    xabi alonso

  • shegow

    IMO we dont need lavezi .candreva is the one we need but costs 2 much

  • Abhinaya Ananda

    just a creative midfielder who can conduct a play and contribute for defense is more than enough. We already have a superb squad with some fantastic players. All we need is time for them to find the chemistry.

    If we need to sell, I suggest to sell one of the CB (most likely Rano), get rid off Palacio and Vidic (their wages are too high for backup players), sell 2 full backs (I suggest nagatomo and dodo), and sell Guarin. we can get about 20M euro from selling those players and decrease our wage slots

  • Dani Milekić

    We NEED a midfielder. We have 2 destroyers, 2 box to box (One of them is Guarin) and one central mid. That is a laughable number of only 5 midfielders. One quality midfielder is a must this winter.

    • jackabood

      it all depends on what mancini wants to play. i really don’t think a 4-2-3-1 is fit for us. 433 sounds great. we’ve seen how mancini placed ljajic. almost in the same line as kondogbia and brozovic. he might work out as a CM.

  • hokiM

    sell guarin instaed brozo….pirlo would be ideal short term decision…then, (if) wehen we reach cl we will get more money to buy awsome midfielder like fabregas for example…just imagine our midfield with broz, fabregas, kondo….and gnou and medel on bench… i don’t want biglia…hi is grat but overrated or overpriced for his age…and we need fulbacks, imo on both sides 🙁

  • Octo

    If we could sell Rano and get the funds for Feghouli and have enough left over for UEFA’s rules that be an awesome market right there. The departure of Vidic and Nagatomo (for any fee or a plain termination) would just be icing on the cake. Selling Brozo to fund a move for Biglia sounds like madness on the other hand

  • Amin Sadrnejad

    Selling Brozo and replacing him with 30-year old overrated Biglia, is something that makes Branca proud of our management!

    • Jake

      Biglia is great in the short term and would hopefully solve our midfield problem. I’d take 25 mil for brozo, that’s a lot of money.

      • Amin Sadrnejad

        I don’t see any so-called-problem in our midfield. This is just rotations which make our midfield silly sometimes, like that nightmare against Lazio.

        IMO, with Brozo, Kondo and Medel our midfield will dominate in serie A.

        • Jake

          Brozo isn’t really a guy who possesses an eye for a pass, he is good but I’d gladly sell him for a lot of money to get someone who has vision, which is what we truly need.

      • I miss Marco Branca

        Making Branca proud is extending Guarin’s contract and giving him a pay raise in the process !