According to Paulo Vinicius Coelho at his ESPN Brasil blog, Inter’s director Piero Ausilio is in São Paulo trying to initiate talks about transfers involving Lucas Moura from São Paulo and Paulinho from Corinthians. Lucas would be harder to get, but that’s not the case with Paulinho.
Like Neymar, Lucas has stated many times on the press how he wishes to stay at São Paulo until the 2014 World Cup. He’s satisfied with his wages and his guaranteed spot as one of the team’s stars with Luis Fabiano, and isn’t willing to “bench warming” at big European teams like Real Madrid, which had a meeting with his parent in June, and Inter.
Paulinho isn’t as stellar as Lucas Moura or Neymar but was arguably one of the best Corinthians players in their 2011 Brazilian League championship and in their Copa Libertadores unbeaten run this year. He’s vital to Tite’s tactical plans, but according to some reports a deal might be clinched if the bid meets what Corinthians is asking for. His price tag will be inflated, as Corinthians just won the Libertadores, but he’s young and it might be worthy down the road.
Internazionale has been off-loading their older players, as we can see Forlán leaving for Internacional, Lúcio signing with Juventus, Maicon getting closer to a Chelsea move and many other rumours running around. Getting young certainly is a new priority for Inter, even though they might not have the financial power at the moment to go in full rebuild mode like they seem to be heading right now.
What do you think? Should Inter continue their cycle or hold on to some experienced players and do their transition slower?