So it seems Strama wants to switch Inter to a 4-5-1 (4-2-3-1/wide defensive 4-3-3...)
Its not my favorite formation, but it IS defensively sound. So (assuming) Milito is staying, Sneijder is going, how will we line up next year? I think our defense is in flux, ATM, with Chivu, Lucio (as well as Maicon?) leaving, and a first choice LB nowhere to be seen (although Zanetti could play the part for at least a season).
Well, if its true we are looking to play 4-5-1 and we are after Lavezzi and Lucas, then its quite clear we want them to play either as inverted winger on the left, or just behind the main striker. With Sneijder's (seemingly imminent) exit, that leaves a spot for Coutinho, either behind the striker or out wide.
Gaurin has been confirmed, so it is likely one of the two deeper MC spots will be his, alongside Poli/Cambiasso.
Ranocchia and Samuel look likely to play key parts next year, but surely another CB must arrive to replace Cordoba, Lucio and Chivu leaving. Juan Jesus... Well, no one has seen him, so who knows what his level is. We can only guess it is even lower than the club thought when we purchased him.
The conclusion we can draw if these assumptions are largely correct are:
Inter badly needs Lucas or Lavezzi, or at worst, the return of Pandev, because the player brought in will be a key component of our attack.
Inter badly needs a RW for the formation, unless thats where Coutinho fits in. I can't see who would play this role for us out of the current squad other than him.
And last, but not least, we need a quality LB and another CB. I am hopeful of Otamendi and Tabanou, it would be promising, but we will have to wait and see. RB will probably be filled between Zanetti, Jonathan, and Nagatomo (who will also be backup LB) if Maicon is sold.