Duvan Zapata would become Inter’s first-choice target in attack if they cannot secure deals for Romelu Lukaku, Edinson Cavani or Edin Dzeko, according to Tuttosport.
The Nerazzurri still need to sign two strikers with only three weeks until the new Serie A campaign begins.
Zapata is valued at €60 million but Atalanta have never explicitly stated he is not for sale, leaving the door open to future negotiations.
“Gian Piero Gasperini has always said he hopes nobody arrives with an irrefutable offer for the Colombian,” the paper recalled this morning.
“Atalanta’s valuation is putting Inter off, however, because while they consider Zapata to be a great striker, at the age of 28 and with only one 20-goal season behind him they don’t think he’s worth €60 million.”
Ante Rebic is another player Inter are monitoring with interest, but Eintracht Frankfurt’s €40 million asking price could be a stumbling block for a deal.
Inter are also concerned the Croatian international would not fit with Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system, having mostly played as a winger throughout his career.
Rodrigo scored eight goals in 33 league matches for Valencia last year, but the Spanish club want €70 million to sell and this makes him an equally difficult target.
Monaco’s Pietro Pellegri has also been offered to Inter as part of their talks for Joao Mario and Ivan Perisic, but the 18-year-old is returning from a serious injury and would only arrive as a fifth striker.
Reports elsewhere yesterday linked Inter with a surprise move for Robert Lewandowski, but Tuttosport flatly denied claims the Bayern Munich forward was a realistic target.