Reigning Serie A champions Inter have decided to pull out of the race in favor of signing outgoing midfielder Leandro Paredes from Paris Saint-Germain. Although the Argentina international has been under close scrutiny for some time Nerazzurri no longer wants to fight for his signature against other Italian clubs.
Corresponding Alfredo Pedulla on FCInter1908Inter have their eye on Paredes but PSG’s value of 18m. The ex-Roma man is increasingly heading towards the Parc des Princes exit after a stunning season under Maurizio Pochettino.
Paredes has been nothing short of impressive during his brief stint at the Stadio Olimpico. His ability to draw his attacking teammates out of deep midfield, coupled with his fighting spirit and tackling skills, earned him a mega-money move to Zenit St Petersburg in 2017 before joining Paris in 2019.
Although Paredes’ career got off to a flying start in Ligue 1, a string of injury setbacks and Paris’ continued investment in strengthening the club’s squad has meant the Argentine’s influence in the French capital has waned this season. With his current contract expiring at the end of next season, the newly crowned Ligue 1 champions are ready to sack their underdog this summer.
Inter have emerged as one of the potential contenders for the midfield metronome alongside other Serie A heavyweights including Milan and Juventus. However, the club’s financial turmoil has forced head coach Simone Inzaghi to abandon his interest in Paredes and seek alternatives elsewhere.
Inter lose Arturo Vidal and Matias Vecino in the summer. Both players are out of contract at the end of the season Nerazzurri hesitate to offer them new offers.
After deciding to pull out of the race for Paredes, Inter may have paved the way for direct Scudetto rivals to sign the wanton Parisian star.