A move to Milan has been on the cards for a prolonged period, with club president Erick Thohir confirming the deal last week. However, the 22-year old, as has been his want recently, failed to complete the move. In the last few days a potential deal to Monaco was rumoured, with the winger supposedly favouring a move to the principality and the Champions League football that Les Rouges et Blancs can offer.
But, once again, the deal has taken a U-turn, with the out-of-contract Blackpool youngster arriving in Milan to finalise the transfer, along with his father, and former Nerazzurri player, Paul Ince.
La Gazzetta dello Sport broke the news, before reputed Italian football journalist James Horncastle displayed a photograph of the families arrival at Milan through his Twitter account.
Horncastle also responded to questions concerning the transfer, with many fans believing Ince is not the player to fix a multitude of problems at the San Siro.
@Coltman_S sentimental move IMO. Warms the fans' hearts. Throws sand in their eyes— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) May 25, 2014
The 'sentimental move' would hide the seasonal failures that have surrounded Inter, and the 'sand in their eyes' allows club officials to rebuild behind the scenes whilst fans still show their support.
However, he also suggested that, for the player, a move makes much sense - with the entwined histories of club and family romanticising the transfer.
@Coltman_S Not sure it's strange. Grew up in Italy. Huge club. Lots of sentiment. Romance. Good will towards his family— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) May 25, 2014
The Tom Ince transfer saga has rumbled on for an increasingly long period, with his father, who acts as his agent, manipulating numerous clubs to secure the best deal for his son. Aside from Inter and Monaco, Ince has been in contact with Liverpool, Stoke, West Ham and Crystal Palace, the club where he spent the second half of the 2013/14 season, however a move to the Premier League has been ruled out.
A move to Inter represents a nostalgic return to the past for Inter, and head coach Walter Mazzarri must hope that he has just as much an impact off the pitch, as he can have on it.