Inter are working to secure a deal for 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao in order to see off competition for the young Brazilian, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Brazao has yet to make his first-team debut for Cruzeiro but impressed for Brazil at last summer’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup, where the Selecao lost 3-1 in the semifinals to eventual winners England.
Inter are looking for new keepers with Samir Handanovic due to turn 35 this year and have identified the teenager as a potential first-choice option between the posts for the future.
The Nerazzurri would like to spend between €2-2.5 million for Brazao and have the approval of the player, who is fascinated by the prospect of joining one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs.
Brazao does not have an EU passport at present and would therefore be unable to join immediately in January, but Inter still want to secure a deal now as they are unwilling to wait for this to be sorted.
Were they to succeed they would circumnavigate the problem by sending him on loan to Chievo, just as they did with Brazao’s fellow Brazilian Julio Cesar in 2005.