Former Nerazzurri boss Andrea Stramaccioni, the first Italian tactician to coach in the Iranian league, feels Mehdi Taremi can make the difference under Simone Inzaghi this season.

The Iran international is ready to sign a two-year contract with the defending Serie A champions, completing a free transfer from Porto. His contract with the Portuguese side expired on June 30.

Stramaccioni, the first Italian tactician to take charge of an Iranian club spoke about the experienced striker during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Iranian footballers usually have strong personality and, Taremi has always settled well at new clubs. I’ve never coached him, but I know him well. He is a hard worker and he’s always had the right attitude inside the dressing room,” he said.

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“Inter are ahead because of their solidity and the project’s continuity,” insisted Stramaccioni.

“Aside from Atalanta and Roma, all other top sides have changed coaches. This will give more enthusiasm, but they’ll need more time to adapt.”

Taremi has already arrived in Milan and is expected to undergo the second part of medical tests by the weekend before signing his contract with the Nerazzurri.

“I remember that he was not a starter at Porto when he arrived, but thanks to his performances, he convinced Conceiçao to give him playing time,” continued Stramaccioni.

“The coach even changed the system for him.”

Does he agree with Lautaro Martinez, who said Taremi would help Nerazzurri hold the ball up front?

!Absolutely! Especially for one reason. Taremi is a specialist when it comes to playing with another striker,” Stramaccioni replied.

“He has always done it in his career. The fixture list will be packed and Taremi will have to adapt to different strike partners.

“Simone Inzaghi can entirely focus on him during the pre-season with Thuram and Lautaro, who will arrive after international tournaments later on.

“Taremi is an experienced striker who can score many goals. He fills the box and is a complete forward with physical strength and strong on aerial duels. He will be a valuable alternative to Lautaro and Thuram, who dominated the last season. Marotta and Ausilio completed an important signing, especially because he joined on a free transfer.”

Taremi spent four seasons at Porto scoring 91 goals in 182 appearances. He is the third-highest goal-scorer for the Iran national team, having found the net 50 times in 85 appearances at an international level.