Inter have identified Lazio’s Felipe Caicedo as their priority target in the centre-forward position, with the Ecuadorian preferred to Monaco’s Keita Balde.

This according to Italian news outlet la Repubblica, who report that Nerazzurri Sporting Director Piero Ausilio views the 32-year-old as the ideal arrival to back up Romelu Lukaku and join the attacking rotation.

It is thought that a deputy for the Belgian will arrive during the transfer window, with Andrea Pinamonti not in the club’s plans and likely to depart on loan or permanently.

Should Pinamonti go, the Nerazzurri will look to bring in a player who has the right profile to replace Lukaku when the Belgian is injured or needs a rest, and Caicedo is seen as having the right qualities for this role.

Monaco’s Balde has also been linked with the club, but the 26-year-old Senegalese striker is not thought of by the club as having the right attributes to fill the position.

Caicedo will be out of contract with the Biancocelesti after June 30 2022, and the Nerazzuri will hope that they can secure the player with his current club hoping to sell him for a fee rather than losing him next summer when he is out of contract.