TRANSFER WINDOW: Midfielder Raul Meireles Reportedly Offered to Inter Milan

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Player Profiles, Transfer Window
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Sky Sports is reporting that the Portuguese international midfielder Raul Meireles has been offered to Italian giants Inter Milan. AC Milan and Napoli are also said to be interested.

The 29-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea player was recently suspended by the Turkish League for allegedly making a homophobic gesture directed at a referee in a December 16th match against Galatasaray. Charges Meireles strongly denies.

The suspension was recently reduced from 11 games to 4 on appeal but some believe that Meireles has become disillusioned with the Turkish League and might force his way out this January.

Meireles spent the 2010-11 season with Liverpool, winning the 2011 PFA Fans’ Player of the Year. But after Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam’s transfer to Anfield the season after, Meireles began to see his playing time reduced and submitted a transfer request.

He played the 2011-12 season with Chelsea helping them to their first UEFA Champions League title. However he was suspended for the final against Bayern Munich. His role at the London club was never really clear, and in the summer Meireles moved to the Turkish club for a reported 8 millions Pounds.

Meireles has been a regular starter with Portugal over the last few years, playing along Miguel Veloso and Tottenham target Joao Moutinho in midfield. He has amassed 62 caps and 8 goals for his country.

He is best known for his defensive attributes but could also play in an attacking role. In Portuguese futebol circles it is a widely held belief that Meireles deserves to be at a bigger club in a bigger league. His playing style would be well suited for Serie A.

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