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Goal.com Summer Shopping: Who Should Inter Buy?

Julio Cesar

Maicon   Carvalho   Samuel   Santon

Zanetti   Motta   Cambiasso

Elano

Ibrahimovic   Aguero

Subs: Toldo, Chivu, Maxwell, Muntari, Deco, Balotelli, Milito.

Orlandoni, Burdisso, Cordoba, Stankovic, Jimenez, Obinna, Cruz.

IN (4):

Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea): The Portuguese found himself out of fitness and then out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season. Alex looks to have usurped him as partner to John Terry and, as much as new coach Carlo Ancelotti loves his old defenders, the lure of Jose Mourinho may take his old favourite to San Siro to shore up Inter's defensive options.

Elano (Manchester City): Was a star signing for Manchester City and without doubt their best player, and then there were the Sheikhs. Granted, Elano isn't the most consistent player in the world, but his magical creative sense could  be just what Inter need, and fitting in as the trequartista in a team already so filled with industry, he would have full license to maximise his potential.

Deco (Chelsea): Another Portuguese international, another one of Jose Mourinho's old friends from Porto, and another who has found himself out of favour at the Bridge. It was never really a fit for him in his advancing years, while Inter - a proposed destination for him last summer - would provide the right stage for him to play out his twilight years.

Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid): Inter could, in theory, have their pick of several of the world's best strikers that are for sale this summer. Samuel Eto'o, though, looks like being lured by Man City riches, while  David Villa would prefer to stay in Spain and Carlos Tevez in England. Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, wants to go to Barcelona but is unlikely to be so lucky. Father-in-law, national team coach and footballing demigod, Diego Maradona, has expressed a desire for him to play at Inter, and so he might. His incredible pace, skill and goalscoring instinct could be invaluable in Italy, and provide a much more suitable partner for Ibrahimovic than the prolific but unfancied Diego Milito.

OUT (7):

Nelson Rivas - The brutal defender may well be at the bottom of the pecking order and pushed off the edge to make way for Ricardo Carvalho. He has his strengths - mainly, his strength - but is the least technically adept of Inter's defensive options.

Patrick Vieira - A legend of French football, Vieira is now a shadow of his former self. Abandoned by his fitness, he doesn't offer enough to the industry demanded of any Jose Mourinho midfield and will most likely head back to France.

Olivier Dacourt - Having spent the latter half of the season on loan at Fulham, it is clear that Mourinho believes Dacourt to be surplus to requirements at San Siro, thus the experienced battler will be available for any takers in the summer, with Thiago Motta having been confirmed as a replacement of sorts.

Amantino Mancini - Roma are still laughing from the money made on this deal. Mourinho's 4-3-3 just wasn't a fit in Italy and Mancini just wasn't a fit at Inter. He has never been the most consistent customer and could find himself offloaded to any mid-table club in Serie A or even going abroad.

Ricardo Quaresma - Like Mancini, but worse. With Quaresma came the promise and the fanfare, but his failures were exactly the same. He spent the second half of the season on loan at Chelsea and barely even played. Something isn't right with the Portuguese winger, though heading to a smaller club in Genoa, he may recapture some of his best form again. Who knows?

Robert Acquafresca - The Azzurri prospect may also be heading to Genoa - or any club of similar size - either permanently or as part of yet another co-ownership deal. The young striker perhaps doesn't have the standout quality to succeed at the highest level, and Mourinho probably knows it.

David Suazo - Hasn't had the happiest of times on loan at Benfica and again, doesn't appear to be a man in the mould of Mourinho and will most likely find himself on the move again. He can still perform - very well, at that - but needs to find consistency, probably at a lower level than the that of the Nerazzurri.

Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com