Inter’s striker search: Inzaghi wants another option in attack, unimpressed with Sanchez and Arnautovic

Inter are not happy with the contributions of Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic, so they could be in the market for a new striker in the January transfer window.

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Alexis Sanchez celebrates a goal for Inter in the Champions League. (@Inter)

Since Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez joined Inter in the 2023/24 summer market, things have not gone as planned. As such, the club is already looking for solutions to give themselves the best chance possible of success in Serie A and in the Champions League.

Lautaro Martinez is enjoying perhaps his best campaign with Inter so far and he is the overwhelming favourite to be crowned capocannoniere this season. But when the Argentine is absent, the side lacks inspiration and quality in attack. 

Last season, Inter played 57 competitive matches but with the mid-season World Cup, qualifiers, and friendlies, some players played a part in 60+ games. In the case of Lautaro, he played 73 games. Whilst this year, there is not a mid-season World Cup, there is still the need for depth as the yearly football calendar is only growing. 

The Biscione need an alternative to feature instead of either Lautaro or Marcus Thuram when required, and to allow for rotation. La Gazzetta dello Sport writes that the club could now accelerate their plans to bring in a new striker from the summer to January.

Marcus Thuram is replaced by substitute Marko Arnautovic. (@Inter)

Arnautovic and Alexis underwhelm at Inter

The fixture against Real Sociedad only proved the fact that without Lautaro, Inter lack something. When the 26-year-old has not started, they have struggled to score and lacked attacking impetus.

Arnautovic and Sanchez have scored three goals between them so far since joining the club – a worrying statistic which must give Simone Inzaghi some serious concern. 

There is no interest in Arnautovic currently. Sanchez has interest from Saudi Arabian clubs, which could allow the Nerazzurri to be active in January for a replacement if they can tout his services and secure a move for him away from the club. 

Mehdi Taremi still destined for Serie A

Porto’s Mehdi Taremi. (@FCPorto)

Over the summer window, Inter sporting CEO Beppe Marotta and co. held a persistent interest in Mehdi Taremi. Whilst nothing came to fruition, their interest in the player hasn’t died down, and they will once again attempt to bring the Iranian to the club. 

Given his contract expires in June, there is confidence amongst the club that they will land him. Nevertheless, given the worries regarding their current options, they may offer Porto a fee to try to bring the striker in sooner. 

There are plenty of clubs around Europe that would like to sign Taremi either in January or the summer, meaning Inter will have to sell a project to him in which they already have two obvious starting strikers.

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