Inter Milan have reportedly entered the race for Granada-owned Guilherme Siqueira, and may hold the trump card on their rivals.
Benfica left-back Guilherme Siqueira is a wanted man after having arguably the best season of his career on loan at the Estadio da Luz.
The Brazilian carved out a regular place in the starting XI as Jorge Jesus’s side completed the domestic double and came within a penalty shoot-out of winning the Europa League.
However, Siqueira is unlikely to ever pull on a Benfica shirt again. The Aguias hold the option to purchase him outright from Granada for €7million, but reports have indicated it will not happen.
Benfica have not negotiated a contract with Siqueira in an effort to make his move permanent, so instead it looks as if a mounting list of suitors will fight for his services this summer.
Liverpool have been linked with the 28-year-old since last summer and are in need of cover at left-back, even considering the rise of Jon Flanagan at Anfield last season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have also been tipped to make a move for him despite having Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal on their books, whilst Atletico Madrid reportedly see Siqueira as an ideal replacement for the in-demand Felipe Luis.
But according to Calciomercato, Inter have already made contact with the defender’s agent tin a bid to lure him to San Siro. And two key factors could potentially see them succeed.
First, Siqueira is a former Nerazzurri man. He first came to Europe with Inter in 2004 as an 18-year-old, so has a direct connection to the club and knows it well.
Second is the fact that Siqueira belongs to Granada. The Spanish minnows are owned by the Pozzo family, who also own Serie A’s Udinese - the club that bought the Brazilian from Inter.
Inter already have a solid working relationship with Udinese and in turn president Giampaolo Pozzo - for example, buying Samir Handanovic from the Zebrette two years ago - and thus could have a leg up on the competition in negotiations.
With dialogue already open between Siqueira and Inter, hammering out a deal with Granada could potentially be an easier task for the San Siro giants given prior relationships.
Inter would still need to meet the reported €9million asking price to get their man, but with personal connections on their side, other interested parties should be alert to a major threat the Serie A outfit present to their ambitions of landing Siqueira.