Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has hinted that he is interested in signing Aaron Lennon from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
Reports emerged on Saturday that the Italian giants want to recruit the England international next month, and that they are willing to send Fredy Guarin the other way.
Mancini, a former Manchester City manager, appears to have admitted his interest in the 27-year-old Lennon, but he has ruled out any swap deal involving Colombia international Guarin.
“It’s not easy to find players, but if you go and find someone who is struggling for first-team places and would benefit from playing elsewhere for six months to earn his place on international duty, then all parties can be satisfied with a loan spell,” Football Italia quotes the Italian tactician as saying in reference to a move for Lennon.
When asked about Guarin, Mancini said: “Guarin is an Inter player, he is an important player and we think he can improve a great deal, so there won’t be a problem.”
So it seems that Mancini is open to bringing in Lennon on loan but not at the expense of Guarin, although why he would want to sign a player who is struggling for a first-team place at his current club is anybody’s guess.
Maybe because Lennon has pace?
One Inter player who has been linked with a move away from the San Siro in January is Nemanja Vidic.
The Serbian central defender joined the 2010 Champions League winners on a free transfer in the summer, but he has been in disappointing form and is also struggling to hold down a first-team spot.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to re-sign Vidic, but Mancini insists that the 33-year-old remains part of his plans.
“At this moment these are the defenders and I’m sticking with them,” he said. “They are improving and are one of the few areas of the team it’s generally best not to fiddle with.
“Vidic will improve his fitness levels, he has experience and has won everything in his career, so if he deserves to play, then he will.”