Inter Monitoring Six Players As Nerazzurri Seek Ivan Perisic & Dalbert Replacements
Inter are monitoring six players who could replace Dalbert and Ivan Perisic at left wing-back, according to FcInterNews.it.
Antonio Conte wanted to convert Perisic so he could play in his 3-5-2 system, but he appears to have given up on the idea already.
Dalbert made only 11 league appearances for the Nerazzurri last year and has always been on the way out, despite a positive display against Manchester United on Saturday.
Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio have a range of names on their list as possible substitutes, some of which are far easier to sign than others.
Matteo Darmian remains the easiest option for Inter on the left, as the Manchester United outcast could be available for as little as €4 million.
The Italian’s agent Tullio Tinti visited the Nerazzurri’s offices for talks on Thursday and it might be possible to include him in a deal for Romelu Lukaku.
Fiorentina’s Cristiano Biraghi would be an ideal option as he could occupy one of Inter’s ‘homegrown’ spots on their Serie A squad list.
Ausilio discussed the Nerazzurri’s ex-Primavera full-back with Daniele Prade when they met for Borja Valero talks, but the Viola want €18-20 million to sell him.
Conte’s first two choices would be Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, having coached both for the last two seasons in London.
The Blues’ transfer ban means it will be very difficult to convince them to sell, though, with both players being valued at €25 million.
Aleksandar Kolarov has already been close to Inter on more than one occasion, with Roberto Mancini taking an interest back when he played for Lazio, but the Serbian’s age means Conte sees him more as a centre-back in a three-man defence than a wing-back.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic is the final option, but Inter’s preference for someone who has already played in Serie A means he is not the favourite for now.