Inter Milan have placed Porto and Iran striker Mehdi Taremi at the centre of their strategy for the January transfer window.
This according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta.it, who report that a move for a right-wingback would be comparatively unlikely.
The opening of the January transfer window is now just a month away.
And for Inter, the window could be an opportunity to strengthen for the run-in of the campaign.
The Nerazzurri’s objectives for the season are no big secret. They are aiming to win the Serie A title after two seasons failing to, and go as far as possible in both the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Naturally, this will test the depth of Inter’s squad just as much as the quality.
Accordingly, there is a very real chance of the Nerazzurri intervening in the market next month.
Naturally, the priority would be to sign a player in a position where the squad is currently weak.
And there would look to be two areas of the pitch in which Inter could stand to strengthen.
One is in attack. There’s no doubt about the starting duo of Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram, but the backup options have yet to really prove themselves.
And on the right flank, fitness issues for Denzel Dumfries and Juan Cuadrado have raised questions as well.
Inter January Transfer Strategy Likely To Centre Around Mehdi Taremi
According to the Gazzetta, Inter are not overly likely to make any moves on the right flank in January.
If the fitness problems that Cuadrado has been dealing with show absolutely no signs of improvement, it could push the Nerazzurri to act.
But the club’s priority is to wait for the Colombian to finally find full fitness and form. They want to stick with what they have on the right flank.
Then next summer, Inter will sign a right-wingback.
But in attack, the Gazzetta report, there is a better chance of Inter making a signing.
That is because of the prospective availability of Porto striker Taremi in a cut-price deal.
Alternatively, Inter could wait for the Iranian to be available on a free transfer next summer.
But the Nerazzurri are ready to sit at the negotiating table with Porto. If it proves to be the case that the Portuguese giants will accept a relatively low offer, Inter would consider a move.
A small fee could be justified by Taremi strengthening the team for the run-in.
But on the other hand, the Inter directors feel that there would be little point in outlaying a significant fee to try and sign one of their top targets on the right.