Inter could have difficulty negotiating for the signing of Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso after the London club were beaten to the signature of Achraf Hakimi by rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
This according to to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, who explain that relations between the Nerazzurri and the Blues are not strong after the latter were unable to reach a deal for the Moroccan despite targeting him aggressively.
It is thought that Inter are interested in several Chelsea players with Alonso chief among them, and the Blues were willing to include players in a deal to bring Hakimi to Stamford Bridge.
The Nerazzurri showed interest in a deal which would include Alonso coming the other way, which would potentially accomplish multiple objectives for the club in a single action.
However, the player’s first choice was always PSG, and the French club were able to persuade Inter to complete a deal by coming close to their valuation for the player.
The cooling of relations with Chelsea is an unwelcome side effect of getting the deal done with PSG for Inter, who remain heavily interested in Alonso and other Blues players.
It remains to be seen whether the club will be able to make a deal with Chelsea over Alonso or any other players, and if not, how they will approach finding an alternative with a left-sided player still thought to be a priority in the market.