Antonio Conte would have been very happy to sign Mario Mandzukic at Inter before the Croatian forward joined AC Milan, a report in Italy argued today.
As per Wednesday’s print edition of Tuttosport, the Nerazzurri’s head coach may be feeling envious of his city rivals after Stefano Pioli’s side snapped up the former Juventus striker on a free transfer this week.
Inter are known to be seeking a more experienced back-up option for Romelu Lukaku in January but the report assured supporters they were unable to sign Mandzukic anyway.
The reason for this is because club president Steven Zhang has been absolutely clear that any activity Inter get involved in this month would have to be self-financed.
Inter must sell players and reduce the club’s current wage bill before thinking about making any sort of additions to the side.
Christian Eriksen has been heavily linked with a departure but Inter are finding it difficult to find any clubs willing to take on the Danish international’s hefty €7.5 million net annual salary.