Mateo Kovacic has promised Inter he will try everything to ensure Real Madrid let him return to the club on loan, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Inter have decided to make their biggest investment in midfield this summer on Nicolo Barella, for whom they offered €35 million plus €10 million in add-ons last week.
The Nerazzurri will not have sufficient funds to sign another high-profile player in that position, though, meaning they will look to bring someone in on loan with an option to buy.
Kovacic has given the green light to return to Milan and is confident he can convince Madrid to sanction a move with this formula.
The Croatian’s wages will not be a problem given he only earns €4 million per season in the Spanish capital, having spent last year on loan at Chelsea.
Inter are unlikely to secure a deal before the start of July but their patience could well pay off, given Madrid’s need to trim their squad after their lavish summer spending spree.
Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio also made an approach for Kovacic’s teammate Marco Asensio when visiting Los Blancos two weeks ago, but the Spanish international does not appear a realistic target.
Fellow Spaniard Lucas Vazquez could be available later this summer but Inter’s priority for now remains Kovacic.