Reports are suggesting that Italian giants Inter Milan have joined the race to sign Blackpool youngster Tom Ince.
Liverpool seem to be facing a different obstacle every couple of months when it comes to their attempts to re-sign former player Tom Ince from Liverpool.
It all started back in the Ian Holloway era when he suggested that Liverpool would never pay the club’s valuation for Ince and a bid was rejected on the grounds that it was far too low.
Since then several huge clubs have been linked with possible moves for him including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but the biggest threat Liverpool may face comes from Inter Milan.
The Mirror has suggested that Inter are fans of the England Under-21 international and are ready to shell out £7 million to take him to Italy, following in the footsteps of his father Paul.
Whether this rumour has just popped up because of the association his Dad has with the Italian side is unclear but Tom Ince does look destined to end up playing at the top level for a big European side.
The advantage Inter have over Liverpool is that financially they are in a position to get involved in a small scale bidding war if they are serious about signing him.
However, they are not in a position where they can boast about Champions League football because a ninth place finish in Serie A suggests that’s just as unlikely as Liverpool getting into that tournament at the moment.
The obvious advantage that Liverpool have is the fact that logistically and in terms of the upheaval, a move to Anfield could be much more favourable to a player of Ince’s age and experience.
He also knows the club because he’s already played there and he can return, join in the revolution which Brendan Rodgers is creating and he’ll thrive on the familiarity of it all.
Ince has had a superb season, which means he could well be on his way this summer. You don’t score 18 goals and provide 14 assists in 44 games as a midfielder in a mid-table side without attracting a lot of attention.
It’s just a case of who Blackpool would rather do business with and they have an obvious connection with both clubs.
They may still feel a little insulted by Liverpool’s first attempts to sign Ince on a long term contract but the fact his Dad is the manager of Blackpool means it’s not going to be an easy decision for him to send his son to Italy if he doesn’t want to go.
Liverpool probably still have the edge but if Inter Milan dangle an offer in front of Blackpool which is on the larger size, they may just bite.
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