Inter Milan president reveals Dzeko, Torres, Sagna and Morata as transfer targets
Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has revealed that he would be interested in bringing more players from the Premier League to the Nerazzurri. Inter Milan have already signed in Nemanja Vidic on free transfer from Manchester United and the Italian club is closely eyeing a swoop for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.
The Serbian defender, Vidic, will arrive at San Siro in the summers, but an agreement between the club and the center-back has already been signed. Widespread speculation suggests Inter Milan are preparing a bid for the out of favor Chelsea forward Torres as well. There hasn’t been any official development on the Spaniard’s case, but it is believed that progress is being made in meetings behind the curtains.
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna are also transfer targets of Inter Milan. Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata will be the contingency in case attempts to sign in Dzeko and Torres fail. Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio had shrugged off talk about signing Dzeko and Sagna, but Thohir has hinted towards progress on signings these players.
“Maybe one of those three will really arrive, but they must fulfil our criteria,” Thohir said. “With [Rodrigo] Palacio already over 30 and [Mauro] Icardi very young, the attacker we want has got to be aged somewhere in between.”
Inter Milan are trying to bring down the average age of their squad “to around 26.5”. This means that if Sagna and Vidic are signed there would be little hope of bringing any more experienced players within the squad.
“With Vidic, Palacio and possibly Sagna, there would only be room for one more player in his thirties,” Thohir said. “We're not going to have more than four. All I can say is that we like Sagna and that, right now, it's all down to him. If we don't get him, then we'll go for somebody younger. We'll be investing a lot in midfield or attack, but we will also be reducing our wage bill considerably at the end of the season.”
Reducing the average age of the team is a step that was bound to occur at Inter Milan as the team had been hosting far too many veterans. Playing in Europe and using the additional income will be the key to Thohir's long-term plans at Inter Milan. Thohir admits playing in Europe will be the key to a new Inter Milan, even if Europe meant Europa League instead of the Champions League.