Inter hint at transfer targets
Inter Milan sports director Marco Branca has discussed the club's position on a number of rumoured targets.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 01/04/11 2:34pm
Inter Milan sports director Marco Branca has discussed the club's position on a number of rumoured targets including Gareth Bale.
The Italian giants are no strangers to being linked with the top names in world football, with the summer transfer window set to be no exception.
In addition to a Champions League quarter-final tie against Schalke, Inter currently sit second in Serie A, two points off bitter rivals AC with a crunch derby looming on Sunday.
Yet despite being on target for a number of top honours this term, the club appear to be on the look-out for ways to bolster their glittering squad.
Speaking to the Inter Channel, Branca said: "(Udinese's) Alexis Sanchez is definitely a player who we like. But if Udinese only want cash for him it will be hard to take him.
"Gareth Bale? The first time I spoke with the Tottenham chairman about Bale was three years ago, receiving a response that Bale was fine there.
"After three years there are different assessments now, because Bale has proven to be a great player, and today it will probably be hard to think of him.
"A return for Mario Balotelli? Now we are not thinking in any way about him, but in football you never know.
"Lionel Messi has proven over the years he wants to remain at Barcelona. Nuri Sahin of Borussia Dortmund? He is a possibility that we will evaluate at the end of the season."
When questioned on rumoured interest by Manchester United in Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder, Branca admitted he was not surprised.
"Our players are doing very well. It's normal to speak of them as targets for big teams," he added.