Internazionale have denied an interest in signing Aaron Lennon, insisting they have no plans to bid for the Tottenham Hotspur winger.
Former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini is back in the dugout at the San Siro club, following his hugely successful first spell from 2004 to 2008. The 50-year-old knows he has his work cut out if he is to match the record he enjoyed last time round, which saw the Nerazzurri crowned Serie A champions three times whilst the Coppa Italia was also added to the honours list twice.
Mancini has been tasked with returning Inter to the UEFA Champions League this season, something which is already looking a tall order as they trail third-place Lazio by eight positions and six points. He will, though, be backed in the transfer market when the window reopens in the New Year, and he has been linked with a daring move for England international winger Lennon.
The 27-year-old has been plying his trade in the capital since Spurs took advantage of Leeds United’s perilous financial state to sign him for £1million in 2007, and he has gone on to make over 260 Premier League appearances. And he looks likely to add to this tally before the end of the season, after Inter denied reports they would look to lure him to Italy during the New Year window.
“Lennon? We are not interested in the Tottenham Hotspur player,” Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio told his club’s official website. “He does not have the profile we are looking for. “When you build a team you follow the guidelines of the coach and that is what we did. Now we have a new coach (Roberto Mancini) and we will see what we can do in the transfer market in January.”
Over the weekend, Mancini was quoted as saying that he wants to sign at least one winger for his Inter side, with Atletico Madrid’s Alessio Cerci also named along with Lennon as potential targets. However, when asked about the Spurs star following these reports, he said: “We have not spoken about Aaron Lennon but about other players. We will see what we are able to do.”
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