Thursday, 31st December 2009

Internazionale, who are eyeing up a move for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, are believed to be preparing to send Gabriele Oriali to Merseyside in order to test the water. Italian paper Corriere dello Sport claims that Oriali, who is currently the Serie A side’s transfer fixer, is preparing to fly to England and firm up Inter’s interest.

It is thought that Inter coach Jose Mourinho is keen to succeed where he once failed as Chelsea coach, by bagging Gerrard’s signature. The Italians will also be no doubt aware that should Liverpool decide to part with their captain they would be more agreeable to selling him to a foreign team.

While Inter may make Gerrard a key summer transfer target, there has been little encouragement from Anfield that any bid for their captain would be entertained. Gerrard’s decision to snub Chelsea’s interest in him when Jose Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge seemed to suggest that the midfielder had decided to end his career with the Anfield club. And despite the Premier League side’s financial troubles, selling Gerrard against his wishes would further place the club’s American owners in an untenable position.




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