Mazzarri's comments mean Inter should look to Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

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Walter Mazzarri has stated that the Serie A side are looking for a defensive midfielder – enter John Obi Mikel.

Inter are ready to make considerable moves in the transfer market this summer, with Nemanja Vidic already agreeing to join the Nerazzurri and daily transfer rumours of potential additional targets.

When asked about his squad ahead of next term, Walter Mazzarri has expressed areas of potential reinforcement – including a holding midfielder.

"What do Inter need for next year? You will see that on the first day of pre-season training,” the former Napoli boss stated at a press conference, published in La Repubblica.

“There will be players that are still with us. In the first week I will work on the four-man defence.

“I’d like to be able to balance the team a certain way and I’d like to be able to play with four at the back and a holding midfielder – an important position that could be useful if we play 3-5-2 also.

“It’s the most important signing for us to think about, with a view to playing four across the back.

“I’ll choose the most suitable formation based on the new players we have.”

With Esteban Cambiasso leaving the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza side, it is clear that defensive midfield options are thin on the ground.

One man that Inter have been consistently linked with is John Obi Mikel – and it appears that this summer is the perfect time for the Chelsea man to head to Italy.

With Frank Lampard leaving Stamford Bridge, the Blues are extremely likely to buy a new central midfielder of note to partner with Nemanja Matic.

With the Nigeria international only starting 11 Premier League games in 2013-14, the prospect of increasing this does not seem likely for next term and a move to the Italian giants certainly makes sense.

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