Inter’s talks with Roma over swapping Matteo Politano for Leonardo Spinazzola have broken down during the final stages of negotiations.
Antonio Conte’s side had identified Spinazzola as a potential answer to their left-back struggles, while they also want to offload Politano to create space in their squad to sign Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.
It seemed as though this deal was in everybody’s best interests, but Gianluca Di Marzio has now confirmed that it looks unlikely to go through after negotiations hit a stand-still.
It is thought that the two sides were planning a straight swap for the two players, but Inter later decided to push for a loan move with an obligation to sign Spinazzola outright after he made 15 appearances – something which Roma were not happy with.
Roma tried to find a way to make it work, but it appears as though there was no saving these talks and the transfer is now described as ‘completely blocked’.
However, Di Marzio does note that things haven’t been officially called off just yet, so there may still be hope for this deal.
Conte has already struck a deal to bring in Manchester United left-back Ashley Young, but it seems he still wants another option, with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso often linked with a switch to San Siro.
However, it could be another Chelsea player who ends up making the move as Di Marzio adds that Conte has turned his attention to Victor Moses.
Moses was a core part of Conte’s Chelsea side who lifted the Premier League title in the 2016/17 season, reinventing himself as a right wing-back to make their 3-4-3 formation so dangerous.
We couldn’t tell you why Conte would turn to a right-back after missing out on a left-back, but we’re sure there’s some logic to it. Maybe.
Chelsea would be open to letting Moses, who is currently on loan with
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