Inter keeping tabs on two Serie A defenders
After ceding their Serie A crown to fierce rivals Milan last season, Inter are keen to close the gap in the next transfer window. Head coach Simone Inzaghi is eager to bolster his backline, with several domestic stars from home finding their way into his notebook.
In-demand Turin defender Gleison Bremer is high on Inzaghi’s wish list. The club have already laid the groundwork for the centre-back’s move to Giuseppe Meazza. Talks between the parties are ongoing, with growing optimism in the Nerazzurri camp.
Still, the Brazilian might not be the only defender to join Inter in the coming months. In addition to entries, last season’s Serie A finalists are working to tie several of their own sought-after artists to new deals.
Alessandro Bastoni and Milan Skriniar generated a host of high profile inquiries from abroad. While Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur have set eyes on Skriniar, Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly watching Bastoni closely.
While Inter would like to keep both players, that may prove impractical given the club’s well-documented financial turmoil. There is a feeling that the one between Bastoni and Skriniar could fall victim to the club’s desperate need for money.
As one of them is likely to hit the exit door, Inter could find themselves strapped at the back. According to Calciomercato, Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic and Juventus’ Merih Demiral have emerged as potential candidates to fill the vacancy.
Who would be a better suit for Inter?
Milenkovic has gone from strength to strength at Fiorentina since arriving in Italy from Partizan Belgrade in 2017. The 24-year-old has been a defensive mainstay at Artemio Franchi, earning a reputation as one of the most successful centre-backs. reliable from Serie A.
So it’s no surprise that several elite foreign clubs have been after him for a while now. Given strong interest in Milenkovic’s services in the Premier League, Fiorentina would likely demand a substantial figure to sanction his departure.
On the other hand, Demiral excelled during his season-long loan spell at Atalanta last term. After enduring a difficult time at Juventus, he found his feet in Bergamo. Yet his future remains up in the air.
Atalanta are yet to choose the option to make Demiral’s move permanent, paving the way for Inter to swoop in and steal him. The Turkey international would be a much cheaper option, although he is yet to reach Milenkovic’s level.
Therefore, the Serbian would be a better option for Inter although it will likely require a significant financial sacrifice to land him away from Fiorentina.