Tom Ince has been in Milan for talks with Internazionale, but Swansea are reportedly set to hijack the deal.
Ince has been in Milan over the last week negotiating terms with the European giants in a move that has come as a shock to the footballing world. The player's father, Paul Ince, played for Inter between 1995-1997, is also in Milan trying to push through a deal for his son.
The Inter bound winger looks to finally be sealing a permanent move to a club, having been linked with the majority of Premier League sides over the last twelve months. But could Swansea City have a late say in the matter?
Ince almost moved to Wales last summer, but to join Cardiff City. The Bluebirds agreed an £8 million fee for the 22-year-old, who was subject to have a medical with the club. But personal reasons for Ince saw the move fall through, as he remained with Blackpool.
Now Swansea City manager Garry Monk is suggested to be interested in Ince, after the winger admitted he had ‘unfinished business’ in the Premier League this month.
But what factors would lure Ince to the South of Wales over European giants Milan? First team football could be an issue, because at Inter there will be no guarantees given their stature and ambitions to chase silverware. A move abroad, whether it be due to the language barrier, culture or hostile atmosphere that the San Siro holds, will always be tough for a youngster looking to make a break through.
Unlike Gareth Bale, who had already established himself before his big European move, Ince could struggle to impose himself in the Italian league. It may also hinder his future selection for England, as right now Italy sit at least fourth in the rankings of domestic European quality, behind Spain, Germany and England.
Swansea would offer Ince a stability that Milan could not, and see his talent flourish in a side renowned for their quality football. The move is unlikely, but may be a better option for Ince’s future.