Inter made two failed attempts to sign Franck Kessie from AC Milan last year, according to an Italian media report today.
As per CalcioMercato.com, Antonio Conte made an ‘express request’ to the Nerazzurri’s management on two separate occasions to try and sign the Ivorian midfielder.
Inter offered a swap deal to AC Milan involving Matias Vecino in 2020, but the offer was unsuccessful.
Conte then persuaded the club to make another ‘timid’ attempt during last summer’s transfer window, again without making any progress.
Kessie reportedly wants to stay at AC Milan and the Rossoneri are planning to tie him down to a new long-term contract, with talks over a new and improved deal already having taken place.
The 24-year-old salvaged a point for Stefano Pioli’s side at home to Udinese last night, converting a 97th-minute penalty after a crazy handball from Jens Stryger Larsen.
Inter nonetheless have the chance to pull six points clear of their city rivals with victory at Parma tonight.