Were Inter not to succeed in bringing Sime Vrsaljko to the club, the candidates to replace him are Matteo Darmian, who would become easier to reach if Jose Mourinho signed Ivan Perisic for Manchester United, and Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen.
Corriere dello Sport reports: “Both of these players are interesting profiles but neither of them will come cheap, as both have values exceeding €15 million – just like Vrsaljko, who remains the priority.”
It has been clear for some time that Vrsaljko has put complete faith in joining Inter, but the Nerazzurri have yet to agree terms with Atletico for the customary loan formula.
A boost in confidence for fans arrived yesterday htough, after it was revealed that should Atletico refuse Inter’s approach, Bayer Leverkusen are open to a loan operation for Henrichs. The German is a more than adequate alternative, but Vrsaljko will remain the priority because of Inter’s Croatian ties and their great admiration for the player which dates back to his Sassuolo days.
Finally, there is Darmian, who is considered the back-up to the back-up, due to both Manchester United’s high demands and the player’s own desire to join Juventus.