Milan - Inter Milan forwards Stevan Jovetic and Gabriel
'Gabigol' Barbosa could be sold by the Serie A giants, whose Chinese owners
Suning will make "top level" signings next summer, says coach Stefano
Pioli has managed to steady the ship since replacing
Dutchman Frank De Boer last month but Inter head into Wednesday's home game
against high-flying Lazio with a 15-point deficit to leaders Juventus.
Amid increasing speculation that Montenegrin forward Jovetic
and Brazilian flop Gabigol are on their way out, Pioli admitted Inter will be
looking to shed forwards after the Christmas break.
"To have fewer players, especially among the
forwards," Pioli told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday when asked his
expectations for January.
Former Manchester City forward Jovetic has played only 67
minutes all season, prompting his agent to accuse Pioli of allowing key players
in the squad to "pick the team".
Pioli admitted the 27-year-old, whose career at City was
effectively ended by the club's decision to sign Wilfried Bony, is unlikely to
play any time soon.
"During a face to face (meeting) he was pretty unhappy
at some of the choices that have been made," said Pioli.
"I pick players who are ready, in every sense of the
Gabigol was hailed as a future star of the team when signed
in a 30 million euros ($31 million) deal from FC Santos in August.
But the Brazilian last week asked to be sold in January
after making only two substitute appearances so far.
Pioli suggested the forward has so far flattered to deceive:
"He's working hard, just like all the others. But he has to show me that
he's better than the players he's in competition with.
"He's not been excluded. I play the players who help me
After a "transitional" January transfer period,
Pioli said Suning will make major signings next summer as they look to lift the
club, treble winners in 2010, back to the heights at home and in Europe.
Also read: Jovetic leaves City for Inter Milan on loan
"The January transfer market will be one of transition.
I don't think we'll make many changes," he said.
"But we'll be looking to make some top level changes
next summer. The fans can rest assured, Suning really wants to make Inter one
of the world's top sides again. I can feel a real passion around me."
After several disastrous campaigns Inter started the season
with several new faces and confident of fighting for a third place finish that
offers the chance to qualify for the Champions League via a playoff round.
Despite a seven-point gap to third-placed Napoli and Lazio,
Pioli says the Nerazzurri remain on course.
"Of course, we're Inter Milan," he said.
"Plus, I think we still have massive room for improvement. I'm curious to
see how good we can become."For
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