Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is reportedly the new name on Inter’s radar, as the Italian giants continue their search for a suitable replacement for the sought-after front man Lautaro Martinez.
The Argentine hotshot is Barcelona’s number one target in the summer transfer window, and the Nerazzurri appear resigned to the fact they will lose their talisman after this season.
Antonio Conte and co had turned their attentions to Napoli striker Dries Mertens, and the Milan club was believed to be close to signing the Belgian forward on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
But having seemed destined to finally leave Naples, a contract agreement between the player and his current club surfaced from nowhere, setting Inter back once again in their hunt for a new forward.
But according to Sky Italia, the Nerazzurri have now settled on PSG star Cavani as their new hypothetical Martinez replacement. Although Inter’s interest is concrete, nothing solid can be signed and sealed until they are sure their own striker’s future.
Martinez’s contract contains a €111m release clause, but Barça are hoping to include some of their own stars in the deal, so as to reduce the lump sum and offload some unwanted players from their wage bill.
Should a deal for the 22-year-old materialise, then Inter will follow through on their intentions to snatch PSG’s all-time highest scorer on a free transfer at the end of the season.
But Inter’s transfer activity may not stop there. Conte is keen to reinforce his midfield options, and despite being linked with a move for Barça star Arturo Vidal for the past two windows, the name Sandro Tonali rings loudest around San Siro.
The Brescia star is the most promising young Italian midfielder in Serie A, and with a host of European giants chasing his signature, his spell with the Lions looks set to end this summer.
And Inter are hot on his heels, and they hope to add the 20-year-old to their already exciting midfield of Stefano Sensi, Nicolo Barella and Christian Eriksen.