Roberto Mancini is looking to the past in order to take Inter forward. After a disappointing season for the Nerazzurri with their failure to secure Champions League football once again, Mancini has his eyes on two old favourites.
Tuttosport report that Inter will try to sign both Yaya Touré and Pablo Zabaleta this summer. Zabaleta’s contract expires in 2017 and Inter would like to acquire him before then, but this depends on whether Pep Guardiola intends to keep the fan favourite. If no deal can be done for the right-back this summer, Inter may attempt to sign him on a free transfer in summer 2017.
Touré is a long-term target for Mancini and there was a recent report that Chinese investment in Inter could pave the way for that deal to happen. Should the Chinese investment not happen, a deal would be far more complicated due to the Ivorian’s high demands. Inter are willing to offer Yaya, who turns 33 this month, a 2-year deal and a possible pay day in China to follow should the Suning Group’s investment be formalised.
Corriere dello Sport, another Italian newspaper, also links the veterans with a move to Inter. They claim that club director Piero Ausilio is in Madrid today and will attempt to open dialogue with City over deals for Yaya and Zaba. Formal talks are not expected, because City chiefs will be preoccupied with tonight’s huge game, but Ausilio is hopeful of making contact for more serious talks in future.
AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani is also in Madrid today, with conflicting stories on why that is. Gazzetta dello Sport claim he could be there to talk to Manuel Pellegrini, a candidate for the Milan job next season, while Sky Italia say the trip has nothing to do with Pellegrini.