From the imminent arrivals of Mehdi Taremi and Piotr Zielinski to some big contract extensions, Inter Milan are building a “super-squad.”

This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

Inter’s squad as presently constituted is certainly a strong one.

The Nerazzurri’s performance in Serie A all season long is a testament to that.

Inter are flying high at the top of the table with a nine-point gap on closest rivals Juventus. And in the Champions League, the Nerazzurri are among the favourites having reached last season’s final.

But off the pitch, Inter aren’t sitting on their hands.

The club are working to both reinforce what they have, and strengthen with new quality and depth.

Taremi & Zielinski Among Inter “Super-Squad” Plans

Next season, Inter will have more commitments than ever.

There will be participation in the expanded Club World Cup format.

So squad depth will be more important than ever. And Inter’s work towards the summer transfer market reflects that fact.

The Nerazzurri have already all but secured two major free transfer coups.

One is the signing of Porto striker Taremi, a player who Inter had already been trying to sign last summer.

Then, there is the expected arrival of midfielder Zielinski. The Polish international is set to join Inter when his contract with Napoli expires.

Apart from these two arrivals, there is the fact that Inter look to be locking down the entire spine of the current team with new contracts.

Last summer, Alessandro Bastoni and Hakan Calhanoglu signed new long-term deals.

Federico Dimarco followed in December. And veterans Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also put pen to paper to extend their stay at the Nerazzurri past the end of the current season.

Now, Inter are working on new deals for captain Lautaro Martinez and Nicolo Barella.

And Denzel Dumfries, whose future has been the subject of speculation for weeks, now looks as though he too could sign a contract extension rather than leaving Inter next summer.

The Gazzetta note how this would seem to leave one major priority for Inter to address next summer.

That would be in the centre of defense. There can be few qualms with the performances of Francesco Acerbi and Stefan de Vrij on the pitch – but the two ex-Lazio defenders are both well into their thirties.