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Friday April 16 2021
Who is Inter target Mandi?

Inter are being linked with a free transfer for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi, but who is the 29-year-old defender?

Mandi has become one of the hottest names ahead of the next transfer window, as his contract with the La Liga side expires in June.

Multiple reports have linked the 29-year-old with the Nerazzurri, who have offered the Algeria international a deal worth €2m a season, according to Estadio Deportivo and Le Buteur.

Mandi will reportedly announce his decision to leave his current club next week and Inter are reportedly in pole position to sign the centre-back.

He was born in France, but of Algerian origins, whom he chose to represent on an international level.

The former Stade de Reims defender, who moved to Real Betis in July 2016, is a versatile defender, who can operate at both full-backs, but prefers to play in the middle.

His career started in France with mentioned Reims and made his debut in Ligue 2 with the first team 11 years ago.

He was a regular in the starting line-up in 2011-12 and helped the side win promotion to Ligue 1.

After six seasons and 169 games with Reims, he moved to Real Betis for a reported €2.8m.

The defender also contributed with 14 goals during his time with the French side and continued to impress in Spain.

Mandi, who has played 24 games in La Liga this term, was the Player of the Year at Betis in 2018-19 and has played 169 competitive games with Los Verdiblancos since arriving five years ago.

The versatile defender, capped 60 times by Algeria, won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019, where he played alongside Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer.