Right back hunt is on: two Italian and two international candidates
Next. The transfer market window has not officially opened but Inter are in a hurry to give Luciano Spalletti a full and complete squad as soon as possible. With the renewal of Miranda already finalized (2020), the next objective will be finding help on the right side, this is where Inter will be revolutionized the most. After Politano, the attention of Piero Ausilio will now be for a right back where ideas are clear for some time as well as the possible candidates: Sime Vrsaljko, Davide Zappacosta and Aleix Vidal are the names that Inter fans are dreaming about, those that would guarantee crosses, international experience and the ability - in case of emergency - to play on the opposite side. But in the background, there is also the idea of being able to perhaps get their hands on Alessandro Florenzi who is discussing contract renewal with Roma but is finding more difficulties than he has anticipated.
INTERNATIONAL SOLUTION - And so let’s start from these three. Or rather, three plus one. Aware that every road leading to each candidate is complicated to travel but not impossible. On Wednesday evening, Ausilio met Andrea Berta in Milan, this is the man responsible for Atletico Madrid transfer market. It was a dinner with Sime Vrsaljko on the menu, a long-time Inter target since the time at Sassuolo. Ausilio tried to make a loan request with option to buy, a formula that the club in Madrid today has not taken into consideration: to sell Vrsaljko, 20 million is needed. Negotiation is only at early stages also because Inter have other things to think about (such as closing for Nainggolan, Politano and of course the capital gain situation). But Inter like the Croatian defender, there is no doubt about it. That is first option. Since Thursday, Alejandro Santisteban, agent of Aleix Vidal, has been in Milan. Officially there is no appointment on the agenda but his presence in the city obviously teases the fans’ imagination. Vidal, 28 years old, has never been integrated fully in the Barcelona project but this does not mean that the Catalan club is willing to just give him up: the request is around 15 million and once again, Inter are looking for loan with option to buy operation.
ITALIAN SOLUTION - We have talked about international profiles so far. Those Italian ones are well known but also expensive. For Davide Zappacosta, Chelsea would like 30 million euros (more or less what they paid to acquire him from Torino) but Inter have zero intention to negotiate at this condition. The Nerazzurri have had several meetings with agent Lucci to perhaps fine-tune the best strategy. Or even to understand the real margins to get to Alessandro Florenzi, another client of his. The player is discussing contract renewal with Roma but parties today still seem distant, although next week they will meet again. It has always been Florenzi’s top priority to stay in the capital city but if something goes wrong, Inter do not want to be caught unprepared.