It is not often the case that a manager is sacked midway through the season. And it is rarer at a huge club like Inter Milan that a manager is sacked within the first 6 months of his arrival. But, that has been the case with the Nerazzurri this season as they have struggled to fill the void created by Jose Mourinho after his unparalleled success with the Italians. Even though Benitez won the Club World Cup, Moratti dismissed the Spaniard as not good enough to lead them to the expected glory.

Manager Makeover

Potential suitors were mentioned in the press to step in for the departed Benitez and out of all candidates, a wildly surprising choice was made by the president when Leonardo, a Milan hero was appointed the coach. Reactions were etched by the supporters from both sides of Milan as “Traitor Chants” came across from the Red side of Milan. Besides that, the Inter fans complained about Leonardo lacking the experience and vision that the other candidates such as Hiddink and Cappello have. However, Leo was not short of support from his players with Captain Fantastic Zanetti welcoming the Brazilian to the Inter dressing room. With the Winter break on, Leonardo has plenty of time before his first game and has a positive dressing room beaming with confidence after being the World Champions for the first time in the history of the club.

Arrivals

One of the main reasons why Benitez and Inter parted ways was because of the lack of funds as stressed by the Spaniard. Yet, Inter is one of the most discussed clubs for the winter transfer window and have already captured talented Italian centre back Andrea Ranocchia from Genoa for a sum of €12 million. Let’s have a look at the player profile and stats so far in his career.

Andrea Ranocchia

Date of Birth: 16 February 1988

Place: Assisi, Italy

Nickname: Rana

Position: Centre back

The tall tough-talking Italian International has been the beacon in the Serie A this season with his assured performances for Genoa. Having gained experience with Bari in the Serie B in 2009 and helping them to gain promotion; Andrea has progressed in leaps and bounds this season. Basically operating as a Centre back, Rana is known for his ability to read the game and composure. His positioning has been talked about in Italy and is expected to be the rightful successor of Nesta and Cannavaro. Initially, Andrea was supposed to join Inter in June 2011 but the transfer was concluded before that because of a season ending injury to Walter Samuel. The timing of the transfer couldn’t have been better. Inter get the much needed defensive cover. Genoa gain financially. And Ranocchia gets a perfect platform to showcase his abilities.

Appearances in 2010-2011: 16 for Genoa

Goals: 2

THT Rating: 8

Rumors

Having completed the signing of Ranocchia, Inter is looking for further reinforcements because of their horrific injury list. A host of stars being linked to a big club is a cliché and Inter Milan is no exception.

Let us have a look at some of the possible signings Inter would make.

Kaka

Kaka: Beleaguered at Bernabéu

If this move indeed happens, it would be a double heartache for the Rossoneri. With Kaka struggling to make a mark at Real Madrid and the injection of Ozil to the Madrid setup, has made it difficult for the gifted Brazilian. Having already known that Mourinho is not a man of experimentation, it would be difficult to see Kaka getting back to the first team and holding onto his place with his current status. However, any manager would be satisfied at having an extra pair of legs and more so if they belong to someone like Kaka. Mourinho might be tempted to use Brazilian in the later stages of the Champions League. From Inter’s perspective, Kaka would be a welcome addition but his similarity to Sneijder would make it difficult to accommodate them together. It is also virtually impossible to see Moratti splashing out €50 million on someone who’s past his prime.

Possibility: 10%

Federico Macheda

Federico Macheda: Back to where it started?

The Lazio born striker looks like an interesting prospect and with his age on his side, Inter could well use his enthusiasm and hunger to inject freshness into the squad. The Manchester United player has managed to gain Fergie’s trust after a remarkable cameo against Aston Villa and has improved. Michael Owen’s return from injury will limit the Italian’s chances and a loan move would do him a world of good. However, Inter isn’t exactly short of strikers, but keeping in mind the frailties of the human body, Macheda would be handy.

Possibility: 30%

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez: The red hot Chilean

The talented Chilean has become a household name in the European circuit and has been linked to Inter for quite some time now. After his exploits with Chile in the World Cup and his ever improving performance for Udinese, it would not be too distant in the future before Sanchez switches to an elite European club. Known for his dribbling and sudden acceleration, Alexis would fit in at Inter perfectly as he could be used on both the wings to support Eto’o and Co. He has the experience in the Serie A and this could be useful for the Nerazzurri. However, it is unlikely that he will make a move in January.

Possibility: 60%

Other big names, linked to Inter, include Luis Fabiano, Luca Toni, Montolivo and even Fernando Torres. Nevertheless, it’s implausible that Leonardo would make any of these signings in January.

Possible Departures

Douglas Maicon

The highly rated Brazilian full back has struggled to replicate his previous season’s form and could be one of the few heading away from Giuseppe Meazza in January. After his dreadful outing in Europe against Bale and Co., Maicon would be looking forward to change his work environment and get back to his best before the Copa America. A possible destination is Real Madrid, as they had shown interest in Maicon in the past. This could be a perfect platform for the dynamic Brazilian to show his mettle. A January transfer isn’t very likely. However, Maicon might move in summer.

Possibility: 50%

With a new guardian coupled with a few fresh talents, Inter can well be looking to achieve what they did last season. Everything comes at a price, and more so in case of an ailing Inter Milan. Whether Moratti has plans to spend or not, your guess is as good as ours.

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  1. Raunak Biswas says:

    I really don’t understand why people keep stressing on Kaka’s one not so great a season which was increasingly hampered by injury. Moreover, everytime hes played for Real, the team looked stronger. As far as I’m concerned, I thought he impressed almost everytime he adorned the famous all white shirt, even away at Nou Camp, he was better than both Ronaldo and Messi. I can go on record and say if Morinho thinks he can get better than Kaka at his position, hes dreaming and if anything, its Ozil who has to prove that hes good enough to keep Kaka on the bench not the other way round.
    Morinho will be patient with Kaka, he knows his football. Kaka is bound to do great things at the club. The remark, “past his prime” is a consummate insult to a player of Kaka’s class. As the saying goes, “Form is temporary, class is permanent”.

  2. A Blaugrana says:

    Kaka is a world class player. There’s isn’t an iota of doubt in that. However, of late recurrent injuries have taken their toll on him. The entire football fraternity is waiting eagerly for the return of the Brazilian Maestro. It’s a pleasure to see him play in full flow. Nevertheless, whether he’s able to recapture the form that made him the WPOTY is debatable. All said and done, Kaka is a World Class player who is definitely “past his prime”. A prime that made him the World Player of The Year. He has to win another WPOTY to prove me and the author wrong…

  3. Raunak Biswas says:

    …and “prove it” he will. I am certain that he will not dissappoint, all he has to do is stay fit. As long hes on the pitch he cant be too bad. I’d take a ‘past his prime’ Kaka anyday. You don’t necessarily have to be the world player of the year to be the best player in the world. Ronaldo is the best, Messi is just at the moment in a better team. Ronaldo’s record at Real speaks for itself.
    Messi isn’t the same player for Argentina is he? He still is the world player of the year! Is he really the best? I have my doubts and if he was injured for just a season does that insinuate that hes past his prime as well?

  4. A Blaugrana says:

    Kaka’s age has to be a matter of concern.
    As far as Ronaldo being better than Messi is concerned, well he too isn’t exactly spectacular for Portugal. And to be frank, Argentina without Zanetti and Cambiasso wasn’t World Cup winning material.
    And as far as Messi being in a better is concerned, so you accept that FC Barcelona is better than Real Madrid?