Inter Milan could sign a midfielder during the January transfer window, but only if one departs.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInter1908.

At the moment, Inter have seven senior midfielders in their squad – not counting fringe player Lucien Agoume.

There is the first-choice trio. Nicolo Barella, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Hakan Calhanoglu have proven to be a well-balanced unit since last season, and have started the majority of Inter’s matches.

Meanwhile, Italian international Davide Frattesi has yet to really establish himself as a starter since his big money move from Sassuolo in the summer.

But the 24-year-old has had his moments, and still has plenty of time.

It’s a similar story with Kristjan Asllani. The Albanian has had his opportunities, and has youth on his side.

The same is not exactly true of Davy Klaassen. The 30-year-old former Everton and Werder Bremen man made the move from Ajax on a free transfer on the last day of the summer transfer window.

Inter signed Klaassen as a stopgap solution to bolster their central options.

That is more or less the same reason why the Nerazzurri kept Stefano Sensi in their squad. The 28-year-old stayed in the summer despite strong links with a move away, and has played very little football so far this season.

Inter Could Sign A Midfielder In January If One Departs

Naturally, the likelihood of Barella, Mkhitaryan, or Calhanoglu departing next month is close to zero.

It is not as though Inter will want to lose those types of players in the midst of a title charge.

And the same is true of Frattesi. The Italian has been at the club for just six months, and will almost certainly have a role to play over the second half of the season.

Kristjan Asllani looks likely to stay rather than move away on loan.

But the situation is a little different with players like Sensi and Klaassen.

The pair have largely just made up the numbers so far this campaign.

And if either were to leave, the Gazzetta report, Inter would likely look to replace them.