Inter director in London for Arsenal and Liverpool outcasts - but will only choose one

Inter Milan

Inter director Piero Ausilio is set to travel to London in search of a bargain – with Fabio Borini, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski the candidates.

In many ways Inter’s season has mirrored those of Arsenal and Liverpool – each has failed to live up to expectations and sit well off the pace in their respective leagues.

Nerazzurri fans can sympathise with their Reds and Gunners counterparts over the lack of prosperity this season and each set of supporters has made their displeasure known.

But there’s a key difference between the Italian outfit’s disappointing campaign and the struggles of the two Premier League heavyweights - the events of the summer market.

Arsenal and Liverpool spent heavily over the summer to reinforce their ranks ahead of this season – the Gunners splashing out £90 million while the Reds invested £130 million.

Inter, meanwhile, are not the financial powerhouse they once were. The side brought in the likes of Gary Medel and Yann M’Vila, but spent less than £10 million total doing so.

With Financial Fair Play restrictions to keep in mind, the Nerazzurri simply don’t have the funds under new owner Erick Thohir to make the marquee signings they used to.

Instead, bargains are the order of the day. Not only were they in the summer, but they’re on the menu for January as well.

Coach Walter Mazzarri is in need of another forward with 32-year-old Rodrigo Palacio’s form dropping off and on-loan Pablo Osvaldo missing time due to injury.

And the Italian is said to be looking to a trio of players affected by the summer spends at Arsenal and Liverpool – Fabio Borini, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski.

The two Gunners can barely get a whiff of the pitch with 83 minutes between them, finding themselves far down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s squad.

Meanwhile Borini has been afforded a little bit of space at Anfield by Daniel Sturridge’s injury and Mario Balotelli’s poor form, but still hasn’t left his mark.

According to Calciomercato, Inter technical director Piero Ausilio is set to fly out to London during the international break to make contact over each.

He’ll reportedly attend England’s Saturday tie with Slovenia at Wembley on the way, with a particular goal in mind – to secure one of the targets at the lowest cost possible.

A loan with option to buy deal would likely suit Inter best, as an evaluation could then be made on the player – while the parent club would potentially subsidise his wages.

Whichever of Borini, Campbell or Podolski can be secured with the least financial outlay will likely be landing at San Siro in January, should they approve the move of course.

Campbell seems the most viable option considering his relatively low wages and desire to play at a young age. Podolski carries a bigger salary as does Borini, while the latter made clear his desire to stay by denying Liverpool the chance to cash in on him in the summer.

The hunt for the bargain is on for Inter and where it’s found may well determine what becomes of the Premier league trio, their futures looking bleak with their current employers while Inter are in need of quality at minimum cost.

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