Inter Coach Andrea Stramaccioni gave a few hints about incoming and outgoing transfers at Inter this summer in an interview with Sky.
Talking from the club’s pre-season camp, the former youth team Coach began with Giampaolo Pazzini and admitted that in light of links to Juventus this week, he will probably be sold.
“Giampaolo is a player of great value and we know it. However, I have no problems saying that from my current options, my first choice is Diego Milito,” reflected Stramaccioni.
“Based on this choice, Inter has the right to make assessments on marketing strategies.”
Pazzini transferred to Inter from Sampdoria in the winter of 2011 but has struggled for form recently, scoring a mere five goals in 33 matches in all competitions last year.
Inter look to have lost out on Andrea Poli, after his agent pulled out of negotiations with the club last night. Poli was said to be wanted by Stramaccioni.
“My admiration for Andrea is nothing new. But of course there are market trends that depend neither on Poli nor on the Coach.
“Negotiations didn't go as the two clubs had hoped, but that's fairly normal when doing transfer dealings.”
Stramaccioni then turned his attention to rumoured transfer target Paulinho as well as addressing Wesley Sneijder, who this week was linked with a move to Russia to join ex-teammate Samuel Eto’o.
“Paulinho? I don’t know if he’s a true objective of ours - it’s better to ask [Inter director Marco] Branca.
“As far as I know, [Sneijder] is an Inter player and will remain. I have not had any other news from the directors, the club, or the player himself.
“Though, of course, if an offer arrived like the one that attracted Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, anyone could be sold, except for Ivan Cordoba and Javier Zanetti.
“My dream is to have three attack-minded players, but of course a team has to be able to cope with that and find the right balance.
“I don't really like talking about numbers because I believe the most important thing is the idea the team takes onto the pitch; a team must have a clear identity.”
The Coach also reflected on how it has been stepping up from the youth team to the senior squad this year and whether he felt any fear in doing so.
“There's never been any fear. My main concern is to repay our amazing fans and of course President [Massimo] Moratti for their faith in me. Fear is not a word that I like to associate with sport.
“I don't think there's a secret or a winning formula - what instils me with confidence is being myself. I just take on to the pitch the things I know how to do and I think that is what prompted the President to make this choice. There's no secret other than being yourself and saying what you think.
“True, I don't have a single appearance in Serie A, and that's a great regret of mine, as I left home with the dream of becoming a footballer. But, clearly, things were supposed to turn out differently.
“Looking back, I can't deny that I was sad to leave Roma but then I got the chance to see Inter and the first team ‘from below’. So I was able to get to know people and places without anyone imagining that I might one day make it to the first team.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!