Javier Zanetti believes that the club could attract the services of defender Medhi

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Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti believes that the club could attract the services of defenderMedhi Benatia should he wish to join the club.

Inter are expected to go on a spending spree in the upcoming transfer window. This is in addition to the signings made by manager Roberto Mancini during January. Most of those signings did not pay off and Inter will need to spend again if they are going to compete with the likes of Fiorentina and Lazio for a top three place. Zanetti has confirmed that Inter have madeBenatia as one of the transfer targets.

Benatia switched clubs only last summer after moving to Bayern Munich from Italian outfit Roma. A swift return to Italy cannot be ruled out since the Moroccan has featured very little for the German club. The 28-year-old featured in only 28 games last season. Since he is fast approaching the 30s, a move to a top club at this stage in his career would be the right decision. Hence, his camp have been frequently looking at alternatives and it could arrive in the form of Inter Milan. Inter will not be able to straightaway provide European football for the Moroccan, as they finished in a disappointing eighth place last season.

“We speak of a great champion, a great champion, but you have to speak cautiously as negotiations are complicated.If he comes we are all happy,” said Zanetti. “We spoke with Mancini and the idea is to build a great team. We start with one [signing] then we will see.We are working hard to return to being title challengers and we are doing everything to ensure we can be competitive, starting from next season. However, it’s not been easy for Italian football right at the moment,” said the Inter legend.