So, they woke up and got rid of Rafa Benitez, they rode the storm and came through the worst of it, and are now hopeful of making their way back up the league table to their rightful place among the big boys; and they’re going to make sure of that by making wholesale changes to a largely inherited squad come January.
No, I’m not talking about Liverpool; I’m talking about Inter. Having replaced the Spanish tactician and brought in Leonardo, Inter will certainly find themselves very busy next month; not only will they have to re-enforce their own squad, but they’ll also have to fend off interest in several of their top players.
Wesley Sneijder is already being linked with a big-money move to Chelsea, and fellow midfielder Sulley Muntari is reportedly on the radar of quite a few clubs in Europe, with Liverpool leading the chase.
Muntari is another one of those players who managed to impress pretty much everyone except former boss Benitez: just as Champions League hero, Diego Milito, was dropped by the Spaniard. Muntari has also found himself languishing on the bench for much of this season, having started only 3 games.
Now, fair enough, he may not be quite as good as Sneijder or Milito, but when Jose Mourinho couldn’t bring Frank Lampard with him to the San Siro, his only other choice was Sulley Muntari: ‘nuff said, really!
Italian publication TuttoMercato reports that Roy Hodgson is lining up a £10m move for the 26-year-old Ghanaian, who can play as a standard central midfielder or in a more defensive role.
A possible replacement for Christian Poulsen, Lucas and/ or on-loan Alberto Aquilani?
However, Hodgson will first have to pre-empt a bid from Harry Redknapp, who is a known admirer of Muntari having worked with him previously at former club, Portsmouth. The Tottenham boss was loath to sell Muntari to Inter originally, and only did so to ease Portsmouth’s increasing financial burden.
Now with money to burn at Spurs again, Redknapp is thought to be keen to have Muntari in his squad once more.
Hodgson will need to act fast.
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