The January transfer window is right around the corner and I expect Inter to be extremely busy. With most of the focus on who will the Nerazzurri sign, the biggest need is to trim a bloated first team squad.
After his clients firing as Inter boss, Frank de Boer’s agent has this to say about the make-up of the first team squad:
“If you are in an international club with 29 players who feel they’ve made it, they don’t accept the idea of not playing. Frank wanted the squad whittled down, but he never got the chance, because they all stayed.
A 29 man first-team squad is unmanageable. Jose Mourinho has always said that he likes a squad of 23, where he has two players for every position, plus three goalkeepers. That is also the same size squad that Roma has, as they battle on both the domestic front and in the Europa League, alongside Inter.
So where are the areas that Inter can move players on from in January.
Instead of three goalkeepers, Inter are carrying four, Samir Handanovic, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Tommaso Berni and Ionut Andrei Radu. Handanovic is an extremely reliable goalkeeper who rarely misses a match, so carrying an extra goalkeeper makes little sense. Don’t be surprised to see one of the other ‘keepers sent out on loan in January.
Defenders – 10
The area with the most players. Inter are currently carrying ten defenders, which is two more than is needed. I would expect at least two players from this group to leave the club in January and if Inter bring in two fullbacks as is rumored, then as many as four of these players will leave: Marco Andreolli, Andrea Ranocchia, Cristian Ansaldi, Davide Santon, Jeison Murillo, João Miranda, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Yuto Nagatomo, Guy Eloge Yao and Senna Miangue
Midfielders – 7
Interesting this is the one area where Inter are actually short of players with only seven: Felipe Melo, Joao Mario, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Gary Medel, Éver Banega, Assane Gnoukouri and Marcelo Brozovic. With Kondogbia and Brozovic being linked with moves to Ligue 1 and the Premier League respectively, I would not be surprised to see Inter sign two midfielders in january
Forwards – 8
Most teas carry four forwards, but with the preferred 4-3-3- system, you can make the argument that Inter actually need six forwards, But still, eight is too many and is a number that needs trimmed. I expect to see two from the following sold, or sent out on loan in January: Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi, Stevan Jovetic, Jonathan Biabiany, Eder, Ivan Perisic, Antonio Candreva and Gabriel Barbosa.
Who do you think Inter needs to sell or send out on loan in Janaury?
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