Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport reports that discussions for Luka Modric could begin from July onward and certainly not in January.

Instead Nerazzurri Sporting Director Piero Ausilio will be looking at other players during the Winter: “The name that keeps popping up is Leandro Paredes, but it will be difficult to acquire the Argentinian midfielder as he is a non-EU citizen and Inter have already used up all of their slots this year by signing Lautaro Martinez and Keita Balde.

“Inter are also looking at Lucas Tousart of Lyon. The 21 year old Frenchman has been followed by Inter since last season and will continue to be observed in the upcoming months, but Ausilio knows that trying to acquire him will be difficult due to the high demands from his club. A cheap option that Inter could consider would be Cesc Fabregas as he could be released by Chelsea in June. Milan have already inquired about the Spaniard and could already be taking steps to bring him to Italy. There is also one more solution in the form of Dennis Praet. The Sampdoria man can play as a central midfielder and a trequartista as needed. His current coach at Sampdoria, Marco Giampaolo, is also working on transforming him into a regista.”