Inter have often been the most active and entertaining big teams in Italy when it comes to transfers over the past few seasons. Given how their campaign has gone so far, that could well be the case once again in January.
Inter find themselves in fifth place in the Serie A table, which isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but they are 11 points behind league leaders Napoli and the stated aim this season was to win the Scudetto and snatch it back from AC Milan.
That looks highly unlikely to happen now barring a Napoli collapse, but second place is definitely up for grabs as they are only three points away from that.
Inter are always linked with a host of players, but here are a few that they could make a move for in January if the right deal presents itself.
What areas should Inter address?
Inter look as though they could enter the market for another forward player to give Simone Inzaghi a fresh option and the ability to change shape if needed. Romelu Lukaku has been injured almost all season and his fitness cannot be counted on.
There is also a desire to bolster a flailing defence that has dropped off significantly from the previous campaign. Robin Gosens could leave the club which creates the need for a new left wingback, and Inter are always on the lookout for opportunistic moves.
Who could Inter sign in January?
The aforementioned potential departure of Robin Gosens almost took place in the summer and that is when Inter seemed poised to make a move for Alfonso Pedraza from Villareal.
The 26-year-old was thought to be keen on the move at the time and Villareal would be willing to discuss a deal. It would certainly be a loan with an option to buy and it could be a smart move from the Nerazzurri to maintain depth in that area behind Federico Dimarco.
Inter would be lying if they tried to suggest they have been plotting a move for Franck Kessie, but opportunity could be beckoning and Inter CEO Beppe Marotta is accustomed to pulling off this sort of move.
Kessie wants to leave Barcelona and return to Italy, if reports are to be believed, and his former club AC Milan have shown no interest in bringing him back. In order to add more quality depth to the midfield and counter the seemingly declining fitness of Marcelo Brozovic, Inter could swoop.
Much like Alfonso Pedraza, this is not the first transfer window that Marcus Thuram has been linked with a move to Inter. The Borussia Monchengladbach has seemed on the cusp of leaving for a long time.
He would give Inzaghi another option in attack but he can also play on the wing, meaning that the coach could experiment with some different formations if the team hits a bad patch of form again after the World Cup.
Another left wingback target, this could be the most accessible move for Inter in January. Sporting director Piero Ausilio has supposedly singled the Ecuadorian out after his impressive displays at the World Cup.
The 24-year-old currently plays for Belgian side Genk and whilst a move would likely only happen if Gosens left, it is one to keep an eye on.
Inter seem to feel their defence as it is now will not get them to where they want to be. Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni have both regressed this season and the rotation of Stefan de Vrij and Francesco Acerbi does not seem to scream stability.
That is why Inter are thought to be plotting a highly ambitious move for Atalanta star Giorgio Scalvini, along with Juventus and Manchester City. Those opponents are why it may have to wait until summer, but it is worth a go in January.